KATIE PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT TODAY

RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED INCLUDING SOLD-OUT SHOW TONIGHT IN NASHVILLE

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON APRIL 13

ON TOUR THIS SPRING WITH CITY AN COLOUR WITH CANADIAN SHOWS IN MONTREAL MAY 24 AND 25

“there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s Expectations…rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless.”Rolling Stone

“an immediately captivating listen” – American Songwriter

“At the end of ten tracks and just over 45 minutes you not only have a reasonable understanding of who newcomer Katie Pruitt is as a person, but know that this near flawless introduction is the auspicious start of a career that shows incredible promise.” 
– American Songwriter

“Katie Pruitt possesses the storytelling finesse of someone like Jason Isbell, but she also has “the rootsy rock star energy...of someone like Sheryl Crow.” Paste

“The real draw here, though, is her voice, which can sound delicate and feathery. She’s also capable of sudden, robust power, and she can switch from one to the other in a flash.”
Paste

“stunning”No Depression

“As an artist’s opening statement, the album is bold and beautiful, impactful and entertaining. It’s an exercise in courage so exquisitely raw” No Depression

“Country Music’s Next Queer Star” ­­Logo. NEWNOWNEXT

“a testament to the level of vulnerability Pruitt herself is comfortable channeling” Logo. NEWNOWNEXT

“beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs” Nashville Scene

“deftly and compassionately chart themes like queerness, familial conflict, religion and mental health” – Nashville Scene

“one of the most talked about names in Nashville”Sounds Like Nashville

“Her clear, pure alto can flip into dizzying runs or searing grit at a moment’s notice, and she lives up to everything suggested by the name of her new single, ‘Expectations.’” Sounds Like Nashville

“Katie Pruitt is blazing a distinguishable path through Nashville with her brilliant songwriting and captivating voice to match.” Taste of Country

“Navigating complex issues such as sexuality and mental health, Pruitt calls on her supple, clear and eloquent vocals to unite clear-headed delivery with a powerful message.” - The Boot

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Expectations, the anticipated debut album from breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations consists of ten new songs written by Pruitt and is already receiving widespread critical acclaim.

In celebration of the album, Pruitt will perform a special sold-out record release show tonight at Nashville’s The Basement and will embark on an extensive headline tour starting next month. Upcoming stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Nashville’s Basement East among several others. She will also join City and Colour for several shows this spring. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018. Since the release, Pruitt has been highlighted as one of NPR Music’s Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019, Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know and Southwest Magazine’s Artists on the Rise.
 

EXPECTATIONS TRACK LIST:
1. Wishful Thinking
2. My Mind’s A Ship (That’s Going Down)
3. Expectations
4. Out Of The Blue
5. Normal
6. Grace Has A Gun
7. Searching For Truth
8. Georgia
9. Loving Her
10. It’s Always Been You

TOUR DATES:
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar  
April 25—Nashville, TN—Basement East
May 12—Mckees Rocks, PA—Roxian Theatre*
May 13—Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live*
May 15—Red Bank, NJ—Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at Count Basie Center for the Arts*
May 16—Philadelphia, PA—Franklin Music Hall*
May 18—Kingston, NY—Ulster Performing Arts Center *
May 19—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall*
May 22—Portland, ME—State Theatre*
May 24—Montreal, QC—MTELUS*
May 25—Montreal, QC—MTELUS*

May 28—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre
May 29—Niagara Falls, NY—The Rapids Theatre*
*with City and Colour

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES

ON TOUR IN MARCH WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, KITCHENER, TORONTO, HAMILTON AND KINGSTON

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – After releasing Solitudes in 2016, the album that introduced him to a wider audience, Matt Holubowski, toured across Canada, Europe, the United States, racking up the miles, and playing more than 200 shows. And now he's back with Weird Ones, a new record collecting songs written in Paris, Kraków, Banff, and Montreal.

Reunited in the studio with producer Connor Seidel, the singer-songwriter with the expressive voice and unique phrasing pushes sonic experimentation to another level.  We are swept away by the sweetness and intensity of his folk style inflected with pop, rock, and indie. For the first time, Matt Holubowski tackles love in his songs, drawing from his experiences and delivering his most personal tracks to date, harnessing the writing process to break free.  

On this new opus, the singer-songwriter was bolstered by his usual collaborators, guitarist Simon Angell, bassist Marc-André Landry, drummer Stéphane Bergeron, and cellist and keyboardist Marianne Houle, to whom were added violinist Mélanie Bélair, French hornist Pietro Amato, and singer Claudia Bouvette. "When we played shows, the chemistry between the musicians really paid off," Matt explains. "The new songs I wrote took into account the bond we formed by touring together." Christian Adam-Gilbert (recording), Zach Hanson (mixing), and Richard Addison (mastering), also contributed to the album's production.

An ode to owning being different, Weird Ones invites us into a parallel universe, a world at once beautiful, strange, colourful, and surreal, a place where everything is possible: "I've always wanted to cultivate a certain strangeness," adds Holubowski. "The title, Weird Ones, is a reference to the marginal and singular people who've inspired me and continue to do so, whether their extravagance is expressed flamboyantly or in a more introspective way. I think there are thousands of ways of tapping into your weird side and using it to be creative."

A master of atmosphere, Matt Holubowski plays with contrast to great effect (Down the Rabbit Hole) and weaves ethereal soundscapes, as can be heard on Eyes Wider. On the minimal mellifluousflowers, he reconnects with his signature minimalist folk, while Love, the Impossible Ghost, takes on the scale of a fresco. Weird Ones deploys a wide spectrum of textures and colours, a fascinating and rich world that we've only begun to explore.

Matt Holubowski and his musicians are back on tour to present Weird Ones. In March Matt will be making his way across North America, with stops in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more news from Matt in 2020!

TOUR DATES:
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée

March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*
March 15 - Seattle, WA – Barboza*
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON  - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx

* with Tamino

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BEST COAST'S NEW ALBUM ALWAYS TOMORROW OUT TODAY

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WITH DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

“‘Always Tomorrow,’ a powerhouse rock record with a sharp perspective and loads of hooks, is a document of an artist stitched whole again. It’s also the sound of an invigorated band rejecting the idea that the greatest music comes from tortured roots.” – New York Times

“The band’s fourth album...brings a new kind of clarity to their approach. A layer of distortion that once coated the duo’s music has been stripped away to reveal an invigorated rock sound, one that allows Cosentino’s rich vocals to soar.”  – Entertainment Weekly

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Los Angeles, California’s Best Coast  – comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) – have released their first album in five years, Always Tomorrow, today via Concord Records.  Always Tomorrow, produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83), is the band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record, California Nights. Listen to Always Tomorrow here.

The album is the culmination of the last ten years of front person Bethany Cosentino’s life, seeing her stand back from the past decade of the band’s existence and taking stock in where she’s been and who she has become.  It’s a record full of intense personal discovery amidst a whirlwind backdrop of global tours, heartbreak, newfound sobriety, dark thoughts, immense joy, giving a fuck, not giving too many fucks, substances, boredom, public personas, and gratitude. 

Says Cosentino, “After we finished the album cycle for California Nights, something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out.  I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came Everything Has Changed. The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic – describing the life I would soon be living.  Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out.  Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back. This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect. It’s about burning it all down and starting from scratch even when the idea of that is fucking terrifying. Closing one chapter and moving onto the next even when you have no idea what is on the other side. Acceptance. It’s about taking a gigantic leap of faith.”

With sonic nods to the likes of The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Talking Heads, and more, Always Tomorrow is full of the best songs Cosentino has ever written, and a welcome addition to Best Coast’s stellar, much-loved catalogue.  From the hazy confessions of the band’s debut album, Crazy About You, to the woozy pop of California Nights, to the guitar sheen of Always Tomorrow, Best Coast continues to be one of the most relatable, important voices in independent music. 

Best Coast will be going on a full North American tour this winter with support from Mannequin Pussy, including Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.  All dates are listed below. 

“This album is the story of a second chance.” – Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast

TOUR DATES 2020:
February 27 - Palm Springs, CA - The Alibi – SOLD OUT
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo*
February 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom*
March 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
March 3 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre*
March 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
March 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall*
March 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE* - SOLD OUT
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
March 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre*

March 16 - Boston, MA - Royale*
March 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
March 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
March 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
March 23 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East*
March 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater*
March 27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger*
March 28 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
March 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
March 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
April 1 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park*
April 2 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 17 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
May 19 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
May 20 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2
 *w/ Mannequin Pussy

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JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER RELEASES NEW ALBUM LOSS TODAY

PREMIERES AT RX MUSIC

LISTEN TO LOSS HERE

ON TOUR THROUGHOUT ONTARIO AND QUEBEC 

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR WRECK

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Multifarious artist, instrumentalist and producer, Jean-Paul De Roover, shares his layered new project, LOSStoday. On LOSS, Jean-Paul covers the devastating hardships experienced by his friends and family. Lyrically, the songs are about different types of losses that he has either experienced or been very close to. Highlighting his extensive career as an artist, always experimenting with sound and structure, LOSS is a brilliant display of Jean-Paul’s work to date. Listen to the album here.

“Sure, it still has a lot of elements that still sound like me, but many are very fresh. The heavy progressive lean, the anti-looping composition, the added orchestral instrumentation and the fact that I’m literally screaming on more than one song instead of relying on my most recognizable asset (my singing voice) means that I’m intentionally making myself very vulnerable and very uncomfortable,” Jean-Paul says of creating LOSS. "Make no mistake, there is strength and determination behind my conviction to release this album under my name instead of a pseudonym/side project, but that doesn’t make this type of risk any less scary on the inside.”

Jean-Paul has shared insight on the project through features with Canadian BeatsPure Grain Audioand RX Music. Touring with a live band for the first time in 13 years, Jean-Paul will hit the road with The Bandaid Solution, kicking things off with a hometown release show in Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 29 at Black Pirates’ Pub, followed by a tour throughout Ontario and Quebec in March. Don’t miss Jean-Paul’s incredible live set – find all tour dates below to catch him and the band in your city. 

LOSS is a sibling project to his 2019 album, LOVE (released May 31, 2019). Jean-Paul started a new decade with the album’s first single, Wreck, a highly collaborative song with personal depth and connection to Jean-Paul’s community. It features group vocalists that contributed to the Indiegogo campaign that helped fund the album, and voices from those that attended the LOVE album release at Cambrian Players Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON and participated in the live group chants. The strings are comprised of layers of multiple violin parts performed by Adam Iredale-Gray (of Aerialists and Fish & Bird), with additional orchestration and arrangements by Jean-Paul. Watch the lyric video here.

On LOSS, Jean-Paul shares a deep facet of the human experience. Songs include the loss of a close friendship (Clench), the closing of a friends’ recording studio (Holes), loss of sanity (Wreck), the divorce of his parents (I Need), and the tragic passing of some extended family members (There’s Been An Accident). Musically, this album falls somewhere between alternative/rock/progressive featuring typical instruments (electric guitars, bass, drums) and vocals (everything from distorted metal screams to pristine choirs), but with additional instrumentation including harp, organ, electronics and orchestral arrangements for string and horn sections over the span of 12 tracks.

With LOVE, Jean-Paul covered a new marriage, new home and birth of his child. He started writing very positive songs as a personal challenge, as his music often had a darker, melancholic lyrical style that wasn’t matching up with what he was celebrating. The songs examine the theme of love in its many shapes and forms; whether it’s a song based on his wedding vows (My Heart and My Head), or a proclamation of love, will and support for his son (I’d Do Anything), family and friendship is the album’s foundation. Jean-Paul joins his wife, Shannon Lepere, for a duet with on I Can’t Sleep, with many of his talented friends appearing as guests throughout. Musically, it’s a singer/songwriter folk album with a tasteful blend of pop and rock. Listen to LOVEhere.

About Jean-Paul De Roover: 

Jean-Paul De Roover’s musical upbringing was anything short of ordinary. Inspired to play music after reading a book about a child violinist, he begged his parents to learn to play violin where he was promptly coerced into piano lessons. After two years, he was given the chance to learn violin in Pakistan where he was immediately disappointed with his progress and stopped. Moving forward to his early teens, he was gifted a handmade Bolivian guitar from the local market and self-taught himself how to play his first Beatles song. A smattering of lessons with a Brazilian jazz bass player, Dutch singer-songwriter and Chilean vocal coach encouraged Jean-Paul to continue pursuing music, but following his own inspirations. Upon returning to Canada in 2001 he explored everything from concert band to barbershop while forming his first rock and punk bands before studying theory, composition and orchestration at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON where he graduated in 2009. 

“2009 was an important year for me,”Jean-Paul remembers. “I was in the middle of nowhere, sitting in the basement of a venue after my first show on a 3-month tour in support of “Windows and Doors” (a CD/DVD that folded into a house), when I pressed ‘send,’ submitting my MA thesis to complete my Sociology degree when I realized that this - this was the moment that I became a full-time musician.”

 

Since then this Belgian-Canadian has toured across North America and Europe, sharing stages with artists such as the Beach Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Said The Whale, Beardyman and more, and showcasing his work at multiple international music festivals (including Canadian Music Week and NXNE). His music and videos have also been featured on CBC, MuchMusic, reviewed in Exclaim, Earshot! and The Georgia Straight and charted on campus radio stations nationwide.

 

Jean-Paul’s early career was defined by his innovative approach to music using live looping, where he used his voice and a wide range of musical instruments to construct his songs piece by piece in front of an audience. But his constantly evolving palate has seen him exploring his earnest acoustic singer-songwriter side on LOVE (2019) as well as his passion for emotionally and aurally heavy alternative and progressive rock on LOSS (2020), the two of which are sister albums. Jean-Paul continues to push his own musical limits both in form and substance, daring others to try and categorize him. Because of this, Jean-Paul’s music retains a distinct identity whether he is playing solo, with a band or even a 30-piece orchestra.

Even when he’s not on-stage he’s active in the music and arts communities. For over eight years, he created and coordinated festivals and events for the City of Thunder Bay, and is currently the Artistic Director for the Live From The Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock, ON. He is also a long-standing member of the three-person team at TBShows that promotes and presents music in Thunder Bay. But when he’s not performing live or parenting his toddler, Jean-Paul can be found in his studio, Blueprints, where he not only recorded his latest two albums but also works with the music, film, and television industries as a producer, composer and engineer. 

 

“Despite the fact that I will always feel like a musical outsider,”Jean-Paul comments. “I’ve certainly been embraced by Northwestern Ontario and now call it home.”

TOUR DATES:
February 29 – Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
March 4 - Marathon, ON - Biloxy's
March 5 - Guelph, ON - Silence
March 6 - Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge
March 7- Sarnia, ON - Paddy Flaherty’s
March 8 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 9 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
March 10 - Montreal, QC - Barfly
March 11 - Ottawa, ON - Cinqhole
March 12 – North Bay, ON – Lou Dawg’s 
March 13 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - LopLops
March 14 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse Tavern

Buy and stream LOSSsmarturl.it/jpdrloss

Watch lyric video for Wreck:youtu.be/3rhjYoMSv2o

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW ALBUM THE ALLEGORY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

THE ALLEGORY IS ENTIRELY PRODUCED BY ROYCE AND FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH WESTSIDE GUNN, DJ PREMIER, T.I., VINCE STAPLES, BENNY THE BUTCHER, CYHI THE PRYNCE, ASHLEY SORREL, KID VISHIS, CONWAY THE MACHINE, KXNG CROOKED & G PERICO

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Today, Entertainment One (eOne) and Heaven Studios, Inc. are pleased to announce the release of THE ALLEGORYRoyce 5’9s progressive and conceptual examination of the new Americana in 2020.  THE ALLEGORY is now available on all DSP’s.
 

THE ALLEGORY examines a climate where frauds are being perpetrated all around us.  While some of those frauds eventually make themselves known, most remain hidden in plain sight; and it’s become increasingly difficult to know exactly who and what to trust. 

Political divisiveness, rising racial tensions, civil rights violations, social media toxicity, fame culture, wealth disparity, mental illness, mass shootings, the lack of parental oversight and an opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities.  These are just a handful of the issues that are eroding our social and moral fiber and the trickle-down affect it has created.

“THE ALLEGORY is a study on perception and secret (and, not so secret) ills that are afflicting our society.  I have a desire to give light to these wrongs in an effort to start the conversation and hopefully help the next generation navigate through,” states Royce 5’9”.

The first release to propel THE ALLEGORY was Black Savage, released in November 2019 through the “Inspire Change” partnership with the NFL and features Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.  

Followed by Overcomer, featuring Shady/Griselda Records own critically acclaimed rapper Westside Gunn. The song artfully questions the decisions we make in life and the repercussions that follow with its controversial video.  

Griselda’s Benny The Butcher joined Royce for Upside Down, as the two traverses into the heartless upside-down world where everything is backward and not what it seems.  Never one to engage in online banter about “best rapper” discussions, Royce summarizes his stature and acknowledges his greatness on “I Don’t Age.”  

“I’m not a legend, I’m not a vet, do not address me as second, I’m the best, you ni**as always sleepin’, I’d rather stay wake, they say you are what you eat, but I never ate goat.” 
 

THE ALLEGORY continues to display Royce’s progression and growth as an artist, as he immerses himself into production, solely producing The Allegory in its entirety.  His foray into production was foreshadowed by Eminem’s recently released chart-topping album, Music To Be Murdered By, as Royce co-produced two tracks from the surprise album, including You Gon’ Learn, featuring White Gold and with Em, Royce adds to his production arsenal on the controversial lead-single Darkness.

“Production was the next step in the trajectory of my musical career.  I’ve been a ghost-writer for years, reached platinum-status with my own projects and helped others do the same.  Adding the title of producer completes the circle”states Royce.  

Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and KXNG Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce performed in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.   Ticket buyers received a free album download with the purchase of a ticket. Purchase, add and favorite Royce 5’9’s The Allegory at your preferred DSP here.

ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

Tracklisting: 
1. Mr. Grace (Intro)
2. Dope Man feat. Emanny & Cedric The Entertainer
3. I Don’t Age
4. Pendulum feat. Ashley Sorrell
5. I Play Forever feat. Grafh
6. Ice Cream (Interlude)
7. On The Block feat. Oswin Benjamin & DJ Premier
8. Generation Is Broken 
9. Overcomer feat. WestSide Gunn
10. Mrs. Grace (Interlude)
11. Thou Shall feat. Kid Vishis
12. FUBU feat. Conway The Machine
13. A Black Man Favorite Shoe (Skit)
14. Upside Down feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher
15. Perspective (Skit)
16. Tricked feat. KXNG Crooked
17. Black People In America
18. Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I. 
19. Rhinestone Doo Rag
20. Young World feat. Vince Staples & G Perico
21. My People Free feat. Ashley Sorrell
22. Hero feat. White Gold
All Tracks Produced By Royce 5’9

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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; digital content; and live entertainment. 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 international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment, Renegade 83, Daisybeck and Blackfin; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. 

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ENTERPRISE EARTH TO KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN LIVE TAKEOVER WITH THY ART IS MURDER AND FIT FOR AN AUTOPOSY

ADDITIONAL HEADLINING DATES ANNOUNCED

CANADAIN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Washington-based deathcore unit, Enterprise Earth, who is currently in the midst of a massive European tour with Rings Of Saturn, Traitors, and Brand Of Sacrifice, will kick off their previously announced North American live takeover with Thy Art Is Murder next month. The journey runs from March 13 in Baltimore, Maryland through April 15th in Worcester, Massachusetts with additional support provided by Fit For An Autopsy and Aversions Crown as well as Une Misère and Extinction A.D. on select dates. From there, the band will join Florida brutalists Graveview in Whitehall, Pennsylvania for five headlining shows concluding on April 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska. See all confirmed dates below.

Founded in 2014 by ex-Infant Annihilator vocalist Dan Watson and ex-Takeover guitarist BJ Sampson, Enterprise Earth takes their name from a confluence of Illuminati and other conspiracy theories. The band is currently touring in support of their Luciferous full-length, released last Spring via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex), Luciferous showcases a band committed to brutal audio onslaught and proficient excellence. The band's authentic death metal precision and technical might is unquestionable, as evidenced by their ravenous live delivery. True road warriors, Enterprise Earth has teamed with contemporaries like Dying Fetus, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Oceano, and Winds Of Plague, and joined the Summer Slaughter Tour with iconic genre trailblazers like Cannibal Corpse, Nile, and Suffocation.

TOUR DATES:
ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Rings Of Saturn, Traitors, Brand Of Sacrifice:

2/21/2020 Die Stadtmitte - Karlsruhe, DE
2/22/2020 Gibus Club - Paris, FR
2/23/2020 The Joiners - Southampton, UK
2/24/2020 Exchange - Bristol, UK
2/25/2020 Mama Roux's - Birmingham, UK
2/26/2020 Rebellion - Manchester, UK
2/27/2020 Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
2/28/2020 The Key Club - Leeds, UK
2/29/2020 Underworld - London, UK
3/01/2020 Hall of Fame - Tilburg, NL
3/02/2020 Magasin 4 - Brussels, BE
3/03/2020 Kulttempel - Oberhausen, DE
3/04/2020 Backstage Halle - Munich, DE
3/05/2020 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE
3/06/2020 Kiff - Aarau, CH
3/07/2020 Circolo Svolta - Rozzano, IT
3/08/2020 Orto Bar - Ljubljana, SI
3/09/2020 Dürer Kert - Budapest, HU
3/10/2020 Viper Room - Vienna, AU
3/11/2020 Cassiopeia - Berlin, DE3/12/2020 Club Puschkin - Dresden, DE
w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Aversions Crown, Une Misère:
3/13/2020 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
3/14/2020 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
3/15/2020 Amos' Southend - Charlotte, NC
3/17/2020 The Kelsey Theater - Lake Park, FL
3/18/2020 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
3/20/2020 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
3/21/2020 The Secret Group - Houston, TX
3/22/2020 Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX
3/23/2020 Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX
3/25/2020 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
3/28/2020 The Ritz - San Jose, CA
3/30/2020 El Corazón - Seattle, WA
3/31/2020 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
4/01/2020 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/04/2020 Dickens - Calgary, AB

4/07/2020 The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO
4/08/2020 The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Aversions Crown, Extinction A.D.:
4/09/2020 The Ready Room - St Louis, MO
4/10/2020 Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
4/11/2020 Saint Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
4/12/2020 The Opera House - Toronto, ON
4/13/2020 Théâtre Fairmount - Montreal, QC

4/14/2020 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
4/15/2020 Palladium - Worcester, MA
w/ Graveview:
4/16/2020 Planet Trog - Whitehall, PA
4/17/2020 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
4/18/2020 Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN
4/19/2020 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA
4/20/2020 1867 Bar - Lincoln, NE

Buy/stream Luciferous: smarturl.it/EELuciferous

www.enterpriseearthband.com

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THE CONTORTIONIST RELEASE 1979 MUSIC VIDEO

OUR BONES EP OUT NOW

ON TOUR WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND IN FEBRUARY + MARCH

WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL NEXT WEEK

TICKETS ON SALE NOW 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – The Contortionisthave released a music video for their spot-on cover song of The Smashing Pumpkins 1995 hit 1979. Directed by vocalist Michael Lessard, this is the second music video we see from the band's Our Bones EP released last year. Lessard also directed the music video for the title track Our Bonesand can be seen below. 

We’re very excited to release a video for our cover of The Smashing Pumpkin’s timeless song “1979.” It’s a song that we all grew up with and hold dear to our hearts. It felt only fitting to use footage from the growing years of the band for this one.

The Contortionist will head back out on the road later this week to start their support tour with DEVIN TOWNSEND's North America 2020 tour. Dates kick off in Toronto, Canada, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on February 27, 2020, stretching coast to coast before wrapping up at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 25. 

Lessard continues, "We couldn’t be happier to finally be sharing the stage with a Devin Townsend and Haken. We’ve been working on some new things to bring to our live show, so we’re excited this is the tour we get to do that!"

The Contortionist released Our Bones over the summer via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music to some high praise. Metal Hammer Magazine states, "Intense bursts of aggression intermingle with Sigur Rós-esque melodies while retaining those tech-leaning nuances." PROG Magazine proclaims that the LP "Lurches back and forth shades of A Perfect Circle if they went to Hell and back."

Crafted in the compound owned by producer/engineer John Douglass (Coheed & Cambria, Bad Wolves, Carnifex), where the guys were able to live and work, Our Bones began with some ideas Robby Baca would regularly run through at the band’s soundchecks. 

“Once I was finally able to get Robby to record that riff we started piecing together the song in the back of the van, while on tour in Europe,”Lessard recalls. The result was lead single Early Grave, an expression of gratitude to the fans who’ve shared their stories of heartbreak, loneliness, and depression, and found new strength in the music of The Contortionist.

The band’s blistering new EP sees The Contortionist step outside the atmospheric storytelling of their critically-lauded conceptual masterpiece Clairvoyant (2017) to indulge an aggressive shadow side. More an anthology of standalone bursts of intensity, Our Bones isn’t a mere stopover between albums. It’s both a definitive look back and an ambitious leap forward.

 

“We try to do something different with everything we create,”explains Lessard. “With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. Our Bones is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

Our Bones was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), who worked on Language and Clairvoyant. 

While The Contortionist ultimately has proven themselves masters of psychedelic-enhanced experimentation and trippy melodicism, endearing them to fans of later period Enslaved and Sigur Ros alike, they have never entirely forsaken the urgent impact of tech-leaning extremity. 

“From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Mastodon, all the great rock bands in history have clear, non-linear musical trajectories,”Metal Sucks observed. “It’s great to see a band taking chances and moving forward. The result is a fully formed band, four albums in, to which no other bands compare. Literally: no one else sounds like The Contortionist even a little.”


TOUR DATES:

February 27 – Pheonix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON

February 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC

February 29 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY 

March 1 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA 

March 3 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 

March 5 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC

March 6 – Centre Stage – Atlanta, GA 

March 7 – The Palza Live – Orlando, FL 

March 9 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 

March 10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX

March 12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN 

March 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI 

March 14 – Metro – Chicago, IL 

March 15 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH 

March 16 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD 

March 19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

March 20 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

March 21 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO 

March 23 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

March 24 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA

March 25 – The Regency Ballroom  San Francisco, CA 


Buy/stream Our Bones: ffm.to/ourbonesep

 

DOWNLOAD–Hi Res Press Photo

www.thecontortionist-store.com

www.thecontortionistband.bandcamp.com

 

 

About eOne:

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

 

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

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY RELEASES CH III: THE COME UP TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWIN TORONTO TONIGHT 
 

WATCH VIDEO FOR MONEY AIN’T FREE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

 

PERFORMING IN MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22 
FOLLOWED BY A TOUR WITH SOFAR SOUNDS 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,releases her new album, CH III: The Come Up.The album is based on a chapter of her life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch her live in Toronto tonight at Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB on February 22, a stop in New York on March 2, and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. See below for all details and listen to CH III: The Come Up here

 

"The second half to the album's storry, that's not explicitly in the album, is how I overcame all the hardships of the industry. After my literal blood, sweat and tears later, I decided to do everything myself. Write, produce, design, promote, literally everything you can think of for this album,”STORRY reflects on the process. “It was exhausting but extremely liberating. It's been a lifetime in the making. And even though it may seem like I sprung out of nowhere, I've been stifled, hidden, working in the dark for many many years. I'm soooooo happy this album is finally here. This is just the beginning."

 

In March, STORRY will be heading to Saskatoon for the 2020 JUNO Awards, where she is nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY has been sharing her STORY with media ahead of the launch, with features in EARMILK,The Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance Podcast, and Canadian Beats, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT. 

 

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.

 

Perhaps the most raw and honest representation of the project is Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch the video for Money Ain’t Free here, written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa.Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. Watch the video here

 

STORRY will hit the road for a North American tour with Sofar Soundsnext month, with cities and venues to be announced. Sofar Sounds performances can be found in 444 cities around the world. They transform intimate spaces like barbershops and living rooms into a captivating experience. They typically feature threediverse acts and the secret location is only divulged 24 hours before the show begins. Subscribeto STORRY’semail list at www.storrymusic.com for secret info on the dates and approximate locations. 

 

I love Sofar because it's the best way to meet new fans. I get to perform in an intimate space, sometimes with no microphone, and really connect with an audience that just loves music and isn't interested in numbers or clout,” STORRY says. “They literally come out not knowing who they're gonna see. They're true music lovers, eager to listen and discover!"

 

About STORRY

STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Up will make its Toronto debut at the Toronto Short Film Festival, screening at Carleton Cinema on Thursday, March 19. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

UpcomingTour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 2 – Producer Mondays at Nublu151 – New York, NY

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

Buy/stream: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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

www.storrymusic.com

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING INDIGENOUS ARTIST AND PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES NEW SINGLE TURTLE ISLAND FEAT. SUPAMAN, ARTSON, SPADE, JRDN AND WHITEY DON

PREMIERES VIA COMPLEX CANADA

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOPDUE JUNE 29 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Legendary Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland, brings an all-encompassing project to life with new single, Turtle Island. The song is from his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hopset for release June 29 via Entertainment One. Premiering via ComplexCanadaTurtle Island is a community collaboration that features SupamanArtsonSpadeJRDN, and Whitey Don. Listen to the song here.

Turtle Islandwas released on David’s daughter’s seventh birthday on a rare numerical occasion (2/20/2020). On the date, David comments, “I chose this date in her honour, it contains four 2s in it, which signifies strength, resolve, indicates empowered commitments, emotional stability and the fulfillment of sacred contracts. That significance rings true on the journey I took creating this song and album. Full Circle.”

 

"It's a huge honour to be able to collaborate with David on this song. He has been putting in work with legends for years,”addsSupaman. “The song is a timely gem with the injustices going with the Wet'suwet'en relatives.”

David calls the song “a state of the union,” and commentary on life in 2020 on Turtle Island (a name many Indigenous People use referring to North America) for Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous and Africans, either stolen or of the diaspora. It comments on the increasing divide between the rich and the poor, and the injustices towards Indigenous people that continue to be hidden in plain sight, while they are marginalized.  Turtle Island combines David’s musical influences, including traditional, dancehall & hip hop giving it a uniquely rich sound. 

 

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect striped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

 

About David Strickland

David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts including KOS, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glen Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain. David Strickland is one of the few Indigenous Audio Engineers in North America; recognized in the VICE documentary by Noisey, First Out Here, Indigenous Hip Hop, he continues to be one of the most sought after engineers succeeding at the top of the Canadian music industry and has dedicated his life to the healing power of music.

Strickland diligently maintains an au courant window into his day-to-day passions as they pertain to producing Native artists such as Artson, Drezus, Que Rock, Joey Stylez, Aspects, Hellnback and City Natives to name a few.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

David has taken this philosophy to heart acknowledging that Hip-hop is in his DNA. He became known throughout his music career for drum programming without really knowing why and later realizing that the drum is central to every Native culture. Making his first hand-drum after a traditional ceremony seven years ago the floodgates reopened on an artistic talent he’d buried for many years. He combines these cultural teachings into visual art and over the years developed a unique artistic expression through drawing and painting. To date he has created hundreds of pieces and is currently featured at many galleries across the country including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nation’s Youth across North America.

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project a compilation for Entertainment One he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album scheduled for release Spring 2020 is poised to match some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

Pre-order Spirit Of Hip Hop:ffm.to/turtleisland

DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Press PhotoDOWNLOAD– Hi Res Turtle IslandArt

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

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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AUSTIN’S MOBLEY ANNOUNCES NEW EP

YOUNG & DYING IN THE OCCIDENT SUPREME
OUT THIS MAY ON LAST GANG RECORDS

SHARES NOBODY’S FAVOURITE SINGLE + VIDEO

PLAYING SXSW + DATES WITH BUSTY AND THE BASS
AND MAGIC GIANT

"A maker of boundary-pushing pop that urges listeners to throw all assumptions to the wayside..."Billboard

"Master of all (musical) trades..."Wonderland Magazine

"Watch a three-minute transformation of Mobley from nobody to superstar in ‘Solo’"Noisey (VICE)

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2020 – Genre-bending artist, Mobley, is known in his hometown as their next big thing, and with good reason. With an “uncanny knack for catchy, sing-along hooks, he creates irresistible earworms, well-crafted pop songs that instantly stick” (Austin American-Statesman), he has toured the world with his incomparable one-man show. Today, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is excited to announce his signing to Last Gang Records where he will be releasing his new EP, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, this May. Visit www.mobleywho.com for more information.

On his collaboration with the label, Mobley said, “Last Gang has put out some of my all-time favorite music. I’ve been listening to their records since before I was really even a musician. It’s completely surreal to now be releasing music with them myself. I’m just hoping some of the magic rubs off and the music we put out together can impact people the way Last Gang’s records have impacted me.” Chris Moncada, Last Gang’s General Manager, agrees: “We are thrilled to have Mobley join the Last Gang roster. He is an impressive artist, and an equally impressive human! We’re honored to partner with Mobley to bring his art and message to the world.” Chris Taylor, eOne’s Global President, Music, adds, “Mobley is an incredibly multi-talented artist and we’re excited to have him join the Last Gang and extended eOne family. We are committed to helping extraordinary artists go to the next level and beyond.” 

Mobley wrote Nobody’s Favourite, the first single off the new EP, as “the internal monologue of a powerful scumbag. The speaker spends the whole song vacillating between utter egomania and abject self-loathing. He’s losing it, progressively, as the song goes on.” The music video, also out today, is the first part of a larger film written/directed by Mobley for release alongside the EP. Listen to Nobody’s Favourite here, and watch the video here.

“I didn’t expect to be putting out a guitar record in 2020,” says Mobley of Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. “For a while, I was writing songs using the whole studio as my inspiration. Oddly enough, it was coming home to the confines of the guitar that opened everything up for me.”

The record glides between musical idioms with all the ease you’d expect from someone who grew up a perennial new kid. Whether he’s cribbing Ennio Morricone, keening over a psychedelic gallop or indulging in a futuristic art rock strut, Mobley cuts the figure of an artist in command of his powers.

Mobley will be at this year’s SXSW and has plans to tour throughout 2020. See all confirmed tour dates below and visit www.mobleywho.com/tour for any new updates.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Feb 19 - Guero’s Taco Bar - Austin, TX 
Feb 28 - Grand Stafford Theater - Bryan, TX
Mar 10 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY (with Busty and the
Bass)
Mar 13 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA (with Busty and the Bass)
Mar 14-21 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Apr 1 - Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 2 - The Saint - Reno, NV (with Magic Giant)
Apr 3 - Strummer’s - Fresno, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 4 - Soho Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 9 - Deep Ellum Art Company - Dallas, TX (with Ripe)
Apr 11 - Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX (with Ripe)

www.mobleywho.com

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND-BASED ROCK QUARTET COLD YEARS ANNOUNCE DEBUT NEW ALBUM PARADISE

MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE NIGHT LIKE THIS NOW STREAMING ONLINE

PARADISE AVAILABLE VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE ON FRIDAY MAY 8

WATCH NIGHT LIKE THIS MUSIC VIDEO

LISTEN TO NIGHT LIKE THIS

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2020 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Aberdeen, Scotland-based rock quartet, Cold Years, are excited to announce the Friday, May 8 release of the band’s highly anticipated debut album titled, Paradise, (pre-order the album digitally here). As the true sound of worldwide youth disaffection post-Trump and post-Brexit, the songs of Paradise – a sarcastic snarl aimed at the band’s remote hometown – burst from the speakers with a 'clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' spirit. Springboarding off timelessly vintage-tinged sounds and fueled by lung-busting choruses buffed-up through a modern-day, blue-collar punk rock sheen, Paradise captures the anger and frustration vocalist Ross Gordon feels for a generation in decline. Watch the music video for the album’s new single, Night Like This, on YouTube here and stream it on all platforms here.

Echoing the infamous, despairing "it's shite being Scottish" rant made by protagonist Renton in Irvine Welsh's 1993 novel, Trainspotting, Cold Years frontman Ross Gordon’s near-nihilistic take on the town where he was born goes further still, almost three decades and a generation later. Rather than succumb to the pitfalls that laid waste to previous generations, however, he poured all of his grievances into his band’s debut showcase, Paradise – 13 songs of passion and belief that unapologetically breathe the redemptive fire of rock'n'roll.

"There's an ongoing narrative about how fucked everything is at the moment," Gordon says of the thread that ties otherwise disparate themes together. "It links everything, really, not just purely politics: It's linked to the economy, to drugs and alcohol, and what our generation is going through right now. You work hard in school, you train for your career and you try to succeed at it, but the reality is that none of it really fucking matters. It's a record that's angry because, as a generation, we feel like we've been sold short."

Naturally, the creation of an album instilled with such an inflamed sense of injustice didn't come without its difficulties. It was a challenging process that often tested the collective patience of the quartet, completed by guitarist, Finlay Urquhart, bassist, Louis Craighead, and drummer, Fraser Allan. But such was the passion that each member invested into it, paired with an indomitable spirit, that the band has made good on the past few years of promise. Rather than rushing out a record for the sake of expediency, taking time to reflect, be honest, and pour everything the band had into the process has made for a set of songs that will endure and stand the Scots in admirable stead. After all, you only get one shot at making your first album, so you better make it the best it can be.

Considering the unforgiving, harsh, and often dismal depths from which Paradise was born, it's an album that strives for optimism, and Cold Years know who they are and staying true to their roots. And despite a journey ahead that promises to send them far and wide, they won't ever forget where they came from even if it is rubbish.

"I went through a divorce, different jobs, different flats, different girls… And I tried to cover everything that's happened in the past few years," Gordon says of the self-examination he underwent on these tracks. "I really am grateful for the opportunity that we've got. Every single day. It's a huge thing. It's going to be a lot of work, but it's meant to be hard because nothing worthwhile doing is ever easy. We worked really hard on this record. We had to, and I'm proud of it."

PARADISE TRACK LISTING:
1. 31
2. Life With A View
3. Night Like This
4. Northern Blues
5. Breathe
6. The Waits
7. Burn The House Down
8. Electricity
9. Too Far Gone
10. Hold On
11. Dropout
12. 62 (My Generation’s Falling Apart)
13. Hunter

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MT. JOY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US OUT JUNE 5 ON DUALTONE RECORDS

 

ON TOUR NOW WITH THE LUMINEERS WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND OTTAWA

WILL PERFORM LEAD SINGLE STRANGERS ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS ON FEBRUARY 27

LISTEN TO NEW SONGS STRANGERS AND LET LOOSE

HEADLINING TOUR TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – February 19, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy, announce Rearrange Us, their second album for Dualtone Records and their first working with producer, Tucker Martine, (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Oregon. Mt. Joy will perform lead single Strangers on Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 27. Listen to new songs Strangers and Let Loose today.

Mt. Joy are currently touring arenas with The Lumineers through March 14 with four upcoming Canadian stops during the beginning of the month, including two back to back shows in in Toronto before heading to Montreal and Ottawa. Spring headlining dates are expected to be announced shortly, and the band is already slated for a busy festival season, with planned appearances at Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Festival, and more. Full tour dates can be found below, with more information here.

An album about finding ways to work past one’s emotional and mental struggles with intentionality, Rearrange Us showcases the young band’s growing ambition and sonic experimentation. My Vibe, Your Vibe blends psychedelic affirmations with a rootsy stomp and a swirl of synthesizers, while Come With Me goes from a decayed choral elegy to a breezy, Allen Toussaint-indebted barn-burner – a battle cry for pushing yourself to have a good time amid new company. And Have Faith, a southern gospel-influenced duet with singer Liz Vice, exemplifies the band’s newfound range and Matt Quinn’s emergent songwriting prowess. The resulting album is a triumph of spirit and self-knowledge: Matt Quinn’s songwriting is at once more painterly and less precise, like perfectly rendered vignettes from a largely disjointed memory of a dream.

At first a vehicle for singer / songwriter Matt Quinn’s bedroom recordings, Mt. Joy’s swift rise is the stuff of childhood daydreams. The unexpected streaming success of debut single Astrovan thrust the band – Quinn, guitarist Sam Cooper, bassist Michael Byrnes, drummer Sotiris Eliopoulos, and keyboardist Jackie Miclau – into the itinerant musician’s lifestyle: performances at big name festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, press notices in Rolling Stone (who deemed them “your new folk-rock heroes”), and dates touring with the likes of  Whitney, The Lumineers, and The Head and The Heart to name a few.

They signed with Dualtone Records, and their self-titled debut album Mt. Joy was “a major breakthrough” (Billboard), earning the band over 2 million monthly Spotify listeners. Single Silver Lining hit #1 on the AAA Radio Charts, with Jenny Jenkins following it up by reaching #5. New fans – earned ear-by-ear with every tour stop, festival set, early morning radio session, and moment of internet discovery – were singing along at sold out club dates. 

Keep an eye out for more news from Mt. Joy soon.

REARRANGE US TRACK LIST:
1. Bug Eyes
2. Rearrange Us
3. Have Faith
4. My Vibe Your Vibe
5. Let Loose
6. Every Holiday
7. Come With Me
8. Death
9. Acrobats
10. Witness
11. Us
12. Become
13. Strangers

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 19 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena*
February 21 — Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
February 22 — Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
February 25 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena*
February 26 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center*
February 28 — Washington DC @ Capital One Arena*
February 29 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
March 3 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena*
March 4 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena*
March 6 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre*
March 7 — Ottawa, CA @ Canadian Tire Centre*

March 10 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center*
March 11 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum*
March 13 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center*
March 14 — Omaha, NE @ Century Link Center Omaha*
March 15 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre*
May 2 — San Luis Obispo, CA @ Shabang Festival
May 15-17 — Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
May 19 — Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
May 21 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
May 22 — Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
June 11 — Isle Of Palms, SC @ Windjammer
June 12 — Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
June 13 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
July 10-12 — Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Festival
July 11 — Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
July 13 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
July 14 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
August 2 — Saint Charles, IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
* = with The Lumineers
^ = with Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Pre Order physical copy of Rearrange Us here

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www.mtjoyband.com

 

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR SMOKE(FEAT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)

WATCH COMPLEX CANADAGO BEHIND THE SCENES


FIRST US HEADLINE SHOW AT NEW YORK’S
MERCURY LOUNGE ON FEBRUARY 20

PERFORMING AT NOISE POP, SXSW
SKELETON PARK ARTS AND OSHEAGA 

"13th Floor captures the spark-plug energy of her live performances with ominous, bass-heavy beats and hard-nosed bars that could go toe-to-toe with any challenger."
Pitchfork

"13th Floor is the thrilling sound of a hungry newcomer who knows she has your attention and will play every card in her hand to keep it."Complex

"Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child...There’s no telling how far she'll go.”XXL

“When Haviah released 13thFloor in May 2019, the discourse livened”– DJ Booth

With the release of 13thFloor, the world witnessed the coming of the next Canadian hip-hop titan in Haviah Mighty (real name, no gimmicks)”– Exclaim!

 

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following a monumental year including a Polaris Music Prize win, numerous accolades, while rocking festival stages and concert halls around the world, Toronto trailblazerHaviah Mightyshares a new video for Smokefeaturing fellow Toronto artist, Clairmont The Second. The video was directed byJon Rieraand produced by VR specialists, Combo Bravo– watch Smoke here. Complex Canada joined Haviah and Clairmont The Second on set to capture the magic – watch their behind the scenes feature here.

 

Smokeis from her 2019 album,  13thFloorwhich was awarded the Polaris Music Prize last year, standing as her most fully realized album to date. On the song, Haviah says, “Smoke manifested from the underdog experience. As a female in Hip-Hop, and as a black female in Canada, it often feels like I’m fighting the stereotypes and history that precedes me - fighting the ignorance - fighting the negativity - to be recognized as regular, as equal, and be given a fair chance in all facets. None of these preconceived ideas match what I feel within me, but I still remind myself of not only societal stigmas, but other people’s stigmas, and how that shapes their perception of me. How the hardships that blacks sometimes face, shapes others’ perceptions of us. And how, despite all the noise and ignorance, there is no one who can truly identify the ‘shape’ of you, but you. This song is to empower those in their self-affirming thoughts, and in the moments of necessarily reminding ourselves of our greatness. In this day in age, where we talk about ‘drama’ as smoke, I approach it from the opposing angle - let’s avoid that. Let’s just live, and be.”

Received to critical acclaim, 13thFlooris an outspoken, raw testament to the underdog experience. Fans across North America can experience Haviah’s unparalleled live set this month, as she heads out on tour. Haviah will perform her first headline show in the US e at New York’s Mercury Lounge on February 20, followed by shows at Le Belmont in Montreal alongside Lou Phelps, and Noise Pop Festival in Oakland, California. In March, she heads to western Canada for a show in Victoria, BC, followed by an exclusive Boiler Room set in Vancouver on March 11, with festival debuts at SXSW, Skeleton Park Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Art Festival this summer. See below for all details. 

 

In advance of the album release, Haviah made waves across Canada, sharing insight on the album through conversations with etalk,ELLE CanadaFLARE,NOW MagazineSOCAN,Canadian MusicianKreative Kontroland The Strombo Show, and DJ Booth. Audiences witnessed her deliver fierce bars on Sideways StudioBreakfast TelevisionCBC qand an exclusive performance of the album on CBC’s First Play Live

 

13th Floor is Haviah’s most fully realized body of work to date following her acclaimed 2017 album, Flower City. In addition to being a member of renowned trio, The Sorority, Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009. 13th Floor highlights Haviah’s vast musical influences and incredible production style. She co-executively produced the record with Tim ‘2oolman’ Hill (of A Tribe Called Red) and collaborated with numerous artists including Sean Leon (Waves), Clairmont The Second (Smoke), and her sister, Omega Mighty (Wishy Washy). Production features include 2oolman, Obuxum, Robotaki, Young Dreadz, Taabu, Lambo and her younger brother, Mighty Prynce.

The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences. The album ranges from classic rap/hip-hop elements to inflections of sounds from Haviah’s Caribbean roots, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation. The 13 tracks on the record are conceptual and fluid as they reflect Haviah’s journey over the past couple of years. Lyrical themes highlight experiences of Haviah’s upbringing, unlearning, rejecting societies deemed “ailments” to transcend expectations and perceptions of others, breaking barriers and stereotypes, the change and progression that evolves from challenges, not compromising to accommodate, and passages to self-love. 

About Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

 

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Haviah started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Haviah is making equally large waves as a solo artist.

 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty’s track, Vámonos, appeared on HBO’s hit series, Insecure. That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

 

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.

 

13th Floor is out now, buy it/stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and more here.
13th Floor now available on vinyl here.

 

Smoke:bit.ly/2SBnq16

Blamefoundation-media.lnk.to/Blame

Wishy Washy (ft. Omega Mighty):foundation-media.lnk.to/WishyWashy

Waves (ft. Sean Leon): smarturl.it/haviahmighty-waves

In Women Colour: smarturl.it/hm-inwomencolour

TOUR DATES:
February 20 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
February 21 – Le Belmont – Montreal QC
February 24 – Noise Pop Festival – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
March 1 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
March 4 – The Basement – Los Angeles, CA
March 6 – Sheridan College Davis Campus (students only) – Brampton, ON 
March 11 – Boiler Room x AXE Music @ Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC

March 13-22 – SXSW – Austin, TX
June 21 – Skeleton Park Arts Festival – Kingston, ON 
July 31 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC

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www.haviahmighty.com

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THE WILD! ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM STILL BELIEVE IN ROCK AND ROLL SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 20 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERNOW 

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH tAkida AND AIRBOURNE BEGINS MARCH 18 WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC IN MAY

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following the success of their 2017 project, Wild At Heart, West Coast Canadian rockers, The Wild!, return with their forthcoming album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll, set for release March 20 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) . The title rings trueas a definition of the band’s roots, and the spirit of their music. Pre-order the album here

 

“In a time where our genre has never seemed more lost, we stay the course,” says lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Villain.“Some of us still believe in rock and roll music and this album is for those of us that do.”

 

The Wild! have traversed stages worldwide; from intimate venues to festival grounds, the band delivers a highly passionate live set with no shortage of blistering solos, sing-alongs, and crowd-surfing, with your fist in the air. They will take Still Believe In Rock And Roll on the road next month, kicking off in Europe on March 18 with a show in Budapest, Hungary and wrapping in Quebec on May 24, with shows across Ontario in between. The Wild! will be joining Airbourne and tAkida on select dates.

 

About The Wild!

The Wild! still believe in rock n’ roll and after one listen, so will you. The rebellious foursome from the Great White North are a perfect mixture of rock’n’roll swagger and punk rock attitude. The Canadian quartet’s third album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll was produced by the band’s own Dylan Villain and A-list producer/engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith), who has been a massive champion of the band from the start.

In just a handful of years, The Wild! have cracked the Active Rock and iTunes Rock Charts with top numbers, while logging significant road miles in North America and Europe, touring with the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther, Rose Tattoo, Godsmack and many others. They’ve played major festivals like Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, and more. Over the years, the band has always been committed to writing songs that ignite their high-energy live show. Right from the first album, GxDxWxB (2015) to the follow-up, Wild At Heart (2017) and especially, Still Believe In Rock And Roll (2020).

The Wild! are lifers on the highway paved by the many great bands that came before them with heart, authenticity, and a deep commitment to what they do. To quote Classic Rock Magazine, “The Wild! celebrate the spirit of rock and roll and flatten everything that stands in their way.”      
 

LINEUP

Dylan Villain – Vocals/Guitar

Benny The Kid – Guitar

Boozus – Bass/Vocals

Crash Anderson – Drums

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

March 18 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert *

March 19 - Kraków, Poland - Klub Zaścianek *

March 20 - Dresden, Germany – Reithalle *

March 21 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt *

March 23 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36 *

March 24 - Bielefeld, Germany - Lokschuppen Bielefeld *

March 25 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory Event Center Dominion Club GbR *

March 26 - Stuttgart, Germany – Universum *

March 27 - Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk *

March 28 - Regensburg, Germany - Airport Obertraubling *

March 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7 & Mini Z7 *

March 31 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof *

April 1 - Paris, France - O'Sullivans By The Mill *

April 2 - Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik *

April 3 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy Concerts *

April 4 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Q-Factory *

April 5 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington *

May 19 - London, ON - London Music Hall ##

May 20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace ##

May 22 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

May 23 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Corona ##

May 24 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

With tAkida = *

With Airbourne = ##

 

“With songs absolutely reeking of rot-gut moonshine and hi-octane gasoline, The Wild! really do rock it like they talk it, and then some!”– Classic Rock Magazine (UK)

 

“A sound that is hard, rough, and real as it gets.”– Tattoo.com

 

“We just can’t get enough of these guys.”– Pure Grain Audio

 

“Even before The Wild! released their phenomenal debut album, there was a real buzz about the Canadian rockers.”– Sleaze Roxx

 

“The Wild! (exclamation mark not optional) are a raucous hit of
southern-fried rock n’ roll.”
– Electric City

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The Wild! on Spotify: spoti.fi/2OSHQAH

www.thewildrocknroll.com

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS TO CRITICAL PRAISE

SOLO TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT

“Most Anticipated Albums of 2020”

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

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

...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge.” – TIME

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

“A great excuse to shut out the world and have a good cry.”
– Uncut

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

“The album bursts with songs that are declarative but thoughtfully sharp, much like Rateliff’s hero Roger Miller...The vocals more lived-in and idiosyncratic, the guitars nimbler yet wiser.”
– The Denver Post

TORONTO, ON – February 14, 2020 – And It’s Still Alright, the new solo album from acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, is out now on Stax Records. Listen here.

The lead single, and title track off And It’s Still Alright, entered Spotify’s Top 50 viral songs this week and was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. Yesterday, VEVO posted an acoustic performance of Time Stands – watch/share it here.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Rateliff’s nearly sold-out And It’s Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full-band accompaniment and four-piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem and Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.  

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
February 22—New York, NY—Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*

March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡ SOLD OUT
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡ SOLD OUT
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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RUSSELL LOUDER GREETS FRESH SOUNDS ON HELLO STRANGER

PERFORMING IN CHARLOTTETOWN ON FEBRUARY 15

WITH OSHEAGA SHOW DATE ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – February 14, 2020 – Today, innovative PEI artist, Russell Louder, returns with a new song, Hello Stranger. Following a string of incredible singles released last year, Hello Strangerexplores the complexities of losing and regaining the ability to recognize oneself. With Russell’s signature electropop sound and pitch-perfect vox, the song’s lyrics question this experience – personified by the character of a stranger. Listen to Hello Stranger here and catch Russell live in Charlottetown tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) and at Osheaga Festival in Montreal this summer – see full details below.

