NO RULES SANDY: SYLVAN ESSO’S NEW ALBUM “CHALLENGES ALL EXPECTATIONS” (THE NEW YORK TIMES, CRITIC’S PICK) OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH THEM DANCE FROM THE WAREHOUSE TO THE FOREST FLOOR IN ECHO PARTY MUSIC VIDEO HERE

AMELIA MEATH & NICK SANBORN KICK OFF AMPHITHEATER TOUR WITH ODESZA
INCLUDING DATES IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER NEXT MONTH

ANNOUNCE PSYCHIC HOTLINE BLOCK PARTY WITH THE A’S, AROOJ AFTAB, BARTEES STRANGE, GRRL X MADE OF OAK, INDIGO DE SOUZA & MORE

"It's uniquely thrilling to witness the way Meath and Sanborn see each other in every song" – NPR Music 

"A bold and defiant example of what could happen when you walk back into the world, 'wilder and stranger' than before"NME, ★★★★

"Their most creatively fulfilling project yet"Consequence

TORONTO, ON – August 12, 2022 – Today, Sylvan Esso let their freak selves shine with the release of a resounding new album, No Rules Sandy. Created primarily over the course of three weeks that Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn spent in a small Los Angeles rental home at the beginning of 2022, it is both the fastest the band has ever made a record, and the most uninhibited.

“Even if we weren't feeling good, we would just sit down and try to make something,” Meath says. “Pretty much every day that we did that, we got a song that we liked.”

Out now on Loma Vista Recordings, No Rules Sandy is accompanied by a thrilling music video for the standout Echo Party. Directed by Lindsey Nico Mann, the visual follows Meath as she raves from a downtown, warehouse dancefloor to the mossy ground of an otherworldly forest. Over wobbling bass, warbling vocals and the ecstatic promise of a party you may never be able to leave, an exhilarating tension emerges between the lightness and darkness of a good time. Listen to No Rules Sandy, and watch the video for Echo Party here.

Echo Party follows a series of similarly enthralling, emotionally complex singles, including Sunburn, Your Reality and Didn’t Care, and across the rest of No Rules Sandy, Sylvan Esso continue to leap from the frameworks of pop and electronic music into a wilder unknown. Between the band’s most frenetic production, cathartic hooks and strangest sounds to date, Sanborn says, “I want everything to feel like something you've heard before, but presented in a way you've never heard.”

Produced and written by Sylvan Esso, with additional recording taking place at their own Betty's studio in Chapel Hill, NC, No Rules Sandy also features contributions from drummer TJ Maiani, string arrangements by Gabriel Kahane, and saxophone from Sam Gendel, plus an acoustic closing track unlike anything the band has done before, and a collection of six, intimate sonic diary entries tying everything together. 

The music of No Rules Sandy has earned praise from The New York Times, NPR Music, NME, Consequence and beyond, in addition to appearances on NPR’s All Things Considered and more to be revealed soon. Since surprising the audience and announcing the album with a full performance at Newport Folk Festival, Sylvan Esso have brought the new songs to special DJ Nights in NYC and LA, sold-out arenas on the first leg of their massive summer and fall tour with ODESZA, and even the stripped-down studio of Tim Heidecker’s Office Hours Live, where Meath and Sanborn played alongside a slideshow of tasteful Steely Dan photos.

In the coming months, the band will not only return to the road with ODESZA – including stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in September – but will make their Austin City Limits debut in an episode airing on PBS on October 15. That same day, they will also host their second annual Psychic Hotline Block Party at North Carolina’s Cat’s Cradle and Artscenter, featuring a lineup of The A’s, Arooj Aftab, Bartees Strange, GRRL x Made of Oak, Indigo De Souza, Joe Rainey, Joe Westerlund, Lambchop and more, in addition to a pop-up shop and record fair. Find tickets and more info here, plus all Sylvan Esso tour dates at sylvanesso.com/tour.  

SYLVAN ESSO 2022 TOUR DATES:
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/26 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at The Mann* SOLD OUT
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*
9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* SOLD OUT 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park* SOLD OUT
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* SOLD OUT
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween 
 
^DJ Set w/ GRRL x Made of Oak
*w/ ODESZA

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AMYTHYST KIAH DELIVERS POWERFUL SPIN OF KATY PERRY’S CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM

CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM COMPLETES HER FOUR-TRACK EP
PENSIVE POP STREAMING NOW

TORONTO, ON – August 12, 2022 – Today, Amythyst Kiah shares her brooding spin on Katy Perry’s Chained To The Rhythm. In a stark contrast to the infectiously-bubbly original, Amythyst’s more contemplative arrangement brings forward the track’s powerful inspection of American culture. Watch the video for Chained To The Rhythm here
 
This track completes her latest EP, Pensive Pop (available digitally today via Rounder Records). With Pensive Pop, Amythyst further illuminates how her artistic prowess cannot be defined in a single style. This four-track release – which features her renditions of Tori Amos’ standard Sugar, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride – highlights the iconoclastic alt-rock and hard-hitting, diary-like songwriting that first sparked her artistic passion and shaped her musical palate. Listen to Pensive Pop here.
 
I remember watching the Chained to the Rhythm music video and being blown away by a kind of infectious, self-medicated joy within an ever-colorful dystopia,” says Amythyst. “It actually inspired the poem that would later become Fancy Drones (Fracture Me). I’ve always been fascinated by songs that you can shut your brain off to and dance, while also pointing out that something is terribly wrong. Breaking free of the cycle of mindless consumerism and incessant comparison and creating a life of meaning and some sense of purpose is a difficult task. And while the irony of a famous pop star on a Major Label singing and performing a song that questions the very listener that is dancing is not lost on me, we do each have to ask ourselves, ‘When will we have enough?’”
 
The tracks of Pensive Pop and of her 2021 Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange – which was lauded by The New York Times, NPR Morning Edition, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and more - are just a selection of her setlist for her U.S. and European tours this Summer and throughout the rest of the year. Kiah – who was recently named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country - just recently capped a run of shows with The Who and will be headed out on the road with CAM this year.
 
Kiah – a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter – was recently featured in Amazon Music’s For Love & Country documentary and one of the faces of Gibson’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Generation Acoustic campaigns.
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Saturday, August 13 - Guster's On The Ocean Weekend - Portland, ME
Wednesday, August 17 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday, August 19 - Rootsy Summer Fest - Falkenberg, Sweden
Saturday, August 20 - Osterlen Americana Festival - Loderup, Sweden
Sunday, August 21 - Purbeck Valley Folk Festival - Wareham, UK
Monday, August 22 - The Black Box - Belfast, UK
Tuesday, August 23 - Whelan’s - Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, August 25 - Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark
Friday, August 26 - Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark
Saturday, August 27 - The Long Road Festival - Bottesford, UK
Sunday, August 28 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival - Shrewsbury, UK
Monday, August 29 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival - Shrewsbury, UK
Thursday, Sept. 8 - Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC
Saturday, Sept. 10 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Thursday, Sept. 15 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX&
Friday, Sept. 16 - The Echo Lounge and Music Hall - Dallas, TX&
Friday, Sept. 23 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC&
Saturday, Sept. 24 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA&
Sunday, Sept. 25 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN&
Thursday, Sept. 29 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA&
Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Patricia Reser Center for the Arts - Beaverton, OR
Friday, Oct. 21 - Brooklyn Folk Festival - Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, Oct. 22 - Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
Sunday, Oct. 23 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
Monday, Oct. 24 - Webster Hall - New York, NY&
Friday, Nov. 4 - Carnegie Hall - New York%
Friday, Nov. 11 - EFG London Jazz Festival: Jazz Voice, Royal Festival Hall - London UK
Saturday, Nov. 12 - EFG London Jazz Festival: Bush Hall - London, UK
Sunday, Nov. 13 - The Jam Jar - Bristol, UK
Tuesday, Nov. 15 - The Voodoo Rooms - Edinburgh, UK
Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Day & Night - Manchester, UK
Friday, Nov. 18 - Privatclub - Berlin, Germany
Saturday, Nov. 19 - Kranhalle - Munich, Germany
Sunday, Nov. 20 - Legend Club - Milan, Italy
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Point Ephemere - Paris, France
Friday, Dec. 2 - Only The Wild Ones Weekend 2022 - Puerto Morelos, MX
 
& denotes show with CAM
% denotes show with Our Native Daughters

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OZUNA AND TOKISCHA UNITE THEIR VOICES IN SOMOS IGUALES

THE SUPERSTARS BRING A MESSAGE OF UNITY AND EQUALITY OVER INFECTIOUS BEATS SAMPLING ICONIC TRACK RICH GIRL BY BRITISH DUO LOUCHIE LOU AND MICHIE ONE 

TORONTO, ON – August 11, 2022 - Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and global Latin music idol, OZUNA, joins forces with the unapologetic and multi-faceted Dominican rapper, TOKISCHA, in his new single, Somos Iguales; a contagious danceable track that invites the listener to lose their inhibitions to the sound of a fusion of hot Caribbean rhythms. Somos Iguales is available now on all digital streaming platforms and is accompanied by a music video, which was filmed in the city of Madrid, Spain. Listen to and watch Somos Iguales here.  

In the narrative of Somos Iguales both performers call for equality and inclusion, highlighting music and dance as a unifying entity that transcends social and cultural barriers. With his unmistakable style and powerful voice, Ozuna lays the foundation by stating that, "On the dance floor anything goes; here we are all the same..."  Tokischa adds magic with their stamp of authenticity and provocative lyrics, free of censorship and stereotypes.

Somos Iguales revives a classic reggae dancehall, incorporating parts of the original track of Rich Girl (1993) by the British duo Louchie Lou and Michie One. The song was produced by DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz, Jowny, and Hydro, resulting in an intense combination that fuses the contemporary sounds of reggaetón and dembow. 

The creative concept of the music video for Somos Iguales, directed by Nuno Gomes, captures the central message of the song from another perspective. In it, the artists are presented breaking into a room where a meeting with leaders of different nations is held. Mesmerized by the music of Ozuna and Tokischa, everyone in the room, leaders, law enforcement, and the artists, all end up dancing to the same rhythm.

Ozuna, one of today’s most listened to Latin artists in the world, will kick off the U.S. leg of his world tour on September 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to the U.S. tour launch, the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter will appear on Good Morning America, performing as a part of their Summer Concert Series on August 26 at the emblematic Central Park in New York. For information on concert itineraries and ticket purchases visit: www.ozunaworldtour.com.

About OZUNA
The multi-award-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Ozuna is one of Latin music’s most iconic and listened-to artists around the world. Since launching his career in 2015, Ozuna has won countless accolades, including making Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list (2019), and winning BMI’s Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year (2019, 2021) and Contemporary Latin Song of the Year for Taki Taki (2020). He won his first two Latin GRAMMYs® in November 2020, for his collaboration Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí, with ROSALÍA. He also took home the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards. In the Dominican Republic, Ozuna recently received the Soberano Solidario award at the 2021 edition of Premios Soberano for his humanitarian work. In addition, he holds four Guinness World Records™.

About TOKISCHA:
Tokischa is a rising talent who deconstructs the perceptions and norms surrounding women’s roles. Her style is raw, authentic trap that few artists dare to pursue. In her world, there is no fear of showing society what she does, what she likes and who she is. She promotes a way of life that’s free from hypocrisy and gender stereotypes. Her vocal tone is instantly identifiable and is another major factor in making her songs distinctive. In addition to her own pioneering dembow tracks that have already become hits throughout her native Dominican Republic and other Spanish language countries, attracting millions of YouTube views over the last three years, Tokischa has now come to the attention of wider international fans through two critically acclaimed collaborations with Rosalia (Linda and La combi Versace), work with J Balvin, and now the new release of Estilazo with Marshmello. According to Billboard: “Dembow is gaining global recognition…  [as] the genre’s iconoclastic up-and-comer, Tokischa has shined with her groundbreaking and unapologetic music, bringing the Dominican Republic’s thriving local scene to the forefront.” In April, the spotlight on Tokischa turned even brighter, with a recent New York Times profile declaring: “Latin Music’s Latest Rebel Isn’t Holding Back… & Speaking Her Truth… a fearless feminist whose insurgent spirit is breaking ground... a necessary agitator & sex-positive queer cultural figure whose performances gesture toward liberation.”

Follow Ozuna on:
www.instagram.com/ozuna
www.twitter.com/ozuna
www.facebook.com/ozuna
www.youtube.com/ozuna

Follow Tokischa on
www.instagram.com/tokischa.popola
www.twitter.com/tokischa_
www.facebook.com/tokischamusic

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EARLY JAMES’ SMOULDERING DUET WITH SIERRA FERREL IS OUT TODAY

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR REAL LOW DOWN LONESOME

NEW DAN AUERBACH-PRODUCED ALBUM STRANGE TIME TO BE ALIVE IS OUT AUGUST 19 VIA EASY EYE SOUND 

   
AFTER ALBUM RELEASE SHOW NEXT FRIDAY AT STATION INN IN NASHVILLE, EARLY JAMES WILL OPEN THE NEXT LEG OF THE BLACK KEYS SUMMER TOUR
 
AMERICANAFEST, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL DEBUT
AND FALL HEADLINING TOUR STILL TO COME

TORONTO, ON – August 11, 2022 – For his upcoming Dan Auerbach-produced second album, Strange Time To Be Alive, out next Friday, (August 19) via Easy Eye Sound, Early James tapped fellow old-soul Sierra Ferrell for a smouldering, time-bending duet on album standout, Real Low Down Lonesome. The song documents a fictional doomed love affair, with the two otherworldly voices careening through the track’s lush arrangement of Cuban percussion, piano and gut-string guitar. Watch the lyric video for Real Low Down Lonesome here.
 
“This one was a little exercise in creative writing,” explains Early James. “Imagining these two lonely narcissists that keep using each other for a moment’s reprieve only to end up with nothing again. Sierra’s vocals are so drenched in reverb, and I love how strange it sounds—it’s almost operatic.”
 
Strange Time To Be Alive is the sound of an artist sublimely out of step with the world. With all the charmed eccentricity of a true poet conjuring the ghosts of great southern gothic writers from Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, Early James takes in the endless absurdity he sees around him, then alchemizes his unease into a glorious patchwork of musical idioms: forsaken blues and contemplative folk songs, brooding murder ballads and lovestruck piano tunes. Early James ultimately extracts a certain magic from the madness, imbuing even the most painful truth-telling with a wild-eyed joie de vivre.
 
The follow-up to 2020’s Singing For My Supper (hailed by MOJO as a “luminous debut”), Strange Time To Be Alive came to life in three whirlwind days at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN. Early James joined forces with such esteemed musicians as guitarist Tom Bukovac (Willie Nelson, Keb’ Mo’), drummer Jay Bellerose (Sharon Van Etten, Allen Toussaint), keyboardist Mike Rojas (Tyler Childers, Yola) as well as Early James’ longtime bandmate, Adrian Marmolejo on upright bass.
 
EARLY JAMES - 2022 TOUR DATES
Aug 12 - Nashville, TN - Vinyl Tap (in-store performance)
Aug 16 - Birmingham, AL - Seasick Records (in-store performance)
Aug 19 - Nashville, TN - Station Inn
Aug 24 - West Palm Beach, FL - iThink Amphitheater ***
Aug 25 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre ***
Aug 27 - Atlanta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheater ***
Aug 28 - Huntsville, AL - Orion Amphitheater ***
Aug 30 - Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium ***
Sept 1 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park ***
Sept 3 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center ***
Sept 6 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage ***
Sept 7 - Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theater ***
Sept 9 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center ***
Sept 11 - Roswell, GA - Chattahoochee Nature Center
Sept 15-17 - Nashville, TN - AmericanaFest 
Oct 2 - Athens, GA - Wildwood Revival Festival
Oct 14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct 16 - Little Rock, AR - The White Water Tavern
Oct 18 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
Oct 21 - Washington, DC - Jammin Java
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café (Upstairs)
Oct 23 - Boston, MA - Atwood’s Tavern
Oct 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Oct 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
Oct 28 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Oct 29 - Chicago, IL - Golden Dagger
Oct 30 - Davenport, IA - Racoon Motel
*** supporting The Black Keys 

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND SHARE SOUL SWEET SONG – A TRIBUTE TO THEIR BELOVED LATE KEYBOARDIST KOFI BURBRIDGE

NEW TRACK AND VIDEO PREVIEWS I AM THE MOON: EPISODE IV. FAREWELL THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE BAND’S EPIC 4-ALBUM AND 4-COMPANION FILM SERIES – OUT AUGUST 26

SET FOR AUGUST 22 PERFORMANCE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

TORONTO, ON – August 10, 2022 - Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band — the GRAMMY-winning 12-piece rock group headed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — share the poignant and uplifting Soul Sweet Song, the first look at I Am The Moon: Episode IV. Farewell, the final chapter in their epic, four-part album series I Am The Moon.
 
Commenting on the track, Trucks explains, "That was Gabe," he says of keyboardist Gabe Dixon, who co-wrote this song with the guitarist and TTB vocalist Mike Mattison. "He had the idea of writing about Kofi." (Original TTB keyboardist Kofi Burbridge died in February 2019.) Trucks continues, "Gabe’s lyrics: I feel your rhythm moving me/'Cause your soul's sweet song's still singing – that hit me between the eyes."

Soul Sweet Song rides a sun-dappled groove and Susan Tedeschi’s sparkling lead vocal with a message of connection and hope, listen here. The video for the track is taken from the album’s full-length companion film which debuts on the band’s YouTube channel Tuesday, August 23. Watch the Soul Sweet Song video here. I Am The Moon Part IV: Farewell is out digitally and on CD Friday, August 26, 2022- Pre-order here.
 
Additionally, on Monday, August 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band will make a rare, live television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! performing music from I Am The Moon on TV for the first time. This performance comes in the middle of a West Coast run that includes dates at the Greek Theaters in Los Angeles and Berkeley, before the band gears up for their near-mythic annual run of dates at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the end of September. See full tour dates below.
 
Few groups are capable of the uniquely nuanced amalgamation of American music — jazz, blues, rock, soul, funk, roots, and psych that TTB integrate on a nightly basis and, on I Am The Moon, they take those studied forms and construct their own language out of it.
 
Excitement and anticipation around this project continues to build as each film and LP is released and the band unveil fresh performances of this new music on the road. Recognizing I Am the Moon’s unusual scope and depth, fans have validated the band’s ambitious strategy absorbing the new material with rapturous approval, giving each release a ‘can’t miss’ atmosphere.
 
In this thrilling new and creative chapter for TTB, the four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell — feature staggered release dates over four successive months. In addition, each installment of I Am The Moon is accompanied by its own album-length companion film that will debut three days prior to each audio release. The immersive films offer fans the chance to experience the music as the band intended, in an unbroken, communal setting. Full film and audio release dates below.
 
TTB’s Mike Mattison recently sat down with PRX The World to discuss Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s “Layla & Majnun,” the influential epic romance poem that was the thematic throughline of I Am The Moon. Listen to the interview here.
 
Last month, Derek Trucks spoke with Rick Beato for a far-reaching interview that delves into Derek’s one-of-kind guitar/audio technique, his deep-rooted jazz influences, and so much more. Watch here.
 
Pre-Order I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. (The TTB store has sold-out, please order EXCLUSIVELY through the Fantasy Records store.
 
See below for the complete list of Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates. For ticket information, visit tedeschitrucksband.com.        
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:
August 18 / San Diego, CA / Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 / Los Angeles, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 20 / Berkeley, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 23 / Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 / Eugene, OR / Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 / Auburn, WA / White River Amphitheater
August 27 / Bend, OR / Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 / Reno, NV / Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 / Boise, ID / Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 / Bonner, MT / Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3 / Moorhead, MN / Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
September 29 – Oct 8 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
October 17 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 18 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 20 / Randers, DK / Vaerket
October 21 / Oslo, NO / Sentrum Scene
October 22 / Stockholm, SE / Annexet
October 25 / Berlin, DE / Verti Music Hall
October 26 / Hamburg, DE / Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 / Prague, CZ / Forum Karlin
October 30 / Rotterdam, NL / RTM Stage
November 2 / Dublin, IE / The Helix
November 4 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 5 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 6 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 9 / Manchester, UK / Manchester Academy
November 10 / Glasgow, UK / O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 13 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 15 / Paris, FR / Bataclan

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:
 
I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31st
Album Release: June 3rd
 
I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28th
Album Release: July 1st
 
I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26th
Album Release: July 29th
 
I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23rd
Album Release: August 26th
 
I Am The Moon vinyl configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9, 2022.  

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

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MILOE RELEASES EP TITLE TRACK GAPS 

“FLUTTERING, INTIMATE” (UPROXX)

GAPS EP OUT SEPTEMBER 16
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

HEAR THE EXPANSIVE, PERCUSSION-SOAKED TRACK HERE

CONFIRMED FOR MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ALL-STAR CONCERT PERFORMANCE WITH KHALID IN MINNEAPOLIS + TOUR WITH COIN KICKING OFF IN SEPTEMBER

PRE-ORDER/SAVE gaps HERE

“Transcendent” - NPR, Slingshot’s 2022 Artists to Watch

"Upbeat, effervescent track that celebrates love and joy" - Teen Vogue

"'Apt for dancing on a rooftop in Brooklyn as it is for sailing off the coast of Djerba" MTV

“Blissed out” - The FADER

"Indie rocker Miloe has been turning heads recently with his sun-soaked music" 
UPROXX

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

TORONTO, ON – August 9, 2022 - Today, Minneapolis by way of Kinshasa singer-songwriter and guitarist, Miloe, releases the title track off his forthcoming EP, gaps, out September 16th via Loma Vista Recordings. gaps is an addictive and sonically playful song about music allowing us to enter a flow state that separates us from our anxieties. The EP is a succinct collection of deftly-produced indie-pop layered with Afrobeats, making Miloe a poetic voice for the young African diaspora. Listen to gaps here and watch the video here.

gaps follows singles, make ur way ft. 80purppp and floating, that was accompanied by a trippy video filmed in The Tunnel of Terror in Minnesota. Both tracks were preceded by singles, elastic, which UPROXX described as “flittering [and] intimate” and where u are which received critical praise from Teen Vogue and MTV, and hit single, Winona, that was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon. 

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior. Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum and Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP, Greenhouse. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe.

Tour Dates:
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^

# w/ Khalid

*w/ The booyah! Kids and Christelle Bofale
*w/ Goth Babe
^w/ COIN

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF SOPHOMORE ALBUM FREE LIVIN ON SEPTEMBER 2

TORONTO, ON – August 8, 2022 – Hot on the heels of their latest single release, At Least I Got Your Pretty Face, Montreal riff-heavy and venue-ready rockers, The Flamingos Pink, excitedly announce the release of their sophomore record, Free Livin. Set to drop on September 2 via LL Artists, this agile album immerses the listener, with explosive energy, into the sonic inner realm of The Flamingos Pink. 

"Free Livin is about living your life the way you want to - not the way you are expected to, not the way you are conditioned to. THIS is rock'n'roll," exclaims the band.
 
Recorded at Studio Latraque in Montreal by David Laurendau, the new songs have girth; the band's songwriting is emboldened and descriptive. There's a 'ride-or-die' vibe to Free Livin. This is a more intense and introspective rock'n'roll record, with the occasional acoustic breather that will take you down a countryside lane to get your head back together again.
 
For a taste of the new record, listen to the previously released singles, At Least I Got Your Pretty Face, No Fear, Covered in Roses, I Don’t Care, and the title track, Free Livin.
 
While the band’s undeniable sound shines through out speakers and headphones, Julien “Julz” Corrado (drums) and Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) bring their songs to life with an insanely high-energy live show that immediately captivates audiences. Tour dates through the fall will be announced soon, but in the meantime, fans in Ontario and Quebec can catch The Flamingos Pink in concert through August and September. After being named one of Montreal’s Best Bands last year in Cult MTL, these concerts are truly a can’t-miss! See below for full touring details, and check out the Free Livin exposé for a look into the rock'n'roll world of The Flamingos Pink. 

FREE LIVIN TRACKLIST
1. Free Livin
2. I Don't Care
3. At Least I Got Your Pretty Face
4. Covered in Roses
5. No Fear
6. Head Fulla Gold
7. Hello Byebye
8. Lips Turned Blue
9. At the Altar
10. City Slicker

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
August 12 – Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
September 16 – Toronto, ON – Handlebar
September 17 – Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus
*more to be announced soon

ABOUT THE FLAMINGOS PINK:
The Flamingos Pink is a two-man gang hailing from Montreal, Canada with a penchant for the 'live rocknroll / pedal to the metal' type of vibe. Pound-for-pound vocally, Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) is a powerhouse, and as for Julz Corrado (drums), he’s been dipped in groove.
 
Think The New York Dolls meets Iggy and the Stooges. A White Stripes / The Hives’ sound partying with The Stones in the 70’s. Picture Wolf Alice and The Kills drag racing to AC/DC or maybe even Idles sipping tea with Bo Diddley.

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I AM SHARES NEW VIDEO SURRENDER TO THE BLADE

PREMIERES VIA DECIBEL MAGAZINE

NEW MUSIC FROM TEXAS DEATH THRASH OUTFIT
ETERNAL STEEL FULL-LENGTH NEARS RELEASE
VIA MNRK HEAVY

Toronto, ON – August 8, 2022 –  Texas death thrashers, I AM,  unleash a video for Surrender To The Blade. Now playing at Decibel Magazine, the track comes off the band’s Eternal Steel full-length, set to drop September 9th via MNRK Heavy. Watch I AM’s Surrender To The Blade here.

Across three full-length slabs of bludgeoning intensity and snarling rage, I AM puts a Southern stamp and revitalized swagger into deathcore, a subgenre rarely as raw, energized, and diverse as this band. In the spirit of fellow Southern icons Pantera and newer Texan heroes, Power Trip, the band channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a gruelling workout as to incite the pit. Reminiscent of the combination of death metal heaviness and thrash metal speed found in the early catalog of Sepultura, I AM mines the heaviness of Morbid Angel and the dexterity of the Big 4 to create something groundbreaking of their own.

Comments guitarist Tom Reyes of the band’s latest single, Surrender To The Blade, “When I sat down and that first riff came out, immediately the idea was to just make a metal head banging anthem. Nothing flashy or complex, we just wanted it to sound huge and capture a good groove. [First single] ‘The Iron Gate’ was a newer direction for us, so with each step in that direction, we wanted to compliment a twist on our heavy roots. Actually, the verse riff was meant for a song on Hard 2 Kill -- hats off to anyone who can guess which one -- but it ended up being a much better fit for this song. Then [founding vocalist] Andrew [Hileman]’s lyrical concept fit perfectly with the instrumental. You hear the first riff and it’s a no brainer; it’s a raising-your-sword-for-battle-type of anthem.”

Adds Decibel Magazine, “Surrender To The Blade’offers a solid preview of what’s in store for I AM’s third full-length, a strapping mix of deathly growls, thrashy riffs, and a concussive rhythm section. Eternal Steel is pretty much everything the title and cover promise. And there’s a fucking three-headed black panther on the cover!”

View the band’s previously released video The Iron Gate hereRecorded, mixed, and mastered by Randy Leboeuf (Kublai Khan, Sentinels, The Acacia Strain), Eternal Steel combines the onslaught of the band’s well-received Hard 2 Kill (2018) full-length with the primal bite of Life Through Torment (2017) into a singular statement of intent. Eternal Steel will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.

Brandishing a unique blend of furious thrash and death metal like a weapon of mass destruction, I AM is purely no-nonsense in their patented “Texas Death” assault. Armed with riffs, speed, and overwhelming power, “I AM writes songs that make you want to move” (Decibel Magazine).

I AM has earned a reputation for devastation in the live environment, converting doubters and curious onlookers alike into diehard believers with sweat and determination. And across the two most recent records, they established themselves as a band who never writes the same song twice. Eternal Steel songs like Iron GateInfernal PantherQueen Incarnate, and the title track are demonstrative of the diverse extremes on offer. Menacing moods, blistering thrash, and crushing death collide all over the record. The lyrics harness the power of dark subject matter in ways that serve and inspire the listener. “For example, the topic of ‘fear’ is addressed in the song ‘The Primal Wave,’ but in a way where that fear is used to fuel you to overcome obstacles,” Hileman explains.

The death n’ roll groove of Obituary, the street-smart violence of Cro-Mags, it all coalesces into something fresh, exciting, and distinctly I AM. Hearkening to the past of classic metal with a hard shove forward into 

I AM:
Andrew Hileman – vocals
Tom Reyes – guitar
Chris Burgess – guitar
Erik Rodriguez – bass 
Brandon Busa – drums

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NICKY JAM  RELEASES NEW SURPRISE SINGLE SIN NOVIA

THE THEME PREMIERES WITH ITS OWN OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS

TORONTO, ON – August 5, 2022 – The idol of Latin music, actor and businessman, Nicky Jam, surprises with the premiere of his new single Sin Novia, produced by Jorge Milliano, a song full of urban flavour, a genre that the artist leads very well. 
 
The song, Sin Novia, composed by Nicky Jam, along with Juan Diego Medina, Jorge Alberto Erazo, Luis A. O'Neill and Andrés Jael Correa, with the production of Jorge Milliano, promises to be the new musical success of the singer. The theme includes an urban Latin melody that will make the whole world enjoy at the best style of the reggaeton idol.
 
“I feel happy with the result of this song and the video, I hope you feel identified and share it.  I thank the people who always support me and take me to the highest levels, thank you for motivating me to continue creating music." Nicky Jam expressed.
 
Sin Novia premieres together with its official video clip, directed by Willy Rodríguez, produced by Adiela Marie Arroyo and the production company, La Tara. The audiovisual piece was filmed in several locations in Miami, it tells the story of a couple who are always in parties and trips, and at the same time enjoying with their friends, but in the end they decide to be just “friends”.  The video has a visual proposal adapted to the 90s movies with the vibrant colors of that time. Watch it here.
 
 Recently, the artist collaborated with the Puerto Rican Jay Wheeler on Prince Royce's latest single entitled, Si Te Preguntan.., being the first time for both of them to perform a bachata, their great voices already melted the audience's hearts with this romantic theme.  Likewise, Sin Novia from Nicky Jam is available on all digital platforms
 
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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN ANDERSON OUT NOW 

FEATURED TODAY ON CBS MORNINGS

TORONTO, ON – August 5, 2022 – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, a new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of legendary country artist, John Anderson, is out now via Easy Eye Sound. Stream/purchase here. In celebration of the release, Anderson was featured on CBS Mornings earlier today speaking with correspondent Anthony Mason, alongside the album’s producers Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson. Watch the full profile here.

Produced by Auerbach and Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.

In celebration of the release, Anderson and several special guests from the album—including Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Sierra Hull—will perform this Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry. More info and tickets available here.

Already receiving critical acclaim, Billboard praises Cobb’s version of Wild and Blue, saying, “Cobb’s worthy rendition veers slightly from Anderson’s banjo-inflected original, leaning more heavily on relaxed acoustic guitars and a fiddle-laced, jam band groove, helmed by Cobb’s warm, unhurried vocals,” while Wide Open Country calls Ferrell’s version of Years, “phenomenal,” and Brooklyn Vegan proclaims, “Sierra’s voice shines on the cover, and she subtly reinvents it.” Additionally, Americana Highway praises, “Something Borrowed, Something New does a remarkable job of highlighting Anderson’s music across decades…all of these songs – even those dating back more than 30 years ago, still resonate today and hold up remarkably well.”  

Reflecting on the record, Anderson shares, “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally.”

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

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

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

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

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TEAGAN JOHNSTON TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF LATEST ALBUM SENTIMENTAL BALLAD WITH INTIMATE HOMETOWN CONCERT AT THE MONARCH TAVERN ON SEPTEMBER 8th

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

SHARES MEDITATIVE NEW VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK
THE (NEVER) END

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2022 – Following the spring release of her stunning debut full-length album, Sentimental Ballad, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Teagan Johnston (formerly known as Little Coyote), is thrilled to now share her new songs in a live setting. On September 8th, Teagan will take to the stage at the Monarch Tavern to celebrate the record and bring Sentimental Ballad to life.

“This show will be my first time playing with a full band since August 2019,” says Teagan. “The songs on my recently released album have never been played with a band live, and I’m really looking forward to properly sharing these songs for the first time, in this wonderful intimate Toronto venue.” 

Carrying on with the hometown theme, Teagan today shares a video for the evocative album track, The (Never) End. Filmed at the corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road in Toronto, the fast-paced cityscape video begins to feel nearly hypnotic, mirroring the rhythmic nature of the song.

“Dzesika Devic filmed me for about an hour as I continuously crossed the street circling the four corners of the intersection,” reflects Teagan. “It was a really meditative exercise, similar to the song itself in that it’s very repetitive, but never the same which I find lends a lot of space for thought.” 

Watch The (Never) End here and find full details/purchase tickets for the September 8th concert here.

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

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

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

The album was created and released entirely independently, and exactly the way she has always wanted – free from the opinions and agendas of anyone but Johnston. Playing every part in creating the record, she teamed up with friend and recording engineer, Devon Lougheed, to help mix and produce.

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

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ENTERPRISE EARTH TO JOIN SHADOW OF INTENT FOR NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR 

INCLUDES STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO 

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDER WAY

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2022 - Progressive deathcore road dogs, ENTERPRISE EARTH, will support Shadow Of Intent on a month-long North American tour this Fall. The journey kicks off October 5th in Montreal, Quebec and runs through November 4th in Hartford, Connecticut. Additional support will be provided by Inferi and Wormhole.
 
ENTERPRISE EARTH is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour. The Chosen Tour commenced July 22nd in Seattle, Washington and concludes on August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah with support from Within Destruction, Sentinels, and label mates Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below.
 
ENTERPRISE EARTH released their latest full-length, The Chosen, early this year via MNRK Heavy. Distorted Sound crowns The Chosen the band’s, “heaviest album to date,” adding, “the Washington quartet have rather significantly developed their sound and style that has made them take one more step towards asserting their rightful place amongst death metal royalty. The genre has always been about breaking the norm, creating something that will pummel everything in its path, and The Chosen has done that.” Blabbermouth observes, “ENTERPRISE EARTH come pretty close to transcending deathcore altogether on The Chosen, instead pursuing a new and often electrifying hybrid of modern (and not so modern) metallic styles, replete with far bigger tunes than on any previous record. From the opening seconds of ‘Where Dreams Are Broken,’ the sheer, shiny weight of this thing is abundantly apparent. The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.”
 
Watch the band’s previously released video for new track, Psalm Of Agony, featuring recently recruited singer, Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow) as well as videos for You Couldn’t Save MeWhere Dreams Are Broken, Reanimate // Disintegrate, Legends Never Die, and a variety of visualizers and play throughs from The Chosen at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel here
 
The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here

 

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Within Destruction, Sentinels, Great American Ghost [remaining dates]:
7/26/2022 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/28/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
7/29/2022 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
7/30/2022 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
7/31/2022 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
8/02/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/03/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
8/04/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
8/05/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2022 Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
8/07/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
8/09/2022 Planet Trog – Allentown, PA
8/10/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/11/2022 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2022 The Outpost – Kent, OH
8/13/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/14/2022 WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
8/16/2022 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
8/17/2022 Skylark – Rock Island, IL
8/18/2022 The Marquee – Sioux City, IA
8/19/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
8/20/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT


w/ Shadow Of Intent, Inferi, Wormhole:
10/05/2022 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
10/06/2022 Lee's Palace – Toronto, ON

10/07/2022 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
10/08/2022 King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/09/2022 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/10/2022 The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
10/12/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
10/13/2022 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10/15/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/16/2022 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/18/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
10/19/2022 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
10/20/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/21/2022 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
10/23/2022 Whiskey Nights – Oklahoma City, OK
10/24/2022 Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX
10/25/2022 Tulips – Ft Worth, TX
10/27/2022 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/28/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/29/2022 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
10/30/2022 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
10/31/2022 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
11/01/2022 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/03/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/04/2022 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

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About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. mnrk.com

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INTRODUCING BELLA WHITE

CANADIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER SHARES NEW SINGLE + VIDEO THE WAY I OUGHTA GO

TRACK PRODUCED BY JONATHAN WILSON
AND FEATURES BUCK MEEK ON GUITAR

ON TOUR THROUGH AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2022 – Ahead of a string of August and September tour dates, Calgary-born singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Bella White, has released her new single The Way I Oughta Go.  Produced by Jonathan Wilson and featuring Buck Meek on guitar, the song exemplifies Bella’s ability to put her own stamp on traditional country and bluegrass tones, all the while showcasing her captivating and stunning voice. Listen to The Way I Oughta Go here and watch the video here.