"Hello Stranger explores the complexities of losing and regaining the ability to recognize one's self, so the lyrics are centred in this vulnerable interrogation to that experience - personified through the character of a stranger,” Russell says of the inspiration behind the song. “In terms of production, this song had several lives before I settled with this sort of repeating chord progression in the instrumentals - and I think it adds a melancholic hope to the overall tone of the song.  I wanted to take that and the vocals and make those elements build up to this ear-ringing, gut-wrenching feeling that smoulders as it ends."

In terms of production, this song had several lives before Russell Louder set up a repetitive chord progression, adding a hopeful melancholy to the song. The idea was to cumulate all its elements until they built up to an overwhelming feeling for the listener, a buzzing in the ear, and a gut-wrenching smolder at the end.

Hello Stranger follows Russell’s two previous singles, Light Of The Moon and Cost Of Living. Both tracks are a sample of what the multifaceted Charlottetown musician and producer has been working on.  Light Of The Moondraws on the experience of seeing someone's life become engulfed by an abusive relationship. Cost Of Living is a ruminating confrontation in which Russell Louder personifies circumstances of the past.  The minimal, yet clean and nuanced production lends itself well to a voice so haunting and hopeful.  It’s this voice that stays at the forefront of the song - carrying the listener through a poignantly crafted lyrical landscape. Watch a live session for Cost Of Living here.

Russell was a finalist in CBC Music’s 2019 Searchlight competition, highlighting Canada’s best undiscovered musical talent. Earlier this year, Russell won a Music PEI award for Electronic Single Recording of the Year for their track, Showdown, co-written and co-produced with Steph Copeland.

About Russell Louder
Russell Louder is a transgender performance artist, musician and producer based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. They exemplify a relentless and nuanced exploration of musical genres - from experimental to dark dance pop - creating a constantly mutating landscape fronted by soaring vocals. 

  

Russell Louder grew up in Prince Edward Island, pivoting between a rural community of 800 people, and Charlottetown.  Since the age of 17, Russell has pursued a self-directed education, touring both nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist.  In 2017, they self-released their debut EP, Think of Light, which quickly earned praise from THUMP and Exclaim!, amongst others.

TOUR DATES
February 15 – Hello Stranger Release Party – Baba’s Lounge – Charlottetown, PEI - Info & Tickets

August 1, 2020 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC

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Russell Louder on Spotify: spoti.fi/2OnsTDz

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RISING STAR ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES VERSION OF YELLOW HEARTS FEATURING AUDREY MIKA

WATCH YELLOW HEARTS HERE

FOLLOWS MASSIVE SUCCESS OF ORIGINAL TRACK LANDING ON BILLBOARD HOT 100

GAINS OVER 200 MILLION STREAMS 

SUPPORT FROM NPR, IDOLATOR, ONES TO WATCH

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2020 – 19-year-old, Ant Saunders, taps fellow artist-on-the-rise, Audrey Mika, for an infectious new version of Ant’s smash hit, Yellow Hearts, via Arista Records. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the track is further highlighted by Ant and Audrey’s stellar vocal abilities and undeniable chemistry, as seen in both the official and acoustic videos. Watch the official video here and the acoustic video here.

Says Ant, “Audrey was such a fun person to be around and I really liked her vibe. We had similar views on a lot of things which made her an easy partner to work with.”

On the day of his high school graduation, Saunders released the laid-back R&B influenced pop track. A full DIY effort, he wrote, recorded and produced Yellow Hearts, designed the artwork using Microsoft Paint and used TikTok to ask friends to share the track. Soon, two million TikTok videos were created in response. Since, Yellow Hearts has become a viral sensation, with over 200 million streams and a position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. ­

Saunders’ disarmingly genuine performance on Yellow Hearts translates a universal human emotion through a simple, almost accidental metaphor. “A lot of people think it’s a love song, and it’s really not,’ says Saunders. “It’s about a girl who was interested at first, but over time I couldn’t tell anymore. Whenever I would give her a compliment, she’d respond with yellow hearts. I looked it up, and they stand for friendship but since not everybody goes by those meanings, the fact that I wasn’t sure became really stressful.”  

Watch the original video for Yellow Hearts here.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS 
Born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military, Saunders’ family eventually settled in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey after moving around when he was young. Singing since he can remember, Saunders learned to play guitar in middle school and began releasing original music at age 14 using Audacity and a USB mic. “My parents let me use our spare room for my recording setup,” says Saunders. “I eventually got a MIDI keyboard and a new mic that I used to record Yellow Hearts.” In high school, Saunders studied in the music department, sang in varsity choir, played in the band and performed in musicals. “If I couldn’t sing or make music, I don’t know what the hell I’d be doing,” says Saunders. 

Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Saunders’ sound combines lyrical storytelling, oozing, lullaby-like urban production and velvet vocal delivery to create a palpable mood. “I want to emphasize do it yourself,” he says. “I want to inspire the outcasts, the introverts and show them that they can do anything.” 

Saunders will release new music in February 2020. 

ABOUT AUDREY MIKA
Hailing from the Bay Area, 19 year-old Audrey Mika first rose to prominence as a YouTube sensation whose following has continued to grow with her unique covers of popular hits. She has amassed over 1 million YouTube subscribers who flock to check out her original material such as her two prior projects, 2018’s Are We There Yet and 2019’s Level Up, which she recorded entirely on GarageBand. She’s been called a “rising star” by Paper Magazine and her original music was praised by Ones To Watch who called it “incredible”. Audrey’s forthcoming EP titled 5 A.M. is due out next month, with a headlining tour starting February 24, in support.

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CREEPING DEATH MINI TOUR WITH TERROR TO COMMENCE NEXT WEEK AND NORTH AMERICAN TREK WITH THE ACACIA STRAIN LOOMS

BAND ADDED TO PSYCHO LAS VEGAS LINEUP AND MORE

SHOWS IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

NEW ALBUM WRETCHED ILLUSIONS
OUT NOW VIA EONE


Toronto, ON – February 11, 2020 – Texas death metal goliaths, CREEPING DEATH, will return to the stage next week supporting hardcore veterans Terror on a six-date West Coast tour. The journey begins February 19 in Las Vegas and winds its way through Ventura, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and Portland, coming to a close on February 25 in Seattle. Additional support will be provided by The Warriors and Dare.

From there, the band will unite with The Acacia Strain for an extensive North American run beginning February 28, with CREEPING DEATH annihilating stages through March 11. The band will rejoin the tour on March 20, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal, and remain through its conclusion April 5. Additional support will be provided by Rotting Out, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth.

Not content to sit still, CREEPING DEATH will appear on Oblivion Access 2020 in Austin, Texas this June featuring Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, and others and was recently added to this year’s edition of Psycho Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada this August performing alongside the likes of Danzig, Mercyful Fate, and Emperor, with more live incursions to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

CREEPING DEATH continues to tour in support of their critically lauded Wretched Illusions debut, out now worldwide via Entertainment One. Produced by Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is available CD, digital, and vinyl formats. Order your copy today  here.

CREEPING DEATH w/ Terror, The Warriors, Dare:

2/19/2020 American Legion Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV

2/20/2020 The Tavern – Ventura, CA

2/21/2020 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA

2/22/2020 Santa Cruz Vets Hall – Santa Cruz, CA

2/24/2020 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

2/25/2020 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

 

w/ The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Chamber, Fuming Mouth:

2/28/2020 The State House – New Haven, CT

2/29/2020 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY

3/01/2020 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

3/02/2020 Canal Club – Richmond, VA * CREEPING DEATH only

3/03/2020 The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

3/04/2020 New Brookland Tavern – W. Columbia, SC

3/05/2020 Soundbar – Orlando, FL

3/06/2020 Crowbar – Tampa, FL

3/07/2020 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

3/09/2020 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

3/10/2020 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

3/11/2020 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX

3/20/2020 The Greek Station – Salt Lake City, UT

3/21/2020 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

3/22/2020 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

3/23/2020 Blackhawk Room – Moline, IL * CREEPING DEATH only

3/24/2020 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN

3/25/2020 Subterranean – Chicago, IL

3/26/2020 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN

3/27/2020 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

3/28/2020 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI

3/29/2020 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON

3/31/2020 The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON

4/01/2020 Bar le Ritz – Montreal, QC

4/02/2020 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

4/03/2020 Palladium – Worcester, MA

4/04/2020 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY

4/05/2020 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

6/05-07/2020 Oblivion Access 2020 – Austin, TX

8/14-16/2020 Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

“Death metal’s new breed of old ghouls mutates vintage fringe into the modern mainstream. Leveraging the rhythmic latitude of thrash and hardcore, CREEPING DEATH torque the genre’s thick guttural trademarks with a ramrod propulsion and knockout delivery that’s seemingly innate.” — Decibel

“Wretched Illusions doubles-down on the intensity, delivering ten tracks that coalesce high-velocity attacks with Lone Star State–styled smackdowns akin to Power Trip.”
Revolver

“One thing can be said about CREEPING DEATH: they’re committed to their name… on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips…”
Kerrang

“Everything about this is ugly. Like the aborted lovechild of Dismember and ’89 Bolt Thrower, CREEPING DEATH immediately raise the stakes for the wave of hardcore-infested death metal sweeping the United States.” — Loudwire

“…a formidable debut that ensures CREEPING DEATH's place near the
 forefront of the OSDM resurgence.” —
Exclaim!

“Unrelenting in both its ferocity and listenability… I personally found tracks such as ‘Bloodlust Contamination’ and the doomier ‘Corroded From Within’ akin to very pleasant jackhammers to the face.” — Colorado Springs Independent

CREEPING DEATH:
Reese Alavi – vocals 
Trey Pemberton – guitar 
Eric Mejia – bass 
Lincoln Mullins – drums


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

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

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY PROVES MONEY AIN’T FREE IN NEW VIDEO

NEW ALBUM CH III: THE COME UPOUT FEBRUARY 20

PRE-ORDER NOW

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL 

Toronto, ON – February 11, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,releases a raw and honest visual for her latest single, Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch Money Ain’t Free here.

 

The video was written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa.Karimah was struck by STORRY’s experiences and how she had to create several personas to get through one day – thus recreating it thorough the visual. It moves through STORRY discovering she has no moneyleft in her bank account, to scenes of her confronting her mother, re-packing her dance clothing, to burying one of her identities (literally) before it comes back to life. Memories and moments flash through each frame, representing all-in-a-day’s work, and its emotions. 

 

“I needed to strip to make money to pay for the music so that I wouldn’t have to strip anymore,” STORRY says.“I remember people saying I just wanted the easy money. But let me tell you, there was nothing easy about being an exotic dancer, going back to an industry that had caused me a lot of trauma. My entire life, to this day, I wear mostly hand me down, second-hand clothes, I don't buy name brand items, nor do I go to fancy hotels or drive a fancy car. I'm practical and thrifty. Anyone who knows me knows that. But money isn't free, and I have this dream career that I'm pursuing.”

Money Ain’t Freeis one of the many STORIES from STORRY’s forthcoming album, CH III: The Come Up,a project based on her own journey; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles (notable local collaborations include Junia-T and Rich Kidd), STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch two album release shows; the first on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. 

Following the album launch, STORRY will hit the road for a US tour with stops in Boston, two shows in New York City, Washington, DC, Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit. See below for all dates with venues to be announced.

In March, STORRY will be heading to Saskatoon for the 2020 JUNO Awards, where she is nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here.

Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take without edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. Watch the video here.

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. 
STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.
 

About STORRY
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind, on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.
 

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah) a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie,and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Up will make its Toronto debut at the Toronto Short Film Festival, screening at Carleton Cinema on Thursday, March 19. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

Canadian Tour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

 

US Tour Dates – Venues TBA:

February 28 – Boston, MA 

February 29 – New York, NY

March 1 – New York, NY

March 3 – Washington, DC

March 5 – Indianapolis, IN

March 6 – Chicago, IL

March 7 – Chicago,IL

March 8 – Detroit,MI

Canadian Tour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

US Tour Dates – Venues TBA:

February 28 – Boston, MA 

February 29 – New York, NY

March 1 – New York, NY

March 3 – Washington, DC

March 5 – Indianapolis, IN

March 6 – Chicago, IL

March 7 – Chicago,IL

March 8 – Detroit,MI

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Pre-order CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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LOGAN LEDGER SET TO RELEASE EPONYMOUS DEBUT ALBUM APRIL 3 VIA ELECTRO MAGNETIC/ROUNDER RECORDS

PRODUCED BY 13-TIME GRAMMY WINNER T BONE BURNETT

NEW SINGLE (I’M GONNA GET OVER THIS) SOME DAY OUT TODAY

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

“Drenched in steel and oozing barroom authenticity, this is utterly mesmerizing. Sign me up for the fan club. – Music Row

“Drifting in with the fog from the Bay Area, singer-songwriter Logan Ledger is charmingly scruffy at first appearance. But when he lets his voice loose, it’s chill-inducting—his knack for rubbery hard country melodies conjure the ghosts of 50s singers like George Jones.” Mother Jones

“Ledger is a rising star whose music walks the fine line between country, Americana and alternative, mixing a dreamy element of 1950s nostalgia with undeniably modern attitudes and sensibilities.” American Songwriter

“Ledger came by the hype the honest way. He’s not trying to impress red dirt music devotees, Deadheads or anyone else sure to love something from I Don’t Dream Anymore.”The Boot

“a Roy Orbison fullness and dynamic” Roots Radio WMOT 89.5

“California songwriter Logan Ledger is formulating a country noir stylistic niche with the assistance of T-Bone Burnett, the veteran producer who helped shape Ledger’s debut EP, I Don’t Dream Anymore. The husky-voiced singer/guitarist has obviously spent plenty of time listening to Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak records.” ­The Philadelphia Inquirer

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Rising Bay-area-bred singer-songwriter, Logan Ledger, will release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album on April 3 via Electro Magnetic/Rounder Records. Produced by 13-time GRAMMYAWARD winner T Bone Burnett, Logan Ledger embraces the roots of country music while looking through a dark and surrealistic lens – a sound that’s stylistically wayward yet deeply grounded in classic songmanship. Listen/share (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day here, preorder the album here.

“We were pretty much on the same page when it came to what kind of album we were going to make: something that drew from the traditional folk and country music I’ve loved since childhood, but with a good portion of rock and roll and psychedelia thrown in,” Ledger says of working with Burnett. “I’ve always believed that in order to create something new with purpose, one must be steeped in the past and work from within the tradition. This record represents the manifestation of so many of my lifelong dreams about music.”

Last fall, the Nashville-based artist, dubbed “a modern George Jones” by Rolling Stone, released his EP I Don’t Dream Anymore. Two songs from the EP, Invisible Blue and I Don’t Dream Anymore, will be featured on Ledger’s forthcoming full length.

Backed by T Bone Burnett, additional support on the album comes from guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne), bassist Dennis Crouch (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton) and guitarist/pedal steel player Russ Pahl (Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Childers). Ledger says, “We’re all sort of twirling around each other and creating this great big texture of sound together…. I love how everyone's constantly improvising, but without ever getting in anybody else’s way.”

Ledger will join Secret Sisters on tour across the U.S. this March and April, before joining Lilly Hiatt later this spring. See below for routing details.

TRACK LISTING
1. Mermaids
2. Starlight
3. Invisible Blue
4. I Don’t Dream Anymore
5. Nobody Knows
6. (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day
7. Electric Fantasy
8. Tell Me A Lie
9. Skip A Rope
10. San Francisco
11. Imagining Raindrops

TOUR DATES:
March 22 - Sarasota, FL Fogartyville - Community Media and Arts Center ◊
March 23 - Tampa, FL - Jaeb Theater ◊
March 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre*
March 27 - Boston, MA - City Winery*
March 28 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery*
March 29 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere*
March 31 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival*
April 2 - Chicago, IL - Maurer Hall- Old Town School of Folk Music*
April 3 - Wausau, WI - Grand Theater*
April 4 - Eau Claire, WI - Pablo Center at the Confluence*
April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater*
April 6 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room*
April 8 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s*
April 9 - Kansas City, KS - Knuckleheads Saloon*
April 10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway*
April 19 - Tilmon, TX - Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 30 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall†
May 1 - Fort Collins, CO - Armory Event Center†
May 2 - Manitou Springs, CO - Lulu’s Downstairs†
May 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar†
May 5 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar†
May 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge†
May 8 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord†
May 9 - Redding, CA - The Dip†
May 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge†
May 13 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset Tavern†
May 14 - Prosser, WA - Brewminatti†
May 15 - Boise, ID - The Olympic Venue†
May 16 - Hailey, ID - The Mint†
◊ Headline
*Supporting Secret Sisters
†Supporting Lilly Hiatt

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM CONCORDE

VIDEO FOR CONCORDE PREMIERES AT NUVO MAGAZINE

ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 17 
VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

PERFORMING AT SXSW IN MARCH

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, launch the title track for their forthcoming album, Concorde, set for release April 17 via Lisbon Lux Records. The song arrives with a stunning video that premiered via NUVO Magazine. Watch Concorde here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,”says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

The video was directed by Ariel Poupart in the group’s hometown of Montreal. He connected the track to the plane as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery.

"Right after Le Couleur approached me for the project, I had a flash: I was going to pay homage to the plane Concorde, but in a symbolic way, by showing characters of all kinds, people in transit who are lost. They're all looking for their destinations, whether it's their soccer game, their all-inclusive hotel or their next flight. After the tragedy, they meet each other, stopped in time, their wandering souls cross without speaking, in limbo in forever."

The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances.

Le Couleur polished their sound until it shined as bright as the late Studio 54's spotlights with Eps, Voyage Love (2013) and Dolce Désir (2015), and then P.O.P. (2016), their critically acclaimed debut album.

Thanks to precious advice from Giorgio Moroder, with whom the band had the opportunity of sharing the stage, Le Couleur recorded their new album adopting a completely different approach.

Concordetakes its name from the legendary Franco-British airplane from 1965, nicknamed the "beautiful white bird" for its sleek and modern design. This avant-garde project that ended in tragedy has always held a certain fascination for Laurence Giroux-do; a deadly "crash" that inspired in her a sense of macabre sensuality.

In the album's music we find vintage influences, recalling the faded charm of 70s erotica, warm tones also rooted in psychedelia, disco, yéyé, and French chanson.

Pre-order Concorde now, and keep an eye out for Le Couleur at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month – you can find more info here.

UPCOMING SHOWS
March 16-21 – SXSW 2020 – Austin, TX – Info and Tickets
May 8 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco – Info and Tickets
May 21 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti – Info and Tickets

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF DEBUTS ALL OR NOTHING TODAY

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT
FEBRUARY 14 ON STAX RECORDS

2020 SOLO TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT
WITH TORONTO SHOWS ON MARCH 8 AND 9

“Stark, eloquent Cash echoes.” – The New York Times

TORONTO, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff debuts his new song, All Or Nothing, the third track shared from his forthcoming solo album, And It’s Still Alright. The record is set for release next Friday on Stax Records. Listen to All Or Nothing here.

Starting on Monday, February 10, for five days, Rateliff will live stream his solo material as well as his music with The Night Sweats via their YouTube Channel, from 12PM ET - 6PM ET, with a new song from And It’s Still Alright premiering each day at 3PM ET. Fans can stream the music on Monday here.

Most recently, the lead single and title track off And It’s Still Alright was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. Consequence of Sound called the song a “heart-tugging ballad,” while TIME noted, “...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge, the sort of lived-in voice that seems suited for a campfire and a country lullaby.” In addition, Rolling Stone featured the album on their list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020, while Rateliff returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform And It’s Still Alright. Watch the performance here.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Rateliff’s nearly sold out And It’s Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theatre shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes two shows at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.

And It’s Still Alright is available for pre-order here while vinyl and CD packages can be purchased here

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
February 22—New York, NY—Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*

March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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JENN GRANT WISHES HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY WITH NEW SINGLE

TRACK COMES FROM REIMAGINE EP
SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21

TOUR DATES IN HALIFAX, MONTREAL
AND OTTAWA THIS MONTH
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NOMINATED FOR FOUR 2020 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS
FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR
SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR
FANS’ CHOICE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
AND FANS’ CHOICE VIDEO OF THE YEAR FOR KEEP A LIGHT ON

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Jenn Grant has been trickling out new music over the past few months, following her latest release Love, Inevitable. She extended the summer season into September with a stunning rendition of Don Henley’s classic, Boys Of Summer, followed by The Party – an “alt-holiday” song released in December, and ode to lonely people joining the party again. Today, Jenn shares a third track – Happy Birthday, Babya song that reflects on the experiences and emotions around becoming a parent.

“I found childbirth and postpartum to be such an intense, overwhelming but also beautiful and sacred experience,” Jenn reflects. “It can be like all your worst fears and biggest dreams of life coming true at the same time. This song is about those moments before my son was born, and thereafter.”

Happy Birthday, Baby, along with the previously released tracks and a beautiful acoustic rendition of Love, Inevitable’s single, Raven, will be released as the Reimagine EP, which will drop digitally on February 21st and be available in limited edition physical copies at Jenn’s upcoming concerts in Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa (tour date details can be found below).

Jenn continues, “I wanted to include some songs on this Reimagine EP to go with Love, Inevitable. It's been such an all-encompassing experience around that record and the touring of it, that I felt a few more songs needed to be added to the mix. These were recorded around Nashville and at Echo Lake Recordings in Nova Scotia – kind of on a whim. I also wanted to extend the life of this beautiful album, by attaching something new to it, like a true EP can do.

Love, Inevitable, was released in June 2019 and is a marker for a period of change in Jenn’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another.  After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Jenn stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Jenn celebrated the release with a cross-Canada tour, enthralling audiences across the country with the new heartfelt songs, and has now earned four 2020 East Coast Music Award nominations for the album: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for Keep A Light On.

“Grant's gorgeous voice swoops and soars across shimmering pop anthems, folk gems, and sunset ballads.” – CBC Music

REIMAGINE EP TRACKLISTING:

  1. The Party
  2. Raven (acoustic)
  3. Oh, Family
  4. Happy Birthday, Baby
  5. Boys Of Summer

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 14 – Rebecca Cohen Auditorium – Halifax, NS – TICKETS
February 27 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – TICKETS
February 28 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON – TICKETS

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DENZEL CURRY & KENNY BEATS RELEASE SURPRISE COLLABORATIVE ALBUM UNLOCKED

SHARE ACCOMPANYING 24-MINUTE SHORT FILM
FEATURING DENZEL AND KENNY BY PSYCHO FILMS

STREAM ALBUM AND WATCH FILM HERE

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 –Yesterday, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beatssurprised fans with a new album. Titled UNLOCKED, the collaborative album is the product of a manic three-day studio session following Denzel's widely-acclaimed visit to Kenny's studio for the first season finale of his YouTube show, The Cave. The album is unlike anything you've heard from Denzel or Kenny before, with two of the brightest young stars in hip-hop exploring unexpected sounds outside of their respective catalogues, drawing from the likes of Wu-Tang, Madlib, J Dilla and MF Doom. The result is a body of work that sees Denzel setting the tone for a new decade that began with him paving the sound of the 2010's as a member of Raider Klan.

 

To accompany the surprise album, Denzel and Kenny are also sharing a 24-minute animated film  by Psycho Films that includes all of UNLOCKED'seight songs. The film captures Denzel and Kenny's journey into the expanse of the internet to chase their leaked album, venturing across a number of animated worlds to recover UNLOCKED track-by-track. They will also be releasing physical copies of the album on their Webstore, including a limited-edition clear vinyl, a CD with a jewelbox CD case and poster, and a limited-edition purple shelled cassette.

 

The album kicks off the new decade for Denzel, which will see him continue to build off a breakout 2019 with upcoming performances at Coachella and two Red Bull Zeltron World Wide events in Miami and Oakland. Last year saw Denzel release his critically-acclaimed album, ZUU, which was named one of the best albums of the year by ComplexPitchfork,Exclaim!and Stereogum, in addition to being named the #1 Lyricist of 2019 by Genius, touring alongside Billie Eilish and the $UICIDEBOY$, and making his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

 

Hear UNLOCKED above and see below for full album info.

 

 

UNLOCKED TRACKLISTING

1. Track 01

2. Take_It_Back_v2

3. Lay_Up.m4a

4. Pyro (leak 2019)

5. DIET_

6. So.Incredible.pkg

7. Track07

8. 'Cosmic'.m4a

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PAUL CHIN SHARES NEW SINGLE TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT FEAT. DESIREE DAWSON

NEW ALBUM FULL SPECTRUM SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 20

PRE-ORDER NOW

FEATURING COLLABORATORS SHAD, 
REBEKAH  HAWKER, SYDANIE AND MORE 

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, multifaceted Toronto artist, producer and DJ, Paul Chin, announces his forthcoming project, Full Spectrum.Set for release on March 20, Paul introduces the album with Take It Or Leave It,  a fresh tune featuring CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson. The song was created from an unlikely meeting and evolved into friendship through collaboration, much like the album’s focus. Listen to Take It Or Leave It and pre-order the album here.

“Take It Or Leave It was started at a writing camp Desirée (Dawson), Natasha (Fisher) and I were all invited to, helmed by Babyface. It was the last day of the camp, and we were all assigned to what was effectively the ‘leftovers room’ at the studio, probably because we weren’t really seen as the “promising” pop songwriters among the cohort.  But recognising that we weren’t the favourites also kind of emboldened us to say “screw it; let’s forget about what’s trendy and just make a song that’s HONEST,” Paul says of the process.

“That session was the one session I had all week which felt like a collaboration in the truest sense; a piece of art that feels distinctly and identifiably like each of us and our artistic voices.  We got through the first verse and chorus that day, and Desirée and I wrote the rest of the song long-distance over the next year and a little bit.”

After a hiatus from releasing music since his 2015 project, Dancing Drums, Paul Chin returns with his farthest reaching and most sonically ambitious project to date. Full Spectrum is a 20-minute gaze into the musical fascinations and influences that have made him the artist he is today, with assists from an all-star cast of features. Chin deftly folds anime scores, dancehall, orchestral soul, hip-hop, and electronica into his sound, architecting a rich foundation for the likes of CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson, and Polaris Music Prize nominee, Shad, to deliver an effortlessly killer performances which confirm Paul's reputation as a captain of musical voyaging. The album was mixed and mastered by Toronto’s Freeza Chin.

Paul Chin is a Polaris Music Prize-nominated producer that has risen from a pedigree of classical training, to discovering bedroom production; then years of releasing music as a beatmaker's beatmaker; followed by almost a half-decade of inwardly-focused musical exploration, practice, and collaboration. The Toronto artist's return to the market – while easy to be apprehensive about – begins a new chapter marked by this joyous and confident reflection of his vast musical vocabulary, and adoration for the artform as an electronic artist.

“The last few years of being an observer and student of the music industry, without being as much of a participant or contributor, really made me aware of how much effort is being exerted – industry-wide – by the vast majority of artists, trying to fit into the narrowest lane,”Paul expands on the intention behind the project. 

“I wanted Full Spectrum to be about being fully and wholly myself, and a space where my friends and collaborators could be fully and wholly themselves too.  I’m a lover, student, and product of so many diverse musical traditions, and I no longer care that the vast majority of music consumers on streaming services don’t care for all of those traditions; I just want to reach the relative handful of people who do, and do right by them.  So much of the music that’s really resonated with me and stuck with me over the years has been stuff that’s niche, or specific, or even obscure – which doesn’t make it less good musically – but that stuff was incredibly important to me as a young man seeking validation in his formative years of musical identity, and I just want to make music that’s important to someone else that way.”

About Paul Chin
Paul Chin is a lifelong student, lover, and explorer of music, which manifests itself in his work as a music producer and DJ. Growing up in the Cayman Islands, importing influence and inspiration from any and everywhere was always ingrained in his sense of identity. Additionally, the ethos of DIY culture and resourcefulness exemplified by his Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents are part of what drew him to the resilient philosophy of hip-hop while studying classical and jazz in school and private music lessons. 

Eventually, his robust musical foundation and scrappy work ethic would meet his insatiable appetite for new and exciting sounds, leading him toward beat-driven electronic music. Since permanently relocating to Toronto, Canada, Paul has embedded himself in the city’s creative fabric. Collaborating and performing alongside resident stalwarts such as Skratch Bastid, Harrison, Tanika Charles, and Shad has afforded him local ambassadorship on stages alongside the likes of Snakehips, Falcons, Toro Y Moi, and Shigeto. His releases all possess a gravitational centre of instrumental hip-hop, but draw his pursuits of jazz, gospel, IDM, disco, garage, dancehall, and anime scores into their orbit. Not content to emulate trendy aesthetics from any one genre, Paul continues to develop his sound, performance, and collaborative work from a diverse spectrum of artists.

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OVERCOATS ANNOUNCE UPCOMING ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT MARCH 6

SHARE NEW TRACK AND VIDEO FOR FIRE & FURY

ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR
INCLUDING CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER
TORONTO AND MONTREAL

CURRENTLY ON TOUR SUPPORTING COLD WAR KIDS

“The singer-songwriters Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell layer their 8ghtknit vocals into bright electronic soundscapes – a winning recipe” – The New York Times

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, announce the March 6 release of their upcoming album, The Fight, via Loma Vista Recordings. Tempering punk energy with vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness, The Fight is a ten-song battle-cry. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. The Fight is the push.

“The idea you have to fight for who you are, what you want, and what you hope to see in the world became poignant for us,” says Overcoats. “We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier, but to start fighting harder.”

The Fight is available to pre-order now on deluxe vinyl with 10-card custom tarot deck, CD, and digital here.     

Overcoats have also debuted a new song and video entitled, Fire & Fury. The track is equal parts dark and brooding as well as hopeful and anthemic – a dichotomy which is mirrored in the its soaring chorus: “there’s a fire, there’s a fury, the sky is falling, but we’ll get through it.” Click here to watch and here to listen.

The video was shot in Wrightwood, CA and was directed by her ProducVons, who said this of working with the band: “When producing and directing for Overcoats, our goal for the video was to provide a visual representation of their musical growth. Overcoats’ artistic dedication to the creative process supported the creation of a truly authentic video.”

Additionally, Overcoats have announced an 18-date North American headline tour, following their current run with Cold War Kids. The headline tour beginsApril 2 in San Francisco, and features Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. More dates to be announced soon.

Overcoats first launched this fresh and fiery new chapter with a salty single entitled, The Fool, which NPR named one of its Top 20 Songs of September. The video saw the duo making a statement by shaving their heads on-camera and igniting the next phase of their career with fearless honesty. They followed the release of The Fool with two additional new tracks, Leave If You Wanna and Keep The Faith. The three anthems signify what’s to come on the new Overcoats album and feeds an urgent theme of fighting for self, spirit and soul at all costs, whether it be in a relationship, in world or in life.

About Overcoats
Shaving their heads, grabbing guitars, and pulling no punches, Overcoats, made up of New York-natives Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, etched a ten-song battle-cry on their second full-length album, The Fight [Loma Vista Recordings]. Their vision is not about picking up arms, but rather about picking oneself up. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. This is the push.

As Overcoats wrapped up touring behind their critically acclaimed 2017 debut Young, it seemed as though the world was collapsing around them. There was no choice but to fight. So, they donned guitars in a shared New York city apartment and wrote the soundtrack to their fight. Hana and JJ personally assembled a team around themselves to help support their vision. Within a self-contained environment and under the watch of one London-based creative director, two LA-based producers, and, of course the two creators, the album came to life.

Inspired by everything from Young Marble Giants to The Violent Femmes to Iggy Pop, Overcoats rooted this next chapter in electric guitar and punk energy culled from nearly two years on the road. At the same time, they tempered the energy with a vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness. JJ explains, “The new music is a bit grittier and more rock-leaning, but there has always been and will always be a through-line of our voices singing in harmony.” “This album is going to break your heart, but also try to put it back together,” states Hana. “Allowing the guitar to dictate the sound, we tried to represent all of the stages of what this realization was. It’s not just depression, anger, and sadness; it’s the motivational stage too. It’s the pop song that helps to distract you from your sadness. It’s a call-to-arms to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and fight to stay alive.”

The Fight follows Overcoats’ debut full-length Young, which stood out as “one of the Top 5 bestselling albums from a debut ar8st on an independent label in 2017,” bowed at No. 4 on the Alternative New Albums Chart and landed at No. 12 on the Heatseekers Chart. Overcoats generated 50 million-plus streams, sold 30K albums, and regularly averaged 1 million-plus listeners on Spotify. Billboard touted Young among The Best Albums of 2017 – Critics Pick, and NPR Music named it the #4 Album of 2017. The album also received praise from the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and more.

THE FIGHT TRACKLIST:
1. I’ll Be There
2. Fire and Fury
3. The Fool
4. YJSTS
5. Apathetic Boys
6. Leave If You Wanna
7. Keep The Faith
8. Dria
9. The Fight
10. New Shoes

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
2/5 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
2/6 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
2/7 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
2/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore ^
2/10 - Jacksonville, FL - Ponte Vedra ^
2/11 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre ^
2/12 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works ^ 02/14 - Tulsa, OK -
Cain’s ^
2/15 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s ^
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo ^
4/2 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
4/4 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/5 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
4/6 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
4/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
4/9 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
4/11 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
4/14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
4/15 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
4/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
4/17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
4/18 - Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe

4/23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
4/25 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
4/28 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
4/29 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry
4/30 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
5/2 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
^ with Cold War Kids

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES NEW SINGLE MONEY AIN’T FREE

PREMIERES AT CBC Q

FORTHCOMING ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP
OUT FEBRUARY 20 – PRE-ORDERNOW

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION 
FOR REGGAE RECORD OF THE YEAR

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS IN TORONTO 
ON FEBRUARY 20 AND MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22

WATCH VIDEO FOR A LOST FIND

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,shares her new single, Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. With a broadcast premiere on CBC qand an interview on VIBE 105.5’sRebel Vibez program this morning, the song is one of the many STORIES from STORRY’s forthcoming album, CH III: The Come Up,a project based on her own journey; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. Ahead of its release on February 20, you can listen to Money Ain’t Freehere.

 

“I needed to strip to make money to pay for the music so that I wouldn’t have to strip anymore,” STORRY says.“I remember people saying I just wanted the easy money. But let me tell you, there was nothing easy about being an exotic dancer, going back to an industry that had caused me a lot of trauma. My entire life, to this day, I wear mostly hand me down, second-hand clothes, I don't buy name brand items, nor do I go to fancy hotels or drive a fancy car. I'm practical and thrifty. Anyone who knows me knows that. But money isn't free, and I have this dream career that I'm pursuing.”

 

Last week, STORRY received a 2020 JUNO Award nomination for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here.

 

With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles (notable local collaborations include Junia-T and Rich Kidd), STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch two album release shows; the first on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. Stay tuned for her US tour dates and see all details below.
 

Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take without edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. On the process, STORRY shares, “We picked up a camera and went out into the fields where Tom lives and started shooting a video for it. Lucky for us, a few days after the initial shooting in the sunlight, we would have a huge rainstorm. I remember watching the rain cloud coming. I counted out to Tom when the rain would arrive 5-4-3-2 before I could get to one, I became drenched in a matter of seconds. Tom could barely hold the camera straight from all the wind, and was also trying to hold the umbrella over the camera at the same time as shooting. This was the springboard for me getting into film. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I could get it done.”

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money.

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.
 

About STORRY

STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind, on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.
 

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah) a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie,and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

TOUR DATES:

Thursday, February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

Saturday, February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Pre-order CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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ALEXANDRIA MAILLOT’S GRIPPING NEW VISUALS FOR SOMEONE TO KEEP YOU WARM SPARK JOY AND VENGEANCE

VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY VIA ATWOOD MAGAZINE

TRACK IS LATEST SINGLE FROM
SOPHOMORE ALBUM BENEVOLENCE

“…an album that defies stiff categorization by constantly keeping
you on your toes.”
Exclaim!

’Someome To Keep You Warm’ stutters boldly, grinding its way to a grimy bass dropping finale” – Earmilk

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Following the release of her acclaimed sophomore album, Benevolence, Alexandria Maillot kickstarts the new decade with a brand-new music video for Someone to Keep You Warm.

Subjected around the enjoyment of an ex-partner struggling to find love, the new video features a lonely male protagonist. "Sometimes, loneliness can feel like you're under attack, and there's nothing else to do but run for your life,” says director, Brendan Taylor. Showcasing this vision, each chorus of the song is met with strobe lighting, merging perfectly with the heavy synth bass drop. The character slips into a trance-like state, where he finds himself trapped around a group of females, whom represent his failures of loving again.

Discussing the inspiration for her new video, and latest single Alexandria says, "The music video represents the unsettled, peculiar frame of mind I was in when writing Someone to Keep You Warm, The song lyrics paint images of darkness and discomfort, straying from a sense of home and leaving an aftertaste of discontent. The video translates many parts of it visually as a twisted dance between the protagonist's unkept and unhealthy lifestyle and the ghost-like mirages of those affected along the way. It is a story of a haunting, or rather, one's past catching up to them."

Armed with razor-sharp wit and hopeless romanticism, Alexandria dissects narratives from personal life-experiences and delivers through sometimes schmaltzy and sometimes electro-poppy instrumentation and arrangements. For this, she’s often been compared to heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.

Maillot has already accumulated an impressive list of credits including being scouted by esteemed Canadian producer and songwriter David Foster (Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Whitney Houston) aged twelve, collaborating with Randy Bachman (Ringo Starr, The Beach Boys), and securing a feature on the Opera Winfrey network.

Touring extensively across Europe and Canada, performing at festivals such as Reeperbahn and Iceland Airwaves, Alexandria is no stranger to the live-circuit. Her debut album, Time, also saw her playlisted across national radio and gained her critical acclaim internationally across industry peers and fans.

With Benevolence, we see a change in the singer-songwriter. On tracks like I Never Liked Your Friends, we see her exploring a more sardonic side to her songwriting, while Make It Out comes from a darker place, with Maillot saying it’s “a song about depression; the lack of motivation that plagues the day, where solace is only found in sleep at night.”

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THE BLUE STONES RECEIVE JUNO NOMINATION FOR BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR

NEW SINGLE SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST HITS #1 AT ACTIVE ROCK IN CANADA

DUO SELL OUT FIRST EVER TORONTO HEADLINING SHOW AT THE LEGENDARY HORSESHOE TAVERN

ON TOUR NOW THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA

Toronto, ON – February 4, 2020 – Canadian rock duo, The Blue Stones, have had a momentous start to 2020! Last week, the band received their first JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year, quickly followed by the news that their lead single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, has hit #1 at Active Rock in Canada, after climbing the charts for 13 consecutive weeks. The track comes from the band’s anticipated new album, coming later this year.

"All of us at eOne are so thrilled about The Blue Stones’ well-deserved Juno nomination,” says eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music. “The band makes amazing music and seeing them rise into the top of the Canadian Active Rock chart whilst selling out shows in the US, UK and Canada is a testament to what the future holds.”

The Blue Stones reflect: “We’re stoked to see that after a long time and a lot of hard work, things are coming together and taking off all at once. We can’t wait to share what else we have in store for 2020.”

In addition to these exciting milestones, the band kicked off their North American Hidden Gems Tour in late January, playing across Ontario, selling out all six shows in Kingston, London, St. Catharines, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. The Blue Stones are now making their way to the United States to play 14 shows across eight states during February, before heading home to close out the tour in western Canada throughout March. See below for full tour details.

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

These accomplishments will be the first of many great things to come from The Blue Stones in 2020. Stay tuned for more news from the band coming soon!

TOUR DATES:
February 6 @ Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
February 7 @ Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
February @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
February 9 @ High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
February 11 @ Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
February 13 @ Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH
February 14 @ Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
February 15 @ The Hollow - Albany, NY
February 16 @ The Lizard Lounge at Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
February 18 @ MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
February 19 @ Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
February 20 @ Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
February 21 @ The Basement - Columbus, OH
February 22 @ The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
March 12 @ The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB 
March 13 @ The Exchange - Regina, SK
March 18 @ Better Than Fred's - Grande Prairie, AB
March 19 @ Bo's Bar - Red Deer, AB
March 20 @ The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
March 21 @ The Gateway - Calgary, AB
March 23 @ The Blue Grotto - Kamloops, BC 
March 24 @ Sapphire - Kelowna, BC
March 25 @ Capital Ballroom - Victoria, BC 
March 26 @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC

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www.thebluestonesmusic.com

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K. MICHELLE RELEASES NEW ALBUM ALL MONSTERS ARE HUMAN TODAY

LEAD SINGLE THE RAIN AT #8 ON THE MEDIABASE UAC CHARTS 

RELEASES NEW VISUAL FOR INSTANT GRAT TRACK JUST LIKE JAY
 
CELEBRATES ALBUM RELEASE WITH MONSTERS BALL
HOSTED BY BIG FREEDIA

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – R&B singer/songwriter, K. Michelle, releases her highly anticipated album, All Monsters Are Human, today via Entertainment One (eOne).   This album is the first under this partnership and is K’s first project as an indie artist.  The album is currently #1 in R&B on iTunes and Amazon. All Monsters Are Human, which is executive produced by K. Michelle, features production and writing by Jazze Pha,  Drumma Boy, Lil Ronnie, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge and many more.  K has already released street single SupaHood,  which features City Girls and Kash Doll (7M+ views on YouTube) and lead single The Rain (Over 12M+ views on YouTube), the latter having hit the top 10 on both the Billboard and Mediabase UAC charts. She performed the hit song at the 2019 Soul Train Awards, wowing fans with her remake of the hit New Edition song, which was originally produced and written by the legendary Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Yesterday, K. Michelle released a new visual for instant grat track Just Like Jay. Watch the official video here.

In addition, K. Michelle celebrated the release of the album with a Monsters Ball hosted by Bounce Queen Big Freedia. Fans, music industry insiders and more showed up and showed out for the celebration as Team Rebellion faced off against Team Bounce with the who’s who of ballroom culture.  Sponsored by eOne andKreyol Essence, the winners included Best dressed- Legendary Simone 007(Best Dressed); Venus Balenciaga (Runway); Legendary Kam St. Laurent (Sex Siren); NY Father Leryia Garcon (Face); and Legendary Veronika Miyake Mugler, Shay Prodigy, Kimiyah Balenciaga (Team Performance). The Winning Team was Team Rebel, which included Legendary Simone 007, Aoki Revlon, Davinci Miyake Mugler, NY Father Leryia Garcon. Also, Tsan Performance (Female Figures) included Legendary Veronika Miyake Mugler, Shay Prodigy, Kimiyah Balenciaga. Special thanks toHouse of Mugler, House of YES, Kreyol Essence and all the participants that made this night amazing.

For more information on K. Michelle, her new album, tour dates and more, fans can log onto www.allmonstersarehuman.com.

ALL MONSTERS ARE HUMAN TRACK LISTING:
1. Just like Jay 
2. That Game
3. The Rain
4. All The Lovers
5. Something New
6. Ciara’s Prayer
7. OMG
8. SupaHood
9. Love On Me
10. Don’t Like You
11. Table For One
12. Can’t Let (You Get Away)
13. The Worst  

www.allmonstersarehuman.com

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW TRACK I DON’T AGE TODAY

PRE ORDER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM THE ALLEGORY AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Royce 5'9" releases a new track, I DON’T AGE, today.  This is the third track to be released from Royce’s forthcoming album, THE ALLEGORY, (eOne/Heaven Studios, Inc.), set to be released on February 21.  Fans can pre order/save THE ALLEGORY beginning today and immediately receive I DON’T AGE as an Instant Grat track. 

Royce just released the controversial track and visual for Overcomer, feat. WestSide Gunn and recently released Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.

Royce is also featured on 3 tracks from Eminem's surprise #1 album MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY.   He appears on Yah Yah, featuring Black Thought, Q-Tip and Denaun Porter, You Gon' Learn, featuring White Gold and I Will, featuring Slaughterhouse members KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz.  With Em, his partner in rhyme, Royce adds to his production arsenal on the controversial lead single, Darkness and You Gon' Learn.

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce will perform in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.  The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and advance tickets are available here.  Ticket buyers will receive a free album download with the purchase of a ticket.  


ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

www.royce59.com

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FLASH GOTTII FEATURING TRIPPIE REDD RELEASE PAPER CHASE MUSIC VIDEO

TOP OF THE WORLD PRODUCED BY D.A. GOT THAT DOPE 

TRIPPIE REDD TOUR DATES START TODAY

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Kansas City’s, Flash Gottii, nabs chart-topping rapper, Trippie Redd, and producer Luke Herbert for Paper Chase. The music video is the lead visual from Gottii’s upcoming debut 20/20 Vision EP releasing via Entertainment One/100 Entertainment. Directed by California Creatives, the clip shows the two rappers in a mansion with money on their mind and kicking all distractions to the curb. Watch the video here.
 
“The song is basically about all the fake love that surrounds you when you start getting money,” explains Flash Gottii. “I hate fake love, I just don’t want to be around those vibes. My focus is taking care of my family and doing what I gotta do and I think a lot of people can relate. Shout out to my brother Trippie Redd for jumping on the song and taking me out on tour.”

Today, Flash Gottii joins Trippie Redd’s Love Me More Tour with the first performance happening in his hometown at the Arvest Bank Theatre. All dates listed below. Last week, Flash Gottii debuted another D.A. Got That Dope track, Top Of The World, a red and gold inspired anthem dedicated to The Chiefs heading to Super Bowl LIV.

LOVE ME MORE TOUR DATES:
February 1 Kansas City, MO
February 3 St Louis, MO
February 4 Des Moines, IA
February 6 Minneapolis, MN
February 7 Milwaukee, WI
February 8 Chicago, IL
February 9 Grand Rapids, MI
February 11 Indianapolis, IN
February 12 Columbus, OH
February 14 Detroit, MI
February 15 Cleveland, OH

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LOVING'S DEBUT ALBUM IF I AM ONLY MY THOUGHTS OUT TODAY VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LISTEN & SHARE HERE

"the band display an innate talent for lush compositions and soothing melody, capturing a delicate blend of melancholy and optimism." - EXCLAIM

"Visions sounds like the summer-misplaced from weird, sun-stained driving montages from '60s and '70s movies, the soundtrack to spending summer afternoons in the backseat of stuffy cars" - PASTE

"draws from an earthy palette of folk-inflected indie rock with grounded, psychedelic, and mesmerizing arrangements" - NOISEY

“... simple, sun-dappled folk-pop, like Whitney after a thimbleful of magic mushrooms.” - PITCHFORK

"The title track is absolutely gorgeous, unfolding at its own pace, this leisurely sense of grace that is also explicitly exact.” - CLASH

"mellow, folky indie rock with a twist of psychedelia" - BROOKLYN VEGAN

"beautiful, indie rock lullabies with just a touch of psychedelia" - INDIE SHUFFLE

"warm, dreamy tickling of guitars and the distinctive vocals that place you right there with them in British Columbia, hiding from the unforgiving downpour of rain with a steaming hot cuppa' chamomile" - EARMILK

"soundtrack of lush guitars and an easygoing ambience" - SUBSTREAM

"a full dose of good vibes... This is about the best medicine to chill your life that you are going to find today" - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Loving's intimate, lo-fi psychedelic folk songs inspire a sense of ease, yet are deceptively intricate. They offer a space to ruminate in life's uncertainties and acknowledge the often strange journey of being alive.

After a highly acclaimed self-released EP, which organically found success online, Loving return with their first full-length album, If I Am Only My Thoughts, which sees its release today on Last Gang Records. Have a listen to the title track here, and watch the video for Lately In Another Time here.

The Victoria, BC-based band is the collaboration of David Parry and brothers Lucas and Jesse Henderson. With lyrics written by both Jesse and Lucas, the lush, homespun collection of songs was recorded to tape, mixed, and mastered by David in his self-described "cold, dismal" basement studio in Victoria. In contrast, these songs are balmy and inviting, comprised of a series of open-ended questions that circle existential themes.

Stay tuned for North American tour dates to be announced soon.

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

www.lovingband.com

About Last Gang:
Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with Ryan Hemsworth, LIGHTS, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, Purity Ring, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. See lastgangentertainment.com for more info.

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LAILA BIALI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM OUT OF DUST TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 27th ON CHRONOGRAPH RECORDS

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

LEAD SINGLE SUGAR OUT TODAY

ON TOUR ACROSS CANADA
THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali. For nearly every major triumph – a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the 2019 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world – the singer-songwriter has faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache – but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

Set for release on March 27th on Chronograph Records, Out of Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting, even as it confronts her recent challenges – and the current political climate – head-on.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, Revival; transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, Biali sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / Come on down”. This fervour animates the entire album, even in its quieter, more personal moments, like on Wendy’s Song – a piano ballad dedicated to the friend Biali lost to cancer – turning the details of a single life into a powerful epic. Glass House – which Biali wrote with her husband – frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide, while Take the Day Off – a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son – bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing, with Biali singing that it’s okay to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. Giving fans a taste of the new music on Out Of Dust, Biali drops the lead single, Sugar, today. Inspired the writer Rebecca Reynolds’ poem about sugar addiction, the track is a funky, toe-tapping anthem for not feeling so guilty about life’s guilty pleasures. Have a listen here.

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali, has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In addition to her 2019 JUNO Award win, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category, and was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

OUT OF DUST TRACKLISTING:

  1. Revival
  2. The Monolith
  3. Glass House
  4. Wendy’s Song
  5. Sugar
  6. Alpha Waves
  7. Au pays de Cocagne
  8. Take Me To The Alley
  9. The Baker’s Daughter
  10. Broken Vessels
  11. Take The Day Off

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café

February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – Pyatt Hall

DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo | DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork
DOWNLOAD – tour poster

www.lailabiali.com

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

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ALLIE X SHARES NEW SINGLE DEVIL I KNOW

NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Iconoclastic pop darling, Allie X, returns with a new album, Cape God; an extensive tour and a new single – the ominous yet instantly memorable, Devil I Know. Listen to the track here.

“The lyrics to Devil I Know follow my inner dialogue as I address my abuser directly. ‘Everytime I take your lead feels like a curse. Everytime I try to stop, feels even worse. Baby you’re the devil I know. Better than the devil I don’t...,” explains Allie X. “What the listener realizes as the song goes on, is that I am actually singing to myself as the perpetrator, inflicting all my own suffering. ‘I could scream somebody help me out. But the wicked one is me.’ This is a song about your own inner demons, how difficult it is to quiet them, and how easy it is to stay embraced in their arms.”  

Allie X welcomes fans to Cape God in this short video clip. Set for release on February 21 via Twin Music, the album features Mitski (on Susie Save Your Love) and Troye Sivan (on Love Me Wrong). Cape God is a carefully constructed meditation on universal themes of identity and belonging and, most importantly, a declaration of the autonomy we have when it comes to redefining ourselves and our place in the world. Allie subverts the notion of Cape Cod – the East Coast playground of elite insiders – and plunges listeners into a gloomy, grandiose fantasy world where anxiety-ridden outsiders take center stage. Against a backdrop of darkly dreamlike production, she recalls teenage alienation and rethinks ostracization as a vehicle to unite rather than isolate.

“I was waiting for the right moment and place and maturity level where I could comfortably and accurately put these feelings into song,” Allie X explains. “This sort of margin in time and space helped me dive in and explore some repressed childhood feelings.”

Devil I Know is the fifth new song that Allie X has unveiled in the lead-up to the release of Cape God. Vulture praised lead single, Fresh Laundry as “one of her most sophisticated songs yet, built on a noir-ish minimal beat that reminds me of St. Vincent or Nine Inch Nails.” Naming her one of the “essential new artists for 2020,” NME noted, “She can take a line about fresh laundry and turn it into something transcendental.”

Reviewing Love Me Wrong ft. Troye Sivan, TIME said, “Allie X’s evolution continues, and this iteration has my full attention. [Love Me Wrong] is first of all absolutely gorgeous. I could get drunk on this song for days.” Allie X describes Regulars as “an anthem for outsiders and one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written.” Watch the official video for Regulars here.

V Magazine observed, “You know Allie X already: she’s the weird girl with the best shoes – who everyone else secretly wishes they were brave enough to befriend, bitch.” In 2019, she toured with Charli XCX and Marina and The Diamonds, prompting NME to note, “it’s starting to feel like she might already be part of the new decade’s pop Justice League.” In recent months, she has been featured on the covers of Dress To Kill (Canada), Bricks (UK) and Vestal.

Cape God is the follow-up to 2018’s, Super Sunset, which NYLON praised as the enigmatic artist’s “most open effort yet, a semi-fictionalized account inspired by falling in love and her life amidst all the L.A. glitz and glamour.” GQ said, “[On] the exceptional, singular Super Sunset, she finally enters the gates of pop heaven.” The album is available for pre-order now in CD, single sleeve vinyl and deluxe gatefold vinyl editions. Album/ticket bundles, meet-and-greet packages and merchandise are also available.

Allie X’s forthcoming headline tour will immerse fans in this surreal world. The North American leg kicks off on March 22, and includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Tickets are on sale now here. See below for itinerary.

CAPE GOD 2020 TOUR DATES
North America

3/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Voodoo Room
3/23 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC – Constellation Room
3/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
3/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
3/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
3/31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
4/1 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/4 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral

4/5 – Boston, MA @ Sonia
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Avant Gardner
4/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Black Box at Underground Arts
4/9 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
4/12 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
4/15 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
4/16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
4/18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
4/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
4/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Europe/UK
5/28 – Milan, Italy @ Arci Ohibo
5/30 – Berlin, Germany @ Privat Club
5/31 – Cologne, Germany @ JAKI Club
6/1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Upstairs
6/4 – London, UK @ Heaven
6/6 – London, UK @ Mighty Hoopla Festival

Pre-order Cape God here
Listen to Devil I Know here

DOWNLOADCape God album artwork
DOWNLOADDevil I Know single artwork

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2020 KEY DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its key dates for 2020.

The 40 album Long List for the 15th edition of the prize will be announced June 15. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 15. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto, ON and it will be streamed live around the world at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris

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

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

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

Polaris Music Prize 2020 Key Dates:

June 15 – Long List announcement
July 15 – Short List announcement
September 21 – Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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

We acknowledge Ontario Creates for their continued support of the Polaris Music Prize. 

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

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

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

Media Contacts: 

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

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams): polarismusicprize.ca/media  
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ANNONCE LES DATES CLÉS DE 2020

TORONTO, ON – Le jeudi 30 janvier, 2020 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé ses dates clés pour 2020.

La longue liste des 40 albums sera annoncée le 15 juin. La courte liste des 10 albums sera dévoilée le 15 juillet. Cette année, le gala Polaris aura lieu le 21 septembre au Carlu à Toronto (Ontario) et sera diffusé en direct partout dans le monde sur 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 2020 recevra 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2019 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. 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. Onze 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 Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Les dates clés du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 :

15 juin – dévoilement de la longue liste
15 juillet – dévoilement de la courte liste
21 septembre – gala du Prix de musique Polaris – The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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

Nous reconnaissons l’appui continu d’Ontario Créatif envers le Prix de musique Polaris.

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. polarismusicprize.ca

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

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

Contacts medias:

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

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

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

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio): polarismusicprize.ca/media
Mot de passe: m3d1a

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LORD DYING DEBUTS FREED FROM THE PRESSURES OF TIME VIA METAL INJECTION

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
AND OBITUARY TO COMMENCE NEXT MONTH

WITH STOPS ACROSS CANADA

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Portland-based progressive sludge metal unit, LORD DYING,unveils their captivating new video for Freed From The Pressures Of Timevia Metal Injection. The powerful track comes off the band’s Mysterium Tremendum full-length, released last spring via Entertainment One.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson of the Brett Roberts-directed clip, “The video was filmed on location in the countries that made up former Yugoslavia. It highlights both the beauty and strangeness of Spomenik (WW2) monuments, some of which have been forgotten by the sands of time. Enjoy!”

LORD DYING’s critically-lauded Mysterium Tremendum was recorded at Los Angeles’ West Valley Recording Studios in August of 2018 with producer Mike Plotnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Nirvana, Pantera, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and comes enveloped in the planetary landscape-inspired cover art of Steve R. Dodd. A massive, riff-heavy concept album borne out of personal sorrow, Mysterium Tremendum delivers eleven lead-footed tracks that explore death and what may or may not lie beyond.

LORD DYING will return to stages next month on a North American tour supporting labelmates Black Label Society and Obituary. The journey runs from February 21 through April 3 and includes several headlining shows along the way, with stops in Vancouver, Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto . See all confirmed dates below.

 

Stream Mysterium Tremendumin its entirety here.

Mysterium Tremendumis available on CD, 2XLP, and digital formatshere.

LORD DYING:
February 21 - The Shredder - Boise, ID *
February 23 - Bunkhouse - Las Vegas, NV *
February 25 - Pub Rock Live - Scottsdale, AZ *

w/ Black Label Society, Obituary:
February 26 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
February 27 - House Of Blues San Diego, CA
February 28 - Riverside Municipal Auditorium - Riverside, CA
February 29 - Virginia Street Brewhouse - Reno, NV
March 1 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
March 2 - Old Nick's Pub - Eugene, OR *
March 3 - Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
March 4 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
March 6 - The Bowes Event Centre - Grand Prairie, AB
March 7 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary AB
March 8 - Midway Bar - Edmonton AB
March 9 - Black Cat Tavern - Saskatoon, SK *

March 10 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
March 11 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN w/ Bongzilla (no BLS/Obituary)
March 12 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
March 13 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
March 14 - Garrison - Toronto, ON*
March 15 - Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH *
March 16 - Old Forester's Paristown Hall - Louisville, KY
March 17 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
March 18 - Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN *
March 19 - Mars Music Hall - Huntsville, AL
March 20 - Freetown Boom Boom - Lafayette, LA *
March 21 -The Plant -m Dothan, AL
March 22 - Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL
March 24 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
March 25 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
March 26 - Wonderland - Richmond, VA *
March 27 - Main Street Armory - Rochester, NY
March 28 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
March 29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *
March 30 - Westside Bowl - Youngstown, OH *
March 31 - Sanctuary - Hamtramck, MI *
April 1 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL *
April 2 - Lookout Lounge - Omaha, NE *
April 3 - Streets - Denver, CO *
* LORD DYING Only

DOWNLOAD– hi-res album artwork |DOWNLOAD– hi-res press photo

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NIKKI YANOFSKY LEADS BY CREATIVE INTUITION ON NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP OUT MAY 8TH

WATCH NIKKI BECOME A MEME IN NEW VIDEO FORGET

Toronto, ON – January 30, 2020 – With her new album, Black Sheep, out May 8th, accomplished singer, Nikki Yanofsky, makes a bold creative shift: for the first time in the young artist’s already long and impressive career, Nikki leads by her own creative intuition, bucking expectations and painting a clear personal portrait of who she is today. Recorded at Warner-Chappell studios in NYC and produced and co-written by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Black Sheep also features the last two songs that decorated songwriter, Rod Temperton (Thriller), ever penned.

To celebrate the announcement of Black Sheep, Nikki releases lead single and video, Forget. In the official video for Forget, Nikki becomes the world’s favorite memes, from Bad Luck Brian to a femmed-up Rick Roll. Billboard called the song a “charming...self-confident anthem.” Watch the official video for Forget here.

In her own words, Nikki says, “Forget is about being underestimated, overlooked and doubted, but prevailing. Going from the butt of a joke to being impossible to ignore, being everywhere (like a meme!). A song for the haters.”

“Sometimes all it takes for you to become the ‘black sheep’ is for people to believe that you are one, and once someone has their mind made up about you, everything you do fuels that idea,” she continues. “This is the first album where I’ve written lyrics that speak to my life experiences, and I’m not just trying to please everyone around me. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done before, but feels the most me. I feel evolved.”

Montreal-based Nikki Yanofsky found success at an early age. Her song, I Believe, was named the official theme song of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. With I Believe, Nikki set a record as the youngest artist to have a number one Billboard single for the longest period of time, and the song was simultaneously number one on both the pop and jazz charts. Nikki is the youngest singer to record for famed Jazz label, Verve Records, and she’s worked with a host of celebrated artists including Herbie Hancock, will.i.am, Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. Nikki was named one of Billboard’s 21 under 21 and has earned praise from The New York Times, The Guardian, and New York Magazine, who called her “astonishingly talented” and “immediately disarming.”

Nikki will play select shows in NYC, LA and Canada in support of Black Sheep, with dates to be announced soon.

PRE-ORDER FORGET (LIVE ON JAN. 31) ffm.to/nikkiyanofsky-forget

BLACK SHEEP TRACKLIST:

  1. Loner

  2. High Note

  3. Forget

  4. Sunshine

  5. Owe It All

  6. Black Sheep

  7. Throwin' Stones

  8. Nerve

  9. Turn Down The Sound

  10. Bubbles

DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo

www.nikkiyanofsky.com

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THE REVIVALISTS RELEASE MADE IN MUSCLE SHOALS LIVE STUDIO EP & ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTARY

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

WATCH LIVE STUDIO VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SONG BITTER END 

INTO THE STARS TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 28TH
WITH SHOW IN TORONTO ON MARCH 3

TICKETS ON SALE NOW - $1 OF EVERY TICKET SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO THE REV CAUSES FUND IN SUPPORT OF ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO REVIVING AND INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

Toronto, ON – January 30, 2020 – Chart-topping rock band, The Revivalists, have surprised fans with the release of their Made In Muscle Shoals live studio EP and accompanying documentary, which was recorded and filmed at the legendary FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. Watch here and stream/download the album here.

 

Capturing the essence of The Revivalists at this exciting time in their 10-year journey, the documentary gives the deepest insight yet into what makes the band tick against the backdrop of Muscle Shoals, a location steeped in the many classic styles of American music that informs the New Orleans - based band's signature sound. The Revivalists bring us into the studio with them as they record the Made In Muscle Shoals EP, which features brilliant re-imaginings of the band's hit Oh NoYou & IChange, and All My Friends from their latest studio album, Take Good Care (Loma Vista Recordings), as well as a soulful rendition of The Bee Gees' To Love Somebody, and a gorgeous stripped down piano-and-vocal take of their platinum-selling hit Wish I Knew You. The EP also includes a never-before-released, brand new song, Bitter End, about being stuck in a one-sided love – watch  the full live studio video here. Check out Rolling Stone's first look here.

 

“We went to Muscle Shoals to capture that special kind of real and raw that only a place like that can provide. There’s a certain kind of magic that occurs when you’re amongst the spirit in that room. All the history, all the hurt, all the passion and perseverance that went into making what is now one of the most iconic studios in America was ever-present and always felt,” shares front man David Shaw.

 

The Revivalists’ Into The Stars headlining tour kicks off February 28th and will include a stop at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on March 21st, a hometown show at The Fillmore on May 2nd following their appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and a return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 12th for the third consecutive year after selling out their headline shows at the famed venue in 2018 and 2019. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to a variety of organizations through the band’s newly established umbrella fund, Rev Causes, which supports the essential work of organizations dedicated to reviving and investing in our communities, health, and environment. The initial organizations that Rev Causes will donate to are: Center for Disaster PhilanthropyEverytown For Gun Safety Support Fund,  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)Songs for Kids FoundationUpturn Arts. Tank and the Bangas will support The Revivalists on the first leg of the tour from February 28th through March 21st. PJ Morton will support from April 10th through April 22nd. Stephen Marley, Lake Street Dive, Strand of Oaks, Neal Francis, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also support on select dates. For all ticketing details please visit www.therevivalists.com and for more information on Rev Causes visit here.

 

The band also recently made available a limited-edition Australian Wildfire Rescue T-Shirt with 100% of proceeds benefiting WIRES, the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity in Australia, donated via Rev Causes. Purchase here.

 

Renowned for their live firepower and soulful alt-rock anthems, The Revivalists’ eight-piece ensemble includes pedal steel guitar, a unique two-drummer set-up, horns, and more all led by the incredible, instantly recognizable voice of front man David Shaw. The band is heading into 2020 full force following a big 2019 which saw them playing to their biggest venues and festival crowds yet, adding to their more than 410 million global streams, opening for The Rolling Stones, joining Willie Nelson on stage, making a big statement in support of the anti-gun violence movement during their debut at Lollapalooza (watch here), and turning their recent hit songs like the #1 Triple A and Top 5 Alternative hit All My Friends,  the #1 Triple A and Top 15 Alternative hit, Change - which became the band’s third Mediabase #1 in a row at the Triple A format - and Oh No - into instant fan favorites. They also recently appeared on the legendary Austin City Limits as well as NCIS: New Orleans.

 

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MADE IN MUSCLE SHOALS TRACK LISTING:
1. Oh No
2. You & I
2. To Love Somebody
3. Bitter End
4. Change
5. All My Friends
6. Wish I Knew You

 

THE REVIVALISTS TOUR DATES:

February 28 - Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino#

February 29 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem#

March 3 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre#

March 4 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg University#

March 6 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore#

March 7 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall#

March 10 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant#

March 11 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee#

March 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore#

March 14 - Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#

March 16 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl

March 18 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

March 20 - Bensalem, PA @ XCite Center at Parx Casino#

March 21 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall#

April 10 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte*

April 11 - Asheville, NC @ U.S. Cellular Center*

April 14 - Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*

April 15 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz*

April 17 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live*

April 18 - Key West, FL @ Key West Amphitheater*^

April 21 - Huntsville, AL @ Mars Music Hall*

April 22 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford*

April 24 - Atlanta, GA @ SweetWater 420 Fest

April 25 -  New Orleans, LA @ Jazz & Heritage Festival 

May 2 -  New Orleans, LA  @ The Fillmore &

May 9 - Spicewood, TX @ Spicewood Vineyards $#@

May 22 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston

May 23 - Tulsa, OK @ Osage Casino – Skyline Event Center

May 27 - Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival

May 28 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre

May 30 - North Charleston, SC @ Volvo Car Stadium

June 12 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre !&

# with Tank and the Bangas

* with PJ Morton

^ with Stephen Marley

$ with Lake Street Dive

@ with Strand of Oaks

& with Neal Francis

! with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

 

“The Revivalists' sound covers a lot of ground and harkens back to many of their diverse influences…but they are constantly moving forward.” – Grammy.com

 

“The Revivalists have a great vibe…good old-fashioned rock and roll…” – Variety

 

“The Revivalists are enjoying their 'overnight success' ten years in…” – Forbes

 

"... a creative, compelling blend of musical ingenuity and heart..." – Billboard

 

“A high energy, seamless blend of soulful, horn-abetted rock and roll…inching closer to pop superstardom…” – Relix

 

“The bridge between sounding contemporary and fresh and rustic and familiar has a home on the map of The Revivalists…They have brought their craft, inspiration, and creativity into coalescence to remind listeners of the joy of music and the joy of life.”

– No Depression

 

“The ‘Oh No (Made in Muscle Shoals)’ video is a great taste of The Revivalists’ beloved live show: high intensity, with lots of searing guitar solos, bluesy breakdowns and growling one-liners from front man David Shaw.” – Paste

 

ABOUT THE REVIVALISTS

The Revivalists had been grinding for 10 years when their now platinum-selling single, Wish I Knew You, took off. Amassing more than 410 million total streams, the band has performed on numerous television shows including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Ellen, TODAY, and Austin City Limits, and have garnered major media attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Forbes, Salon, HuffPost, Grammy.com, Alternative Press, Paste, UPROXX, Flaunt, Nylon, No Depression, and more for their “creative, compelling blend of musical ingenuity and heart" (Billboard) and their distinct mix of "just about every classic school of American music” (UPROXX). Variety praised the band as “good old-fashioned rock and roll” while Rolling Stone lauded them as an Artist You Need To Know and Boston Herald called them “budding superstars.” They were nominated for a Billboard Music Award and two iHeartRadio Music Awards, were named Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2017, and have three years of back-to-back sold out headline tours in their biggest venues to date. The Revivalists are: David Shaw [lead vocals, guitar], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Andrew Campanelli [drums], George Gekas [bass], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], Michael Girardot [keyboard, trumpet], and PJ Howard [drums, percussion].

 

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

www.therevivalists.com

 

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KEYCHANGE ANNOUNCE 74 NEW PARTICIPANTS FOR YEAR-LONG CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME

16 LEADING MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS FROM 12 COUNTRIES LEAD GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE

BREAKOUT WEST AMONG THE FIRST OUTSIDE OF EUROPE TO COMMIT TO THE TALENT DEVELOPMENT ELEMENT
OF THE KEYCHANGE PROGRAMME

PROVIDING WOMEN AND GENDER MINORITY PARTICIPANTS ALL SKILLS AND OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED TO GET TO NEXT STAGE IN CAREER

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2020 – 74 artists and music industry professionals from 12 different countries have been selected by industry and export experts as the future leaders that will take part in the Keychange development programme in 2020, after an open call that received over 650 applications. Participants include Estonian experimental singer and violinist, Maarja Nuut, whose delicate and melancholic releases have received praise from the likes of The Quietus, The Guardian and Vice; Berlin-based lo-fi pop artist, DENA, who has been tipped by some of the biggest media in Europe and worldwide (Der Spiegel, Guardian, Dazed, Fader), as well as wowing audiences at SXSW, clubs and festivals around Europe; and London alt-soul singer, Anaïs, who released her breakthrough track, Nina, in 2018 and has already received critical acclaim from iD, Fader, and Pitchfork. 

Launching with a full network meetup in Stockholm on February 13th, this extensive programme, led by Reeperbahn Festival in partnership with PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, will give the 74 women and gender minority participants all the skills and opportunities they need to get to the next stage in their career. This is the first of three cohorts that will take part in the ambitious and future-facing four year programme that was announced in Summer 2019, when Keychange was awarded €1.4m from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Alongside the full network meet-ups and mentoring, participants will take part in a ‘Creative Lab’ at one of the 13 festivals that are partnered with Keychange. The Creative Labs will offer showcasing opportunities to Artists, public speaking opportunities to Innovators, plus workshops, seminars, studio sessions, masterclasses and more. International collaboration lies at the heart of the programme, and Polish company Chimes have been recruited to oversee all training.

The participants will get:

  • Participation in full network meet-up in Stockholm in February 2020
  • Participation in full network meet-up at Reeperbahn Festival in September
  • Mentoring via SheSaidSo
  • For Artists: showcase and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
  • For Innovators: participation and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
  • Promotion via the Keychange database
  • Capacity building with a bespoke training programme

The announcement comes at an exciting moment for Keychange; the number of organizations that have signed up to the gender balance pledge has passed 300, and Talent Norge (Norway), Norsk Tipping (Norway) and Musicians’ Union (UK) – who have lead important research and resources for cases of harassment, discrimination, and abuse of power – have joined the movement as Sponsors. 

Canadian partners, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and festivals MUTEK Montreal and BreakOut West are the first outside of Europe to commit to the talent development element of the Keychange programme. Canadian artists and music industry professionals will get access to international opportunities and progression routes that would not be available to them otherwise, as well as training and participation in a valuable network. Many Canadian festivals have signed the Keychange gender pledge, and the investment into individual development is a concerted step towards meaningful and long lasting change for the Canadian music industry. 

A core value of Keychange is to break down the barriers that people face because of their gender, and from listening to the feedback from the 2018 edition of the programme, the new team put a specific budget in place to support all childcare needs. Therefore, in this first year of 2.0, Keychange has pledged a percentage of their funding to the participants, specifically for childcare, in order to facilitate their participation in the programme, and ultimately aid their development. 

Christina Schäfers, Keychange Lead and Head of Reeperbahn Festival's programmes in arts, word and film says, “The Keychange talent development programme lies at the core of the initiative. While the pledge encourages organisations to book diverse talent, we’re helping the talent get to their stages. Following dialogue with many creators and experts during phase one, we are particularly pleased that a more inclusive approach to recruitment has resulted in a very diverse and exciting group of participants for 2020. We are proud to represent many more gender minority participants and a diverse range of ethnicities, genres and career levels.The Keychange team are busy creating a meaningful and impactful capacity building programme, and we’re looking forward to working with them all, and to seeing what they do next. We can’t wait to host this incredible cohort at the full network meet-ups in Stockholm and at Reeperbahn Festival.”

UK-based participant Machine Woman (Anastasia Vtorova) says, “Keychange has given me a prime opportunity to get involved and learn how to create positive changes in the music industry. Changes come from like-minded people and inspire future generations.”

Keychange Ambassador Shirley Manson says, “It is vitally important to me that we continue to talk about and more importantly address existing problems and prejudices within the music industry. I very much appreciate that the Keychange initiative is focusing energy on offering opportunities to artists that help them realise their potential in an industry rife with barriers.”

The 74 new participants are:

Artists

Country

Innovator

kroy

Canada

Mar Sellars

Kimmortal

Canada

Katrina Lopes

Hello Delaware

Canada

Rebecca Szymkow

iskwē

Canada

Savannah Wellman

Maarja Nuut

Estonia

Maarja Merivoo-Parro

Katja Adrikova

Estonia

Martiina Putnik

TBC

Estonia

Merylin Poks

THE BLIND SUNS

France

Celine Garcia

ROBI

France

Clothilde Chalot

The Rodeo

France

Clemence LEAUTE

Novaa

Germany

Lina Burghausen

DENA

Germany

Lena Ingwersen

Ilgen-Nur

Germany

Chinwe Nnajiuba

GDRN

 

Iceland

Björt Sigfinnsdóttir

Hafdís Huld

Iceland

Soffia Jonsdottir

Cell7

Iceland

Valdís Þorkelsdóttir

Any Other

Italy

clio flego

Kety Fusco

Italy

Joslina Cipolletta

L'Impero della Luce

Italy

Letizia Angelini

Charlotte Bendiks

Norway

Jennifer Gunn

ISÁK

Norway

Kine Lundervold

Miss Tati

Norway

Amira Morstaq Ali

Joanna Duda

Poland

Magda Chołyst

Mehehe

Poland

Ievgeniia Ivanova

Ba:zel / ai fen

Poland

Aleksandra Jablonska

Elaine Mai

Republic of Ireland

Lia Lieghio

SYLK

Republic of Ireland

Shauna Watson

PILLOW QUEENS

Republic of Ireland

Mona-Lisa Das

Sol Escobar

Spain

Natalia San Juan Bentancurt

Alvva

Spain

Rosana Corbacho

MounQup

Spain

Nadia Leal

The Hanged Man

Sweden

Sarah El Miniawy

Isabel Neib

Sweden

Rebecca Tegegne

Sara Parkman

Sweden

Amanda Elefelt

Machine Woman

UK

Kat Kennedy

anaïs

UK

Katie Tavini

Islet

UK

Shekayla Maragh

Listen to the Keychange 2020 artist playlist here.

60 participants took part in the Keychange programme in 2018, including Poppy Ajudha, who has since been named as one of Barack Obama’s favourite artists, Kat Frankie, who was nominated as Best Producer at the notorious, Preis fur PopKulture, awards in Germany, Harriet Moss who has been promoted to Managing Director of publishers Manners McDade, and IMAN, who has written a multi-million streamed track with Zara Larsson. 

About Keychange
Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MAMA, MUTEK and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, Norsk Tipping, Roskilde Festival, Smirnoff Equalising Music, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF, STIM, and Talent Norge.

www.keychange.eu    

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW SINGLE TWO PAPER MOONS

WATCH VIDEO FOR TWO PAPER MOONS HERE

NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES SET FOR RELEASE

ON FEBRUARY 21

CURRENTLY ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

Toronto, ON – January 28, 2020 – Matt Holubowski presents Two Paper Moons, a new song from his upcoming record Weird Ones. The singer-songwriter with the expressive voice and unique phrasing pushes sonic experimentation to another level on this album to be released on February 21. With Two Paper Moons, he oscillates between melancholy and optimism.

An ode to owning being different, Weird Ones invites us into a parallel universe, a world at once beautiful, strange, colourful, and surreal, a place where everything is possible: "I've always wanted to cultivate a certain strangeness," adds Holubowski. "The title, Weird Ones, is a reference to the marginal and singular people who've inspired me and continue to do so, whether their extravagance is expressed flamboyantly or in a more introspective way. I think there are thousands of ways of tapping into your weird side and using it to be creative."

Matt Holubowski and his musicians are back on tour to present Weird Ones and kicked off the 2020 tour last week in his home province of Quebec. In March Matt will be making his way across North America, with stops in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more on his release of Weird Ones!

TOUR DATES:
February 18 - Ste-Geneviève, QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée

March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*
March 15 - Seattle, WA – Barboza*
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON  - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx

* with Tamino

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UNION DUKE KICK OFF NEW YEAR WITH SINGLE LEFT BEHIND

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SHOWCASING AT AMERICANAFEST ON JANUARY 28
WITH NEW ONTARIO TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – January 28, 2020 – Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, are kicking off 2020 with new music. Today, they share a highly emotive single and video, Left Behind.  The song premiered via The Bluegrass Situation, with a video at Folk Radio UK. In addition, the band has announced new Spring tour dates in Ontario, and a showcase at Americanafestin the UK from January 28 to 30, with an exclusive performance at The Moth Club. Watch the video for Left Behindhereand see below for complete details. 

 

“Left Behind is exactly what you think it is: a song about leaving things behind,” says Union Duke’s Ethan Smith. “We were trying to capture the feeling of loneliness and isolation one can feel when they’re far from the one(s) they love - both lyrically and musically. It’s about the distance often forced between us and the longing to be together again. It’s the only soft-ish song of the music we’ve released over the last year and once we got in the studio with it we had the opportunity to explore some really cool ideas that are pretty new for us. It was a lot of fun building this tune and taking it from mellow and simmering to a driving banjo-driven sing-along. Plus: lapsteel!”

 

Back in December, Union Duke shared Atlas Of Love with two stunning visuals for the piece. The firstfollowed their successful Dudes & Dukes show in Toronto, with the second premiering exclusively with Canadian Musician. It was produced by AnalogSongs during a visit to the Lunenburg Seaport as the band toured through eastern Canada in March 2019 and played a few tunes amongst a collection of maritime memorabilia. Watch the video here

 

"Atlas of Love is a song for those who haven't quite figured out the nature of their love, much less themselves. Originally, I couldn't even figure out which direction the song was going in,” says Union Duke’s Jim McDonald. “I toyed with "I'm the Atlas of Love, and you're the weight on my back", but ultimately, I think the song works better when I'm the one who's the burden. It's less accusatory and I feel like it's something most people have felt at some point in their life. I think just about everyone has struggled with trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into a relationship."

Atlas Of Love was produced by Jeff Hazin and recorded between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto. The song also features organ and pedal steel in a departure from Union Duke's previous work while still maintaining the pieces that make up their unique sound: catchy melodies, thoughtful lyricism, top-tier musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The artwork was created by Mat Dunlap (The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde).

In the summer of 2019, the band released 123,atune about modern apathy. Listen to it here. The song was produced by Jeff Hazin between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto and features Alan Zemaitis on the organ. Into the chorus, the band proclaims, “Gimme 1, 2, 3 couple more then anotherDrink rye whiskey til /I’m blindI won’t have no trouble sleepingI won’t have no troubled mind.”

123follows their single, Ladidadidawhich includes a stunning video that premiered exclusively at Exclaim!. Watch it hereLadidadidais that rambling road-weary song in your head while you drive the last of many miles home. It's the story of anyone who must leave the things they love behind, the unbridled bliss of making it back in one piece, and the desperate highs and lows of the spaces in between.
details. 

About Union Duke
Webster's Dictionary defines Union Duke as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts.

UPCOMING SHOWS
January 28 - The Moth Club, London at 10pm as part of AmericanaFest UK
March 28 - Orillia, ON - Mariposa In Concert - St. Paul's Centre
April 17 - Sudbury, ON - SpringFest - St. Andrew's Place
April 18 - Collingwood, ON - Crow Bar & Variety

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RAPHAEL SAADIQ RELEASES SO READY (THE BROTHERS MACKLOVITCH REMIX)

FIRST EVER COLLABORATIVE RELEASE FROM BROTHERS
A-TRAK (ALAIN MACKLOVITCH) AND CHROMEO'S DAVE 1 (DAVE MACKLOVITCH)

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2020 – Raphael Saadiq — acclaimed “Son of Soul” and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and collaborator — has released So Ready (The Brothers Macklovitch Remix) – listen HERE. The song, which originally appeared on Saadiq’s latest album, Jimmy Lee, received a fresh remix with a pulsing club beat crafted by The Brothers Macklovitch – the duo of DJ, producer and cultural connector, A-TRAK (Alain Macklovitch), and long-running, massively acclaimed funk band, Chromeo's Dave 1 (Dave Macklovitch) – their first ever release together.

“So Ready is from the addict’s perspective,” says Raphael. “They know they need to stop and have tried countless times, but can’t.”

Self-produced by Raphael at Blakeslee Recording Co. in North Hollywood, Jimmy Lee — his first album in eight years — tells the story of a deep personal journey through some of life’s biggest trials and tribulations. Inspired in part by his brother’s addiction as well as the temptations and distractions of modern life, Raphael embraces radical new sounds — darkly cinematic atmospheres, rumbling percussion, murky bass textures, spaced-out jazz interludes and more — to create a cutting-edge soul masterpiece. It’s a statement of intent from a leading light of R&B music.

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CONCORD CELEBRATES GRAMMY WINS

Toronto, ON – January 27, 2020 – Artists and songwriters from across Concord’s vast roster were among the winners in many major categories at the GRAMMY® Awards last evening in Los Angeles.

Fantasy Records artist, Tanya Tucker, took home two GRAMMY Awards for her album, While I’m Livin’. Tanya earned the first GRAMMYs of her career in the categories of Best Country Album and Best Country Song (Bring My Flowers Now), along with her co-writers, Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth. Tucker and Carlile offered a stirring performance of Bring My Flowers Now during the telecast.

Also, during the televised ceremony, Ariana Grande paid tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s, My Favorite Things, segueing into her chart-topping hit, 7 rings, both of which are published by Concord Music Publishing.

Concord Records and Concord Music Publishing artist and songwriter, Keb’ Mo’, received the Best Americana Album GRAMMY for Oklahoma, while label mates, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, won a GRAMMY Award for their album, Look Now, in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

On the Concord Jazz label, Esperanza Spalding was recognized with a GRAMMY for 12 Little Spells (Jazz Vocal Album). Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band’s Antidote earned them an award for Best Latin Jazz Album. This was Chick’s 23rd GRAMMY win.

Rounder Records all-female Americana trio, I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins), was recognized in the Best Americana Roots Song category for Call My Name.

Concord Music Publishing songwriter, Jacob Collier, won GRAMMY Awards for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his work on Moon River and All Night Long, respectively.

Concord Music Publishing songwriters contributed to a number of projects that prompted GRAMMY wins this year for the performing artists: Mark Ronson (Alternative Music Album, Vampire Weekend and Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, A Star Is Born), Walshy Fire (Reggae Album, Koffee) and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (Classical Solo Album, Joyce DiDonato).

The GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album was won by the cast of HADESTOWN. Concord Theatricals is a producer on the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production.

In a farewell tribute to longtime producer of the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, Ken Ehrlich, Concord artists and songwriters, Cyndi Lauper, Common and The War And Treaty, performed I Sing the Body Electric from the acclaimed film, Fame.

“To all of the artists, songwriters, composers and playwrights with whom Concord is thrilled to collaborate: Your triumphs today and every day make us proud, and we can’t wait to support you as you continue to make music,” said CEO Scott Pascucci from the company’s after-party at Two Bit Circus in Downtown LA.

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KATIE PRUITT’S GRACE HAS A GUN PREMIERES TODAY

DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21

SPRING HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH CANADIAN SHOW IN TORONTO APRIL 13

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020 – Emerging singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt’s, new song, Grace Has A Gun, is premiering today. Listen/share HERE. Already receiving critical acclaim, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen declares, a song that just gave me chills,” while Paste calls it, “witty, sad and potent.”

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, In a relationship centered around the toxicity of mental illness, I learned firsthand how difficult it is to love someone that doesn’t love themselves. The red flags you are willing to miss and the burdens you are willing to carry, because you are under the impression that you could be their cure. Only to learn, that loving someone this self-destructive will only kill you both.”

Grace Has A Gun is the latest track unveiled from Pruitt’s highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, which will be released February 21 via Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written/co-written by Pruitt including the title track, which was released this past fall to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s ‘Expectations.’ The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.” Ahead of the release, Pruitt has released two additional album tracks: Loving Her and Out Of The Blue.

In support of the album, Pruitt will kick off her extensive headline tour next year with a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement on February 21. Additional stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic among several others. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018.

TOUR DATES:
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar 
*with Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band 
†The Wood Brothers

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LEXXICON EMPOWERS YOUR INNER SUPERSTAR ON NEW SINGLE

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON JANUARY 26 AND
FEBRUARY 23 AT THE BABY G AS PART OF 
AFROWAVE

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT JANUARY 31

PRE-ORDER HERE

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR SUPERSTAR

LISTEN TO LEXXICON ON NEW THEORY RADIO
AND ART PAYS ME PODCAST

“With singles like the body-positive Fatty Fatty and the slightly more melancholic Lonely, Bashment Trap House is shaping up to be a party album with a heart.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020 – Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, has been making his rounds. Now one week away from his anticipated Bashment Trap House project drop on January 31, he shares Superstar, his fourth single leading to the release. You can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live with two shows in Toronto at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23. See below for all details, watch the lyric video for Superstar here, and pre-order the album now.

“Written after my visit to New York last October, Superstar is the perfect track to play after you just got your post-secondary degree, passed your driver's test, won the lottery or received Christmas money,” Lexxicon says. “It's a high-energy track embracing being wild, outlandish and celebrating the youthful spirit. This track is club-ready and will get you dancing in no time.”

The song follows Lucky Lucky, a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond. “The song was inspired by my parents and their 26 years of marriage and just reflects on how special it is when you find that right person for you,” Lexxicon says of the Artafacts-produced track. “Love is not something to be taken for granted because each time you find it, it's like winning the lottery. Finding a partner to appreciate you for all your flaws and strengths is the type of love I wish for everyone in the new year.”

Last month, Lexxicon shared a personal track called Lonely, sharing his experience with Crohn’s disease. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to.

Ahead of the album’s release, Lexxicon has shared his story as a Jamaican Canadian artist and devoted member of the Toronto arts community, with interviews featured on Sauga 960AM program, New Theory Radio, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. Bashment Trap House has been regarded as one of Exclaim!’s 31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020 and highlighted in outlets including Canadian Beats, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Pre-order Bashment Trap House: bit.ly/2sAYL2O

Listen to Superstar: fanlink.to/LexxiconSuperstar
Listen to Lucky Lucky: fanlink.to/LexxiconLuckyLucky
Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info
January 30 – Bashment Trap House Listening Party - 130 Queens Quay East, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON - Tickets and Info
February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE SIGNS I AM

ON TOUR NOW IN EUROPE WITH THY ART IS MURDER,
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, CARNIFEX, AND RIVERS OF NIHIL 


NEW LP DUE OUT LATE 2020

Toronto, ON – January 23, 2020 – Texas Death act, I AM, has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One, with plans to release a new LP later this year.

The group is headed over to Europe this weekend for a full run with Australia's THY ART IS MURDER, CARNIFEX, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and RIVERS OF NIHIL for an entire month of touring. I AM will return to The States and head right back out on the road with SPITE and VARIALS. 

"When we were approached by eOne we knew it’d be a perfect fit," says vocalist Andrew Hileman. "After talking with them and sharing ideas we’re so excited to put out some badass records with them. We’re thrilled to be on our way to Europe right now for our upcoming tour with Thy art is Murder and we’re glad to be representing eOne and TEXAS DEATH."

 

I AM have come to embody the subgenre known as "Texas Death," and they have no qualms about saying so. While the band takes influence from "The Big Four," their homage to artists like Pantera, Power Trip, and Cro-Mags is undeniable. Their signature style of dive-bomb guitars and guitar-driven riffs has come to define the genre. 

Started by vocalist Andrew Hileman in 2011, I AM quickly gained recognition in the great state of Texas of being a band that was meant for bigger things. After paying their dues and touring relentlessly, solidifying Texas Death across North America on tour with bands like The Acacia Strain, For The Fallen Dreams, and Kublai Khan, I AM released their debut album, Life Through Torment in February of 2017. 

In 2018, the band began recording the new album with Randy Lebeouf at Graphic Nature Audio (Kublai Khan, Left Behind, Great American Ghost) with a vision of capturing their chaotic live performance and power they'd become known for. Hard 2 Kill was released in November of 2018 to some serious critical acclaim. Decibel Magazine declared, "I AM know how to write songs that make you want to move." KERRANG! Magazine plainly stated, "Devoid of pretension and brimming with tangible anger, the band's music is an angry headbanger's dream. 

TOUR DATES

January 26 – Manchester Academy 2 – Manchester, UK

January 27 – Garage – Glasgow, UK

January 28 – Leeds Uni Stylus – Leeds, UK

January 29 – SWX – Bristol, UK

January 30 – Electric Brixton- London, UK

January 31 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK

February 13 – MEETFACTORY – Prague, CR

February 14 – Proxima – Warsaw, PL

February 23 – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, GR

February 25 – Backbooth – Orlando, FL

February 26 – Propaganda FYF – Lake Worth, FL

February 27 – Crowbar FYF– Tampa, FL

February 28 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL

February 29 – Hell @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
March 1 – Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

March 3 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA

March 3 – Café 611 – Frederick, MD

March 5 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

March 6 – House Of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

March 7 – Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY

March 8 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT

March 10 – Foundry – Cleveland, OH

March 11 – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI

March 12 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL

March 13 – Amsterdam Bar & Hall – Minneapolis, MN

March 14 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA

March 15 – Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE

March 17 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

March 18 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

March 20 – The Pini – Spokane, WA

March 21 – Vera Project – Seattle, WA

March 22 – Hawthorne Theatere – Portland, OR  

I AM is: Andrew Hileman - Vocals / Tom Reyes - Guitar / Chris Burgess - Guitar / Ian Scott - Drums Erik Rodriguez – Bass

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CROWBAR’S KIRK WINDSTEIN DEBUTS COVER OF JETHRO TULL CLASSIC AQUALUNG VIA ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM

REVERED SOUTHERN METAL PROGENITOR TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO LP DREAM IN MOTION JANUARY 24

Toronto, ON – January 21, 2020 – He’s a man VICE calls “an institution” with a voice recognized by Rolling Stone as the sound of resilience. Now, Kirk Windstein, the highly respected sludge metal pioneer and unmistakable earthmoving bellow of Crowbar, stomps forward as a solo artist for the very first time. On January 24, Entertainment One (eOne) will proudly release Dream in Motion, Windstein's singular debut and a recording that sees the Dark Lord of the Southern Riff stretch his creative wings and strengthen his indelible legacy. A video for the LP's title track, directed by Justin Reich (Black Label Society, Royal Thunder), can be viewed below.

In advance of the release of Dream in Motion, Windstein today debuts his reverential cover of the hugely influential Jethro Tull song, Aqualung, a rock and roll treasure that MOJO calls "a gearshifting classic." The cover makes its debut via Ultimate Classic Rock.

“Aqualung has always been one of my favorite classic rock songs," says Windstein. "Crowbar used to cover it. I’m really proud of the way the song came out as a whole and I hope that [Tull’s] Ian Anderson and Martin Barre get to hear it at some point."

Recorded in Windstein's native Louisiana over a period of two years between tours and over holidays, Dream in Motion is a powerfully moving recording that pulls from every corner of the riff king's three-decade-plus career. The LP owns a lyrical depth, emotional weight, and musical muscle forged from the fires of thousands of worldwide live shows, and Windstein's well-earned reputation for creating the melancholic melody that has become synonymous with New Orleans heavy metal.

Kirk handled all vocals, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). Dream in Motion has met to scads of critical acclaim in the weeks leading up to its release; the solo debut landing on a myriad of the New Year's most-anticipated directories, including hotlists from Brooklyn Vegan, Decibel, Loudwire, Revolver, and more.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Dream In Motion
2. Hollow Dying Man
3. Once Again
4. Enemy In Disguise
5. The World You Know
6. Toxic
7. The Healing
8. Necropolis
9. The Ugly Truth
10. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover)

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RACHEL BECK SHARES FIRST TASTE OF NEW MUSIC FROM FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE WARRIOR
AND WATCH THE POWERFUL VIDEO

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, award-winning singer-songwriter, Rachel Beck, shares the first taste of new music from her forthcoming sophomore album, which will be released later this year. Lead single, Warrior, is Rachel’s first new release since her 2018 self-titled debut solo album, which earned her two 2019 Music PEI Awards for Pop Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year, as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for pop Recording of the Year and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The powerful and emotive song celebrates strength and beauty – an anthem for the fierce, the fearless, the feminine. Have a listen here and watch the beautiful music video here.

“Warrior is most directly inspired by my four-year-old daughter, Nora,” reflects Rachel. “…imagining the kind of woman she will grow up to be. It is also influenced by badass women throughout history – the ground-breakers and the change-makers. Amelia. Greta. Rosa. Malala.”

Rachel took on co-directing duties for the accompanying visual, alongside critically-acclaimed filmmaker and climate action warrior, Mille Clarkes.

“It was a privilege to co-direct this video with Mille,” Rachel continues. “We assembled a team of local creatives and friends (80% female-identifying, in fact) and set about capturing the essence of Warrior: strength, beauty, empowerment. What makes this video extra special for me is that the inspiration behind the song, my daughter, Nora, dances during the intro sequence. It meant everything to have her there on set with me.”

Tune in to Facebook Live today at 6:00pm AST to watch Rachel and Nora discuss what they feel it means to be a warrior.

Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada. Her sophomore album, Stronger Than You Know, is set for release later this year and follows her self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including a SOCAN #1 Award for single, Reckless Heart (#1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in March 2018). Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.

Stay tuned for more news and music to come from Rachel Beck this year!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
January 24 & 25 – Charlottetown, PE – The Pourhouse – Someone Else’s Song. Songwriters’ Circle
February 14-16 – Halifax, NS – Neptune Theatre (Rachel Beck ft. The Atlantic String Machine)
February 19 – Fredericton, NB – Lansdowne Concert Series *
February 20 – Montréal, QC – Le Ministère *
February 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Fourth Stage)
February 22 – Sharbot Lake, ON – Sharbot Lake Country Inn *
February 23 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware *
February 25 – Millbrook, ON – St. Thomas Anglican Church *
February 26 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall *
February 27 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern *
February 28 – Guelph, ON – Silence Sounds *
March 1 – Florenceville-Bristol, NB – Second Wind Music Centre *
March 3 – Charlottetown, PE – Florence Simmons Performance Hall
March 26 – Parksville, BC – Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge
March 28 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Cafe
March 29 – Nelson, BC – The Royal
March 31 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood Stage & Grill
April 1 – Kelowna, BC – DunnEnzies (TBC)
April 5 – Vancouver, BC – The Rogue Folk Club
*w/ special guest Alicia Toner

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BEST COAST SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ALWAYS TOMORROW FEBRUARY 21 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

PRE-ORDER ALWAYS TOMORROW HERE

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED HERE

ON TOUR WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL​

“This album is the story of a second chance.” – Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Los Angeles, California’s, Best Coast, comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) – will release their fourth studio album, Always Tomorrow, on February 21, 2020 via Concord Records.  Always Tomorrow, produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83), is the band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record California Nights.  The band previewed a new song from Always Tomorrow, entitled For The First Time, to an incredible response this past fall; today they share Everything Has Changed, whose video, directed by Ryan Baxley, features a number of people from one of Bethany’s favourite shows – Vanderpump Rules. 

Always Tomorrow is the culmination of the last ten years of front person Bethany Cosentino’s life, seeing her stand back from the past decade of the band’s existence and taking stock in where she’s been and who she has become.  It’s an album full of intense personal discovery amidst a whirlwind backdrop of global tours, heartbreak, newfound sobriety, dark thoughts, immense joy, giving a fuck, not giving too many fucks, substances, boredom, public personas, and gratitude. 

Says Cosentino, “After we finished the album cycle for California Nights, something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out.  I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came Everything Has Changed. The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic – describing the life I would soon be living. Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out.  Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back. This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect. It’s about burning it all down and starting from scratch even when the idea of that is fucking terrifying. Closing one chapter and moving onto the next even when you have no idea what is on the other side. Acceptance. It’s about taking a gigantic leap of faith.”

With sonic nods to the likes of The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Talking Heads, and more, Always Tomorrow is full of the best songs Cosentino has ever written, and a welcome addition to Best Coast’s stellar, much-loved catalogue.  From the hazy confessions of the band’s debut album, Crazy About You, to the woozy pop of California Nights, to the guitar sheen of Always Tomorrow, Best Coast continues to be one of the most relatable, important voices in independent music. 

Best Coast will be going on a full North American tour this winter – including stops in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal – with support from Mannequin Pussy.  Full details can be found below.

TOUR DATES 2020:
February 27 - Palm Springs, CA - The Alibi
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo*
February 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom*
March 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
March 3 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre*
March 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
March 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall*
March 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE*
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
March 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre*

March 16 - Boston, MA - Royale*
March 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
March 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
March 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
March 23 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East*
March 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater*
March 27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger*
March 28 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
March 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
March 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
April 1 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park*
April 2 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
 *w/ Mannequin Pussy

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ROYAL TUSK SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR DIE KNOWING

CANADIAN HEADLINE TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 9

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM TUSK II

"The driving guitar and drum work of the song pulls the listener in, with vocalist Daniel Carriere hitting his upper register nearly reaching a scream on the song." - LOUDWIRE 

“In an era overlong albums, it’s refreshing to hear a band dive in, kick some ass and leave the listener wanting more.” - LOUDWIRE

“TUSK II is an impressive new album that promises to shake us out of conformity with a potent dose of authentic rock music.” - BeatRoute Magazine

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, Royal Tusk release the official video for their well-known single, Die Knowing, off of the band’s most recent album, Tusk II, released via Entertainment One in 2018. For Royal Tusk, 2020 will start off with their all Canadian coast-to-coast, Thunder on the Tundra tour with the first show kicking off on February 9 in Red Deer at Bo’s Bar. The tour will continue across the west coast and land in Ontario to wrap up 19 date tour on March 6 in St. Catharines at Warehouse. All tour details can be found below. Watch the official video for Die Knowing here.  

Royal Tusk’s bassist, Sandy MacKinnon on Die Knowing, “Every time we play Die Knowing the audience always locks into the song’s deeps groove. The band and crowd have that special moment where we’re all bangin’ our heads in unison. The video captures the energy and grooviness that Die Knowing it all about, the fact that it’s animated is quite the cherry on top!”

The video was produced by Edmonton based illustrator, designer and director, Keenan Kirk, who has also worked with other Canadian artists like Whale And The Wolf and Tropic Harbour. The video is shot with an animated comic book-like lens overtop, and focuses on the band performing while a figure of a woman the song is directed at, appears amongst the performance and throughout the rest of the song.

Blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North, Royal Tusk are steadfast champions of the majesty of kickass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Alberta mount a high-octane assault on the lazy security blanket, self-aware irony of hipsters and the disingenuous commercial pandering of rock poseurs alike. 

This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working-class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing TUSK II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.

Royal Tusk is a band with more in common with Deep Purple and Aerosmith than anything on commercial radio. TUSK II arrived on the heels of their well-received debut, DealBreaker (2016), and their first EP, Mountain (2014).

Trailblazers like Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam defined success on their own terms, putting artistry and authenticity first. Royal Tusk follows in that fine tradition, reveling in unbridled creativity that is provocative, nuanced, and captivating. The laidback charisma of stoner groove, the polished melodicism of classic and progressive rock, and the energy of punk all collide within Royal Tusk, earning them a steadily building buzz as big as their riffs.

With a powerful live set that mirrors the tenacity of their sound, you can catch Royal Tusk on the road next year. Their Thunder on the Tundra tour will kick off in Red Deer, Alberta on February 9 at Bo’s Bar, making stops through Saskatoon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, wrapping in St. Catharines, Ontario on March 6 at Warehouse. See a complete list of dates below.

2020 TOUR DATES
February 9 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar *
February 11 – Regina, SK – Exchange *
February 14 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s *
February 16 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto *
February 17 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
February 19 – Kelowna, BC – Club Sapphire
February 20 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *
February 21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
February 22 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre *
February 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre*
February 26 – London, ON – Rum Runners
February 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
February 28 – Ottawa, ON – 27 Club *
February 29 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
March 1 – Quebec City, QC – L’anti ~
March 3 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion ^
March 4 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best ^
March 5 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s^
March 6 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse ^
* with Sights & Sounds
~ only Royal Tusk and Brkn Love
^ includes Ready The Prince

Watch Die Knowing: youtube.com/watch?v=nozEWyrwzCY

Listen to TUSK II: smarturl.it/TuskII

Royal Tusk is:
Daniel Carriere – Vocals/Guitars // Sandy MacKinnon – Bass
Quinn Cyrankiewicz – Guitar // Calen Stuckel – Drums

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ROYCE 5’9” PREPS UPCOMING PROJECT WITH VISUAL FOR OVERCOMER, FEATURING SHADY/GRISELDA RECORDS OWN WESTSIDE GUNN

ROLLING STONE PREMIERE

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Royce 5'9" prepares for the release of THE ALLEGORY, his newest full studio offering following the sensational Book of Ryan, with a controversial visual for Overcomer, featuring Shady/Griselda Records own WestSide Gunn, directed by Cricket.  The powerful and artful track questions the decisions we make in life and the repercussions that follow. The Allegory will be available on all DSP platforms on February 21, 2020 via eOne/Heaven Studios, Inc.

The thought-provoking single, Overcomer, is the follow-up to Black Savage, which was released in November and features Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce will perform in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.  The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and ticket buyers will receive a free album download with the purchase of a ticket.  

Watch Royce 5’9” feat. WestSide Gunn Overcomer Video (Directed by Cricket) here.  

Purchase & Stream Overcomer at your preferred DSP here.

TRACKLISTING FOR THE ALLEGORY:
1. Mr. Grace (Intro)
2. Dope Man feat. Emanny & Cedric The Entertainer
3. I Don’t Age
4. Pendulum feat. Ashley Sorrell
5. I Play Forever feat. Grafh
6. Ice Cream (Interlude)
7. On The Block feat. Oswin Benjamin & DJ Premier
8. Generation Is Broken
9. Overcomer feat. WestSide Gunn
10. Mrs. Grace (Interlude)
11. Thou Shall feat. Kid Vishis
12. FUBU feat. Conway The Machine
13. A Black Man Favorite Shoe (Skit)
14. Upside Down feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher
15. Perspective (Skit)
16. Tricked feat. KXNG Crooked
17. Black People In America
18. Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The
Prynce & T.I.]​
19. Rhinestone Doo Rag
20. Young World feat. Vince Staples & G Perico
21. My People Free feat. Ashley Sorrell
22. Hero feat. White Gold
***All Tracks Produced By Royce 5’9”

ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

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MARCUS KING’S EL DORADO OUT NOW

APPEARS ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JANUARY 21

PERFORMANCES AT NASHVILLE’S GRIMEY’S AND ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT DEE’S

LISTEN NOW

SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock
to a new generation."
- ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

“Even this early in the year, “El Dorado” already stands out as a definite high point of 2020” - ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Echoing the likes of Leon Russell… a hint of Al Green…”- NO DEPRESSION

“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020– Today Marcus King released his debut solo album, El Dorado, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, via Fantasy Records.

The album is his most critically acclaimed yet, with support from Rolling Stone Magazine who featured him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue, alongside praise from NPR Music, The New York Times, No Depression, Associated Press, Flood and American Songwriter. Paste Magazine stated, “King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” Vulture described King as bending “genres to his vocals, which possess a soulful grit, not unlike freshly greased tires on a dirt road” and Entertainment Weekly described King as radiating “swagger and soul.”

Marcus is set to make his debut on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! this Tuesday, January 21, performing The Well, the album’s quickly rising first single.

El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has established the 23-year-old guitar phenom as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King’s arresting vocals feature as lead instrument, taking centre stage alongside a genre bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Read Marcus’ in-depth chat with Exclaim! here.

King will perform two sets in Nashville today, celebrating the album’s release. An intimate performance at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music record store (6 pm), followed by a free show at local favorite Dee’s Country and Cocktail Lounge (10 pm). More info can be found here.

Following the release, King will continue his winter and spring world tour with his band, The Marcus King Band followed by a string of dates with Chris Stapleton. See full dates below.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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HOLY FUCK RELEASE NEW ALBUM DELETER

GLOBAL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
WITH SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY, WINNIPEG SASKATOON, MONTREAL, OTTAWA AND TORONTO

WATCH HOLY FUCK’S SESSION AT CBC Q

“Both playful yet tumultuous…Deleter successfully blurs
boundaries between time and space” - DIY ****

“Blistering…Holy Fuck lift us up into the funk” ­ London in Stereo

“.....where the synths feel like they’ve been smudged by a drunk toddler, but somehow ended up sounding like Picasso-level abstract" AuPium

“The Toronto-based electronica hipsters have already dropped two pre-release singles, and they both sound huge—the kind of lush and luxurious dance music that plays best at maximum volume.”  – Complex Canada (Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020)

“Judging by the infectious, krautrock-inspired singles Luxe and Free Gloss, you won't want to delete 'er.”Exclaim! (31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020)

“Back are their propulsive dance numbers, this time accompanied by guest vocalists Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Liars frontman Angus Andrew and Australian musician
Nicholas Allbrook.”
– CBC (25 Canadian Albums To Look Forward To In 2020)

Toronto, ON — January 17, 2020 — Today, Holy Fuck release their acclaimed new album, Deleter, via Last Gang Records. The project was introduced by incredible singles, Luxe (featuring Alexis Taylor), which was A-Listed on 6Music, Free Gloss (featuring Nicholas Allbrook) and finally, the album title homage, Deleters. Having also taken their cerebral, mind-blowing show out on the road with Hot Chip, Holy Fuck’s extensive run of global tour dates for 2020 continue with stops across Canada – see complete details below.