Bella shares, “The Way I Oughta Go is a song about not being sure where you should land, when you should take off, or even knowing how. Writing while staring at the ceiling of my Nashville bedroom amidst the late summer heat, I felt stifled. I wrote a song about love and the lack thereof that I was experiencing -- where to find it, or if I even believed that it was out there after one profound disappointment on top of another. It’s a song about self, and moving around until you find your place in the world.” 

This Saturday (August 6), Bella will kick off a short U.S. tour with a slot at this year’s Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, OR.  She plays there again the following day and then heads to the East Coast for a run of dates that commence August 18 in Washington, DC.  All shows are listed below with more to be announced soon.  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
August 6 - Pickathon Music Festival - Happy Valley, OR
August 7 - Pickathon Music Festival - Happy Valley, OR
August 18 - Hill Country BBQ - Washington, DC
August 19 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
August 20 - The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH
August 21 - Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots - Manchester, VT
September 1 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
September 2 - Music Farm, Charleston, SC
September 3 - Earl Scruggs Music Festival - Mill Spring, NC
September 4 - Cat’s Cradle - Carrboro, NC
September 16 - Americana Festival / Station Inn - Nashville, TN

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ABOUT BELLA WHITE
Bella White made her mark on the scene with the release of her debut album, Just Like Leaving. The LP caught the attention of Rounder Records, which signed her last year.  While traditional bluegrass originated in Appalachia, the genre has surely found a safe and loving Canadian home via her songwriting.  The 22-year-old singer/songwriter and instrumentalist shys away from modern and fussy arrangements, and instead brings a traditional style of music into the contemporary moment by personalizing it to her own experiences.  Bella has shown herself to be a star student of the bluegrass genre, with something new to bring to the table.  Her ability to translate modern experience to an old sound is seamless and compelling, and permeates the boundaries of a regional genre with authentic singing and songwriting.

“Sublime Appalachian heartbreak.” Rolling Stone

“White possesses an uncanny ability to capture the delicate nuances of heartache that’s often only mastered by veterans of the trade.” Holler

“Just Like Leaving establishes White as a defining voice in the modern lineage of an heirloom musical tradition.” American Songwriter

“On Just Like Leaving, we can feel White’s exquisite pain, her brimful sorrow, her tenacious joy in her lonesome, affecting vocals—which remind us, by turns, of Kitty Wells, Rhonda Vincent, and Donna Ulisse…White’s ingenious and playful lyrics fold into musical settings that capture the ragged ways we fall in and out of love.” Folk Alley

“beautiful and hauntingly penned songs and absolute control of her own and each song’s voice and narrative…There is just such a timeless quality to the subtle play between pain and optimism in White’s voice.” Red Line Roots

“Shimmering with emotional purity, Bella White’s vocals invite us into her heart as she shares her miseries and her joys; even more, her resoundingly clear tone resonates with a vulnerability so that we feel as if she’s singing every song directly to us.” Folk Alley

“Just Like Leaving is simultaneously old and new, retrospective and prescient, and everything in between. It’s the past, present and future, in other words, but not just of and for bluegrass, but of and for American music writ large.” Old Grey Cat

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MEECHY DARKO SHARES ON GOD  FEATURING  FREDDIE GIBBS & A-TRAK

OFF LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT AUGUST 26 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

SHARES COVER ART AND TRACKLIST, INCLUDING FEATURES WITH BUSTA RHYMES, DENZEL CURRY
BLACK THOUGHT AND MORE 

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON CD/CASSETTE NOW

PLAYS SOLD OUT NEW YORK SHOW TONIGHT

Toronto, ON – August 3, 2022 – Freddie Gibbs and Montreal's own A-Trak join Meechy Darko on a new track released today. The hard driving song, On GOD, is found on his long awaited debut album, Gothic Luxury, out August 26th on Loma Vista Recordings. The track was co-produced by Jay Versace and Dot Da Genius and finds Darko trading verses with the legendary rapper Gibbs while Montreal's own A-Trak adds a sweeping cinematic energy to the beat. Listen to On GOD featuring Freddie Gibbs and A-Trak here and watch the video here.

Meechy Darko has also shared the cover art and tracklist for his long awaited debut Gothic Luxury. He has already released two other album tracks, Get Lit or Die Tryin', and Kill Us All (K.U.A.), and the remaining include features with Denzel Curry, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Kirk Knight, and VITA. The album, executive produced by Dot Da Genius and mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning Neal Pogue, will be released on August 26th via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-save / pre-add Gothic Luxury now here. Gothic Luxury is available to pre-order now on CD/Cassette including limited edition deluxe t-shirt and gold chain box sets here.

For Meechy, who is one third of Brooklyn’s critically acclaimed hip hop group Flatbush Zombies, stepping out of his comfort zone to create this extremely personal debut was a fait accompli decided for him by external forces, after the killing of his father in early 2020 at the hands of the Miami police. Working with Dot Da Genius shook up his usual creative process resulting in an album that includes drawn-out piano intros and laid-back funk melding with dark mini-symphonies. There’s a through line of brutal honesty and catharsis that continues to find Meechy Darko among the rawest and most candid rappers in the game.

Meechy returns to his hometown of Brooklyn tonight for a sold out show at Baby’s All Right. This follows his electrifying set in front of another sold out crowd at LA’s Peppermint Club. Stay tuned for more tour dates.

TRACKLISTING
1. The Genesis
2. CURSED (feat. Kirk Knight & VITA)
3. Never Forgettin’
4. Kill Us All (K.U.A.)
5. LAVÏ$H HABiTS (Gothika)
6. Get Lit or Die Tryin’
7. On GOD (feat. Freddie Gibbs & A-Trak)
8. The MoMA (feat. Black Thought)
9. PRADA U
10. What If?
11. Hennessy & Halos
12. Lost Souls (feat. Denzel Curry & Busta Rhymes)
13. BLK Magic

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND RELEASES I AM THE MOON: EPISODE III. THE FALL

THE THIRD INSTALMENT OF THEIR EPIC
4-ALBUM AND 4-COMPANION FILM SERIES

I AM THE MOON: EPISODE III. THE FALL
OUT TODAY ON CD/DIGITAL

“Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” – Rolling Stone

TORONTO, ON – July 29, 2022 - Tedeschi Trucks Band — the GRAMMY-winning 12-piece rock and soul group headed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — has released I Am The Moon: Episode III. The Fall, the third record in their monumental 4-album/4-film project, I Am The Moon. (Earlier this week, fans once again tuned in for the premiere of The Fall's companion film via the band's YouTube Channel).
 
Inspired by the 12th century poem about lovers Layla and Majnun, The Fall continues I Am The Moon's portrait of passion and despair, with band members Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison and Gabe Dixon taking the lead on songwriting. It opens with "the vivid hurt and explicit challenge of Somehow, an easy-rolling groove that soon turns into full-blown soul power," explains noted music journalist, David Fricke, in his bio notes - with Tedeschi demanding "How many times will you walk away?/How many times is the price I pay too high?" 

From there, the next chapter in this love-and madness story unfolds in American-music technicolor – from the hymn-like None Above, (written by Mattison and Tedeschi) to Tedeschi’s bluesy, determined Yes We Will, and Dixon’s Gravity, a New-Orleans/R&B-flavoured appraisal of love’s grip and pull (co-written with Oliver Wood). Mattison’s waltz-time ballad Emmaline offers a beautiful reflection on departed friends and loved ones (inspired in part by the loss of long-time keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, who passed away in 2019), before the slow-dance poignant plea of Take Me As I Am, the album’s closer.
 
Few groups are capable of the uniquely nuanced amalgamation of American music — jazz, blues, rock, soul, funk, roots, and psych that TTB integrate on a nightly basis and, on I Am The Moon, they take those studied forms and construct their own language out of it.
 
Excitement and anticipation around this project continues to build as each film and LP is released and the band unveil fresh performances of this new music on the road. Recognizing I Am the Moon’s unusual scope and depth, fans have validated the band’s ambitious strategy absorbing the new material with rapturous approval, giving each release a ‘can’t miss’ atmosphere. Live Music Daily recently noted: “Why do we love live music? For me, it is the journey that a band can take you on and the feeling that the audience is on that ride with the band, hand-in-hand. Riding the waves, hitting the peaks, enjoying the journey. To me, there is no better band to take the universal trip with than Tedeschi Trucks Band.” See full dates below.
 
I Am The Moon: I. Crescent — the highly-anticipated project’s first release — has been called “one of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done” by Rolling Stone, who go on to marvel at the album’s ambitious scope by asking, “Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” A 4-star MOJO review praises Derek’s guitar playing on Pasaquan, Crescent’s instrumental climax, as “stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance,” while AllMusic deems it “dazzling in concept and execution.”
 
On I Am The Moon: II. Ascension, “We hear TTB capturing in the studio what it does so well on stage, namely engaging every member of the 12-piece band in a beautifully conversational way," says Glide. The Arts Fuse adds: “As it slowly pulls back the curtain on the full reveal of, I Am The Moon, TTB is dispensing an astonishing amount of detail and design to consider and appreciate. The band is cultivating anticipation in a way that feels more genuine than gimmicky."

In this thrilling new and creative chapter for TTB, the four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell — feature staggered release dates over four successive months. In addition, each instalment of I Am The Moon is accompanied by its own album-length companion film that will debut three days prior to each audio release. The immersive films offer fans the chance to experience the music as the band intended, in an unbroken, communal setting. Full film and audio release dates below.
 
Last week, Derek Trucks sat down for a fascinating, far-reaching interview with Rick Beato for his highly popular YouTube show that delves into Derek’s one-of-kind guitar/audio technique, his deep-rooted jazz influences, and so much more. Watch here. Purchase/Pre-Order I Am The Moon here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. The TTB store has sold-out, please order EXCLUSIVELY through the Fantasy Records store.
 
For Tedeschi Trucks Band’ extensive 2022 tour dates, see below. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.        

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES: 
I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31st
Album Release: June 3rd
 
I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28th
Album Release: July 1st
 
I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26th
Album Release: July 29th
 
I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23rd
Album Release: August 26th
 
I Am The Moon vinyl configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9, 2022.  

Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:
July 29-30 / Morrison, CO / Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18 / San Diego, CA / Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 / Los Angeles, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 20 / Berkeley, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 23 / Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 / Eugene, OR / Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 / Auburn, WA / White River Amphitheater
August 27 / Bend, OR / Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 / Reno, NV / Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 / Boise, ID / Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 / Bonner, MT / Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3 / Moorhead, MN / Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
September 29 – Oct 8 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
October 17 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 18 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 20 / Randers, DK / Vaerket
October 21 / Oslo, NO / Sentrum Scene
October 22 / Stockholm, SE / Annexet
October 25 / Berlin, DE / Verti Music Hall
October 26 / Hamburg, DE / Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 / Prague, CZ / Forum Karlin
October 30 / Rotterdam, NL / RTM Stage
November 2 / Dublin, IE / The Helix
November 4 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 5 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 6 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 9 / Manchester, UK / Manchester Academy
November 10 / Glasgow, UK / O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 13 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 15 / Paris, FR / Bataclan

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

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BISHOP BRIGGS IS READY FOR REVOLUTION ON NEW SINGLE OUT NOW

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TORONTO, ON - July 29, 2022 - In the midst of a massive 2022, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Bishop Briggs, reveals an explosive and energetic new single entitled Revolution today via Arista Records. Listen to Revolution here.

The track’s breathy verses give way to a rapid cadence on the bridge in lockstep with a military-style drum march. As the momentum reaches a breaking point, she screams, “Welcome to my revolution, while guitar and 808s wail beneath her strong declaration. The vocals swing from what resembles a manic internal dialogue to a pure cathartic howl.

About the song, Bishop commented, “Revolution is the answer to my feverish desire to find strength wherever I can amidst this painful time. I have found it deeply healing to project power into my music even if I’m feeling powerless in my own life. My goal is for someone out there to hear this song and feel not only capable but invincible!”

Bishop kicked off this latest wave with the emotionally charged one-two punch of High Water and Art of Survival, which both garnered more than seven million combined streams, and she enraptured viewers with a stirring rendition of High Water on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. In case you missed it, watch it here.

Stay tuned for more as Bishop’s Revolution gets underway.

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ABOUT BISHOP BRIGGS:
Bishop Briggs is known for emotional and cathartic songs that blur the boundaries between alternative, pop, and electronic. Born in London to Scottish parents, Bishop grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. Days after graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles where, after years of performing at any venue that would have her, she was discovered in a small hole-in-the-wall by a former-A&R rep and the rest was history. The music of Bishop Briggs transcends the limitations of singular genres, blending folk, pop and electronic music into a wholly unique sound. Her debut track Wild Horses reached #1 on Spotify's US Viral Chart and #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 charts, with airplay on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show and a prized spot in Acura’s 2016 TLX and ESPN’s NFL Playoffs ads. She followed up with the 3x Canadian Platinum single, River, a searing and cathartic track that captured the attention of tastemakers and gatekeepers and rose to #3 on the Alternative chart with over 680 million global streams while Bishop’s videos have 524M overall views on YouTube and she has 1 million YouTube subscribers. After her critically acclaimed debut album Church of Scars, multiple sold-out tours, live performance slots opening for Coldplay, Kaleo, alt-J, and Bleachers, and with more music on the way, Bishop Briggs is set to have her most incredible year yet. It began with the double dose of emotion on the 2022 singles, High Water and Art of Survival. New single, REVOLUTION, only continues this momentum, living up to its name as Bishop ignites her most fearless, focused, and fiery era yet.
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VALERIE JUNE SHARES DAZZLING COVER OF GILLIAN WELCH'S LOOK AT MISS OHIO

NEW TRACK PREVIEWS JUNE'S UPCOMING UNDER COVER EP OUT AUGUST 26 VIA FANTASY RECORDS 

PERFORMING AT KASLO JAZZ FEST TODAY
AND VICTORIA, BC'S CAPITAL BALLROOM ON AUGUST 2

TORONTO, ON – July 29, 2022 – Today, acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, shared a stunning cover of Gillian Welch and David Rawling’s masterful character study, Look At Miss Ohio. Watch the visualizer here.  The track is the second release ahead of June’s specially curated upcoming 8-track covers collection, Under Cover, available digitally and on CD + vinyl, August 26th, 2022, via Fantasy Records.  
 
June’s version wrings every bit of emotion out of Welch’s mini epic, expanding on the original’s arrangement, adding dreamy pedal steel, soft drums, and her of course, her remarkable, Southern drawl.  When she slowly intones the song’s unforgettable refrain: “She’s a running around with the rag top down / She says I wanna do right but not right now” you can practically see the steam rising off the asphalt -- a flawless match between cover song and artist." 
 
Under Cover features extraordinary interpretations of songs by some of June’s favourite artists including previously unreleased versions of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed, Joe South’s Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Into My Arms, and the aforementioned Look At Miss Ohio, by Gillian Welch. The EP also includes two tracks that appeared on June’s (digital onlyThe Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Deluxe Edition: John Lennon’s Imagine, and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Bob Dylan’s transcendent Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You, (previously available as an Amazon Original exclusive) and June’s captivating reading of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into Youreleased earlier this year, rounds out the set. Pre-Order Under Cover here.
 
As one of American music’s most admired sonic voyagers, June approaches these carefully chosen songs with equal parts reverence and child-like freedom. It’s her one-of-kind balance between modern and traditional influences that makes June a such special artistic force and these timeless songs her own.  
 
Valerie June’s most recent full-length album, 2021’s acclaimed The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, was one of last year’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (UNCUT) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). 
 
The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur. The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 
 
TRACKLIST
1.Pink Moon (Nick Drake)
2.Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
3.Look At Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
4.Godspeed (Frank Ocean)
5.Imagine (John Lennon)
6.Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home (Joe South)
7.Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan)
8.Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) 

TOUR DATES:
7/29 – Kaslo Jazz Fest – Kaslo, Canada
7/31 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
8/2 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
8/3 – Alma Mater – Tacoma, WA
8/4 – Hult Center for the Performing Arts – Eugene, OR
8/5-8/7 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
8/18-8/21 – Green Man 2022 – Crickhowell, UK
8/23 – Blues Kitchen – Manchester, UK
8/24 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
8/26 – All Points East Festival, London, UK
9/2 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/10 – CT Folk Fest – New Haven, CT
9/16 – The Big Climate Thing – New York, NY
9/17 – XpoNential Music Festival – Camden, NJ
11/5 – Emelin Theatre Mamaroneck, Mamaroneck, NY – SOLO SHOW
11/8 – Musikfest Café – Bethlehem, PA – SOLO SHOW
11/9 – The State Theatre – State College, PA – SOLO SHOW
11/11 – Center for the Arts of Homer – Homer, NY – SOLO SHOW
11/12 – Universal Preservation Hall – Saratoga Springs, NY – SOLO SHOW
11/13 – Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA – SOLO SHO

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SOMNURI: BROOKLYN STONER/SLUDGE TRIO JOINS MNRK HEAVY ROSTER

COILS VIDEO UNVEILED

TORONTO, ON – July 28, 2022 – Today, Brooklyn stoner/sludge trio, SOMNURI, has united with MNRK Heavy for the release of their upcoming third full-length, unveiling a stand-alone video single, Coils. View the video here and stream the track here

Among other hustles, hitting the pavement and providing a cannabis delivery service was one of the main catalysts in SOMNURI’s infant stages and a DIY ethos was adopted early on. The grind it takes to survive in New York City seeps into their music and it’s hard not to hear elements of the city throughout: sludge, atmosphere, and at times brutal dissonance, layered with pounding and entrancing rhythms and low-end frequencies that make your guts rattle. SOMNURI’s sound weaves in and out of hauntingly infectious melodies and bludgeoning riffs and grooves that shift time and tempo often.

Comments the band of their MNRK Heavy signing, “SOMNURI is beyond stoked to be a part of the MNRK Heavy family. Joining the ranks of this roster is an absolute honor and we look forward to bringing our flavor of heavy to the mix.”

In celebration of their signing, the band is pleased to unveil their new single, Coils. The track seamlessly fuses rugged heaviness with epic and melodic instrumentals. Their groove-forward, bludgeoning riffs, and psychedelic atmosphere is in spirit with the likes of High On Fire, Mastodon, and Torche.

Notes the band, “The song Coils is about getting stuck in loops. It’s about repeating the same mistakes and searching deep within to overcome them.”
 
SOMNURI Live:
8/9/2022 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Crowbar, Spirit Adrift, Stabbed
8/26/2022 Tattoo The Earth Festival Pre-Party @ The Palladium - Worcester, MA w/ Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Boundaries, Hazing Over

About SOMNURI:
SOMNURI started when two multi-instrumentalists joined forces after sharing the stage and practice spaces in previous Brooklyn-based bands. Justin Sherrell (Guitar/Vocals) had guitar ideas he wanted to develop further and soon linked up with drummer, Phil SanGiacomo. The ability for both founding members to explore ideas on guitar, bass, drums and vocals continues to be the band’s lifeblood.  

The band’s first and second LPs were very well-received with BrooklynVegan championing, “a familiar, nostalgic sound,” that, “SOMNURI genuinely breathe new life into.” With a willingness to venture into new sonic spaces of heavy music, SOMNURI’s upcoming full-length is in the works and due out in 2023 via MNRK Heavy. Further info will be unveiled in the coming months.
 
SOMNURI:
Justin Sherrell - guitar, vocals
Phil SanGiacomo - drums
Mike G - bass

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ROBERT GLASPER TEASES ROBTOBER WITH NEW SINGLE ALL MASKS FEATURING MASEGO

DELUXE VERSION OF BLACK RADIO III COMING THIS FALL

HEADLINING SOLD OUT BLUE NOTE FESTIVAL IN NAPA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND FEATURING SNOOP DOGG, CHAKA KHAN, ERYKAH BADU, BLACK STAR, MAXWELL, DINNER PARTY, THUNDERCAT, FLYING LOTUS, MADLIB & MORE
WITH GUEST HOST DAVE CHAPPELLE 

RETURNING TO ICONIC BLUE NOTE RESIDENCY  IN NYC THIS FALL AND CELEBRATING 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF
GRAMMY WINNING ALBUM BLACK RADIO

TORONTO, ON – July 28, 2022 – Robert Glasper has left an indelible impression in music history and 2022 is already proving to be a highlight year in his career, looking forward today as the multi-GRAMMY and EMMY winning artist and producer teases “Robtober”. In addition to commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Glasper’s history-shaping album, Black RadioGlasper celebrates the critically lauded release of his 2022 album, Black Radio III with the new track All Masks featuring Masego, out today and included in the deluxe album this fall! Listen here.

Speaking on the single, Glasper recalls: "The song is simple and speaks to the fact that because of COVID smiles were taken away. The very simple thing of looking at someone and smiling or smirking was gone. Who knew that at some point in the world smiles could be taken away. That's how so many relationships were started because of a smile or smirk. A simple smile was a gift that would brighten someone's day and would change someone's day and those small little gestures were wiped away because we all had to wear masks. So I wrote that in the height of when people were wearing masks."
 
Already celebrated with a Grammy win (2021 Best R&B Song for Better Than I Imagined, BRIII has earned early nods for of “Best of 2022 So Far” from VarietyOkayPlayer, and UPROXX. Glasper kicked off release month with a special MLK Day performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing a medley of In Tune and Black Superhero featuring Rapsody, DJ Jazzy Jeff, BJ The Chicago Kid and Amir Sulaiman and followed with an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, with both a couch interview and performance of Heaven’s Here with Ant Clemons (the performance is nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series). Features on the album range from Jennifer Hudson and Q-Tip to Killer Mike and Yebba. Glasper rounded out release month with an official partnership with Record Store Day and FAMS, the coalition of Black-owned independent US record stores, as an ambassador for A Day of Action. Glasper led a call to consciousness for consumers to support the less than 30 Black-owned independent record stores in the US. He has performed globally in 2022, with European festivals and US dates across the country, including participating in a Red Rocks performance with Erykah Badu in June.
 
Glasper also headlines the sold out three-day inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, an outdoor, multi-stage event at Charles Krug Winery in California’s Napa Valley, as their artist in residence with featured performances from Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Black Star, Dinner Party, Madlib, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae and more plus special guest host Dave Chappelle. The festival will host a Black Radio pop-up store where Glasper will be doing daily signings.
 
In addition to the fall deluxe release of Black Radio III, Glasper is gearing up for his world famous, record breaking “Robtober” October residency @ Blue Note in NYC. In 2018, Glasper became just the 4th musician to hold a month-long residency at Blue Note, joining a short list that includes jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Chris Botti - in 2021, he performed an unprecedented 66 shows across 33 nights. The residency, highlighted in the New York Times, proclaims that Glasper is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation” and is frequented by unannounced special guests such as Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Questlove, H.E.R., Anderson.Paak, Yasiin Bey, Common, Talib Kweli and Yebba.
 
All Masks is out now on Loma Vista Recordings - stay tuned for upcoming information on Black Radio III (Deluxe), 2022 Blue Note residency dates and more Robtober details to come!

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ABOUT ROBERT GLASPER
Robert Glasper is a premiere example of musical aptitude and a proven champion of Black music - boasting nine Grammy nominations and four wins for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and an Emmy Award for his song for Ava Duvernay’s critically hailed documentary “13th” with Common and Karriem Riggins. The 43-year old Houston native has a rich history contributing his artistry across both music and film, all the while carrying a consistent cultural message. In 2012, Glasper delivered his album Black Radio that hit the scene as the first album in history to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz. The feat was then repeated by Black Radio 2. The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card, upholding a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from long-time sonic brothers Mos Def and Bilal, to legends including Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. 

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SAMPA THE GREAT SHARES NEW SINGLE BONA

TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW LP OUT SEPTEMBER 9 VIA LOMA VISTA 
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PERFORMING AT OSHEAGA IN MONTREAL ON JULY 30

SHOW AT PHILLIP'S BACKYARD WEEKENDER
IN VICTORIA, BC ON AUGUST 13

Toronto, ON – July 27, 2022 – ARIA-Award winning, Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper, Sampa The Great, today shares her newest single, Bona, taken from her impending sophomore full-length album, As Above, So Below, arriving on September 9 via Loma Vista Recordings. Listen to Bona and watch the video here.

Much like its recent predecessor Never Forge, Bona takes further influence from the music Sampa heard as a child, while raised in Botswana. Produced by Zambian royalty in Mag44, with co-production from Solomon Plate and Sampa herself (making this her first official producer credit), the track is influenced by Kwaito and Amapiano, fusing the genres into a hybrid hip hop blend. A slowly descending swipe of chimes opens the song with ethereal beauty, before a bouncing bassline tos-and-fros setting a fiery tempo. Sampa raps utop the frenetic pace, before a dynamic and majestic chorus of call and response unfolds. A self-defined moment of Southern African Swag, Sampa’s wide-reaching message of Bona to be yourself and not succumb to the intimidation of others, unveils more from the narrative of her forthcoming album, As Above, So Below. 

Sampa says of Bona"I haven’t yet shown the influence Botswana has had on me musically; this is the style, language and swag of Batswana youth. Bona is a chance for me to shine light on other elements of music that I was influenced by when growing up, outside of Zambian music. I want to bring a Southern African anthem to the mix and DJ desks, and show that there’s an array of music coming out of Africa, on top of Afrobeats."

After relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself - one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. From collaborations with South Africa-based creatives Rochelle Nembhard and Imraan Christian, to time spent recording with a long-established network of close friends and family, Sampa unlocks an age of authenticity, and debuts a 360 Sampa to the world. As Above, So Below unveils the many sides of Sampa, throughout a sophomore record that fuses the serious to the sensual. As Above translates as Sampa's outside self, while So Below is the Sampa within, together uniting to reveal the highest version of herself, without a mask, or role to play. Anchoring the record, is Eve: Sampa’s blueprint of her ideal self who manifests within As Above, So Below’s lyrics, and visually appears throughout the album’s forthcoming videos. Across 11 tracks, the record throws recognition to the music coming out of the African diaspora today, while honouring the stories of those who tread previously.

Sampa’s prior single, Never Forget featuring Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé has seen widespread coverage globally since its release, including gracing the cover of NME plus praise The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Fader, Stereogum, DJ Mag, Acclaim, and feature positions across Rage and community radio Australia-wide. The track and its accompanying video joined As Above, So Below’s first single, Lane, featuring US rapper Denzel Curry. Together, both have ushered in a new era, showcasing Sampa’s first new music since 2019’s ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize winning debut album, The Return. Elsewhere this year, after the postponement of 2021’s inaugural and highly anticipated An Afro Future tour, Sampa delivered a spectacular run of rescheduled live performances across Sydney and Melbourne in May and June. The tour marked the first opportunity for fans to see Sampa in live format with her full band from Zambia, performing from The Return, alongside previewing new music to the energetic crowds. 

2019 saw tremendous achievements for Sampa The Great, taking home Best Hip Hop Release for “Final Form” at the ARIA Awards, alongside multiple other wins at the J Awards, the Music Victoria Music Awards, while breaking industry records by winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize twice in her career. The Return received praise from the likes of The Guardian, NPR, Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, OkayAfrica and countless others. In 2020 the appraisals continued, with Sampa taking home three more ARIA Awards for The Return, securing four wins at the Music Victoria Awards, becoming the first solo artist and female musician to win Best Live Act at the National Live Music Awards, and BET Amplified’s first-ever global artist. As a highly applauded live performer, Sampa The Great performed for the first time at Coachella 2022, followed by an appearance at Primavera Sound, and a return to Glastonbury Festival.

Sampa will perform in Canada on Saturday (July 30), at Osheaga Music And Arts Festival in Montreal, QC, followed by a set at Phillip's Backyard Weekender in Victoria, BC on August 13.

Don’t miss unlocking the next side to Sampa The Great, as she reveals her connection to her young Southern African swagger via prodigious raps in Bona today, and ahead of her highly-anticipated album As Above, So Below landing in September.

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW TRACKLIST
1. Shadows 
2. Lane feat. Denzel Curry 
3. Never Forget feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason, Mwanjé
4. Mask on feat. Joey Bada$$ 
5. BONA 
6. Can I Live feat. W.I.T.C.H 
7. Imposter Syndrome feat. James Sakala
8. Tilibobo 
9. Lo Rain feat. Mwanjé 
10. IDGAF feat. Kojey Radical 
11. Let Me Be Great feat Angélique Kidjo

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BUTCHER BROWN SHARES NEW SINGLE UNBELIEVABLE

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BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
DUE SEPTEMBER 16 VIA CONCORD JAZZ

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TORONTO, ON – July 27, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, shares a new song, Unbelievable, from their forthcoming big band album. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND is out September 16 via Concord Jazz.
 
The new track comprises a dynamic jazz reimagining of the Notorious B.I.G song of the same name and is accompanied by a rousing visual of the band performing the song live. Unbelievable follows the previously released single Liquid Light, which arrived alongside an animated video and standalone track BLACK MAN, featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter, Michael Millions, which XXL included in their Best New Hip Hop Songs of the Week list.
 
Speaking on the new track, Marcus "Tennishu" Tenney shares: "This is one of my favorites from B.I.G.'s catalog. This record to me is an example of what makes rap music special. This beat by DJ Premier is one of the greatest beats of all time and the way that the lyrics lay inside of the sections of the beat made it lock into a classic as soon as I heard it.”
 
The new album was originally written and produced by the band's MC and multi- instrumentalist Tennishu as a hip hop album, but has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.
 
The band are fresh off a collaborative set with Pink Siifu at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago earlier this month, and will be playing the sold out Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley this weekend and Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn in September. Vinyl of the new project will be available on November 11th in standard black and “Opaque Blue” as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks, Guitarmy and Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).
 
The new project marks Butcher Brown's first body of work since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as "a great marriage of hip-hop and jazz."
 
Check out Unbelievable here and pre-save Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey here. Learn more about Butcher Brown below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.
 
Upcoming Live Dates:
7/30 - Napa, CA @ Blue Note Jazz Festival
8/5 - Martinsville, VA @ The Big What at Pop's Farm
8/6 - Fayetteville, GA @ Mad South Jazz Fest at City Center Park
8/27 - Richmond, VA @ Crab Festival at Brown's Island
9/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Fest
9/24 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
10/30 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
2/3/2023 - Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 19 at MSC Divina

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More about Butcher Brown:

Miles Davis once quipped, “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” Butcher Brown has released forward-thinking and expansive hybrids of jazz and hip-hop since 2013. Today, they have an apt descriptor for their songs: solar music. Drawing inspiration from every sound under the sun, the Richmond, VA band adds elements of funk, soul, and rock to their foundational mix. The result is a Southern-leaning, sometimes psychedelic fusion that feels fresh yet familiar. Simultaneously working within and defying genre conventions, Butcher Brown is a jazz festival mainstay that could tour with Tyler, the Creator as easily as Khruangbin.
 
“We get daps from the jazz cats, the rap scene, the indie scene, and everyone else,” says drummer Corey Fonville. Every Butcher Brown album, show, and improvisational leap therein stems from the synergy, vision, and inexhaustible musical curiosity of him and his bandmates: producer/multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison; bassist/composer Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.
 
The band’s latest album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, deconstructs big band jazz and reshapes it in the band’s eclectic image. With all due respect to Count Basie, the album sounds nothing like your grandparents’ 45s. Randazzo adapted Tennishu’s rap beats for Butcher Brown and 10 other Richmond musicians, turning them into bold and blaring suites for Tennishu to bless with his smooth baritone. Tennishu finds new pockets of rhyme between resonant brass, smacking percussion, warm guitar, funky bass, and more. Amidst party-starting originals, the ensemble delivers a reverent yet inventive Notorious B.I.G. cover that will move crowds in every New York borough. Think of Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND as an alternate score to Baz Lurhman’s Great Gatsby adaptation, a brilliant blend of contemporary genre-smashing injected into the past.
 
The band’s past begins in Richmond, where several members attended VCU’s jazz program, and everyone mixed in the city’s vibrant music scene. Between classes and performances at local clubs, all congregated at Harrison’s home studio: Jellowstone. Jam sessions bled into blunt-passing smoke sessions soundtracked by beat tapes from renowned Richmond producer Ohbliv, D’Angelo’s sensual, funky and forward-thinking neo-soul, and saxophonist Joe Henderson’s, Power to the People. All culminated in Butcher Brown’s 2014 debut, All Purpose Music, a 76-minute jazz-driven odyssey into every genre at the band’s disposal.


That spark fueled a beat tape (Grown Folk, 2015), southern-inflected soul and rock excursions (The Healer, 2015 and Virginia Noir, 2016), a raucous live album (Live at Vagabond, 2017), jazz-funk fusion (Camden Session, 2018), and an Afrobeat tribute (Afrokuti, 2018). After tours with Galactic, Lettuce, and jazz giant Kamasi Washington, Butcher Brown turned a corner with their Concord Jazz debut, 2020’s #KingButch. They recorded at Jellowstone and abandoned worries about creating songs that would be easily replicable live, blurring the lines between soul-jazz and boom-bap, eliminating the divide between P-funk and modern funk, and transforming rap-meets-bossa nova amalgams into kaleidoscopic psychedelia. With Tennishu rapping, the band was in new territory and closer to their roots than ever. Their catalog-spanning NPR Tiny Desk Concert, crowd- packing European tour, and inspired, Alex Isley-assisted cover of Patrice Rushen’s Remind Me in 2021 proved their range remained limitless, unbound by genre and time.
 
Describing the group's journey for this project, bassist Andrew Randazzo says, “Over the years,   everything about this band has become more refined and mature — from the playing and producing to recording — but the soul was there from the beginning... We already had the spark.”
 
Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND continues the band’s backward-gazing leap into the future. Following their appearance at 2022’s Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, they have planned collaborations with critically- acclaimed rappers and other artists. For now, look for Butcher Brown to bring the big band, the spirit of Jellowstone, and their latest iteration of solar music to the world.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNVEILS YOU COULDN'T SAVE ME VIDEO

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDER WAY

“The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.” – Blabbermouth

“…the most memorable ENTERPRISE EARTH release to date…”  - New Transcendence
 
“The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most-everything record to date: it’s the heaviest, the most vicious, the most technical, and, not for nothing, the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire, and it’s already destined to be one of 2022’s must-hear metal releases.” – MetalSucks
 
“The title track unleashes some absolutely beautiful soloing and breathtaking vocal harmonies. That sounds weird for this genre, especially for those of us over 40. But ENTERPRISE EARTH makes it work.” - Metal Injection
 
“...the Washington quartet have rather significantly developed their sound and style that has made them take one more step towards asserting their rightful place amongst death metal royalty. The genre has always been about breaking the norm, creating something that will pummel everything in its path, and The Chosen has done that.” 
Distorted Sound

TORONTO, ON – July 26, 2022 - Progressive deathcore behemoths, ENTERPRISE EARTH, today unveil their brand new video for You Couldn’t Save Me. The punishing track comes off the band’s The Chosen full-length, released early this year via MNRK Heavy. The accompanying video fully encapsulates the band’s unrelenting onstage dominance.
 
“If we could capture the live energy from one song off of The Chosen it would easily be ‘You Couldn’t Save Me,’"comments guitarist Gabe Mangold. “This song is a blast to perform and always gets the crowd energy way up, especially at the end. Filmed on our winter 2022 US tour, Nick Chance captured some of the best 'YCSM' moments and compiled them into one live video. Enjoy!”

View and share ENTERPRISE EARTH’s You Couldn’t Save Me here. Watch the band’s previously released video for Psalm Of Agony, featuring recently recruited singer, Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow), here.

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s You Couldn’t Save Me video fittingly drops during their US headlining tour which commenced last week. The Chosen Tour runs through August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah with support from Within Destruction, Sentinels, and labelmates Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below.
 