The song ‘Deleters,’” write Holy Fuck, “started at a party in the woods of rural Quebec. Set up on the forest floor, literally over moss covered tree roots we decided to make up a new hour-long improvised set in front of a crowd of people dancing amongst the trees. From that session two songs emerged and found their way onto the new record. This is the first time we selected a song from the record to also be a title track- but there really isn't a reason for it other than we thought it sounded cool, like a modern version of Fugazi's Repeater or Depeche Mode's Violater (or even Kiss' Destroyer, though in name only). Our friend Angus from Liars doubles Brian's vocals giving the track a nice punch.

Introducing their new album in their own words today, Holy Fuck write:

“People have been saying this is our danciest record. That may be true to a point (we like dancing... who doesn't'?) but we hope it shows a new depth as well. We've never identified with one particular genre or sound but rather spend our time trying to explore our own world and the things that make us vibrate.  Of course we want to connect with listeners, and what better way than to make people dance, but, as heard on ‘Deleter’, we also want to put listeners in the cool spaces we see and take them on the interesting journeys we like going on as well.”
 

The record as a whole came together in many different stages of creativity, which is typical of how we work. This process is forced upon us by the fact that we all live in different cities from one another. Yet at the same time this process also demonstrates our enthusiasm to create whenever, wherever, and however we can. There are obviously no rules to making music, no perfect situation or time to create. There are just ideas. ‘Deleter’ was written during various sound checks on tour, on stage, while jamming at a strange art-party in a forest, at home, in various rehearsal spaces, and at many different studios along the way. Not only did this process allow us the time to sit with and ponder our ideas it also allowed us to explore different kinds of inspiration we were feeling at that particular moment. One minute we might've been raving to minimal techno, the next, diving into horror movie soundtracks or maybe just manipulating the sound of static noise sampled from a broken piece of equipment. 

Staying true to the creative arc we seem to be finding ourselves on since the first LP, ‘Deleter’ might be our most "written" album yet. A lot of attention and care was taken to create the 'seeds' of ideas and starting points that we then fleshed out, and just as much care was taken to craft those ideas into the songs heard on the final record. Hopefully listeners hear that as well.”  

A band who have played by their own rules for the last part of 15 years, Holy Fuck’s new album is the most accomplished moment yet from a group who have become one of their country’s finest, and most influential, exports; seamlessly fusing the gauzy drive of krautrock and deep house’s dreamy ineffability, and expertly blending purring motorik percussion with the sort of fuggy synthetic fizz that so often sends clubbers into states of unselfconscious rapture. 

Arriving at a moment where attention spans are shot and anxieties are going into overdrive, Deleter is a defiantly full-bodied affair. Polyrhythmic and pleasure- focused, it’s a record that explores what happens when humanity and technology coalesce into one big, semi-organic celebration of spontaneity, repetition, and individuality. As the band puts it, “the robots are smarter than ever, and the algorithm knows more and more what we like as individuals, but we have to remind ourselves that there is music in the margins that can go missing and that that music is more important than ever.” Marginal or not, Deleter is the sound of Holy Fuck freely ebbing and flowing in their own unique ecosystem. As a listener, you’ve got a choice - carry on with the passive consumption, or push back, engage, and move to something worth your time. Something like Deleter. 

2020 TOUR DATES
March 23 – Phoenix – Valley Bar
March 24 – San Diego – Casbah
March 25 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
March 27 – Los Angeles – El Rey Theatre
March 28 – San Francisco – Slim's
March 30 – Portland – Lola's Room
March 31 –  Seattle – Nuemos
April 1 Vancouver Fortune Sound Club
April 3
Calgary Broken City
April 4
Saskatoon Amigo's Cantina
April 5 – Winnipeg – The Good Will Social Club

April 6 – St. Paul – Turf Club
April 7 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall
April 24 – Antwerp – Trix
April 25 – Luxembourg – Out of The Crowd Festival
April 27 – Birmingham – The Hare & Hounds
April 28 – Brighton – Chalk
April 29 – Cardiff – Clwb lfor Bach
April 30 – Manchester – Yes (Basement)
May 3 – Glasgow – Stag & Dagger Festival
May 5 – Barcelona – Sala Upload
May 6 – Oviedo – La Lata de Zinc
May 7 – Vigo –  Radar Estudios
May 9 – Valencia – La Pérgola
May 23 – London – All Points East
June 9 – Washington – Rock and Roll Hotel
June 10 – Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle
June 12 – Brooklyn – ELSEWHERE
June 13 – Boston – Brighton Music Hall
June 15 – Montreal – Bar Le Ritz
June 17 – Ottawa –
Bronson Centre
June 19 – Toronto –
Lee’s Palace

Buy/stream Deleter:holyf.lnk.to/Deleter
WATCH – Deleters:
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WATCH – Luxe (feat. Alexis Taylor): bit.ly/30CDmCZ
WATCH –Free Gloss:
bit.ly/36QGi0Z

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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST SHARE NEW SINGLE ALTAR OF SNAKES

NEW LP, POWER THROUGH TERROR DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2020 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO & SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW VIA REVOLVER MAGAZINE

PRE-ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, Boston's Great American Ghost shared Altar of Snakes - the pummeling second single from their upcoming LP, Power Through Terror. The band unveiled the official music video for Altar of Snakes, which was directed by Eric Richter, today as well alongside the track debut with Revolver Magazine. Altar of Snakes will serve as the follow up to Prison of Hate, the first single from the record, which was released to critical acclaim last year. You can stream Altar of Snakes here.

Power Through Terror, which is due out February 14th and will serve as the band’s Entertainment One debut, was produced by Will Putney (Counterparts, Harm's Way, Terror). On this record, the band breaks new ground sonically while maintaining the pressing hostility that has garnered their highly-anticipated upcoming release a spot as one of the most anticipated metal records of 2020. Always a terrifying force on the road, Great American Ghost are preparing to start their tour with BODYSNATCHER at the end of January.
 

Extreme music is aggressive by nature, but Great American Ghost may be the angriest sounding band of all time. The group Metal Injection calls "always hateful, always pissed" returns with ten songs of absolute fury, Power Through Terror. They direct old-school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs.
 

The Boston tradition includes seminal pioneers like Gang Green, SSD, and DYS. The back of Great American Ghost screamer Ethan Harrison's head is tattooed with the symbol for The Hope Conspiracy. But make no mistake, Power Through Terror is a devastating, mature metal-fueled odyssey. As Harrison says of guitarist Niko Gasparrini and bassist Joey Perron, "No matter how much my dudes listen to Meshuggah and Gojira, I'm always going to sound like I love American Nightmare because I do." And it's that potent concoction of the push and pulls between hardcore spite and metal ferocity that makes Great American Ghost’s third LP so potent.
 

Which isn't to say the anger, malice, and corrosive pummeling of Hatred Stems from the Seed (2017) and Everyone Leaves (2015) that was so warmly embraced by Metal Sucks, New Noise, Metal Injection and the fans who've seen them on tour (with bands like Within The Ruins and Kublai Khan) is absent. Far from it. The Warped Tour, Metal Alliance, and Never Say Die! tour vets sound more visceral than ever. Power Through Terror is more ambitious and even more violent.
 

TOUR DATES:
January 30 – Soundbar – Orlando, FL
January 31 – Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
February 1 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
February 2 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
February 4 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
February 5 – The Secret Group – Houston, TX
February 6 – Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
February 7 – 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
February 8 – ECLIPSE – Albuquerque, NM
February 9 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
February 11 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
February 12 – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
February 14 – The Loading Doc – Salt Lake City, UT
February 15 – Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO
February 16 – Dr. Jack’s Drinkery – Omaha, NE
February 17 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
February 18 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
February 19 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
February 20 – The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
February 21- Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
February 22 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
February 23 – Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
February 24 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
February 25 – Alchemy – Providence, RI
February 26 – Kingsland Bar & Grill – Brooklyn, NY\
February 27 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
February 28 – Riff House Pub – Chesapeake, VA
February 29 – New York Pizza – Greensboro, NC
March 1 – The End – Nashville, TN

Pre-order/save Power Through Terror: ffm.to/greatamericanghost

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SONG STONE ME

WATCH THE LIVE DEBUT FROM LAST NIGHT’S FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE

Toronto, ON – January 16, 2020 – Margo Price has released Stone Me, her first new song in over two years. She performed the song last night on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, capping a special episode of the show with a bold proclamation:

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me

Listen to Stone Me, out now on Loma Vista Recordings here. Watch the Samantha Bee performance here, and Margo’s interview with correspondent Sasheer Zamata here.

Margo says, “After what feels like an eternity, I’m releasing a new song into the wild today. It’s been hard to keep everything I’ve been working on for the last year to myself and I’m so excited to share it.”

Margo says, “After what feels like an eternity, I’m releasing a new song into the wild today. It’s been hard to keep everything I’ve been working on for the last year to myself and I’m so excited to share it.”

Stone Me follows what was a busy 2019 for Margo. She started the year with a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, toured with Chris Stapleton, performed at concert tributes to Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, and Dolly Parton – the latter of which aired on the NBC special Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry – and released her own cannabis strain via Willie’s Reserve. In December, Esquire, Billboard, and Pitchfork all named Margo’s last record, 2017’s All American Made, one of the top albums of the decade, with Esquire observing that “Price cemented her status as this generation’s Young or Nelson; a stark truth-teller of the finest degree.”

Stone Me Credits
Written by Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey
Vocals: Margo Price
Acoustic Guitar: Margo Price
12-String Acoustic Guitar: Jeremy Ivey
Piano: Benmont Tench
Electric Guitar: Matt Sweeney
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: James Gadson
Background Vocals: Margo Price, Ashley Wilcoxson
Percussion: Sam Bacco

Stone Me  Lyrics
Everybody wants to live in a glass house
I’d rather stay home cause when I go out
I wish I never did
Take me back home, when I was a kid

Sobriety is a hell of a drug
They say you only fight with the people you love
I won’t forget what it’s like to be poor
I could be there again baby that’s for sure

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me

You can pick a side but both are wrong
You can fight the good fight but you’re on your own
I used to feel loved but now I feel used
I almost went broke just from paying dues

Through the mud and rain you can drag my name
You can say I’ve spent my life in vain
But I won’t be ashamed of what I am
For your judgement day I don’t give a damn

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me
Stone me, stone me

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www.margoprice.net

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CREEPING DEATH CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH THE ACACIA STRAIN AND WEEK-LONG HEADLINING RUN TO COMMENCE THIS WEEK

SHOWS IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

NEW ALBUM WRETCHED ILLUSIONS
OUT NOW VIA EONE


Toronto, ON – January 16, 2020 – Texas death metal giants, CREEPING DEATH, will join The Acacia Strain next month for a North American tour. The journey commences February 28th with CREEPING DEATH crumbling stages through March 11th. The band will rejoin the tour on March 20th, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and remain through its conclusion April 5th. Additional support will be provided by Rotting Out, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth. The trek follows the band's upcoming mini tour with Sanguisugabogg which begins this Thursday February 16th and runs through El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Lubbock. Additionally, the band will appear on Oblivion Access 2020 in Austin, Texas this June featuring Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, and so many more. See all confirmed dates below.

View live footage of CREEPING DEATH's smoldering performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York in November supporting High On Fire and Power Trip, courtesy of Revolver Magazine here

CREEPING DEATH continues to tour in support of their critically adored Wretched Illusions debut, out now worldwide via Entertainment One. Produced by Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is available CD, digital, and vinyl formats. Order your copy today here.

CREEPING DEATH w/ Sanguisugabogg:

1/16 - Rockhouse Bar & Grill - El Paso, TX

1/17 - The Dive Bar - Tucson, AZ

1/18 - The Lexington - Los Angeles, CA

1/19 - Grace Preschool - San Jose, CA

1/20 - American Legion Vegas Post 8 - Las Vegas, NV

1/22 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO

1/23 - Demon's Den - Lubbock, TX

 

w/ The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Chamber, Fuming Mouth:
2/28 - The State House - New Haven, CT
2/29 - Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
3/1 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD

3/2 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA * CREEPING DEATH only
3/3 - The Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
3/4 - New Brookland Tavern - W. Columbia, SC 
3/5 - Soundbar - Orlando, FL
3/6 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL
3/7 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
3/9 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
3/10 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX
3/11 - Empire Control Room - Austin, TX
3/20 - The Greek Station - Salt Lake City, UT
3/21 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO 
3/22 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS 

3/23 - Blackhawk Room - Moline, IL * CREEPING DEATH only

3/24 - Amsterdam Bar & Hall - St. Paul, MN

3/25 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
3/26 - Hoosier Dome - Indianapolis, IN
3/27 - Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
3/28 - The Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
3/29 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON
3/31 - The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON
4/1 - Bar le Ritz - Montreal, QC

4/2 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
4/3 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
4/4 - The Kingsland - Brooklyn, NY
4/5 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA

6/5-7/2020 Oblivion Access 2020 - Austin, TX

 

"Death metal's new breed of old ghouls mutates vintage fringe into the modern mainstream. Leveraging the rhythmic latitude of thrash and hardcore, CREEPING DEATH torque the genre's thick guttural trademarks with a ramrod propulsion and knockout delivery that's seemingly innate." - Decibel

 

"Wretched Illusions doubles-down on the intensity, delivering ten tracks that coalesce high-velocity attacks with Lone Star State-styled smackdowns akin to Power Trip." - Revolver

"One thing can be said about CREEPING DEATH: they're committed to their name... on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips..." - Kerrang

"Everything about this is ugly. Like the aborted lovechild of Dismember and '89 Bolt Thrower, CREEPING DEATH immediately raise the stakes for the wave of hardcore-infested death metal sweeping the United States. Let those knuckles drag on 'Ripping Through Flesh.'" - Loudwire; 2019 Best Metal Songs...So Far

"CREEPING DEATH crawl out of the crypt and simply slam your face into the concrete over and over again... This is some old-school, pit-refined, groovy death metal. Add some thrash, season liberally with some black, and you get this classic slab of crushing death. This record will live in your headspace for months to come, maybe even years."

- Cvlt Nation

"The record fuses hardcore and death metal so seamlessly that it rarely feels like you're listening to one already-defined type of music or another. CREEPING DEATH clearly dig the classics, but they spit their influences back out in a way that feels genuinely fresh. And every song on this album is such a ripper, that you'll be banging your head too much to think about any of this boring technical stuff anyway." - BrooklynVegan

CREEPING DEATH:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
Eric Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums


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www.crepingdeath.net
 

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JONATHAN WILSON ANNOUNCES TOUR IN SUPPORT OF ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DIXIE BLUR OUT MARCH 6 ON BMG/BELLA UNION

LISTEN HERE TO LIVELY NEW SINGLE
IN HEAVEN MAKING LOVE

ON TOUR THIS SPRING
WITH TORONTO SHOW ON MARCH 10

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2020 – Acclaimed artist/producer, Jonathan Wilson, has announced select spring tour dates in support of his upcoming new album, Dixie Blur (BMG/Bella Union). The highly-anticipated new collection will be released on March 6 and features Wilson’s most personal and fully realized work to date. See full list of dates below, including a stop in Toronto on March 10.

Listen to the recently released single, In Heaven Making Love, here. Wilson says of the song, “I wanted to write a song about a perfect evening, something worth remembering. A song about carrying letters of rock & roll freedom all over the world.” He adds, “SO happy to share this new music with Cousin Kenny Vaughn taking that sweet guitar break and the legend Mark O’ Connor playing that fiddle solo. I remember the moment clear as a bell.”

For Dixie Blur, the North Carolina-bred, Los Angeles-based Wilson chose to go to Nashville and work with co-producer, Pat Sansone, of Wilco, at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio. He recorded live in the studio with a personal wish-list of players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel), Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards).

The results are incredible. Just listen to the tracks So Alive and Korean Tea to get a feel for Wilson’s vision, Watch the video for 69 Corvette, featuring in-studio footage and home movies from Wilson’s youth, that feed the longing for home narrative that runs throughout Dixie Blur

While Jonathan Wilson may not be a name immediately recognized in mainstream pop culture, chances are that the multi-talented artist’s work has crossed your path. As a producer, Wilson has worked with artists including Father John Misty, Conor Oberst,  Laura Marling and Dawes. As a musician, he has appeared on albums by artists ranging from Jackson Browne to Karen Elson to Roger Waters. Wilson was also musical director, guitarist and vocalist on Waters’ epic US+THEM tour. As a solo artist, Wilson has released Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), where he played nearly every instrument. On top of all of that, he is even a gifted luthier. There seems to be no limitation to what this modern renaissance artist is capable of.

Dixie Blur is available for pre-order now on digital, CD and double 180 gram color LP in die cut gatefold jacket with silver foil, double print dust sleeves and 15-page lyric booklet.  Pre-order the album here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
March 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
March 10 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
March 13 - Philadelphia, PA - XPN Free at Noon
March 15 - Charlestown, WV - Mountain Stage
March 17 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
March 18 - Denver, CO - Bluebird

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www.songsofjonathanwilson.com

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STEVE JORDAN, FOUNDER OF THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE STEPS DOWN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – TAKES POSITION AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2020 – Steve Jordan, Founder of the Polaris Music Prize, will be leaving his position as Executive Director. Starting March 2, he will be the Senior Director of CBC Music.

Steve founded The Prize in 2006. Its winners and Long and Short List nominees have benefited from both a major cash prize, and with boosts to record streams, media attention, and live audience both domestically and internationally.

Steve released this statement today: 

“I’ve been really struggling to articulate the mixed emotions I have leaving something I started and have devoted myself to for the last 15 years. I’m sad to leave the day-to-day, but feel a lot of joy that Polaris, culturally and financially, is in the strongest position it’s ever been. I have every confidence that the stewardship of the jury, our team, and our stakeholders will ensure Polaris continues with the integrity and vitality that people expect of it. It also feels good that so many of our sponsors and suppliers have been with us since the beginning and continue to support our mission of amplifying the musical excellence in this country. The various hands that touch Polaris throughout the year are all good hands to be leaving it in.”

Polaris Music Prize Board Chair, Miro Oballa adds, “On behalf of the Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors, we’d like to thank Steve for the vision and passion he’s brought to The Prize since its inception and we wish him all the best in his new role at the CBC.  Polaris events manager Claire Dagenais will take on an expanded role within Polaris while Steve will continue to provide guidance for the Prize in his new role as a Polaris board member.  We look forward to an exciting new chapter at Polaris.”

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

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

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STEVE JORDAN, FONDATEUR DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS, SE RETIRE DE SES FONCTIONS DE DIRECTEUR EXÉCUTIF – PREND LE POSTE DE DIRECTEUR PRINCIPAL DE CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – Le mardi 14 janvier 2020 – Steve Jordan, fondateur du Prix de musique Polaris, annonce aujourd’hui qu’il quitte son poste de directeur exécutif. À compter du 2 mars prochain, il assurera le poste de directeur principal à CBC Music.

Steve a fondé le Prix de musique Polaris en 2006. Les gagnants et nommés de la longue et la courte listes ont bénéficié de prix en argent substantiels ainsi que d’une augmentation des écoutes en continu sur les plateformes numériques. C’est sans compter l'attention médiatique et du public au Canada, mais aussi à l’étranger.

Steve a publié cette déclaration aujourd'hui:

« J'ai vraiment du mal à articuler les émotions mitigées que je ressens face à laisser quelque chose que j'ai créée et à laquelle je me suis consacré entièrement depuis les 15 dernières années. Je suis triste de quitter les activités du Polaris au quotidien, mais je suis très heureux de savoir que le Prix est, culturellement et financièrement, dans la meilleure position qu’il ait jamais été. Je suis convaincu que la bonne gestion du jury, de notre équipe et de nos intervenants financiers garantira que le Prix de musique Polaris continuera avec l'intégrité et la vitalité que tous attendent de lui. Je suis reconnaissant que la plupart de nos commanditaires et de nos fournisseurs soient avec nous depuis le début et continuent de soutenir notre mission d'amplifier l'excellence musicale au pays. Je laisse le Prix de musique Polaris entre de bonnes mains, les mains de différentes personnes qui travaillent fort sur son organisation tout au long de l’année. »

Le président du conseil d'administration, Miro Oballa, nous partage ceci : « Au nom du conseil d'administration du Prix de Musique Polaris, nous tenons à remercier Steve pour la vision et la passion qu'il a apportées au Prix depuis sa création et nous lui souhaitons tout le meilleur dans son nouveau rôle au sein de CBC Music. Claire Dagenais, responsable des événements au Prix de musique Polaris, assumera un rôle élargi au sein de l’organisation tandis que Steve continuera de guider le Prix de Musique Polaris grâce à son nouveau rôle en tant que membre du conseil d'administration. Nous attendons avec impatience un nouveau chapitre passionnant au Prix de musique Polaris. »

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

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  

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

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LAILA BIALI GEARS UP TO SHARE NEW MUSIC WITH AUDIENCES ACROSS CANADA THIS WINTER

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH

NEW SINGLE SUGAR TO BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 31

NEW ALBUM OUT THIS SPRING

Toronto, ON – January 14, 2020 – January 14, 2020 – Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, and CBC Music national radio host, Laila Biali, had a banner 2019 and is now ready to keep the momentum going and kick off the new year with a bang! On January 31, Laila will share the first taste of music from her forthcoming new album – which is set for release this spring – with the lead single, Sugar. Audiences will have the chance to hear Sugar and even more new music as Laila brings her captivating live performance to venues across Canada through the winter. Kicking off on February 7th, Laila will tour from BC to Ontario, sharing new songs as well as past favourites from her award-winning catalogue. See below for full tour details.

"Most of this new music was created last winter when I was at The Banff Centre for a week-long writing residency,” reflects Laila. “My husband and co-producer, Ben Wittman, helped workshop the material before we went into the studio to record, but this upcoming tour will be the first time these songs are brought to life on stage. I can't wait to see how they manifest in live performance!"

Laila has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release earned her a JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café

February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series

DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo | DOWNLOAD – tour poster

www.lailabiali.com

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

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SOCCER MOMMY ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT FEBRUARY 28

SHARES LEAD SINGLE circle the drain

CANADIAN TOUR DATES
IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO THIS APRIL

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2020 – Today, Soccer Mommy—twenty-two year-old Sophie Allison—announces her triumphant sophomore album, color theory. Confronting the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued Allison since pre-pubescence, color theory explores three central themes: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and finally, gray, representing darkness, emptiness and loss. Written mostly while on tour and recorded in Allison’s hometown of Nashville at Alex The Great, color theory was produced by Gabe Wax (who also produced Clean), mixed by Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, HEALTH, St. Vincent), and features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recording for the first time, with a live take at the foundation of almost every track. The resulting album is a masterpiece that paints an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait of an artist who, according to 100+ publications, already released one of the Best Albums of 2018 and the 2010s, and is about to release an early favorite of 2020.

color theory will be released on February 28 via Loma Vista, and the album’s massive lead single, circle the drain, is out today. Listen to the song on all digital platforms here, and watch its Atiba Jefferson-directed (American Football, Turnstile, TV On The Radio, Dinosaur Jr.) music video that was shot in Palm Springs and features pro-skateboarders Sean Malto, Jake Anderson, Curren Caples, and Nicole Hause, here. Pre-order color theory on tri-color vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

Soccer Mommy has been touring non-stop for the past few years, opening for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Wilco and Liz Phair, selling out countless headline shows, and making her festival debuts at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Primavera Sound, and more. She recently announced a huge international tour, starting in March 2020 in North America and stopping at some of the biggest venues Allison has ever headlined, including New York’s Brooklyn Steel on April 3rd and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on April 30th. Today she announces she will return to SXSW in March, and adds a hometown show in May. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here.

For Sophie Allison, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. “I wanted the experience of listening to color theory to feel like finding a dusty old cassette tape that has become messed up over time, because that’s what this album is: an expression of all the things that have slowly degraded me personally,” Allison says. “The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying.”

Clean demonstrated Allison’s nuanced approach to lyricism and her disinterest in reducing complex emotional worlds into easily-digestible sound bites. On it, she projected the image of a confused but exceedingly mature teenager -- the type to offer up life-saving advice while cutting class under the bleachers. While still a clear successor to Clean and a quintessential Soccer Mommy album, color theory’s sonic landscape is much more vast and dextrous, illustrating how much Allison has evolved as a musician and matured as a person over the past year.

The melodies on color theory shimmer on the surface, but they reveal an unsettling darkness with each progressive listen. The album is thematically subdivided into three sections, each of which is named for a color that distills the mood Allison wanted to freeze in time. We begin with blue, a color that evokes a certain melancholy, and for Allison, illuminates depressive episodes and memories of inflicting self-harm. The next section is represented by yellow, a color that points to illness, both mental and physical. “My mom has been terminally ill since I was a pre-teen, and I never really found a way to deal with it,” Allison says. The final section, represented by gray, addresses that fear of loss directly. “Watching my parents age and witnessing sickness take its toll made me think a lot about the cycle of life, and forced me to confront the paranoid sense that death is coming for me,” Allison says. But it’s not all tragic; moments of lightness appear on this album, too. Wise beyond her years, Allison is a songwriter capable of capturing the fleeting moments of bliss that make an embattled existence temporarily beautiful. With color theory, Allison’s fraught past becomes a lens through which we might begin to understand what it means to be resilient.

color theory investigates a traumatic past in exacting detail; in doing so, Allison finds inroads for healing through self-acceptance, and occasionally, humor. This isn’t a quest to uncover some long-since forgotten happiness so much as it is an effort to stare-down the turmoil of adolescence that can haunt a person well into adulthood. Allison is a gifted storyteller, one who is able to take personal experience and project it to universal scale. On color theory, she beckons in outsiders, rejects, and anyone who has ever felt desperately alone in this world, lending them a place to unburden themselves and be momentarily free.

TRACKLISTING:
1. bloodstream
2. circle the drain
3. royal screw up
4. night swimming
5. crawling in my skin
6. yellow is the color of her eyes
7. up the walls
8. lucy
9. stain
10. gray light

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
03/16 - 03/22 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/26 - Atlanta, GA  @ Variety Playhouse
03/27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
03/28 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
03/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/03 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/04 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
04/07 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
04/08 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

04/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04/11 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
04/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic
04/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
04/22 - Denver, CO @ Gothic
04/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room
04/25 - Boise, ID @ Deathproof Coffee
04/26 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/27 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
04/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
05/01 - San Diego, CA @ The Stage Room at UCSD
05/02 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
05/03 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
05/05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
05/06 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/07 - Dallas, TX @ Granada
05/09 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
06/04 - Oslo, Norway @  Parkteatret
06/05 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Slaktkyrkan
06/06 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Cecil
06/08 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
06/09 - Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club
06/11 - Koln, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
06/13 - Brussels, Belgium @ La Botanique
06/15 - Paris, France @ Petit Bain
06/16 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/18 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/19 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
06/20 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
06/22 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
06/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
06/24 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

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www.soccermommyband.com

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CRAIG STICKLAND LIGHTS UP NEW YEAR WITH HIS BRAND NEW ALBUM STARLIT AFTERNOON ON FEBRUARY 28

WATCH THE STARLIT AFTERNOON TAILER HERE

PRE-ORDER STARLIT AFTERNOON HERE

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – January 13, 2020 – After a groundbreaking 2019 marked by packed shows, millions of streams, and widespread critical praise, Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Craig Stickland, illuminates 2020 with the release of his highly anticipated debut album on 21Entertainment/eOne Music, Starlit Afternoon, on February 28. Pre-order it here. As part of his 2019 fall tour, Craig played 20 shows all across Canada with fellow Canadian musician, Tyler Shaw, giving fans a taste of the tacks to come on Starlit Afternoon.

Starlit Afternoon showcases the Los Angeles-based Canadian troubadour’s eloquent songcraft, emotional lyricism, and deft instrumentation. These twelve tracks trace a personal journey from the guitar-swept love-drunk sway of Starlit Afternoon all the way through the soulful closer Good Love. The most recent single, Break Every Rule clocked over 1 million total streams thus far. You can watch Craig’s live performance of Break Every Rule on Global TV’s The Morning Show here. Garnering acclaim, PopMatters referred to it as “impassioned and raw.” Check out the full track listing below.

On the album, Craig comments, "I wrote my first song when I was 15 years old. Although it didn’t make it on this album, I remember exactly where I was and what I was feeling when I wrote it. The twelve songs that make up my debut album are no different. Some stretch decades and some stretch months, but they’re all drawn from very personal experiences. It took a few years to find the right sound for the songs that have lived in my head for what seems like forever, and it’s amazing that something that was created in a 400 square foot guest house is being released into the world. I hope you will relate to it in one way or another."

On album release day, Craig will unveil the fifth instalment of his fan favourite Van Session video series featuring an outdoor acoustic rendition of Starlit Afternoon. The Van Session comprises eight stripped-down performances he shot to accompany Starlit Afternoon. Powered only by solar energy from the van, he filmed in breathtaking hidden locales throughout California, including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Alabama Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles. Total views on the series near 1 million across Burn It Down, Rolling River, Stop At Nothing, and Break Every Rule.

Written throughout a whirlwind tour in a self-converted sustainable Sprinter Van, he co-produced Starlit Afternoon, alongside Cat Lewis and Gray Hawken (Locals Only Sound), in Los Angeles during 2018. He Airbnb’ed his apartment, slept in his van outside the studio, and architected a 12-track opus, fusing blues, soul, rock, folk, gospel, and alternative.

Spend a Starlit Afternoon with Craig Stickland.

STARLIT AFTERNOON TRACK LISTING:
1. Starlit Afternoon
2. Rolling River
3. Warning
4. Break Every Rule
5. Golden Child
6. History
7. Stop At Nothing
8. Burn It Down
9. Save Your Words
10. Love We're Going To Lose
11. I Can't Get Enough Of You
12. Good Love

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LEXXICON SPREADS LOVE ON NEW SINGLE LUCKY LUCKY

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON JANUARY 26 AT THE BABY G

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT JANUARY 31

PRE-ORDER HERE

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR LONELY

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – As Toronto Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, nears the launch of his forthcoming album, Bashment Trap House, on January 31, he spreads love with third single, Lucky Lucky. The song is a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond. In addition, you can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live with two shows in Toronto at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23, and an exclusive listening party on January 30. See below for all details, listen to Lucky Lucky here and pre-order the album now.

“The song was inspired by my parents and their 26 years of marriage and just reflects on how special it is when you find that right person for you,” Lexxicon says of the Artafacts-produced track. “Love is not something to be taken for granted because each time you find it, it's like winning the lottery. Finding a partner to appreciate you for all your flaws and strengths is the type of love I wish for everyone in the new year.”

Last month, Lexxicon shared a personal track called Lonely, sharing his experience with Crohn’s disease.

“This song is for those who have gone through times in their lives where they felt alone and that they had no support from anyone,” Lexxicon reflects. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Overall, the song's message is to be confident in your body and draws elements from 90s Dancehall music with a Hip Hop backdrop. 

Stay tuned for more from Lexxicon ahead of Bashment Trap House’s big drop on January 31.

About Lexxicon

Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Pre-order Bashment Trap House: bit.ly/2sAYL2O

Listen to Lucky Lucky: fanlink.to/LexxiconLuckyLucky
Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info

January 30 – Bashment Trap House Listening Party, 688 Richmond St W – Toronto, ON - Tickets and Info

February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON

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TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR A LOST FIND

FORTHCOMING ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP
OUT FEBRUARY 20

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT LULA LOUNGE IN TORONTO
ON FEBRUARY 20 –
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

SHOWS IN SHERBROOKE AND MONTREAL, QC ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – Today, driven Toronto artist, STORRY, announces her new album, CH III: The Come Up, set for release on February 20. The project launches with her stunning self-directed video for single, A Lost Find – watch it here. STORRY has also announced tour dates in Sherbrooke and Montreal with an album release show on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge – find more info here, and all details below.

A Lost Find was self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take, zero edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. On the process, STORRY shares, “I believe as creators, the art doesn't always come from us, but sometimes it is channeled through us from a higher source. I was in the townships at Tom's house. He was sitting in front of his piano and he started playing what would now be the intro to A Lost Find. I pressed record on the voice memo on my phone and closed my eyes, making up lyrics and melodies on the spot. By the end of the 5 minutes, where you hear the long-belted note at the end of the song, I was in tears. It had been an emotional ride/journey. Tom and I looked at each other and basically concluded that we had a 90% completed song on our hands. We excitedly and nervously checked that the phone had still been recording. We listened to the voice memo and had to learn the song we had just created in order to replicate it for the final recording you hear now. It was a magical moment.” 

“We picked up a camera and went out into the fields where Tom lives and started shooting a video for it. Lucky for us, a few days after the initial shooting in the sunlight, we would have a huge rainstorm. I remember watching the rain cloud coming. I counted out to Tom when the rain would arrive 5-4-3-2 before I could get to one, I became drenched in a matter of seconds. Tom could barely hold the camera straight from all the wind, and was also trying to hold the umbrella over the camera at the same time as shooting. This was the springboard for me getting into film. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I could get it done.”

CH III: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. It is about a woman trying to leave the sex-industry and get into the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money.

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. She, like her music, is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.

About STORRY

STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work. 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind - on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah)  a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie, and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape. 

TOUR DATES:

Friday, January 17 – Centennial Theatre – Sherbrooke, QC – Info & Tickets

Thursday, February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

Saturday, February 22 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Info & Tickets

Buy and stream A Lost Find: storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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MARCUS KING RELEASES SONG BEAUTIFUL STRANGER AND WILL APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

LISTEN NOW

WATCH VIDEO OF IN STUDIO ACOUSTIC PERFORMING
WITH DAN AUERBACH HERE

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS, JANUARY 17

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

"He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock to a new generation." - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Soulful blend of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock, and blues.” - FLOOD MAGAZINE

“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” - PASTE

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020Marcus King today shared a new song, Beautiful Stranger. Timeless vintage soul with shimmering steel and haunting gospel harmonies, the song features Marcus’ rasping vocals which take centre stage on his solo debut record, El Dorado. The release has established him as one of the most soulful voices of his generation and is set to be his most critically acclaimed yet. El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach will be released next week on Fantasy Records, on January 17. Marcus will make his Jimmy Kimmel Live debut on January 15.

Discussing the song, Marcus stated, "Beautiful Stranger is a story about longing, searching for love. We tried to paint a picture of a dim lit bar, lost souls finding one another before last call."

The new track is written by 23-year-old vocal and guitar phenomenon Marcus, alongside Dan Auerbach and Paul Overstreet. It features drummer Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood and bassist Dave Roe, legendary musicians who have graced classic recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well premiered recently via Rolling Stone Magazine who featured him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue. Rolling Stone’s insightful profile explored Marcus’ fascinating story which saw him initially struggle to fit in at school and even faced the possibility of spending time in a juvenile detention centre for truancy. Talking to Rolling Stone, Marcus stated, “They were trying to put me away, trying to put me into a juvenile detention center, trying to shave my head, put me in jail. And I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything. I just missed a couple of days of class”

Marcus overcame these challenges, using music as a therapy, helping him deal with issues around mental health and loss to become a professional guitarist at eleven years old. He discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary, which can be watched here.

El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Flood Magazine and Paste and is receiving dedicated support at Triple A radio, including KCRW. The Well’s cinematic video also premiered via Relix with hundreds of thousands of views in weeks. Marcus is currently on a 75+ date world tour in the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more, with The Marcus King Band. Multiple dates sold out including The Beacon Theatre in New York which was profiled by The New York Times and a show in Vancouver on February 9.

Marcus has also found time to meet Bill Murray, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, who proclaimed himself a fan of Marcus at his Crossroads Festival. He has developed his own signature guitar with Gibson, created a signature amp with Orange Amps, appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, perform with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curate his own namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

El Dorado will be released January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit: mk.lnk.to/eldorado.

The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honored foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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NEZ RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE FEATURING SCHOOLBOY Q VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

LISTEN TO WILD YOUNGSTER NOW

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – The multi-faceted, NEZ, teams up with TDE's ScHoolboy Q on his debut single and music video Wild Youngster via Entertainment One (eOne). The self-directed visual showcases rapid-fire wordplay while treating viewers to an abstract monochromatic visual interpretation. The video stars NEZ alongside ScHoolboy Q and fellow Chicagoan Vic Mensa.
 
Wild Youngster is an intoxicating underground dance anthem and is nothing short of a certifiable hit. NEZ comments on the new single, "I want to make people feel again. I want to make people dance. I'm creating my universe through sound. The feeling I got visiting Paris during fashion week and going to the after-parties. In my head, I was thinking 'what would Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss be partying to in the ‘90s with Gianni Versace.' House music started in Chicago, it has always had a major impact on me because that's the music that we grew up listening and partying to."

NEZ has been an unsung hero of the music industry for the past decade. His profile has been steadily rising under the radar as a part of the esteemed production duo, Nez and Rio. They first became known for their work with ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, Wale, Coltrane and many others. NEZ has acquired a much-lauded production contribution to a number of popular hits such as Schoolboy Q's Man of the Year, and ASAP Rocky's Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2. In 2015, NEZ was Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album, for his work on ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron.
 
Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, NEZ's musical take is marked by dramatic changes in styles. Incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, house, and R&B.

Watch Wild Youngster:  https://youtu.be/RLyKlDx4BPQ

Listen to Wild Youngster: https://smarturl.it/wildyoungster

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF RETURNS WITH FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT FEBRUARY 14
ON STAX RECORDS PRE-ORDER HERE

RATELIFF SHARES FIRST SINGLE AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TODAY

2020 SOLO TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
INCLUDING SOLD OUT TORONTO SHOW

Pensive, Rousing, Stark, Eloquent…Cash Echoes.” New York Times

Toronto, ON – January 8, 2020 – Nathaniel Rateliff is set to release, And Its Still Alright, his first solo album in nearly seven years, on February 14, via Stax Records.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope – hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting – a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

Rateliff wrote the album’s lead single and title track, And It’s Still Alright, specifically about Swift – a song of haunting grace and acceptance. Watch the Rett Rogers-directed video here. Read more in Rateliff’s exclusive interview with Rolling Stone here.

“I think I always want to see hope in the darkness, and I like to try to share that,” Rateliff explains. “I always try to write from a perspective of trying to approach everything very honestly, even if it leaves me vulnerable. But overall, it’s almost like I’m a different character when I’m writing for myself.” He continues, “I think this album is a reminder that we all go through hardship, but regardless of the hardship everything ends up where it’s supposed to. I still continue to live, and I still continue to find joy. I think that’s the theme of the record.”

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Tonight, Rateliff returns to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon for the fifth time to perform And It’s Still Alright.

Rateliff has also confirmed details of the And It’s Still Alright tour which will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem and Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. A few tickets remain and can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.

Growing up in rural Missouri, Rateliff got his early music education from his family, who performed in the church band in which Rateliff played drums, and his father’s record collection. At 19, Rateliff moved to Denver where he spent the next 10 years working night shifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out songs at open-mic nights. Preceding the emergence of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel released three albums and an EP; Desire and Dissolving Men (2007), In Memory of Loss (2010), Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2013) and the Closer EP (2014). The solo releases received critical praise – Vanity Fair proclaimed, “We were blown away,” while Paste affirmed, “Rateliff’s rich voice and his bandmates’ textured harmonies sound like long and comfortable conversations.”

In 2015, Rateliff launched Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success; now certified Gold in the U.S., it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams, was released in March, 2018 to widespread acclaim and featured three singles that hit #1 at Triple A Radio (You Worry Me, A Little Honey and Hey Mama). Rateliff and the band have appeared on nearly every late-night television program and toured extensively worldwide, playing major festivals and selling out iconic venues including their hometown Red Rocks Amphitheater multiple times.

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TRACK LIST:
1. What a Drag
2. And It’s Still Alright
3. All Or Nothing
4. Expecting To Lose
5. Tonight #2
6. Mavis
7. You Need Me
8. Time Stands
9. Kissing Our Friends
10. Rush On

TOUR DATES:
February 1—Ann Arbor, MI—Ann Arbor Folk Festival
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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CROWBAR HITS THE ROAD WITH SEPULTURA IN MARCH WITH STOPS IN, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 20 10 AM LOCAL TIME

LISTEN TO THE SERPENT ONLY LIES

KIRK WINDSTEIN’S DEBUT SOLO PROJECT DREAM IN MOTION OUT JANUARY 24

Toronto, ON – December 17, 2019 – NOLA sludge metal champions, Crowbar, have announced an extensive 2020 North American tour. In March, they’ll hit the road with Sepultura, alongside Sacred Reich and Art of Shock. The tour will include stops in Toronto and Montreal. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 20 at 10 am local time. See below for complete details.

The venture will follow the release of Dream In Motion – the debut album from Crowbar frontman, Kirk Windstein. Set for release on January 24, 2020 via Entertainment One, Windstein’s solo foray is a heartfelt throwback to album-oriented-rock supremacy, eschewing the predictable acoustic record route for a more straight-ahead guitars approach, albeit one that’s no less soulful or meditative than Crowbar fans expect. Watch the video for the first single and title track here.

Kirk handled all vocal duties, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). Recorded in Windstein's native Louisiana over a period of two years between tours and over holidays, Dream in Motion is a powerfully moving recording that pulls from every corner of the riff king's three-decade-plus career. The LP owns a lyrical depth, emotional weight, and musical muscle forged from the fires of thousands of worldwide live shows, a well-earned reputation for creating the melancholic melody that has become synonymous with New Orleans heavy metal, and a reflection on a life well-lived. 

Crowbar released their 11th and latest album, The Serpent Only Lies, on October 28, 2016 via Entertainment One. For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY. Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The Serpent Only Lies, is both an affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy.

“To me, it’s a fresh sounding version of old school Crowbar,” says vocalist, guitarist and mastermind, Kirk Windstein. “I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the selftitled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20 plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early Crowbar classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. Bolstered by massive riffage, new songs, I Am The Storm, Embrace The Light, and the title track explore the themes of life, loss and spirituality, respectively.

CROWBAR is:
Kirk Windstein | Matt Brunson | Tommy Buckley

TOUR DATES
March 18 - San Diego, CA House of Blues
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theater
March 20 - Berkeley, CA UC Theatre
March 21 - Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
March 22 - Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
March 23 - Iowa City, IA Wildwood
March 26 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
March 27 - Milwaukee, WI Rave II
March 28 - Chicago, IL House of Blues
March 29 - Detroit, MI Harpo's
March 30 - Toronto, ON Opera House
April 1 - Montreal, QC Astral

April 2 - Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
April 3 - Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
April 4 - Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
April 6 - Cleveland, OH House of Blues
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
April 8 - Baltimore, MD Soundstage
April 9 - Charlotte, NC Underground @ The Fillmore
April 10 - Atlanta, GA Masquerade
April 11 - Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
April 12 - Tampa, FL The Ritz
April 14 - New Orleans, LA House of Blues
April 16 - Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 17 - Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
April 18 - Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
April 19 - Austin, TX Emo's
April 21 - Phoenix, AZ Van Buren
April 22 - Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre

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ALLIE X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 21

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

FIRST MAJOR HEADLINE TOUR TO KICK OFF IN MARCH WITH CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – December 16, 2019 – Following the release of her emotive new single, Love Me Wrong, featuring long-time friend and collaborator, Troye Sivan, goth-pop darling, Allie X, announces her highly anticipated new album, Cape God – out February 21, 2020. An electric moment for the singer, this is her most radical and powerful album yet. Filled with emotional vibratos and captivating lyrics, the album touches on the nature of identity and what it truly means to be an outsider. In addition to the Troye Sivan collaboration on Love Me Wrong – which has already hit over one million listens on Spotify alone – Cape God features a collaboration with beloved singer and songwriter Mitski.

After finishing a two-month long tour supporting Marina and Charli XCX across North America and Europe, Allie X is thrilled to now announce her first major headline tour, which includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Tickets are available for pre-sale, and Cape God is available for pre-order now. 

To create the world of Cape God – a world that Allie X had been ruminating over for years – she joined creative forces with producer, Oscar Görres. The album was recorded in Sweden over the course of a few short weeks, full of seamless and intense energy. What developed quite naturally was an eclectic and eerie sound that nods to Allie X’s past, while pointing to a new future of music for the artist.

Allie X comments, “This feels the most ‘me’ of anything I’ve ever made” – while friend, Sasha Velour, so poignantly describes it as “a gaudy North-American kind of melancholy”. Sonically, Cape God spans multiple dimensions and genres that are both atmospheric and standalone. As a result, this record is bound to appeal to fans old and new.

For Allie X, the journey of writing Cape God was reflective and intimate. Allie X says, “Going into these buried feelings I had as a teenager was the perspective I chose to write this album from. It happened very naturally and without much thought once I started. As always, it was easiest to add an element of fantasy and aesthetic beauty to tell my story, and thus Cape God was born. If I had to make a mission statement for this record I would say: Cape God is a liminal space I created to explore my repressed feelings and perhaps create a different outcome.”

Oh what a feeling,
Hanging off a building,
with the Regulars

Regulars

These moments of contrasting tension and clear perspective are daring and fresh. With bold visuals to compliment, and two music videos directed by artist, SSION, the world of Cape God has a creative energy all its own. Original and fierce, Allie X has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

CAPE GOD TRACKLIST
Fresh Laundry
Devil I Know
Regulars
Sarah Come Home
Rings A Bell
June Gloom
Love Me Wrong (w/Troye Sivan)
Super Duper Party People
Susie Save Your Love (w/Mitski)
Life of the Party
MadameX
Learning in Public

CAPE GOD 2020 TOUR DATES
March 22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - Voodoo Room
March 23 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
March 24 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
March 26 - Portland, OR – Holocene
March 27 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
March 28 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset
March 31 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
April 1 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
April 2 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
April 4 - Montreal, QC - L'Astral

April 5 - Boston, MA - Sonia
April 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Avant Gardner
April 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
April 9 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
April 11 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
April 12 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
April 15 - Austin, TX - The Parish
April 16 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
April 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis
April 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
April 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
April 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
May 28 - Milan, Italy - Arci Ohibo
May 30 - Berlin, Germany - Privat Club
May 31 - Cologne, Germany - Jaki Club
June 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
June 3 - Paris, France - Pop Up
June 4 - London, UK - Heaven

Pre-order Cape God here
Listen to Love Me Wrong here
Watch Love Me Wrong here

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF KICKS OFF THE MARIGOLD SINGLES WITH JOHN PRINE

PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT SIERRA CLUB MILITARY OUTDOORS AND HARM REDUCTION COALITION

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff’s, first installment of The Marigold Singles featuring legendary songwriter John Prine debuts today on Stax Records. The Marigold Singles will raise money for The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation that supports community and non-profit organizations working on economic and social justice. The first installment is comprised of Rateliff performing new versions of two beloved Prine songs – Sam Stone a duet with Prine and Summer’s End featuring Courtney Marie Andrews. Listen/share the music here.

Of the release, Rateliff says, “It’s been an honor to get to know John and become his buddy. I love singing with him. It was great to have Courtney Marie Andrews join me on Summer’s End as well.” while Prine furthers, “I am proud to be part of the first release of The Marigold Singles. Veterans deserve all our support. I love singing with Nathaniel – he’s a really great singer and a real good buddy.”

The Marigold Singles will be available as limited edition 7” vinyl exclusively at shop.nathanielrateliff.com, as well as on all digital platforms. Future releases will feature additional notable musicians and collaborators, and the beneficiaries will be chosen by the artist’s common beliefs and by the subject matter of the songs.

Proceeds from first installment of The Marigold Singles with John Prine will support the work of Sierra Club Military Outdoors and Harm Reduction Coalition. “I have often turned to the music of Nathaniel and John for healing and understanding after my time in the Army. I am grateful that they have chosen to support the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program with this special release and look forward to connecting more veterans and military families to the outdoors with their contribution,” says Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors Senior Campaign Manager, Robert Vessels. 

Harm Reduction Coalition’s Executive Director, Monique Tule adds, “Harm Reduction Coalition is deeply honored to be beneficiaries of the partnership between Nathaniel Rateliff and John Prine. Funds we receive will support our work to end the overdose epidemic that is behind the deaths of more than 72,000 people in a single year.”

Sierra Club Military Outdoors is at the forefront of a national movement to ensure every veteran in America has an opportunity to get outdoors when they return home after service. The goal of Military Outdoors is to improve the lives of veterans and their families through connections with the outdoors and inspire members of the military and veteran community to become outspoken champions for environmental conservation and justice. Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use.

The Marigold Project is Rateliff’s foundation established in 2017 to support community and non-profit organizations working on economic and social justice. Last fall, The Marigold Project hosted a day of workshops and a rally focused on gun violence prevention. Last Saturday, December 7, the foundation hosted a summit in Denver concentrated on community and coalition building. Attendees learned from activists and advocates across the country with decades of experience in community building for positive and lasting change.

The foundation also offers grants to organizations working on income inequality, voter registration, food access, gun violence prevention and indigenous rights, among many others. Grant recipients include Mauna Kea/Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteers of America’s Veterans Homeless Services, Denver Urban Gardens, American Agriculture Movement and Texas Gun Sense.

Furthermore, Rateliff has confirmed details of the And It’s Still Alright tour, in support of a new forthcoming solo album. The shows will feature many facets of Rateliff’s musicianship—ranging from stripped back moments with just his voice and an acoustic guitar to the accompaniment of a full band. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel and San Francisco’s Palace Of Fine Arts, in addition to stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem, The Chicago Theatre and the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. Tickets are available now at nathanielrateliff.com.

www.the-marigold-project.org

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THE BLUE STONES SHARE NEW SINGLE GRIM

ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR WITH 16 CANADIAN DATES

WATCH GRIM MUSIC VIDEO HERE

MORE FROM THE BLUE STONES HERE
Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Today, Canadian rock duo The Blue Stones, have shared Grim, the second single off their upcoming sophomore album out on Entertainment One (eOne) next year. Grim finds the band exploring a more experimental sound, blending lo-fi beats with a hip-hop-inspired vocal approach while still remaining true to their alternative-blues roots. Following the success of Shakin’ Off The Rust, the track showcases the band’s continued lyrical growth as vocalist Tarek Jafar takes a darker look into his vices. In addition to the new single, the band has announced their North American Hidden Gems Tour in early 2020 with support from JJ Wilde on the U.S. dates and Mute Choir on the Canadian dates. You can stream Grim here now and find tickets for the tour on sale here.

About the track, the band states, "People ask us what direction we're heading in for our new material. Grim is a pretty good representation of that. We drew from a myriad of genres that we love, and wrote a song that makes you feel so good about being bad."

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

The Blue Stones will embark on their 30 date North American tour this January kicking off the first six shows in Ontario before making their way down to the US and returning to the Canadian west coast in March. All tour details are below, stay tuned for more news from the band in 2020!

TOUR DATES:
January 23 @ The Mansion - Kingston, ON
January 24 @ Rum Runners - London, ON
January 25 @ Warehouse St - Catharines, ON
January 30 @ Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
January 31 @ Petit Campus - Montreal, QC 
February 1 @ 27 Club - Ottawa, ON 

February 6 @ Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
February 7 @ Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
February @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
February 9 @ High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
February 11 @ Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
February 13 @ Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH
February 14 @ Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
February 15 @ The Hollow - Albany, NY
February 16 @ The Lizard Lounge at Chameleon Club -
Lancaster, PA
February 18 @ MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
February 19 @ Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
February 20 @ Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
February 21 @ The Basement - Columbus, OH
February 22 @ The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
March 12 @ The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB 
March 13 @ The Exchange - Regina, SK
March 18 @ Better Than Fred's - Grande Prairie, AB
March 19 @ Bo's Bar - Red Deer, AB
March 20 @ The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
March 21 @ The Gateway - Calgary, AB
March 23 @ The Blue Grotto - Kamloops, BC 
March 24 @ Sapphire - Kelowna, BC
March 25 @ Capital Ballroom - Victoria, BC 
March 26 @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC


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MARCUS KING PREMIERES THE SULTRY, SOULFUL ONE DAY SHE’S HERE WITH FLOOD MAGAZINE

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS JANUARY 17, 2020

PRE-ORDER NOW

ON TOUR NOW WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 18 AND VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

“Fierce Soulful blend of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock, and blues”
 
- FLOOD MAGAZINE

“Fierce guitar player teams up with the Black Keys guitarist-producer
for his first solo album”
- ROLLING STONE

 “Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the
rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.”
- AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction” - PASTE

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Today, Marcus King shares a new song, One Day She’s Here, a fresh sounding slice of laid-back vintage soul. The new track, written by Marcus, Dan Auerbach and Pat McLaughlin, showcases Marcus’ restrained falsetto with sultry strings and a deep pocket groove provided by among others, drummer Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood and bassist Dave Roe, legendary musicians who have graced classic recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. It is featured on his genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and due January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records.

The song premiered today by FLOOD Magazine who stated, “the song packages Marcus’ sensual falsetto with strings for a languorous soul vibe about a love who just won’t stay.”

Discussing the song with FLOOD Magazine, Marcus explained, “Dan and I wrote One Day She’s Here with Pat McLaughlin. This was a writing session I was a little bit late to and when I got there they had this bouncy chord progression. We kind of picked it up from there and started moving forward. A recurring theme throughout the record is old Cadillacs. And this idea of something you love fading away into the distance appealed to me as a writer. Something that I think everybody can relate to is seeing something fade away like that.”

El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Marking a new sonic direction and with King’s remarkable voice taking center stage, El Dorado is set to further establish King as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

Marcus King has become a vocal and guitar phenomenon at 23 years old, overcoming challenges with mental health and loss to release his debut solo album, poised for a major breakthrough and his most critically acclaimed yet. The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well, premiered recently via Rolling Stone alongside widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and Paste and is already receiving dedicated support at Triple A radio, including KCRW which made it their top tune of the day. The track’s cinematic video also premiered via Relix with hundreds of thousands of views in weeks.

Marcus is currently on a 75+ date world tour in the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more, with The Marcus King Band. Multiple dates are already sold out from Washington to Philadelphia. He has also found the time to develop his own signature guitar with Gibson, create a signature amp with Orange Amps, appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, perform with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curate his own namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

Playing professionally since he was eleven years old and discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary, which can be watched here.

El Dorado will be released January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit: mk.lnk.to/eldorado.

THE MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES

The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honored foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
December 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
December 14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
December 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
December 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
December 20 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center
December 21 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
December 28 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium
December 29 - Augusta, GA - Miller Theater
December 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
December 31 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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JENN GRANT SHARES NEW SINGLE THE PARTY

CONCERTS IN OTTAWA AND MONTREAL ANNOUNCED
FOR THE NEW YEAR

HOMETOWN HALIFAX SHOW ON VALENTINE’S DAY

NOMINATED FOR CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR,
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 2020 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Jenn Grant will be bringing the songs from her gorgeous new album, Love, Inevitable, home to Halifax for a special Valentine’s Day 2020 concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Today, she is thrilled to announce that two more tour dates – in Ottawa and Montreal – have been added for February. Tickets are on sale now – full details can be found below.

Along with the announcement of the new tour dates, Grant shares a brand new song – The Party. Born out of a writing trip in Nashville this fall, the track was co-written with local artist, Mary Bragg, and plays as a sort of “alt-holiday” song – an ode to lonely people joining the party again! Have a listen here.

“The Party is a story about a woman, filled with anticipation in those moments while getting ready for the party, which sometimes feels like the best part,” comments Grant. “It’s about the evening to come, of dancing and love and loneliness and gathering. And something that resonates with this time of year, under all the sparkling lights.

Jenn’s latest album, Love, Inevitable, was released in June and is a marker for a period of change in Grant’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another.  After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Grant stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Grant celebrated the release with a cross-Canada tour, enthralling audiences across the country with the new heartfelt songs, and went on to earn five Music Nova Scotia award nominations – Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for Keep A Light On.

“Grant's gorgeous voice swoops and soars across shimmering pop anthems, folk gems, and sunset ballads.” – CBC Music

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 14 – Rebecca Cohen Auditorium – Halifax, NS – TICKETS
February 27 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – TICKETS
February 28 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON – TICKETS

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HEALTH COLLABORATE WITH XIU XIU ON NEW SINGLE DELICIOUS APE

ANNOUNCE HEADLINE 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

US CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH DAUGHTERS CONTINUES THROUGH DECEMBER, INCLUDING NYC’S BROOKLYN STEEL ON DECEMBER 19

VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR OUT NOW


"...one of the most intense and electrifying
bands in the U.S."
- Kerrang!

"...the band approaches at times Ministry-like levels of
industrial-metal aggression."
- Revolver

“HEALTH's most ominous, brooding, and diverse effort yet -
and consequently their best.”  
- Metal Injection, 9/10 stars

"...electricity crackles off its hydraulic-press-and-jackhammer racket in a way that energizes album highlights 'Black Static' and 'Strange Days (1999)' ... it's a powerhouse of an album." - Decibel Magazine

"Ambitious L.A. noise-rock trio HEALTH pushes the envelope even further on album No. 4. The title’s nod to Black Sabbath is apropos; new songs introduce a shock of metal to its daring blend of dance music and forbidding noise textures." - New York Magazine

"Through the medium of abrasive beats and tortured, explosive synth textures the band tackle the world’s uneasy conscience, resulting in a remarkably cathartic listen." - The Line of Best Fit, 8/10 stars

"...the trio deliver at once their heaviest, catchiest, most decipherable and least predictable album.... HEALTH meld the spiraling instrumentation of their earliest work, with the hooky structure of last album 'DEATH MAGIC' and then coat this creation in the blackest industrial ooze." - DIY Magazine, 4/5 stars

“VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is filled with perversely catchy songs
about death and hopelessness”
- All Music, 4/5 stars

“They have indeed gotten even heavier on VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, which doesn’t sound like an indie/noise band experimenting with industrial music but a true industrial record.” - Brooklyn Vegan

“...one of the most substantial industrial rock records of recent memory” - HYPEBEAST

“VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is a career-defining achievement...”
- Sputnik Reviews, 5/5 stars

“...an intense, dark and aggressive album, arguably their heaviest to date”  - Treble Magazine, ‘Album of the Week’

"The Los Angeles band contort their way through a dark and heavy electrified rock fantasy in which there’s no telling what’s around the bend, as drastically heavy electronic music production seeps through the cracks of
somewhat traditional rock instrumentation." - New Noise Magazine

 

Toronto, ON – December 12, 2019 – Today, HEALTH released Delicious Ape, a new single in collaboration with Xiu Xiu. HEALTH says of their sixth collaborative track out now via Loma Vista Recordings: “The noise/DIY scene of the mid 00's was characterized by an incredibly high tolerance for ‘difficult' musical experiences. In many ways, the petit arms race to fortify our listening habits with the avant garde while competing with a handful of unknown bands to create the most challenging music possible was ironically juvenile and provincial. A preoccupation with abrasive experimentalism is not exactly a recipe for toe tapping or hummable melody, and many of us obscured the more enjoyable elements of music-making and listening in favor of weird shit...But not Xiu Xiu goddamn it. 

No other project of the most formative era for our band even comes close to so perfectly combining the elements of free noise, drone music, and experimental electronics with raw emotion, melody and choruses. Nobody else even had choruses. Not many of us are left of this particular vintage. Most of the scene moved on to djing house and starting podcasts. Xiu Xiu is still making great and uniquely moving music. We are simply happy to get the chance to be a part of it. What did The Minutemen say? ‘Mr. Narrator, this is Bob Dylan to me.’ Yeah, something like that.” Listen to Delicious Ape HERE.

The LA-based band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller have also today announced new headline European tour dates for April 2020; tickets are on sale now. HEALTH continue their co-headline tour with Daughters, and special guest Show Me The Body, tonight in Birmingham, including an upcoming show at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on December 19th. See below for a full itinerary of upcoming dates.

 

HEALTH released their latest acclaimed LP VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR in February via Loma Vista Recordings. Since its release, the band has toured extensively around the world, created their second video game score for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War Official Soundtrack), and debuted five other collaborative singles with Ghostmane (JUDGEMENT NIGHT), JPEGMAFIA (HATE YOU), Youth Code (INNOCENCE), Perturbator (BODY/PRISON), and Soccer Mommy/Corin Roddick of Purity Ring (MASS GRAVE). Watch HEALTH’s recent live session for The Ringer Room HERE and for Revolver Magazine HERE.

VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is available for streaming and purchase HERE.

Album bio, press shots, and cover art HERE.

HEALTH - TOUR DATES:

December 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn#

December 14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade#

December 15 - Orlando, FL @ The Orpheum#

December 17 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

December 18 - Washington DC @ 9.30 Club#

December 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel#

December 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer#

December 21 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club#

April 16, 2020 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

April 17, 2020 - Cologne, DE @ Art Theatre

April 18, 2020 - Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz

April 19, 2020 - Krakow, PL @ ZetPeTe

April 20, 2020 - Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka

April 21, 2020 - Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu

April 23, 2020 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain, New Noise Night

# co-headline w/ Daughters, special guest Show Me The Body

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Soundcloud: found.ee/HEALTH_SC

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LEXXICON REFLECTS ON NEW SONG LONELY

PREMIERES VIA PURE GRAIN AUDIO

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR LONELY

2020 TORONTO SHOWS ANNOUNCED

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE  OUT JANUARY 31, 2020

Toronto, ON – December 12, 2019 – Following a big album announcement, Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, reflects on his new single, Lonely, which premiered at Pure Grain Audio today. The song was produced by Edmonton’s Artafacts Music, and is from his forthcoming album, Bashment Trap House, out on January 31, 2020. You can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live in the New Year, as he just announced two shows in Toronto, performing at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23. Listen to Lonely and watch the lyric video here.

“This song is for those who have gone through times in their lives where they felt alone and that they had no support from anyone,” Lexxicon reflects. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Last month, Lexxicon brought the heat with Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity.

“This track is to get your blood running, heart pumping, and emotions jumping,” Lexxicon says of Fatty Fatty. “It’s a little piece of the islands with a twist, the perfect addition to your personal gym playlist!

Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian hybrid Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Overall, the song's message is to be confident in your body and draws elements from 90s Dancehall music with a Hip Hop backdrop. 

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

 

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

Bashment Trap House Tracklist:
1. Di Don Don
2. Fatty Fatty
3. Baddaz
4. Lucky Lucky
5. Back Pon Wall
6. SuperStar
7. Side Ting 
8. City Pon Mi Back
9. I Think I Can (Interlude)
10. Lonely
11. I Pray
12. Sleeping On Me
13. New Year, New Me
14. Haffi Shut Dung
15. Booyaka Booyaka

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON
February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON
 

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HARRISON PREMIERES VIDEO FOR MUSTANG (FEAT. TALVI) VIA BULLY MAGAZINE

CELEBRATING UK MVA NOMINATION FOR YOUR GIRL (FEAT. RALPH)

RECENT PRODUCTION CREDITS FOR SEAN LEON’S NEW ALBUM AND TOBi FOR SINGLE BEIGE

STREAM SOPHOMORE RECORD APRICITY

APRICITY DELUXE OUT NOW VIA BANDCAMP

 

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2019 – Toronto’s multifaceted artist/producer/musical polymath, Harrison, shares a stunning new video for Mustang. The song is from his sophomore album, Apricity, featuring ethereal vox from Talvi of Prince Innocence.

Premiering via BULLY Magazine, Mustang captures the song from a different perspective. The visual was directed by Jon Riera (known for his work with Jazz Cartier, A Tribe Called Red, DVSN). This video was created thanks to the support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).Watch the video here

“The experience of making Mustang was exciting for us because we could re-imagine something that was already out in the world and took a different approach to it. That’s partially what the beginning scene represents,” Jon says of the creative process. “If you were already familiar with the song and you watched the opening scene it seemed like it was going to be regular-degular but then we flipped it and had an opportunity to give you a look into a world you wouldn’t expect.”

“I’ve worked with Jon before so it was a breeze,” Harrison says of their collaboration. “I’m a little camera shy so it was nice having Talvi there, we were using the second half of Mustang, which is all her singing.”

“It was really fun embodying the femme fatale role for Mustang and working with Jon and Harrison on this. I feel like I’m cast in this role a lot, it’s cool that people see me that way and I get to play it,” Talvi adds. “I also love that there’s this portal into another dimension that captures this particular moment and my friendship collaborating with Harry.”

It has been a big year for Harrison. Following the release of Apricity, he was nominated for two prestigious national awards; a CIMA Award (Canadian Independent Music Association) for the album’s marketing campaign, and 2019 Prism Prize for the video for Your Girl (feat. Ralph), directed by BC-based production house, Ft. Langley. Across the pond, Your Girl was nominated for a  2019 UK MVA under Best Pop Video – newcomer. He’s been busy in the studio working on new material, collaborating with Toronto artists, including production on Sean Leon’s new album and with TOBi on his single, Beige.

In February, Harrison released Apricity Deluxe - a set of five B-sides exclusively via Bandcamp. The bundle features unlimited streaming on Bandcamp, a free digital download of Apricity, an official Fingerboard, and a limited edition 140g, Black Smoke LP copy signed by Harrison. Listen to the B-sides here.

 

One Apricity Deluxe track, 75BPM, premiered exclusively via q on CBC Radio One, where Harrison delivered a live set and interview alongside Montreal-based artist, Daniela Andrade, who appears on Apricity single, Better. Watch the full segment here.

Apricity follows Harrison’s 2016 JUNO-nominated debut, Checkpoint Titanium, which was received to critical acclaim. The album received immense praise, including props from Exclaim!, calling it “a delight,” The FADER highlighting the album’s “funky, feel-good, neon-pumped productions,” and an in-depth chat with NOW Magazine. In addition, Harrison was featured on CBC Radio One’s program, Here and Now, curating an exclusive playlist for their column, Song Of The Week.

Defined as “the warmth of the sun in winter,” Apricity is the direct byproduct of Harrison’s dedication to the mastery of the piano and thus himself. The discipline required to produce the album reflects a concerted effort to translate ideas and challenge existing musical conventions more effectively, from the refracting light and fiery staccato of Midnight Snack, to the shimmering post-disco ballad & bop of Believe In Love, and smoldering single, Better. It stands as evidence of Harrison’s commitment to challenging himself. Written, produced, performed and recorded entirely by Harrison, Apricity sticks with the do-it-yourself ethos that has informed his career to date.

Check out Mustang and keep your ears open for more Harrison in 2020.

Watch Mustang (feat. Talvi): bit.ly/35cCZR0
Watch Your Girl (feat. Ralph): bit.ly/2NJyubY
Watch Atmosphere (feat. Daniela Andrade): youtu.be/2UF2SDiNJn8
Watch Celica Supra: bit.ly/2LRGguH
Buy/ Stream Apricity Deluxe: bit.ly/apricitydlx
Buy/stream Apricity:
smarturl.it/playapricity

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BEAR’S DEN RELEASE ONLY SON OF THE FALLING SNOW

THREE-SONG EP EXPLORES THEMES INSPIRED BY WINTER

JAKE GAF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR THE STAR OF BETHNAL GREEN IS UNVEILED TODAY

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Winter can be a complicated time of year for many people: the short days, long nights, and the looming holidays can magnify feelings of loneliness and isolation. But winter can also evoke feelings of hope. As British author Nigel Slater observed in The Christmas Chronicles, the season is about the promise of things to come, "A secret world doing what it does each year. A study in renewal, rebirth, new life."

Bear's Den have released Only Son of the Falling Snow, a three-song EP inspired by the season. As Andrew Davie describes it, "The EP is a collection of songs united by a sense of what winter means to us. In all its beauty, sadness, stillness, and its ability to transform and bring things back to life."

And while Davie notes that the band set out "to make an EP that felt intimate and nostalgic," the seed for The Star of Bethnal Green was planted - or at least assisted - by a device that is not only ubiquitous, but has become a symbol of modernity: the iPhone.

Davie explains, "Voice memos on iPhones now save recordings by location which for us has been really helpful and is kind of how we started to write this song."

"The Star of Bethnal Green started its life as a voice memo recording on Kev's phone. He was writing the beginnings of the song on a friend's piano in Hackney but the voice memo mistakenly saved the recording location as 'The Star of Bethnal Green' which is actually just a pub down the road," he laughs. "When he sent me the idea we were both pretty in love with the idea of it as a song title and the Christmas and winter imagery it naturally evokes, so we decided to build the song around the idea of this pub.”

“We wanted to tell a story of someone at Christmas watching a singer performing in that bar and feeling completely overwhelmed by the performer and the performance as if their entire life, their identity, their purpose was being revealed to them with each note of the song. We're very proud of it and hope you enjoy it."

Listen to Only Son Of The Falling Snow here.

The video for The Star of Bethnal Green, directed by award-winning director, writer, and actor Jake Graf and scripted by Graf and his wife Hannah, tells a deeply moving story about empathy, kindness, and the courage it sometimes takes to embrace – and ultimately reveal – one's true self.

Watch the official video for The Star of Bethnal Green here.

"As a trans man who grew up without any positive representations to aspire to, I know how important it is that we start seeing more trans visibility in the mainstream media," notes Graf. "We have seen more and more allies to the community standing up and being counted, role models such as Jameela Jamil, Helen Mirren, Emma Watson, Hozier and Eddie Redmayne to name but a few, but as our tiny trans community continues to be attacked and vilified we truly need all the support that we can get."

He continues, "As a longtime fan of Bear's Den, it was not only a huge honor to be approached to write and direct their new music video for the stunning Star of Bethnal Green, but also incredibly encouraging that they were enthusiastic and excited about telling a trans story.

The film combines the magic of Christmas and the tale of the ghost of Christmas present with the powerful and hopeful story of an older trans woman being guided towards living as her authentic self. Older LGBTQ people are so often overlooked in cinema and the media that it felt like an important choice to depict such a rarely seen character.

Moreover, unlike many previous trans-themed projects, this one was trans led both across the creative side and by our incredible young star Jordan Revell, bringing a striking authenticity to the film.

Working with the amazing Toma Productions, with their strong track record of creating positive trans content, was an absolute joy and their whole team understood the importance of the film's authentic and unflinching approach.

My wife Hannah and I are extremely proud to have worked with The Den on this film, are hugely grateful for their support of our community, and sincerely hope that the video will help open hearts and minds and make a life a little easier for trans people this holiday season."

Actor Colin David Jackson, who plays the older character whose life is quietly slipping away from them, shares: "It was an honor working on this project with Jake and the amazing cast and crew. It's fair to say that it has been a life changing moment in many ways, and feels truly humbling to create something that might positively change people's perceptions of what it means to be transgender."

Speaking about her involvement in the video and the important message it seeks to highlight, actor Jordan Revell shares: "I'm extremely proud to have worked with Jake Graf and Bear's Den on the video, telling a truth experienced by many trans people around the world. This story is personal to me as a transgender woman experiencing the fear of coming out, being mocked and discriminated against by the majority on a daily basis. I'm perhaps one of the lucky ones who so far has managed to avoid threats, acts of violence and hate against me, but not all of our trans brothers and sisters are so fortunate, and with this story we show our solidarity and commemorate the 331 murdered trans people this year alone.* I hope this video inspires people to seek education and enlightenment on LGBTQ+ issues and in turn help us to work together for a more accepting and safe future for all."

Bear's Den have posted a personalized account of the collaboration on their social media today. Read here for the full story.

Over the course of the band's career, they have sold almost 500,000 records and more than 120,000 tickets across Europe, including sold-out shows at London's Roundhouse, Brixton Academy, and Hammersmith Apollo, and arena shows throughout Europe. Bear's Den has played festivals across the globe including Glastonbury (Other Stage), Coachella, Bonnaroo, Pinkpop, Lowlands, Reading & Leeds, Pukkelpop, Lollapalooza, and many more. This summer they supported Neil Young on a run of stadium shows in Germany.

About Jake Graf:
Jake is a London-based actor, writer, and director whose first nine award-winning films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. First feature film Lavender is in development with BAFTA nominated MisFits Entertainment (McQueen). Jake aims to elicit acceptance and understanding through the medium of film and is currently working on two TV drama pilots with strong LGBTQ themes. Recent roles include ITV's Butterfly, DBO's Different For Girls and opposite Keira Knightley in feature film Colette. He is a patron for Mermaids, AKT and Ditch The Label and a judge for the European Diversity Awards, The Rainbow Honours and the National Diversity Awards.

TOUR DATES:
Dec 16 - London, UK, St Pancras Church (A CALM Christmas Carol)
Feb 19  - Cambridge, UK, The Junction
February 20 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
February 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
February 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live

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KATIE PRUITT’S ORIGINAL HOLIDAY SONG MERRY CHRISTMAS, MARY JANE PREMIERES TODAY

DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21 2020

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH CANADIAN SHOW IN TORONTO APRIL 13

“An accomplished vocalist, Pruitt is also a formidable songwriter, writing mature, thoughtful songs that belie her young age.” American Songwriter

“songs that are poignant, relatable and consistently well-crafted” Nashville Scene

“Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019”

“Taking the leap from the solitary space of writing in her bedroom to jumping in with Music City creatives always takes grit, which Pruitt has in spades. She also possesses a soaring, nuanced and expressive voice and writes with devastating honesty.” NPR Music

“a song that just gave me chills.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“songwriting chops and Brandi Carlile-influenced ability to project
riveting warmth and intimacy,”
NPR World Café

The 20 Best Acts We Saw at SXSW 2019

“powerhouse voice and wise, beautiful modern love songs…Pruitt is unapologetically herself, and her energy is a welcome addition to the Americana sphere. Like [Janis] Joplin, she tells stories of broken relationships and she sings with her entire face, from her core. It left me speechless. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her.” Paste

10 New Country Artists You Need to Know

“A soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger
knack for crafting an affecting narrative”
Rolling Stone

ARTISTS ON THE RISE

“Katie’s powerhouse vocals & poignant songwriting combine into a compelling, raw, & powerful artist whose musical style evokes the likes of Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco, with a bit of Harper Lee thrown in for good measure.” Southwest

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – In celebration of the holiday season, emerging singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt’s, original Christmas song, Merry Christmas, Mary Jane, is premiering today. Watch Pruitt perform the song here.

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, “I wrote ‘Merry Christmas, Mary Jane’ on Christmas Eve at my parents’ house when I was home from college. I was feeling pretty lonely, a lot of my friends had moved away and I was fighting with my parents. I really just wanted to smoke some weed. I couldn’t find any, so I just wrote a song about it instead.”

The new music adds to a breakout year for Pruitt, whose highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, will be released February 21 via Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend, Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written/co-written by Pruitt including the title track, which was released earlier this fall to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s ‘Expectations.’ The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.” Ahead of the release, Pruitt has released two additional album tracks: Loving Her and Out Of The Blue.

In support of the album, Pruitt will kick off her extensive headline tour next year with a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement on February 21. Additional stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic among several others. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018.

TOUR DATES:
December 11—Aspen, CO—Belly Up Aspen†
December 13—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 14—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 15—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center†
January 1 —Nashville, TN—City Winery
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar 
*with Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band 
†The Wood Brothers

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COUNTRY MUSIC ICON TANYA TUCKER ANNOUNCES HEADLINING STOPS FOR 2020 CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY: BRING MY FLOWERS NOW TOUR

TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 13 ON CMT.COM 

CANADIAN SHOWS INCLUDE TORONTO, VANCOUVER, GUELPH AND ST. CATHARINES

SPECIAL GUESTS AUBRIE SELLERS, BRANDY CLARK, ERIN ENDERLIN, HAILEY WHITTERS, MADISON KOZAK, SHOOTER JENNINGS AND WALKER COUNTY TO APPEAR ON SELECT TOUR DATES

WHILE I’M LIVIN’ LANDS AT #1 ON ROLLING STONE’S  40 BEST COUNTRY AND AMERICANA ALBUMS OF 2019 LIST

TORONTO, ON – December 10, 2019 – Today, CMT-awarded and GRAMMY®-nominated music icon and original female outlaw, Tanya Tucker, revealed the 2020 tour dates for the CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour. Kicking off on February 5, the CMT tour will make stops in such major cities as Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and more. Fans can sign up for early access to presale tickets on TanyaTucker.com. Tickets for the majority of the dates go on-sale beginning this Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. CT at CMT.com and TanyaTucker.com.

 

Joining Tucker on tour will be a variety of CMT’s Next Women of Country alum, including Aubrie Sellers (2017), Brandy Clark (2013), Erin Enderlin (2017), Hailey Whitters (2020), Madison Kozak (2020) & Walker County (2020), as well as Shooter Jennings, who will appear at various stops along the tour. Additional dates and openers to be revealed at a later date. 


“We are honoured to have the original woman of country, THE Tanya Tucker, headline our biggest Spring tour to date!” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music Strategy & Talent. “We’re also thrilled to announce that some of the incredibly talented ladies from our Next Women of Country franchise will be joining Tanya on tour.”

 

Born in Seminole, Texas, Tucker had her first country hit, the classic, Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, Tucker has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard country charts. In addition to the aforementioned Delta Dawn, Tucker’s indelible contributions include some of country music’s biggest hits such as Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It’s a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don’t Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tucker received four GRAMMY® Award nominations including Song Of The Year: Bring My Flowers Now, Best Country Album: While I'm Livin, Best Country Solo Performance: Bring My Flowers Now, and Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now. The four nominations lead all 2020 Country GRAMMY® nominees. 

A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT launched its Next Women of Country campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and in the six years since its launch, CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans; a CMT.com digital series titled NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY LIVE; and more. Notable alumnae of the franchise who have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim, include Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Lindsay Ell. The 2020 tour is sponsored for the second consecutive year by Burlington Coat Factory. 

For updates and to join the conversation, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and use #CMTNextWomen to join the conversation. 

About CMT

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMTPress.com.

2020 CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY TOUR DATES:February 5 - The Barns at Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA ~
February 6 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA ~
February 7 - Town Hall - New York, NY ~*
February 20 - Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis -Memphis, TN ~
February 21 - Gillioz Theatre - Springfield, MO ~
February 22 - TempleLive - Wichita, KS ~
February 24 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO ~
February 25 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE ~
February 27 - The District - Sioux Falls, SD ~
February 28 - Fargo Theatre - Fargo, ND ~
February 29 - Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center - Hinckley, MN
March 3 - River Run Centre - Guelph, ON ^
March 5 - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - St Catharines, ON ^              

March 6 - Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY ^
March 7 - Metropolitan Theatre - Morgantown, WV ^
March 26 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX #
March 29 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX  #
April 22 - The Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, CA +
April 29 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
May 9 - Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, NC
May 13 - Jefferson Center - Roanoke, VA @
May 15 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI @
May 16 - Roxian Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA @
May 17 - The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA @
May 20 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH @
May 21 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON @
May 22 - The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts - Albany, NY @
May 30 - Beaver Dam Amphitheater - Beaver Dam, KY &+
June 4 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
June 5 - Crest Theatre - Sacramento, CA*
June 6 - Carson Valley Inn Casino - TJ's Corral Outdoor Amphitheater - Minden, NV*
June 8 - State Theatre For The Arts - Red Bluff, CA*
June 10 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
June 12 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC*
June 13 - The Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, WA*
June 14 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
* Aubrie Sellers
~ Brandy Clark
# Erin Enderlin
+ Hailey Whitters
^ Madison KozaK
@ Walker County & Shooter Jennings

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MONDO COZMO SHARES VIDEO FOR GENERATOR

ANNOUNCES SPRING HEADLINING TOUR

NEW MONDO COZMO RADIO HOUR PODCAST
OUT DECEMBER 16

WATCH GENERATOR

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Today, alternative songsmith, Mondo Cozmo, shared a music video for his latest single, Generator, out now on Last Gang Records. The track, which originally made its debut on the ABC television drama, The Good Doctor, features a lush soundscape complemented by an emotional outcry as singer Josh Ostrander belts out “generator, I’ve been waiting, come release me.” The visual accompaniment for the track was filmed in Ostrander’s home and focuses in on his silhouette, harkening back to the style of vintage, grayscale films. To coincide with the release of the video, Mondo Cozmo has announced a run of headlining shows in March 2020, hitting the Northeastern U.S. These join his already announced February shows in California and you can find a full list of tour dates below. Tickets for all east coast dates will be on sale on December 13th at 10 am EST here and you can watch the video for Generator here now.

On making the video, Josh Ostrander stated:

“I shot the ‘Generator’ video in my guest bedroom. I spent $98.41 on lights and shit to make it this colorful thing but it looked dumb so I used 1 light behind me and shot it in black and white on my phone. I burned Palo Santo wood for the smoke and my room still smells like it. I think ‘Generator’ is one of the better songs I’ve ever written and it’s very personal to me, so it felt fitting to shoot the video by myself in the room I recorded it in.”

Ostrander has also announced the third episode of the Mondo Cozmo Radio Show in partnership with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. This upcoming installment of the podcast centers around the holiday season, simply titled, A Mondo Cozmo Bluegrass Christmas. Filled with Christmas tunes and special guests, the show brings together a family vibe and will be available to stream here on December 16th.

Mondo Cozmo is currently working on his forthcoming sophomore album, aided and abetted by friends and family, including producer Butch Vig, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dan Wilson, Lars Stalfors and others.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

February 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi-Hat

February 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

March 13 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun*

March 14 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

March 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

March 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

March 18 - Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall

*Tickets on sale early 2020

About Last Gang Records:

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

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ACCLAIMED ARTIST/PRODUCER/MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST JONATHAN WILSON TO RELEASE HIS MOST PERSONAL WORK TO DATE WITH DIXIE BLUR ON MARCH 6 VIA BMG/BELLA UNION

HEAR THE MELODIC NEW TRACK KOREAN TEA
AND WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 69 CORVETTE
FEATURING IN-STUDIO FOOTAGE AND HOME MOVIES
FROM WILSON’S CHILDHOOD

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Jonathan Wilson announces the March 6th release of his new album, Dixie Blur (BMG/Bella Union). The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-2018 on Roger Waters’ epic US+THEM tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully realized work to date.

Listen to the tracks So Alive and Korean Tea to appreciate Wilson’s sonic vision for Dixie Blur. The video for the recently released, 69 Corvette, features in-studio footage of the recording, but more importantly includes personal home movies from his upbringing that help illustrate the narrative of Dixie Blur.  The North Carolina native moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago where he became an integral part of the music community as a respected artist and producer. It was there he recorded and played most of the instruments on his celebrated albums Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), building each project over time, piece by piece.

Wilson chose a completely different path for Dixie Blur in both writing and recording. The songs harken back to his Southern roots, both musically and personally. The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio and worked with a core group of exceptional players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel) and Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards). Wilson and company recorded everything together live with very few overdubs, a full 360 from his past methods.  Jonathan then mixed the record at Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters Studio. The result is a stunning album filled with warm, thoughtful, melody-rich songs that have an immediate impact upon first hearing them and continue to grow with further listening.

Jonathan Wilson masterfully strikes a balance as he reaches back to the musical foundation of his upbringing while simultaneously moving forward by infusing the music with modern textures and aesthetic soundscapes, thus producing in the aptly titled, Dixie Blur.

Dixie Blur is available for pre-order now on Digital, CD and Double 180 gram color LP in die cut gatefold jacket with silver foil, double print dust sleeves and 15-page lyric booklet.  Pre-orders from Jonathan’s store and digital retailers come with instant downloads of So Alive, 69 Corvette and Korean Tea.  Pre-order here.

www.songsofjonathanwilson.com

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LOCAL NATIVES ENLIST BROOKLYN DUO OVERCOATS TO RE-WORK THEIR HIT SINGLE WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU

WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE ALTERNATIVE RADIO CHART HITTING #9 THIS WEEK FOR IT’S 17TH WEEK ON THE CHART

LOCAL NATIVES ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING SPRING 2020 TOUR WITH FOALS WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, Local Natives share When Am I Gonna Lose You (Overcoats Version) from the Brooklyn duo. The original single is off of Local Natives’ latest album Violet Street.

Overcoats said, “We loved singing this song and the more we sat with the lyrics and layered the harmonies, the more powerful the words became for us. It’s a beautiful song and we were really excited to be part of a reimagined version.”

Local Natives said, "It's hard to have perspective on songs you've spent so long with and are so close to, so having an amazing group like Overcoats reimagine one feels like a gift. We're honoured that they created their own version of When Am I Gonna Lose You, they did a great job, especially with their beautiful vocals."

Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Ellen here.

Local Natives will continue touring across North America in 2020, making Canadian stops in Vancouver and Montreal co-headlining with Foals with support from Cheryl Glazzer. All details are below – stay tuned for more from Local Natives in 2020!

LOCAL NATIVES TOUR DATES:
December 6 - Sacramento, CA @ Electric Christmas 2019, Golden 1 Center
December 8 - Del Mar, CA @ Not So Silent Night, Del Mar Arena
December 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
December 14 - Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom SOLD OUT
December 16 - Portland, OR @ December to Remember, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
January 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ XFINITY Live!
March 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ M3F
May 8-9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Park
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *^
May 24 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum *^
May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center *^
May 27 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom *^
May 29 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom *^
May 30 - Houston, TX @ Lawn at White Oak Music Hall *^
June 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^
June 2- Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^
June 3 - Washington D.C. @ The Anthem *^
June 6 - Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
June 7 - Montreal, QC @ MTELUS *^
June 9 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *^
June 10 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
July 16 - 7/19 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
July 18 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Super Bock Super Rock
* co-headlining w/ Foals
^ w Cherry Glazerr

Praise for Violet Street:

“Emotional” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Stereogum

“Writing some of the finest songs, brimming with emotion" - Line of Best Fit

“Artistic” – Billboard

“Lush...expansive” – Consequence of Sound

“Buoyant ...their breezy and open sound is more energetic than ever” – Exclaim.CA

“Amazing” – Under the Radar

"Few bands do romance, and the yearning for it, better than Local Natives"  Buzzbands.LA

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DENZEL CURRY ENLISTS UK RAP STAR SL AND PRODUCER J RICK FOR SPEEDBOAT REMIX

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Following a string of sold out UK shows, Denzel Curry releases the official remix for his single, Speedboat, taken from his critically acclaimed album, ZUU. The remix features re-production from Essie Gang’s, J Rick, and a hard-hitting verse from UK Drill sensation, SL. Listen here. This week, SL took the stage with Denzel Curry at his sold-out show at The Roundhouse, London. With an explosive reaction, it was only right they gave the fans an official remix.

 

ZUU was crowned Best New Music by Pitchfork upon its release and named one of the best albums of the year by The A.V. ClubComplexHighsnobiety, and Stereogum. Even without the release of ZUU, 2019 would have been a breakout year for Denzel – it has seen him release numerous hard-hitting collaborations with the likes of slowthai (Psycho), Flying Lotus (Black Balloons Reprise),  Rick Ross (Running the Streets), Wiki (Grim), and most recently Glass Animals (Tokyo Drifting) to name a few. He also played a string of sold out North American shows with Billie Eilish, made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and toured North America with the $UICIDEBOY$ alongside multiple explosive festival sets stateside and abroad.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Denzel Curry coming soon!

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www.ultimatedenzelcurry.com

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN WINTER TOUR WITH SOULFLY

TOUR INCLUDES SIX CANADIAN STOPS

PRIMAL FUTURE: 2019 OUT NOW

"It delivers everything we've come to know and love from the band: classic thrash and speed metal with a high dose of old-school energy." – MetalSucks on Chemical Warlords

"'Chemical Warlords' fits right in with the band's legacy of riff-laden punkish metal with its declaratory refrain: 'You build it up, we'll tear it down.'" – Consequence Of Sound on Chemical Warlords

"Infused with the undying spirit of thrash and savage speed metal, Primal Future 2019 is yet another valiant ode to its founder's nostalgic 1980s influences." – Invisible Oranges

"Whether Grind's methodology is viewed through the lens of musical totalitarianism, artistic necessity, workaholic-ism run amok or what have you, the success TOXIC HOLOCAUST has experienced can't be denied." Outburn

"...an album that can hold its own against the band's best material." Punknews.org

"...pure, unadulterated fun." – Distorted Sound

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Crossover thrash unit, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will kick off 2020 with a massive North American tour supporting Soulfly. The Summoning tour will commence February 3 in Denver, Colorado and make its way through nearly three dozen cities upon its conclusion March 12 in Houston, Texas. Additional support will be provided by X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, and Systemhouse 33. The trek follows the band's European tour with Municipal Waste, Enforcer, and Skeletal Remains, currently underway. See all confirmed dates below. 

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be touring in support of their latest full-length, Primal Future: 2019, released in October via Entertainment One (eOne). An ambitious new mission statement from founder/principal songwriter Joel Grind, the man whose guiding forces remain Discharge, Megadeth, Venom, English Dogs, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., and G.B.H., all juiced by the unrelenting, feverish, urgent power of a modern metal trailblazer, TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2.0 detonates like doomsday all over Primal Future: 2019. A dystopian technological takeover drives the album thematically, but the passionately delivered music is vintage TOXIC HOLOCAUST, taking things all the way back to the band's early origins. 

Stream TOXIC HOLOCAUST's Primal Future: 2019 here.  

TOXIC HOLOCAUST's Primal Future: 2019 is available on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For orders follow this link where the video for Chemical Warlords can be viewed.

The band Terrorizer called, "a whirlwind of booze, denim jackets, and riffs," TOXIC HOLOCAUST began kicking out the corrosive jams in basements and bedrooms some twenty years ago, building a punishing legacy of mutant thrash and filthy street punk that's outlasted the heydays of the genres that spawned them; founder Joel Grind, the headband-wearing headbanger whose dedication to the one-man-band ethos gives the late Quorthon a run for his money, melting down the greatest punk metal crossover riff collection imaginable into nuclear ooze. With each successive release, Grind repurposes the most visceral strengths of speed, thrash, and punk through his own unique vision, making for new metal anthems that consistently reignite a circle-pitting feeding frenzy in the scene.

The band will be making six Canadian stops this Winter including shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto. Full tour details are below and stay tuned for more to come in the New Year from TOXIC HOLOCAUST.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2019 TOUR DATES:
December 5 - Limelight - Belfast, UK
December 6 - Club Academy - Manchester, UK
December 7 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
December 8 - ULU Live - London, UK
December 10 - Kulttempel - Oberhausen, DE
December 11 - Slaughter Club - Paderno Dugnano, IT
December 12 - Alte Kaserne - Landshut, DE
December 13 - Glad-House - Cottbus, DE
December 14 - Nova Chmelnice - Prague, CZ
December 15 - SO 36 - Berlin, DE
w/ Municipal Waste, Enforcer, Skeletal Remains

TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2020 TOUR DATES:
February 3 - The Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
February 4 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
February 5 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
February 6 - Backstage Bar & Billiards - Las Vegas, NV
February 7 - Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
February 8 - Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
February 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
February 11- Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
February 12 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
February 14 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
February 15 - The Gateway - Calgary, AB
February 16 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
February 17 - The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MN

February 19 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
February 20 - The Forge - Joliet, IL
February 21 - Route 20 - Racine, WI
February 22 - The Apollo Theatre - Belvidere, IL
February 23 - The Citadel Music Hall - Indianapolis, IN
February 24 - Crafthouse - Pittsburgh, PA
February 25 - Rec Room - Buffalo, NY
February 26 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
February 27 - Poor Richards - Chicopee, MA
February 28 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
February 29 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
March 1 - Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
March 3 - Cafe 611 - Fred, MD
March 4 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
March 5 - Capone's - Johnson City, TN
March 6 - Masquerade Hell - Atlanta, GA
March 7 - Sound Bar - Orlando, FL
March 8 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 10 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA
March 11 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX  
March 12 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
wSoulfly, X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, Systemhouse 33

"Album six is on deck for TOXIC HOLOCAUST and they kick it off with the caustic 'Chemical Warlords.' Feral riffs and a gritty production back the snarling punk-thrash onslaught. Those gang chants in the mid-section elevate this track to a TOXIC HOLOCAUST best." – Loudwire; Best Metal Songs Of 2019...So Far

"...an album that has one foot in the future and one foot in the past." – Decibel

"...if you want to hear some real deal blood 'n' thunder that would make Lemmy glow with paternal pride, Joel Grind is still the man to provide it." – Blabbermouth

"Primal Future: 2019 is verging on 'thrash album of the year' territory and, after eight full play throughs, is undoubtedly the best TOXIC HOLOCAUST album." – Metal Observer

"The classic influences of Motörhead, Judas Priest, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden come through with reverential fanfare, but with an original miscibility that keeps the album fresh." – Cryptic Rock

"Joel Grind is in top form... The vocals are more 'punk' and there's some melody here.

This is not just old throwback thrash, though. A lot of elements of Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Venom are thrown in to make this sound distinctly like TH. Peck this up and rock the beak out!" – Decibel's For Those About To Squawk Column

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ALLIE X RELEASES NEW SINGLE LOVE ME WRONG FEATURING TROYE SIVAN

SONG FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, singer and songwriter, Allie X, releases her latest single, Love Me Wrong, from the forthcoming album, Cape God, featuring long-time friend and collaborator, Troye Sivan. Love Me Wrong was written by Allie X and Troye Sivan, along with Leland and Bram Inscore. Originally composed for film, the song was always immensely personal for Allie X, dealing with the confusion and hurt associated with familial love.

Allie X comments, “It is a song about being misunderstood by your family or loved ones. You know that they love you, but not for the full person you are. The relationship between a parent and child is so intense and layered, that it was liberating to put it into the simple phrase ‘you love me wrong’ and repeat it over and over in the chorus of this song”.

In the first half of this song, we hear the painfully matter-of-fact lyrics through the unique voices of each artist separately, until they join together for the final chorus where the song simultaneously soars and falls apart in climactic emotional release.

Oh I’ll never be,
How you remember me, So I’d rather be,
In your memory

The pairing of Allie X and Troye Sivan is a long-time coming and hopefully fans of both will enjoy this glorious music moment.

Allie X recently completed a tour with Marina this fall across the U.S. and Europe, and played select U.S. dates with Charli XCX. See here for more info on upcoming tour dates.

Listen to Love Me Wrong here
Watch Love Me Wrong here

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TOURIST COMPANY RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HEARTFELT LATEST SINGLE ‘TIL WE DISAPPEAR

FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM
SET TO DROP IN 2020

LISTEN TO AND WATCH ‘TIL WE DISAPPEAR

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, Tourist Company share the visual for their latest single, ‘Til We Disappear – the third track to be released from their anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, which is set for release in the new year. Inspired by a deeply personal life event, the track is a heartfelt expression of unwavering love, while the video perfectly captures the emotional tension behind the song. Watch ‘Til We Disappear here.

‘Til We Disappear is the most personal song that the band has released to-date – based on a real-life event that the band’s singer/songwriter, Taylor Swindells, experienced. Directed by Sterling Larose, the video reflects the emotion of the song, rather than the specific event – taking on a surreal feeling, where viewers might be able to see their own personal experiences and emotions through this visual.

“This was the last song written for this record and it’s a little bit of an aside from the rest of the album,” reflects Tourist Company singer-songwriter, Taylor Swindells. “I wasn’t intending on writing any more songs for this project but life had other plans. I’d just come home from tour when my partner sat me down and told me she wasn’t pregnant – which was kind of a strange way to start a conversation. I remember my heart leaping into my throat not really being certain what was going to happen next. She told me that her doctor didn’t know what was wrong with her – she was eight weeks late and had taken two pregnancy tests herself, but the doctor’s test had come back negative. She was categorically not pregnant. This left two options that were both terrifying: either she could never have kids, or she had uterine cancer and we had no way of knowing if or how much it had spread. I wrote this song pretty shortly after that conversation, trying not to freak out but knowing that I loved her more than anything and that was never going to change.  
 
Moments like that bring a lot of clarity to what actually matters. Without those terrifying events, it’s hard to know how deep anything in life really is. All I wanted right then and there was for her to know that I loved her no matter what and that was never going to change. Two weeks later after another doctor’s test we found out that she was actually just pregnant the whole time, which was the BIGGEST relief. We still don’t know what medically happened but we’re very happy to be parents now.  
 
Even though this song wasn’t originally set within the world of the new album, it seemed like a fitting way to end a record about processing bad news. I felt all the stages of this album in those two weeks when our world was turned upside down, but the truth was, all that mattered was ‘I will love you ‘til we disappear’.”

Adds Tourist Company drummer, Brenon Parry: “The video for ‘Til We Disappear is relationship-based and, to me, can convey the emotions of loss, grief anger…all of which, I feel can resonate with anyone who has been tied up with a significant other.”

In an industry as volatile as the music business, making a career as an indie band can seem daunting, if not downright impossible. For Tourist Company, the Vancouver-based musical duo of Taylor Swindells and Brenon Parry, they haven’t let the uneasiness of their life choice hinder them in any way. In fact, they seem to have taken that tension and used it as creative tinder. 

When they met back in 2009, they knew the ease and openness of collaborating on music together they had was unique. Fast forward to 2013, when they decided to make it official, and formed Tourist Company. They released their debut record Apollo to critical acclaim in their home country and toured it relentlessly across Canada and the world, playing shows in the United States, Europe, and Mexico. 

The band has released three new tracks from their forthcoming sophomore record – Conflicted/Restricted, Fractured State, and ‘Til We Disappear. Stay tuned for more new music from the band in 2020!

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LOVING ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM IF I AM ONLY MY THOUGHTS COMING JANUARY 31 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

UNVEIL NEW SNGLE LATELY IN ANOTHER TIME

PRE-ORER IF I AM ONLY MY THOUGHTS HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2019 – Loving's intimate, lo-fi psychedelic folk songs inspire a sense of ease, yet are deceptively intricate. They offer a space to ruminate in life's uncertainties and acknowledge the often-strange journey of being alive.

After a highly acclaimed self-released EP, which organically found success online, Loving return with their first full-length album, If I Am Only My Thoughts – set for release on January 31 via Last Gang Records. Today, they have revealed their latest single, Lately In Another Time. Watch the official music video for Lately In Another Time here.

"There isn't a single narrative driving this album, but we do linger on some basic human problems: confusion in the face of a desire for self-knowledge and belonging, a struggle for meaning that is circular and sometimes seemingly endless," Jesse says. On If I Am Only My Thoughts, those looming questions go largely unanswered. They are fodder for further contemplation, delivered with a peaceful naturalism in the vein of contemporaries like Bedouine and Kevin Morby.

Victoria, BC's Loving is the collaboration of David Parry and brothers, Lucas and Jesse Henderson. With lyrics written by both Jesse and Lucas, the lush, homespun collection of songs was recorded to tape, mixed, and mastered by David in his self-described cold, dismal basement studio in Victoria. In contrast, these songs are balmy and inviting, comprised of a series of open-ended questions that circle existential themes.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:
1. Visions
2. Only She Knows
3. If I Am Only My Thoughts
4. January
5. Lately In Another Time
6. A Mirror For Two Voices
7. Nihilist Kite Flyer
8. Simple Moon
9. Write A River
10. Growing Flowers By Candlelight
11. Stranger to Yourself

Lately In Another Time Lyrics:

Panning for gold without a river in sight
fingers crossed throughout the night

Head underwater
you can hear the sound
what you've been feeling
won't stick around

all of this I spend just getting by
sometimes forget to wonder why

lately in another time
the sound is not quite the same
I'm waking in a new place
without need for all these names

maybe these lines on my skin
will one day answer the questions I'm asking

but for now I'll keep an eye
on the water reflecting the open sky

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www.lovingband.com

About Last Gang:
Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with Ryan Hemsworth, LIGHTS, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, Purity Ring, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. See lastgangentertainment.com for more info.

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ROYAL TUSK SHARE NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR DIE KNOWING

ANNOUNCE THUNDER ON THE TUNDRA CANADIAN HEADLINE TOUR

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM TUSK II

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2019 – Today, Royal Tusk share a new lyric video for their song, Die Knowing. The track is from their latest project, Tusk II, released via Entertainment One in 2018. In addition, Royal Tusk will kick off a new decade with a coast-to-coast tour across Canada for their Thunder on the Tundra tour, alongside Brkn Love, Sights & Sounds and Ready The Prince. See below for full details and watch Die Knowing here.

Blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North, Royal Tusk are steadfast champions of the majesty of kickass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Alberta mount a high-octane assault on the lazy security blanket, self-aware irony of hipsters and the disingenuous commercial pandering of rock poseurs alike. 

This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working-class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing TUSK II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.

Royal Tusk is a band with more in common with Deep Purple and Aerosmith than anything on commercial radio. TUSK II arrived on the heels of their well-received debut, DealBreaker (2016), and their first EP, Mountain (2014).

Trailblazers like Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam defined success on their own terms, putting artistry and authenticity first. Royal Tusk follows in that fine tradition, reveling in unbridled creativity that is provocative, nuanced, and captivating. The laidback charisma of stoner groove, the polished melodicism of classic and progressive rock, and the energy of punk all collide within Royal Tusk, earning them a steadily building buzz as big as their riffs.

With a powerful live set that mirrors the tenacity of their sound, you can catch Royal Tusk on the road next year. Their Thunder on the Tundra tour will kick off in Red Deer, Alberta on February 9 at Bo’s Bar, making stops through Saskatoon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, wrapping in St. Catharines, Ontario on March 6 at Warehouse. See a complete list of dates below.

2020 TOUR DATES

February 9 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar *

February 11 – Regina, SK – Exchange *

February 14 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s *

February 16 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto *

February 17 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *

February 19 – Kelowna, BC – Club Sapphire

February 20 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *

February 21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *

February 22 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre *

February 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre*

February 26 – London, ON – Rum Runners

February 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *

February 28 – Ottawa, ON – 27 Club *

February 29 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *

March 1 – Quebec City, QC – L’anti ~

March 3 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion ^

March 4 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best ^

March 5 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s^

March 6 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse ^

* with Sights & Sounds

~ only Royal Tusk and Brkn Love

^ includes Ready The Prince

Watch Die Knowing: bit.ly/35YOnzJ
Listen to TUSK II: smarturl.it/TuskII

Royal Tusk is:

Daniel Carriere – Vocals/Guitars // Sandy MacKinnon – Bass

Quinn Cyrankiewicz – Guitar // Calen Stuckel – Drums

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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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HOLY FUCK PREMIERE NEW SINGLE FREE GLOSS (FEAT. NICHOLAS ALLBROOK)

WATCH VIDEO FOR FREE GLOSS

NEW ALBUM DELETER TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 17, 2020

TOUR DATES IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY AND
SASKATOON ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON — December 3, 2019 — Today, Holy Fuck have today released an incredible new single, Free Gloss, featuring Pond front-man Nicholas Allbrook and taken from their upcoming album, Deleter (out January 17, 2020). The record was teased recently by first single, Luxe (featuring Alexis Taylor), which was A-Listed at 6Music and saw the band tour with Hot Chip in addition to playing a quickly-sold-out European headline tour of their own. Listen to Free Gloss and watch the video here.

"Our music can be dark and pummeling at times, unrelenting even," write Holy Fuck. “Free Gloss was designed as a way for us to shed some light, and bring some bliss and buoyancy to the table whilst still maintaining that ecstatic energy and intensity that we love. We started tinkering with the main riff and structure on this one as an idea to take the listener on a euphoric sonic journey and explore the push/pull, tension and release you can take people with on the dance floor. 

In many different ways, the track reminds us all of some kind of 90s thing. When we wrote the main keyboard riff, immediately we thought of Much Music, our Canadian equivalent to MTV, specifically their live dance studio broadcast, Electric Circus or their compilation album Extenda-Dance Mix 93. The inadvertent soundtrack to our youth. Looking back on it now, these shows explored a clash of humanity with technology, or perhaps the humanity in technology; repetitive electronic music with unpredictable human movement, which feels in keeping with the way we write and perform our music."                                                                                                                               

Free Gloss is a bracing highlight from Holy Fuck's upcoming fifth album, Deleter. A band who have played by their own rules for the past part of 15 years, it's the most accomplished moment yet from a group who have become one of their country’s finest, and most influential, exports; seamlessly fusing the gauzy drive of krautrock and deep house’s dreamy ineffability, and expertly blending purring motorik percussion with the sort of fuggy synthetic fizz that so often sends clubbers into states of unselfconscious rapture. 

Arriving at a moment where attention spans are shot and anxieties are going into overdrive, Deleter is a defiantly full-bodied affair. Polyrhythmic and pleasure-focused, it’s a record that explores what happens when humanity and technology coalesce into one big, semi-organic celebration of spontaneity, repetition, and individuality. As the band puts it, “the robots are smarter than ever, and the algorithm knows more and more what we like as individuals, but we have to remind ourselves that there is music in the margins that can go missing and that that music is more important than ever.” Marginal or not, Deleter is the sound of Holy Fuck freely ebbing and flowing in their own unique ecosystem. As a listener, you’ve got a choice - carry on with the passive consumption, or push back, engage, and move to something worth of your time. Something like Deleter.