The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here.  View the band’s previously released videos for Where Dreams Are BrokenReanimate // DisintegrateLegends Never Die, and a variety of visualizers and playthroughs from The Chosen at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel here

ENTERPRISE EARTH
w/ Within Destruction, Sentinels, Great American Ghost

7/26/2022 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/28/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
7/29/2022 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
7/30/2022 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
7/31/2022 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
8/02/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/03/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
8/04/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
8/05/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2022 Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
8/07/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
8/09/2022 Planet Trog – Allentown, PA
8/10/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/11/2022 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2022 The Outpost – Kent, OH
8/13/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/14/2022 WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
8/16/2022 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
8/17/2022 Skylark – Rock Island, IL
8/18/2022 The Marquee – Sioux City, IA
8/19/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
8/20/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

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

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SYLVAN ESSO ANNOUNCE NO RULES SANDY NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 12 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LATEST SINGLE DIDN’T CARE FOLLOWS YESTERDAY’S SURPRISE PERFORMANCE OF ENTIRE RECORD AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

LISTEN TO DIDN’T CARE HERE

EXPERIENCE NO RULES SANDY AT PIONEER WORKS ON JULY 27 AND GOLD DIGGERS ON AUGUST 4

PLUS MAJOR SUMMER/FALL TOUR DATES WITH ODESZA INCLUDING STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER

TORONTO, ON – July 25, 2022 – On August 12, Sylvan Esso will release their most fearless and frenetic, intimate and enigmatic album to date: No Rules Sandy. After surprising the audience of Newport Folk Festival yesterday, with a live performance of the project in its entirety, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have marked the official launch and full embrace of their next, unpredictable chapter. Defined by a mentality of directness and disregard for preconceptions, Meath says that No Rules Sandy “feels like who we actually are. It just feels like us. We’re not trying to fit into the mold, just happily being our freak selves.” 

“I think that the ultimate effect of our last record and the pandemic has been the feeling of like, ‘Fuck that, I know what I want,’” adds Sanborn. “And it's now, or never. So let's get out there and do it.” 

Listen to new single Didn’t Care, out now via Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here. Pre-order No Rules Sandy here.

Tracing the emotional journey from a humble meeting to life-changing love, Didn’t Care builds on recent singles Sunburn and Your Reality. Like much of No Rules Sandy, the song leaps from the framework of pop music into a wilder unknown, full of the loose, live-wire energy that inspired the album’s unforeseen creation.

Sylvan Esso had never been a band who could make a record on short-term writing jags, let alone the best of their career. But at the beginning of 2022, they drove from their home of Durham, NC to Los Angeles, CA, where they set up a makeshift studio in a small rental house and wrote a song. Then another, and another, until a full record took shape and they found themselves impressing each other like never before. 

Describing their first three albums as a trilogy that is now complete – following multiple GRAMMY nominations and countless other crowning milestones – No Rules Sandy marks the beginning of a new era that is stranger and more cathartic than Meath and Sanborn have ever been. Produced and written by Sylvan Esso, with additional recording taking place at their own Betty’s studio in Chapel Hill, NC, No Rules Sandy coalesces as an unbroken ribbon of sound, featuring drummer, TJ Maiani, on Your Reality and Alarm; a string arrangement from Gabriel Kahane on Your Reality; and saxophone by Sam Gendel on How Did You Know and Coming Back to You, the LP’s haunting, acoustic closer that’s unlike any song in the Sylvan Esso catalog. From the glitchy Moving to the delicate Coming Back to You, to all the ecstatic, inspiring pieces in between, No Rules Sandy’s most private moments come as interstitial diary entries, filling the spaces between tracks with voicemails from loved ones, birdsong from outside Betty’s, children and other life sounds. 

At a pair of free DJ Nights at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works on July 27, and Los Angeles’ Gold Diggers on August 4, Sylvan Esso will present an early experience of No Rules Sandy in its full, seamless completion. Then the band will head out to play more than 30 of their biggest shows yet, joining ODESZA on a national tour of amphitheaters throughout the summer and fall, which arrive after Meath and Sanborn have headlined multiple festivals, hosted a sold-out residency at their hometown’s Historic Durham Athletic Park, appeared on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, taped an episode of Austin City Limits, expanded their own Psychic Hotline record label and Betty’s studio, launched additional duos such as The A’s and GRRL x Made of Oak, and more in this prolific year alone. Find the full list of dates here

NO RULES SANDY TRACKLIST:
1. Moving
2. Look at Me
3. (Bad Fills)
4. Echo Party
5. How Did You Know
6. (Betty's, May 4, 2022)
7. Didn't Care
8. (Vegas // Dad)
9. Your Reality 
10. (#1vm)
11. Cloud Walker
12. Sunburn
13. (?)
14. Alarm
15. (No Rules Sandy)
16. Coming Back to You

SYLVAN ESSO 2022 TOUR DATES:
7/27 - Brooklyn, NY - Pioneer Works^ SOLD OUT
7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
8/4 - Los Angeles, CA - Gold Diggers^ SOLD OUT
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/26 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at The Mann* SOLD OUT
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*

9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* SOLD OUT 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park*
SOLD OUT
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* SOLD OUT
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT

9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween 

^DJ Set w/ GRRL x Made of Oak
*w/ ODESZA

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BRUNO CAPINAN SHARES SCENES OF NOSTALGIA  AND WANDERLUST IN VIDEO FOR MAFUÁ

SONG FEATURED ON NEW ALBUM TARA RARA

WATCH BRUNO'S CAPTIVATING STAGE PRESENCE
WITH  LIVE RENDITION OF MEU PRETO

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2022 – Audiences in Canada and abroad have been enjoying Tara Rara, the long-awaited album of internationally acclaimed dynamic Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, they/them). Released on May 13 (distributed via Lulaworld Records, Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage. Today, Bruno shares a stunning video for standout track, Mafuá, filmed in Praia, Cabo Verde, with many scenes filmed during Bruno Capinan's performances at Atlantic Music Expo in June 2022. Watch Mafuá here

The video for Mafuá shows Bruno revelling in their recent travels to Cabo Verde with highlights of standout concerts amongst captivated audiences. Candid scenes filmed with camcorder-style aesthetic deliver cinematic magic and a nostalgia that mirrors the song's essence. It was produced by Kristyn Gelfand and Bruno Capinan, filmed and directed by Paul Schoendoerffer alongside assistant director, Amanda Gutiérrez Gomes. Featured musicians include Bruno's frequent collaborators, João Leão and Rudy Ray, and Vivian Kuczynski, a producer on the album. 

Mafuá was written by Bruno Capinan & Luisão Pereira, and captures the essence of a beach party and seaside celebrations amongst family and friends. A narrative of summer, the song echoes these sentiment as Bruno sings, "Vai ter um mafuá/ Venha pode chegar/ Seja o que Deus quiser," translating to "There’ll be a bash / Come by/ You can show up It’s in God’s hands." Read the lyrics for Mafuá here. Listen to the track and the rest of Tara Rara via all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

Tara Rara was named one of Exclaim!'s Can't-Miss Albums To Discover in June 2022, "brimming with yearning (via Capinan's smoky, seductive vocals) and celebration (heard in the many layers of upbeat instrumentation), using memory and nostalgia as the catalyst for imagining a better future and knowing you deserve it," with praise from V13 who proclaim, "as a non-binary individual, Capinan goes to great lengths to ensure that gender and racial justice are in prime focus throughout Tara Rara." 

In France, RFI praised, "Sparkling crown, elegant suit, extravagant shoes, Bruno Capinan could be the character of a science fiction film shot in another galaxy, but above all he is a sacred voice." Marianne adds "Voice of an angel, extravagant pageantry, he claims tropicalism as a musical influence but also James Baldwin, Nina Simone and Albert Camus for the political part."

On the air, Tara Rara has received love from CBC Music's Big City Small WorldFrequencies, and q, where Bruno recently shared the album process in-depth with host, Tom Power. Bruno also spoke with CJRU 1280 am program and podcast, The Cool Table, and SoundMojo's  Innersleeve podcast to expand further. 

For a preview of Bruno's live show, check out their stunning performance for album highlight, Meu Preto. The song is a sombre, yet romantic, ode about two Black lovers delivered with lingering prose. Watch Bruno's captivating performance here, and read the lyrics (with English translation) hereMeu Preto follows the stunning visual for Qualquer Lugar, filmed in Brazil. Watch the video here, and read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in English and Portuguese, here.

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

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

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

Learn more about Bruno's stellar career to date below and stay tuned for more. 

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About Bruno Capinan

“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian described the voice of Brazilian-born, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them). The Toronto based artist has released five albums in their decade long career, and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance. 

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

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

Most recently, the artist released Tara Rara, recorded between Canada, Australia and Brazil. Bruno Capinan has received two nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). In June of 2022, they performed at Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde.

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

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

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

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

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR.
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SHE & HIM’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 6 YEARS MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON IS OUT NOW

“A dreamy 14-track album of covers, including a track featuring Wilson himself.” – VULTURE

“They have recorded a sublime covers album, Melt Away, which dives deep into Wilson’s back catalogue, drawing on tracks from across his storied career.” – The Sun

“[She & Him’s music] is restorative, an escape, and a language altogether. It’s the fabric of their creative fates. And it’s paid off more than they could have asked over the past 15-plus years.” – American Songwriter

TORONTO, ON July 22, 2022 – Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him)’s highly-anticipated new album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson is out now via Fantasy Records. Listen to the record here and watch the official video for Darlin’ here.

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

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

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

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DAWES UNVEIL MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER

LONG-AWAITED EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM ARRIVES
EVERYWHERE TODAY VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

 
HISTORIC AND RECORD-BREAKING LIVE PERFORMANCE OF
SOMEONE ELSE’S CAFÉ / DOOMSCROLLER TRIES TO RELAX
ON CBS SATURDAY MORNING AIRS TOMORROW
 
LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ENTIRE ALBUM
FROM EASTWEST STUDIOS STREAMING NOW – WATCH HERE
 
UPCOMING LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES
HEADLINE DATES,  
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES,
SUMMER RUN 
WITH THE HEAD AND THE HEART,
AND CO-HEADLINE COLLABORATIVE TOUR WITH BAHAMAS

“Dawes have created something which wrestles with contemporary themes in an eloquent and thoughtful matter…Taylor Goldsmith’s vocals are the most nuanced they have ever sounded, perfectly equipped to take on the task of handling the big lyrical themes of the album.” – LOUDER THAN WAR
 
“The album leaves no doubt that these four Angelenos can play their instruments. Doomscroller’s seven tracks—six of which are at least five and a half minutes long — give the band plenty of room for key changes, tempo changes, slick solos and grooves as smooth as top-shelf scotch.”  – RIFF MAGAZINE

TORONTO, ON – July 22, 2022 – Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have announced today’s long-awaited arrival of their eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, available everywhere now via Rounder Records.
 
This weekend will see Dawes marking the arrival of MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a historic and record-breaking performance of Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax on CBS Saturday Morning – at 10 minutes and five seconds, the longest live performance of a single song in US TV history. CBS Saturday Morning airs tomorrow morning (Saturday, July 23).
 
Produced by longtime collaborator, Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before. The album includes such recently released singles as Ghost In The Machine, Everything Is Permanent, Comes In Waves, and the epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, all available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Official performance videos – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – are streaming now via YouTube. The live performance of the entire album filmed at EastWest, which was available exclusively for the first weekend when the album was initially announced, is back online and streaming now.
 
In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore.
 
Dawes will further celebrate MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a non-stop live schedule including headline shows, festival performances, a summer run with The Head and The Heart, and a very special co-headline tour with Bahamas. An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas will see both acts performing together for two unique live sets, with Dawes backing Bahamas and Bahamas then joining Dawes for an unprecedented collaborative performance. The tour begins September 7 at Knoxville, TN’s Bijou Theatre and then travels the U.S. through the month. Other highlights include a very special solo performance by Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith at this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI (Sunday, July 24) as well as a once-in-a-lifetime Tom Petty Dreamset at Indianapolis, IN’s All In Music & Arts Festival, led by Dawes and featuring a surprise lineup of special guests (Sunday, September 4). The band will later head to Toronto for a show at The Phoenix on September 16. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour.
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
July 24 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival (Taylor Goldsmith Solo Performance) *
July 29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
August 1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
August 2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
August 5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
August 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
August 7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
August 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
August 9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
August 11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
August 12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
August 16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
August 18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
August 27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
August 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop (Sacred Rose After Party)
September 4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
September 7 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
September 8 – Richmond, VA – Brown's Island #
September 9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Gears and Guitars #
September 10 – Charleston, SC – The Windjammer #
September 11 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater #
September 13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
September 14 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts #
September 16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 17 – Hammondsport, NY – Point of the Bluff Vineyards #
September 18 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theatre #
September 19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theatre #
September 21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre #
September 22 – Lexington, KY – The Burl Outdoors #
September 23 – Memphis, TN – Overton Park Shell #
September 24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
 
* Festival Performance
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart
# An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas
 
ABOUT DAWES AND MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high-profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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NOCTEM: IBERIAN BLACK/DEATH METAL PRACTITIONERS TO RELEASE CREDO CERTE NE CRAS FULL-LENGTH VIA MNRK HEAVY OCTOBER 28 

WE ARE OMEGA VIDEO PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

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TORONTO, ON – July 22, 2022 - Iberian black/death metal outfit and recent MNRK Heavy signees, NOCTEM, will unleash their maniacal Credo Certe Ne Cras full-length October 28. Today they unveil the record’s first single, artwork, and preorders. Watch We Are Omega here. Credo Certe Ne Cras will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders options here.

In spirit, presentation, and philosophy, NOCTEM shares much in common with Watain, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Gorgoroth, while sprouting their own decaying branch of a rotten metal tree. Any extreme band with Spanish-style nylon string guitars in their arsenal owes a sizable debt to them. The band unveiled its fifth full-length studio album, The Black Consecration, in 2019. New Transcendence declared, “The Black Consecration is a superb album, littered with secrets and enticing riffs,” making favourable comparisons to early Emperor and Dark Funeral. Metal Hammer Portugal wrote, “in this particular genre, it is perhaps one of the best Spanish works ever of its kind.”

NOCTEM follows that career landmark with a new, definitive masterpiece, merging the crushing cacophony of angry, adrenaline-fueled lust with newfound sorrows and mournful melodic might. Credo Certe Ne Cras (“I Believe With Certainty That There is No Tomorrow”) is a work of art. The album demands to be experienced as much as listened to, invoking ritualistic examination.

As emphasized in the brilliant album opener, I Am Alpha, vocalist Beleth conceived of NOCTEM over twenty years ago. It grew to monstrous proportions, embodied in the album closer, We Are Omega, which celebrates the unstoppable lineup completed by Moss (guitars), Tobal (guitars), Varu (bass), and Voor (drums). Credo Certe Ne Cras broadens its old-school-sounding predecessor's raw, filthy fury with bigger production and melody without sacrificing the frostbitten 200 mph winds of anger and blast beats.

In advance of the Credo Certe Ne Cras’ official unveiling this Fall, today the band unleashes a video for first single, the aforementioned, We Are Omega, now playing at Metal Injection. Notes the band, “It gives us divine pleasure, and great delight to finally be able to present the first single from our next full-length album to our faithful horde of devils. We Are Omega represents a new dawn, and the oncoming album - a new era.”

Adds Metal Injection, “The single is a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams, perfect for the summertime. Blast it at a red light and at your next BBQ! Only the true can hang, anyway.”

Credo Certe Ne Cras Track Listing:
1. I Am Alpha
2. Sovereign Providence
3. Sanctum Of Anguish
4. Credo Certe Ne Cras
5. Homilia Of Punishment
6. The Pale Moon Rite
7. The Tolling Of The Nine Bells
8. Chalice Of Turpitude
9. Ceremonial Miasma
10. We Are Omega

About NOCTEM:
The blood and fire spewed forth onstage by NOCTEM are visceral, fitting companions to their unrivalled sound, a vicious black metal assault enhanced with a signature Iberian flourish. Arguably the best-known extreme metal export from Spain, NOCTEM’s ungodly path put them in front of cult audiences around the world, across Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. Frontman and founder Beleth graced the cover of the Spanish edition of Metal Hammer in 2018 as a “Héro” of the genre.

The first metal band from Spain to perform in China, NOCTEM’s unrelenting touring saw them team up with the likes of Marduk, Batushka, Napalm Death, Immolation, and many more over the years. Dozens of prestigious extreme festivals added them to their lineups, including Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Metal Embrace (Germany), Metaldays (Slovenia), and Festimetal Santa Catarina (Mexico).

Originating in Valencia, Spain, NOCTEM made their putrid presence felt with the rumble of 2002’s Unholy Blood demo. The God Among Slaves demo followed in 2007, building bloodthirsty anticipation for the band’s proper full-length debut, Divinity (2009), on Austria’s Noisehead Records.

Metal Blade Records licensed Oblivion (2011) abroad, followed by a deal with Prosthetic Records, which issued Exilium (2014) and Haeresis (2016), a concept album centered on the Spanish Inquisition. (A special “rotten meat” scented LP edition of Haeresis sold all of its 666 copies in under a week). The Black Consecration (2019) expanded NOCTEM’s themes of ancient civilizations and dark rites to encompass more of Beleth’s philosophy, previously outlined in his first book, 2017’s Codex Ante-Mortem, released the same year as the band’s homemade beer, A Cruce Salus.

NOCTEM’s deal with MNRK Heavy sees them stepping onto the world stage like never before, threatening a full assault. In 2022 and beyond, NOCTEM takes a massive leap forward on their thorn-ridden path, armed with blackened faith and righteous fury, thirsty with unquenchable bloodlust, and prepared to conquer. They arise again without redemption, embracing the chaos of modern times and unafraid of fate.

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

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DR. JOHN IS JOINED BY WILLIE NELSON ON SOUL-STIRRING RENDITION OF GIMME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION OUT TODAY

DR. JOHN’S FINAL STUDIO ALBUM
THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY DUE SEPTEMBER 23

TORONTO, ON – July 22, 2022 – Growing up in New Orleans, Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. – known to countless music fans around the world as Dr. John – developed a deep and abiding love for traditional Gospel music that stayed with him throughout his lifetime. During his remarkable six-decade run as one of the most original, distinctive, and influential voices in popular music, Rebennack put his inimitable stamp on many spirituals and Gospel-influenced songs. 
 
During the sessions for Things Happen That Way, Rebennack invited a few old friends to lend their voices to the project.  Among those who happily obliged was Willie Nelson, one of Mac’s close friends and most treasured musical collaborators. Today, their soul-stirring, exuberant rendition of the beloved Gospel standard, Gimme That Old Time Religion, is released. Listen to it here
 
As Nelson observed, “Dr. John had the most unique musical style and language that would take me to another place whenever I heard him play and sing.”
 
Rebennack was planning future projects when his life was suddenly cut short in 2019.  Now, three years after his untimely passing, in a world complicated by COVID-19, Things Happen That Way will see the light of day. The album, which features three brand new original compositions, a mesmerizing reworking of Dr. John’s 1968 classic I Walk on Guilded Splinters, and new interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, and the Traveling Wilburys will be released on September 23. The album is available for pre-order here
 
Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a longtime goal of the six-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who first began plotting a country-inspired album decades ago. In bringing his album’s songs to life, Dr. John drew on a lineup of musicians befitting of a universally beloved luminary. Along with an elite cadre of New Orleans session players, the album’s personnel include icons Nelson and Aaron Neville, and rising stars Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. 
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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ NEW ALBUM EL BUENO Y EL MALO SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 28 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK HERE

ANNOUNCES FIRST HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – July 20, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, are thrilled to announce the details of their forthcoming new album. Entitled El Bueno Y El Malo, the record is set for release on October 28 via Easy Eye Sound, the acclaimed label founded and run by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. The stunning, stirring first single from the record, the album’s title track, is available to hear now. Listen to the single here and pre-order El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
The band is also happy to announce their first North American headline tour to support El Bueno Y El Malo, following select sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and LA’s the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge. Canadian stops include Montreal and Toronto in November. As well, the duo will also be appearing at the Newport Folk Festival this weekend, in addition to opening for Jason Isbell in Nashville at the legendary Ryman.  
 
“When Alejandro and I play together, it’s like we are driving a car,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “It’s like we are taking a road trip. Sometimes we’re driving through a desert. Sometimes we’re traveling up the coast. But always we are in nature, and we see the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets.” The music these two brothers make evokes expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surfs, spaghetti westerns and Morricone soundtracks, Lynch and Jarmusch. With their guitars they travel through landscapes haunted by vaqueros, cancioneros, wanderers, fugitives, lovers, family—and whatever ghosts their listeners bring to the music.
 
El Bueno Y El Malo is their most epic journey yet: working with Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville, they’ve crafted 10 vivid compositions that highlight their intimate guitar playing, where one brother’s rhythms and the other brother’s melodies twine around each other so that they become inextricable. Together, they generate what Estevan calls a “deeper, darker energy” defined by complex arrangements, sophisticated playing, and most of all their very close relationship.
 
Started a few years earlier, Hermanos Gutiérrez began releasing music on their own, all of which gained traction in 2020. “My brother and I,” says Estevan, “we did everything by ourselves— all the music, even the artwork. But during Covid, our music was streamed all over the world,” especially their 2020 album, Hijos del Sol. Perhaps because people were looking for an escape from their worries or were travelling to new landscapes without leaving their homes, the music of Hermanos Gutiérrez spread by word of mouth, eventually finding its way to Auerbach. After a twenty-minute conversation, they signed with Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Records and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound Studio, El Bueno Y El Mal was recorded quickly and organically despite it being the first time they’d ever met Auerbach in-person. They worked on the fly, hewing closely to the songs they had brought over from Switzerland while remaining open to any and all new ideas. El Bueno Y El Malo gently expands their sound, retaining the foundation while adding drums, castanets, strings, and congas. The additions are more than subtle; they’re subliminal. They focus the attention on the two main figures and the intricate, almost telepathic interplay of their instruments. In perhaps the most significant addition to their two-guitar sound, their producer even played on one song. As the brothers struggled with an arrangement, Auerbach suggested an idea for a melody, even plugging in and playing it for them. They loved it so much they invited him to record it for them, even retitling that song, Tres Hermanos.
 
The title of the album is, of course, a reference to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and especially its score by Ennio Morricone. But the phrase has a deeper meaning: “We think that everybody has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan. “It’s every person, every moment, every situation. Everybody has these two faces.” It’s not a cynical idea, but one that celebrates the depths and dualities of humanity, and music—even music that does not include vocals or lyrics—is the perfect vehicle to explore such big ideas.

TOUR DATES:
7/21 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/24 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival           
8/1 - Geneva, CH @ Musique en Été
9/3  - Col du Becs de Bosson, CH @ Palp Festival
9/28 - Munich, DE @ Werk7 Theater
9/30 - Istanbul, TUR @ Blind
10/3 -  London, UK @ EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
10/5 - Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
10/6 - Porto, PT @ Maus Hábitos - Porto, PT
10/7  - Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo2
10/8 - Madrid, ES @ Independance
10/11 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
10/12 - Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
10/13 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/15 - Helsinki, FI @ Korjaamon Kulmasali
10/16 - Stockholm, SE @ Hus7
10/18 - Zürich, CH @ Kaufleuten
10/22 - Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium *
10/29 - Los Angeles, @ Hollywood Forever - Dia de los Muertos Fest
10/31 - Washington, D.C. @ Miracle Theatre
11/2 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/3 - Boston, MA @ Arts at the Armory
11/4  - New York, NY @ Opera House
11/5  - Montreal, QC @ PHI Centre
11/6 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
11/8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/9 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
11/10 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
11/12 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/13 - Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
11/14 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/17 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
11/18 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
11/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum
11/20 - Santa Fe, NM @ St. Francis Auditorium
11/22 - Austin, TX @ Antone’s
 
* Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES VIDEO FOR ACCLAIMED NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE

“A new song just in time for the current uprising political climate in regards to abortion rights. Radio Silence voices the concerns of all women around America living today." 
MXDWN

Toronto, ON – July 20, 2022 –  Today, Los Angeles-based Zella Day has released a brilliant new video, directed by Alex Casnoff, for her song Radio Silence, which she released three weeks ago to rapturous response. Radio Silence - written in fall of 2021 - details the experience of a young woman forced to reckon with the choices surrounding an unintended pregnancy. Combining sonic elements of college radio-era R.E.M. with haunting synths and drums, as well as some of the most pointed, evocative lyrics Day has ever written, Radio Silence is raw, candid, and universally resonant. Listen to Radio Silence and watch the music video for the song here.
 
Says Day about the video, ““It was on a Monday that we decided we were going to shoot a music video that was coming Friday before I left for Texas. We ended up shooting until 4AM, I was on a plane two hours later with beach sand in my shoes leftover from the Santa Monica Pier. There was a frantic energy in the air that night as we moved through the city with our shot list, we found some of our best scenes in an In-And-Out bathroom and while running down side streets in Simi Valley. I’ll be keeping the Bunny head as a memento from our iPhone thriller. We really want the viewer to feel the energy that we felt creating this psychological chase through Los Angeles.“
 
Radio Silence was written by Day and Alex Casnoff (Jonathan Wilson, Harriet), and features backing vocals from fellow LA musician, Miya Folick. Lyrics for the song - prescient in their ability to match our current political reality months after they were penned - are below.  
 
Radio Silence is a bold sonic step forward for Day, and a fitting welcome to the next chapter of her musical journey.  In 2021, Day released a handful of tracks that racked up millions and millions of streams, including GoldenDance For LoveGirls, a duet with Weyes Blood called Holocene, and a remix of Golden by Twin Shadow.  Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club last year, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA singer/songwriter to the new generation.

Lyrics for Radio Silence
Born in the valley ’85
You took me to the guest house
Where your friends would all skip class and get high
Rolling up the windows 
Now you're pouring me wine in your jacuzzi 
You want your sex more like the movies
So I bought a book on Kamasutra 
To get you screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
You sent me a picture of your doorstep
Of your key and where to find it 
Back of your closet
In your best pants
The cash inside your wallet
You have anxiety over pregnancy
So you bought this fucking pill for me
Now it’s Friday night and you’re out
My head is inside the toilet
I love how you told me to calm down
And I’m screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
How could this happen to me
I happen to be holding on
How could this happen to me
I happen to be strong
What I couldn’t see
It was happening to me all along 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence

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FLÕSTATE BRING NEW ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING TO LIFE WITH EMOTIVE VIDEOS

WATCH CAPTIVATING VISUALS FOR ALBUM STANDOUTS SO IT GOESMY HEARTONE MORE DAY IN LOVEHOME GROUNDDREAM DANCE, AND TIME

PERFORMING AT CLOUD 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – July 18, 2022 – Canadian fantasy R&B duo, Flõstate, continue to unravel the stories behind their debut full-length album, Moments Of Feeling. Released on May 19 via Lekker Collective, Moments Of Feeling is inspired by connecting with others, connection to self, romance, surrealism and etherealism, being in a flow state while navigating life experiences. This summer, the group has been unveiling captivating and emotive visuals that provide the perfect backdrop to tracks that encapsulate the collaborative album, which highlights themes of escapism and the return to our natural state as humans in the universe, taking you through a dream before returning to reality. Listen to Moments Of Feeling here watch the visuals here and read on to learn more about the songs.

The most recent visual captures the essence of So It Goes , a song that was recorded while sitting by a fire, “in a moment of acceptance of it all" and is an example of the group’s recording/production process within natural environments. Watch it here. The visualizer for standout track, My Heartembodies textures, images and emotions of the song evoking the song's essence of contrast within soft and gentle between hard and soft. One More Day In Love is a synth-heavy, fluid and nostalgic piece centred on gaining clarity in solitude. 

Home Ground has the sense of urgency to be somewhere familiar with a fresh perspective. The feeling that you are not in the right place at that moment but you are sure you know where to go. The windchimes in the beginning of Home Ground Interlude and Home Ground were recorded in group member and vocalist, Avery Florence’s cabin one morning which turned out to be the most prominent and memorable element.

Dream Dance is the first song Flõstate ever wrote, so this is a nostalgic piece for the group. The track is about the longing for love in its purest form, which can borderline obsession. Wanting this eternal love that we all hope exists. “We only exist together” is the idea that love itself is an idea, a feeling, a fantasy. “Dream Dance is a ballad about two distant lovers. Just like how dreams can be light and warm hearted to dark and intense, we wanted this song to be a breathing journey that flows in and out of those states,” the group adds.  

Time, which introduced listeners to the Canadian act in 2020, flows from the group's process of creating music from intimate jam sessions that "happen in the moments that we’re not looking.ExperienceTime through a visual of the live rooftop performance of the song here, and a music video for the original version here.

Tracks from Moments Of Feeling have been getting some love from various playlists including Apple Music's Vinyasa ChillYoga, and Spotify's OutliersNew Music Friday CanadaMontreal ChillFresh FindsFresh Finds: PopFresh Finds: The WaveRADAR Canada, and Stations: Today's R&B.

Flõstate is a fantasy R&B duo from Canada. Consisting of producer MKSTN and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Avery Florence, two worlds collide creating multi-instrumental soundscapes and virtuous vocals. Inspired by a wide variety of artists and genres, the duo site acts such as Beach House, Galimatias, Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Enya, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd as key influences to their sound. 

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

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

 
For more on Flõstate, check out Moments Of Feeling, catch them on the road and connect with them online at the links below. 

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LAKE STREET DIVE REVS UP FUN MACHINE: THE SEQUEL  

BELOVED ROCK AND SOUL GROUP ANNOUNCE NEW 6-TRACK COVERS EP FEATURING SONGS BY THE POINTER SISTERS, DIONNE WARWICK, SHANIA TWAIN, CAROLE KING, THE CRANBERRIES AND BONNIE RAITT
 
WATCH THE VISUAL FOR NICK OF TIME
(BONNIE RAITT COVER) 
HERE

WATCH THE PROJECT TRAILER  HERE

PERFORMING AT VANCOUVER'S ORPHEUM THEATRE
ON OCTOBER 11

TORONTO, ON – July 15, 2022 - Lake Street Dive, vocalist Rachael Price; bassist/background vocalist, Bridget Kearney; drummer/background vocalist, Mike Calabrese and keyboardist/vocalist, Akie Bermiss have announced a brand-new 6-track covers EP called Fun Machine: The Sequel, available digitally and on CD and cassette September 9th, 2022, via Fantasy Records. Vinyl configurations will be available December 9th, 2022. Listen to the group’s imaginative take on Bonnie Raitt’s Nick Of Time here . Pre-Order Fun Machine: The Sequel here and watch the EP’s movie style trailer here.
 
Collectively, the band describes the EP: "Imagine you walk into your favorite local dive bar and Lake Street Dive is on stage, doing our regular weekly gig for $5 a head. These are the songs we'd be covering there and how we'd be playing them. Some deep cuts, some sentimental favorites and some (hopefully) epic crowd pleasers.”
 
For Lake Street Dive, the prospect of covering some of their favourite songs in the studio isn’t merely an exercise in breathless adoration.  It’s an opportunity for artful re-invention, a way to acknowledge their inspirations while also advancing their own musical foundation all in hopes of inspiring a new generation of fans along the way. On Fun Machine: The Sequel, they do just that – spinning these carefully chosen and beloved songs to new places in their own, entirely original way. 
 
Produced by Robin MacMillan and recorded at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn and Lucy’s Meat Market in Los Angeles (with contributions from touring guitarist/background vocalist, James Cornelison), Fun Machine: The Sequel is the band’s second set of distinctive cover songs. While 2012’s Fun Machine paid homage to their classic R&B, neo-soul, and jazz roots, Fun Machine: The Sequel expands the aperture a little wider, featuring selections ranging from R&B and pop favourites like Dionne Warwick’s (Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned) classic Anyone Who Had A Heart, and The Pointer Sisters’ funky Automatic, to works by introspective singer-songwriters such as The Cranberries’ gorgeous Linger, Carole King’s classic So Far Away, Bonnie Raitt’s era-defining Nick Of Time, and even Shania Twain’s suddenly resurgent pop-country anthem, You’re Still The One.
 
Ten years ago, a deliciously syncopated cover of The Jackson Five’s I Want You Back performed on a street corner in Boston, Massachusetts, helped propel Lake Street Dive’s remarkable journey. With tens of millions of streams, an acclaimed discography including seven celebrated studio LPs, two EPs, a slew of much-loved singles and an enduring worldwide fanbase to their credit, the genre-busting group has become a dynamic and exhilarating force in popular music. And on Fun Machine: The Sequel, it’s Lake Street Dive’s signature combination of immaculate musicianship, exceptional, inventive chops, and free-wheeling sense of fun that leads the way. 
 
Fun Machine: The Sequel will be available in additional configurations including vinyl (with bonus tracks) on December 9th, 2022. Find special offers and fan exclusives here.  Catch Lake Street Dive in concert throughout 2022, full itinerary below. Find tickets here.  

TRACKLIST:
1.Automatic (Brock Patrick Walsh / Mark Goldenberg) - The Pointer Sisters 
2.Anyone Who Had A Heart (Burt Bacharach / Hal David) – Dionne Warwick
3.You’re Still The One – (Robert John Lange / Shania Twain) – Shania Twain
4.So Far Away (Carole King) – Carole King
5.Nick Of Time (Bonnie Raitt) – Bonnie Raitt
6.Linger (Dolores Mary O'Riordan / Noel Anthony Hogan) – The Cranberries
 
Lake Street Dive On Tour:
JUL 28 - FloydFest 22~Heartbeat - Floyd, VA
JUL 29 - Rock the Ruins at The Vogue Outdoors - Indianapolis, IN w/ The Brook & The Bluff – SOLD OUT
JUL 30 - Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN with Brandi Carlile SOLD OUT
AUG 2 - Outdoors at Fargo Brewing - Fargo, ND with Madison Cunningham
AUG 3- The Pablo Center at the Confluence - Eau Claire, WI
AUG 5 - Fiserv Forum - Milwaukee, WI with Brandi Carlile
AUG 6 - Hinterland Festival - St. Charles, IA
AUG 7 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, WI with Madison Cunningham
AUG 9 - Foellinger Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN with Madison Cunningham
AUG 10 - Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor, MI with Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 12- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park -Grand Rapids, MI w/ Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT                                                                                                                                               
AUG 13 - Salt Shed at Morton Salt - Chicago, IL with Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 14- Chesterfield Amphitheater - St. Louis, MO
AUG 16 - The Andrew J. Brady Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
AUG 17- Rose Music Center at The Heights - Huber Heights, OH with Madison Cunningham
AUG 19 -State Theatre - Portland, ME - LSD Presents Side Streets featuring Rachael & Vilray, Bridget Kearney, Benjamin Lazar Davis and Will Graefe, Michael Calabrese, Akie Bermiss, and James Cornelison 
AUG 20- Thompson's Point - Portland, ME with Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 21- Thompson's Point - Portland, ME with Madison Cunningham
SEP 9- The Anthem - Washington, DC with Allen Stone
SEP 10- Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY with Allen Stone SOLD OUT
SEP 11- Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY with Allen Stone
SEP 13- Virginia Credit Union LIVE! - Richmond, VA with The Dip
SEP 14- North Carolina Museum of Art - Raleigh, NC with The Dip
SEP 16- Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park - Wilmington, NC 
SEP 17- Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC 
SEP 24- Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Franklin, TN
SEP 27- Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater - Austin, TX with Devon Gilfillian
SEP 28- Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - San Antonio, TX with Devon Gilfillian
SEP 30 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 1- Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA with Jack Johnson
OCT 2- Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA with Jack Johnson
OCT 4- Humphreys Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 5- Humphreys Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 7- Edgefield - Troutdale, OR with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 8 – Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, OR
OCT 9 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 11 – Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC – with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 13 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA with Devon Gilfillian SOLD OUT
OCT 14 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA with The Altons
 
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HARD ROCK GROUP POP EVIL RELEASES EYE OF THE STORM [INTO THE VORTEX REMIX] TODAY

WATCH/ENJOY THE VISUALIZER

CURRENTLY ON “THE VORTEX TOUR” JOINING 
SHINEDOWN IN CANADA JULY 19 THROUGH AUGUST 3

 PLUS DATES WITH DAUGHTRY KICK OFF AUGUST 25

 AND FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AT THE BLUE RIDGE
ROCK FESTIVAL AND LOUDER THAN LIFE

 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON - July 15, 2022 - Today, hard rock group, Pop Evil, has released a remix of their latest single, Eye of the Storm [Into The Vortex Remix], produced and remixed by Zach Jones.“We wanted to try something different for a bonus version of ‘Eye Of The Storm,’” said frontman Leigh Kakaty. “We teamed up with Zach Jones who has worked closely with our Producer WZRD BLD and we came up with something that we felt was special.” The original rock track was released in April and is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummelling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its centre. Watch it now.

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

 
The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. Watch the official video.
The band is currently on the road concluding their run on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion joining Shinedown in Canada starting on July 19 through August 3.  Dates with Daughtry will begin on August 25 in Verona, NY at Turning Stone Casino through September 18 concluding in Melbourne, FL at King Center. Plus they’ll perform at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and Louder Than Life in September.