You can catch Holy Fuck on the road next year as they will tour North American in Europe, kicking off in Phoenix, Arizona on March 23 with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, and Saskatoon before wrapping in London, UK at All Points East Festival. See below for complete details.

2020 TOUR DATES
March 23 – Phoenix – Valley Bar
March 24 – San Diego – Casbah
March 25 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
March 27 – Los Angeles – El Rey Theatre
March 28 – San Francisco – Slim's
March 30 – Portland – Lola's Room
March 31 –  Seattle – Nuemos
April 1 – Vancouver – Fortune Sound Club
April 3 – Calgary – Broken City
April 4 – Saskatoon – Amigo's Cantina
April 6 – St. Paul – Turf Club
April 7 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall
April 24 – Antwerp – Trix
April 25 – Luxembourg – Out of The Crowd Festival
April 27 – Birmingham – The Hare & Hounds

April 28 – Brighton – Chalk
April 29 – Cardiff – Clwb lfor Bach
April 30 – Manchester – Yes (Basement)
May 3 – Glasgow – Stag & Dagger Festival

May 5 – Barcelona – Sala Upload

May 6 – Oviedo – La Lata de Zinc

May 7 – Vigo –  Radar Estudios

May 9 – Valencia – La Pérgola

May 23 – London – All Points East
 

Buy/stream Free Gloss: ffm.to/freegloss    

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UNION DUKE SHARE VIDEO FOR ATLAS OF LOVE

PREMIERES AT CANADIAN MUSICIAN
WATCH FIRST LIVE VIDEO HERE

SHOWCASING AT AMERICANAFEST IN THE UK IN JANUARY

Toronto, ON – December 3, 2019 – Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, recently released their latest single, Atlas Of Love, and share two stunning visuals for the piece. Premiering exclusively with Canadian Musician, their new video for Atlas Of Love is out today. It was produced by AnalogSongs during a visit to the Lunenburg Seaport as the band toured through eastern Canada in March 2019 and played a few tunes amongst a collection of maritime memorabilia. Watch the video here.

"This video was recorded live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We first discovered the space at The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. It was used as an after-hours hang for musicians and festival workers,” Union Duke says of the video setting and concept. “We drank and sang into the wee hours of the morning with Willie Stratton, Red Moon Road, and a number of other awesome musicians. So, this past year when we were back touring in the area, we thought it would be the perfect spot to pop in and shoot a few live videos for our new songs."

Union Duke have had a busy year. From releasing new tunes to rocking festival stages, and hot off their special hometown Dudes & Dukes show in November, the band shared Atlas Of Love with a live video of the track.

"Atlas of Love is a song for those who haven't quite figured out the nature of their love, much less themselves. Originally, I couldn't even figure out which direction the song was going in,” says Union Duke’s Jim McDonald. “I toyed with 'I'm the Atlas of Love, and you're the weight on my back,' but ultimately, I think the song works better when I'm the one who's the burden. It's less accusatory and I feel like it's something most people have felt at some point in their life. I think just about everyone has struggled with trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into a relationship."

Atlas Of Love was produced by Jeff Hazin and recorded between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto. The song also features organ and pedal steel in a departure from Union Duke's previous work while still maintaining the pieces that make up their unique sound: catchy melodies, thoughtful lyricism, top-tier musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The artwork was created by Mat Dunlap (The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde).

This summer, the band released 123, a tune about modern apathy. Listen to it here. The song was produced by Jeff Hazin between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto and features Alan Zemaitis on the organ. Into the chorus, the band proclaims, “Gimme 1, 2, 3 couple more then another/ Drink rye whiskey til /I’m blind/ I won’t have no trouble sleeping/ I won’t have no troubled mind.”

The original plan was to write a balls-to-the-walls drinking tune with shades of psychedelia and no social commentary but apparently, we’re too jaded for that now,” the band expands on the song’s inspiration. “It pretty quickly turned into a song about being young and getting drunk as a desperate act of escapism. The song is basically Brave New World: The Song but instead of soma it’s whiskey and sleeping in.”

123 follows their single, Ladidadida, which includes a stunning video that premiered exclusively at Exclaim!. Watch it here.
Ladidadida is that rambling road-weary song in your head while you drive the last of many miles home. It's the story of anyone who must leave the things they love behind, the unbridled bliss of making it back in one piece, and the desperate highs and lows of the spaces in between.

“We played a festival in Lunenburg, NS a few years back, and one of the after parties was at this amazing place called The Lunenburg Seaport. The room was beautiful and warm and just felt right for us so we made a point of returning there when we last toured out that way to shoot some videos with a local videographer, Katy Hopkins. Shooting the video out there worked out well as it plays off the theme of being away from those you love. The song is essentially about the hardships of touring (we're the first band to write a song about that) and I've always thought of it as a pretty good musical representation of how touring feels so shooting it live-off-the-floor in a familiar but far-off place just felt right.”

In the New Year, the band will be performing a showcase at Americanafest in the UK from January 28 to 30. Stay tuned for more Union Duke in 2020!

About Union Duke
Webster's Dictionary defines Union Duke as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts.

Union Duke is:
Matt Warry-Smith/ Jim McDonald / Ethan Smith /Will Staunton/ Rob McLaren

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Buy and stream 123: smarturl.it/1rd63b

Buy and stream Ladidadida: bit.ly/2KP7pkE

Watch the video for Ladidadida: bit.ly/2MM9LUf                                              

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THE GAME RELEASES NINTH ALBUM BORN 2 RAP

ALBUM FEATURES CHRIS BROWN, BRYSON TILLER, ANDERSON .PAAK, NIPSEY HUSSLE, MIGUEL, 21 SAVAGE, ED SHEERAN AND MORE                                                                                                                 

ALBUM EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY THE GAME AND DOM KENNEDY

LISTEN TO BORN 2 RAP

Toronto, ON – November 29, 2019 – Today, on Compton rapper The Game’s 40th birthday, he releases his highly-anticipated ninth album Born 2 Rap. This final album caps off 15 years since The Game’s classic debut album, The Documentary, that’s been credited for reviving West Coast hip hop.

Available via Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records, the 24 track project features an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Travis Barker, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, 21 Savage, Bryson Tiller, Anderson .Paak, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Masego, D Smoke and more.

The Game exclaims, “I promised another classic and my day 1 fans know what it is. I will not disappoint!!!! I’ve had a great run and surpassed my rap goals a long time ago. It’s by God’s grace that I’m able to still be here to deliver full projects at this caliber in an industry where I’ve seen artists come and go. It will always be ‘QUALITY’ over ‘QUANTITY’ from where I stand. The REAL music will always prevail and this album will cap off an amazing run. 24 tracks because @kobebryant is my all-time favorite player and has been a friend and inspiration to my career, so I saw it just to pay homage to the GOAT. I’m grateful for all the producers and artists who’ve helped this album become what it is and I am more excited for my fans than I am for myself. This album will go #1....because it’s CLASSIC!!!”

The Game’s current single, Stainless, featuring Anderson .Paak became the #1 Most Added song on Rhythmic Radio debut week and the music video was a Top 20 Trending video in the US on YouTube reaching 1 Million plays within 24 hours. 

Born 2 Rap follows The Game’s 1992 album (2016) that debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it his 8th consecutive release to debut #1 on both charts. 

 

TRACKLIST:

INTRO. SEA OF SIN – FEATURING ED SHEERAN

1. NO SMOKE – FEATURING MIGUEL, TRAVIS BARKER

2. FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR CANDLES – FEATURING DOM KENNEDY

3. THE LIGHT

4. CARMEN ELECTRA – FEATURING MOZZY, OSBE CHILL, TOBI

5. DEAD HOMIES – FEATURING RED CAFÉ

6. GOLD DAYTONAS – FEATURING DOM KENNEDY

7. WEST SIDE

8. 40 OUNCE LOVE – FEATURING JUST LIV

9. GUCCI FLIP FLOPS

10. BORN 2 RAP

11. WELCOME HOME – FEATURING NIPSEY HUSSLE

12. INTERLUDE. HELP ME – FEATURING SLY

13. I DIDN’T WANNA WRITE THIS SONG – FEATURING MARSHA AMBROSIUS

14. THE CODE – FEATURING 21 SAVAGE

15. STAY DOWN – FEATURING BRYSON TILLER

16. HUG THE BLOCK

17. ASK FOR ME

18. STAINLESS – FEATURING ANDERSON .PAAK

19. GANGSTAS MAKE THE GIRLS GO WILD – FEATURING CHRIS BROWN

20. BLOOD THICKER THAN WATER – FEATURING TREY SONGZ

21. REWIND II

22. ONE LIFE – FEATURING J.STONE, MASEGO

23. CROSS ON JESUS BACK – FEATURING D SMOKE

24. ROADSIDE – FEATURING ED SHEERAN

 

ABOUT THE GAME:
Born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Compton rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur The Game locked down a place in the pantheon alongside greats of both coasts by a combination of bar-for-bar bravado, provocative observation, hard-hitting hooks, and sharp introspection. On November 29th, 2019 the Prolific rapper will deliver his 9th album fittingly titled, Born 2 Rap.

The Game’s prior album 1992 debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums Chart and tied Drake for most #1 album debuts since the chart began in 2004. Also, the album gave The Game his eighth #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, tying him for third with 2Pac and Lil Wayne amongst all acts. He started this impressive legacy with double-platinum 2005 full-length debut, The Documentary. It not only bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best Rap Song and “Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group,” but it also emerged as a classic avowed by Pitchfork among the Top 50 Albums of 2005 and chosen on Complex’s Classic Albums of the Last Decade. The 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate retained his spot at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Maintaining positions in the Top 10, he ignited a prolific string of blockbuster releases—L.A.X. [2008], The R.E.D. Album [2011], Jesus Piece [2012], Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf [2014], The Documentary 2 [2015], The Documentary 2.5. [2015], and 1992 [2016].

2018 saw a trio of recent singles achieve RIAA certifications with 100 [feat. Drake] platinum and El Chapo with Skrillex and All Eyez [feat. Jeremih] both gold as his total stream tally exceeded 3 Billion across platforms. Television and film credits span everything from Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Larry King to Hell’s Kitchen and the upcoming All-Star Weekend directed by Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Benicio del Toro. Not to mention, he sparked successful ventures in the world of legal cannabis with his Trees by Game brand, The Reserve dispensaries and partnerships with GFarmaBrands, among other launches.

The 2019 powerhouse lives up to the promise of his forthcoming album’s name especially on the street single West Side, and Anderson .Paak featured Stainless, where his rapping remains as on point as ever.

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www.comptongame.com

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; digital content; and live entertainment. 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 international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. 

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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST SIGN WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE

NEW LP POWER THROUGH TERROR DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2020

PRISON OF HATE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO AND SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW EXCLUSIVELY VIA KERRANG! MAGAZINE

PRE-ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – November 29, 2019 – Boston's GREAT AMERICAN GHOST has signed a worldwide record deal with Entertainment One, with plans to release a new LP titled Power Through Terror on Friday, February 14, 2019. Produced by Will Putney (Counterparts, Harm's Way, Terror), this will serve as the highly anticipated follow up to 2017's Hatred Stems From The SeedThe new music video for Prison Of Hate was directed by Eric Richter and is the first bit of music we're seeing and hearing from the group from the all-new LP. Pre-order/ save the album here.

The band just wrapped up a successful European run on the Never Say Die! Tour alongside Crystal Lake, In Hearts Wake, KING 810, and more. Great American Ghost will head back out on the road with BODYSNATCHER in January. 

Extreme music is aggressive by nature, but GREAT AMERICAN GHOST may be the angriest sounding band of all time. The group Metal Injection calls "always hateful, always pissed" returns with ten songs of absolute fury, Power Through Terror. They direct old-school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs.

The Boston tradition includes seminal pioneers like Gang Green, SSD, and DYS. The back of GREAT AMERICAN GHOST screamer Ethan Harrison's head is tattooed with the symbol for The Hope Conspiracy. But make no mistake, Power Through Terror is a devastating, mature metal-fueled odyssey. As Harrison says of guitarist Niko Gasparrini and bassist Joey Perron, "No matter how much my dudes listen to Meshuggah and Gojira, I'm always going to sound like I love American Nightmare because I do." And it's that potent concoction of the push and pulls between hardcore spite and metal ferocity that makes GREAT AMERICAN GHOST's third LP so potent.

Which isn't to say the anger, malice, and corrosive pummeling of Hatred Stems from the Seed (2017) and Everyone Leaves (2015) that was so warmly embraced by Metal Sucks, New Noise, Metal Injection and the fans who've seen them on tour (with bands like Within The Ruins and Kublai Khan) is absent. Far from it. The Warped Tour, Metal Alliance, and Never Say Die! tour vets sound more visceral than ever. Power Through Terror is more ambitious and even more violent.

Pre-order/save Power Through Terror: ffm.to/greatamericanghost

Track List:
1. Rat King
2. Prison of Hate
3. Altar of Snakes
4. Power Through Terror
5. Rivers of Blood
6. Socialized Animals
7. Black Winter
8. Scorched Earth
9. WarBorn
10. No More

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SIX TIMEGRAMMY-NOMINATED R&B POWERHOUSE TAMIA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE RELEASE OF THE CLASSIC SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS AVAILABLE TODAY!

Toronto, ON – November 29, 2019 – ‘Tis the season of family, love, and celebration. To usher in the season, six-time GRAMMY nominee, TAMIA, releases her soulful rendition of the holiday classic, Someday At Christmas. Originally recorded and made a household favourite by Stevie Wonder, the song's meaning still echoes the wishes of all of us during a time when we long to have peace and celebrate with our loved ones.  Someday At Christmas is available on all digital platforms now.

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MONDO COZMO PARTNERS WITH SAILOR JERRY SPICED RUM FOR NEW EPISODE OF RADIO SHOW

NEW SINGLE & VIDEO COME ON OUT NOW                                     

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WATCH COME ON

Toronto, ON – November 25, 2019 – Today, Los Angeles-based alternative songsmith, Mondo Cozmo, (aka Josh Ostrander), released the second installment of his six-part radio show in partnership with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. On this episode, Ostrander dives into the story behind his single, Come On, shares a special rendition of the track by its co-writer - Semisonic frontman, Dan Wilson, and interviews his wife, musician AO. The show takes a humorous look into the world of Mondo Cozmo and preludes to the release of his sophomore album out next year on Last Gang Records. Listen via Libsyn, Spotify and Apple.

When composing Come On, Ostrander and Wilson found inspiration in the mood captured so perfectly by the laid back ‘90s alt-rock anthems that were so pivotal to that generation. As the track came together, an all-star line-up assembled to see it come to fruition including Peter Hayes (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) on guitar, Sean Friday (Dead Sara) on drums, producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Mars Volta) and mix engineer Spike Stent (Ed Sheeran. Muse).  The emotionally-charged video for the song features actress Anna Faris and was directed by noted cinematographer and director Michael Barrett. 

Mondo Cozmo is currently working on his forthcoming album, aided and abetted by friends and family, including producer Butch Vig, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dan Wilson, Lars Stalfors and others.

TOUR DATES:

December 6 - Chicago, IL  @ Vic Theatre*

February 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi-Hat

February 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

* w/ X Ambassadors

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

About Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum:
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, a Navy vet who built his rep inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu where he established his legendary tattoo parlor and himself as the undisputed father of American old school tattooing. Crafted in the traditional Navy way by William Grant & Sons, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is bold and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Just like the man who inspired it, this 92 proof rum speaks for itself and holds itself to the traditional values and standards of craftsmanship that Norman Collins espoused. Made in America from Caribbean Rum and blended with spices including ginger, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is an exceptionally smooth drink with an ABV of 46%. From the liquid itself to the packaging, every detail of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum stays true to the vision of Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.

For more information, visit sailorjerry.com or follow twitter.com/sailorjerry and facebook.com/SailorJerry.

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TORONTO’S LEXXICON INVITES EVERYONE TO THE DANCEHALL WITH NEW SINGLE FATTY FATTY

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT JANUARY 31, 2020

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR FATTY FATTY

Toronto, ON – November 22, 2019 – Rising dancehall artist, Lexxicon, brings the heat as winter approaches with his new single, Fatty Fatty. Celebrating inclusion and body positivity, it is the first track from the Toronto-based artist’s forthcoming album, Bashment Trap House, out January 31, 2020. Listen to Fatty Fatty and watch a lyric video for the track here.

“This track is to get your blood running, heart pumping, and emotions jumping,” Lexxicon says of Fatty Fatty. “It’s a little piece of the islands with a twist, the perfect addition to your personal gym playlist!

Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian hybrid Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Overall, the song's message is to be confident in your body and draws elements from 90s Dancehall music with a Hip-Hop backdrop. 

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Stay tuned for more Lexxicon ahead of Bashment Trap House!

Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

Photo by @daveoverthere

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VALERIE JUNE PUTS HER WHIMSICAL SPIN ON THE HOLIDAY CLASSIC LET IT SNOW

LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON — November 22, 2019 — Today, acclaimed singer-songwriter Valerie June shared her interpretation of the holiday classic, Let It Snow. June infuses the Yule time standard with her distinctively playful and warm vocal ability making the Christmas standard sound all her own.

June stated, "Since the holiday season seems to begin sooner and sooner each year, my favorite holiday songs are the ones that make you want to cuddle up with a warm cup of tea and watch through the window as the season shifts from fall to winter.”

Buy/Listen To Let It Snow here.

Known for her unique blend of folk, country R&B and Americana, her one-of-a-kind voice and rapturous, deeply personal live performances, Valerie June has captured the unwavering attention of a loyal and world-wide audience. This year, she shared two new covers with fans, the first a re-imagining of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing followed by her unearthly version of T. Rex’s 1971 classic Cosmic Dancer, this past August.

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GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER LONR. RELEASES NEW SINGLE SAFE ZONE

GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER LONR. RELEASES NEW SINGLE SAFE ZONE

DEBUT EP LAND OF NOTHING REAL COMING SOON

ON TOUR WITH SOULY HAD THROUGH DECEMBER 14

Toronto, ON – November 22, 2019 – Today, rising genre-disrupting singer, songwriter and producer, Lonr., unleashes his latest single, Safe Zone. Get it here via Epic Records.

On the track, evocative and entrancing guitar echoes between a stark beat. His emotionally charged delivery cracks on confessions such as, “It’s not like this. I cannot move on” and “Tonight, I just want you right back in my arms” before a dynamic and dreamy refrain. Under this cover, he pleads for an ex to join him back in the Safe Zone.

Right out of the gate, Lonr. bubbled up to the forefront of the culture with his first single A.M. earlier this Fall. Upon the single’s release, Rap-Up christened him, “Music’s secret weapon, and Elevator promised, “Lonr. has everything it takes to become the next star.,” while RESPECT. Magazine noted that he arrived a s a, “singular and cinematic talent.”  The track has since landed on playlists such as Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday and Most Necessary. Get A.M. here and watch the music video here.

The New York-based, Cape Cod, MA-raised artist, songwriter and producer recently hit the road on Souly Had’s B.L.I.S.S. Tour, alongside 12 AM. It continues at Empire Control Room in Austin, TX on this Sunday, November 24, rolls through major markets across North America, including The Roxy in Los Angeles on December 2, before concluding at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois on December 14. Check out the full itinerary below.

It all paves the way for his debut project Land of Nothing Real — coming soon. 

Emerging from under a quiet shroud of mystery, Lonr. arrives as a singular and cinematic talent whose vital and vibrant vision piques fascination as it blurs the lines between soul, soundtracks, and simmering Hip-Hop.

After being uprooted from Los Angeles as a child and moving to Cape Cod, MA, Lonr. grew up feeling like the odd one out.  Upon installing music software in high school, he entrenched himself in beat-making, creating his own universe to exist in. Inspired by the likes of Pharrell, OutKast, and Tyler, The Creator as well as film scores for Star Wars, Interstellar, and The Pursuit of Happyness, he developed his production chops and song writing talents through countless hours by himself in front of the computer.

On his way up, he became a sought-after songwriter, crafting hits alongside other artists. By 2019, he was nominated for multiple GRAMMY® Awards for contributions to H.E.R.’s discography. At the same time, he began to quietly assemble what would become Lonr.’s own project, Land of Nothing Real.

“I always zone out and go into my own little world,” Lonr. explains. “That’s the Land of Nothing Real. If you don’t like where you are, you can escape into another realm. This project is really about love, longing, and desire. Those topics are always on people’s minds. I’m examining them with melodic and dreamy songs.”

Capturing palpable and relatable emotion, Lonr. might just make you feel a little less alone: “I want listeners to feel like this is something new,” he says. “Most of all, I hope they resonate with me and feel like they’re being heard and not so alone in this world.”

Welcome to Lonr.’s world.

LONR. OFFICIAL TOUR DATES:
November 24 – Empire Control Room - Austin TX
November 25 – Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues - Houston TX
November 26 – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues - Dallas TX
November 30 – Pub Rock - Phoenix AZ
December 1 – Voodoo Lounge @ House of Blues - San Diego CA
December 2 – The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
December 3 – The Starlet Room - Sacramento CA
December 4 – Atrium @ The Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
December 5 – The New Parish - Oakland CA
December 8 – Star Theater - Portland OR
December 9 – Chop Suey - Seattle WA
December 11 – The Grand @ The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
December 12 – Otherside @ Cervantes - Denver CO
December 14 – Reggies - Chicago IL

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MARCUS KING PREMIERES FIERY NEW SONG SAY YOU WILL WITH GARDEN & GUN

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS JANUARY 17, 2020

PRE-ORDER NOW

ON TOUR NOW WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 18 AND VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

Guitar-legend-in-the-making”- GARDEN & GUN

 “Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“This stomping slice of incendiary blues rock radiates swagger and soul” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Fierce guitar player teams up with the Black Keys guitarist-producer for his first solo album” - ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – November 22, 2019 – Today, Marcus King shared a fiery rock ‘n roll song, Say You Will - a new track from his forthcoming Dan Auerbach produced genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado - due Jan 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records. The song was premiered by Garden & Gun who described the track as, “a blistering guitar stunner”, which “promises to dial up any winter playlist.”

Discussing the song with Garden & Gun, Marcus explained, “Say You Will is a classic rock and roll feel meant to inspire an emotion to make you want to move. You’ve got Bubba’s kick drum coming through, heavily pronounced in a bulldozing fashion. Sleepless fuzz guitar tones are meant to hit a nerve. Combined with the lyrics is a song that will take you on a ride through a tapestry of my favorite influences – Mountain, Joe Walsh, and Eric Clapton. When listening to this song you should be rowdy, whether at work or a cookout.”

El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Marking a new sonic direction and with King’s remarkable voice taking center stage, El Dorado is set to further establish King as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well, premiered recently via Rolling Stone alongside widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and Paste and is already receiving widespread support at Triple A radio.  The track’s cinematic video also just premiered via Relix.

At 23 years old, Marcus King has established himself as an enthralling world class live music talent. He recently embarked on a 70+ date world tour, with The Marcus King Band, and will make stops in Toronto on December 18, followed by Vancouver on February 9. One of the hardest working bands in the world today, they performed over 140 shows in the last calendar year alone. King has also found the time to appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, performed with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curated his own hometown festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

El Dorado was recorded at Easy Eye Sound, the songs were written by Marcus King and Dan Auerbach along with famed writers, Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Bowman and Pat McLaughlin and performed by legendary studio musicians who have worked with iconic artists Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Bobby Womack. King and Auerbach co-wrote twe12ve songs for El Dorado in only three days. On working with Marcus, Dan stated, "Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so. He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing - so effortless, so soulful, straight from the heart.”

Playing professionally since he was eleven years old and discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary released this week, which can be watched here. King has overcome challenges with mental health and loss to become a guitar phenomenon at 23 and with El Dorado is poised for a major breakthrough as one of the most talented young artists in music today.

El Dorado will be released on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit mk.lnk.to/eldorado.

The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honoured foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
November 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
November 23 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
November 24 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
December 3 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium - Marcus King Solo,
December 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
December 6 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater
December 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
December 8 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
December 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
December 12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
December 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
December 14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
December 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
December 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
December 20 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center
December 21 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
December 28 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium
December 29 - Augusta, GA - Miller Theater
December 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
December 31 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand

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www.marcuskingband.com

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GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV NOMINATED FOR BEST FOLK ALBUM AT 62nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

EVENING MACHINES OUT NOW TO WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM

“Evening Machines showcases his emotionally evocative songwriting style; rich in narrative detail and beautifully contemplative.” – NPR Music

“That simple presentation leaves nothing for Isakov to hide behind. He lets the stripped down nuances of his lyrics and musicianship speak for themselves; the results are deceptively straightforward but immense in their complexity.” – Paste

“characteristically ruminative…blending a gentle spaciousness with dusky atmospheres and carefully nuanced textures.” – NPR Music

“…finds the gifted songwriter doing what he does best: painting a landscape in simple language that stirs our most complex emotions.” – Consequence Of Sound

“beautiful collisions of acoustic instruments, Isakov’s soothing vocals and otherworldly noise.” – NPR Music

Top Songs of 2018 – “San Luis”
“Ethereal background vocals and production propel the lyrics of Isakov’s ‘San Luis’…Isakov’s half-spoken delivery leaves us wanting to know, and hear, more.”  –
American Songwriter

“Isakov’s latest is an evocative album, consistently holding a listener’s attention.”  – No Depression

“unfolds at a gentle pace…[it] is the sound of befuddlement turned into beauty.”  – NPR Music

“It’s an album of small intentions with a grand sweep, intimate and boundless at the same time.” – Paste

“Evening Machines suspends time and space as well as the simultaneous mood of earthiness mixed with that surreal somewhere else." – No Depression

Toronto, ON – November 21, 2019 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Gregory Alan Isakov, has been nominated for Best Folk Album at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards for his acclaimed album, Evening Machines (Suitcase Town Music/Dualtone Records).

Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, the twelve-track album was self-produced by Isakov, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim.

In celebration of the release, Isakov will continue to tour through the end of the. year including upcoming shows at Aspen’s Belly Up, Park City’s Park City Live, Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl, Albuquerque’s El Rey Theater and Cheyenne’s Cheyenne Civic Center among many others. See below for complete details.

Of the record—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.”

The new album follows Isakov’s acclaimed collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, 2016’s Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, which featured orchestral versions of 12 of Isakov’s beloved songs. Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music premiered the official music video for the song, Liars, praising, “Stunning imagery…an emotionally charged and poignant musical statement.” Previous to the symphonic album, Isakov released 2013’s The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised in Philadelphia, Isakov now calls Colorado home. When he isn’t on the road, he spends much of his time on his farm in Boulder County, which provides produce to local restaurants within the community.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 20—Dubai, UAE—Opera House
November 23—Johannesburg, South Africa—Ticket Pro Dome
November 26—Cape Town, South Africa—Grand Arena (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center
December 6—Aspen, CO—Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
December 7—Park City, UT—Park City Live (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl 
December 10—Flagstaff, AZ—Orpheum Theater
December 11—Albuquerque, NM—El Rey Theater
December 13—Estes Park, CO—Stanley Hotel (SOLD OUT)
December 14—Steamboat Springs, CO—Strings Music Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
December 15—Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Civic Center 
December 22—Gold Hill, CO—Gold Hill Inn (SOLD OUT)
December 23—Gold Hill, CO—Gold Hill Inn (SOLD OUT)

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www.gregoryalanisakov.com

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CONCORD CELEBRATES GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH ITS ARTISTS AND SONGWRITERS

Toronto, ON – November 21, 2019 – The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards yesterday morning and among them were dozens of artists and songwriters from the Concord Recorded Music, Publishing and Theatricals family.

Concord Recorded Music artists garnered nominations in almost all of the Best Album categories, including; Elvis Costello & The Imposters for Look Now (Traditional Pop Vocal), I Prevail for Trauma (Rock), Jazzmeia Horn for Love & Liberation (Jazz), Esperanza Spalding for 12 Little Spells (Jazz), Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band for Antidote (Latin Jazz), Keb’ Mo’ for Oklahoma (Americana), The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys for Toils, Tears & Trouble (Bluegrass), Southern Avenue for Keep On (Contemporary Blues) and Andrew Bird for My Finest Work Yet (Folk).

Fearless Records band, I Prevail, received a second nomination for Best Metal Performance for their song Bow Down, while Rounder Records all-female Americana super trio, I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins), was recognized in the Best Americana Roots Performance category for Call My Name. The trio was also nominated for their songwriting on this track.

Fantasy Records artist, Tanya Tucker, received four nominations for While I’m Livin’, the icon’s first studio album in over a decade. Tucker was recognized with nominations in the categories of Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance for Bring My Flowers Now as well as nods for her songwriting in the categories of Song of the Year and Best Country Song along with her co-writers Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.

Concord Music Publishing songwriters contributed to three nominees in the category of Album of the Year; Noah Goldstein and Psymun (i,i by Bon Iver), Mark Ronson (Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend) and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (thank u, next by Ariana Grande).

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are a part of more than a few projects nominated, including one of the biggest songs in this year’s GRAMMY cycle and Record of the Year nominee, Ariana Grande’s 7 rings. Coming off of a Tony win for Best Revival of a Musical, the cast and producers of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! are now GRAMMY-nominated in the category of Best Musical Theater Album. Concord handles the publishing and theatrical licensing for all of the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Concord Music Publishing songwriter, Jacob Collier, was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his work on Moon River and All Night Long, respectively. Concord songwriter, Dolly Parton, earned a nomination for co-writing and performing Girl In The Movies for the film, Dumplin’.

Songwriters from Concord Music Publishing’s diverse roster of writers and composers also played a part in many projects that were recognized by The Recording Academy. Congratulations to Irving Berlin, Johnny Black, Aaron Copland, Phil Collins, Luigi Creatore, Denzel Curry, Walshy Fire, Lorenz Hart, Camilo Lara, Sean McConnell, Serge Prokofieff, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Joe South, Varren Wade, George David Weiss, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II on their contributions to albums nominated in numerous categories.

Nominations also went to Irwan Awalludin for INTELLEXUAL (Recording Package), Judy Cantor-Navas for The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions and Steve Greenberg for Stax ’68: A Memphis Story (Album Notes).

The GRAMMY® Awards will be announced on January 26, 2020 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

A full list of Concord’s nominations can be found below.

Song of the Year
Bring My Flowers Now (Tanya Tucker)
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker, songwriters
-From her album While I’m Livin’ on Fantasy Records

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Look Now  (Elvis Costello & The Imposters)
-Concord Records

Best Metal Performance
Bow Down (I Prevail)
-Fearless Records

Best Rock Album
Trauma (I Prevail)
-Fearless Records

Best Country Solo Performance
Bring My Flowers Now (Tanya Tucker)
-Fantasy Records

Best Country Song
Bring My Flowers Now (Tanya Tucker)
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker, songwriters
-From her album While I’m Livin’ on Fantasy Records

Best Country Album
While I’m Livin’ (Tanya Tucker)
-Fantasy Records

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Love & Liberation (Jazzmeia Horn)
-Concord Jazz

12 Little Spells (Esperanza Spalding)
-Concord Records

Best Latin Jazz Album
Antidote (Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band)
-Concord Jazz

Best American Roots Performance
Call My Name (I’m With Her)
-Rounder Records

Best American Roots Song
Call My Name (I’m With Her)
Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters
-From their single on Rounder Records

Best Americana Album
Oklahoma (Keb’ Mo’)
-Concord Records & Concord Music Publishing

Best Bluegrass Album
Toils, Tears & Trouble (The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys)
-Rounder Records

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Keep On, (Southern Avenue)
-Concord Records & Concord Music Publishing

Best Folk Album
My Finest Work Yet (Andrew Bird)
-Loma Vista Recordings

Best Musical Theater Album
OKLAHOMA! (2019 Broadway Cast)
Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)
-Concord Music Publishing

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Girl In The Movies from Dumplin’ (Dolly Parton)
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry, songwriters
-Concord Music Publishing

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Moon River (Jacob Collier)
Jacob Collier, arranger

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
All Night Long (Jacob Collier)
Jacob Collier, arranger

12 Little Spells (Thoracic Spine) (Esperanza Spalding)
Esperanza Spalding, arranger
-From her 12 Little Spells album on Concord Records

Best Recording Package
INTELLEXUAL, (Intellexual)
Irwan Awalludin, art director
-Fantasy Records

Best Album Notes
The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions
Judy Cantor-Navas, album notes writer
-Craft Recordings (Panart)

Best Album Notes
Stax ’68: A Memphis Story
Steve Greenberg, album notes writer
-Craft Recordings (Stax)

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DENZEL CURRY RELEASES SPEEDBOAT SHORT FILM

NEW ALBUM ZUU OUT NOW ON
LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS
                                                                 

LISTEN TO ZUU

WATCH SPEEDBOAT

"an artist that's clearly got much more to say" –Billboard

"among the more quietly influential rappers of the last few years" – Pitchfork

"A Florida Rap Legend" – Stereogum

"he already feels like a seasoned veteran of the rap game" – XXL

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2019 – Today, Denzel Curry returns with a new short film from his latest album, ZUU. Directed by Jaimie Sánchez, Speedboat is a metaphor for the consequences of opting into the fast life, a message propelled further by the video's reverse narrative. Through cinematic shots, spoken interludes, and the Carol City landscape, the four-minute video turns into a riveting drama about the gravity a single choice can make in the grand scheme of life. The visual is the second from the album following Ricky and arrives at the tail-end of a whirlwind year for the artist.

ZUU was crowned Best New Music by Pitchfork upon its release and named one of the best albums of the year by The A.V. ClubComplexHighsnobiety, and Stereogum. Even without the release of ZUU, 2019 would have been a breakout year for Denzel - it has seen him release numerous hard-hitting collaborations with the likes of slowthai (Psycho), Flying Lotus (Black Balloons Reprise), Rick Ross (Running the Streets), Wiki (Grim), and most recently Glass Animals (Tokyo Drifting) to name a few. He also played a string of sold out North American shows with Billie Eilish, made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and toured North America with the $UICIDEBOY$ alongside multiple explosive festival sets stateside and abroad.

Watch Speedboat, hear ZUU above, and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry coming soon. 

BUY AND STREAM ZUU: found.ee/DC_ZUU 

WATCH:
SPEEDBOAT
RICKY

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TANYA TUCKER NOMINATED FOR FOUR GRAMMY AWARDS LEADS ALL COUNTRY NOMINEES

NOMINATIONS INCLUDE SONG OF THE YEAR AND BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

WHILE I’M LIVIN’ TUCKER’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 17 YEARS PRODUCED BY BRANDI CARLILE AND SHOOTER JENNINGS                

“I say, yes, bring this woman the accolades and praise she deserves RIGHT NOW. I say, yes, let’s give her a Grammy Award NOW. I say, yes, let’s put her into the Country Music Hall of Fame NOW.” Music Row

TORONTO, ON – November 20, 2019 – This morning, Tanya Tucker received four GRAMMY Award nominations including Song Of The Year (Bring My Flowers Now), Best Country Album (While I'm Livin’), Best Country Solo Performance (Bring My Flowers Now) and Best Country Song (Bring My Flowers Now). The four nominations lead all 2020 Country GRAMMY nominees. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, While I'm Livin', Tucker’s first new album in 17 years, was released in August. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on January 26, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I wish I had a trampoline to jump on right now! This is just unbelievable,” says Tucker. “I couldn’t have done this without the fans, Brandi and Shooter, and the whole Tanya Tucker Team. What’s different now more than ever is the fans on social media and streaming made this record an instant success. What just happened, I’d never, ever fathom.” The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 26 in Los Angeles. The four nominations mark a career high for the original country outlaw. Nominated for ten Grammys over her illustrious five-decade career, Tucker landed her first nomination with Delta Dawn in 1972 for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female.

The critically acclaimed album, which The New Yorker declares, “captures one of America’s great vocalists at her peak,” and Rolling Stone calls “a stunning exuberant album that ranks among the year’s best,” marks Tucker’s first for Fantasy Records and Sawyer & Garner Management. The record is her first Top Ten debut and tenth Top Ten album.

While I’m Livin’ is largely comprised of songs written by Carlile, the twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth and Tucker. “It’s a musical biography of sorts,” said Carlile, “about Tanya’s real life and the places she’s seen, and it’s narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash.”

Watch the videos for album tracks: The Wheels of Laredo, (directed by Myriam Santos), Hard Luck, (directed by Chris Phelps), The House That Built Me, which features Tanya’s personal collection of family photos, and for the album’s cornerstone, Bring My Flowers Now, featuring Brandi Carlile and directed by acclaimed video director Trey Fanjoy (Miranda Lambert’s, It All Comes Out in the Wash, Steven Tyler’s, Love Is Your Name, Sheryl Crow’s, Easy).

Tucker is currently touring the U.S. with performances slated at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Variety says of Tucker’s recent sold-out performances at The Troubadour, “How many of us took Cash or Haggard for granted enough to pass up easy opportunities to see them on their last tours, but would pay thousands of dollars for the opportunity now? These are mistakes we have a chance to atone up for by seeing Tucker while she’s living. And strutting.” Tickets and VIP packages are available here. See full dates below.

Born in Seminole, Texas, Tucker had her first country hit, the classic, Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, Tucker has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard country charts. In addition to the aforementioned Delta Dawn, Tucker’s indelible contributions include some of country music’s biggest hits such as Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It’s a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don’t Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend, among others. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, three CMT awards and ten GRAMMY nominations.

TOUR DATES:
December 1 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
December 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Arena*
January 12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
*with Brandi Carlile

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www.tanyatucker.com

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THE BLUE STONES JUMP INTO THE VIRTUAL WORLD WITH A NEW VIDEO FOR SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST

WATCH SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST HERE

MORE FROM THE BLUE STONES HERE

Toronto, ON – November 19, 2019 –
Today, alternative-blues rock duo, The Blue Stones, shared a futuristic music video for their latest single Shakin’ Off The Rust, out now on Entertainment One. The clip finds the band and their fans jumping into the virtual world for a concert that evolves into a dance party with a strange twist. Meticulously layered with cannon-esque percussion and electrifying guitars, Shakin’ Off The Rust culminates in an inspiring chorus focused on fresh starts. Working with producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), guitarist/vocalist, Tarek Jafar and drummer/vocalist Justin Tessier managed to sonically create an emotional intensity that sets the table perfectly for Jafar’s powerful vocal delivery. Having just wrapped up a European headlining tour, the band are gearing up for 2020 with a new album on the horizon and more touring to come. You can check out the video for Shakin’ Off The Rust now and find the track on streaming services here.

On creating the video, the band stated, “We wanted to do something a little different this time around. We think it’s funny that someday – maybe sooner than we think – we won’t have to tour, but can do shows from wherever we want. The video gets a little crazy at times, but we had fun doing it.”

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES NEW SONG WITH A SHORT FILM DIRECTED BY ALEX ROSS PERRY

ANNOUNCES 2020 INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR
INCLUDING STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO IN APRIL

“[‘lucy’s’] fuzzed-out guitars and sleek production are reminiscent of '90s-era Hole...Backed by the soft-then-loud dynamic of minor power chords, Allison swings back and forth between the beautiful and the macabre while singing about the curse of seduction...brooding and universal.” - NPR Music

“‘lucy,’ clearly, is Lucifer. In her new single, Soccer Mommy — the songwriter Sophie Allison — feels herself being seduced by pure handsome evil... Her music gives her little to hold on to against his temptations, as guitars waver and echo in a psychedelic maelstrom that just might drown her.”
- The New York Times (Playlist)

"Clean is a breath of fresh air that will also knock the wind out of you...these endlessly replayable songs have the prickly slouch of ’90s indie rock, but with wide-eyed vulnerability and bright melodies in place of ironic distance; the sharp eyes and conversational delivery of vintage Taylor Swift, but with more of real life’s mess." - Pitchfork (Best Albums of the 2010s)

“The lyrics evoke a century of blues and country music, and [‘lucy’s’] moody sonics bring to mind goth and Nineties alt-rock’s brooding interiority. And, as she so often does, Allison still manages to land it all on a shimmering chorus you’ll be able to hum next time you need a little pick me up to get you through your own next dark night of the soul.”
- Rolling Stone (Song You Need To Know)

"Enticed by the brimstone and flames, she ends [‘lucy’] wearing a thorn of crowns as the guitars build and build. An exciting first taste of what’s to come next."
- The FADER (#1 Best Rock Songs Right Now)

“[On ‘lucy'] Soccer Mommy, a.k.a Sophie Allison, is so good at writing about temptation and the allure of damaging people and situations.” - Vulture (Best New Songs of the Week)

"[‘lucy’ is] so fucking good..." - Stereogum

“The guitars are a bit more clear and sparkly [on ‘lucy] than they were on the debut but the nihilism that pervaded her sound, to my ears, is still there. As is the fascinating juxtaposition of her girlish voice and these dark sounds. I'm ready for more!”
- Refinery29 (New Music To Know)

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2019 – Nashville native, Soccer Mommy (a.k.a. Sophie Allison), released lucy earlier this fall – her first new song since her 2018 breakout debut album, Clean. Showcasing a bolder sound, more advanced production, and Allison’s masterful songwriting and wordplay kicked up a notch, lucy is now followed by a 7+ minute epic called yellow is the color of her eyes

"yellow is the color of her eyes is a song that is really important to me,” Allison explains. “The song was inspired by a time when I was on the road constantly and I felt like I was losing time - specifically with my mother. It’s also a song that I feel really showcases my writing when it comes to instrumentation, so it’s one that makes me really proud.“ The track, which features Mary Lattimore on harp, is out now alongside a stunning short film by Her Smell director, Alex Ross Perry. Watch the film here, and buy or stream yellow is the color of her eyes here.

Alex Ross Perry on the short film: “The challenge of creating a 7-minute piece was daunting and irresistible in equal measure. Having just completed a film for which the color-coded design of it's various acts was of the utmost importance, Sophie's idea of collaborating on a short-form film to compliment her similarly-conceived new music was irresistible.

“Running with her idea of locations evoking where she wrote this song, the concept couldn't have announced itself more boldly. To that, I shared images from Breaking the Waves and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It wasn't until we got the footage back that I realized a dash of first-scene-of-Inception had snuck in there, as well."

Soccer Mommy has been touring non-stop for the past few years, opening for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Wilco and Liz Phair, selling out countless headline shows, and making her festival debuts at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Primavera Sound, and more. Today she announces a massive world tour, starting in March 2020 in North America and stopping at some of the biggest venues Allison has ever headlined, including Canadian stops in Montreal and Toronto in April. A seated pre-sale will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. locally, a Spotify pre-sale on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. locally, with general on-sale starting Friday at 10 a.m. locally. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here.

Soccer Mommy’s debut album Clean earned mass critical acclaim upon its release, and received year-end nods from 100+ publications, including The New York Times #1 Album of 2018. It has already been featured on numerous Best of The Decade lists, as well.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
12/28 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works #
3/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
3/27- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle*
3/28- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
3/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
4/3 - Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel*
4/4 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club*
4/7 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral*
4/8 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre*

4/9 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop*
4/11 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
4/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall^
4/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre^
4/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue^
4/22 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre^
4/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room^
4/25 - Boise, ID @ Deathproof Coffee^
4/26 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom^
4/27 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos^
4/29 - San Francisco,CA @ The Fillmore^
4/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre^
5/1 - La Jolla, CA @ UC San Diego - Stage Room^
5/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom^
5/3 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf^
5/5 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East^
5/6 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall^
5/7 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater^
6/04 - Oslo, Norway @  Parkteatret
6/05 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Slaktkyrkan
6/06 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Cecil
6/08 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
6/09 - Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club
6/11 - Koln, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
6/13 - Brussels, Belgium @ La Botanique
6/15 - Paris, France @ Petit Bain
6/16 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
6/18 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
6/19 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
6/20 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
6/22 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
6/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
6/24 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
# w/ Jesus Lizard
* w/ Tomberlin
^ w/ Emily Reo

“a ferocious howl of an album that captures the tension just as the fear of internal collapse gives way to newfound strength. These songs are damp with derision, regret and desire, but never uncertainty.”
- The New York Times, Jon Caramanica’s #1 Best Album of 2018

“[Clean] is one of 2018’s most affecting portraits of romance...Clean faces a horizon full of hope.”
- Pitchfork’s #27 Best Album of 2018

“The moods are big and the tunes are bigger on Nashville indie queen Sophie Allison’s debut LP, the year’s most satisfying level-up.” - Rolling Stone’s #16 Best Album of 2018

“On her debut album Clean, Allison breaks out of the bedroom-rock mold and turns her introspection outwards to confront the shortcomings of idealized relationships with an unflinching confidence...a captivating listen.”
- Billboard’s #9 Best Rock Album of 2018 + #40 Best Album of 2018

“Soccer Mommy writes about heartache and infatuation with equal parts brash confidence and self-conscious yearning. [‘Your Dog’] is a perfect distillation of these impulses — a reflection on and middle finger to being mistreated and underestimated.”
- NPR Music’s #5 Best Song of 2018

“[Clean] is as openhearted as teen-age love letters, with Allison’s gentle guitar work buoying her tender, chamomile-warm vocals. Her writing is equally vulnerable, and brave” - The New Yorker

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI SHARES NEW SINGLE THOROUGHFARE

ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE IN THE NEW YEAR

2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2019 – Following the release of his Gold certified album, Solitudes, Matt Holubowski, criss-crossed Canada, Europe and the United States, performing over 200 concerts in two-and-a-half years. A creative retreat followed, which was paused ever-so-briefly to perform the closing show at last summer’s Montreal International Jazz Festival before a captivated audience.

Now, Holubowski announces that he will be back on the road early next year, performing new songs written in-and-around Paris, Krakow, Banff and Montreal. In these shows, under the banner of freedom, the singer-songwriter and his band will push musical exploration and experimental sound up a notch, transporting audiences between sensibility and intensity.

Today, he also shares Thoroughfarethe first song off of his new record, which is set to be released in early 2020. Have a listen here.

“Thoroughfare is about following something pure and beautiful down a narrow, colourful path, but getting a little lost along the way and leaving a bit of yourself behind, quietly lost in time,” shares Matt. “I’ve always deliberately avoided talking about love in my songs in the past, but certain events in my life in the last few years made it impossible for me to ignore it this time around. It’s literally in all the songs now, in some way or another. I couldn’t help myself. And I finally understood why people write love songs. They’re liberating.”

The 2020 tour will kick off in January in his home province of Quebec for two back to back shows at the Théâtre du Marais in Val-Morin, and will take Holubowski across North America, with stops in Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more to be announced soon!

TOUR DATES:
January 10 - Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
January 11 - Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
February 18 - Ste-Geneviève, QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée

March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church
March 15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON  - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette
Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx


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NATHANIEL RATELIFF CONFIRMS 2020 TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF FORTHCOMING SOLO ALBUM

TORONTO SHOW AT ROY THOMSON HALL
ON MARCH 8, 2020

“Rateliff is an exuberant, unguarded story-teller, sharing personal details in conversation as openly as he does in his songs.”
– Rolling Stone

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2019 – In support of a forthcoming solo album, Nathaniel Rateliff, returns to his early acoustic days with the And It’s Still Alright tour. The show will feature many facets of Rateliff’s musicianship – ranging from stripped back moments with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, to the accompaniment of a full band. The set list will feature songs from his entire catalog as well as the new album, which will be released via Stax Records early next year. The extensive run of theatre shows begins in Minneapolis on March 4 and includes a Toronto stop at Roy Thomson Hall on March 8. More dates, including performances in the U.K. and Europe, are to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. local and are available at nathanielrateliff.com.

Growing up in rural Missouri, Rateliff got his early music education from his family, who performed in the church band in which Rateliff played drums, and his father’s record collection. At 19, Rateliff moved to Denver where he spent the next ten years working night shifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out songs at open-mic nights. Preceding the emergence of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel released three albums and an EP; Desire and Dissolving Men (2007), In Memory of Loss (2010), Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2013) and Closer EP (2014). The solo releases received critical praise – The New York Times called it, “Pensive, Rousing, Stark, Eloquent…Cash Echoes,” while Vanity Fair proclaimed, “We were blown away.” Paste furthered, “Rateliff’s rich voice and his bandmates’ textured harmonies sound like long and comfortable conversations.”

In 2015, Rateliff launched Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success, selling over a million records worldwide. The album is certified Platinum in Canada, while hit single, S.O.B., went 3x Platinum in Canada, and hit #1 at Alternative radio. Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams, was released in March 2018 to widespread acclaim and featured three singles that hit #1 at Triple A Radio – A Little Honey, Hey Mama and You Worry Me, which reached #1 at Alternative radio in Canada as well. Rateliff and the band have appeared on nearly every late-night television program and toured extensively worldwide, playing major festivals and selling out iconic venues including their hometown Red Rocks Amphitheater multiple times.

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
March 4, 2020—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre*
March 5, 2020—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater*
March 6, 2020—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre†
March 8, 2020—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*
March 10, 2020—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre*
March 14, 2020—Washington DC—The Anthem‡
March 16, 2020—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡
March 17, 2020—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19, 2020—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20, 2020—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡
March 21, 2020—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡
April 2, 2020—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3, 2020—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§
April 4, 2020—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§
April 5, 2020—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§
August 26, 2020—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

ADDITIONAL NATHANIEL RATELIFF DATES:
November 23, 2019—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (The Last Waltz—An All-Star Celebration of The  Band’s Historic Farewell Concert)*
December 10, 2019—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre (WFUV Holiday Cheer)*
December 13, 2019—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom (10th annual holiday shows)†‡
December 14, 2019—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom (10th annual holiday shows)†‡
*Nathaniel Rateliff solo
†Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
‡with Mavis Staples

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RUSTON KELLY DEBUTS SCREAMING INFIDELITIES VIDEO FEATURING CHRIS CARRABBA

NEW PROJECT DIRT EMO VOL. 1 OUT NOW

WILL MAKE HEADLINE DEBUT AT NASHVILLE’S HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM NEXT YEAR

Toronto, ON – November 15, 2019 – The official music video for Ruston Kelly’s rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities featuring the band’s lead singer, Chris Carrabba is debuting today. Watch/share here.  

The song comes from Kelly’s acclaimed new project Dirt Emo Vol. 1, which was released last month via Rounder Records (stream/purchase here).  Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the eight-song release consists of Kelly’s favourite emo songs including a live cover of Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag as well as new renditions of The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well.

Kelly’s version of All Too Well was released to widespread critical praise and garnered attention from Swift herself. Billboard declares, “Kelly puts his own haunting spin on the track with yearning vocals, delicate percussion and soaring instrumentation,” while UPROXX praises, …his rendition is a beautiful tribute to the raw emotionality of the original. He makes the song his own with atmospheric instrumentals, replacing Swift’s driving percussion with drums that sound more soft and searching.”

 

In celebration of his breakout year, Kelly will make his headline debut at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium next year on March 6, 2020. Of this milestone, Kelly shares, “Words cannot express the honor and excitement I have for headlining the Ryman. It has been the North Star to me as far as establishing myself as a touring artist. I’ve been dreaming of playing my own show there for a very long time.”

The release of Dirt Emo Vol.1 adds to a landmark year for Kelly, whose full-length debut album, Dying Star, was released last fall on Rounder Records (purchase/stream here). Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declares, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.”

2020 CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:
March 6 —Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium* 
*with Lucy Dacus

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BAILEN DID A CHRISTMAS THING AND IT’S JOYOUS

WE DID A CHRISTMAS THING EP OUT NOW

NEWLY ANNOUNCED 2020 OUR DATES INCLUDE HEADLINING SHOW & WEST COAST RUN WITH ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER GRACE POTTER

VANCOUVER SHOW DATE MARCH 12 TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2019 – Today,  BAILEN, (fraternal twins Daniel and David and younger sister Julia) shared the digital only,  two track EP entitled, we did a Christmas thing, which includes a cover of Christmas Is All Around, (from the film Love Actually) and the holiday classic I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

Collectively, the band stated, “The holidays always remind us of being home in New York City, and I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a song that really resonated with us as a band because we’re away from home a lot. The song gives you that nostalgic longing that is so much a part of the holidays and so much a part of being on tour away from home with the ones you love. The holidays are nothing without some fun romcoms, and we are all big fans of Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy and thought it would be funny to cover the cover in the movie Love Actually. It turned out that the song actually lent itself great to harmonies, so we had fun with it and kept it tongue and cheek.” 

The holiday EP follows the release of the band’s MIXTAPE VOL. 1, a digital only, eight song collection of previously unreleased original songs, album tracks and select covers from an eclectic group of artists including The Sugarcubes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Billie Eilish and Joni Mitchell. The EP’s original songs include fan favourites, Something Tells Me (which  appears on their John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War On Drugs) produced, acclaimed debut album Thrilled To Be Here,) the non-album track, 25 for the Last Time and two unreleased cuts from the Thrilled sessions, The Way I Could and Cold Blue. You can listen to MIXTAPE VOL. 1 here.

Additionally, this week BAILEN announced new 2020 tour dates starting with a headlining run through the mid-west which kicks off January 17 in Vienna, Virginia. The band will then join acclaimed singer/songwriter Grace Potter on select dates of her headlining 2020 tour in support of her new album Daylight. Prior to this, BAILEN will finish out 2019 with shows on the east coast including a hometown show in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom on December 12, 2019. All tickets are on sale now and full routing is below. For more information and tickets please visit www.bailentheband.com.

BAILEN ON TOUR:
December 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
December 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Motr Pub
December 7 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Indy
December 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
December 12 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
December 14 – Woodstock, NY – Colony
January 17 – Vienna, VA – Barns At Wolf Trap
January 18 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
January 20 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
January 21 – Eddie's Attic – Decatur, GA
January 22 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
January 24 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
January 25 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
January 27 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
January 28 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
January 30 – The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI
February 1 – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
March 12 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC*
March 13 – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR*
March 14 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA*
March 15 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR*
March 18 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA*
March 19 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
March 21 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA*
March 25 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
March 26 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO*
March 27 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
March 28 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO*
*w/ Grace Potter

Listen/Purchase we did a Christmas thing HERE

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KATIE PRUITT’S NEW SONG OUT OF THE BLUE PREMIERES TODAY

DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21

2020 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH SHOW

IN TORONTO ON APRIL 13, 2020

“An accomplished vocalist, Pruitt is also a formidable songwriter, writing mature, thoughtful songs that belie her young age.” – American Songwriter

“songs that are poignant, relatable and consistently well-crafted”
Nashville Scene

 “Taking the leap from the solitary space of writing in her bedroom to jumping in with Music City creatives always takes grit, which Pruitt has in spades. She also possesses a soaring, nuanced and expressive voice and writes with devastating honesty.” NPR Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019

“a song that just gave me chills.”Bob Boilen

“songwriting chops and Brandi Carlile-influenced ability to project
riveting warmth and intimacy.”
NPR World Cafe

 “powerhouse voice and wise, beautiful modern love songs…Pruitt is unapologetically herself, and her energy is a welcome addition to the Americana sphere. Like [Janis] Joplin, she tells stories of broken relationships and she sings with her entire face, from her core. It left me speechless. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her.” Paste, The 20 Best Acts We Saw at SXSW 2019

 “A soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger knack for crafting an affecting narrative”
 – Rolling Stone, 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know

 “Katie’s powerhouse vocals & poignant songwriting combine into a compelling, raw, & powerful artist whose musical style evokes the likes of Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco, with a bit of Harper Lee thrown in for good measure.”
– Southwest Artists On The Rise

Toronto, ON – November 15, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Emerging singer, songwriter and musician Katie Pruitt’s new song, Out Of The Blue, is premiering today. Watch/share the official music video here.

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, “This song is about being swept up in the initial high of infatuation, when you can’t imagine wanting to leave each other’s side. In the beginning where the feeling is new and you spend your days holding hands in the park, laying in the grass, watching the clouds move against a bright blue backdrop. Time quickly turns lovers into strangers though, just like it turns days into nights. The sun rises and sets on this type of infatuation, often in the same day.”

Out Of The Blue is the third track unveiled from Pruitt’s highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, which will be released February 21 via Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend, Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written/co-written by Pruitt including the title track, which was released earlier this fall to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s Expectations. The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.”

In celebration of the release, Pruitt will kick off her extensive headline tour next year with a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement on February 21. Additional stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Toronto’s Drake Hotel, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic among several others. Tickets for the newly confirmed dates go on-sale next Friday, November 22 at 10:00am local time. See below for complete details.

KATIE PRUITT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

December 3—Baton Rouge, LA—Manship Theatre*

December 4—Houston, TX—The Heights Theatre*

December 5—Austin, TX—Paramount Theatre*

December 6—Dallas, TX—The Kessler Theater*

December 7—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom*

December 9—Omaha, NE—Slowdown*

December 11—Aspen, CO—Belly Up Aspen*

December 13—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre*

December 14—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre*

December 15—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center*

February 21, 2020—Nashville, TN—The Basement

March 20, 2020—Dallas, TX—Ruins

March 21, 2020—Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs

March 24, 2020—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar

March 26, 2020—Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café

March 28, 2020—Santa Ana, CA—The Observatory

March 29, 2020—San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord

March 31, 2020—Portland, OR—Bunk Bar

April 1, 2020—Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern

April 3, 2020—Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court

April 5, 2020—Denver, CO—Globe Hall

April 7, 2020—Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club

April 8, 2020—Kansas City, MO—Riot Room

April 9, 2020—St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill

April 10, 2020—Evanston, IL—SPACE

April 11, 2020—Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi

April 13, 2020—Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel

April 15, 2020—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge

April 16, 2020—Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun

April 17, 2020—Boston, MA—Café 939

April 18, 2020—Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy

April 20, 2020—Washington, DC—DC9

April 21, 2020—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room

April 22, 2020—Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic

April 24, 2020—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar 

*with The Wood Brothers

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ROYCE 5’9” IS BACK WITH NEW SONG AND VISUAL FOR BLACK SAVAGE

SPECIAL VERSION OF BLACK SAVAGE SELECTED FOR THE NFL'S SONGS OF THE SEASON SERIES

REVENUE GENERATED FROM NFL VERSION WILL SUPPORT
INSPIRE CHANGE INITIATIVES

NEW FULL-LENGTH PROJECT COMING SOON ON ENTERTAINMENT ONE / HEAVEN STUDIOS INC.

Toronto, ON – November 15, 2019 – Platinum-selling MC, Royce 5’9”, returns with a brand new single and visual, Black Savage, featuring Sy Ari Da KidWhite GoldCyhi The Prynce and T.I. The track is a preview to Royce’s full-length project, due out in early 2020 on Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.  Directed by Joe Lafleur, the video offers a visual for the powerful lyrics that showcase the true meaning of a Black Savage.Watch it here.

Black Savage was also selected as the latest song for the NFL Inspire Change Songs of the Season series. The song will be heard on Thursday Night Football and will continue to be used throughout the NFL season in broadcasts, pre-game shows, post-game highlights as well as across digital streaming platforms.

 

The Process follows Royce as he embarks on the making of his newest masterpiece wholly taking production and engineering into his hands for the first time in his career.  Watch as he contemplates bumps in the road. Watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Process.

ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with  Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018),  Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

Buy and stream Black Savage: smarturl.it/BlackSavage

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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; digital content; and live entertainment. 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 international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment, Renegade 83, Daisybeck and Blackfin; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. 

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THE GAME SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR STAINLESS FEATURING ANDERSON .PAAK

BORN 2 RAP OUT NOVEMBER 29

WATCH STAINLESS HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2019 – Today, Compton rapper, The Game, premieres Stainless, the second music video from his forthcoming album Born 2 Rap with Billboard Magazine. Directed by Aaron “A.G.” Green, the visual shows The Game cruising in his custom-painted Lambo for a 2AM mission in Los Angeles with guest artist, Anderson .Paak. Produced by Big Duke, the track is available for streaming now and is featured on The Game’s ninth-studio album Born 2 Rap releasing via Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records on November 29. Watch the video here.

ABOUT THE GAME:
Born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Compton rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur The Game locked down a place in the pantheon alongside greats of both coasts by a combination of bar-for-bar bravado, provocative observation, hard-hitting hooks, and sharp introspection. On November 28, the prolific rapper will deliver his ninth and possibly “final album” fittingly titled, Born 2 Rap.

The Game’s prior album 1992 debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums Chart and tied Drake for most #1 album debuts since the chart began in 2004. Also, the album gave The Game his eighth #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, tying him for third with 2Pac and Lil Wayne amongst all acts. He started this impressive legacy with double-platinum 2005 full-length debut, The Documentary. It not only bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, but it also emerged as a classic avowed by Pitchfork among the Top 50 Albums of 2005 and chosen on Complex’s Classic Albums of the Last Decade. The 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate retained his spot at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Maintaining positions in the Top 10, he ignited a prolific string of blockbuster releases—L.A.X. [2008], The R.E.D. Album [2011], Jesus Piece [2012], Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf [2014], The Documentary 2 [2015], The Documentary 2.5. [2015], and 1992 [2016].

2018 saw a trio of recent singles achieve RIAA certifications with 100 [feat. Drake] platinum and El Chapo with Skrillex and All Eyez [feat. Jeremih] both gold as his total stream tally exceeded 3 Billion across platforms. Television and film credits span everything from Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Larry King to Hell’s Kitchen and the upcoming All-Star Weekend directed by Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Benicio del Toro. Not to mention, he sparked successful ventures in the world of legal cannabis with his Trees by Game brand, The Reserve dispensaries and partnerships with GFarmaBrands, among other launches. 

The 2019 powerhouse lives up to the promise of his forthcoming album’s name especially on the street single West Side, and Anderson .Paak featured Stainless, where his rapping remains as on point as ever.

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MUNA DROP THEIR SPOTIFY SINGLES

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2019 – Today, critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based trio, MUNA, unveil their Spotify 
Singles session. Recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the band releases a new version of their song, Stayaway along with a cover of Normani’s, Motivation.  Listen here. The original version of Stayaway can be found on the band’s recently released sophomore album, Saves The World, which was met by mass critical acclaim with Rolling Stone giving the album 4 stars while declaring it a “mastery of pop songcraft” and FORBES calling it “superb.”

Last week the band performed their single, Number One Fan on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Check out the performance here. This weekend MUNA will be opening for The 1975 at their 2 sold out New Jersey shows. Additionally, the band is wrapping up their MUNA Saves The World headlining tour in December with stops in the UK. Check out show dates below and to purchase tickets please visit www.whereismuna.com.

MUNA released their debut album, About U, in 2017 and since then the album has received mass critical acclaim from the likes of The Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, V Magazine, The FADER, SPIN, and many more. It also made a number of Year End Best Of lists including NPR’s 100 Best Songs of 2017, which stated, “the band created a musical safe space and an anthem for otherness, letting its joy speak as loudly as its defiance," Billboard’s 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics Pick, which called the album “spellbinding,” and The Noisey Staff’s Favorite Tracks of the Year, which praised, “the Los Angeles trio has built a sanctuary in which it’s possible for marginalized people to let go”. The trio, made up of Katie Gavin (lead vocals/production), Naomi McPherson (production/guitar/synths/vocals), and Josette Maskin (lead guitar/vocals), have performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. They have headlined their own sold out tour and have previously toured with Miike Snow, Grouplove and most recently Harry Styles to name a few.

TOUR DATES:
November 16 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ*
November 17 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ*                  
December 2 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
December 3 - Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UK
December 4 - O2 Institute 2 - Birmingham, UK
December 5 - Club Academy - Manchester, UK
December 8 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
December 9 - Oran Mor - Glasgow, UK
* supporting The 1975

Stream MUNA’s Spotify Singles here

Buy Tickets for MUNA Saves The World Tour here

www.whereismuna.com

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MARCUS KING PREMIERES THE WELL VIDEO WITH RELIX

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS JANUARY 17, 2020

PRE-ORDER ALBUM NOW

CURRENTLY ON WORLD TOUR WITH STOPS IN TORONTO
ON DECEMBER 18 AND VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

“Astoundingly mature songs, expressed through his preternaturally
earthy voice and razor-sharp electric-guitar chops.” – RELIX

“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs 
to the Grand Ole Opry.” 
– AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” – PASTE

“This stomping slice of incendiary blues rock radiates swagger and soul.” 
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Fierce guitar player teams up with the Black Keys guitarist-producer
for his first solo album.” 
– ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – November 12, 2019 – Today, Marcus King shares a new video for single The Well,  from his Dan Auerbach-produced, genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado, due January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records. 

The video showcases the cathartic influence of rock n’ roll as Marcus King leads an enraptured congregation to redemption with an invigorating performance. Directed by Reid Long (Eric Church, The Black Keys, Brothers Osbourne), the video premiered today by Relix Magazine who stated, “King continues to funnel his collected experience into a growing catalog of astoundingly mature songs, expressed through his preternaturally earthy voice and razor-sharp electric-guitar chops, both of which seemed fully formed even before the frontman exited his teenage years.”

Discussing the video, Marcus explained, “The Well captures the spirit of a gospel revival, the feeling of community, and the fellowship of us all coming together to feel something powerful.”

El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Marking a new sonic direction and with King’s remarkable voice taking center stage, El Dorado is set to further establish King as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

The highly anticipated album and preview single, The Well, is one of his most successful releases to date, already receiving widespread radio support (#1 on AAA radio chart week of release) and critical acclaim from tastemakers, Rolling Stone Magazine who premiered the single, alongside support from Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Paste and many more. 

At 23 years old, Marcus King has established himself as an enthralling world class live music talent. He recently embarked on a 70+ date world tour, with The Marcus King Band. One of the hardest working bands in the world today, they performed over 140 shows in the last calendar year alone. King has also found the time to appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, make his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, performed with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curated his own hometown festival – The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

El Dorado was recorded at Easy Eye Sound, the songs were written by Marcus King and Dan Auerbach along with famed writers, Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Bowman and Pat McLaughlin and performed by legendary studio musicians who have worked with iconic artists from Elvis Presley to Bobby Womack. King and Auerbach co-wrote 12 songs for El Dorado in only three days. On working with Marcus, Dan stated, "Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so. He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing – so effortless, so soulful, straight from the heart.”

Playing professionally since he was eleven years old and discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King has overcome challenges with mental health and loss to become a guitar phenomenon at 23 and with El Dorado is poised for a major breakthrough as one of the most talented young artists in music today.

The Marcus King Band, founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honoured foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist, Dean Mitchell, along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today. 

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
November 12 - Bloomington, IL - Castle Theatre
November 14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
November 15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
November 16 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
November 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
November 19 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
November 21 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
November 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
November 23 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
November 24 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
December 3 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium - Marcus King Solo,
December 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
December 6 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater
December 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
December 8 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
December 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
December 12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
December 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
December 14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
December 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
December 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
December 20 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center
December 21 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
December 28 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium
December 29 - Augusta, GA - Miller Theater
December 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
December 31 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand

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TWIN FLAMES’ LATEST SINGLE HUMAN REACHING INCREDIBLE HEIGHTS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

HUMAN VISUAL TAKES HOME BEST MUSIC VIDEO CONCEPT AT THE 2019 NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Toronto, ON – November 11, 2019 – Canadian folk duo, Twin Flames, (Chelsey June and Jaaji) have been making waves this year with their newest single, Human. The duo was invited to create an original piece that speaks to the importance of language – especially as it relates to identity, culture, and history – as Artists in Residence by Folk Alliance International (FAI) in collaboration with UNESCO for the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Human has since become the theme song to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous languages, and is climbing the charts of the Indigenous Music Countdown to reach #1.

"Human has surpassed what we could have dreamed of. As songwriters, we always hope that our music will touch people and help listeners reflect upon issues that are not always addressed. To see that it has been receiving so much love and is instilling pride among all people is heartwarming!" says Twin Flames.

Twin Flames performed overseas in Paris, France at the UNESCO headquarters in celebration of the launch of the Year of Indigenous Languages, and performed last month with the NAC Orchestra as part of fellow Canadian musician, Susan Aglukark’s, concert. The duo recently returned from the 2019 Native American Music Awards in the United States, where Human was nominated for Best Indie Single and took home the award for Best Music Video Concept.

The video was filmed at Nunavut Sivuniksavut Arctic College and features an array of staff, Inuit students and the breathtaking nature of the Gatineau Hills. Twin Flames was also joined by First Nations and Metis friends live on set with photographer, Sean Sisk and videographer, Matt Provencal. The video is beautifully shot and ties together the theme of the importance of language relating to identity, culture, and history. Watch the full video here, and check out the background of the making and inspiration behind Human here.

Most recently, Twin Flames’ Human will be part of the 2019 CBC Music Class Challenge, where music classes in schools across Canada will be submitting performances of the song. Twin Flames will then be the judges of which class put on the best performance of the song and will award the class a prize of $1,000 in new musical instruments.

Twin Flames has now played over 1,000 shows in five years with performances that have taken them across Canada. They have also had the privilege to play in the Arctic, Greenland, The United States, France and Australia. What started as a small flame has turned into a raging fire, one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners.

Chelsey June and Jaaji write with a passion that comes from their souls and transcends into their musical creations. Together they share a great ability to wrap Indigenous/Inuit stories in traditional and non-traditional styles.  They instill that music should be about how it makes the listener feel. With thought-provoking songs, they gently educate audiences on the realities of Indigenous, Inuit and métis history as well as current issues. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come from Twin Flames!

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DOWNLOAD – Hi Res NAMA Awards Photo

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LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA ANNOUNCE LEMON-AID 2-DAY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

SUPPORTING NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH SONG, DANCE AND CELEBRATION ON DECEMBER 27 AND 28 AT THE OPERA HOUSE                                                                                                                            

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

"gorgeously sung and passionately played"The Guardian

“charismatic...handsome and ambitious.” The New York Times

"Amazing, frenetic, gloriously anarchic and ultimately joyous!”Winnipeg Free Press
 

Toronto, ON – November 11, 2019 – Toronto's infamous guerrilla-folk party-punks, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, celebrate the Opera House's 30th anniversary with a two-day holiday festival featuring some of their favourite Toronto party bands. Held at the iconic venue on Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28, it’s the perfect winter gathering to enjoy some of the incredible sounds this city has to offer while supporting a great cause. Tickets are on sale now (more info below) and available here.

Appropriately dubbed LEMON-AID, the two-night party aims to raise funds for international non-profit organizations chosen by the artists themselves. Each band has generously agreed to donate half their fees to a charity of their choice, making the event the most diverse fundraiser of the season.


Joining the festivities on Friday, December 27th will be LBO co-founder Tangi Ropars' Moskitto Bar, who will be premiering at Koerner Hall in 2020, and Moneka Arabic Jazz, who cemented their place in the Toronto music scene when they won the Rising Star Award at this summer's TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Saturday, December 28th has a distinctly more urban flavour, featuring loud-mouth hip-hoppers Bangerz Brass, and Ukrainian folk-step trio, Balaklava Blues; the politicized passion project of LBO leads Mark and Marichka Marczyk, inspired by their personal experiences on the front lines of the Ukraine-Russia war.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra first came into the public eye in 2012 when a video of their impromptu performance on a delayed flight went viral and got them attention from Jimmy Kimmel, Huff Post, and the New York Times. Since then they have won and been nominated for multiple awards and garnered international media praise for their high-octane live performances and tendency to break down the fourth wall and literally take the performance into the audience for the finales of their shows.

Find all details on this two-day jam below, and stay tuned for more Lemon Bucket Orkestra!

LEMON-AID – December 27 to 28 at The Opera House (735 Queen Street East)
Ticket info:
2-day festival pass - $30 +fees (limited to 250) – buy tickets here
1 day early bird - $20 +fees (limited to 250)
1 day advance - $25 +fees (limited to 300)

Day 1 - Friday, December 27
Moskitto Bar and Moneka Arabic Jazz and Lemon Bucket Orkestra – buy tickets here

Day 2 - Saturday, December 28
Balaklava Blues, Bangerz Brass and Lemon Bucket Orkestra – buy tickets here

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www.lemonbucket.com

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CERTIFIED-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST SEVYN STREETER RELEASES WHATCHUSAY OFF FORTHCOMING ALBUM DRUNKEN WORDZ x SOBER THOUGHTZ

Toronto, ON – November 8, 2019 – Today, certified-platinum recording artist and Billboard chart-topping singer/songwriter, Sevyn Streeter, released track, Whatchusay,  along with a music video, as the first release off of her forthcoming album, Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz, via Groundwērk/Entertainment One (eOne) and is set to drop in 2020.

Sensual and audacious, the new track and video gives fans a taste of what to expect on her forthcoming album – an unapologetic, uninhibited, smart woman doing smart business, who is taking matters into her own hands. A departure from her debut album, Girl Disrupted, Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz is her first album as an independent artist and plays on the parallel between the figurative drunk, or uninhibited, fearless, sexy, free Sevyn, and the sober, or level-headed, clear-minded, focused Sevyn – and at the intersection of the two is a confident, career-driven woman in control of her destiny. Whatchusay represents the daring side of Sevyn that fans have never seen before. 

Whatchusay is what happens when holding somebody down becomes an uneven exchange, when your limit has reached its limit, when your self-love overpowers your ability to stay in a toxic space… THEN, your raw emotions make room for you to speak your TRUTH...even if it ain’t pretty,” says Sevyn Streeter.

Sevyn Streeter is best known for her debut album, Girl Disrupted, which charted #1 on iTunes and yielded a Billboard Top 10 single, Before I Do. Re-inspired and recharged, Sevyn will round out 2019 with the release of the first track Whatchusay off of her forthcoming album titled Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz, which will drop in 2020.

Sevyn began gaining traction in 2013, with the success of her solo EP Call Me Crazy, But… which debuted at #5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The Certified Platinum Record, It Won’t Stop, was the lead single from the EP and topped Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for nine consecutive weeks, while climbing both Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. In addition, the companion video – directed by and co-starring GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Brown, has earned more than 150 million views to date.

Along with her solo career, Sevyn is a writer of some of the music industry’s most recognizable songs – including seven songs on Chris Brown’s GRAMMY winning album, Fame, and seven songs on the follow-up Album, Fortune. More song writing credits include two songs from Alicia Keys’ GRAMMY-winning album, Girl on Fire, and singles such as Chris Brown’s Fine China, Tamar Braxton’s All The Way Home, Alicia Keys’ New Day, and Ariana Grande’s chart-topping hit, The Way. Sevyn is a six-time ASCAP award-winning songwriter who has worked with a remarkable roster of top studio superstars, including Diplo, Polow Da Don, Jessie J., Fantasia, Estelle and many others. Without any doubt, Sevyn Streeter will be in the music industry for years to come!

Watch Whatchusay HERE

Listen/Stream Whatchusay HERE

www.sevynstreeter.com

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SPLASH’N BOOTS HEAD OUT ON A HEARTWARMING JOURNEY!

ANNOUNCE SPECIAL INTERGENERATIONAL SHOWS AT
SENIOR RESIDENCES IN THE GTA ON NOVEMBER 23 AND 24

KICK OFF ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR ON DECEMBER 6

NEW DYNAMIC MEDITATIONS ALBUM
THE BIG HEART JOURNEY TO BE REALEASED NOVEMBER 22
– AVAILABLE FOR
PRE-ORDER NOW –

Toronto, ON – November 8, 2019 – JUNO Award-winning children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, have been making a splash for the end of the year! After announcing the details of their brand new album, The Big Heart Journey – a collection of dynamic meditations with a ‘made-for-kids’ spin – the group is thrilled to share that they will be giving two special and intimate intergenerational performances at senior residences this November, followed soon after by their annual holiday tour.

The first of the two intergenerational performances will take place on November 23 at the Delmanor Prince Edward in Etobicoke and on November 24, Splash’N Boots will visit Shepherd Village in Scarborough. The duo has teamed up with Smile Theatre – an organization that exists to enrich the lives of seniors in care by presenting meaningful, well-crafted, professional performance – to bring together and connect children with the older generations through music. The shows will feature activities from The Big Heart Journey, as well as music from Splash’N Boots’ catalogue, and intergenerational songs.

“One of the things we love the most at our live shows is when the entire family is there,” says Nick Adams (Splash). “It’s so amazing to see generations enjoying live music together. Music has always been a huge part of both of our families, so we love to see people of all ages coming together.” 

“My Grandpa lives in a home in Toronto and I love going and singing and playing piano with them there,” continues Taes Leavit (Boots).  “Music brings us all together, and our hope is that these shows will create a bigger sense of community for the families who attend, as well as the senior residents.  It’s a bit of an experiment - we’re really excited to try it out!”

Limited tickets will go on sale to the public November 12 here. All tickets will include a download of The Big Heart Journey and a meet and greet with Splash’N Boots after the performance.

Following the intergenerational shows, Splash’N Boots will embark on their third annual BIG yellow and blue holiday tour: Jingle Boots – The Big Heart Holiday Show! Kicking off in Peterborough on December 6, the duo will play seven shows across Ontario throughout the holidays, fostering new memories and happy moments with families within these communities. All tour details and ticketing info can be found below.

Splash’N Boots’ newest album, The Big Heart Journey, is set for release on November 22. Made up of 30 ‘Heart Hugs’ – guided, dynamic meditations with a ‘made-for-kids’ spin that encourages movement, dancing and fun energy – the album aims to help guide children in becoming more loving, more caring, and more in touch with their own emotions and those of the people they interact with. Each track will focus on daily life, with meditative programs that can be done sometimes alone, sometimes with other people, sometimes lying down and sometimes on your feet dancing! Families who purchase the album will also receive three bonus tracks of ‘Mini Journeys for Specific Life Moments’ – which will focus on precise life moments, to use when needed, including divorce and death. The Big Heart Journey can be pre-ordered here.

Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their most recent album, You, Me and the Sea, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year.

On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first 6 months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children's act to partner with PLUS1 - $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.

INTERGENERATIONAL SHOWS:
November 23 – Etobicoke, ON –  Delmanor Prince Edward
November 24 – Scarborough, ON – Shepherd Village

HOLIDAY TOUR DATES:
December 6 – Peterborough, ON – Showplace Performance Centre – Tickets
December 7 – Owen Sound – Roxy Theatre – Tickets
December 8 – Hamilton – McIntyre Performing Arts Centre – Tickets
December 17 – Vaughan – City Playhouse Theatre – TicketsDecember 19 – London – Wolf Performance Hall – Tickets
December 20 – Kingston – The Grand Theatre – Tickets
December 21 – Perth – Studio Theatre – Tickets

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ANDREW BIRD UNVEILS HARK!

NEW MUSIC OUT TODAY
ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – November 8, 2019 – Today, internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Andrew Bird, unveils HARK! via Loma Vista Recordings; a collection of holiday songs. Along brand new, original tracks, Alabaster, and Night’s Falling, the EP features a handful of beautifully realized holiday classics, including Oh Holy Night, White Christmas, Vince Guaraldi’s epic, Skating, and more. Listen/purchase here.

“I’ve never had the impulse to make a holiday record until last February,” says Bird. “I found myself enjoying the Vince Guaraldi ‘Peanuts’ records and thought I’d book a few days in the studio. It was an excuse to play some classic jazz with my favorite musicians. A lot of folks have a hard time with the holidays but they serve a purpose to us as a people- to create comfort, warmth and atmosphere within the darkness and the cold that can crush one’s spirit. There are a couple originals in here that address this idea of light and warmth in the darkness as well as some classics that have some nostalgic resonance with me. Hark! What sounds come flowing alabaster?”

The new music caps off a monumental year for Bird who was recently cast in the FX Limited Series, Fargo, in a role written expressly for him. His recent release, My Finest Work Yet, continues to receive critical acclaim from the likes of NPR who calls the album “impeccable throughout,” while the Los Angeles Times praises its “smoky soul music” and Pitchfork deems it “darkly funny”.

Bird has spent the better part of 2019 captivating audiences across the globe on tour, including a stop at this year’s Americanafest with special guest John C. Reilly. The duo’s performances were noted as some of the festival’s best by the Tennessean, American Songwriter and The Bluegrass Situation, which included a later released live version of The Carter Family’s, When The World’s On Fire, which they performed alongside Alan Hampton.

This winter, Bird will play a five-night sold-out residency at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church from December 9 through 13 as part of his eighth annual Gezelligheid concerts. A Dutch term that loosely translates to “cozy,” the Gezelligheid performances will feature Madison Cunningham.

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed musician, songwriter and composer who has released fifteen records to date. Recording and touring extensively, Bird has performed around the world at festivals and renowned institutions including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Walt Disney Concert Hall. A TED Talks presenter, a New Yorker Festival guest and an op-ed contributor for the New York Times, Bird will also debut on the cast of Fargo’s forthcoming installment, airing on FX in 2020. Bird’s newest full-length album, My Finest Work Yet, is out now on Loma Vista Recordings.

HARK! TRACKLISTING:
1. Alabaster
2. Skating
3. Christmas Is Coming
4. White Christmas
5. Oh Holy Night
6. Night’s Falling

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED DUO CAMELPHAT TEAM UP WITH JEM COOKE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE RABBIT HOLE

Toronto, ON – November 8, 2019 – Fresh off the back of their sold-out Brixton Academy show, CamelPhat have unveiled their latest single, Rabbit Hole, featuring vocalist Jem Cooke via Sony RCA. The track looks set to be another huge hit for the Grammy-nominated duo. Listen to the song here.

The track features singer/songwriter, Jem Cooke, who is best known for previously collaborating with CamelPhat and Cristoph on their Silver selling smash Breathe.  

The Liverpool duo have firmly established themselves as one of the most in-demand acts around and are currently Beatport’s biggest selling artist of all time. They have consistently gained support from industry heavyweights such as Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. Making their mark in 2017 with their Grammy-nominated hit Cola which was certified Platinum in the UK, CamelPhat have continued to release a flurry of club-ready hits and garner worldwide acclaim with tracks such as ‘Panic Room’ featuring Au/Ra and ‘Be Someone’ alongside Jake Bugg. 

The release follows a hectic summer schedule for CamelPhat who played some of the world’s biggest events such as Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Warehouse Project, Parklife and Tomorrowland. Along with this, the pair did a huge headline 11-week residency at Hi Ibiza called BODYWORKS alongside Solardo and Fisher - the party was the biggest on the island, selling a staggering 90,000+ tickets. Not stopping there, CamelPhat sold out their recent headline UK tour across 5 venues selling almost 55,000 tickets. The tour included the iconic Brixton Academy which sold out six months in advance and Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool which was the quickest event to sell out in the history of the venue. They’ve also recently been announced to headline We Are FSTVL next year alongside Carl Cox. 

Rabbit Hole is out now and is set to further solidify CamelPhat’s status as one of the biggest acts around.

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SODOM RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK OUT OF THE FRONTLINE TRENCH TODAY

STREAM THE SINGLE HERE

ALL NEW EP OUT OF THE FRONTLINE TRENCH DUE NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Toronto, ON – November 8, 2019 – German Thrash Metal legends, Sodom,  release their new digital single, Out Of The Frontline Trench,  today. This song is also the title track of the forthcoming EP, which will be released on November 22. 

The all-new, five-track Out of the Frontline Trench EP will be available via Entertainment One in North America and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe as CD DigiPak, vinyl, download, and stream.

Tom Angelripper says, “Postcards and letters from my granddad, which I discovered among the things he left behind when he died, and some TV documentaries have given me a vague idea of what it must have been like for soldiers back in those days to leave their trenches and face those life-threatening battles.”

The close relationship between a metal band and its fans can be measured by – among other things – how long they make their supporters wait for new songs. So, looking at it from that perspective, Sodom is exemplary, seeing that they've always supplied their huge following with new material at regular intervals. The release of their current album, Decision Day, was followed – in time for their major European tour in December 2018 – by the EP, Partisan.

Now the Gelsenkirchen thrash metal act, led by Tom Angelripper (vocals, bass), presents its generous side again. Before the work on their upcoming full length is set to begin, Sodom are ready to unleash their brand-new mini-album Out Of The Frontline Trench. Angelripper calls the recording "a sign of life for our fans." Having recorded, together with his guitarists, Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz, plus drummer, Husky, three new songs as well as two classics (one of them re-recorded, the other one live number), Out Of The Frontline Trench forging an arch between (Sodom's) past, present, and future.


Tracks 1, 2 and 3 are new recorded songs, track 4 is re-recorded with the current line-up and track 5 is a live version from 2018. Track 1 is also the title track of SODOM's next studio album, Genesis 19, out in 2020!

SODOM Live 2019
November 9 – Helsinki, Finland – Steel Chaos Festival
December 4 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Centro de Eventos Pedregal
December 13 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Metal Meeting
December 27 – Andernach, Germany – JUZ
December 28 – Linden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
December 29 – Aschaffenburg, Germany  – Colos-Saal
December 30 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle 
 
SODOM Live 2020
January 24 – San Fernando, Chile – Evil Confrontation Festival 2020
May 16 – Hyvinkää, Finland – Steelfest 2020
June 11 – Uttenhofen, Germany – Aaargh Festival
June 12 – Gardelegen, Germany– Metal Frenzy Open Air
June 13 – Hauptmannsgrün, Germany – Chronical Moshers Open Air
July 18 – Fritzlar, Germany – Rock am Stück
July 30 – August 1 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
August 1 – Ostrava, Czech Republic – Ostrava V Plamenech

Pre-order Out Of The Frontline Trench: eoneheavy.ffm.to/sodom
Watch – lyric video for Down On Your Knees

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ALICE IVY SHARE NEW SINGLE AND VIBRANT VIDEO FOR SUNRISE FT. CADENCE WEAPON VIA PREMIERE FROM CLASH MAGAZINE

OUT NOW ON LAST GANG RECORDS

“The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills on new single 'Sunrise', this blast of hot energy amid our cooling climate. There are shades of ‘70s radio, even a bit of early hip-hop, all blended into this furiously original package. Refusing to be pinned down, Alice Ivy has linked with Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, whose voice takes the single to a fresh place. It's a biting return, one soaked in colour and rampant energy, blessed with that emphatically engaging chorus.” ­Clash Magazine

Toronto, ON – November 7, 2019 – Grab yourself a cocktail in a coconut! Melbourne producer extraordinaire, Alice Ivy, is back with a brand-new single to perfectly stave off the cold-weather blues with the vibrant new track, Sunrise (out now via Last Gang Records) premiering via Clash Magazine. Listen to Alice Ivy’s new single Sunrise feat. Cadence Weapon here.

Featuring a collaboration with acclaimed rapper and vocalist, Cadence Weapon, (not to mention a whole lot of cowbell bangin’), the new track is a disco dancefloor bop, with bright splashes of colour and hypnotic surges of warped chords – like a funky ’70s radio classic that’s been beamed into outer space, remixed by aliens, and blasted back to Earth. The song was also mixed alongside famed producer, Andrew Dawson, (Kanye West, Childish Gambino) at his studio in LA.

The single’s release is accompanied by an equally colourful lyric video that was shot and animated in London with Aussie expat director, Harry Deadman. Juxtaposing collaged images of both Ivy and Weapon with vivid animation, the video for Sunrise brings the song to life, and its two creators together, despite their transcontinental divide, elevating the song’s undeniable dance party vibe. Watch the video for Sunrise feat. Cadence Weapon here.

"When I started writing Sunrise it was the middle of the Australian winter,” explains Alice Ivy aka Annika Schmarsel. “I wanted to write something that reminded me of summer, especially in Melbourne, which for me is all about having park beers with my friends in Edinburgh Gardens or being on a rooftop listening to music. When I showed Cadence the song in Toronto he was on the same wavelength and funnily enough Toronto had one of the hottest weeks on record, so that's how Sunrise was born!"

Sunrise is the follow up to In My Mind feat. Ecca Vandal that Ivy released via Last Gang back in July – another perfect example of why Alice Ivy is now considered the Queen of intelligent electronic music in Australia with her ingenious production skills and ability to weave intricate sonic tapestries. Northeast Party just gave the track the remix treatment, you can check out In My Mind (Northeast Party House Remix) here.

Praise for In My Mind feat. Ecca Vandal:

“Glorious new sunshine soul anthem… ‘In My Mind’ is the feel-good summer jam we needed right now”Gorilla Vs. Bear

“Combining atmospheric layers with dreamy vocals, the song has a sublime, buoyant quality.”Cool Hunting

“Irresistibly sunny and upbeat”Wonky Sensitive

“Fueled by a spontaneous, assured release of energy and soul.” – The Autumn Roses

With five past singles on high rotation at triple j and an ever-growing reputation for her explosive live performances, Alice Ivy is fast becoming recognized as one of Australia’s most versatile and exhilarating artists. With her second album slated for release in 2020, the good times and the big singles only look set to continue to roll out into the new year and beyond.

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BEST COAST RELEASE FOR THE FIRST TIME

EMBARKING ON THE ALWAYS TOMORROW TOUR WINTER 2020 WITH CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – November 5, 2019 – Best Coast comprised of Bethany Cosentino (vocals, guitar) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) – have returned with an incredible new song, entitled For The First Time.  The track is the first taste of the forthcoming Best Coast album, which will be entitled Always Tomorrow, and is due for release in 2020.  

While the band is completing work on the album, they are also thrilled to announce a full North American tour this winter with support from Mannequin Pussy.  All dates are listed below.  Tickets for these shows will go on sale this Friday, November 8, at 10 am local time in all markets.  

TOUR DATES 2020:
February 27 - Palm Springs, CA - The Alibi
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo*
February 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom*
March 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
March 3 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre*
March 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
March 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall*
March 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE*
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
March 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre*

March 16 - Boston, MA - Royale*
March 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
March 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
March 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
March 23 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East*
March 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater*
March 27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger*
March 28 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
March 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
March 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
April 1 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park*
April 2 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
*w/ Mannequin Pussy

Watch For The First Time HERE
Listen/Stream For The First Time
HERE

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OSCAR PETERSON TRIO’S ‘NIGHT TRAIN’ AND D.O.A.’S ‘HARDCORE 81’ RECEIVE 2019 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE DESIGNATION

TORONTO, ON – Monday, November 4, 2019

The Polaris Music Prize has announced Oscar Peterson Trio’s Night Train and D.O.A.’s Hardcore 81 albums have received 2019 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

D.O.A.’s genre-defining hardcore punk album from 1981 was chosen over 11 other nominated albums in the Re:Sound-supported Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from September 17 to October 18. This marks the first time a British Columbia artist has won the Heritage Prize. The Oscar Peterson Trio’s 1963 album by the legendary jazz pianist was selected by a 10-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and historians.

“Congratulations to these two winning artists. You’ve created important memorable recordings that have had a lasting impact on the musical landscape. I have tremendous appreciation for the work that has gone into creating these timeless albums,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

The winners appreciated that these albums remain so relevant with the jury and the public decades after their initial releases.

“I am elated with the news that Oscar’s seminal recording, Night Train, is receiving the Polaris Heritage Prize. How deeply honoured I am on Oscar's behalf, knowing how humbled he would be to realize this recording remains significant more than 65 years after its release,” said Kelly Peterson, Oscar’s widow and artistic producer for the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. “It’s especially gratifying because this record contains the absolute original version of what is perhaps his most significant composition. During the recording session, Norman Granz challenged Oscar to compose a piece on the spot. The result was Hymn To Freedom. My gratitude for this honour knows no bounds. Thank you to all involved with the Polaris Heritage Prize.” 

"It's pretty cool for D.O.A. and our fans to have Hardcore 81 recognized by Polaris. When it was released, we never realized that this album would give birth to the hardcore music genre and make an impact around the world,” said D.O.A.’s Joey ‘Shithead’ Keithley. “So this is an amazing moment for us."

D.O.A. and the Oscar Peterson Trio now join a list of past Heritage Prize winners which include the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Peaches, Glenn Gould, Dream Warriors and Harmonium.

“Re:Sound is proud to sponsor the Polaris Heritage Prize for the third consecutive year,” said Ian MacKay, Re:Sound’s president. “By spanning numerous decades and musical genres and incorporating both the jury and the public’s selections, we see winners who reflect Canada’s diverse and dynamic musical history. The shortlist and winners reinforce why we do the work we do to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada.”

Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are Canadian albums of the artistic distinction, without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have been nominated or won the Prize before it began in 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, who curated the 2019 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2018 Heritage Prize winners, will once again select the visual artists who’ll pay tribute to the two winning records in the form of Polaris Posters.

The 2019 Polaris Heritage Prize jury included Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Valerie Lessard, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui and Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie was the jury foreperson.

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

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.com

About Re:Sound
Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company that advocates for music creators, educates music users, licenses businesses and distributes royalties to creators - all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada. www.resound.ca

Media Contacts:

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

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

Media assets: (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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« NIGHT TRAIN » DU OSCAR PETERSON TRIO ET
« HARDCORE 81 » DE D.O.A. REMPORTENT
LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2019

Toronto, ON – Lundi 4 novembre 2019

Le Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé que Night Train du Oscar Peterson Trio et Hardcore 81 de D.O.A. sont les deux albums récipiendaires du Prix du Patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2019.

L’album de D.O.A., paru en 1981 et qui a défini le hardcore punk, a été choisi par le vote du public parmi une sélection de 12 albums en nomination pour le Prix du Patrimoine, soutenu par Ré:Sonne. Le vote était ouvert cette année du 17 septembre au 18 octobre. Paru en 1963, l’album de standards de jazz, de blues et de R&B du Oscar Peterson Trio a été sélectionné par le jury du Prix du Patrimoine, composé de 10 journalistes musicaux et d’historiens de la musique.

« Félicitations à ces deux artistes récipiendaires. Vous avez créé d’importants et de mémorables enregistrements qui ont eu un impact durable sur le paysage musical. J’apprécie énormément tout le travail que vous avez mis dans la création de ces albums indémodables », a dit Gary Slaight, Président et PDG de Slaight Communications.

Les gagnants sont heureux d’apprendre que ces albums demeurent si pertinents des décennies après leur parution initiale. 

« Je suis extrêmement fière d’apprendre que l’enregistrement phare d’Oscar, Night Train, ait reçu le Prix du Patrimoine Polaris. Je suis profondément honorée au nom d’Oscar et je sais qu’il serait très touché de savoir que cet album est toujours aussi important plus de 65 ans après sa sortie », a dit Kelly Peterson, la veuve d’Oscar et la productrice artistique du Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. « C’est particulièrement gratifiant puisque cet album comprend la toute première version de ce qui est possiblement sa composition la plus marquante. Durant la session d’enregistrement, Norman Granz a mis Oscar au défi de composer une pièce sur place. Le résultat a été Hymn To Freedom. Ma reconnaissance pour cet honneur est infinie. Merci à tous ceux qui sont impliqués dans le Prix du Patrimoine Polaris. »

« C’est pas mal cool pour D.O.A. et nos fans que Hardcore 81 soit reconnu par le Polaris. Quand l’album est sorti, on ne se doutait pas qu’il donnerait vie au genre musical hardcore et qu’il ferait le tour du monde », a dit Joey ‘Shithead’ Keithley de D.O.A.. « Donc ceci est un événement incroyable pour nous. »

D.O.A. et le Oscar Peterson Trio s’ajoutent à une liste d’anciens gagnants du Prix du Patrimoine qui inclut des artistes comme Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Peaches, Glenn Gould, Dream Warriors et Harmonium.

« Ré:Sonne est fier de commanditer le Prix du Patrimoine Polaris pour une troisième année consécutive », a dit Ian MacKay, Président de Ré:Sonne. « En couvrant plusieurs décennies et genres musicaux, tout en intégrant les sélections du jury et du public, nous avons droit à des gagnants qui reflètent la diversité et le dynamisme de l’histoire musicale canadienne. La courte liste et les gagnants nous rappellent pourquoi nous travaillons avec fougue afin de contribuer à une industrie musicale florissante et durable au Canada. »

Tout comme le Prix de musique Polaris, les gagnants et les nommés du Prix du Patrimoine sont des albums canadiens jugés uniquement sur leur mérite artistique, sans aucune considération pour leur genre musical ou leur popularité commerciale. C’est notre version d’un « temple de la renommée », où nous essayons de déterminer qui aurait été en lice pour et qui aurait remporté le Prix de musique Polaris au cours des années ayant précédé l’arrivée du Polaris en 2006.

Le Bureau de Gilbert Li, qui a commissionné les affiches du Prix de musique Polaris 2019 et celles des gagnants du Prix du Patrimoine 2018, choisira encore une fois les artistes visuels qui rendront hommage aux deux albums gagnants en créant des affiches du Polaris.

Le jury du Prix du Patrimoine Polaris 2019 était formé de Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Valérie Lessard, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui et Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie était la représentante du jury.

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

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été fondée en 2011 et a comme mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne à l’aide d’une variété d’initiatives, et de développer le talent canadien via des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs de l’industrie. www.slaightmusic.com

À propos de Ré:Sonne
Ré:Sonne est la société canadienne à but non lucratif de gestion de la musique qui défend les intérêts des créateurs de musique, éduque les utilisateurs de musique, accorde des licences aux entreprises et verse les redevances aux créateurs de musique – afin de contribuer à une industrie de la musique florissante et durable au Canada. www.resound.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

Matériel promo: (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
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UNION DUKE NAVIGATE AN ATLAS OF LOVE IN NEW SONG

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SHOWCASING AT AMERICANAFEST IN THE UK IN JANUARY

Toronto, ON – November 1, 2019 – Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, have had a busy year. From releasing new tunes to rocking festival stages, and hot off their special hometown Dudes & Dukes show in Toronto last week, the band shares a reflective new single called Atlas Of Love. Listen to the song here, and watch a live video of the track.

"Atlas of Love is a song for those who haven't quite figured out the nature of their love, much less themselves. Originally, I couldn't even figure out which direction the song was going in,” says Union Duke’s Jim McDonald. “I toyed with "I'm the Atlas of Love, and you're the weight on my back", but ultimately, I think the song works better when I'm the one who's the burden. It's less accusatory and I feel like it's something most people have felt at some point in their life. I think just about everyone has struggled with trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into a relationship."

Atlas Of Love was produced by Jeff Hazin and recorded between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto. The song also features organ and pedal steel in a departure from Union Duke's previous work while still maintaining the pieces that make up their unique sound: catchy melodies, thoughtful lyricism, top-tier musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The artwork was created by Mat Dunlap (The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde).

This summer, the band released 123, a tune about modern apathy. Listen to it here. The song was produced by Jeff Hazin between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto and features Alan Zemaitis on the organ. Into the chorus, the band proclaims, “Gimme 1, 2, 3 couple more then another/ Drink rye whiskey til /I’m blind/ I won’t have no trouble sleeping/ I won’t have no troubled mind.”

The original plan was to write a balls-to-the-walls drinking tune with shades of psychedelia and no social commentary but apparently, we’re too jaded for that now,” the band expands on the song’s inspiration. “It pretty quickly turned into a song about being young and getting drunk as a desperate act of escapism. The song is basically Brave New World: The Song but instead of soma it’s whiskey and sleeping in.”

123 follows their single, Ladidadida, which includes a stunning video that premiered exclusively at Exclaim!. Watch it here.
Ladidadida is that rambling road-weary song in your head while you drive the last of many miles home. It's the story of anyone who must leave the things they love behind, the unbridled bliss of making it back in one piece, and the desperate highs and lows of the spaces in between.

“We played a festival in Lunenburg, NS a few years back, and one of the after parties was at this amazing place called The Lunenburg Seaport. The room was beautiful and warm and just felt right for us so we made a point of returning there when we last toured out that way to shoot some videos with a local videographer, Katy Hopkins. Shooting the video out there worked out well as it plays off the theme of being away from those you love. The song is essentially about the hardships of touring (we're the first band to write a song about that) and I've always thought of it as a pretty good musical representation of how touring feels so shooting it live-off-the-floor in a familiar but far-off place just felt right.”

In the New Year, the band will be performing a showcase at Americanafest in the UK from January 28 to 30. Stay tuned for more Union Duke in 2020!

About Union Duke
Webster's Dictionary defines Union Duke as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts.

Union Duke is:
Matt Warry-Smith/ Jim McDonald / Ethan Smith /Will Staunton/ Rob McLaren

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THE GAME RELEASES NEW SINGLE STAINLESS​ FEATURING ANDERSON .PAAK

BORN 2 RAP OUT NOVEMBER 29

Toronto, ON – November 1, 2019 – Today, Compton rapper, The Game, shares his soulful new jam, Stainless, featuring Grammy-winning artist, Anderson .Paak. Produced by Big Duke, The Game rides for the West Coast with an effortless flow reminiscing over Nipsey Hussle, 2Pac, Fatal Hussein, Suge Knight and Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson. The song will appear on The Game’s ninth studio album Born 2 Rap available via Entertainment One/Prolific/5th Amendment Entertainment on November 29.

A music video for the song was filmed in LA earlier this month. The song will appear on The Game’s ninth studio album, Born 2 Rap, available via Entertainment One/Prolific/5th Amendment Entertainment on November 29, 2019. 

This Saturday, November 2, The Game will tape a live episode of Everyday Struggle at ComplexCon at the Long Beach Convention Center. More details can be found here.

ABOUT THE GAME:
Born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Compton rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur The Game locked down a place in the pantheon alongside greats of both coasts by a combination of bar-for-bar bravado, provocative observation, hard-hitting hooks, and sharp introspection. Now, he delivers possibly his “final album” in the form of the aptly titled, Born 2 Rap.

The Game’s previous album release 1992 tied Drake for holding the most #1 album debuts on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and tied with 2Pac and Lil Wayne for having the 3rd most #1 album debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He started this impressive legacy with double-platinum 2005 full-length debut, The Documentary. It not only bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, but it also emerged as a classic avowed by Pitchfork among the Top 50 Albums of 2005 and chosen on Complex’s Classic Albums of the Last Decade. The 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate retained his spot at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Maintaining positions at #1, he ignited a prolific string of blockbuster releases—L.A.X. [2008], The R.E.D. Album [2011], Jesus Piece [2012], Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf [2014], The Documentary 2 [2015], The Documentary 2.5. [2015], and 1992 that have led to over 10 Million Albums sold worldwide.

2018 saw a trio of recent singles achieve RIAA certifications with 100 [feat. Drake] platinum and El Chapo with Skrillex and All Eyez [feat. Jeremih] both gold as his total stream tally exceeded 3 Billion across platforms. Television and film credits span everything from Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Larry King to Hell’s Kitchen and the upcoming All-Star Weekend directed by Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Benicio del Toro. Not to mention, he sparked successful ventures in the world of legal cannabis with his Trees by Game brand, The Reserve dispensaries and partnerships with GFarmaBrands, among others. Who else can boast starring in Street Kings alongside everyone’s favorite action hero Keanu Reeves and lending his voice to Dr. Dre’s final chart-dominating opus Compton?

The 2019 powerhouse lives up to the promise of its name especially on the first single from Born 2 Rap, West Side, where his rapping remains as on point as ever. Born 2 Rap will be available everywhere on November 29, 2019.

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NICKY JAM REVEALS A MORE PERSONAL SIDE ON HIS LATEST ALBUM ÍNTIMO

NICKY JAM'S SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM ALL DIGITAL-MUSIC OUTLETS

Toronto, ON – November 1, 2019 – Latin urban music's world-renowned idol, Nicky Jam, today releases his ambitious album, Íntimo. This highly anticipated production is available for streaming and download from all digital-music outlets.

A success on the silver screen, TV and music, Nicky Jam draws on his varied influences to offer an album that keeps us engaged and fascinated throughout.

Containing 15 songs, Íntimo is available via the labels La Industria INC and Sony Music Latin. It includes the chart-topping singles, Te Robaré (I Will Steal You), featuring the young supertalent, Ozuna, and X, featuring Nicky Jam's friend and colleague, J Balvin. The brand-new material includes duets with such urban greats as Anuel AA, Darell, Sech and Rauw Alejandro.

Nicky Jam emphasizes that this album sounds exactly the way he intended it to: "I feel supremely thrilled, as well as committed to my audience. We have made this record with a lot of affection, taking my fans into consideration and delivering my music in its purest essence. I hope you like it."

On October 29, Nicky Jam offered up a preview single, Whine Up, featuring Anuel AA, in a surprise move that received rave reviews.

ÍNTIMO TRACKLISTING:
1.Sin Filtro 
2.Tequila 
3.Whine Up (Feat Anuel AA)
4.Maniquí
5.Perdóname (Feat Darell)
6.Novia Nueva 
7.Quisieras (Feat Rauw Alejandro)
8.Destino 
9.Te Vas 
10.Borracho 
11.La Toco 
12.Atrévete (Feat Sech)
13.Te Robaré (Feat Ozuna)
14.X (Feat J Balvin)
15.La Promesa

 

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DOVE CAMERON RELEASES NEW TRACK SO GOOD

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – November 1, 2019 – Today, singer-songwriter, Dove Cameron, has released brand new track, So Good, via Disruptor Records / Columbia Records. Watch the official video, which features otherworldly, nature-inspired makeup by visual artist, Cupidhere.

About the new song, Dove says, “It is one of my favourite songs that I’ve done. I’m not the biggest fan of a straight up ‘feel good’ track, and So Good is definitely a feel good track with an edge, which I think makes it a bit crunchy and special. I was excited to work with Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Ariel Rechtshaid on this track. I love them all and think they are brilliant songwriters.”

So Good follows the release of Dove’s first two original songs, Waste and Bloodshot. Waste has accumulated over 4.5 million streams across all platforms since its release and Bloodshot was praised by Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan, which dubbed it as “a dreamy heartbreaker that might keep you up at night”.