2022 North American Tour Dates:
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^
7/16 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater^
7/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^
7/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#
7/20 – Montreal, QC @ L'Olympia#
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#
7/23 – Windsor, ON @ Caesars Windsor Colosseum#

7/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub
7/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater#
7/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place
7/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#
7/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Casino#
7/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Convention Centre#
8/2 – Penticton, BC @ Okanagan Event Centre#
8/3 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

8/5 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^
8/6 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^
8/7 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^
8/8 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^
8/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^
8/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip
8/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^
8/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^
8/25 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino+
8/27 – Mount Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort+
8/28 – Grantville, PA @ Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course+
8/30 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center+
8/31 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino+
9/2 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues+
9/3 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium+|
9/4 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal^
9/7 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace Theater+
9/8 – Alton, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/9 – Huntsville, AL @ Mars Music Hall @ Von Braun Center^|
9/10 – Memphis, TN @ The Sound at Graceland+
9/11 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre+
9/13 – Evansville, IN @ Old National Events Plaza+|
9/14 – Erie, PA @ Warner Theatre+
9/16 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Raymond F Kravid Center+
9/17 – Fort Myers, FL @ The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon+
9/18 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center+
9/20 – Destin, FL @ Club LA^
9/22 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop+
9/24 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
^ support from ZILLION
+ Daughtry
# supporting Shinedown


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

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

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

2022 North American Tour Dates:
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^
7/16 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater^
7/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^
7/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#
7/20 – Montreal, QC @ L'Olympia#
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#
7/23 – Windsor, ON @ Caesars Windsor Colosseum#

7/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub
7/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater#
7/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place
7/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#
7/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Casino#
7/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Convention Centre#
8/2 – Penticton, BC @ Okanagan Event Centre#
8/3 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

8/5 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^
8/6 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^
8/7 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^
8/8 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^
8/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^
8/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip
8/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^
8/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^
8/25 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino+
8/27 – Mount Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort+
8/28 – Grantville, PA @ Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course+
8/30 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center+
8/31 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino+
9/2 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues+
9/3 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium+|
9/4 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal^
9/7 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace Theater+
9/8 – Alton, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/9 – Huntsville, AL @ Mars Music Hall @ Von Braun Center^|
9/10 – Memphis, TN @ The Sound at Graceland+
9/11 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre+
9/13 – Evansville, IN @ Old National Events Plaza+|
9/14 – Erie, PA @ Warner Theatre+
9/16 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Raymond F Kravid Center+
9/17 – Fort Myers, FL @ The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon+
9/18 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center+
9/20 – Destin, FL @ Club LA^
9/22 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop+
9/24 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
^ support from ZILLION
+ Daughtry
# supporting Shinedown

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

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

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Eye of The Storm Remix Art

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

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS  SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR OSHUN

FROM FORTHCOMING VISUAL ALBUM
AND ANIMATED SERIES EMURGENCY!

TORONTO, ON – July 15, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, debut the second animated visual from their album, EmUrgency!, for new single, Oshun. The song draws its title from the orisha (deity) of 'sweet water,' which includes all rivers, lakes, and streams, in the Yoruba cosmology of West Africa and the African diaspora. Listen to Oshun here and watch the visual, created in collaboration with Nigeria's Spoof Animation, here.

"Joy, love, beauty, magic and riches are all her domain. She is also a fearsome warrior," Amai adds. "We give thanks to her for all the sweet things and bounty in life, and also call upon her for help in matters of love or money. This praise song for her was born on the shores of her waters and is a gift both from and for her."

The music video for Oshun is the second of three teaser videos for the pilot episode of EmUrgency!, an animated series based on the album. Each teaser is soundtracked to a song from EmUrgency!, and the release of the pilot episode will introduce the full EP to the world. Amai Kuda et Les Bois are tapping into a rising animation community evolving in Africa and addressing the need for more Black animated content, and more popular media dealing with African Spirituality and mythology in positive ways. Both the album and show, EmUrgency!, speak to current social issues while addressing timeless themes contained in traditional mythology. 

Following its 2021 pre-release as a limited-edition vinyl LP, the digital version and its accompanying narrative animated videos are unfolding this summer. In May, the group released Eshu. A prayer, an invocation, a Soca-Caiso jam and a work of political resistance all in one, the song Eshu, was featured on the playlist, Ones to Watch, as well as several Spotify editorial playlists, CBC Radio One's Big City Small World, Tinnitist, Rhythm Passport and Wildfire Music. Listen to Eshu here and watch the video here.

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

Amai is also passionate about their initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), currently raising funds (see GoFundMe page) to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada. Sankofa Maroon Village is a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, ROOTED, sustainable community. You can find out more and support this powerful project here.

Learn more about Amai Kuda et les Bois below, find a limited edition copy of EmUrgency! on vinyl here, and stay tuned for more episodes to be released this summer.

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo by Samuel Engelking

DOWNLOAD – Oshun Single Artwork

DOWNLOAD – EmUrgency! Album Art

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

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

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JAZZ AND R&B ICON BONEY JAMES ANNOUNCES 18th STUDIO ALBUM DETOUR OUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

PRE-ORDER HERE

FIRST SINGLE BRING IT BACK OUT ON ALL STREAMING SERVICES TODAY FEATURING ACCLAIMED COMPOSER AND TRUMPETER DONTAE WINSLOW LISTEN HERE

SUMMER AND FALL U.S. TOUR DATES INCLUDE UPCOMING AUGUST 28 HEADLINE SHOW AT THE LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD BOWL ALL TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW – MORE INFO HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 15, 2022 – Chart-topping jazz/R&B sax player, Boney James, releases his new single, Bring It Back, today, featuring critically-acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow.  The track is available now on all streaming services and marks the first release from James’ forthcoming 18th studio album, Detour, out September 23 on Concord Records. Listen to Bring It Back here and pre-order the album here. Detour will be released on vinyl on January 13, 2023, marking the first time in Boney James’ career that he will release an album in the format.   

The new 10-song collection is a subtle stylistic turn that builds on the commercial success of 2020’s Solid, James’ highest charting release ever on the pop charts, peaking in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. 

Also featuring vocals from five-time Grammy winner, Lalah Hathway, Detour was recorded largely at Boney’s L.A. home studio (live drums and percussion were tracked at venerable Sunset Sound).  The album was produced by Boney with co-production from in-demand writer/producer, Jairus “J-Mo” Mozee (Anderson.Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton) among others. Additional musicians on the album are keyboardist, Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton), longtime drummer, Omari Williams, and bassist, Alex Al, renowned percussionist, Lenny Castro, and guitarists, Big Mike Hart and Paul Jackson Jr. 

“We’ve all been on a detour these last few years,” says Boney. “This album reflects how my music and I have been affected by the times we’re in.”

James is currently on the road for select dates across the U.S. which will take him well into 2023. Promising to bring James’ iconic 30-year career to the live stage, including selections from Detour, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major markets including Detroit, Hartford, Dallas, Nashville, and Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to headline the legendary Hollywood Bowl on August 28.  For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit boneyjames.com.

During his 30-year career, Boney James has released a staggering 18 studio albums – including a pair of Christmas records, with 1995’s Seduction, 1997’s Sweet Thing and 1999’s Body Language all RIAA certified gold. In 2015, Boney’s futuresoul spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and was the best-selling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015.  Boney has earned four Grammy nominations (“I’m not gonna lie... I’d still love a statue,” he says), two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart.  His collaborators in the past include a Who’s Who of R&B and soul: Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister, Stokley Williams, Kenny Lattimore and Angie Stone.

DETOUR TRACK LIST:
1. Detour
2. Bring It Back Featuring Dontae Winslow
3. Sway
4. Memphis
5. Tribute
6. Coastin’ Featuring Lalah Hathaway
7. The Loop
8. Northern Lights
9. Intention
10. Blur

TOUR DATES:
July 15 - Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz - Hartford, CT
July 20 - The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre - Detroit, MI
July 21 - Rose Music Center at The Heights - Huber Heights, OH
July 22 - Akron Civic Theatre - Akron, OH
July 23 - Jazz And Rib Fest - Columbus, OH
August 11 - Brandon Amphitheater - Brandon, MS
August 28 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
September 3 - Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition 2022 - Pensacola, FL
September 4 - Riverfront Jazz Festival - Dallas, TX
September 17 - The Factory - Chesterfield, MO
September 18 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, TN
October 14 - Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE
October 27 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
November 6 - Cancun Jazz Fest - Cancún, Mexico
November 11 - Jazz Legacy Foundation Fest - Hampton, VA
November 17 – Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
November 18 - Rams Head Early Show - Annapolis, MD
November 18 - Rams Head Late Show - Annapolis, MD
January 15 - Punta Cana Jazz Festival - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
January 23 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
January 30 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
February 18 - The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts – Carmel, IN

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THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 14, 2022 The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2022 Short List.

One of these albums will win the 2022 Polaris Prize, which is being determined at the Polaris Gala, taking place September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario. General admission tickets to the Polaris Gala are currently available via Ticketmaster.

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Pierre Kwenders - José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Lisa Leblanc - Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir - PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Kelly McMichael - Waves
Ombiigizi - Sewn Back Together
Ouri - Frame of a Fauna
Shad - TAO
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Life After
Charlotte Day Wilson - ALPHA

The new nominees were revealed during the Polaris Prize Short List Special, which aired earlier today across Canada via CBC Music and CBC Listen. Hosted by A. Harmony, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors.

“This year's 2022 Short List captures the ambition, creativity, and boundless potential of Canadian music from coast to coast. Bravo to our 10 nominees, and a huge thank you to our esteemed jury for offering their time and expertise. For the first time in a few years, I'm thrilled to suggest that if you have the opportunity to see any of the artists on this Short List live, you should. We're all long overdue,” said Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent.

With the announcement of the 10 nominated albums, CBC Music is kicking off Short List Summer: a sprawling, season-long deep dive into the nominated records and the artists who made them. Short List Summer will be anchored by CBC Music’s THE TEN, a series of one-hour weekly radio specials hosted by A. Harmony, broadcasting each Sunday on CBC Music and CBC Listen at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 NT) starting Sunday, July 17, until Sunday, September 18. Each week, THE TEN will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead up to the 2022 Polaris Prize winner announcement. The first episode of THE TEN will feature Shad, the only artist to have ever made the Polaris Short List on five separate occasions.

Short List Summer will also include Shortlist Shortcuts, a cbcmusic.ca editorial series beginning Monday, July 18, that highlights one important gateway song from each of the nominated albums, as told by the short-listed artists. This will be accompanied by an artist-led video series that delves into each gateway song, and will be shared to CBC Music's TikTok and Instagram pages. Follow CBC Music on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.

THE TEN Calendar:

Sunday, July 17 - The Ten: Shad broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, July 24 - The Ten: Kelly McMichael broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, July 31 - The Ten: Ombiigizi broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, August 7 - The Ten: Lisa Leblanc broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, August 14 - The Ten: Snotty Nose Rez Kids broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, August 21 - The Ten: Hubert Lenoir broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, August 28 - The Ten: Ouri broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, September 4 - The Ten: Pierre Kwenders broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, September 11 - The Ten: Charlotte Day Wilson broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Sunday, September 18 - The Ten: Destroyer broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen

For the first time since 2019, the winning album will be revealed live at the Polaris Gala. The Gala will once again be held at The Carlu in Toronto, the venue that has hosted the likes of Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and multiple Polaris events.

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. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season:

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool.

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations.

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

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

Polaris Fast Facts:
40 Long List nominees
10 Short List nominees
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music
2 Heritage Prize winners
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the
country
200+ annual jury participants
1,000 annual Gala guests
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media attention
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the
Community Development Program

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

About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music , Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca   

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com  

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA COURTE LISTE DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022

TORONTO, ON – 14 juillet 2022 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a révélé les 10 albums de sa courte liste 2022.

L’un de ces albums remportera le Prix Polaris 2022, qui sera déterminé lors du gala Polaris organisé le 19 septembre au Carlu à Toronto (Ontario). Des billets sans place assignée pour assister à ce gala sont actuellement en vente sur le site de Ticketmaster.

La courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 est la suivante :

Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Kelly McMichael – Waves
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
Shad – TAO
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA

Les 10 albums en nomination ont été dévoilés lors de l’émission Polaris Prize Short List Special, diffusée aujourd’hui au Canada par CBC Music et CBC Listen. Animée par A. Harmony, cette présentation spéciale mettait en vitrine la musique des artistes figurant sur la courte liste ainsi que des entretiens approfondis avec des personnalités de CBC et des membres du jury du Polaris.

« La courte liste de cette année reflète l’ambition, la créativité et le potentiel illimité de la musique canadienne créée d’un océan à l’autre. Bravo aux 10 artistes en nomination, et un grand merci à notre précieux jury, qui a offert son temps et son expertise! Pour la première fois depuis quelques années, je suis heureuse de pouvoir vous encourager à découvrir ces artistes en concert, si vous en avez l’occasion. Il était grand temps de renouer avec les spectacles », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, représentante du jury du Polaris.

À la suite du dévoilement des 10 albums en nomination pour le Prix Polaris 2022, CBC Music lancera bientôt son « été de la courte liste » avec une vaste programmation consacrée aux œuvres finalistes et aux artistes qui les ont créées. Tous les dimanches du 17 juillet au 18 septembre, à 18 h (18 h 30 HT), A. Harmony animera la série radio THE TEN, qui proposera chaque semaine une heure spéciale axée sur l’un des 10 albums finalistes, en prévision de l’annonce de l’œuvre gagnante. Le premier épisode de THE TEN présentera Shad, le seul artiste à avoir figuré sur la courte liste du Polaris à cinq reprises.

À compter du lundi 18 juillet, CBC Music diffusera également Shortlist Shortcuts, une série éditoriale de cbcmusic.ca dont chaque épisode mettra en lumière une chanson importante tirée d’un album finaliste, telle que racontée par l’artistes qui l’a créée. Cette série sera accompagnée de vidéos animées par les artistes qui se pencheront sur chaque chanson, et sera partagée sur les pages TikTok et Instagram de CBC Music. Suivez CBC Music sur Instagram, TikTok, Twitter et Facebook pour découvrir plus de contenu associé au Prix de musique Polaris ainsi qu’aux albums et artistes en nomination sur la courte liste.

Calendrier de diffusion de THE TEN:

Dimanche 17 juillet – Diffusion de The Ten: Shad sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 24 juillet – Diffusion de The Ten: Kelly McMichael sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 31 juillet – Diffusion de The Ten: Ombiigizi sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 7 août – Diffusion de The Ten: Lisa Leblanc sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 14 août – Diffusion de The Ten: Snotty Nose Rez Kids sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 21 août – Diffusion de The Ten: Hubert Lenoir sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 28 août – Diffusion de The Ten: Ouri sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 4 septembre – Diffusion de The Ten: Pierre Kwenders sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 11 septembre – Diffusion de The Ten: Charlotte Day Wilson sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
Dimanche 18 septembre – Diffusion de The Ten: Destroyer sur CBC Music et CBC Listen

Pour la première fois depuis 2019, l’album gagnant sera dévoilé en direct lors du gala Polaris qui se tiendra au Carlu de Toronto, une salle ayant accueilli des artistes comme Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra et de multiples événements Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2022, recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music. De plus, le Prix de musique Polaris s’est associé à Play MPE pour offrir à l’artiste derrière l’album lauréat un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 doivent être parus entre le 1er mai 2021 et le 31 mai 2022. Un jury indépendant composé de membres des médias musicaux de tout le Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury sont ensuite choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury se réunit lors du gala Polaris pour choisir l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris :

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux événement de révélation des albums lauréats, le gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné.e.s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

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

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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :
1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant.e.s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight
Music
2 gagnant.e.s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au
pays
Plus de 200 participant.e.s au jury annuel
1 000 invité.e.s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux musicien.ne.s
160 nommé.e.s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

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

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

À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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RHYTHM OF FEAR: FLORIDA CROSSOVER THRASHERS TO RELEASE FATAL HORIZONS FULL-LENGTH ON MNRK HEAVY OCTOBER 14 

HELLRAISER-INSPIRED TEARS OF ECSTASY VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT DECIBEL

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW 

“...few possess the songwriting smarts and technical proficiency of RHYTHM OF FEAR.”
– No Echo

Toronto, ON – July 15, 2022 – Crossover thrash metal outfit and recent MNRK Heavy signees, RHYTHM OF FEAR, will unleash their first new full-length album in five years with Fatal Horizons on October 14th, revealing the record’s cover art, track listing, first single, and pre-orders. View RHYTHM OF FEAR’s Tears Of Ecstasy video, now playing at Decibel Magazine, here. Fatal Horizons will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preordering options here.

RHYTHM OF FEAR worships at the altar of thrash metal and crossover. Summoned from the sadistic swamps of Jacksonville, in the heavy metal-rich soil of the state of Florida, the masters of gargantuan groove conjure a reverence for the form unrivaled by their peers. Committed to unrelenting riffage, RHYTHM OF FEAR gleefully reinvigorates the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude.

Unapologetic bangers like Dark Energy and Ten Theories quickly became underground classics to a growing legion of like-minded supporters who snapped up the band’s 2011 demo, the Mass Illusion EP (2015), and full-length debut, Maze Of Confusion (2016). The appetite for devastation only intensified with the Ritual Dementia EP (2019), featuring Vortex Of Torment, and RHYTHM OF FEAR’s impassioned take on Over And Out, a deep cut from the early power metal years of Pantera.

Now the band threatens to conquer the hearts and minds of all in metaldom with the vitriolic, thrashtastic, circle-pit-inciting Fatal Horizons, a sophomore slab of cleverly crafted crossover frenzy. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joey Jones (Royal Thunder, Cloak) with sci-fi/horror artwork from Mario Lopez (Toxik, Skeletal Remains, Evil Invaders), Fatal Horizons’ thirteen-tracks are richly thematic and devilishly accessible in equal measure.

With the record’s first single, the aptly titled, Tears Of Ecstasy, now playing at Decibel Magazine, the band gleefully reinvigorates the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude. The track is loosely based on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and holds nothing back while racing forward in a full-frontal assault. 

Comments the band, “When writing the music for Tears Of Ecstasy, we felt we had a song that took us in a new direction. We were careful not to force anything but allowed ourselves to naturally flow into the overall vibe. When we felt the structure was ready for lyrics we took inspiration from Hellraiser. We summoned the spirit of the Hell Priest himself while channeling our inner Cenobites and put together some words of violence, aggression, and seduction. It’s a little homage to a favorite film of ours while asking the age old question: ‘are you willing to die for pleasure?’ Are you?”

RHYTHM OF FEAR’s degree of excellence owes much to the more widely recognized genre forebearers. But perhaps just as crucially, the band – Jay Santiago (vocals), Cody James (guitar), Logan Miano (drums), and Justin Styron (bass) – devours a wide range of diverse and obscure metal bands to craft their own brew. “Sanctuary, Sacrifice, Midas Touch, I could go on and on,” Santiago gushes. “Of course, there are the Big 4 bands everybody gravitates toward, but we tend to go for the stuff not as many people know.”

Chief among those influences is a crucial group of bands active from the late ‘80s to the early ‘90s, whom RHYTHM OF FEAR lovingly refers to as “the trinity,” namely Chicago’s Cyclone Temple (and the ashes of the band Znöwhite), Seattle powerhouse Forced Entry, and Slammer, from the UK. “On Fatal Horizons, we’ve come even more into our own,”Santiago notes. “Maze Of Confusion was very thrash metal and very hardcore driven. Aside from our lead guitar player, all of us grew up in the hardcore scene. We established ourselves as a true crossover band, with fast metal parts and funky hardcore grooves. There’s still a bit of groovy flavour, but Fatal Horizons is even thrashier.”

Alien abduction, magic rituals, and the occult pepper their songs with personality and spirit. Fatal Horizons delves deeper into the human psyche with relatable themes of depression, addiction, and anger. The justice system and politics are targets within the framework of broader fantasy metaphors.

Album opener, Obsolescence, confronts addiction. Alien Synthesis is about the aftermath of the abduction. The title track puts the listener at the center of a black hole. Parasomniac details Santiago’s struggles with the sleep disorder EHS, aka Exploding Head Syndrome, which awakens sufferers with imagined sounds. The simulation hypothesis is at the heart of Simulated Times, inspired by one of Santiago’s dreams. There are instrumental interludes throughout Fatal Horizons, synergizing the cosmic themes of mortality. Ceremony Of Sacrifice closes it all with an exploration of Mayan and Aztec mythology.

Rather than simply rehash the past, RHYTHM OF FEAR absorbs and examines metal history’s greatest strengths, reassembling the parts into a fresh Frankenstein forged by the band’s unique identity and experience. “A barrage of distinctive thrash metal and heavy metal rhythms,” wrote The New Fury. Or, as Metal Crypt put it even more succinctly, “This is straightforward, merciless, [and] in-yer-face.”

Fatal Horizons Track Listing:
1. Obsolescence
2. Alien Synthesis
3. Disintegration Of Reality
4. Fatal Horizon
5. Atrocities Beyond The Structures Of The Mind
6. Parasomniac
7. Insidious System
8. Self Destructive Brain
9. Dissolution Of Time In Space
10. Simulated Times
11. Tears Of Ecstasy
12. Oath Made In Hell
13. Ceremony Of Sacrifice

RHYTHM OF FEAR Live:
9/03/2022 Archetype - Jacksonville, Fl w/ Fulci
9/04/2022 Brass Mug - Tampa, Fl w/ Fulci
9/07/2022 Will's Pub - Orlando, Fl w/ Fulci
9/08/2022 Lodge Of Sorrow - Savannah, GA w/ Fulci
9/20/2022 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL w/ Exodus, Death Angel

RHYTHM OF FEAR:
Jay Santiago – vocals
Cody James – guitar
Justin Styron – bass
Logan Miano – drums

DOWNLOAD - Fatal Horizons Artwork | DOWNLOAD - Press Photo by Marcus Marino

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

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"Upbeat, effervescent track that celebrates love and joy" - Teen Vogue

"'Apt for dancing on a rooftop in Brooklyn as it is for sailing off the coast of Djerba" MTV

“Blissed out” - The FADER

"Indie rocker Miloe has been turning heads recently with his sun-soaked music" 
UPROXX

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

TORONTO, ON – July 13, 2022 - Today, Miloe who makes deftly-produced tracks uniting traditional Congolese beats of his roots with American bedroom-pop announces his upcoming EP Gaps alongside single, make ur way, via Loma Vista Recordings. 80purppp lends a silky smooth verse to the track, blending seamlessly with Miloe’s harmonically rich vocals – both fit to make for a carefree Summer hit. Listen to make ur way featuring 80purppp here.

Of the track, Miloe says “Make ur way your way came through exploring dance hall and EDM vibes in garageband in early lockdown. The organic nature of the instrumental and sounds made me think of 80purppp. I was blown away by the beautiful chorus of harmonies and the gentleness in his delivery when he sent me his verse.”

make ur way follows singles, floating, that was accompanied by a trippy video filmed in The Tunnel of Terror in Minnesota. Both tracks were preceded by singles, elastic, which UPROXX described as “flittering [and] intimate” and where u are, which received critical praise from Teen Vogue and MTV, and hit single, Winona, that was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon. 

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior. Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum and Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP. After a member of Beach Bunny discovered his music, Miloe was asked to open for the skyrocketing Chicago band at a Minneapolis gig. Following a marathon three-day studio session with Hippo Campus’ Jake Luppen transformed a handful of demos Kabeya had stashed away into the Greenhouse EP, which was eventually released in October 2020. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe. He nabbed a hit with lead single, Winona, which was later gilded with vocals from Jamila Woods and Vagabon on a 2021 remix.

 

Gaps Tracklist:
1.where u are
2.elastic
3.rewind ft. Paw Paw Rod
4.gaps
5.floating
6.make ur way ft. 80purppp

Tour Dates:
8/8 – Minneapolis, MN - 8/8 MLS All Star Game#
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^

# w/ Khalid
^w/ COIN
*w/ The booyah! Kids and Christelle Bofale
*w/ Goth Babe
^w/ COIN

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MEECHY DARKO SHARES GET LIT OR DIE TRYIN’

OFF LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT AUGUST 26 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TWO INTIMATE SHOWS IN LA AND NY SOLD OUT

Toronto, ON – July 13, 2022 – Having recently announced the release of his debut album, Meechy Darko, one third of Brooklyn’s critically acclaimed hip hop group Flatbush Zombies, shares another powerful new track, Get Lit or Die Tryin’, featuring Meechy’s signature raspy vocals flowing alongside a serpentine beat. The song was co-produced by Dot Da Genius and theycallmeParker. Its accompanying video was directed by Meechy Darko and Ancillary Fund (Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Flatbush Zombies). Listen to Get Lit or Die Tryin’ and watch the video here.

Get Lit or Die Tryin’ follows the previously released, Kill Us All (K.U.A.), both found on Meechy’s long awaited debut solo album Gothic Luxury. The album, executive produced by Dot Da Genius and mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning Neal PoguI, will be released on August 26th via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-save / pre-add Gothic Luxury now here. Listen to Kill Us All (K.U.A.) and watch the video here.

For Meechy, stepping out of his comfort zone to create this extremely personal debut was a fait accompli decided for him by external forces, after the killing of his father in early 2020 at the hands of the Miami police. Working with Dot Da Genius shook up his usual creative process resulting in an album that includes drawn-out piano intros and laid-back funk melding with dark mini-symphonies. There’s a through line of brutal honesty and catharsis that continues to find Meechy Darko among the rawest and most candid rappers in the game. 

Meechy also recently announced two intimate shows in Los Angeles and New York, both now sold out, with more tour dates to be announced soon.

Meechy Darko / The Not So Secret Secret Shows
July 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Peppermint Club - SOLD OUT
August 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right - SOLD OUT

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UKRAINIAN CANADIAN DUO BALAKLAVA BLUES RELEASE NEW SINGLE SWALLOW

LISTEN TOWATCH SWALLOW

NEW ALBUM LET ME OUT TO RELEASE THIS FALL

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER ACROSS CANADA THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

SUPPORTING MARTIN GARRIX WITH PERFORMANCE 
AT COLOURS OF OSTRAVIA ON JULY 16

TORONTO, ON – July 13, 2022 – Prolific Ukrainian Canadian folk-noir band, Balaklava Blues, unveil a powerful new single called SWALLOW today. The song is accompanied by a video, which is the second in a series of moving, cinematic B&W visual pieces they have released since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Continuing their path in creating an unparalleled signature sound, the track blends traditional "white voice" polyphony with a diverse array of sonic elements, heavy prose, 808s and other electronic influences. 

The song takes its name from its hero, a songbird who is trying to survive in a dangerous predatory world. The message is straightforward: "we WILL fly; you WILL NOT land here." SWALLOW follows the band’s trajectory of drawing inspiration from folk tradition and experiences of revolution and war. Listen to SWALLOW and watch the video here.

"We (Ukrainians) have a deep tradition of turning tragedy into self-expression, beauty and empowerment. When war doesn’t let you sleep, you scream your lullabies in your enemy’s face," adds Balaklava Blues.

SWALLOW follows their March release, Shelter Our Sky; both were filmed and directed by Pedja Milosavljević of Balkanada. Both tracks are highlights of what is to follow on their forthcoming sophomore full length album, LET ME OUT, set to release this fall. The release also marks an exclusive preview to Balaklava Blues' biggest performance ever— a Saturday night main stage slot at Colours of Ostrava, the biggest Czech festival, supporting Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, where an audience of 40K people has gathered in previous years of the event. An extensive summer tour leading up to release of LET ME OUT will follow - see below for all details. 

Mark and Marichka Marczyk met during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 and left the eastern front after combat medic training to fight on the cultural front showcasing Ukrainian music, language and culture globally. Known for their steadfast support and fundraising efforts, they launched their ONLY FARE refugee aid campaign with Toronto photographer, Peter Lusztyk, at the start of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. To date, they have raised over $75K with t-shirt and print sales. In addition, they have helped raise over $1/2 million in fundraising shows all over North America —the band pledges to continue this until the war is over. 

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

Balaklava Blues just rocked two Ontario festival performances at Northern Lights Festival Borealis - Sudbury, and Kultrun World Music Festival in St. Jacobs and won the Jackie Washington award for contribution to Northern Ontario's arts scene and embodiment of the spirit of the 50th year old Northern Lights Festival. See below for all upcoming dates and don't miss Balaklava Blues when they perform in your city!

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Balaklava Blues Tour Dates
July 16 - Colours of Ostrava - Ostrava, Czechia
July 17 - Harrison Festival of the Arts -  Harrison Hot Springs, BC
July 18 - Folk Night for Ukraine - San Diego, CA
July 20 - Balaklava Blues & Puuluup - Puuluup Vancouver, BC
July 21 - Balaklava Blues at Victoria Event Centre  - Victoria, BC
July 24 - Surrey Fusion Festival - Surrey, BC
August 26 - Pop Montréal - Montréal, QC
August 27 - Tam Tam Macadam - Alma, QC
September 1 - Festival De Musique Émergente - Rouyn-noranda, QC
September 2 - Festi Jazz international de Rimouski - Rimouski, QC
September 4 -  Mondo Karnaval - Québec City, QC

September 18 - Balaklava Blues at The Cedar Center - Minneapolis, MN 
September 20 - Balaklava Blues at Heyde Center - Chippewa Falls, WI

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES NEW SINGLE WATCH AND SEE  

HEADLINING HOMETOWN SHOW IN TORONTO ON AUGUST 9 AT THE DRAKE HOTEL
 
NEW EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE
OUT THIS FRIDAY VIA FANTASY

TORONTO, ON – July 12, 2022 – Today, emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, shares Watch and See, a fantastic and rippling track that features scorched guitar lines frayed underneath an aching chorus. This song follows the previously released More, What About The Kids, Gemini Ties, and Bandages, and serves as the final preview before the release of her forthcoming EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, out this Friday, July 15 on Fantasy Records.  Watch the visualizer for Watch and See here and pre-order The Ceiling Could Collapse here
 
Watch and See is a song about attempting to connect through moments of dissociation,” Bobbitt explains. “Trying to use bits of phrases, visual landmarks & physical sensations to bring myself back to the present moment.
 
The Ceiling Could Collapse, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired. “It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music. 
 
The EP centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love.  “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” she says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.
 
In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and actually pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A deleted scene offered a revelation: “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” Bobbitt says and laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.
 
After recently wrapping up tour dates supporting Indigo De Souza and Sunflower Bean, Bobbitt will perform a run of shows in support of Men I Trust, followed by her first headlining concert at home in Toronto on August 9 at The Drake Hotel. See below for all tour details. 
 
TOUR DATES:
8/4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
8/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
 
* w/ Men I Trust
~ w/ Bad Bad Hats


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PLAGUE YEARS: DETROIT DEATH THRASHERS DROP SURPRISE EP ALL WILL SUFFER VIA MNRK HEAVY TODAY

SUFFER VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

TORONTO, ON – July 8, 2022 – Detroit death thrashers, PLAGUE YEARS, today drop a surprise EP, All Will Suffer, via MNRK Heavy alongside a new video for the track, Suffer!
 
PLAGUE YEARS is a band every devotee of thrash, crossover, and death metal should know. Citing the group's Kreator, Sodom, and Slayer vibe with "a touch of evil," tastemaker metal magazine Revolver gushed that the band is "genuinely mean." In nuclear-sized fusion with thrash throwbacks like Dark Angel, the unrelentingly crushing quartet pays homage to hardcore-punk Michigan forebearers' Negative Approach in attitude and gritty local gangster rappers in spirit.
 
A self-titled EP filled with spite and furious anger introduced PLAGUE YEARS to the world in 2017. Metal Temple declared the following year's Unholy Infestation EP the best modern thrash record of 2018. Both early outbursts laid the brutal foundation for 2020's gargantuan full-length and debut for MNRK Heavy, Circle Of Darkness. In a glowing 10/10 review, Metal Injection called it "nothing short of a modern thrash classic,” serving as a stern reminder of why support from the band's peers was swift and decisive. (Fellow Great Lakes metalhead, the late Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, posted about the band on Instagram, which caught the attention of Toxic Holocaust mastermind Joel Grind. Soon after, PLAGUE YEARS signed with MNRK Heavy).
 
That following year, vocalist Tim Engelhardt, guitarist Eric Lauder, bassist Rian Staber, and drummer Mike Jurysta buckled down in the midst of a real-world plague and did what they do best. Conjuring four new cuts of death thrashing mania, PLAGUE YEARS returns with a vicious EP called All Will Suffer.
 
All Will Suffer’s guitars, bass, and vocals were tracked by Lauder while Shaun O'Shaughnessy (Sanguisugabogg) engineered the drums. Mixing duties were handled by Roger Camero (Night Demon, Grave Maker, The Warriors) and mastering by Erol Ulug (Sleeping Giant, Teeth, The Great Commission). The EP boasts the same ripping intensity familiar to PLAGUE YEARS fans lucky enough to have seen them on tour, alongside bands including The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletal Remains, Exhorder, and Somnuri.
 
Comments Lauder, “We wanted this record to be a darker and heavier version of ourselves, trying to blur the line even more between thrash and death metal. All Will Suffer is relentless from start to finish and is a prelude of what’s to come.”

Together with the release of the EP, the band has unveiled a video for the track, Suffer, now playing at Metal Injection. View it now here.

All Will Suffer is available now on CD, LP, and digitally. Find all ordering options here.
 
All Will Suffer EP Track Listing:
1. Make You Mortal
2. Suffer
3. Reality Of Filth
4. Cursed
 
Like the beloved neo-thrashers Power Trip, PLAGUE YEARS mines the glory days of thrash. But their postmodern version adds down-tuned guitars, death metal elements, hardcore vocals, and massively muscular riffage. It's like the noisy rage of classic Sepultura combined with the might of Obituary. The devilish, down-tuned, death-worship of PLAGUE YEARS serves as a demonic calling card for the Motor City foursome. It's a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise like-minded metal revivalists.
 
PLAGUE YEARS:
Tim Engelhardt – vocals
Eric Lauder – guitar
Rian Staber – bass
Mike Jurysta – drums
 
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 SHE & HIM SHARE FOURTH SINGLE  DON’T WORRY BABY AHEAD OF UPCOMING ALBUM  MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON - July 8, 2022 - Today, Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him) released the fourth single, Don’t Worry Baby, from their upcoming album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, out July 22, 2022 via Fantasy RecordsDon't Worry Baby appeared on The Beach Boys’ March 1964 album, Shut Down Volume 2. Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, Wilson's lead vocal on the track is considered one of his defining performances, and he later referred to Don't Worry Baby as perhaps the Beach Boys' finest record. Darlin', Wouldn't It Be Nice Til I I Die were the first three singles to be released from Melt Away.
 
Watch the Visualizer for She & Him’s Don’t Worry Baby here. Pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.
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“Don't Worry Baby is one of the greatest songs of all time. As with all the other songs on our tribute record, we had no interest in copycatting the original production - our version began with stripping the song down to just vocals and  a drop-tuned acoustic guitar and building from there. The inspiration for our version comes from a lot of different places but the biggest ones would be some of Chet Atkins guitar ideas, some drum ideas from Mick Fleetwood, and some synth inventions by Dave Smith (RIP),” Zooey and Matt shared about the single.
 
She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving, LP-length tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honoured classics and overlooked gems alike. These fourteen covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on a song with Zooey and M. Ward for the album, Do It Again. The band have enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure. 
 
“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo explains. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.
 
Brian Wilson comments on Melt Away: Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs. The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”
 
TRACK LIST:
1.Darlin’
2.Wouldn’t It Be Nice
3.Til I Die
4.Deirdre
5.Melt Away
6.Good To My Baby
7.Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8.Don’t Worry Baby
9.This Whole World
10.Kiss Me, Baby
11.Do It Again ft. Brian Wilson
12.Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
13.Please Let Me Wonder
14.Meant For You 

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop. As Deschanel’s maintained a successful acting career and Ward’s continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Deschanel’s dramatic vocals pairing with Matt’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.

Tickets for She & Him’s upcoming Fall tour are available at sheandhim.com.
 
NEW FALL TOUR DATES
09.09.22 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
09.10.22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues  
09.11.22 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
09.13.22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
09.14.22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore 
09.16.22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens

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DAWES SHARE GHOST IN THE MACHINE

LATEST SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM
JOINED BY OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO – WATCH
 
UPCOMING LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES, SUMMER RUN WITH THE HEAD AND THE HEART,  AND CO-HEADLINE COLLABORATIVE TOUR WITH BAHAMAS

TORONTO SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 16
 
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER 
ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 22

TORONTO, ON - July 8, 2022 - Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have shared Ghost In The Machine, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – premieres today via YouTube. Listen to Ghost In The Machineand watch the official performance video here
 
Ghost In The Machine heralds the long awaited arrival of Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, due everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore. Pre-order MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER here.
 
The words to this song are about the early days of a band,” says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “Playing small clubs and going on small tours. As hard as it is in the moment, it’s hard not to look back at those times through rose colored glasses. It’s all a lot more romantic now. And it’s also what built our foundational faith in what we do. 
 
It’s the first time we’ve ever had a song with this kind of feel. We got Jonathan Wilson to play a second drum kit for the live take. Griffin and he switch off taking those drum breaks at the end. The solos were live on the floor and there’s no BGVs so other than extra percussion, a rhythm guitar, and an extra keyboard part, it’s all one live take…Feels like it’s gonna be a mainstay in the live show for a long time to come.
 
Dawes will celebrate MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a non-stop live schedule including headline shows, festival performances, a summer run with The Head and The Heart, and a very special co-headline tour with GRAMMY® Award-nominated Canadian artist Bahamas. “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas” will see both acts performing together for two unique live sets, with Dawes backing Bahamas and Bahamas then joining Dawes for an unprecedented collaborative performance. The tour begins  September 7 at Knoxville, TN’s Bijou Theatre and then travels the US through the month. Other highlights include a once-in-a-lifetime “Tom Petty Dreamset” at Indianapolis, IN’s All In Music & Arts Festival, led by Dawes and featuring a surprise lineup of special guests (September 3-4). For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour
 
Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before. The album includes such recently released singles as Everything Is PermanentComes In Waves, and the epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, all available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Official performance videos are streaming now via YouTube.

Listen to Everything Is Permanentwatch the official performance video. Listen to Comes In Waves and watch the official performance video. Listen to Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax and watch the official performance video.

JULY
29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
 
AUGUST
1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
28 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop (Sacred Rose After Party)
 
SEPTEMBER
3-4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
7 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
8 – Richmond, VA – Brown's Island #
9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Gears and Guitars #
10 – Charleston, SC – The Windjammer #
11 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater #
13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
14 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts #
16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
17 – Hammondsport, NY – Point of the Bluff Vineyards #
18 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theatre #
19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theatre #
21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre #
22 – Lexington, KY – The Burl Outdoors #
23 – Memphis, TN – Overton Park Shell #
24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
 
* Festival Performance
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart
# “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas”

About Dawes:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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SWITCHFOOT RELEASE interrobang (deluxe edition) 

EXPANDED VERSION OF THEIR ACCLAIMED 2021 LP OUT TODAY
 
SWITCHFOOT ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH COLLECTIVE SOUL

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2022 — Today, GRAMMY Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, releases the highly anticipated expanded, 16-track deluxe edition of their 2021 acclaimed album, interrobang. Order interrobang (deluxe edition) here.
 
Switchfoot’s interrobang (deluxe edition) includes the album’s 11 original tracks along with three b-sides, youth of the young, interrobang, and the sound of holding breath. The deluxe also features two recently released album track remixes, i need you (to be wrong), remixed by the indie-pop group lovelytheband and wolves, remixed by indie-rock band, Sir Sly.
 
“The making of interrobang, written and recorded during the chaotic uncertainty of 2020, was an experience unlike any that we’ve ever had as a band,” Switchfoot said in a collective statement. “To say that there was a lot to write about would be a laughable understatement. But hard times are often the most inspiring ones, and the making of interrobang was certainly a season of growth and creativity for us as band, yielding a large collection of songs — too many for one album. Or maybe not. interrobang (deluxe) is our chance to include some of our favorite b-sides from the album, and also a couple remixes from friends. We’re so proud of these tunes, and we hope you dig them too.”
 
Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird) and mixed by Tchad Blake (Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys, Sheryl Crow) Switchfoot’s 12th studio album, interrobang, has been featured by Vulture, Stereogum and Under The Radar who asserted, “A series of nuanced and deeply musical arrangements show that this band once known as punk-infused surf-rockers have matured into something more vital.” The band has previously shared videos for album tracks if I were you, i need you (to be wrong), lost ‘cause, fluorescent and the bones of us which premiered via Alternative Press upon its release last year.

Switchfoot: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar) and Chad Butler (drums) will hit the road this summer for a major tour across America—for the very first time—with Collective Soul. Fans can expect to hear favourites that span Switchfoot’s illustrious 20+ year career and selections from interrobang, released in August of last year.

The shows kick off in Gary, IN on July 15 and includes a hometown date at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA on August 24. In addition, the tour stops at the YouTube Theatre in Inglewood, CA, and Palladium Times Square in New York. The 40+ date tour wraps up on September 25 in Dallas, TX.

SWITCHFOOT AND COLLECTIVE SOUL SUMMER TOUR:
Fri 7/15 - Gary, IN - Hard Rock Casino
Sat 7/16 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
Sun 7/17 - Maryland Heights, MO - Saint Louis Music Park
Tue 7/19 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Wed 7/20 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live! – Indoor Music Hall
Sat 7/23 - Fond du Lac, WI - Fond du Lac Fair
Sun 7/24 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
Tue 7/26 - Newport, KY - PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION
Wed 7/27 - Midlothian, VA - Chesterfield AfterHours
Sat 7/30 - Grantville, PA - Penn National Racecourse – Hollywood Casino
Sun 7/31 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Tue 8/2 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
Wed 8/3 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Thu 8/4 - New York, NY - Palladium Times Square
Sat 8/6 - Webster, MA - Indian Ranch
Sun 8/7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Mon 8/8 - Jackson, MI - Jackson County Fairgrounds
Sat 8/13 - Billings, MT - MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
Sun 8/14 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
Mon 8/15 - Sandy, UT - Sandy City Amphitheater
Sat 8/16 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
Wed 8/17 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
Sat 8/20 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sun 8/21 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
Tue 8/23 - Inglewood, CA - YouTube Theater
Wed 8/24 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Fri 8/26 - Henderson, NV - Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater
Sat 8/27 - Flagstaff, AZ - Fort Tuthill Park – Pepsi Amphitheater
Sat 8/28 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Music Hall *
Sat 9/3 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
Sat 9/4 - Grundy County, TN - The Caverns *
Mon 9/5 - New Haven, KY - The Amphitheater at Dant Crossing
Wed 9/7 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Fri 9/9 - Charleston, SC - The Riviera Theater – Sottile Ballroom
Sat 9/10 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Park Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sun 9/11 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
Tue 9/13 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
Wed 9/14 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri 9/16 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Sat 9/17 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Sun 9/18 - Tallahassee, FL - Donald L Tucker County Civic Center
Tue 9/20 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater
Wed 9/21 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
Fri 9/23 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live
Sat 9/24 - San Antonio, TX  - Majestic Theatre
 
* = Switchfoot solo dates
 
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BREAKOUT WEST 2022 CONTINUES TO BRING THE WORLD TO WESTERN CANADA!

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ARTISTS FROM WALES, THE NORDICS AND ACROSS EUROPE SET TO SHOWCASE AT THE FESTIVAL

TAKING PLACE  SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 2, 2022 IN CALGARY, ALBERTA

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CALGARY, AB – July 7, 2022 – Western Canada, their neighbours to the east, and friends from overseas will be heading to Calgary, Alberta from September 28 to October 2 for BreakOut West 2022! Together with partners from Wales, Sweden, Iceland, the Nordics and other countries from across Europe, international artists will take to Calgary stages for the music festival this fall.

This marks the first year (and second time in 2022!) that BreakOut West has partnered with Future Echoes – Sweden’s new showcase festival, which kicked off in February 2022 – and Nordic Bridges (supported by Iceland Air), an initiative to support Nordic creative industry and artists from Nordic countries performing in Canada throughout 2022. Aimed at raising the profile of Nordic culture abroad and strengthening the interaction between Nordic cultural sectors and the rest of the world, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre is curating a series of unique experiences that highlight contemporary Nordic arts and culture. This year, performing artists include Kid Vicious (Sweden), Kitka (Sweden), BSÍ (Iceland) and The Magnettes (Sweden). 
 
"Harbourfront Centre is delighted to continue our Nordic Bridges partnership with BreakOut West,” says Laura McLeod, Director of Cultural Engagement at Harbourfront Centre & Lead Producer, Nordic Bridges. “There is an incredible, diverse array of popular music coming out of the Nordics, and BreakOut West is the perfect place to showcase artists that may be new to Canadian artists and audiences, and to encourage musical collaboration between Canada and the Nordic region.” 

BreakOut West continues to build their six year-long partnership with FOCUS Wales, which sees western Canadian artists showcasing each year in Wales, and Welsh artists, in turn, showcasing at BreakOut West, thanks to FOCUS Wales, Wales Arts International and the Welsh Consulate. The organizations will bring their Welsh artists, including N'famady Kouyate, Seazoo, Adwaith and Eadyth to perform and will also host a reception. In turn, BreakOut West will exchange their artists to participate and connect through programming, performances and events. 
 
In partnership with the Welsh Government, BreakOut West will soon be announcing Indigenous programming highlighting the start of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2023). More information on this program will be announced soon.  

"We're delighted to continue our important partnership with BreakOut West, ensuring our most exciting new artists are able to reach new audiences globally, and through the process develop their industry networks through our respective showcase festivals," adds Andy Jones, Founder & Music Programmer at FOCUS Wales.

This is the fourth event at which BreakOut West will welcome East Coast artists as part of their East Meets West partnership with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) – an initiative which aims to unite the far coasts of Canada, to open new markets for artists touring the country.

As part of BreakOut West’s ongoing commitment to gender parity at the annual conference and festival, their partnership with KeyChange – presented by PRS Foundation, FACTOR and SOCAN Foundation – launches the second edition of three in their program featuring performances by The Magnettes of Sweden (also on the Nordic Bridges lineup), Arya (Italy), The Rodeo (France) and Cell7 (Iceland). 

BreakOut West is thrilled to welcome international KeyChange innovators, who will be bringing their expertise to the conference on panels and in one-on-one sessions. Participating international innovators are Sofie Søndervik Sæther of JM Norway and Aslı Kaymaz of AZLAY with many other international industry delegates to be announced leading up to the festival.
  
In February, BreakOut West returned to festival programming with an at-home winter edition, which can be experienced online here. The annual music festival and conference with be safely returning to live this fall, with events taking place in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests. The annual Western Canadian Music Awards will be given out during BreakOut West. In addition, the Western Canadian Music Alliance will present the Western Canadian Music Awards during BreakOut West. Nominees were announced in June – find a complete list here.   
 
Registration is available now. More performers will be announced soon and a full schedule of events will be available at breakoutwest.ca.

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held September 28 to October 2, in Calgary Alberta, including a six-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2022.
            
WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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ESCUELA GRIND TO RELEASE NEW LP MEMORY THEATER ON SEPTEMBER 30

FAST-RISING MASSACHUSETTS BAND
SIGNS TO MNRK HEAVY

WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR CLIFFHANGER

"Whether you call what Escuela Grind does "power violence" or grindcore," there's no doubt the music the quartet creates together is pure fucking mayhem." - No Echo
"discombobulating drum patterns and staccato guitar chugs...
enough force to level an office park." - 
Revolver

"bursts of unthinkable sonic rage that still manage to keep the listeners rapt with their density and dynamics...Escuela Grind’s misanthropy as enjoyable and intelligent as it is unending." - Kerrang!

Toronto, ON – July 7, 2022 –New England extreme metal unit, Escuela Grind, will release its new LP, Memory Theater, on September 30. Produced by Kurt Ballou, the album - the band's first for MNRK Heavy (High on Fire, Crowbar)- features nine tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. Escuela Grind's Memory Theater is available for pre-order now here.

Get a sneak peek at what the new Escuela Grind album promises right now as the band releases a video for its rampaging new track, Cliffhanger, which adroitly showcases the kinetic energy of the group's much talked about live performances. Cliffhanger debuts via Decibel who proclaims, "The track showcases both sides of Escuela Grind’s sound: the firing-on-all-cylinders brand of grindcore that you would expect from a band called “Grind School” and a few two-step hardcore breakdowns that convert the energy into a more moshable state. Produced by Converge guitarist/GodCity producer Kurt Ballou, Memory Theater is the heaviest Escuela Grind have ever sounded." Stream Escuela Grind's Cliffhanger video at here.

"Cliffhanger is us branching out and including all of our influences into a heavy, danceable song. It’s a perfect representation of all the new things to expect from Escuela Grind," says vocalist, Katerina Economou. "The lyrics are about the people that try to play both sides of the fence, play devil's advocate and drag you down with them. It’s about fighting crab mentality. This is just a taste of all the killer stuff coming on Memory Theater!

The music might be terrifying, but the overwhelming spirit behind Escuela Grind is a message of empowerment. As it destroys musical boundaries, the quartet attacks the idea of “gatekeeping” with equal ferocity. Anytime Katerina Economou, Jesse Fuentes (drums), Kris Morash (guitar), and Tom Sifuentes (bass) convene, an aural apocalypse will ensue. Escuela Grind stitches together a new metallic hardcore monster from the rotten corpses of grind and power violence with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos.

Memory Theater, Escuela Grind's sophomore album, is seven minutes shorter than Slayer’s Reign in Blood, but with a few songs running past the three-minute mark, it’s downright epic by grindcore norms. Delivering on the promise of several split records, a handful of EPs (including GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE and PPOOWWEERRVVIIOOLLEENNCCEE both released in 2020), and the full-length, Indoctrination, the nine songs on Memory Theater offer a near-psychedelic trip to the genre’s soul. The album title references a specific historical concept, constructing a “space” from one’s internal ideas, knowledge, and perception. An architect by trade, Economou explores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band's musical cacophony.

Tracklisting:
1.Endowed With Windows
2.My Heart, My Hands
3.Cliffhanger (stream VIDEO)
4. Strange Creature
5.Faulty Blueprints
6.All Is Forgiven
7.Forced Collective Introspection
8.The Feed
9. Memory Theater

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

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE AND CBC MUSIC ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE SHORT LIST SUMMER

TORONTO, ON — Thursday, July 7, 2022 — Short List Summer is back.

For the second consecutive year, CBC Music, Polaris’ presenting sponsor, will launch its signature Short List Summer programming to showcase the 10 nominated albums on the 2022 Polaris Short List, which will be revealed July 14 on CBC Music. This programming includes 10 separate Polaris radio specials which will take an in-depth look at each of this year’s Short List nominees, all leading up to the 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner announcement, which will take place on Monday, September 19 at the Polaris Gala in Toronto, Ontario.

The 10 album Polaris Short List will be announced live on Thursday, July 14 as part of a two-hour event hosted by A. Harmony starting at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) and available across Canada on CBC Music and CBC Listen. The special will reveal one nominee every 12 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. The Short List comes a month after the reveal of the 40-album 2022 Polaris Long List, which was revealed June 14 in Toronto and was determined by the 197 members of the Polaris jury.

Following the unveiling of the 10 nominees, Short List Summer will be anchored by CBC Music’s THE TEN, a series of one-hour weekly radio specials hosted by A. Harmony, broadcasting each Sunday on CBC Music and CBC Listen at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) starting Sunday, July 17, until Sunday, September 18. Each week, THE TEN will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead up to the 2022 Polaris Prize winner announcement. A more detailed radio schedule will be announced along with the reveal of the 10 nominated Short List albums on July 14. 

CBC Music will also kick into high gear with "Shortlist Shortcuts," a cbcmusic.ca editorial series beginning Monday, July 18, that highlights one important gateway song from each of the nominated albums, as told by the short-listed artists. This will be accompanied by an artist-led video series that delves into each gateway song, and will be shared to CBC Music's TikTok and Instagram pages. Follow CBC Music on InstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.

For the first time since 2019, the winning album will be revealed live at the Polaris Gala. To celebrate our return to The Carlu, the venue that has hosted the likes of Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and multiple Polaris events, a very limited number of early-bird general admission Polaris Gala tickets remain available at the special price of $45.20 via Ticketmaster while quantities last. General admission ticket prices will increase to $67.80 on July 14. 

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. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE  to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool. 

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations. 

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

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

Polaris Fast Facts:
40 Long List nominees 
10 Short List nominees 
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize 
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music 
2 Heritage Prize winners 
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the country
200+ annual jury participants
1,000 annual Gala guests 
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians 
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media attention 
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the Community Development Program.

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

About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbc.ca/music

About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators  and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ET CBC MUSIC
ANNONCENT LE RETOUR DE
L’ÉTÉ DE LA COURTE LISTE

TORONTO, le jeudi 7 juillet 2022 — C’est le retour de l’été de la courte liste!

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, CBC Music, le commanditaire de présentation du Polaris, lancera une programmation estivale afin de mettre en vedette les 10 albums de la courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, qui seront dévoilés sur CBC Music le 14 juillet. Cette programmation spéciale comprendra 10 émissions radio spéciales axées sur le Polaris, qui exploreront en profondeur les albums de la courte liste de 2022. Elle se poursuivra jusqu’à l’annonce de l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, qui aura lieu le lundi 19 septembre lors du gala Polaris à Toronto.

La courte liste de 10 albums du Polaris sera annoncée en direct le jeudi 14 juillet dans le cadre d’une émission de deux heures animée par A. Harmony. Elle sera diffusée à travers le Canada à partir de 15 h (16 h HAA ou 15 h 30 HAT) sur CBC Music et CBC Listen. Lors de cet événement, un album en nomination sera révélé toutes les 12 minutes, avec des extraits musicaux et des commentaires du jury. La courte liste de 10 albums sera ainsi annoncée un mois après la longue liste du Prix Polaris 2022, qui a été dévoilée le 14 juin à Toronto après avoir été élaborée par les 197 membres du jury du Polaris.

À la suite de ce dévoilement, l’été de la courte liste sera souligné par une émission radio hebdomadaire spéciale d’une heure animée par A. Harmony, The Ten, diffusée tous les dimanches sur CBC Music et CBC Listen à 18 h (18 h 30 HAT) du dimanche 17 juillet au dimanche 18 septembre. Chaque semaine, l’émission offrira un regard approfondi sur l’un des 10 albums en nomination, en prévision de l’annonce de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2022. Une programmation radio plus détaillée sera annoncée en même temps que le dévoilement des 10 albums de la courte liste le 14 juillet.

CBC Music passera également en vitesse supérieure avec Shortlist Shortcuts, une série éditoriale de cbcmusic.ca qui débutera le lundi 18 juillet et qui mettra en lumière une chanson importante de chacun des albums en nomination, racontée par les artistes de la courte liste. Cette série sera accompagnée de vidéos animées par les artistes, qui se pencheront sur chaque chanson, et sera partagée sur les pages TikTok et Instagram de CBC Music. Suivez CBC Music sur InstagramTikTokTwitter et Facebook pour découvrir plus de contenu associé au Prix de musique Polaris ainsi qu’aux albums et artistes en nomination sur la courte liste.

Pour la première fois depuis 2019, l’album gagnant sera dévoilé en direct lors du gala Polaris. Afin de célébrer notre retour dans la salle qui a accueilli des artistes comme Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra et de multiples événements Polaris, un nombre très limité de billets sans place assignée pour le gala Polaris est offert en prévente au prix spécial de 45,20 $ via Ticketmaster, jusqu’à épuisement des stocks. Le prix de ces billets passera à 67,80 $ le 14 juillet.

Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2022, recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music. De plus, le Prix de musique Polaris s’est associé à Play MPE pour offrir à l’artiste derrière l’album lauréat un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 doivent être parus entre le 1er mai 2021 et le 31 mai 2022. Un jury indépendant composé de membres des médias musicaux de tout le Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury sont ensuite choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury se réunit lors du gala Polaris pour choisir l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux événement de révélation des albums lauréats, le gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné.e.s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

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

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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :
1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant.e.s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight Music
2 gagnant.e.s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant.e.s au jury annuel
1 000 invité.e.s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux musicien.ne.s
160 nommé.e.s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

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

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

À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

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

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DAVID STRICKLAND TO RELEASE NEW SONG FIREKEEPERS FEATURING QUE ROCK AND BLESSED TOMORROW - FRIDAY, JULY 8

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOP: ELEMENTS OUT AUGUST 26

FOLLOWS PREVIOUS SINGLES, BEASTMODE FEATURING
DIVINE BROWN AND POOKY G AND  MESSENGER  FEATURING  ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE

TORONTO, ON – July 7, 2022 – Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, announces his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements, set for release August 26 via MNRK Music Group. From his hustle in studios across North America, working with industry greats on Grammy and Juno-winning projects, to exploration in the world of NFTs, and giving back to Indigenous communities through charitable endeavours, David blazes his own path.

Tomorrow (Friday, July 8), David will share new single, Firekeepers, featuring longtime collaborators, Toronto/New York Anishinaabe rapper and visual artist, Que Rock, and Toronto-based conscious reggae/dancehall artist, Blessed. The track is a massive summer jam that raises the bar and temperature with Que Rock's sharp rhymes, Blessed's signature lyrics and David's prose highlighted on the second verse, layered as the trio come together to carry a collective torch. Pre-save Firekeepers here.

On the collab with David and Blessed, Que Rock says: “We back my natives. Firekeepers of Hip Hop Culture – From Ready To Rock it’s The Toronto Bronx Native.”

Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements continues the journey of 2020 acclaimed project, Spirit Of Hip Hop, and its 2021 counterpart, Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) and is a comprehensive project highlighting North America’s most promising Indigenous rappers, & represents the connection between the Indigenous community and the Hip-Hop community.

In May, David released Beastmode, featuring Juno Award-winning R&B/Soul singer and theatre performer, Divine Brown, and Alberta-based Indigenous artist, model and actress, Pooky G. The three come together to create a soundtrack piece to life's A-game moments and when you need an extra boost. Listen to Beastmode here.

Last year, David and rap legend, Erick Sermon, teamed up with The NFT Agency to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, 2021 the six-piece collection featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist— saw 291 NFTs sold within 24 hours as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. Erick and David donated $10K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The collection was released in promotion of Strickland’s single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. 
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In 2021, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. 

Learn more about David's career below, and stay tuned for more around Spirit of Hip Hop: Elements.


DOWNLOAD – Press Photo by Photo by Ernie Paniccioli | DOWNLOAD – Firekeepers Art

About David Strickland
David "Gordo" Strickland is an Indigenous, Toronto born and based award-winning engineer, mixer, producer and DJ. Known for being behind the boards on iconic Hip-Hop and R&B records for over two decades, his work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man, to records by ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Choclair and Drake.

David's album, Spirit Of Hip Hop (June 29, 2020, Entertainment One), highlights some of North America's Hip Hop progenitors and innovative Indigenous artists alike to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) arrived on November 20, 2020 as a follow-up featuring fresh takes on the album tracks by Gordo himself, and some of his esteemed colleagues. From control room to canvas, David is also a prolific visual artist that has been featured at many galleries across Canada. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America. 

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

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SEETHER RELEASES SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM DELUXE EDITION

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EXPANDED 22-TRACK DELUXE EDITION INCLUDES 5 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS - ORDER HERE

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

Toronto, ON – July 4, 2022 - Seether releases the highly anticipated deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2020 album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. This expanded version features 22 tracks in all, five of which are previously unreleased, along with four tracks from last year’s Wasteland – The Purgatory EP. Order Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum Deluxe Edition here
 
Teeming with the band’s signature combination of melody and cathartic release, the wealth of exceptional songs that encompasses the deluxe edition, all taken from the original SVPPB sessions, bolsters Seether leader Shaun Morgan’s status as one of rock’s most prolific and successful songwriters.
 
Produced by Shaun Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum, (“If you want peace, Prepare for war”) was originally released in August 2020, spawned three #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and at Active Rock radio and garnered some of the best reviews of the band’s storied career. 
 
Listen to the lashing Deliver Me here, and watch the recently released official video for What Would You Do? here. The expanded deluxe edition includes all twenty-one songs recorded during the SVPPB sessions along with the alternate version of Wasteland, originally featured on last year’s The Purgatory EP.
 
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey, and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global, devoted fan base with an unbroken sense of purpose and commitment. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 18 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence.
 
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum Deluxe Edition – Track List:
1. Dead and Done 
2. Bruised and Bloodied 
3. Wasteland 
4. Dangerous 
5. Liar 
6. Can't Go Wrong 
7. Buried in the Sand 
8. Let It Go
9. Failure 
10. Beg 
11. Drift Away 
12. Pride Before the Fall
13. Written in Stone
14. What Would You Do?
15. Will It Ever End?
16. Feast or Famine
17. Wasteland (alternate version)
18. Leech*
19. Deliver Me*
20. On My Way*
21. Leave Me Be*
22. Crossed The Line*
*Previously unreleased
SEETHER ON TOUR:
July 16      Q Casino - Dubuque, IA
July 17      Inkcarceration Festival - Mansfield, OH
July 22      Fond Du Lac County Fair - Fond Du Lac, WI
July 23      Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
August 19      Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
September 3      Rocklahoma Festival - Prior, OK
September 11      Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA

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www.seether.com
SEETHER on TikTok

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KILLER MIKE RELEASES FIRST SOLO MUSIC IN 10 YEARS WITH NEW SINGLE RUN FEATURING YOUNG THUG

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR RUN FEATURING A MONOLOGUE FROM DAVE CHAPPELLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 4, 2022 – Killer Mike has released his first solo music in over ten years with RUN; a song and video that reframes American history to include Black history as a part of the nation's history. The song, which features a verse from Young Thug and an iconic production by NO I.D., arrives paired with a stunning visual, portraying the fight for freedom in a captivating, visceral context, augmented by an intro monologue from Dave Chappelle inspired by the song’s themes. Directed by Montreal's Adrian Villagomez, RUN represents the Just against the tyrannical, Black people and allied people up in arms together rising against the Nazi-esque secessionists that want to take the country back into the confederacy. Listen to RUN here.
 
RUN, which has already seen widespread support via airings on BET and MTV, a Zane Lowe interview along with features in The Guardian and Complex and more, marks Mike’s first solo material since his breakout solo album R.A.P. Music in 2012 which was followed by a collaboration with indie-rap powerhouse El-P that inspired the duo to team up as Run The Jewels who have gone on to create four wildly acclaimed albums and near cultural ubiquity. Mike has also frequently surfaced as a cultural commentator in high regard, from his own shows Love and Respect (WPBA / Revolt) and Trigger Warning (Netflix), to regular appearances on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher, to his stint as a campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders, to viral moments addressing the public in the wake of the Ferguson verdict and the police killing of George Floyd. Mike was also the recipient of Billboard’s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award.


Killer Mike is currently on tour as half of Run The Jewels, supporting Rage Against The Machine. They will make stops in Ottawa for Bluesfest on July 15, Hamilton, ON on July 19 and Toronto, ON on July 21 and 23.

DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Press Photo by Jonathan Mannion | DOWNLOAD RUN Artwork

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND RELEASES I AM THE MOON: EPISODE II. ASCENSION

WATCH PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS FROM ASCENSION’S COMPANION FILM HERE

I AM THE MOON: EPISODE II. ASCENSION
AVAILABLE NOW ON CD/DIGITAL

“Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” – Rolling Stone

TORONTO, ON – July 4, 2022 - Tedeschi Trucks Band — the GRAMMY-winning 12-piece rock and soul group headed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — released I Am The Moon: Episode II. Ascension, July 1, the second of their epic, four-part album series, I Am The Moon. Listen/purchase here.
 
On Tuesday, June 28, the band premiered Ascension and its album length companion visual to their flourishing online community via their YouTube Channel, watch it here.  
 
In his illuminating bio notes, celebrated music journalist David Fricke explains, “Ascension – the second record in I Am The Moon is rightly named. From the opening Memphis-soul churn of Playing With My Emotions, to the country-church stomp So Long Savior and the exhilarating slide-guitar climax Hold That Line, Ascension continues the unique fusion of ancient narrative and highly personal reflection in I Am The Moon with the urge to soar that is second nature to the best rock and roll big band in America." 
 
Critics have taken note. “We hear TTB capturing in the studio what it does so well on stage, namely engaging every member of the 12-piece band in a beautifully conversational way," commented Glide while The Arts Fuse added, “As it slowly pulls back the curtain on the full reveal of I Am the Moon, TTB is dispensing an astonishing amount of detail and design to consider and appreciate. The band is cultivating anticipation in a way that feels more genuine than gimmicky."
 
Released June 3, I Am The Moon: Episode I. Crescent — the highly-anticipated project’s first installment has been called “one of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done” by Rolling Stone, who go on to marvel at the album’s ambitious scope by asking, “Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” A 4-star MOJO review praises Derek’s guitar playing on Pasaquan, Crescent’s instrumental climax, as “stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance,” while AllMusic deems it “dazzling in concept and execution.” (Kicking off their annual Wheels of Soul tour last Friday in Jacksonville, Florida, TTB thrilled the home-town crowd mid-set playing Crescent in its entirety for the first time ever). Watch Crescent’s companion film here.  
 
I Am The Moon was a collaborative band effort crossing blues, soul, funk, country, jazz, and gospel — that coalesced into an expansive, experimental, and emotive whole. Taken together, it’s a meditation on love, life, and our shared humanity—an unabashedly grand and masterful statement. 
 
In this thrilling new and creative chapter for TTB, the four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell — will be released in successive months. In addition, each installment of I Am the Moon features its own album length companion film that will debut three days prior to each audio release. The immersive films offer fans the chance to experience the music as the band intended, in an unbroken, communal setting. Full film and audio release dates below.
 
Pre-Order I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. (Deluxe Boxes are sold out in the TTB store, but can still be ordered exclusively through the Fantasy Records store).
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See below for the complete list. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.         

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26
Album Release: July 29
 
I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23
Album Release: August 26
 
I Am The Moon vinyl configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9, 2022.   
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:
July 6 / New Haven, CT / Westville Music Bowl
July 8 / Philadelphia, PA / The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
July 9 / Essex Junction, VT / Midway Lawn
July 10 / Patchogue, NY / Great South Bay Music Festival
July 12 / Lewiston, NY / ArtPark
July 13 / Cincinnati, OH / PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
July 15-16 / Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre
July 19 / Vienna, VA / Wolf Trap
July 20 / Richmond, VA / Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
July 21 / Raleigh, NC / Coastal Credit Union Music Park
July 23 / Charlotte, NC / PNC Music Pavilion 
July 24 / Huber Heights, OH / Rose Music Center at The Heights
July 26 / Aurora, IL / RiverEdge Park
July 27 / St. Louis, MO / Fabulous Fox Theatre
July 29-30 / Morrison, CO / Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18 / San Diego, CA / Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 / Los Angeles, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 20 / Berkeley, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 23 / Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 / Eugene, OR / Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 / Auburn, WA / White River Amphitheater
August 27 / Bend, OR / Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 / Reno, NV / Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 / Boise, ID / Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 / Bonner, MT / Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3 / Moorhead, MN / Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
September 29 – Oct 8 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
October 17 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 18 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 20 / Randers, DK / Vaerket
October 21 / Oslo, NO / Sentrum Scene
October 22 / Stockholm, SE / Annexet
October 25 / Berlin, DE / Verti Music Hall
October 26 / Hamburg, DE / Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 / Prague, CZ / Forum Karlin
October 30 / Rotterdam, NL / RTM Stage
November 2 / Dublin, IE / The Helix
November 4 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 5 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 6 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 9 / Manchester, UK / Manchester Academy
November 10 / Glasgow, UK / O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 13 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 15 / Paris, FR / Bataclan

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

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Tedeschi Trucks Band TikTok: @tedeschitrucksband

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES BANDAGES

NEW TRACK FEATURED ON UPCOMING EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15 VIA FANTASY

HEADLINING HOMETOWN SHOW IN TORONTO ON AUGUST 9 AT THE DRAKE HOTEL

UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDES SUPPORT DATES
WITH MEN I TRUST AND BAD BAD HATS

TORONTO, ON – June 30, 2022 – Today, emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, shares Bandages, another dazzling, deeply personal track from her upcoming EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, out July 15th on Fantasy Records. Listen to Bandages and pre-order The Ceiling Could Collapse.

“Bandages is about the helpless feeling of loving someone who is struggling,” Bobbitt explains. “It’s a very hard pill to swallow that sometimes loving someone is not enough to make them better.”

Her piercing and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, (which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht,) centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, and love. 

Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” she says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.

In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A deleted scene offered a revelation: “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” Bobbitt says and laughs.

More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.

Bobbitt is hitting the road this summer for solo shows and dates supporting Men I Trust and Bad Bad Hats, and will also be playing her first headlining show at home in Toronto, on August 9th at The Drake Hotel. See below for all dates.  

TOUR DATES:
8/4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
8/9 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Drake Hotel

~ w/ Bad Bad Hats
* w/ Men I Trust

Follow Rachel Bobbitt:

Website | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | TikTok | Spotify | Apple Music

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BUTCHER BROWN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY
FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
DUE SEPTEMBER 16 VIA CONCORD JAZZ

SHARES LEAD SINGLE LIQUID LIGHT
WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

PRE-ORDER/SAVE HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 29, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, officially announces their forthcoming big band album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, due September 16 via Concord Jazz. The album was originally written and produced by the band's MC and multi-instrumentalist, Tennishu, as a hip hop album, complete with an ode to The Notorious B.I.G., and has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND together to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.

Alongside the announcement, the band shares the project's smooth lead single, Liquid Light, which follows their one-off single, BLACK MAN, featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter, Michael Millions, released last month, which XXL included in their Best New Hip Hop Songs of the Week list. The new song is coupled with an accompanying video directed and animated by Oriane Rondeau.

Describing the group's journey for this project, bassist Andrew Randazzo says, “Over the years, everything about this band has become more refined and mature — from the playing and producing to recording — but the soul was there from the beginning... We already had the spark.”

The new project marks Butcher Brown's first body of work since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's, Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album, #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as "a great marriage of hip-hop and jazz."

More recently, they wrapped up a European tour to end 2021 and will be touring throughout the US this year, including a set at this year's Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa in July. Vinyl will be available on November 11 in standard black and Opaque Blue as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks, Guitarmy and Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).

Listen to Liquid Light and pre-save Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey here. Learn more about Butcher Brown below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.
 
Upcoming Live Dates:
7/17 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Fest (w/ Pink Siifu)
7/30 - Napa, CA @ Blue Note Jazz Festival
8/5 - Martinsville, VA @ The Big What at Pop's Farm
8/6 - Fayetteville, GA @ Mad South Jazz Fest at City Center Park
8/27 - Richmond, VA @ Crab Festival at Brown's Island
9/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Fest
9/24 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
10/30 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
2/3/2023 - Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 19 at MSC Divina

Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND Track Listing:
1. Triple Trey (Intro / How Much A Dollar Cost)
2. Freeze Me
3. Liquid Light
4. Lawd Why
5. Git Along
6. 777 (Intro)
7. 777
8. 777 (Outro)
9. Breevin'
10. Cusian
11. Unbelievable
12. Triple Trey (Outro / How Much A Dollar Cost)

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More about Butcher Brown:
Miles Davis once quipped, “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” Butcher Brown has released forward-thinking and expansive hybrids of jazz and hip-hop since 2013. Today, they have an apt descriptor for their songs: solar music. Drawing inspiration from every sound under the sun, the Richmond, VA band adds elements of funk, soul, and rock to their foundational mix. The result is a Southern-leaning, sometimes psychedelic fusion that feels fresh yet familiar. Simultaneously working within and defying genre conventions, Butcher Brown is a jazz festival mainstay that could tour with Tyler the Creator as easily as Khruangbin.

“We get daps from the jazz cats, the rap scene, the indie scene, and everyone else,” says drummer Corey Fonville. Every Butcher Brown album, show, and improvisational leap therein stems from the synergy, vision, and inexhaustible musical curiosity of him and his bandmates: producer/multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison; bassist/composer Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.

The band’s latest album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, deconstructs big band jazz and reshapes it in the band’s eclectic image. With all due respect to Count Basie, the album sounds nothing like your grandparents’ 45s. Randazzo adapted Tennishu’s rap beats for Butcher Brown and 10 other Richmond musicians, turning them into bold and blaring suites for Tennishu to bless with his smooth baritone. Tennishu finds new pockets of rhyme between resonant brass, smacking percussion, warm guitar, funky bass, and more. Amidst party-starting originals, the ensemble delivers a reverent yet inventive Notorious B.I.G. cover that will move crowds in every New York borough. Think of Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND as an alternate score to Baz Lurhman’s Great Gatsby adaptation, a brilliant blend of contemporary genre-smashing injected into the past.

The band’s past begins in Richmond, where several members attended VCU’s jazz program, and everyone mixed in the city’s vibrant music scene. Between classes and performances at local clubs, all congregated at Harrison’s home studio: Jellowstone. Jam sessions bled into blunt-passing smoke sessions soundtracked by beat tapes from renowned Richmond producer Ohbliv, D’Angelo’s sensual, funky and forward-thinking neo-soul, and saxophonist Joe Henderson’s Power to the People. All culminated in Butcher Brown’s 2014 debut, All Purpose Music, a 76-minute jazz-driven odyssey into every genre at the band’s disposal.
 
That spark fueled a beat tape (Grown Folk, 2015), southern-inflected soul and rock excursions (The Healer, 2015 and Virginia Noir, 2016), a raucous live album (Live at Vagabond, 2017), jazz-funk fusion (Camden Session, 2018), and an Afrobeat tribute (Afrokuti, 2018). After tours with Galactic, Lettuce, and jazz giant Kamasi Washington, Butcher Brown turned a corner with their Concord Jazz debut, 2020’s #KingButch. They recorded at Jellowstone and abandoned worries about creating songs that would be easily replicable live, blurring the lines between soul-jazz and boom-bap, eliminating the divide between P-funk and modern funk, and transforming rap-meets-bossa nova amalgams into kaleidoscopic psychedelia. With Tennishu rapping, the band was in new territory and closer to their roots than ever. Their catalog-spanning NPR Tiny Desk Concert, crowd packing European tour, and inspired, Alex Isley-assisted cover of Patrice Rushen’s Remind Me in 2021 proved their range remained limitless, unbound by genre and time.

Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND continues the band’s backward-gazing leap into the future. Following their appearance at 2022’s Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, they have planned collaborations with critically acclaimed rappers and other artists. For now, look for Butcher Brown to bring the big band, the spirit of Jellowstone, and their latest iteration of solar music to the world.

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SIERRA FERRELL COVERS YEARS FOR NEW JOHN ANDERSON TRIBUTE ALBUM

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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

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

TORONTO, ON – June 29, 2022 – A new version of legendary country artist John Anderson’s song, Years, performed by acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Sierra Ferrell, is debuting today. Watch/share the official music video here.

Reflecting on the song, Ferrell shares: “I grew up listening to John Anderson on country music radio, so I was honored…almost like a pinch yourself moment, when I was asked to contribute to this album. Years is such a great song, and it spoke to me from the first time I heard it. The lyrics and John’s unmistakably haunting voice immediately flooded my brain with that universal truth…that life is so precious and so brief. I felt called to that song, and I’ve always thought that if you feel a song in your bones, you can bring it to life. From that point, everything becomes almost effortless.”

Years—the title track of Anderson’s acclaimed 2020 album—is the third song unveiled from Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, the anticipated tribute record celebrating Anderson’s songs and career, set for release August 5 via Easy Eye Sound (pre-order here).

Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Ferrell, Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Ahead of the release, two additional album tracks recently debuted: I Just Came Home to Count the Memories, performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and Wild and Blue, performed by Brent Cobb. Of Cobb’s rendition, Brooklyn Vegan praises, “He makes it his own without losing the charm of the original, and it's a genuinely lovely rendition.” 

Of the record, Anderson shares: “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally.”

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

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

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

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

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SHE & HIM SHARE THIRD SINGLE TIL I DIE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON - June 29, 2022 - Today, Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him) released the third single, Til I Die, off their upcoming album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, out July 22 via Fantasy Records. Til I Die first appeared on the Beach Boys’ 1971 album, Surf’s Up. Darlin' and Wouldn't It Be Nice were the first two singles to be released from Melt Away. Watch the visualizer for Til I Die here and pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.

With Deschanel’s vocals atop fluttering trumpet and Ward’s lovingly languid slide guitar figures, She & Him’s gorgeous take on Til I Die re-imagines the Beach Boys’ dazzling ballad while losing none of the original’s oceanic depth.

“Matt introduced that one to me,” Deschanel explains while talking about the song’s radiant glow. “I didn’t know it but loved it instantly. The melodies are stunning.” “It’s incredibly complex—the more you get into it, it’s like a labyrinth, but one you enjoy being in,” Ward adds.

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

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

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

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album, Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop. As Deschanel’s maintained a successful acting career and Ward’s continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Deschanel’s dramatic vocals pairing with Ward’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.

Tickets for She & Him’s upcoming fall tour are available at sheandhim.com.

NEW FALL TOUR DATES
9.9.22 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
9.10.22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues 
9.11.22 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
9.13.22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
9.14.22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
9.16.22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens

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VALERIE JUNE GOES UNDER COVER ON AUGUST 26

JUNE'S 8-TRACK EP UNDER COVER FEATURES SONGS WRITTEN BY FRANK OCEAN, JOHN LENNON, NICK CAVE, GILLIAN WELCH, BOB DYLAN, JOE SOUTH, MAZZY STAR AND NICK DRAKE
 
LISTEN TO JUNE'S DAZZLING COVER OF
FRANK OCEAN'S GODSPEED 
HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 28, 2022 – Acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, will release Under Cover – a specially curated 8-track covers collection, available digitally and on CD + vinyl, August 26th, 2022, via Fantasy Records. 

Under Cover features extraordinary interpretations of songs by some of June’s favourite artists including previously unreleased versions of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed, Joe South’s Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home, Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Into My Arms. The EP also includes two tracks that appeared on June’s (digital only) The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Deluxe Edition: John Lennon’s Imagine, and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Bob Dylan’s transcendent Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You, (previously available as an Amazon Original exclusive) and June’s captivating reading of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You, released last month, rounds out the set. Listen to Godspeed (Frank Ocean cover) here. Pre-order Under Cover here.
 
As one of American music’s most admired sonic experimentalists, June approaches these carefully chosen tracks with a sense of both reverence and freedom. It’s a one-of-kind balance between modern and traditional influences that makes her a special artistic force and these timeless songs her own.  
 
Valerie June’s most recent full-length album, 2021’s acclaimed The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, was one of the year’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (UNCUT) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). 
 
The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur. The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 
 
Under Cover Track List:
1.Pink Moon (Nick Drake)
2.Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
3.Look At Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
4.Godspeed (Frank Ocean)
5.Imagine (John Lennon)
6.Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home (Joe South)
7.Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan)
8.Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) 

Catch Valerie June On Tour:
7/9 – Palomino Festival – Pasadena, CA
7/10 – Henry Miller Memorial Library – Big Sur, CA
7/11 – Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA
7/24 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
7/29 – Kaslo Jazz Fest – Kaslo, Canada
7/31 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
8/2 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
8/3 – Alma Mater – Tacoma, WA
8/4 – Hult Center for the Performing Arts – Eugene, OR
8/5-8/7 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
8/18-8/21 – Green Man 2022 – Crickhowell, UK
8/23 – Blues Kitchen – Manchester, UK
8/24 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
9/2 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/17 – XpoNential Music Festival – Camden, NJ

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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW TRAILBLAZER AWARD

AWARD TO HONOUR AND RECOGNIZE CANADIAN MANAGERS OR SELF-MANAGED ARTISTS WHO ARE CARVING NEW PATHS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY LANDSCAPE

NOMINATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE
WITH DEADLINE TO SUBMIT BY SUNDAY, JULY 24
AT 11:59 P.M. PST

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE
MMF CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOW OPEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 28, 2022 – MMF Canada is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Trailblazer Award, recognizing Canadian managers or self-managed artists who are carving new paths within the industry landscape. The recipient of the award will be celebrated during the annual MMF Canada Honour Roll Awards, taking place both in-person in Toronto and online in the fall. Nominations for the Trailblazer Award are now open, with MMF Canada members encouraged to put forth deserving candidates (including themselves) for consideration. The nomination deadline is Sunday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Guidelines and the nomination form can be found here.   

"The entire music industry has shown their creativity, perseverance and resilience through the challenges and opportunities presented over the last couple of years,” reflects Amie Therrien, Executive Director, MMF Canada. “We wanted to find a way to celebrate people working in music management who exemplify those traits and are doing something unique that is driving the industry forward whether they've been in the business for two or 20 years. Opening up nominations to all MMF Canada members is different from how we've done things in the past but is crucial to ensuring we hear about people doing great work from across the country, from various backgrounds, in all genres, and from all experience levels." 

The MMF Canada Honour Roll, now in its 15th year, is a flagship event in the industry calendar. The annually sold-out event brings together the award recipients and their guests, with past honourees, MMF’s Board of Directors, and other industry personnel, to celebrate the achievements of Canadian music managers and self-managed artists. Along with the newly introduced Trailblazer Award is the Honour Roll Award, which recognizes a Canadian music manager for outstanding career achievements; the Brian Chater Builder Award, which celebrates those who have had significant impact in building the Canadian music industry; and the Banner Year Award, which honours the success of an artist and their management for an exceptional year.

Additionally, MMF Canada opens the call for nominations to its Board of Directors. Eight of the 12 seats are up for election this year, with four directors being elected to full three-year terms, and four directors to two-year terms, in order to allow for the organization to get back into an equal rotation after updating the length of terms last year. More information about the board and how to submit a nomination can be found here.

The past few years have seen the 25-year-old organization grow in significant and meaningful ways. In addition to hiring an Executive Director and several staff, MMF Canada launched the Bespoke Mntrship Program, as well as multiple programs, including webinars, masterclasses, and networking events, both online and in-person on international platforms. MMF Canada will also be launching a fresh spin on the in-person Honour Roll Awards event in 2022.

“The board for the last two years has been the most diverse ever,” says Board Chair, Helen Britton. “The variety of voices at the table have a huge impact in strategic planning, priorities, advocacy, board, staff and membership training activities, and the overall growth and direction of the organization. We want to continue this work and are looking for a strong slate of nominees to take us into the next phase of the organization.”

ABOUT MMF CANADA
MMF Canada is the national, collective voice for Canadian music managers, their artists, and self-managed artists working at all levels and in all genres. The non-profit organization provides professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and other industry professionals, ensuring that all can have access to the support and tools necessary for success. MMF Canada is also a fierce advocate, working alongside partner associations, ensuring that government and industry programs and policies best serve artists and managers.

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE

ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE
 
Toronto, ON – June 24, 2022 – Today, Los Angeles-based, Zella Day, releases her first new song of 2022.  Entitled Radio Silence, the track - which was written in fall of 2021 - details the experience of a young woman forced to reckon with the choices surrounding an unintended pregnancy. Combining sonic elements of college radio-era R.E.M. with haunting synths and drums, as well as some of the most pointed, evocative lyrics Day has ever written, Radio Silence is raw, candid, and universally resonant. Listen to Radio Silence here.
 
Radio Silence was written by Day and Alex Casnoff (Jonathan Wilson, Harriet), and features backing vocals from fellow LA musician, Miya Folick. Lyrics for the song - prescient in their ability to match our current political reality months after they were penned - are below.  
 
Says Day about the song, “I had life-threatening complications with a pregnancy three years ago, and I can’t even imagine what it would have been like had I not been given the freedom to make my own choices for myself and my body at that time.  As Simone de Beauvoir wrote, ‘The body is not a thing, it’s a situation.’ It’s as if the world has turned its back on us at our most vulnerable, when we are faced with a decision that will change our lives forever.”  
 
Radio Silence is a bold sonic step forward for Day, and a fitting welcome to the next chapter of her musical journey.  In 2021, Day released a handful of tracks that racked up millions and millions of streams, including GoldenDance For LoveGirls, a duet with Weyes Blood called Holocene, and a remix of Golden by Twin Shadow. Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club last year, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA singer/songwriter to the new generation.  
 
Lyrics for Radio Silence
Born in the valley ’85
You took me to the guest house
Where your friends would all skip class and get high
Rolling up the windows 
Now you're pouring me wine in your jacuzzi 
You want your sex more like the movies
So I bought a book on Kamasutra 
To get you screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
You sent me a picture of your doorstep
Of your key and where to find it 
Back of your closet
In your best pants
The cash inside your wallet
You have anxiety over pregnancy
So you bought this fucking pill for me
Now it’s Friday night and you’re out
My head is inside the toilet
I love how you told me to calm down
And I’m screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
How could this happen to me
I happen to be holding on
How could this happen to me
I happen to be strong
What I couldn’t see
It was happening to me all along 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
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BLUES ROCKERS THE RECORD COMPANY HONOUR THE LEGACIES OF BIG MAMA THORNTON AND ELVIS PRESLEY WITH IMAGINATIVE REWORKING OF HOUND DOG OUT TODAY

NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – June 24, 2022 — Hound Dog is one of those timeless rock and roll songs that feels indelibly etched on our collective consciousness. While Elvis Presley’s cover of the song is likely more widely known than Big Mama Thornton’s original, the latter was a game-changer that sounds as bold and alluring now as it did when it was first released in 1952.
 
Chris Vos, Alex Stiff, and Marc Carzola of blues-rock powerhouse, The Record Company, drew inspiration from both versions for their inspired reimagining of the song, released today. Listen to it here.
 
“I love the song ‘Hound Dog.’  I grew up with the Elvis version and found the Big Mama Thornton version later in life, so when we got together to do this track, we took the lyric inspiration from Thornton’s original and some of the attitude inspiration from the Elvis version, twisted it together, changed the chords around, and made something that doesn’t sound very much like either,” laughs Chris Vos.
 
He recalls, “We recorded the version you’re hearing in 2020 as part of our Side Project EP, but we didn’t release it then. With this Elvis film coming out, we thought it would be the perfect time to put our version out into the world, and we’re excited about it.”
 
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video that captures a rousing live performance of the song. Watch it here.
 
"The video that we did was super simple: we just wanted to take it into one room and show the energy of the band playing the song,” explains Vos. “And of course, we had to have our buddy and recording companion – Alex’s dog Seeger – in the room with us. You can’t have a hound dog song without the dog in the room! So, there you have it.”
 
“I would encourage everybody to go listen to the original Big Mama Thornton version, especially one that she did in the ‘60s when they were over in Germany,” says Vos. “She had a version with Buddy Guy that you can easily find on YouTube that’s just a swinging, phenomenal rendition. It’s really something, and I listen to it often. And of course, the Elvis version will always go down in history as one of the great moments in rock and roll.”
 
The Record Company will be on tour throughout 2022. This summer, they will appear at festivals in the US and Canada including Milwaukee’s Summerfest (taking place this weekend), Black Dirt Music Festival, CityFolk, and Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. They have confirmed a new run of dates for fall that includes stops in St. Louis, Nashville, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and others.  A full list of shows is below.
 
The Record Company is guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff, and drummer Marc Cazorla. Last spring, they released the Side Project EP, which features reimagined and reconstructed renditions of songs by some of their favorite artists, including the aforementioned Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS, and Willie Dixon.
 
In October of 2021, their third studio album, Play Loud (produced by Dave Sardy, known for his work with Oasis, The Head and The Heart, LCD Soundsystem, and The Who), was released to critical praise and yielded a top-five Triple-A radio hit in, How High. In December, the band performed their hit Never Leave You on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
 
The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The record produced three top ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly described their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, and NPR’s World Café, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff, and the Zac Brown Band.
 
The Record Company – 2022 Tour
6/25 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/23 Bloomington, IL Black Dirt Music Festival
8/11 Ketchum, ID Sun Valley Museum of Art
8/14 Bend, OR Oregon Spirit Distillers
9/15 Ottawa, ON CityFolk
9/17 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
10/2 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
10/20 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
10/21 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
10/22 Covington, KY Madison Theater
10/24 Washington, DC The Howard
10/25 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Hall
10/27 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
10/28 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
10/29 Boston, MA Royale
10/31 Holyoke, MA Race Street Live
11/1 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Iron Works
11/3 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/4 Chicago, IL Park West
11/5 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
11/7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/8 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
11/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11/11 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
11/12 Jackson, WY The Center
11/15 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
11/16 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
11/18 San Francisco, CA August Hall
11/19 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

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SYLVAN ESSO ENTER THEIR NEXT ERA ON NEW SINGLE YOUR REALITY

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SUMMER TOUR CONTINUES WITH HEADLINE SET AT ELECTRIC FOREST TOMORROW, PLUS NEWPORT FOLK FEST, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND 32 DATES WITH ODESZA INCLUDING STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER

“Let me remember how to live my life, were there rules originally, or are we learning how to be?”

TORONTO, ON – June 23, 2022 – Today, with the release of a surreal new song called Your Reality, Sylvan Esso enter their next era. Describing their first three albums as a trilogy that is now complete, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn stand at the start of a period that is stranger and more cathartic than the band has ever been. Featuring a string arrangement from Gabriel Kahane, and delicately frenetic drums by TJ Maiani, the slippery, complexly layered single serves as the opening to a chapter, a reference point “for how weird we can take it,” says Sanborn. “How bare and strange something can be.” 

Over a sparse, skittering pattern of percussive synth, Meath remembers how to live. She swims in the air and walks in the sky, while asking a question that has preoccupied the post-pandemic world: “Were there rules originally, or are we learning how to be?” From the depths of the mix an echoing bed of backing vocals answers, “No rules.” 

Listen to Your Reality, out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here.

Your Reality follows the scorching arrival of recent single, Sunburn, which The New York Times praised as “bouncy and pointillistic,” and Rolling Stone described as “a study in contrasts, detailing the exhilaration of pursuing pleasure and pushing the envelope.” After debuting the track for tens of thousands of fans across three nights at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, as well as an Austin City Limits taping, spring tour, and a stop at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival last month, Sylvan Esso will bring both of the new songs to a headlining set at Electric Forest Festival this weekend. 

Over the coming months, summer will also see Sylvan Esso play Newport Folk Festival, Life is Beautiful and more than 30 arena and amphitheater shows with ODESZA, including Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Find information for all upcoming tour dates at sylvanesso.com/#tour.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
6/24 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
7/24 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre* 
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion*  
8/26 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* 
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at The Mann*
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*

9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park*
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* 
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion*
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* 
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre*

9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* 
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* 
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre*
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween 
*w/ ODESZA

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TENNYSON KING ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2022 TOUR

GOOD COMPANY ALBUM OUT EVERYWHERE NOW

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TORONTO, ON - June 22, 2022 - Nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, is hitting the Canadian highways this summer for a cross country tour and it all kicks off July 7 in Kamloops, BC, at Music In The Park. The tour will see the Hong-Kong Canadian musician bring his latest album, Good Company, to life in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Watch the tour promo video here
 
"I feel that a big part of the reason I perform so much and tour so much around the country is not only because I love it, but to also really represent the Asian/Chinese community in the live performance setting," says Tennyson. "Growing up I rarely saw any one that looked like me on stage which made it hard to really imagine myself in the place that I am today. Even today, it is still rare to see Chinese musicians on stage in Canada. So part of my performing in front of people is to bring that awareness and inspire young asian artists. It's why I think it's important for me to play so much and definitely fuels me to keep at it."

Nature is also something Tennyson holds dear to his heart and plays a big part in his writing process which can be heard throughout his debut album that was released in January this year. Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature and water, Slow Down is an elemental and earthy take on acknowledging our surroundings and appreciating nature, Share This Moment is an ode to sharing experiences with other humans through travel and vulnerability, It Ain’t Easy is a catchy, rhythmic and upbeat track that sounds light in nature, but was written from an emotionally difficult time when Tennyson felt pressured to fit in with white Canadian music, while What Am I Doing is a reflection of the path Tennyson has chosen and the highs and lows of being a musician.

"I'll be playing at some new venues and lots of outdoor shows which will give concert goers a chance to listen to me serenade them while they have the mountains and water as the backdrop," adds Tennyson"I'm just so excited to hit the road this summer and perform songs from my new album Good Company with people all over British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario."

In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的进度, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada, followed up by 自在 in June. In September, Tennyson performed at the largest Asian music festival in the world, Joy Ruckus Club 4. Throughout the rest of 2021 and into March, Tennyson toured across the country in support of Good Company. His music was supported by SiriusXM’s North Americana channel, Stingray Music, several Spotify playlists, CBC Radio, and has been featured in various publications, such as: Eat North, BYTA: Method To My Music, Post City Magazine, Exclaim!, Toronto Life, Nature Canada, The RepresentASIAN Project, and OMNI News. You can also listen to his third Chinese language single, a rendition of Life On Shore (Carry Me Away), which was released in May 2022 for Asian Heritage Month. 
 
I'm grateful to be playing at the Steamboat Mountain Festival and Peak Music Festival for the first time this summer,” adds Tennyson. “Part of the tour will be performed as a duo with Chris Noble playing keyboards and adding an electronic rhythmic element to my show. I haven't brought this set-up on tour and I'm excited to share with everyone. I’m really looking forward to connecting with everyone this summer!
 
More information on tour dates and tickets can be found here and full tour dates are listed below. As well, you can learn more about Tennyson in his bio here.
 
Tennyson King’s Summer 2022 Tour Dates:
7.2 - Creston, BC - Good Company Coffee
7.7 - Kamloops, BC - Music In The Park
7.8 - Golden, BC - Whitetooth Brewing Company
7.9 - Edgewater, BC - Steamboat Mountain Festival
7.10 - Edgewater, BC - Steamboat Mountain Festival
7.11 - Revelstoke, BC - REVY. Live Outside
7.12 - Salmon Arm, BC - Shuswap Cider
7.13 - Ashcroft, BC - UniTea Cafe & Lounge
7.14 - Williams Lake, BC - Performances In The Park
7.15 - Hope, BC - Concerts In the Park
7.16 - Kelowna, BC - Lakesider Brewing Co
7.18 - Vancouver, BC - Sofar Sounds
7.21 - Kelowna, BC - Red Bird Brewing
7.22 - Castlegar, BC - Tailout Brewing
7.23 - Kimberley, BC - Bohemian Spirits
7.24 - Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
7.25 - Swift Current, SK - Railway North Social House
7.26 - Gravelbourg, SK - Cafe De Paris
7.27 - Regina, SK - Bushwakker Brewing Company
7.28 - Portage La Praire, SK - Mr Mikes
7.29 - Winnipeg, MB - Trans Canada Brewing Co.

8.1 - Lafleche, SK - Wood River Inn
8.2 - Calgary, AB - Cafe Koi 
8.12 - 100 Mile House, BC - Outdoor Concert Series (Centennial Park)
8.14 - Golden, BC - Golden Skybridge Summer Concert Series
8.18 - Kelowna, BC - Parks Alive! 
8.19 - Nelson, BC - TBA
8.20 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Hotel
8.25 - Edmonton, AB - The Backyard (For The Love Of Downtown Concert Series)
8.26 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive Lounge
8.27 - Calgary, AB - Cafe Koi - Bus-Boats, Beach N’ Bands Festival
8.31 - Calgary, AB - Heritage Park Historical Village

9.1 - Invermere, BC - Arrowhead Brewing Company
9.2 - Creston, BC - Frisky Whisky
9.3 - Cranbrook, BC - Peak Music Festival
9.8 - Kenora, ON - Bobs Burger Bar
9.9 - Thunder Bay, ON - TBA
9.10 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The Water Tower Inn
9.12 - Mississauga, ON - Living Arts Centre - Opening for Tommy Emmanuel
9.15 - Mississauga, ON - MCS Amphitheatre - #LoveLocal Series
9.16 - Mississauga, ON - Mississauga Music Awards
9.18 - Cookstown, ON - Gussapolooza Music Festival

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About Tennyson King:
A nomadic indie-folk musician from Hong Kong and Canada and traveller at heart, TK has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock sound, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. Good Company, produced by Juno nominee, Ross Hayes Citrullo, is an encapsulation of Tennyson’s adventures on the road. With a vintage vibe as inviting as a cosy cabin, he welcomes us to “Share This Moment” in his natural habitat, as the opening track suggests. He writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, his raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.

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AWARD-WINNING TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER J3M SHARES EXPANSIVE NEW SONG SPACE AND TIME FROM AFRONAUT EP OUT AUGUST 5

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Toronto, ON – June 22, 2022 – Prolific, award-winning Toronto based singer-songwriter-pianist, J3M, shares the video for his new single, SPACE AND TIME  today. The song is a straight-up funky disco-pop banger. Beneath its overall dark sound, the track unrelentingly shines bright enough to make you want to dance, and will be featured on J3M's forthcoming concept EP, AFRONAUT, to be released August 5. The video was directed, produced AND choreographed by J3M, filmed in the Toronto subway system and across the city with some pals in the mix - experience SPACE AND TIME in action here.

The video for SPACE AND TIME is a huge interstellar on-the-ground dance party – in transit! Kyle Laurin's editing takes us back in time with PowerPoint style transitions and other 90's sensibilities. Piotr Dudek, Sharon and Joseph Roberts were behind the cameras, while a cast of J3M's friends from in town and beyond joined in for a virtual dance party. 
 
AFRONAUT is a space-themed concept album that takes the listener through each stage of a failed relationship and the love for oneself that is found through the grieving process, as told through the perspective of its protagonist, AFRONAUT, and a bond with his lover, the Alien. 

"SPACE AND TIME is AFRONAUT deciding that maybe both he and The Alien need to take a step back from the situation. After all, it takes two people to create a conflict in the first place. Though it’s easy to pick sides in any dispute, sometimes we must agree to disagree," J3M says of this chapter in the story. "Flying back to earth in his ship alone, AFRONAUT realizes that self love is the most important kind of love. And that love in action, is showing up for himself and asking for what he needs."

SPACE AND TIME follows MOONLESS, a woefully romantic, track blends retro synth pop, mid 80’s R&B and 90’s boy bands with a signature touch. Listen to MOONLESS and experience J3M's live performance in this amazing unplugged rendition here, and a lyric video, created by by Gabriel Altrows and Gergana Peeva, here

AFRONAUT marks an evolution from J3M's previous work with more intricate production and a clearer vision. The pop-driven EP is abundant with piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass and even live strings. On one occasion, J3M and producer, Mike Tompa, travelled to Chalet Studios in Uxbridge, ON to find the perfect piano (a Yamaha C3) to have on select tracks, which is the same piano J3M used for his 2019 standout single, Stuck To My Heart. Other tracks feature a vintage John Brinsmead piano from Miloco Studios in London, UK, The Roland Juno 106 synth and the Prophet Rev 2. 

J3M's previous single, Show Me, was the catalyst for J3M to realize he had other songs and fragments of ideas that mirrored the same sound, theme and concept. Alas, space was made for AFRONAUT to fully soar. Show Me, another retro-synth ballad in its own right (Produced by Matthew Fudge), sees AFRONAUT getting into his ship and leaving earth, embarking on a mission to find the Alien. Upon finding them, a confession is given from the Alien to AFRONAUT. The Alien explains that they are having a hard time connecting and communicating, and this has nothing to do with AFRONAUT.

Tune in as the rest of the AFRONAUT EP story unfolds with more on the way in the coming months!

Get to know J3M (he/they):
Blending pop, disco, soul and R&B, J3M is ready to paint pictures, tell stories, and share melodies that will live in your head rent-free. The award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist has backed powerhouse artists such as Tanika Charles, TiKA, Zaki Ibrahim, Amaal, The OBGMs, James Baley and more, both locally and internationally. Sharing stages with Kehlani, Weezer, Brandy, July Talk and the Arkells (just to name a few), J3M is no stranger to the industry. He's played everywhere from POP Montreal, Toronto Pride, Afropunk Paris, Osheaga, SXSW and even on Carnival cruise lines.

Based in Toronto, but born in Ottawa with Guyanese roots, J3M has been playing and singing for as long as he can remember. So, whether it’s lighting up rooms with his sharp writing, production and arranging skills or bringing down the house with a vivacious live performance, the queer artist is aimed and ready to take the world by storm!

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DAWES SHARE EVERYTHING IS PERMANENT

MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER
ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 22

NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM – 
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BUSY LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES,  SUMMER RUN WITH THE HEAD AND THE HEART,  AND CO-HEADLINE COLLABORATIVE TOUR WITH BAHAMAS

TORONTO SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 16 AT PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

TORONTO, ON - June 17, 2022 - Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have shared Everything Is Permanent, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – premieres today via YouTubeListento Everything Is Permanent. 
 
Everything Is Permanent marks the latest single from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore.
 
“This is a song (about how everything about us is tracked, documented, recorded, filed, mined, bought, sold, etc. etc. on some level) that is wrapped around a molten core of a breakdown/freakout/majorminorinterweave that is probably the moment I’m most proud of on the whole record,” says singer/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith. “After showing you the blood and guts, we gently sew the song back together again and end with what could be the tagline for all of social media and the screen-life-culture that we subscribe to these days to varying degrees: ‘Did you really need to cry? Or be seen crying?’”
 
Dawes will celebrate MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a non-stop live schedule getting underway with a very special Independence Day event with Phil Lesh & Friends, set for Monday, July 4 at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage. A jam-packed international itinerary follows, including headline shows, festival performances, a summer run with The Head and The Heart, and a just-announced co-headline tour with GRAMMY® Award-nominated Canadian artist Bahamas. “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas” will see both acts performing together for two unique live sets, with Dawes backing Bahamas and Bahamas then joining Dawes for an unprecedented collaborative performance. The tour begins  September 7 at Knoxville, TN’s Bijou Theatre and then travels the US through the month. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour
 
Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before. The album includes such recently released singles as Comes In Waves and the epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, both available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Official performance videos are streaming now via YouTube.

DAWES TOUR 2022
JULY
4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
 
AUGUST
1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
 
SEPTEMBER
3-4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
7 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
8 – Richmond, VA – Brown's Island #
9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Gears and Guitars #
10 – Charleston, SC – The Windjammer #
11 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater #
13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
14 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts #
16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
17 – Hammondsport, NY – Point of the Bluff Vineyards #
18 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theatre #
19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theatre #
21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre #
22 – Lexington, KY – The Burl Outdoors #
23 – Memphis, TN – Overton Park Shell #
24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
25- Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre
 
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart
# “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas”

About Dawes:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNVEILS PSALM OF AGONY SINGLE FEATURING NEW VOCALIST TRAVIS WORLAND

TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 - Progressive deathcore practitioners, ENTERPRISE EARTH, recently welcomed singer Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow) to their lineup. Today, the band is pleased to unveil Psalm Of Agony, their first new track featuring Worland. Stream ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Psalm Of Agony here.
 
Comments guitarist Gabe Mangold, "Psalm Of Agony, the first song with Travis Worland on vocals, is here and the next chapter of ENTERPRISE EARTH has officially begun. In addition to showcasing Travis' vocal capabilities, this song is also a journey instrumentally. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

ENTERPRISE EARTH will begin their US headlining tour next tour month. The Chosen Tour begins July 22 in Seattle, Washington and runs through August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Support will be provided by Within Destruction, Sentinels, and labelmates Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH continues to tour in support of their latest full-length, The Chosen, released early this year via MNRK Heavy. Distorted Sound crowns The Chosen the band’s, “heaviest album to date,” adding, “the Washington-quartet have rather significantly developed their sound and style that has made them take one more step towards asserting their rightful place amongst death metal royalty. The genre has always been about breaking the norm, creating something that will pummel everything in its path, and The Chosen has done that.” Blabbermouth observes, “ENTERPRISE EARTH come pretty close to transcending deathcore altogether on The Chosen, instead pursuing a new and often electrifying hybrid of modern (and not so modern) metallic styles, replete with far bigger tunes than on any previous record. From the opening seconds of Where Dreams Are Broken, the sheer, shiny weight of this thing is abundantly apparent. The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.” Adds MetalSucks, “The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most-everything record to date: it’s the heaviest, the most vicious, the most technical, and, not for nothing, the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire, and it’s already destined to be one of 2022’s must-hear metal releases.”

The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here. View the band’s previously released videos for Where Dreams Are BrokenReanimate // DisintegrateLegends Never Die, and a variety of visualizers from The Chosen at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel here.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Within Destruction, Sentinels, Great American Ghost:
7/22/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/23/2022 Dantes – Portland, OR
7/25/2022 Goldfields – Roseville, CA
7/26/2022 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/28/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
7/29/2022 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
7/30/2022 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
7/31/2022 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
8/02/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/03/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
8/04/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
8/05/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2022 Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
8/07/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
8/09/2022 Planet Trog – Allentown, PA
8/10/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/11/2022 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2022 The Outpost – Kent, OH
8/13/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/14/2022 WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
8/16/2022 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
8/17/2022 Skylark – Rock Island, IL
8/18/2022 The Marquee – Sioux City, IA
8/19/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
8/20/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

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

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GREY DAZE RELEASE DRAG VIDEO AS THE PHOENIX ARRIVES

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TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 – Grey Daze, the band that birthed a modern rock icon, Chester Bennington, release The Phoenix, today via Loma Vista Recordings (stream it here). The 10-song bookend to 2020’s Amends, the newly-recorded album is a celebration of both Bennington and a testament to both the tenacity and talent of the surviving band members.
 
As news of the album’s existence was shared, Grey Daze founder, drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell said: “Amends was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude.”
 
Dowdell, accompanied by bass player, Mace Beyers, and guitar player, Cristin Davis, with producer, Esjay Jones, and with the blessing of Bennington’s family, reconvened in late 2020, re-recording, and re-working the songs which initially appeared, in a very different form, on the band’s largely unknown mid-‘90s releases. A group of special guests also played on the powerful new collection, with Dave Navarro and Richard Patrick featured on Holding You and Believe Me (respectively), and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila, paying homage to their dad on Hole. The band documented the process via a YouTube series which can be seen here.
 
The Phoenix’s arrival is marked with the debut of a Heidi Gadd directed video for Drag. Dowdell explains the themes behind the song: “Drag is a very dark and droning heavy track, but the underlying message is really special. Chester is telling us, literally, that life is too short to be intoxicated, life is too short to be a drag. It is a song that gives any listener with a substance abuse past something to feel good about, something to help pull themselves out of that dark place.”
 
Reception for the newly released album reflects the band’s upbeat and joyful tone, with Brooklyn Vegan calling it a “’90s alt-metal banger that finds Chester’s voice as unmistakable as ever,” Revolver describing it as “soaring,” and Rolling Stone dubbing the single Starting to Fly, a “rock anthem.”
 
Over the course of Grey Daze’s first incarnation, which ran 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing he publicly announced the Grey Daze’s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Talinda Bennington’s blessing, and working with Producer Esjay Jones, the surviving band members: Dowdell, Beyers, and Davis, moved forward, as both a way to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but also to expose his fans to another dimension of the dynamic singer. Amends arrived in 2020, with Rolling Stone, Revolver, Billboard, and Kerrang! praising the collection. NME summed it up best, saying Amends is “a great modern rock record fronted by one of the best vocalists in the game.”

The album is available to stream now, with the physical release, including several limited-edition vinyl variants, available on July 1.

THE PHOENIX TRACK LIST:
1. Saturation (Strange Love) (Video)
2. Starting to Fly (Video)
3. Be Your Man
4. Holding You (featuring Dave Navarro)
5. Hole (featuring Lily & Lila Bennington)
6. Drag (Video)
7. Believe Me (featuring Richard Patrick)
8. Anything, Anything
9. Spin
10. Wake Me
 
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INVICTUS: SOLO PROJECT LED BY KATAKLYSM/EX DEO FRONTMAN MAURIZIO IACONO TO RELEASE UNSTOPPABLE DEBUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA MNRK HEAVY

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TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 – INVICTUS, the new solo project led by Maurizio Iacono, will release their debut full-length, Unstoppable, on September 23 via MNRK Heavy today unveiling the record’s artwork, track listing, and preorders.

Well-respected as the singer of Kataklysm and Ex Deo, head of Hard Impact Artist Management, founder of Distortion Music Group, and co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency, Continental Touring, Iacono delivers dynamic new layers of heaviness and melody with his latest creative vehicle. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output. The 11 songs that comprise Unstoppable offer an unflinching view of an unbreakable spirit, examined through the lens of ambitious, unapologetic heavy music. Iacono executed his vision alongside longtime collaborator J-F Dagenais (guitarist for Kataklysm and Ex Deo) and producer/main songwriter Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within). Powerhouse drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., Inhuman Condition) rounded out the record with a blistering performance. Iacono got to know Clancy, who often works alongside Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, while making Kataklysm’s fourteenth album, 2020’s Unconquered. “Chris is an excellent songwriter and vocalist with a lot of talent,” Maurizio says. “We have a lot in common with our musical tastes.”

The sound of INVICTUS resonates deeply with all those who forged themselves in the fire of life’s obstacles. Conceived as an unflinching examination of fury and determination, INVICTUS explores the depths of struggle, frustration, and perseverance that shaped Iacono into the man he is today.

Comments Iacono, “Today we unleash the preview to a record we worked so very hard on. The first single Exiled has a great start-to-finish that really touches a lot of elements this album represents. My whole career has been about overcoming obstacles and reaching the light while keeping true to myself. This is a project that, regardless of the outcome, needed to be done for my soul. I’m very honored to have had Chris Clancy, J-F Dagenais and Jeramie Kling by my side in this new endeavor. Unstoppable is the gateway to self-preservation and perseverance and I hope you all enjoy it!”

Adds Clancy, “I was really honored to have Maurizio reach out to me and ask me to be a part of everything when decided it was time he did a solo project. It’s not often I have the chance to be so heavily involved in writing and working alongside people I look up to, so I jumped at the chance. We put some ideas together between us and everything just worked. I couldn’t believe how easily it all fell into place; how every idea we had just worked and fueled another idea. The music has gone from strength to strength, and I’ve never had so much fun. I think the music is absolutely brutal with a solid dose of anthemic moments scattered throughout. Exiled is a perfect example of what this album is about. It’s everything I’ve wanted to hear from a band for years and I’m stoked to be in it.”

View INVICTUS’ Exiled video, directed by David Brodsky (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Clutch), here. Unstoppable will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.   

Unstoppable Track Listing:
1. You Will Know Who I Am
2. Eagles
3. Bleed Me Out
4. Exiled
5. Get Up
6. Weaponized
7. 3656
8. Ghost Of My Father
9. Darkest Of Enemies
10. American Outcast
11. Keeping The Wolves At Bay

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KODALINE ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW ALBUM OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP

BROTHER OUT NOW
WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO
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HEADLING DUBLIN’S MALAHIDE CASTLE TOMORROW

TORONTO, ON – June 16, 2022 - When Kodaline stepped on stage at Dublin’s cozy, sold-out Olympia Theatre in early March 2022, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Steve Garrigan; bassist/vocalist, Jason Boland; guitarist/vocalist, Mark Prendergast; and drummer/vocalist, Vinny May, felt a deep sense of renewal – of their friendship, their brotherhood, and their musical community.

The beloved Irish quartet also felt a sense of release. Two years of pandemic-related separation –  from each other, and the audience they had meticulously built since 2011 – had underscored how essential that symbiotic relationship really is.

It's that sense of release that permeates Our Roots Run Deep, Kodaline’s brand-new, stripped-down, 17-track live album, and Fantasy Records debut, due October 14th. Pre-order the album here, and watch the live performance video of Brother here.

Produced with pristine clarity by fellow Irish cohort, Phillip Magee, Our Roots Run Deep features a cross-section of the group’s most treasured tunes and three illuminating covers in over 80-minutes of music.

“This album is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long-time, it’s also something entirely new to us,” explain the band. “It’s a stripped-down acoustic show with no click, which basically means, it’s very raw and unfiltered. We wanted to try and capture the energy and atmosphere of the night as best we could. It was an intimate show recorded in one of our favourite venues in the world, in Dublin City at home in Ireland. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing it.”

Known for the soaring, sing-along pop-rock anthems and lush, yearning ballads that have topped radio and streaming charts around the globe, for these special intimate performances Kodaline utilized largely acoustic instruments including cellist, David Doyle and keyboardist/vocalist, David Prendergast who help give the warm, living room sound added layers of texture and depth.

The quieter musical beds pushed the band’s emotionally driven lyrics and intricately woven harmonies to the forefront, deepening their poignant resonance even further. It also left room for the voices of their ecstatic fans, who filled the open spaces every chance they could!

While too plentiful to list in full, the set’s highlights include the highly apropos opener Wherever You Are, the lead track from their latest LP, 2020’s One Day At A Time; High Hopes, the lead single from the band’s debut album, 2013’s In A Perfect World; and Brother, a moving cut from the group’s third studio album, Politics of Living, which is now being released as the first track from Our Roots Run Deep.

The band include three interesting and revealing covers here as well: a brooding, dramatic turn on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, a mostly-a cappella performance of Sam Cooke’s soul classic, Bring It On Home To Me, and a taste of Dirty Old Town, the near Irish standard popularized by The Dubliners and The Pogues.

It can be argued that in some ways the international chart-topping hitmakers, and world-wide concert draws, who are massively synched on film and television, have been hiding in plain sight.  Our Roots Run Deep is a spectacular showcase for the purity of their artistry and the profound musical impact they’ve had on a generation. Their next step is around the corner, till then, this is Kodaline—unguarded, simple, essential.

Our Roots Run Deep will be released digitally and in an array of physical formats including CD / Standard Cream LP / Limited Indie & HMV Maroon LP / Irish Exclusive Green LP as well as special fan bundles available at kodaline.com including limited signed prints and exclusive double cassette.

Kodaline have announced an extensive Our Roots Run Deep European headline tour running through October and November 2022. Ahead of this, they will play several shows this month, including Malahide Castle tomorrow (June 17), Sea Sessions in Donegal, Ireland on June 18 and Lytham Festival on June 30. Full dates are listed below, and tickets are on sale now at kodaline.com.

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP TRACKLIST:
1. Wherever You Are
2. Ready
3. Brother 
4. Brand New Day 
5. Billie Jean 
6. The One 
7. Moving On 
8. The Answer 
9. Dirty Old Town 
10. Love Like This
11. Sometimes 
12. Love Will Set You Free 
13. High Hopes 
14. Bring It On Home To Me 
15. Perfect World 
16. Everything Works Out In The End 
17. All I Want

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 17 - Dublin - Malahide Castle
June 18 - Donegal - Sea Sessions
June 30 - Lancashire - Lytham Festival
October 5 - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
October 6 - Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
October 7 - Tilburg - 013
October 8 - Cologne - Carlswerk Victoria
October 10 - Hamburg - Fabrik
October 12 - Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan
October 13 - Oslo - Rockefeller
October 14 - Copenhagen - Vega Main Hall
October 15 - Berlin - Astra
October 17 - Poznan - Tama
October 18 - Warsaw - Stodola
October 19 - Vienna - Gasometer
October 20 - Krakow - Studio
October 22 - Budapest - Akvarium Klub
October 24 - Prague - Forum
October 25 - Munich - Tonhalle
October 26 - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
November 11 - Madrid - Riviera
November 13 - Milan - Fabrique
November 14 - Bologna - Estragon
November 15 - Rome - Orion
November 17 - Lyon - Le Transbordeur
November 18 - Stuttgart - Longhorn
November 19 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
November 20 - Zurich - X-Tra
November 22 - Paris - Bataclan
November 23 - Amsterdam - Paradiso

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MEECHY DARKO ANNOUNCES LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT AUGUST 26  VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

SHARES FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO KILL US ALL (K.U.A.)
 
Toronto, ON – June 16, 2022 – Meechy Darko, one third of Brooklyn’s critically acclaimed hip hop group, Flatbush Zombies, has announced today the release of his highly anticipated debut solo album. Executive produced by Dot Da Genius and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Neal Pogue, Gothic Luxury will be released on August 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-save / pre-add Gothic Luxury now.
 
For Meechy, stepping out of his comfort zone to create this extremely personal debut was a fait accompli decided for him by external forces, after the killing of his father in early 2020 at the hands of the Miami police. Working with Dot Da Genius shook up his usual creative process resulting in an album that includes drawn-out piano intros and laid-back funk melding with dark mini-symphonies. There’s a through line of brutal honesty and catharsis that continues to find Meechy Darko among the rawest and most candid rappers in the game. 
 
"I had no choice but to make this the most personal thing I’ve ever done because fortunately or unfortunately, I'm in an extremely soul-stirring part of my life right now,” he says. “Who I was yesterday may not be who I am tomorrow. I'm not who I was last week. There's no telling who I'll be next year or the year after, so it's very important to capture this while I can still feel.” 

The first single off of the new album, Kill Us All (K.U.A.), finds Meechy bringing his “Tupac back-against-the-wall energy,” touching on everything from conspiracy theories to government and corporate overreach to the role of media in shaping public perception. Kill Us All was co-produced by Tyler Dopps and Joshua "Budo" Karp, with additional production from Dot Da Genius. The single is accompanied by a frenzied video directed by ​​Meechy Darko and Tyler Serebreni.

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THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 14, 2022 – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 40 album Long List.

This year’s Long List is presented by Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

AHI - Prospect
Arcade Fire - WE
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory
Jean-Michel Blais - aubades
Basia Bulat - The Garden
Tanika Charles - Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly
Chiiild - Hope For Sale
Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Julie Doiron - I Thought Of You
The Garrys - Get Thee To A Nunnery
The Halluci Nation - One More Saturday Night
Joyful Joyful - Joyful Joyful
Adria Kain - When Flowers Bloom
Lydia Képinski - Depuis
Pierre Kwenders - José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Ada Lea - one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a
garden
Lisa Leblanc - Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir - PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Luna Li - Duality
Les Louanges - Crash
LOONY - soft thing
Kelly McMichael - Waves
Men I Trust - Untourable Album
Haviah Mighty - Stock Exchange
myst milano. - Shapeshyfter
Cedric Noel - Hang Time
Ombiigizi - Sewn Back Together
Orville Peck - Bronco
Ouri - Frame of a Fauna
P'tit Belliveau - Un homme et son piano
PUP - THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
SATE - The Fool
Shad - TAO
Sister Ray - Communion
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Life After
Stars - From Capelton Hill
Tanya Tagaq - Tongues
The Weeknd - Dawn FM
Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha

In total, 223 albums were considered for the Long List by the 197 member jury this season.

“As the recovery of the sector has begun, music and the arts continue to be central in uplifting our spirits and moving us forward. The Canada Council for the Arts is extremely proud to partner with the Polaris Prize in recognizing the contributions by this year's Long List of musicians. We celebrate their spirit and applaud their creations.” — Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, Canada Council for the Arts

This year’s Long List was revealed at the Numbers event space in Toronto’s downtown west end with a video directed by Daniel Tal and produced by Vox Future. This was the first public Polaris-related gathering in 33 months. The Long List reveal video also premiered simultaneously on the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 14 as part of a two-hour special during Drive on CBC Music. An encore broadcast of the special will be available on CBC Music, Sunday, July 17. The 2022 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed in the fall via CBC Music. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks.

The winning album will be revealed during the Polaris Gala, taking place Monday, September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. To celebrate our return to the venue that has hosted the likes of Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and multiple Polaris events, Polaris has just opened up 100 early-bird general admission Polaris Gala tickets for sale to the public. These specially priced tickets ($40 plus tax) are available now via Ticketmaster while quantities last.

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. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season:

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool.

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations.

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

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

Polaris Fast Facts:
40 Long List nominees
10 Short List nominees
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music
2 Heritage Prize winners
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the country
200+ annual jury participants
1,000 annual Gala guests
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media
attention
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the Community Development Program

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

About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com

Media Contacts:

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

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec):
Magali Ould
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teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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DÉVOILEMENT DE LA LONGUE LISTE DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022

TORONTO, ON – 14 juin 2022 – Le Prix de Musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a révélé sa longue liste de 40 albums.

Cette année, la longue liste est une présentation du Conseil des arts du Canada.

La longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 est la suivante :

AHI – Prospect
Arcade Fire – WE
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
Jean-Michel Blais – aubades
Basia Bulat – The Garden
Tanika Charles – Papillon de Nuit : The Night Butterfly
Chiiild – Hope For Sale
Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Julie Doiron – I Thought Of You
The Garrys – Get Thee To A Nunnery
The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night
Joyful Joyful – Joyful Joyful
Adria Kain – When Flowers Bloom
Lydia Képinski – Depuis
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Ada Lea – one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Luna Li – Duality
Les Louanges – Crash
LOONY – soft thing
Kelly McMichael – Waves
Men I Trust – Untourable Album
Haviah Mighty – Stock Exchange
myst milano. – Shapeshyfter
Cedric Noel – Hang Time
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Orville Peck – Bronco
Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
P'tit Belliveau – Un homme et son piano
PUP – THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
SATE – The Fool
Shad – TAO
Sister Ray – Communion
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
Stars – From Capelton Hill
Tanya Tagaq – Tongues
The Weeknd – Dawn FM
Charlotte Day Wilson – Alpha

Cette année, 223 albums ont été pris en considération lors du processus de sélection de la longue liste par un jury de 197 membres.

« À mesure que le secteur se rétablit, la musique et les arts continuent de nous remonter le moral et de nous motiver à aller de l’avant. Le Conseil des arts du Canada est extrêmement fier de collaborer avec le Prix Polaris pour reconnaître l’apport des musicien.ne.s figurant sur la longue liste de cette année. Nous saluons leur esprit et applaudissons leurs créations. » – Carolyn Warren, directrice générale des Programmes de subventions aux arts du Conseil des arts du Canada.

La longue liste de 2022 a été dévoilée chez Numbers, un espace événementiel situé dans le quartier West End de Toronto, par le biais d’une vidéo réalisée par Daniel Tal et produite par Vox Future. Il s’agissait du premier rassemblement public organisé par le Polaris depuis 33 mois. La vidéo de dévoilement de la longue liste a également été diffusée simultanément sur la page Facebook et les chaînes YouTube du Polaris.

La courte liste de 10 albums sera dévoilée en direct le 14 juillet dans le cadre d’une émission spéciale de deux heures via Drive sur les ondes de CBC Music. Une rediffusion de l’émission spéciale sera proposée sur CBC Music le dimanche 17 juillet. Cet automne, l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 sera également dévoilé sur CBC Music. Plus de détails à ce sujet seront annoncés dans les prochaines semaines.

L’album lauréat sera révélé lors du Gala Polaris le lundi 19 septembre, au Carlu, à Toronto. Pour célébrer son retour dans la salle qui a accueilli Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra et de nombreux événements Polaris, le Prix de musique Polaris vient de mettre en vente 100 billets d’admission générale pour son Gala. Ces billets à prix spécial (40 $ plus taxes) sont disponibles dès maintenant sur Ticketmaster en quantité limitée.

Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2022, recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music. De plus, le Prix de musique Polaris s’est associé à Play MPE pour offrir à l’artiste derrière l’album lauréat un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 doivent être parus entre le 1er mai 2021 et le 31 mai 2022. Un jury indépendant composé de membres des médias musicaux de tout le Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury sont ensuite choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury se réunit lors du Gala du Polaris pour choisir l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous avons hâte de donner le coup d’envoi d’une nouvelle année incroyable grâce à notre personnel, notre jury, notre conseil d’administration, nos artistes, nos commanditaires et les membres de la communauté.

Saison 2022 des évènements du Prix de musique Polaris :

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux évènement de révélation des albums lauréats, le Gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné.e.s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

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

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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :
1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant.e.s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight Music
2 gagnant.e.s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant.e.s au jury annuel
1 000 invité.e.s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux musicien.ne.s
160 nommé.e.s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention
médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

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

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

À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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DR. JOHN SHARES HARD-WON WISDOM ON NEW SINGLE SLEEPING DOGS BEST LEFT ALONE

FINAL STUDIO ALBUM THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23

TORONTO, ON – June 10, 2022 – Legendary musician Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr – known to music fans the world over as Dr. John – packed a lot of living into his 77 years, including a six-decade run as one of the most original, distinctive, and influential voices to ever come out of New Orleans. He was in the midst of recording a new studio album and planning future projects when his life was suddenly cut short in 2019. 
 
Now, three years after his untimely passing, in a world complicated by COVID-19, Things Happen That Way will see the light of day. The album, which features three brand new original compositions, a mesmerizing reworking of Dr. John’s 1968 classic, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, and new interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, and the Traveling Wilburys will be released on September 23. The album is available for pre-order here
 
Today, a new, original song, Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone, written by Rebennack with Shane Theriot, is released. Listen to it here and via YouTube.
 
The lyrics impart some hard-won wisdom drawn from Rebennack’s own experiences, delivered in his trademark growl:
 
Don’t try and go backwards, 
the hands been already dealt
Don’t try and laugh at the same old jokes,
pain that’s already felt
Don’t try and drive with one eye closed,
one tire in the ditch
Walk around with your head in the sand,
sayin’ life ain’t nuthin’ but a bitch

 
What’s seen is seen 
And what’s heard is heard
Done is done in this great big world
One thing I know is life has shown 
Sleeping dogs best left alone

 
Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a longtime goal of the six-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who first began plotting a country-inspired album decades ago. In bringing his album’s songs to life, Dr. John drew on a lineup of musicians befitting of a universally beloved luminary. Along with an elite cadre of New Orleans session players, the album’s personnel include icons Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville, and rising stars Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. 
 
Karla R. Pratt, Dr. John’s daughter and the album’s executive producer, spoke with Rolling Stone’s David Browne about what inspired Rebennack’s choice of cover songs, calling them “a musical tip of the hat to the greats who preceded him,’ like Williams, Cash, and Nelson.” 
 
“Years ago he talked about how hip Hank Williams was,” she told Browne. “He loved how simple yet emotionally complex Hank’s songs are, that they have a hook with a twist. For this album inspired by listening to the Louisiana Hayride [radio show] and icons of country and western, he was excited to do songs in a way that evokes emotion that sticks with you long after one of the songs — done his soulful way — is played.”
 
Things Happen That Way Track Listing: 
1.Funny How Time Slips Away
2.Ramblin’ Man
3.Gimme That Old Time Religion (feat. Willie Nelson) 
4.I Walk On Guilded Splinters (feat. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)
5.I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
6.End Of The Line (feat. Aaron Neville)
7.Holy Water
8.Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
9.Give Myself A Good Talkin’ To
10.Guess Things Happen That Way

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SWITCHFOOT ANNOUNCE interrobang (deluxe edition)  

WATCH THE VISUALIZER FOR NEW B-SIDE youth of the young

SWITCHFOOT’S ANNUAL BENEFIT BRO-AM BEACHFEST '22  
SET FOR SATURDAY JUNE 18

 
SWITCHFOOT ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH COLLECTIVE SOUL

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2022 — Today, GRAMMY Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, announces the July 8, 2022, release of an expanded, 16-track deluxe edition of their 2021 acclaimed album, interrobang 
 
Pre-order interrobang (deluxe edition) here. Watch the visualizer for the previously unreleased B-side, youth of the young here.  
 
Switchfoot’s interrobang (deluxe edition) will include the album’s 11 original tracks along with three b-sides, the aforementioned youth of the younginterrobang, and the sound of holding breath. The deluxe also features two recently released album track remixes, “ need you (to be wrong), remixed by the indie-pop group lovelytheband and wolves, remixed by indie-rock band, Sir Sly. 
 
“The making of interrobang, written and recorded during the chaotic uncertainty of 2020, was an experience unlike any that we’ve ever had as a band,” Switchfoot said in a collective statement. “To say that there was a lot to write about would be a laughable understatement. But hard times are often the most inspiring ones, and the making of interrobang was certainly a season of growth and creativity for us as band, yielding a large collection of songs — too many for one album. Or maybe not. interrobang (deluxe) is our chance to include some of our favorite b-sides from the album, and also a couple remixes from friends. We’re so proud of these tunes, and we hope you dig them too.”
 
Commenting on the new single, youth of the young, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman stated, “The difference between what you want and what you need is a line you never choose to find. The very path that could save us from ourselves is hidden from our eyes. We simply can’t see what we can’t see. Our postmodern dilemma our own creation, a crisis of our own devises.”
 
Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird) and mixed by Tchad Blake (Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys, Sheryl Crow) Switchfoot’s 12 studio album, interrobang met with wide acclaim on release and featured by VultureStereogum and Under The Radar who asserted, “A series of nuanced and deeply musical arrangements show that this band once known as punk-infused surf-rockers have matured into something more vital.” The band has previously shared videos for album tracks, if I were you, i need you (to be wrong)lost ‘causefluorescent and the bones of us, which premiered via Alternative Press upon its release last year. 

Switchfoot’s annual multi-artist benefit concert, BRO-AM BEACH FEST ’22 will take place this year on Saturday June 18th, at San Diego’s Moonlight Beach.  The SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the San Diego community by heightening the profile of and providing grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to homeless, at-risk, and disadvantaged youth, with a special focus on programs related to music, art, and surfing. For more info, visit: broam.org

Switchfoot: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar) and Chad Butler (drums) will hit the road this summer for a major tour across America—for the very first time—with Collective Soul. Fans can expect to hear favorites that span Switchfoot’s illustrious 20+ year career and selections from interrobang, released in August of last year.

The shows kick off in Gary, IN on July 15, and includes a hometown date at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA on August 24. In addition, the tour stops at the YouTube Theatre in Inglewood, CA, and Palladium Times Square in New York. The 40+ date tour wraps up on September 25 in Dallas, TX.

SWITCHFOOT AND COLLECTIVE SOUL SUMMER TOUR:
Fri 7/15            Gary, IN                        Hard Rock Casino
Sat 7/16           Council Bluffs, IA          Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
Sun 7/17          Maryland Heights, MO Saint Louis Music Park
Tue 7/19          Cleveland, OH             Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Wed 7/20         Columbus, OH             KEMBA Live! – Indoor Music Hall
Sat 7/23           Fond du Lac, WI           Fond du Lac Fair
Sun 7/24          Wabash, IN                  Honeywell Center
Tue 7/26          Newport, KY                 PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION
Wed 7/27         Midlothian, VA              Chesterfield AfterHours 
Sat 7/30           Grantville, PA               Penn National Racecourse – Hollywood Casino
Sun 7/31          Hampton, NH               Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Tue 8/2            Silver Spring, MD         The Fillmore Silver Spring
Wed 8/3           Huntington, NY            The Paramount
Thu 8/4            New York, NY              Palladium Times Square
Sat 8/6            Webster, MA                 Indian Ranch
Sun 8/7            Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
Mon 8/8           Jackson, MI                 Jackson County Fairgrounds
Sat 8/13           Billings, MT                  MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
Sun 8/14          Denver, CO                 The Mission Ballroom
Mon 8/15         Sandy, UT                    Sandy City Amphitheater
Sat 8/16           Boise, ID                      Knitting Factory *
Wed 8/17         Jacksonville, OR          Britt Pavilion
Sat 8/20           Paso Robles, CA          Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sun 8/21          Saratoga, CA               The Mountain Winery
Tue 8/23          Inglewood, CA             YouTube Theater
Wed 8/24         San Diego, CA             Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Fri 8/26            Henderson, NV            Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater
Sat 8/27           Flagstaff, AZ                Fort Tuthill Park – Pepsi Amphitheater
Sat 8/28           Ventura, CA                 Ventura Music Hall *
Sat 9/03           Asheville, NC               The Orange Peel *
Sat 9/04           Grundy County, TN      The Caverns *
Mon 9/5           New Haven, KY           The Amphitheater at Dant Crossing
Wed 9/7           Cary, NC                     Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Fri 9/9              Charleston, SC            The Riviera Theater – Sottile Ballroom
Sat 9/10           Atlanta, GA                  Cadence Park Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sun 9/11          Nashville, TN               Grand Ole Opry House
Tue 9/13          Jacksonville, FL           Florida Theatre
Wed 9/14         Clearwater, FL             Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri 9/16            Orlando, FL                  Hard Rock Live
Sat 9/17           Pompano Beach, FL    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Sun 9/18         Tallahassee, FL            Donald L Tucker County Civic Center
Tue 9/20          New Orleans, LA          Mahalia Jackson Theater
Wed 9/21         Sugar Land, TX            Smart Financial Centre
Fri 9/23            Austin, TX                     Austin City Limits Live
Sat 9/24           San Antonio, TX           Majestic Theatre
 
* = Switchfoot solo dates

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MALUMA RELEASES NEW ALBUM THE LOVE & SEX TAPE TODAY

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR FOCUS TRACK
NOS COMEMOS VIVOS WITH CHENCHO CORLEONE

TORONTO, ON – June 10, 2022 – Global Latin music idol, Maluma, has just released his new album, The Love & Sex Tape, a production permeated with urban swagger that is a rollercoaster of emotions underscoring love, heartbreak, lust, passion and adrenaline, all flowing with irresistible dembow grooves. In The Love & Sex Tape, we hear a more urban, street and explicit Maluma, with the essence as well as the beat with which the Colombian star jump-started his outstanding career. To stream and/or download Maluma's new album The Love & Sex Tape, click here.
 
"More than a decade into my career, I was missing that essence that inspired me from the beginning and I felt a need to communicate with the streets as well as fans who love the urban rhythm that has defined me from the start; that's why I decided to make this album. The Love & Sex Tape represents my duality and a 2022 version of my original sound,” Maluma expressed. 
 
The new album includes 8 tracks, of which, 3 are recently released singles: Cositas de la USA, Mojando Asientos with Feid and focus track, Nos Comemos Vivos with Chencho Corleone, along with other collabs such as Sexo Sin Título with Jay Wheeler & Lenny Tavarez; and Tsunami featuring Arcangel & De La Ghetto. 
 
The superstar also premiered the music video for Nos Comemos Vivos with Chencho Corleone, produced and directed by his very own Royalty Films. Watch the music video here.

The Love & Sex Tape was produced by The Rude Boyz and composed by Juan Luis Londoño Arias (Maluma), Edgar Barrera, Andrés Uribe, René Cano, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez, Bryan Snaider Lezcano, Justin Quiles, Lenin Yorney Palacios, Julio González Tavares, José Ángel López Martínez, Jonathan Rivera, Giencarlos Rivera, Orlando Javier Valle Vega (Chencho Corleone), Rafael E. Castillo, Austin Agustín Santos, Salomon Villada, Mauricio Jiménez.
 
The album cover features an image of his beloved dog, Buda, who the artist says represents his own shadow. Buda has been his faithful adventure companion with whom Maluma has shared many life experiences. He is artistically depicted on the cover designed by renowned contemporary artist, Joseph Klibansky.
 

Fulfilling one of his lifetime dreams, Maluma recently performed a historic concert at the iconic Atanasio Girardot Stadium in his hometown of Medellin, in front of more than 53,000 people and a global audience via livestream on Amazon Prime. He continues his Papi Juancho Maluma World Tour in Mexico this month, performing last Saturday at a sold-out VFG Arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The spectacular tour continues with two consecutive shows, today and tomorrow June 11th at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, before returning to Europe with more dates, including a second date at the WiZink Center in Madrid, where he recently set an all-time audience assistance record.
 

The Love & Sex Tape Tracks List:
1.Cositas de la USA
2.Sexo Sin Titulo ft. Jay Wheeler,  Lenny Tavarez
3.Nos Comemos Vivos ft. Chencho Corleone
4.Tsunami ft Arcangel, De La Ghetto
5.Mojando Asientos ft. Feid
6. La Vida Es Bella  
7.Mal de Amores 
8.Happy Birthday

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

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 25 million Facebook fans, 8 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 62 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 28.1 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

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

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

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

Maluma's altruistic spirit is outstanding for the community work he leads with his foundation, El Arte de Los Sueños, based in Medellín, Colombia. Founded in 2016, the Foundation's mission is to transform at-risk youth through art and music education. In 2021, Maluma acted in his first Disney animation movie, Encanto, 2022 Oscar winner for Best Animation Feature. Earlier this year, Maluma debuted in Hollywood with his starring role as Bastian in the movie, Marry Me, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. 

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. RELEASES FIREMAN RING THE BELL

12-SONG ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 17 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – June 9, 2022 – As Hank Williams Jr. readies fans for Rich White Honky Blues, set for next Friday, June 17 via Easy Eye Sound, the Country Music Hall of Famer debuts his take on R.L. Burnside’s Fireman Ring The Bell, a high-tempo blues burner, driven by punchy slide guitar punctuated by the longtime legendary country outlaw’s dynamic vocals.
 
A 12-song collection reprising classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and a few from Bocephus himself, captured live over the course of just three days by GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach, Rich White Honky Blues finds Williams making good on his legacy with a turpentine and rough wood take on the hill country blues that informed his father’s raw-boned style.
 
Today’s release follows Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here, which premiered exclusively with CMT and CMT.com. With Kenny Brown’s electric guitar, Auerbach on dobro and Bobbie Wood’s churchy piano and organ, the Country Music Hall of Famer sings with a robust conviction that suggests the larger than life amongst us transcend mortal limitations.
 
With another cover from blues legend Burnside, Williams’ Georgia Women premiered with Tennessean, sharing “Bocephus achieves tapping into the spirit of his father's iconic teacher Rufus ‘Tee Tot’ Payne, and a century of other blues legends.”
 
Released alongside the announcement of Rich White Honky Blues, album opener .44 Special Blues (Williams’ take on Robert Johnson’s 32-20 Blues) was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “a lonesome, acoustic blues number,” while Consequence shared “the spry solo track digs into the County Music Hall of Famer’s bluesy roots, with its vintage-style refrain, ‘Baby where’d you stay last night,’ pairing perfectly to his well-worn wail.”
 
“You bring who you are,” Williams says. “All that... all... of... that... is where my music comes from. When we got into the studio, the more we played, the deeper we got – and the deeper we got, the harder I wanted to go.”
 
“It’s that rawness, and how real it is,” shares producer Auerbach. “I was always searching for the rawness, the darkest stuff. Once we were in it, as soon as we started playing, Hank was invested. That lifted everybody else up, to really push each other.”

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

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES NEW SINGLE NEWDEMO

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

TOURING FOREVER DATES ON SALE NOW
INCLUDING VANCOUVER STOP IN DECEMBER

PLAYING AT GOVERNOR'S BALL ON SUNDAY

"Soccer Mommy, continues to stretch beyond the sparse indie-rock
of her early songs." 
 - The New York Times
 
"Allison’s ear for vocal and guitar tones remains impeccable...Allison is thriving, equipped with the tools to make a record as bombastic as the ones that first fueled her nostalgic ’90s alt rock dreams." - Pitchfork (Best New Track)
 
"’Shotgun’ [features] steadfast synths, airtight guitar, and a robust thwunk of a bassline. The mix sounds cleaner and more assertive…a very promising start to Soccer Mommy’s next era, one that we’ll keep on loop for a while."
- Rolling Stone (Song You Need To Know)
 
"Soccer Mommy recaptures some of the bleary grace of certain mid-’90s alt-rock-radio outliers, and 'Shotgun' has a head-nod beat that gives me flashbacks to Folk Implosion’s 'Natural One'... ...there’s some dizzy romanticism in the way the song explodes, again and again. " - Stereogum (#1 Best Song of the Week)

"sharp indie rock." - Vulture

"Unholy Affliction delves into a grimy, methodical space with textured instrumentals and unsettling vocals. Soccer Mommy continues to push the boundaries of her ’90s alt-rock-inspired music." - SPIN

 

TORONTO, ON - June 9, 2022 - Later this month, Soccer Mommy will release her new full-length album, Sometimes, Forever, produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. The album and its early singles have already received praise as one of the best releases of 2022 so far, and today, Soccer Mommy shares one final song ahead of the full album’s release. Following lead track Shotgun, the spellbinding Unholy Affliction, and album opener Bones, which received an Alex Ross Perry-directed music video, is newdemo

The weightless song spins delicately layered harmonies and mystical synths into an end-of-the-world reverie; the impending apocalypse has never sounded so jaw-droppingly beautiful. “I didn't want to make something super depressing without any sense of magic,” Sophie explains. “We played around with the space to make the song feel vast, so newdemo had a huge transformation in the studio. It’s one of my favorites off of the record.”  The song premiered today alongside a conversation with Zane Lowe on Apple Music - listen to the interview now here and listen to newdemo here.
 
Soccer Mommy recently announced a massive U.S. tour in support of Sometimes, Forever. See below to find a Touring, Forever show near you, get tickets here and, for a taste of what to expect on the road, watch the band’s recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She also performs this Sunday at New York City’s Governor’s Ball - tune into the live stream to watch her set here.
 
Sometimes, Forever is Sophie Allison’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and cements her status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. It sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever. The album is available to pre-order here.

Soccer Mommy released the critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album, color theory, in 2020. Following the release of the album, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous headline dates sold out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
6/10/22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - SOLD OUT
6/12/22 - New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival 
6/24/22 - Margate, UK @ Leisure Festival
6/27/22 - Bristol, UK @ Canons Marsh Amphitheater % 
6/28/22 - Dublin, Ireland @ Trinity College *
6/30/22 - Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
8/12/22 - Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival
8/31/22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
9/01/22 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk
9/01/22-9/04/22 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
9/03/22 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
9/05/22 - Köln, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
9/06/22 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
9/08/22 - Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
9/09/22 - Oslo, NO @ John Dee
9/10/22 - Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
9/12/22 - Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
9/13/22 - Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus
9/15/22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
9/16/22 - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
9/17/22 - Brussels, BE - Rotonde @ Botanique
9/18/22 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
9/20/22 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
9/21/22 - Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed 
9/22/22 - London, UK @ O2 Forum
9/23/22 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
9/24/22 - Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union
10/28/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex &
10/29/22 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
10/30/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue &
11/01/22 - Chicago, IL @ Metro &
11/04/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom &
11/05/22 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA &
11/06/22 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues &
11/11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall ^
11/12/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
11/14/22 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom ^
11/16/22 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre ^
11/17/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven Stage ^
11/18/22 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
11/19/22 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl ^
11/30/22 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant #
12/02/22 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington's #
12/03/22 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
12/04/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
12/07/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore #
12/08/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
12/10/22 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
12/11/22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
12/13/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
12/14/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren #
12/16/22 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East #
12/17/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #
 
% with The War On Drugs
* with Haim
& with support from Lightning Bug
^ with support from Helena Deland
# with support from TOPS
 
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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE UNVEILS NOMINEES FOR THE 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

CELEBRATING THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE AWARDS AND BREAKOUT WEST FESTIVAL & SHOWCASE THIS YEAR

VOTING NOW OPEN TO MEMBERS
UNTIL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE FALL

CALGARY, AB – June 8, 2022 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance happily announces the nominees for the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Awards are thrilled to be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, along with BreakOut West, which heads back to Calgary in the fall for the annual conference and showcase festival. Please see below for the full list of nominees in both the Artistic and Industry categories, and stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s specialty award recipients, as well as details on the winner reveal celebrations that will take place around BOW.

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. Only MIA members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Wednesday, June 8). If any members do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder and then contact their Music Association regarding their membership. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Wednesday, June 22. Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall. 

In partnership with Tourism Calgary, the Province of Alberta and the National Music Centre, BreakOut West 2022 is thrilled to be returning to Calgary, AB after having previously celebrated there in 2004 and 2013. The festival and conference will take place from September 28 – October 2, with venues throughout Calgary’s downtown core and in the Music Mile welcoming musicians from across western Canada and internationally, and the Marriott Downtown transforming into home-base as the host hotel. Registration is now open, with passes available here.

Congratulations to the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award nominees!

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES

Blues Artist of the Year
Brandon Isaak - BC
David Gogo - BC
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Son Of Dave - MB
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - BC
                                               

BreakOut Artist of the Year, Sponsored by FACTOR
Boy Golden - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Kyle McKearney - AB
Leith Ross - MB
The Garrys - SK                                   

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Music with Mandy - AB
Smilin' Rylan - AB
The Oot n' Oots - BC
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Aventa Ensemble - BC
Christopher Tyler Nickel - BC
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
Standing Wave - BC
Tom McCaslin - AB                       

Classical Composer of the Year               
Dorothy Chang - "Soaring Spirits" - BC
Edward Top - "Donemus Records" - BC
Fred Stride - Saskatchewan All Star Big Band "Saskatchewan
Suite" - BC
Jordan Nobles - "Chiaroscuro" - BC
Stephen Chatman - "Stephen Chatman" - BC                       

Country Artist of the Year            
Dan Davidson - AB
Hailey Benedict - AB
Jess Moskaluke - SK
Nice Horse - AB
Tyler Joe Miller - BC

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
OBLVYN - AB
Elazion - BC
Gl0bal - BC
Rumpus - SK
Sabai - BC
Takis - BC                       

Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) 
Étienne Fletcher - SK
Jocelyne Baribeau - MB
Matt Stern - BC
Ponteix - SK
The Pxrtals - SK                       

Global Artist of the Year               
Aasiva - NV
Andino Suns - SK
Notas de 4 - AB
Will TOA - BC
Omianan – BC           

Indigenous Artist of the Year                   
Cassidy Mann - MB
Jessica McMann - AB
Jade Turner - MB
Kyle McKearney - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Instrumental Artist of the Year               
Astrocolor - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Keanu Ienco - BC
Mohamed Assani - BC
Waxwing - BC
                       
Jazz Artist of the Year                    
Al Muirhead Quintet - AB
Erin Propp & Larry Roy - MB
Esteban Herrera Quintet - AB
Ryan Oliver - BC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB                       

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year               
Archspire - BC
Before & Apace - SK
Flash Back - SK
Osyron - AB
Trench – AB           

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Field Guide - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Mathew V - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Velours - SK           

Producer of the Year                     
Factor Chandelier - SK
Liam Duncan - MB
Megan Nash, Dana Rempel, Darnell Stewart, Tanner Wilhelm Hale - SK
Ryan Worsley - BC
Zach Gray, James Younger - BC                       

R&B Artist of the Year                   
Katie Tupper - SK
NADUH - BC
Sargeant X Comrade - AB
TOVA - SK
Uyemi - AB           

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Anthony OKS - MB
Def3 & Late Night Radio - BC
K-Riz - AB
Mouraine - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Recording of the Year                    
Ariel Posen - MB
Megan Nash - SK
Samantha Savage Smith - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
The Dead South - SK           

Rock Artist of the Year
Ariel Posen - MB
Dear Rouge - BC
King of Foxes - AB
New Wales - MB
Royal Canoe - MB                       

Roots Artist of the Year                 
Ben Sures - AB
Del Barber - MB
John Wort Hannam - AB
Maria Dunn - BC
Sweet Alibi - MB                       

Songwriter(s) of the Year Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)                         
Grant Davidson - Slow Leaves "Stick Around" - MB
Katie Tupper - "How Can I Get Your Love?" - SK
Mathew van Vooght - Mathew V "Healing" - BC
Sam Lynch - "Keeping Time" - BC
Tim Buckley - T. Buckley "Holding My Place" - AB                       

Spiritual Artist of the Year                       
Amanda Hagel - SK
Danny Floyd Cole - AB
Elenee - SK
fonzdot - AB
Two Late To The Party - AB                       

Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                   
Amy Mantyka - Megan Nash "Chew Quietly / Clean Slate " - SK
Brandi Sidoryk & Krista Wodelet - Nice Horse "High School" - AB
Eva Dominelli - Gentle Party "God Complex" - BC
Landon Lake - Don Amero "My Poor Mama" - MB
Martin LaFrenière - Boy Golden "Church of Better Daze" - MB           

Visual Media Composer of the Year                   
Alfredo Santa Ana - Chained - BC
Jesse Zubot - ANCiEnT SkY - BC
Jesse Zubot, Pura Fé - Spirit Emulsion - BC
Jesse Zubot, Russell Wallace - Monkey Beach - BC
Mahogany Frog - Faust - MB

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award            
Andy Schichter - BC
Dan Davidson - AB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Scott Franchuk - AB
Sheldon Zaharko - BC           

Community Excellence Award                
Curbside Concerts - AB
Nation  Music Centre - AB
Red Tie Productions - MB
Sakamoto Agency - BC
The Happy Nun Café - SK           

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC
Shalom Toy - Cosmic Cavern - AB
Kenton Doupe - Factor Eight - SK
x/o & Venom–s Studios - BC
Angie C, David MacKenzie, Kristen Carleton & LK Visuals - BC                       

Impact in Artist Development                 
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc. - BC
Curbside Concerts - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Tiny Kingdom - BC

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                         
Curbside Concerts - AB
Folk On The Rocks - NT
King Eddy - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
Curbside Concerts - AB
Fallen Tree Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 – October 2. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in fall 2022.   

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

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MILOE RELEASES NEW SINGLE FLOATING

"TRANSCENDENT” (NPR) CONGOLESE-AMERICAN MILOE RELEASES LUSH NEW SINGLE FLOATING VIA LOMA VISTA

HEAR THE DEFTLY-PRODUCED, RICHLY TEXTURED SINGLE HERE

WATCH THE EERIE VIDEO FILMED IN THE TUNNEL OF TERROR HERE

“Transcendent” - NPR, Slingshot’s 2022 Artists to Watch

The kind of music you can imagine beaming out from a festival stage during the twilight time slot” - GQ AU’s 21 Breakout Musicians to Know in 2021

"Upbeat, effervescent track that celebrates love and joy" - Teen Vogue

"'Apt for dancing on a rooftop in Brooklyn as it is for sailing off the coast of Djerba" MTV

“Blissed out” - The FADER

"Indie rocker Miloe has been turning heads recently with his sun-soaked music" 
UPROXX

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

TORONTO, ON – June 8, 2022 - Today, Congolese-American singer-songwriter, Miloe, who makes deftly-produced tracks uniting traditional Congolese beats with American bedroom-pop releases single, floating, a plush, expertly-layered and synth heavy track about infatuation, via Loma Vista. It’s accompanied by a black and white video directed by Samson Melkamu that sees Miloe in the Tunnel of Terror caves in St. Paul , with his guitar and fuzzed-out synths providing a fitting soundtrack for the eerie backdrop. Listen to floating hereand watch floating here.

floating follows singles, elastic, which UPROXX described as “flittering [and] intimate” and “where u are” which received critical praise from Teen Vogue and MTV, and hit single “Winona” that was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon. 

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior. Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum and Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP. After a member of Beach Bunny discovered his music, Miloe was asked to open for the skyrocketing Chicago band at a Minneapolis gig. Following a marathon three-day studio session with Hippo Campus’ Jake Luppen transformed a handful of demos Kabeya had stashed away into the Greenhouse EP, which was eventually released in October 2020. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe. He nabbed a hit with lead single Winona, which was later gilded with vocals from Jamila Woods and Vagabon on a 2021 remix.

Tour Dates:
6/12 - The Basement East - Nashville, TN*
6/13 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
6/16 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
6/19 - Afropunk - Minneapolis, MN
7/8 - Subterranean Downstairs - Chicago, IL
7/9 - 80/35 Music Festival - Des Moines, IA
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^

*w/ Goth Babe
^w/ COIN

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES NEW SINGLE WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES WITH INDIGO DE SOUZA & MEN I TRUST INCLUDING TORONTO AND MONTREAL THIS MONTH
 
NEW EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15 VIA FANTASY

TORONTO, ON – June 7, 2022 – Emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, shares What About The Kids, the outstanding new single from her recently announced upcoming EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, out July 15th on Fantasy Records. 

What About The Kids is about navigating familial loss,” says Bobbitt. “Sometimes, in traumatic situations, parents naturally want to shield their children from the ugliness of the world. While this is a completely understandable reaction, it can create a feeling of isolation within the family. There’s truly no right or wrong way to grieve, the only thing we can try to do is grieve together.
 
The Ceiling Could Collapse, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired.

It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music. 
 
The EP centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love.  “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” she says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and actually pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A deleted scene offered a revelation: “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” Bobbitt says and laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.
 
Bobbitt is hitting the road this summer supporting Indigo De Souza and Men I Trust. All dates below. 
 
TOUR DATES:
6/24 - Montreal, QC @ L’esco ^
6/25 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Lounge ^

8/4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
 
^ w/ Indigo De Souza
* w/ Men I Trust
~ w/ Bad Bad Hats
 
ABOUT RACHEL BOBBITT:
Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” the emerging singer-songwriter says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” On her penetrating and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt picks through the dizzying rubble of folk and indie rock for moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted expanses.
 
After refining the six songs of The Ceiling Could Collapse on her own, Bobbitt brought together collaborator and co-producer, Justice Der, and drummer, Stephen Bennett, to record the EP at Bennett’s studio in Brampton, ON. The trio spent ten days cracking open Bobbitt’s compositions, leaving space to experiment on different vocal takes and sonic palettes. Throughout the EP, Bobbitt and Der’s arrangements strike into the deep waters of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, and Big Thief, and Grammy-nominated mixer, Jorge Elbrecht, rounds everything to a glacial shine.

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NIKKI YANOFSKY GETS BACK TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE COMES LOVE OUT TODAY

SONG APPEARS ON FORTHCOMING JAZZ ALBUM NIKKI BY STARLIGHT SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL ON MNRK MUSIC GROUP

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 3, 2022Nikki Yanofsky is getting back to where it all started. Not just in her own life, as a prolific and beloved vocalist who began her career in the jazz world, but in a bigger sense, too. Today, the award-winning multi-genre singer shares the news of her upcoming album, Nikki by Starlight, set for release this fall (via MNRK Music Group), and kicks things off with a gorgeous modern reimagining of Comes Love. Listen to the song here.

Many listeners might be familiar with Yanofsky, who has worked with and received accolades from genre icons like Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder. With this latest record, Yanofsky has created a time capsule in which she imagines how she would have recorded these standards, had she been an artist in the times in which they were originally written and shared.

Co-produced with Paul Shrofel, Yanofsky describes the process of recording this album as an invigorating and joyful time that allowed her to tap into the purest part of herself again. Ultimately, this can’t-miss release from Nikki Yanofsky is a celebration of jazz for purists and for the new generation alike.

Stay tuned for more from Nikki Yanofsky over the coming months, and immerse yourself in Comes Love today!

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW ALBUM HARD

LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 3, 2022 – Swedish popstar, Tove Styrke, has released her highly anticipated new album, HARD, alongside lead track, Free, which is out now via Sony Music.
 
The album follows recent singles, YouYouYou, Hardcore, Show Me Love and Start Walking and her US, European and UK tour dates supporting MARINA.
 
The new album is made with producers/co-writers like Elvira Anderfjärd (a Max Martin protégé known for her work with Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran), Jakob Jerlström (Lorde, MARINA), Oscar Scheller (Ashnikko, Rina Sawayama), and Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Katy Perry). 
 
Tove brings her fiercely intimate lyrics to a truly visionary sound, spiked with elements of everything from left-of-centre club music to experimental art-pop to early-’60s girl-group records. At turns explosive, poetic, and transcendent, the result is Tove Styrke’s most electrifying work to date, fully embodying the ineffable wildness of romantic love itself. With its exploration of desire and obsession and delirious longing, HARD closely examines the savage complexity of love, a quality referenced in its title.
 
Tove says: “‘I need something more than my imagination, even if it breaks my heart,’ is a line from Show Me Love that I think sums up a lot of what this record is about. Putting yourself and your heart at risk for a chance to feel something real. Life, feelings, bodies. Everything’s hard. This album is about the pleasure and the pain, the euphoria and the misery, the love stories and the heart breaks. The contrasts. And it’s about the liberation in being a free, flawed and beautiful human.”
 
“With this album I really pushed myself to stray from the pop formula and get as creative as possible, while also making something that’s unapologetically fun and joyous. It’s very much all over the place, which is what I envisioned from the beginning. To me it feels so alive.”
 
HARD Track list
1. YouYouYou
2. Cool Me Down
3. Lies
4. Free
5. 24H
6. Hardcore
7. Start Walking
8. Millennial Blues
9. Show Me Love
10. Bruises

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

LISTEN TO JUNO-NOMINATED ALBUM
SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE


SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL.5 DUE FALL 2022

Toronto, ON – June 3, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated, Moonshine Collective, shares their latest offering, Obomi Nga. The track highlights frequent collaborator, Brooklyn producer/DJ, Uproot Andy, and Kinshasa's MC Redbul with a feature from MC Azas. Composed and recorded between Kinshasa, Montreal and New York, Obomi Nga is an amapiano-flavoured tune grounded in its bassline, percussive rhythm and call-and-response lyrics in Lingala and French that is set for dance floors worldwide, be it your own, or those Moonshine is currently rocking on tour - listen to Obomi Ngaread the lyrics and find Moonshine in your city below. 

Obomi Aga is Moonshine Collective's first preview of their forthcoming, SMS For Location Vol.5, set for release this fall. It follows their celebrated 2021 album, SMS For Location Vol. 4, nominated for a 2022 JUNO Award (Global Music Album of the Year). The project is a massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa. It features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. Listen here.

Last summer  the group dropped a fantastic video for album highlight, Malembe, with a hybrid live performance video directed by Jessamine Fok (Paper Magazine, Clipped.TV, Toronto Short Film). Malembe marks the first collaboration between friends, Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors. Watch Malembe here.

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

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

Moonshine On Tourune 3 - London, United Kingdom - Secret location
June 9 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival (Spain)
June 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Garage Noord
June 11 - Montreal, Canada - Mural Festival 
July 9 - Calvi, France - Calvi on the Rocks Festival

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hill of iamhill GETS RAW AND SPEAKS THE TRUTH WITH STRONG SOUNDS ON NEW ALBUM SELLOUT

OUT TODAY VIA TEXT ME RECORDS - LISTEN

"Sellout is a confident collection of glitched-out tracks that roar
with a well-earned sense of confidence.
" - Edmonton Journal

TORONTO, ON – June 3, 2022  – Today, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, releases her new album, Sellout, via Text Me Records. A long-standing labour of love and catharsis, the album is her most aggressive collection of songs to date. Sellout is centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. The idea that humans were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift towards hyper-modern and capitalistic western values is the driving force behind the sound and story of the album. It embodies her anger and frustration in one place; written with full agency and a dash of good humour. Listen to Sellout here.

Guided by an instinctual process, hill worked closely with frequent collaborator and producer, Mike Schlosser. While hill focused on the lyric and melody writing, Mike was behind the music. Mike and hill created Sellout pre-pandemic in hill's downtown Los Angeles loft, where she was living at the time. Amidst endless noise, sirens, people moving and voices all around, the team tracked all of the vocals in the living space, with emphasis on ensuring they were real rather than pristine. 

"Sellout has a very focused intention and a clear concept both in the lyrics and the production but we weren't taking the process of making it too seriously. We had a lot of fun and just tried to push ourselves and do some weird things we hadn't heard before and break as many rules as we could," Mike adds. "We talked a lot about making sure the album had a self-contained world to live in because all great albums do that, they sort of transport you somewhere. And then when people arrived in this world we created of course we had something important but also ridiculous to say. Basically we made some very clever music that sounds super dumb. That's kind of what pop-art is all about."

A multimedia artist extraordinaire, hill created unique visualizers to embody Sellout's aesthetic and messages, giving audiences a true feel of the content and context through imagery with statements that range from poignant to satirical.

Previous singles include, KonMaria tongue-and-cheek ode to the method of the same name, Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia, inspired by Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Side D, a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options. Need To Cry not only expresses human desires, but sheds light on adverse affects of pharmaceuticals.

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

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

Spin Sellout everywhere you enjoy music, see the full tracklist and learn more about hill's incredible career to date below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHE & HIM RELEASE SECOND SINGLE WOULDN'T IT BE NICE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM  MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – June 1, 2022 –  Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him) today released the second single, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, off their upcoming album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson via Fantasy Recordsout on July 22Wouldn’t It Be Nice was the opening track off the Beach Boys’ 1966 album, Pet Sounds. 
 
Watch the visualizer for She & Him’s Wouldn’t It Be Nice here. Listen to Wouldn’t It Be Nice and pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.
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She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving, LP-length tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honoured classics and overlooked gems alike. These fourteen covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on a song with Zooey and M. Ward for the album, Do It Again. The band have enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure. Recently, the band released Darlin’, the lead track and video from Melt Away, listen/watch here
 
“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo explains. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.
 
Brian Wilson comments on Melt Away: Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs. The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”
 
TRACK LIST:
1.Darlin’
2.Wouldn’t It Be Nice
3.Til I Die
4.Deirdre
5.Melt Away
6.Good To My Baby
7.Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8.Don’t Worry Baby
9.This Whole World
10.Kiss Me, Baby
11.Do It Again ft. Brian Wilson
12.Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
13.Please Let Me Wonder
14.Meant For You 

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop. As Deschanel’s maintained a successful acting career and Ward’s continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Zooey’s dramatic vocals excellently pairing with Matt’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.
 
Tickets for She & Him’s upcoming tour are available at sheandhim.com.
 
TOUR DATES:
6/13 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
6/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
6/16 Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge Hotel and Property
6/17 Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
6/24 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
6/25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Ford
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
9/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens

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A FAMILY CURSE (NEIL AND KANDLE OSBORNE) ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM OUT JULY 27

SHARE FIRST SINGLE CEMETERY BLUES

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

CANADIAN TOUR DATES KICK OFF JUNE 10

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 1, 2022 – Today, A Family Curse, announce their self-titled debut album is set for release July 27 and share its first single, Cemetery Blues. Like their name suggests, this is a family affair - the superstar family band comes from a rock collaboration between daughter and father, Kandle and Neil Osborne (54-40). Watch the video for Cemetery Blues here and listen to the track here. In addition to the single today, the band also announces a string of Canadian dates, kicking off June 10 in Toronto, with more coming soon. See below for more details.

The A Family Curse collaboration began a few years ago when Neil and fellow songwriter, Danny Michel, recorded some instrumental jams together. But due to their busy schedules, the songs were left to collect dust until one lonely Christmas, Neil sent them to Kandle who then brought newfound inspiration with fresh new melody and lyrics. From there, Kandle and Neil decided to complete a whole DIY album where the two played and recorded everything at home.

“I gave Kiz (Kandle) a nice chord progression with just three major chords. Just three. C, G and F,” explains Neil on Cemetery Blues. “Cousin Danny (Michel) and I whipped up a drum - bass - piano and guitar track. I told Kiz – ‘now sing something nice, you know, happy like’ - and she comes up with Cemetery Blues.”

On their overall sound, Kandle describes: "Diving into a fantasy world of Americana and fuzz driven blues rock, this father daughter duo take you on a journey from robbing banks to getting stranded in the desert and catching fire!"
 
Their live show dialogue and antics play out the millennial version of “A Father Knows Best” story that reveals their creative infection and family affection. A Family Curse is often joined on stage by a support cast of various cousins, uncles and aunts of the Osborne clan which leads to their A Family Curse recipe…
“A family band - a renegade folk/blues outfit. Take some Staple Singers, add a little Carpenters or Partridge Family. Sprinkle in a dash of Smothers Brothers or Sonny & Cher. Throw in some desert sand, blessings and curses and some slide guitar. Ready to serve.”

Tour dates:
June 10 – Toronto, ON - El Mocambo - CMW Showcase 
June 11 - Fenelon Falls, ON - The Grove Theatre
June 13 - Owen Sound, ON - Heartwood Hall
June 14 - Toronto ON - Lemmon Stage @ El Mocambo
June 15 - Blue Mountains, ON - Studio 79
 
Stay tuned for more from A Family Curse as their journey unfolds this summer!
 
About Neil Osborne:
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released more than a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than four decades. As a songwriter, Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as I Go Blind, One Day In Your Life, One Gun, Since When and Ocean Pearl, which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base.
 
About Kandle Osborne:
Kandle has established a strong independent career and has made her mark as a powerful songwriter as evidenced on her latest album, Set The Fire. Her Bond-inspired masterpiece for Lock and Load was nominated for a Canadian Independent Video Award. Her debut album, In Flames, was an instant success and went on to gain a JUNO nomination and win a Prism Prize Award.
 
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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW WALKIN REMIX FEATURING KEY GLOCK

MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE 
OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

2022 WORLD TOUR CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

WITH SHOW AT FESTIVAL D'ETE DE QUEBEC ON  JULY 10

“He deserves your undivided attention” - Complex

Denzel Curry is ready to make 2022 his best year yet”HotNewHipHop

“Cutthroat lyricism over head-nodding percussion continues
to be Curry's bread and butter” - 
Miami New Times

"Any excuse to hear Denzel rapping.. is a good one" - Pitchfork

"Melt My Eyez See Your Future is a sprawling, ambitious record that makes good on Denzel Curry’s vision" - Stereogum

“A consistently intriguing presence” The New Yorker

TORONTO, ON – June 1, 2022 – Following the release of his highly anticipated new album Melt My Eyez See Your FutureDenzel Curry shares an official remix for the album's lead single Walkin, featuring an additional verse from Memphis rapper, Key Glock. The new version of the song arrives in the midst of the European leg of his sold out World Tour alongside an Unkle Luc-created visualizer that sees live footage of Denzel performing the track. Before heading to Europe, the ferocious performer wrapped the first leg of his North American tour and dominated the Coachella stage accompanied by a life size X-Wing spaceship on stage. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

Speaking on the new remix track, Denzel says: “Tomorrow's never certain and we all go through different obstacles everyday. The objective is to keep on walkin, or keep pushing forward. I reached out to Glock because I felt like he’s the perfect example of Walkin. Based on everything he been through & also being independent, it hasn’t stopped his grind. I’ve always been a fan of Memphis hip hop so it just felt right.”

Melt My Eyez See Your Future is the sound of the mercurial Miami rapper leveling up. His fifth album features singles, Troubles with T-Pain, the samurai film-inspired Zatoichi and Walkin, which arrived with an epic Sci-Fi Western. The album was a communal effort featuring contributions from the likes of Thundercat, Kenny Beats, Robert Glasper, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, J.I.D, 6LACK, Rico Nasty, 454 and more. On each of the fourteen sumptuous tracks, Denzel is operating with the force of a full Jedi master, slicing through bars with dexterity, magic and control. Throughout the project, he processes internal and external conflicts in brave, boundary-breaking detail. To his growing legions of fans, the intrepid soul-searching of this record will come as no surprise – after all, Curry’s music has always been confessional. From tracks like its eponymous opener, on which he pain-stakingly explores his own sex addictions, to the more outward-facing, John Wayne, which addresses “gun violence in America and [his] community,” this is hip-hop truth-telling at its finest and most potent.

Listen to Walkin remix featuring Key Glock and Melt My Eyez See Your Future above, see full album details and upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates North America
6/11 - Queens, NY @ The Governor's Ball Music Festival
06/14 & 15 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06/17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
6/19 Washington DC @ Something in the Water
06/21 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
06/22 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
06/24 - New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
06/25 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
06/26 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
06/28 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
06/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
07/1 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
7/10 - Quebec City, QC @ Festival D'Ete de Quebec
7/29 San Bernadino, CA @ Hard Summer
7/31 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
9/18 Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown

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AWARD-WINNING TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER J3M SHARES MOONLESS

LISTEN TO MOONLESS | WATCH LYRIC VIDEO
 
TP BE FEATURED ON FORTHCOMING AFRONAUT EP OUT THIS SUMMER
 
Toronto, ON – May 30, 2022 – Prolific, award-winning Toronto based singer-songwriter-pianist, J3M, shares two visuals for his new single, MOONLESS today. The upbeat, yet woefully romantic, track blends retro synth pop, mid 80s R&B and 90s boy bands with a signature touch. MOONLESS will be featured on J3M's forthcoming concept EP, AFRONAUT, set to be released this summer. Listen to MOONLESS and experience J3M's live performance in this amazing unplugged rendition here.
 

"MOONLESS is about the anxiety that can take place when strong feelings come up," says J3M of the song, which he wrote on piano, and later co-produced with Mike Tompa. "In AFRONAUT’s case, the Alien he’s fallen in love with gets cold feet and disappears overnight. In a panicked whirlwind, the force and sudden speed of the Alien’s ship pulls the moon and stars right out of the sky. Alone and enveloped in the earth's darkness, AFRONAUT climbs up onto his roof each night. He sings to the sky, hoping the alien will hear, return the stars and moon and come back to earth."

To follow and sing along, check out the MOONLESS lyric video, created by Gabriel Altrows and Gergana Peeva, here

AFRONAUT is a space-themed concept album that takes the listener through each stage of a failed relationship and the love for oneself that is found through the grieving process, as told through the perspective of its protagonist, AFRONAUT, and a bond with his lover, the Alien.

Toronto audiences can get an exclusive preview of AFRONAUT this Thursday, June 2 at Hail Mary Bar, where J3M will be hosting an album listening party and performing a set of songs. Find tickets and details here.

J3M describes AFRONAUT's creation happening by accident, as he started another project that had a completely different sound, but it didn’t feel right. 

"Super disappointed and confused, I put that project on hold. I went to the UK on a songwriting mission just before the pandemic. That didn’t work out either. But in a way it did, because I ended up writing several songs with some very talented friends while out there," J3M expands.

Toronto audiences can get an exclusive preview of the album this Thursday, June 2 at Hail Mary Bar, where J3M will be hosting an AFRONAUT listening party and performing a set of songs. Find tickets and details here.

AFRONAUT marks an evolution from J3M's previous work with more intricate production and a clearer vision. The pop-driven EP is abundant with piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass and even live strings. On one occasion, J3M and producer, Mike Tompa, traveled to Chalet Studios in Uxbridge, ON to find the perfect piano (a Yamaha C3) to have on select tracks, which is the same piano J3M used for his 2019 standout single, Stuck To My Heart. Other tracks feature a vintage John Brinsmead piano from Miloco Studios in London, UK, The Roland Juno 106 synth and the Prophet Rev 2. 

J3M's previous single, Show Me, was the catalyst for J3M to realize he had other songs and fragments of ideas that mirrored the same sound, theme and concept. Alas, space was made for AFRONAUT to fully soar. 

Show Me, another retro-synth ballad in its own right (co-produced by Matthew Fudge), sees AFRONAUT getting into his ship and leaving earth, embarking on a mission to find the Alien. Upon finding them, a confession is given from the Alien to AFRONAUT. The Alien explains that they are having a hard time connecting and communicating, and this has nothing to do with AFRONAUT. Space and Time is a straight up disco-funk banger with dark pop elements ready for the dance floor. This track marks the story's chapter where AFRONAUT decides that he needs to take a step back from his relationship with the Alien, analyzing the root of conflict and reinforcing the importance of self love. 

Tune in as the rest of the AFRONAUT EP story unfolds with more on the way in the coming months!

Get to know J3M (he/they):
Blending pop, disco, soul and R&B, J3M is ready to paint pictures, tell stories, and share melodies that will live in your head rent-free. The award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist has backed powerhouse artists such as Tanika Charles, TiKA, Zaki Ibrahim, Amaal, The OBGMs, James Baley and more, both locally and internationally. Sharing stages with Kehlani, Weezer, Brandy, July Talk and the Arkells (just to name a few), J3M is no stranger to the industry. He's played everywhere from POP Montreal, Toronto Pride, Afropunk Paris, Osheaga, SXSW and even on Carnival cruise lines.

Based in Toronto, but born in Ottawa with Guyanese roots, J3M has been playing and singing for as long as he can remember. So, whether it’s lighting up rooms with his sharp writing, production and arranging skills or bringing down the house with a vivacious live performance, the queer artist is aimed and ready to take the world by storm!

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SEETHER ANNOUNCES SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM DELUXE EDITION

22 TRACK EXPANDED VERSION DUE JULY 1, 2022
INCLUDING 5 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW TRACKS 

 
SHARES NEW SINGLE LEECH 
WATCH/LISTEN HERE

SEETHER ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 - Today, Seether announced the Deluxe Edition release of their acclaimed 2020 album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellu - 22 tracks in all, five of which are previously unreleased, which will be available on July 1, 2022. Listen to the set’s lashing first single Leech, and pre-order the collection here.
 
Teeming with the band’s signature combination of melody and cathartic release, the wealth of exceptional songs that encompasses the expanded Deluxe Edition bolsters Seether leader Shaun Morgan’s status as one of rock’s most prolific and successful songwriters. It includes all 21 songs recorded during the SVPPB sessions along with the alternate version of Wasteland that was originally featured on last year’s The Purgatory EP.
 
Produced by Shaun Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, (“If you want peace, Prepare for war”) was released in August 2020, spawned three #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and at Active Rock radio and garnered some of the best reviews of the band’s storied career. 
 
Shaun Morgan on the brand-new track, Leech"This song is a generalized reflection on abusive relationships and how they shape the way we see the world. Those are most often personal, but more often these days they are social. There is so much digital noise surrounding us all that we choose to ignore, at the peril of our kids and our collective wellbeing. We are slaves to smart phones and the absolute cancer that is social media, and it will not end well. Different viewpoints that stray from the echo chambers that people choose to live in result in public crucifixion and irrational hatred that is driven by a powerful propaganda force that spoon feeds our opinions to us. Turn off the fucking TV, delete your social media and read a goddamn book or spend some time with your neighbors. We need to stop living in this procured vapid digital universe where we are merely products to enrich assholes and live more in the real world. I say that as an introvert, but even I can see the impending downfall of decency and morality."
 
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey, and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global, devoted fan base with an unbroken sense of purpose and commitment. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 18 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams worldwide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the over 40-year history of the chart’s existence.
 
Seether just finished a US arena tour as special guests of Breaking Benjamin. Summer headline dates are listed below.
 
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum Deluxe Edition track list:  
1. Dead and Done
2. Bruised and Bloodied
3. Wasteland
4. Dangerous
5. Liar
6. Can't Go Wrong
7. Buried in the Sand
8. Let It Go
9. Failure
10. Beg
11. Drift Away
12. Pride Before the Fall
13. Written in Stone
14. What Would You Do?
15. Will It Ever End?
16. Feast or Famine
17. Wasteland (alternate version)
18. Leech*
19. Deliver Me*
20. On My Way*
21. Leave Me Be*
22. Crossed The Line*
*Previously unreleased

Seether On Tour:
May 27: Concrete Street Amphitheater - Corpus Christi, TX
May 28: BuzzFest 2022 - The Woodlands, TX
May 29: BFD 22 - Dallas, TX
July 16: Q Casino - Dubuque, IA
July 17: Inkcarceration Festival 2022 - Mansfield, OH
July 22: Fond Du Lac County Fair - Fond Du Lac, WI
July 23: Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
August 19: Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
September 11: Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA
Aug 19      Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
Sep 11      Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA

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DAVID STRICKLAND GOES BEASTMODE IN NEW SONG FEATURING  DIVINE BROWN AND POOKY G

LISTEN TO BEASTMODE

FIRST SAMPLE OF NEW ALBUM DUE LATE SUMMER 2022

FOLLOWS PREVIOUS SINGLE  MESSENGER  FEATURING 
ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE

TORONTO, ON – May 27, 2022 – Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, has been keeping busy. From his hustle in studios across North America, working with industry greats, to exploration in the world of NFTs, and giving back to Indigenous communities through charitable endeavours, David's first single of the year is a mirror for this drive. Today, he shares Beastmode, featuring Juno Award-winning R&B/Soul singer and theatre performer, Divine Brown, and Alberta-based Indigenous artist, model and actress, Pooky G. The three come together to create a soundtrack piece to life's A-game moments and when you need an extra boost. Listen to Beastmode here.

David says of the track"Beastmode is about unapologetically asserting your sense of self with little concern of what those around you and the society, at large, have to say about who you are, because you know yourself best. Within marginalized communities, due to colonialism, people have been encouraged to 'humble themselves' in order to serve the needs of the powers that be. Humility is one of the seven Grandfather teachings, yet sometimes, people can be too humble. Hip Hop, on the contrary, has always had a competitive ethos - on Beastmode, we merge the two to inspire others in asserting themselves, like the stance of an MC and going for it! Hip-hop is both direct and yet deeply coded in subtext,  artists are elevated and respected for their prowess with words. Having a strong sense of identity within all of our many complex identities has never been intrinsically a male nor a colonist experience, it is a human experience. Knowing who you are; being aware that you have the capacity to evolve and change; truly allows you to conduct yourself with the highest esteem while allowing others to do the same."

Rapper Pooky G classifies Beastmode as “pure therapy," noting, "It is about releasing thoughts, something for people to relate to even if they may not feel bold enough to state themselves. It represents who I am as an artist, I don’t care to fit into what society tries to mold me into. The My truth is my truth; I am an individual, this is me, a Northside Queen.”

Acclaimed singer, Divine Brown, adds: "Everyone has to get into ‘Beastmode,’ in their lives, especially if they are driven. Pooky eloquently expressed that in the song. It’s not always important that people see your worth.. As long as YOU ‘inner’ stand your worth, you are golden. To all the fearless queens out in the world doing your thing…wear your crown with pride…I do.”

Learn more about Divine Brown and Pooky G's incredible careers in their bios below. 

Last year, David and rap legend, Erick Sermon, teamed up with The NFT Agency to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, 2021 the six-piece collection featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist— saw 291 NFTs sold within 24 hours as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. Erick and David donated $10K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The collection was released in promotion of Strickland’s latest single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. 
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In 2021, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. 

Learn more about David's career below, and stay tuned for more music this summer. 


DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Beastmode Art

DOWNLOAD - Pooky G Press Photo

DOWNLOAD - Divine Brown Press Photo

About David Strickland
David "Gordo" Strickland is an Indigenous, Toronto born and based award-winning engineer, mixer, producer and DJ. Known for being behind the boards on iconic Hip-Hop and R&B records for over two decades, his work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man, to records by ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Choclair and Drake.

David's album, Spirit Of Hip Hop (June 29, 2020, Entertainment One), highlights some of North America's Hip Hop progenitors and innovative Indigenous artists alike to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) arrived on November 20, 2020 as a follow-up featuring fresh takes on the album tracks by Gordo himself, and some of his esteemed colleagues. From control room to canvas, David is also a prolific visual artist that has been featured at many galleries across Canada. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America. 

About Divine Brown
A rare gift to have, Divine Brown’s five-octave vocal range makes everybody stand up and pay attention. Her versatility as a performer both musically and vocally has found her manifesting success in the music industry. She placed three top 10 singles on CHR, AC and Hot AC radio in Canada, and her hit single, Sunglasses, reached number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart in 2010. Divine first captured the heart of the public after she earned a Certified Gold Album for her debut self-titled project in 2005 (Universal Music), a JunoAward her sophomore project, The Love Chronicles, which won R&B Album of the Year in 2009, as well as a SOCAN #1 Award for her Soul/R&B classic, Old School Love. Divine recently worked with Chicago house music producer Terry Hunter in late fall of 2021, on his first single called Angel, off his new project, Imagine No Music.

About Pooky G
POOKY G is a multitalented artist, musician, model and actress born and raised in Treaty 6 Territory Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). She spends her days working as a DJ, hosting indigenous hip hop at two radio stations, Cuzin Radio & Raven Radio, both broadcast through Windspeaker Media. Developing entertainment projects and filming is a favourite of hers, recording music is her passion, performing arts is also one of her many skills. If it’s Art?  Pooky G is no stranger. She has grown up in and around the Indigenous entertainment scene for over 30 years. You can find her album, So Far So Hood, on  many platforms. Pooky also freelances as an Aboriginal Family and Youth support worker through Indigenous organizations by facilitating empowerment workshops & performing live. Pooky recently finished filming her first lead role in the film,  Abducted. 

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

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BRUNO CAPINAN CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH NEW ALBUM TARA RARA 

PERFORMING AT DO WEST FEST IN TORONTO ON JUNE 3

PREVIEW BRUNO'S CAPTIVATING STAGE PRESENCE WITH  LIVE RENDITION OF MEU PRETO

LISTEN TO TARA RARA

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 – The long-awaited album of internationally acclaimed dynamic Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, they/them), is out now. Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage.  Listen to the album via all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

Tara Rara is timely for both its summer-ready sounds and aligned in its story as we near Pride month celebrations. The title takes reference from childhood memories, at times reflecting on Bruno's experiences of bullying and discrimination, while growing up in Brazil. Bruno’s nickname as a child, given to them by their father, was “buddha." In coming into their identity as a non-binary person, Bruno realized they are also “tara," which in Buddhism represents the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva (“buddha-to-be”), and the Portuguese word for “desire." The word “rara” translates to "rare" in Bruno's mother language, and represents their signature voice and is a celebration of their power. 

Bruno's live performance is captivating and abundant with raw energy and storytelling through rhythm and movement. Toronto audiences can hear Tara Rara live at Do West Fest on Friday, June 3, where Bruno will take to an open air stage for a free show at the Lulaworld Stage (set time to be announced). Bruno previously had a stunning, intimate set at BSMT254 alongside special guests, Brazil's Bem Gil (son of Gilberto Gil) and Domenico Lancellotti (Portugal).

For a preview of Bruno's live show, check out their stunning performance for album highlight, Meu Preto. The song is a sombre, yet romantic, ode about two Black lovers delivered with lingering prose. Watch Bruno's captivating performance here, and read the lyrics (with English translation) hereMeu Preto follows the stunning visual for Qualquer Lugar, filmed in Brazil. Watch the video here, and read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in English and Portuguese, here.

Bruno will tour Africa for the first time, performing in Cape Verde on June 15. Stay tuned for tour dates in Brazil to be announced. 

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

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

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

Learn more about Bruno's stellar career to date below and stay tuned for more shows to be announced! 
TOUR DATES
Friday, June 3 - Do West Festival at Lulaworld Stage - Toronto, ON - INFO 
Wednesday, June 15 - Atlantic Music Expo