About Dove Cameron:
Twenty-three-year-old award-winning triple threat, Dove Cameron, launches her solo music career this fall after signing with Disruptor/Columbia Records earlier this year. Dove most recently starred alongside Renée Fleming in The Light in the Piazza in London. This precedes the both of them reprising their roles in the Los Angeles Opera presentation of the show this upcoming October. She also reprised her role as Mal in Disney’s franchise, Descendants, this summer. She starred as Cher in the Off-Broadway production of Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, The Musical, produced by The New Group, and in Netflix’s Dumplin with Jennifer Aniston.  She’s appeared in Marvel’s Agents of Shield on ABC, NBC’s Hairspray Live!, as Amber von Tussle, and in the film, Barely Lethal, with Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson.  Dove got her start playing the dual twin role as both title characters in Disney’s Liv and Maddie, which went on to complete four seasons. Her double performance garnered her a 2018 Daytime Emmy.

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NEW YORK CITY'S OWN DJ KAY SLAY BACK WITH SOME HEAT

STREET SINGLE & VIDEO HOCUS POCUS FT. A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, BLUEFACE & MONEYBAGG YO OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – October 31, 2019 – New York City DJ and radio personality, DJ Kay Slay, cooks up a new monster jam Hocus Pocus, just in time for Halloween. A spellbinding line-up of Hip-Hop's new golden boys A Boogie Wit Da HoodieBlueface, and Moneybagg Yo bring this Trackateering Music produced beat to life. Check out warlock Kay Slay and his three wizards causing trouble in the Brian Niles directed visual below.

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SPLASH’N BOOTS LAUNCH DYNAMIC MEDITATION PROGRAM THE BIG HEART JOURNEY

SET FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 5

Toronto, ON – October 31, 2019 – Today, Ontario-based JUNO Award-winning children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, announce the launch of their new release titled, The Big Heart Journey. Set for release on November 5, The Big Heart Journey is made up of 30 ‘Heart Hugs’ – guided, dynamic meditations with a ‘made-for-kids’ spin that encourages movement, dancing and fun energy, all while helping to guide children in becoming more loving, more caring, and more in touch with their own emotions and those of the people they interact with.

Along with meditative programs that can be practiced day-to-day, The Big Heart Journey will offer children a tool to help equip themselves with ways to positively approach difficult topics in their lives, while still assuring they feel loved, and that their feelings are being understood.

"The idea of The Big Heart Jourmey started when I was feeling on the depressed side of life at the beginning of this year,” reflects Taes Leavitt, aka “Boots” of Splash’N Boots. “I called it ‘cloudy’. I wasn't finding joy in things I normally find joy in, I was overwhelmed, I felt very unconnected to myself, so I went on a Big Heart Journey of my own. I started spending more time alone, reading, meditating morning and night, and connecting to myself. I was so amazed at how dramatically my life shifted just by taking control of my mind, that my next project became getting this message to kids and families: introducing The Big Heart Journey! I’m really excited to be able to start children at a really young age to look inside themselves, and know that they can create their own lives by listening to their bodies and their hearts, and by forming deep connections to themselves and the world around them. I also want to be able to provide parents with opportunities to really get to know their children, find out who they are, and form bonds with them that will last their whole lives."

The Big Heart Journey is meant to empower children to feel strong, loved and connected to the world around them. The program will feature 30 tracks and 12 interactive video exercises that can done sometimes alone, sometimes with other people, sometimes lying down and sometimes on your feet dancing! Each track will focus on daily life and can be played together as one exercise Additionally, families who purchase the album will receive three bonus tracks of ‘Mini Journeys for Specific Life Moments’ – which will focus on precise life moments, to use when needed, including divorce and death.

Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their most recent album, You, Me and the Sea, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year.

On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first 6 months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children's act to partner with PLUS1 - $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.

The duo recently wrapped up their You Me And The Sea tour that took them along the Labradorian coast, and are gearing up for more exciting news to come in the new year – stay tuned!

THE BIG HEART JOURNEY TRACKLISTING:
1. Big Heart Journey
2. Where does My Heart Live?
3. Big Heart Pledge
4. Perfect Day Starter
5. Its ok to Stop and Sit
6. Flying Heart
7. Eating, with Chef Brock-Lee
8. Friends with Feelings
9. OhMy
10. At the Movies
11. Love Shower, with Jumping Jack Granny!
12. Talk to Charlie
13. I Love You Most: A Heart Hug Game
14. Strong Tree (for when someone is being unkind)
15. Body Swap (for when you are being unkind)
16. Heart Beats (for when you want to dance)
17. Anger (for when you feel angry)
18. Laughing
19. Butterfly Breath
20 Bumblebee (for when you feel anxious)
21. Scare-cited (for when you feel scared and excited at the same
time)
22. Happiness Tank
23. GRUMPY!
24. Heartstrings (for when you miss someone)
25. Home: A Heart Hug for the Family
26. Family Heart Beats (for when you want to dance with your family)
27. Filled with Thanks
28. Goodnight, Boot (for when it’s time to sleep)
29. Bedtime (for when it’s really time to sleep)
30. Goodnight, Loves (feat. Leonita)
Bonus tracks (emailed on purchase) – Mini Journeys for Specific Life Moments
31. The Seed (for when someone dies)
32. Divorce (for if your parents decide to not be married)
33. A meditation for Parents

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GRACE POTTER’S NEW ALBUM DAYLIGHT OUT TODAY

POTTER SET TO PERFORM LOVE IS LOVE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! ON NOVEMBER 6

“Thrilling in its musicality, with Potter showing off the powerful voice for which she’s become known…” Rolling Stone

“One of the 24 biggest albums to hear this season.” Entertainment Weekly

(on “Release”) “A devastatingly beautiful song, each line resonates.”  – The Los Angeles Times

“An 11-song collection that is as boisterous and bellowing as it is desperate and resigned. At times, it is sexy, joyful, and lovesick. And in the case of the sparse and pleading “Release,” which Potter wrote acapella in the bathtub, it can only be described as holy.”  – Esquire

“Love Is Love is the kind of song that'll stop you dead in your tracks.”- PASTE

“It’s a refreshing reminder of her vocal and compositional strengths… an encouraging return to form.” – American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Acclaimed songwriter and performer, Grace Potter, released her first new album in four years, Daylight, today via Fantasy Records.  Produced by Eric Valentine, Daylight is a soul-inflected, deeply personal collection of songs that capture a particularly tumultuous period in her life - from the breakup of her band and a divorce - to more joyful events like a new marriage and the birth of her first child.  Listen and/or purchase the album here.

Grace is set to perform the album’s rising first single, Love Is Love on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Wednesday, November 6.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ‘24 Biggest Albums To Hear This Season’, Daylight has already garnered high praise from the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, PASTE, Billboard and Esquire among others.

Refinery29 recently premiered the video for the irresistible Every Heartbeat. The passionate song reflects her love for her husband and their infant son Sagan, who makes an adorable cameo in the video.

Grace wrote the album's 11 tracks with the help of renowned songwriter Mike Busbee (Pink, Maren Morris) who tragically passed away a few short weeks ago. Busbee co-wrote three of the album’s essential  tracks, Everyday Love,  Release and the powerful first single, Love Is Love.

Longtime collaborators, Benny Yurco and Matt Musty contribute guitar and drums respectively with Benmont Tench and Larry Goldings on keys as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius providing background vocals.

Grace will kick off her North American headlining tour on January 8, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The tour will stop at theatres in major cities nationwide including Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA.  Full routing below. For ticket information, head to www.gracepotter.com/tour.

An electrifying performer, Grace has been described by SPIN as "one of the greatest living voices in rock today." Over the course of her career, the Burlington, Vermont native has commanded stages around the world including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Rock in Rio and her own thriving music festival, Burlington's Grand Point North, which just celebrated its ninth year. 

Earlier this week, Live From Here with Chris Thile featured an interview and performance with Grace recorded at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during the 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.  To watch, click here.

TOUR DATES:
November 8 - New Orleans, LA - Champions Square
November 9 - Dallas, TX - The Rustic
November 15 - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg University, The Forum Auditorium
November 30 - Killington, VT - FIS Ski World Cup
January 8 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
January 9 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
January 10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
January 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
January 12 - Key West, FL - Sunset Green Lawn
January 15 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
January 16 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
January 17 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
January 18 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
January 19 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
January 22 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
January 23 - McKees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theatre
January 24 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
January 25 - Washington, DC - Anthem
January 28 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
January 29 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
January 30 - Albany, NY - The Egg
January 31 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
February 1 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
February 4 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
February 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
February 6 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
February 7 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
February 8 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
February 9 - Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Place
February 12 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
February 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly
February 14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
February 15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
February 18 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
February 19 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
February 20 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
March 12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
March 13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
March 14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
March 15 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
March 18 - San Diego, CA - Observatory NorthPark
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
March 20 - Stateline, NV - MontBleu Resort Showroom
March 21 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
March 24 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma
March 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
March 26 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
March 27 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
March 28 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom

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BAILEN SHARES MIXTAPE VOL. 1

8-SONG DIGITAL ONLY EP FEATURES UNRELEASED TRACKS AND SELECT COVERS OF SONGS BY BILLIE EILISH, JONI MITCHELL, THE SUGARCUBES AND BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB OUT TODAY

HEADLINING TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 25, 2019 – Today, emerging NYC trio, BAILEN, shared MIXTAPE VOL. 1, a digital only, 8-song collection of previously unreleased original songs, album tracks and select covers from an eclectic group of artists including The Sugarcubes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Billie Eilish and Joni Mitchell. The EP’s original songs include fan favourites, Something Tells Me (which  appears on their John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War On Drugs) produced, acclaimed debut album Thrilled To Be Here,) the non-album track, 25 for the Last Time and two unreleased cuts from the Thrilled sessions, The Way I Could and Cold Blue.  

The siblings highlight their interesting and diverse set of musical influences with the EP’s sublime cover choices which include unique, creative takes on Billie Eilish’s When The Party’s Over, The Sugarcubes’ Hit, Joni Mitchell’s Coyote and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Salvation.

On putting together MIXTAPE VOL. 1 the band shared, “We recorded a bunch of songs for our album Thrilled To Be Here and some of our favourites, unfortunately, didn’t make the album. We were still playing them at shows and people kept asking us where they could listen to those songs, so we decided to release them on this mixtape and compiled some unreleased tracks along with some covers of songs that have inspired us.”

BAILEN’s sublime cover of BRMC’s beloved Salvation is also featured on the just released official soundtrack for HULU’s original limited series Looking For Alaska based on the bestselling John Green novel of the same name. Carefully curated by show producer Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl) and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (The O.C., The Twilight Series), the album is comprised of much-loved tracks from the likes of Bloc Party, The Strokes, and Modest Mouse along with newly recorded covers of the era’s biggest hits by contemporary, up-and-coming artists. BAILEN’s stellar version of the song even caught the attention of BRMC who proclaimed “Wow! Stirring, Moving & Beautiful, very Touching… Quite Wonderful in Fact.”

Earlier this month, the band traveled to London where they opened for indie rock faves Local Natives followed the next day by a sold-out headlining show at The Slaughtered Lamb. While in London they also dropped by the BBC Radio 2 studios for an interview and live session with Dermot O’Leary where O’Leary called them his “favourite new band.” You can listen here.

BAILEN is set for more U.S. tour dates through the mid-west before they return to the east coast for additional dates including a hometown show in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom on December 12, 2019. All tickets are on sale now – full routing is below. For more information and tickets please visit www.bailentheband.com.

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Way I Could
2. When The Party’s Over (Billie Eilish cover)
3. Salvation (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cover)
4. 25 For The Last Time
5. Something Tells Me
6. Hit (The Sugarcubes cover)
7. Cold Blue
8. Coyote (Joni Mitchell cover)

BAILEN ON TOUR:
December 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
December 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Motr Pub
December 7 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Indy
December 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
December 12 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
December 14 – Woodstock, NY – Colony
January 17 – Vienna, VA – Barns At Wolf Trap

Buy/stream MIXTAPE VOL. 1 here.

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PRIDE & GLORY SHARE MACHINE GUN MAN MUSIC VIDEO

SELF-TITLED RE-ISSUE OUT TODAY

NOW WITH FIVE BONUS TRACKS AND VINYL PICTURE DISC

Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Pride & Glory has released a new music video for the track, Machine Gun Man, from the latest re-release that is out today. Watch it here.

The video, compiled from live footage during the Pride & Glory years, depicts a young Zakk Wylde honing his distinct sound that becomes the hallmark of Black Label Society.

Before there was Black Label Society, there was Pride & Glory. Known at the time as a Zakk Wylde side project, Pride & Glory and their debut S/T record would lead to what Berzerkers worldwide now know as Black Label Society. Pride & Glory was Wylde's first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. 

Pride & Glory, now available on an all-new picture disc version, contains five new bonus tracks via a download card. The Wizard (Black Sabbath cover), Torn and Tattered, In My Time of Dyin' (Led Zeppelin cover), The Hammer & the Nail, and Come Together (The Beatles cover).

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ALTERNATIVE SONGSMITH MONDO COZMO RELEASES NEW SINGLE COME ON MUSIC VIDEO STARRING ANNA FARIS

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Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Alternative troubadour, Mondo Cozmo (aka Josh Ostrander), shared his latest single, Come On, today alongside a music video featuring friend and actress Anna Faris. It premiered on Billboard, who stated, “Come On pairs his endlessly accessible sound with powerful lyrics that hold a heavier, more personal weight.”

In addition to starring Anna Farris, Come On was directed by noted cinematographer and director Michael Barrett, who expressed working on the video “was an inspired evening spent celebrating friends.” Undoubtedly a fan-favourite in the making, this acoustic guitar driven number breaks into a lush, anthemic chorus as Ostrander belts out a refrain perfectly suited to a late-night singalong, driving down an open highway.

Lyrically, Come On falls in line with the observational commentary that has drawn so many people to Mondo Cozmo as he paints a picture of watching a city burn inspired by the recent fires that devastated Malibu. The accompanying visual unwinds into an emotional rollercoaster as Faris makes her way through an empty house, reflecting on memories of the past.

When composing, Come On, Ostrander and the track’s co-writer, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), found inspiration in the mood captured so perfectly by the laid back ‘90s alt-rock anthems that were so pivotal to that generation. As the track came together, an all-star line-up assembled to see it come to fruition including Peter Hayes (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) on guitar, Sean Friday (Dead Sara) on drums, producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Mars Volta) and mix engineer Spike Stent (Ed Sheeran. Muse). Come On follows the politically charged, Black Cadillac, as the second single released from Mondo Cozmo’s sophomore album, due out next year on Last Gang Records. You can watch the video for Come On here and find the track on all streaming services now.

On the single, Josh Ostrander stated, “I went to Dan Wilson’s house and asked him if we could write a song like Low by Cracker. The song that came from that attempt was Come On. During this time, the Malibu Fires were burning, the idea of watching the city burn was where this imagery came from. Sean Friday played drums, Peter Hayes played guitar as my hand was still busted, produced by Lars Stalfors, mixed by the legend Spike Stent.”

Mondo Cozmo’s music has all the makings of the soundtrack to the current era and beyond. His 2017 full-length debut, Plastic Soul, boasted the #1 single, Shine. In addition to performing everywhere from Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo, toured alongside Bastille and Spoon, and opened for Muse. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons joined him for a live duet on The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony, while Anna Faris starred in the video for Hold On To Me and Paz de La Huerta starred in the video, Higher. Mondo Cozmo is currently working on his forthcoming album, aided and abetted by friends and family, including producer Butch Vig, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dan Wilson, Lars Stalfors and others.

TOUR DATES:
February 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi-Hat
February 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

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

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KAH-LO RETURNS WITH FUTURE HIT EXIT SIGN

THE ENERGETIC TRACK FOLLOWS COLLABORATIONS WITH DIPLO, MR. EAZI & DAVIDO

BUY/STREAM EXIT SIGN

CATCH KAH-LO LIVESUPPORTING BEA MILLER ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA NOW WITH SHOW IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 5

Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 –  After a multitude of successful collaborative hits, Nigerian-American star, Kah-Lo, returns with her exciting debut solo single, Exit Sign.

The track is a gratifying blend of catchy pop with Kah-Lo’s iconic house flair. Exit Sign continues to deliver the sounds of the summer with a bouncy bass topped by the artist’s signature vocals, infectious lyrics and high-power energy. Listen to the song here.

Speaking on the track, Kah-Lo explains: “It feels WILD to finally put something out of my own! It's one of my fave tracks about the madness me and my girls got up to on a Saturday night. I want people to hear it and feel the vibes that we felt on that crazy night." 

Catch Kah-Lo on tour now supporting Bea Miller this fall, with a stop in Toronto on November 5 at Danforth Music Hall – see below for a complete list of dates.

 

TOUR DATES:
October 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
October 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

October 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

November 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

November 2 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

November 4 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall

November 5 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

November 8 – Chicago, IL – Metro

November 9 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity

November 13 – Portland, OR- Wonder Ballroom

November 15 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

November 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

ABOUT KAH-LO:
Since moving from Nigeria to New York, Kah-Lo has been on an upward trajectory over the last few years as she has been nominated for a Grammy Award alongside Riton for Best Dance Recording with Rinse and Repeat, collaborated with the likes of Mr. Eazi, Diplo, Idris Elba, The Knocks, Davido and Michael Brun, and gained a Selena Gomez co-sign. Her debut collaborative album with Riton Foreign Ororo received over 100 plays on BBC Radio 1 and has racked up over 200 million streams across all DSPs. The esteemed album has also had additional support from 1Xtra, 6 Music and Rinse FM. Kah-Lo has also had recent success with “Fake ID,” which became a hit on TikTok with over 2 million original videos created for the track. As the most streamed female Nigerian artist worldwide, Kah-Lo has expertly struck an enviable musical balance between club-ready bangers and groove-led anthems. Over the last 24 months, Kah-Lo has had abounding synchs from Prime-time television with Pretty Little Thing, Zalando and Apple, to video-game synchs with FIFA 2020 soundtrack. Kah-Lo continues to take to the stage following shows in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year as she supports Bea Miller on her North American tour throughout October and November. Exit Sign continues to solidify Kah-Lo’s presence as a dynamic talent to keep on your radar.

Listen to Kah-Lo: linktr.ee/thatkahlo

www.kahlomusic.com

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ONCE A TREE SHARE BOLD NEW SONG WHATEVER YOU DO KID

WATCH THE VISUAL FOR PREVIOUS SINGLE
WHAT YOU SAY
HERE

Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Toronto-based duo, Once A Tree, return with an energetic new song called Whatever You Do Kid. The liberating piece inspires listeners to reflect, take chances and live in their truth. Listen to the song here.

"So often we can find ourselves feeling trapped in the mundane cycles of life. This song is a reminder to take a step back and shake things up,” says Once A Tree. “Ask yourself if anything is missing, if you are truly happy, or if there are people / things in your life that are holding you back or putting you down. We have this one beautiful life and we should live it to the absolute fullest! Take chances, make mistakes, and chase the things that make your soul sing."

Once A Tree has been working hard throughout 2019. The duo, comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf, are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to create their own path.

Once A Tree’s previous single, What You Say, saw them venturing to Mexico, where Hayden and Jayli self-directed the video, creating a piece as liberating as a vacation in a new place. Set against the vibrant backdrop of San Miguel de Allende, we see vocalist, Jayli Wolf, traversing the city streets with a model skeleton, symbolizing “dead weight.” Loosely following the story of someone in a dead-end relationship, the visual sees Jayli jumping in between the worlds of her imagination, culminating in her burying the burden she has been carrying in the relationship, ultimately setting herself free.

"We filmed in the colourful city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It was an adventure traveling with a 30-pound skeleton (we named him Tony) in our luggage. The airport customs officer’s eyes nearly fell out of her head when we sent him through the X-ray machine. Hayden and I film the majority of all our music videos ourselves, and this was one of the more difficult shoots we’ve done. Carrying Tony and all our camera gear through the tiny streets of San Miguel under the blazing sun in a full red dress suit was pretty ridiculous. We had people constantly filming us on their phones and others yelling from their balconies asking if the skeleton was real. This was definitely a project we’ll never forget."

What You Say follows Once A Tree’s previous single, Worth, another project highlighting the group’s intentional visual storytelling. Once A Tree returned to their home province of British Columbia, filming in the southeastern region’s Lower Kootenay Band Territory with First Nations Youth from Yawa Nukiy School, honouring Jayli’s Indigenous roots and Saulteaux heritage. 

The music video follows a young girl resembling a monster. She feels neglected at home, invisible on social media and bullied at school. The end of the video reveals that the girl isn’t really a monster – it’s simply a visual representation of the inner belief system she carries and has built from exterior judgments, evolving into courage, compassion and understanding above all.

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey.

About Once A Tree:
Once A Tree’s roots are founded by an unappalled, complimentary partnership. Comprised of Jayli and Hayden Wolf, Once A Tree has been on an upwards trajectory since their 2018 single, Born For This. The duo recently penned The Canadian Premier Soccer League's anthem, We Are One. Jayli also pursues an acting career and recently wrapped up filming a lead role in Justin Hartley’s new feature film, The Exchange. With a title and sound reflective of their unique dynamic and creative hustle, listen to Born For This, which was featured in the National launch campaign of the Nissan KICKS.

Born For This followed the group’s 2017 EP, Phoenix, which produced standout tracks, Fine and Coming Down, and was awarded Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards. With single, 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.

 

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.

Buy/stream Whatever You Do Kid:  foundation-media.ffm.to/whateveryoudokid

Buy/stream What You Say: foundation-media.ffm.to/whatyousay

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

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ASTROCOLOR SHARE NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR RENEGADE

FIRST SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM HUE

OUT VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE IN EARLY 2020

WATCH VIDEO FOR RENEGADE

PERFORMING NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW IN VICTORIA, BC

Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Today, dynamic Victoria, BC-based electronica group, Astrocolor, return with a vibrant new song, Renegade. The single is the first from their forthcoming album, Hue, set for release early 2020 via Entertainment One. The song arrives with visuals directed by Astrocolor and filmed by frequent collaborator, Cody Morell (The Runaway), on Vancouver Island. Watch the video for Renegade here.

On the video and single’s inspiration, DJ/producer/frontman, Neil Cooke-Dallin says: "Renegade is a banging old school rave anthem, leveraging the legendary Renegade Master sample made famous in the '90s by hip hop artist A.D.O.R. The video was filmed by Cody Morell, who also shot our video for The Runaway last year. Cody is based in Las Vegas but came to the west coast of Canada for the first time in his life, to shoot amongst the beauty of Vancouver Island. Our intention was for the 1966 Mustang and '70s walkie talkies to create the feel of a vintage caper, at once both ominous and humorous."

Astrocolor will cap off a big year by ringing in 2020 in their hometown of Victoria. They’ll perform a special New Year’s Eve show at Capital Ballroom on December 31. Tickets go on sale November 1 – details can be found here.

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, and have been nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Astrocolor have brought their celebratory live show to seminal west coast music festivals including Burning Man, Rifflandia, Center of Gravity, Golden Sound, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering. The band has also made debut appearances in Toronto (Canadian Music Week), Seattle (Upstream Music Festival), Vancouver (with Five Alarm Funk at the legendary Commodore Ballroom), St Louis, Chicago, and Costa Rica (Bamboo Bass Festival). Astrocolor’s catalogue of original material has over 2 million streams on the major platforms and a loyal following of regular listeners globally. Astrocolor formed in 2015 and are based in Victoria, BC, Canada.

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH ASTROCOLOR IN VICTORIA, BC:
December 31 - Capital Ballroom - Victoria, BC – Tickets and Info

Listen to Renegade: ffm.to/astrocolor-renegade
Astrocolor on Spotifywww.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

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www.astrocolormusic.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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ALEXANDRIA MAILLOT ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 22 RELEASE OF ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BENEVOLENCE

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE JUDGE PREMIERES
TODAY WITH EXCLAIM!

ON TOUR THROUGH THE FALL

Toronto, ON – October 24, 2019 – Eagerly-awaiting listeners have been given sneak peeks at Alexandria Maillot’s anticipated sophomore album, with the release of singles, Make It Out, Messed It Up and The Judge. Now, the Vancouver Island-raised musician is thrilled to share the details of Benevolence. Set for release on November 22, the record features seven new songs in Maillot’s captivating “swoon rock” style, along with two bonus tracks on the vinyl edition, including a special acoustic version of Make It Out. Pre-order/save Benevolence here.

Benevolence digs deep; it’s the gut wrench of a heartbreak, the belly drop of a rollercoaster. The album explores the full spectrum of human emotion, over a genre-blending sound that fuses southern rock with old country, all wrapped up in a 90s aesthetic.

"Benevolence is a series of questions and contemplations; the personal narrative of working three jobs to survive in the city, living paycheck to paycheck to fuel a tedious creative career, a depleting immune system and mental state, and the inevitable burn-out that lead to moving into a cabin in my mom's backyard,” Maillot reflects. “It addresses the aftermath of a toxic relationship, it asks how one's actions can create ripple effects in other's lives, and it argues whether a person is selfish for making necessary sacrifices in their search of sustainability."

Today, Maillot also shares the visual for The Judge – the latest track to drop from Benevolence. The Judge continues on from Maillot’s previously released music video for Messed It Up, following many of the same characters and stories. Directed by Sterling Larose, the videos play with the main theme of fate and morality – toying with the ideas of whether our decisions are predetermined, or if we have the power to write our own path.

"The music video for The Judge is the second half of a two-part video series, each tackling a different perspective of the same story,” says Maillot. “Our first single and accompanying music video, Messed It Up, focuses on the stages of grief in the immediate aftermath of a failed relationship, with four characters representing different emotional states at play under the surface of our unassuming protagonist. The Judge and its visual counterpart, on the other hand, takes place quite some time after, where the protagonist has reached the acceptance stage of grief. The protagonist is finally able to internalize and address the various emotional states and find control within the chaos."

Maillot’s resume is as colourful as her genre-blending timbre. Her gritted, inflective vocals and lyrical narratives have often drawn comparisons to music heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks, and Alabama Shakes’, Brittany Howard. Performing since the age of seven, she has already amassed an impressive list credits, including being scouted by David Foster at age 12, working with Randy Bachman, and even being featured on the Oprah Winfrey network. The 2016 release of her debut album, Time, has proven to be a body of work that has merited national radio attention and widespread critical acclaim amongst industry peers and music lovers alike. 

Maillot will be on tour across Canada this fall, kicking off with a stop in Halifax tomorrow for Halifax Pop Explosion, before hitting the road with Louise Burns in November. Full dates can be found below – don’t miss experiencing Benevolence live!

BENEVOLENCE TRACKLISTING:

  1. I Never Liked Your Friends
  2. Messed It Up
  3. Lose My Mind
  4. Make It Out
  5. Pale
  6. Someone To Keep You Warm
  7. The Judge

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
October 25 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
November 3 – Calgary, AB – Broken City *
November 4 – Edmonton, AB – 99 Ten *
November 9 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar *
November 13 – Ottawa, ON – Live On Elgin *
November 14 – Toronto, ON – The Baby G *
November 15 – Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien *
*w/Louise Burns

DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo
DOWNLOAD – Benevolence album cover artwork
DOWNLOADThe Judge single artwork
DOWNLOAD – tour poster

www.alexandriamaillot.com

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HEAR MARILYN MANSON’S DARK RENDITION OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN FOLK SONG GOD’S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN

WATCH THE CINEMATIC VIDEO FILMED IN JOSHUA TREE HERE

Toronto, ON – October 18, 2019 – Marilyn Manson has lent his signature gravel and intensity to a new version of, God’s Gonna Cut You Down,  the classic American folk song, produced by Tyler Bates. Manson reunited with director Tim Mattia for the cinematic black & white video filmed in Joshua Tree, California. God’s Gonna Cut You Down is available to pre-order now on limited pressing picture disc featuring one of Manson’s original watercolor paintings. Manson is on tour now, see all dates below.

TOUR DATES:
October 24 – Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
October 25 – Kegl Freaker’s Ball – Dallas, TX
October 26 – Kattfest 2019 – Oklahoma City, OK
October 28 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
October 29 – The Union – Salt Lake City, UT
October 31 – The Pearl Concert Theatre – Las Vegas, NV
November 2 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
November 3 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

Buy/stream God’s Gonna Cut You Down: found.ee/MM_GGCYD

Pre-order God’s Gonna Cut You Down Vinyl: found.ee/MM_GGCYDStore 

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www.marylinmanson.com

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SODOM RELEASE NEW SONG DOWN ON YOUR KNEES

ALL NEW EP OUT OF THE FRONTLINE TRENCH DUE NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Toronto, ON – October 18, 2019 – German Thrash icons, Sodom, have released a new song today titled, Down On Your Knees, and will release a new EP titled Out Of The Frontline Trench on November 22, 2019. The all-new effort will be available via Entertainment One in North America and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe as CD DigiPak, vinyl, download, and stream.
Watch the video for Down On Your Knees here and pre-order the EP here.

Tom Angelripper says: “Postcards and letters from my granddad, which I discovered among the things he left behind when he died, and some TV documentaries have given me a vague idea of what it must have been like for soldiers back in those days to leave their trenches and face those life-threatening battles.”

The close relationship between a metal band and its fans can be measured by – among other things – how long they make their supporters wait for new songs. So, looking at it from that perspective, Sodom is exemplary, seeing that they've always supplied their huge following with new material at regular intervals. The release of their current album Decision Day was followed – in time for their major European tour in December 2018 – by the EP Partisan.

Now the Gelsenkirchen thrash metal act, led by Tom Angelripper (vocals, bass), presents its generous side again. Before the work on their upcoming full length is set to begin, Sodom are ready to unleash their brand-new mini-album, Out Of The Frontline Trench. Angelripper calls the recording, "a sign of life for our fans." Having recorded, together with his guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz plus drummer Husky, three new songs as well as two classics (one of them re-recorded, the other one live number), Out Of The Frontline Trench forging an arch between (Sodom's) past, present, and future.

Tracklisting:
1. Genesis 19

2. Down On Your Knees

3. Out Of The Frontline Trench

4. Agent Orange

5. Bombenhagel

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 are new recorded songs, track 4 is re-recorded with the current line-up and track 5 is a live version from 2018. Track 1 is also the title track of SODOM's next studio album, Genesis 19, out in 2020!

Pre-order Out Of The Frontline Trench: eoneheavy.ffm.to/sodom

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www.sodomized.info

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Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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ENTERPRISE EARTH RELEASE WE ARE IMMORTAL MUSIC VIDEO

TOUR DATES WITH RINGS OF SATURN ON SALE NOW

WITH STOPS IN TORONTO, OTTAWA, MONTREAL, AND QUEBEC CITY

ALL NEW LP LUCIFEROUS OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – October 15, 2019 – Enterprise Earth have released have released a new music video today for We Are Immortal. Directed by Burke Cullinane, this is the fourth music video the band has released from their latest full length, Luciferous

Vocalist, Dan Watson, comments, “Alone we’ll die in the fallout, but together We Are Immortal.” 

The band had previously released three music videos, one for The Failsafe Fallacy, He Exists and another for Sleep Is For The Dead, two of which went on to amass more than half a million views. 

Enterprise Earth is in the middle of a lengthy U.S. tour alongside RINGS OF SATURN through mid-November, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. See full list of dates below.

Enterprise Earth released Luciferous, their third LP on April 5, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. The band worked with producer Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex).

Vocalist Dan Watson adds, "After following our natural progressions as musicians and as people Luciferous came to life. It’s our strongest, most mature release to date and signifies a rebirth while retaining all of the elements of our past. We’re extremely proud of this release and can’t wait to unleash it upon the world."

Enterprise Earth was founded in 2014 by ex-Infant Annihilator vocalist, Dan Watson and ex-Takeover guitarist, BJ Sampson. Taking their name from a confluence of Illuminati and other conspiracy theories, the band released their debut EP titled XXIII and a full length, Patient Ø, in 2015. Patient Ø featured Oceano vocalist Adam Warren and debuted at number five on Billboard's Heatseekers/Top New Artist Chart. Last year the band released Embodiment, their second LP and have since shared the stage with Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel, and Winds of Plague with a highlighted appearance on the 2016 Summer Slaughter Tour.

TOUR DATES

October 16 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ

October 18 – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA

October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

October 21 – The Domino Room – Bend, OR

October 23 – The Greek Station – Salt Lake City, UT

October 25 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

October 26 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

October 27 – Amsterdam Bar and Hall – Saint Paul, MN

October 28 – X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy, WI

October 29 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

October 30 – The Forge – Joliet, IL

November 1 – Phantasy Nightclub – Lakewood, OH

November 2 – Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

November 3 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON

November 4 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON

November 5 – Les Foufounes Electroniques – Montreal, QC

November 6 –  La Source de la Martiniere – Quebec City, QC

November 7- Palladium – Worcester, MA

November 8 – Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY

November 9 – H-MAC – Harrisburg, PA

November 10 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA

November 11 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA

November 12 – The Blind Tiger – CIL – Greensboro, NC

November 13 – The Masquerade – Purgatory – Atlanta, GA

November 14 – Southport Hall – Jefferson, LA

November 15 – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill – Dallas, TX

November 16 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX

November 17 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX

November 18 – RockHouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX

November 19 – ECLIPSE – Albuquerque, NM

November 21 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

November 22 – American Legion Vegas Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV

November 23 – Full Circle Brewing Co – Fresno, CA

November 24 – Homestead Bowl & The X Bar – Cupertino, CA

Buy/stream Luciferous: smarturl.it/EELuciferous

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RUSTON KELLY’S DIRT EMO VOL. 1 OUT TODAY

NEW PROJECT FEATURES EIGHT COVERS OF KELLY’S FAVOURITE EMO SONGS

FALL HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH TORONTO SHOW ON OCTOBER 22

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician. Ruston Kelly’s, new project Dirt Emo Vol. 1 is out today via Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. Of the project, Kelly shares, “I don’t play country, this stuff is dirt emo. It’s like crying in a barn or angsting in your room with a banjo.”

Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the eight-song release consists of Kelly’s favorite emo songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s Screaming Infidelities featuring the band’s lead singer, Chris Carrabba, a live cover of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag and new versions of The Carter Family’s Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s All Too Well.

Kelly’s version of All Too Well was released to widespread critical praise and garnered attention from Swift herself. Billboard declares, “Kelly puts his own haunting spin on the track with yearning vocals, delicate percussion and soaring instrumentation,” while UPROXX praises, …his rendition is a beautiful tribute to the raw emotionality of the original. He makes the song his own with atmospheric instrumentals, replacing Swift’s driving percussion with drums that sound more soft and searching.”

In celebration of the release, Kelly will continue his extensive Brightly Burst headline tour this fall including stops at Atlanta’s Terminal West, Austin’s Scoot Inn, Los Angeles’ Troubadour (two nights), Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and Washington D.C.’s U Street Music Hall among several others. See below for complete details.

The release of Dirt Emo Vol.1 adds to a landmark year for Kelly, whose full-length debut album, Dying Star, was released last fall on Rounder Records (purchase/stream here). Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star landed on several “Best of 2018” lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, who praises, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, album track Mockingbird is nominated for Song of the Year at the 2019 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards. 

TOUR DATES
October 11—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line*
October 12—Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon*
October 16—St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill*
October 18—Louisville, KY—Mercury Ballroom*
October 19—Columbus, OH—A&R Music Bar*
October 20—Detroit, MI—The Shelter*
October 22—Toronto, ON—Horseshoe Tavern†
October 24—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom*
October 25—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall*
October 26—Washington, DC—U Street Music Hall*
October 27—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live*
October 30—Richmond, VA—Richmond Music Hall*
October 31—Cleveland, OH—House of Blues Cleveland*
November 1—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*
November 11-15—Punta Cana, Dominican Republic—John Prine’s “All The Best Fest”
*with Donovan Woods
†The Drew Thomson Foundation

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www.rustonkelly.com

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THE BLUE STONES RETURN WITH CONFIDENT NEW SINGLE SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST

CHECK OUT LYRIC VIDEO HERE

ON TOUR IN EUROPE THROUGH THE FALL

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Alternative-blues rock duo, The Blue Stones, returned today with a soulful new sound via, Shakin’ Off The Rust – the band’s first single since their 2018 Entertainment One debut, Black Holes. Meticulously layered with cannon-esque percussion and electrifying guitars, Shakin’ Off The Rust culminates in an inspiring chorus focused on fresh starts. Working with producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), guitarist/vocalist, Tarek Jafar and drummer/vocalist, Justin Tessier managed to sonically create an emotional intensity that sets the table perfectly for Jafar’s powerful vocal delivery.

Shakin’ Off The Rust serves as the mission statement for the next chapter of The Blue Stones creative journey – putting their well-earned confidence on full display as they prepare for a big 2020. Fresh off a North American tour with Reignwolf, the band will head to Europe next week for a string of headlining dates (some of which are sold out in advance) that will run through November. You can check out the lyric video for Shakin’ Off The Rust now and find the track on streaming services here.

On the single, vocalist/guitarist, Tarek Jafar stated, “There are times where I’ve felt I wasn’t good enough, or I didn’t deserve any happiness or success. This song is about battling the thoughts in your head that make you doubt yourself, and coming through with the confidence to make something great.”

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

TOUR DATES:
October 16 – Think Tank? Underground – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
October 17 – Hyde Park Boom Club – Leeds, UK
October 18 – The Eagle Inn – Manchester, UK
October 19 – Attic Bar at The Garage – Glasgow, UK
October 21 – Rough Trade Bristol – Bristol, UK
October 22 – The Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK
October 23 – The Sebright Arms – London, UK
October 25 – 1999 – Paris, France
October 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
October 27 – Le Botanique - Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
October 30 – Krosset – Grunerlokka, Norway
October 31 – Oceanen – Stigberget, Sweden
November 1 – Brooklyn Bar – Sodermalm, Sweden
November 2 – Folk a Rock – Gamla Staden, Sweden
November 3 – Beta – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 5 – Privatclub – Berlin, Germany
November 6 – Rosenkeller e.V. – J, Germany
November 7- Blue Shell – Koln, Germany
November 8 - Milla – Munchen, Germany
November 9 – Rolling Stone Park – Hamburg-Nord, Germany
November 11 – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl – Solothurn, Switzerland
November 12 – Werk21 – Zurich, Switzerland
November 14 – rhiz – Wien, Austria
November 15 – Groove Station – Dresden-Gittersee, Germany
November 16 – Rolling Stone Beach – Stakendorfer, Geramny
November 17 – V.O.F. Café Wilhelmina – Eindhoven, Netherlands

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NINA KRAVIZ PRESENTS MASSEDUCTION REWIRED

OUT DECEMBER 13 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

REMIX 1 NEW YORK OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Employing her acclaimed curatorial skills to an immense tracklist, Nina Kraviz, invites a diverse roster of artists - luminaries in their respective genres - for an eclectic remix package of St. Vincent's Grammy award winning album MASSEDUCTION. From frantic IDM and manic footwork to glistening house and meditative dubstep (via just about everything in between) her selections build an inspired portfolio from an abundance of talent.

Genre-bending interpretations feature strongly throughout. Jlin’s mutated footwork subverts Smoking Section from melancholic balladry to a jittery exuberant march, whilst Mala’s take, although similarly sinister, submerges Annie Clark’s vocals in a drowsy pool of synthetic bass and fragmented percussion. Nina Kraviz’s own Gabber Me Gently remix of Fast Slow Disco sweeps the radiant texture of the original from underneath, replacing it with a hypnotic run of high-speed kick drums, whilst her remix of New York is part minimal techno, part ghostly ASMR, but quintessentially hers.

Further disorientation comes from a number of трип affiliates; PTU offer two remixes - a woozy minimal take on Pills and a relentless spin of Fear The Future - whilst Roma Zuckerman and Buttechno provide direct-to-dancefloor cuts of Young Lover and Saviour respectively. Elsewhere, Laurel Halo makes a spiralling techno animation of the former, as UK evergreens Pearson Sound and Batu offer curiously stripped back takes on Dancing With A Ghost and Hang On Me.

Much like the tapestry of moods on MASSEDUCTION, the remixes mould varying sentiments into a sea of different atmospheres. Bjarki and Population One (aka Terrence Dixon) each work up carefully restrained tension on Pills - a stark contrast to Hieroglyphic Being and Emika’s maximal, glowing takes on Sugarboy. Warmer still are Midland’s powerful, low-slung take on the title track, Fred P’s breakbeat reshape of Happy Birthday Jonny, a heartfelt disco repurposing of Fast Slow Disco from Steffi and two joyful, melodic cuts from EOD.

Released as a full digital package, vinyl album and 3 EPs, Nina Kraviz Presents MASSEDUCTION Rewired is a comprehensive document of the electronic subversion of the mainstream, offering an inspired dissemination of ideas from the rich source material. At times fragmented, at others familiar, it takes the spirit of MASSEDUCTION and runs with it in every way possible.

VINYL ALBUM TRACKLISTING:
SIDE A
1. New York (Nina Kraviz Vocal Mix)
2. Sugarboy (Emika Allegiance Mix)
3. Smoking Section (Jlin Remix)
4. Dancing With A Ghost (Pearson Sound Remix)

SIDE B
5. Slow Disco (EOD Remix)
6. Hang On Me (Batu Remix)
7. Young Lover (Laurel Halo Remix) 8. Smoking Section (Mala remix)

DIGITAL ALBUM TRACKISTING:
1. Hang On Me (Batu Remix)
2. Pills (Bjarki Remix)
3. Pills (Population One Remix)
4. Pills (PTU Remix)
5. Masseduction (Midland's Mass Seduction Remix)
6. Sugarboy (Emika Allegiance Remix)
7. Sugarboy (ChicagoPhonic Sound System) Remix by Hieroglyphic Being
8. Los Ageless (EOD Remix)
9. Happy Birthday Johnny (Fred P Remix)
10. Savior (Buttechno Remix)
11. New York (Nina Kraviz Vocal Mix)
12. New York (Nina Kraviz x Lucy Dubbed Out Mix)
13. Fear The Future (PTU Remix)
14. Young Lover (Laurel Halo Remix)
15. Young Lover (Roma Zuckerman Remix)
16. Dancing With A Ghost (Pearson Sound Remix)
17. Slow Disco (EOD Remix)
18. Slow Disco (Nina Kraviz Gabber Me Gently Remix)
19. Smoking Section (Jlin Remix)
20. Smoking Section (Mala Remix)
21. Fast Slow Disco (Steffi Remix)

EP 1 TRACKLISTING
1 New York (Nina Kraviz Vocal Mix)
2 Masseduction (Midland's Mass Seduction Remix) 3 Sugarboy (Emika Allegiance Mix)
4 Slow Disco (EOD Remix)

EP 2 TRACKLISTING
1 Fear The Future (PTU Remix)
2 Young Lover (Roma Zuckerman Remix) 3 Pills (Bjarki Remix)
4 Young Lover (Laurel Halo Remix)
5 Pills (Population One Remix)
6. Fast Slow Disco (Steffi Remix)

EP 3 TRACKLISTING
1 Slow Dance (Nina Kraviz Gabber Me Gently Remix) 2 Smoking Section (Mala Remix)
3 Smoking Section (Jlin Remix)
4 Dancing With A Ghost (Pearson Sound Remix)
5 Savior (Buttechno Remix)

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TOURIST COMPANY SHARE NEW SINGLE 'TIL WE DISAPPEAR

THIRD RELEASE FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM
SET TO DROP IN 2020

LISTEN AND WATCH ‘TIL WE DISAPPEAR

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Tourist Company have been sharing tastes of their upcoming new sophomore album throughout the year, and today they release their latest offering – ‘Til We Disappear. Inspired by a deeply personal life event, the track is a heartfelt expression of unwavering love. Have a listen here.

“This was the last song written for this record and it’s a little bit of an aside from the rest of the album,” reflects Tourist Company singer-songwriter, Taylor Swindells. “I wasn’t intending on writing any more songs for this project but life had other plans. I’d just come home from tour when my partner sat me down and told me she wasn’t pregnant – which was kind of a strange way to start a conversation. I remember my heart leaping into my throat not really being certain what was going to happen next. She told me that her doctor didn’t know what was wrong with her – she was eight weeks late and had taken two pregnancy tests herself, but the doctor’s test had come back negative. She was categorically not pregnant. This left two options that were both terrifying: either she could never have kids, or she had uterine cancer and we had no way of knowing if or how much it had spread. I wrote this song pretty shortly after that conversation, trying not to freak out but knowing that I loved her more than anything and that was never going to change.  
 
Moments like that bring a lot of clarity to what actually matters. Without those terrifying events, it’s hard to know how deep anything in life really is. All I wanted right then and there was for her to know that I loved her no matter what and that was never going to change. Two weeks later after another doctor’s test we found out that she was actually just pregnant the whole time, which was the BIGGEST relief. We still don’t know what medically happened but we’re very happy to be parents now.  
 
Even though this song wasn’t originally set within the world of the new album, it seemed like a fitting way to end a record about processing bad news. I felt all the stages of this album in those two weeks when our world was turned upside down, but the truth was, all that mattered was ‘I will love you ‘til we disappear’.”

Tourist Company released their debut album, Apollo, to critical acclaim in 2016 and toured the record relentlessly across their home country and internationally. The duo – comprised of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Taylor Swindells, and drummer, Brenon Perry – have steadily built a musical reputation that is impressing critics and winning fans worldwide. With a sound that seamlessly blends the electronic and the organic, they have carved out a sound that is defiantly all their own; with orchestral elements that swell into a sea of synths, propelled along by rhythms that combine experimental with progressive. The band is set to release their sophomore record in the new year.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
October 31 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret (with Rich Aucoin)
November 1 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queen’s (with Rich Aucoin)
November 2 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Rich Aucoin)

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KATIE PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

NEW SONG LOVING HER PREMIERES TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY

FALL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

“An accomplished vocalist, Pruitt is also a formidable songwriter, writing mature, thoughtful songs that belie her young age.” American Songwriter

“songs that are poignant, relatable and consistently well-crafted” Nashville Scene

“Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019”

“Taking the leap from the solitary space of writing in her bedroom to jumping in with Music City creatives always takes grit, which Pruitt has in spades. She also possesses a soaring, nuanced and expressive voice and writes with devastating honesty.” NPR Music

“a song that just gave me chills.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“songwriting chops and Brandi Carlile-influenced ability to project
riveting warmth and intimacy,”
NPR World Café

The 20 Best Acts We Saw at SXSW 2019

“powerhouse voice and wise, beautiful modern love songs…Pruitt is unapologetically herself, and her energy is a welcome addition to the Americana sphere. Like [Janis] Joplin, she tells stories of broken relationships and she sings with her entire face, from her core. It left me speechless. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her.” Paste

10 New Country Artists You Need to Know

“A soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger
knack for crafting an affecting narrative”
Rolling Stone

ARTISTS ON THE RISE

“Katie’s powerhouse vocals & poignant songwriting combine into a compelling, raw, & powerful artist whose musical style evokes the likes of Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco, with a bit of Harper Lee thrown in for good measure.” Southwest

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Emerging singer, songwriter, and musician, Katie Pruitt, will release her highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, February 21 via Rounder Records. In advance of the release, Pruitt’s new song, Loving Her, is premiering today in celebration of National Coming Out Day. Watch the official music video here.

Pruitt reflects, Why is being ‘gay’ and ‘Christian’ somehow mutually exclusive? I wrestled with this concept my whole life. It made no sense to me that ‘love’ could be a sin. I finally decided that even if it was a sin, I didn’t care. I was in love for the first time with a beautiful girl that loved me back. It didn’t feel wrong to me. After a tough phone conversation with my father, his words still ringing in my head…‘I’m sorry, I just don’t understand it’ to which I responded, ‘people don’t like what they don’t understand.’

Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written solely by Pruitt including the title track, which was released last month to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s ‘Expectations.’ The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.”

Pruitt will continue to tour throughout 2019 in support of the release including upcoming stops with The Wood Brothers and Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band. See below for complete tour details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt’s career has been building to a breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018.

EXPECTATIONS TRACK LIST:
1. Wishful Thinking
2. My Mind’s A Ship (That’s Going Down)
3. Expectations
4. Out Of The Blue
5. Normal
6. Grace Has A Gun
7. Searching For Truth
8. Georgia
9. Loving Her
10. It’s Always Been You

TOUR DATES:
October 11—Chattanooga, TN—The Walter Theatre*
October 12—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle*
December 3—Baton Rouge, LA—Manship Theatre†
December 4—Houston, TX—The Heights Theatre†
December 5—Austin, TX—Paramount Theatre†
December 6—Dallas, TX—The Kessler Theater†
December 7—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom†
December 9—Omaha, NE—Slowdown†
December 11—Aspen, CO—Belly Up Aspen†
December 13—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 14—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 15—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center†
*with Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band 
†The Wood Brothers

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MARCUS KING TO RELEASE DAN AUERBACH-PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM EL DORADO ON FANTASY RECORDS, JANUARY 17TH 2020

SINGLE THE WELL PREMIERED VIA ROLLING STONE OUT NOW

EL DORADO TOUR KICKS OFF IN KANSAS ON OCTOBER 31

WITH A STOP AT TORONTO’S DANFORTH MUSIC HALL ON DECEMBER 18

“The next time someone says to you that rock is dead, tell them to look no further than this King” - NPR Music

Toronto, ON — October 10, 2019 — Marcus King today announced the release of his genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado — produced by Grammy Award winner, Dan Auerbach, due January 17, 2020 via Fantasy Records.

 

Already a 23-year-old guitar phenomenon, El Dorado will further establish Marcus as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation. Following numerous sold out headline shows and triumphant festival performances with The Marcus King Band, Marcus recently announced a 32-date winter tour in support of his new record El Dorado, with a show in Toronto on December 18 at Danforth Music Hall. See all dates below.

 

El Dorado is a contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country-soul where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shines bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Following their previous collaboration on song How Long, King and Auerbach co-wrote two songs for El Dorado in only three days in his Easy Eye Sound studio.

 

On working with Marcus, Dan stated, "Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so. He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing - so effortless, so soulful, straight from the heart. He’s a naturally gifted writer too, which was clear right away. Everything for him is so innate – that’s why he can always go right to the heart of a song and connect in a deeper way. He’s really one of a kind and I’m proud I got to work alongside him on this record.”

 

Their debut single , The Well, a fuzzy, electric-blues masterpiece which rumbles down the highway like Marcus’ jet black El Dorado, premiered today with Rolling Stone who stated “The result is an album that expands on King’s established Southern jam-rock sound. On ‘The Well,’ the first song released from ‘El Dorado,’ King embraces the blues, firing off ferocious solos and singing about the fantasy of ‘easy street.’ In short, it doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t stop King from pining for better times.”

 

The song’s lyrics reflect on hard work and hard times. “When you have a $70 check go bad, you know times are tough,'' Marcus recalled and added, “The Well for me symbolizes the source of all my influences. It is everything that has happened to me to make me the man I am today.”

 

Playing professionally since he was 11 years old, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. His pursuit of music often made him feel like an outsider but equally provided comfort, especially when he was thirteen and lost a friend during a tragic car crash. Marcus stated, “She was the first girl I had feelings for, that was a really heavy moment, and writing songs was my expression. I also had undiagnosed bipolar disorder and my appearance and interests were not embraced by my educators and their pupils. They were good folks but it kind of felt like being in prison and all I really needed to learn was music.

 

At 23 years old, Marcus King has already been performing live for 15 years and has established himself as an enthralling world class live music talent. He has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry and has performed with Chris Stapleton on a recent US arena tour, Crossroads Guitar Festival and at sold out headline shows including his namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion. Previous Marcus King releases have received critical acclaim from the likes of VICE Noisey, NPR and Rolling Stone who acclaimed him an artist you need to know and described him as an “electrifying rock performer.”  

 

El Dorado was written and recorded at Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, with legendary writers including Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Bowman and Pat McLaughlin.

 

Auerbach also enlisted revered studio musicians including, drummer Gene Chrisman and keyboard player Bobby Wood. Their renowned work as members of the American Sound Studio band included Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man, Elvis Presley’s, Suspicious Minds, and hits by Bobby Womack, Joe Tex and many others. Marcus King’s debut solo album, El Dorado will be released on his label Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order here. For more information please visit www.marcuskingband.com.

 

TRACKLIST:

1.Young Man’s Dream (3:08)

2.The Well (2:57)

3.Wildflowers &Wine (4:48)

4.One Day She’s Here (3:47)

5.Sweet Mariona (2:35)

6.Beautiful Stranger (4:07)

7.Break (3:01)

8.Say You Will (3:54)

9.Turn It Up (3:38)

10.Too Much Whiskey (3:54)

11.Love Song (2:32)

12.No Pain (3: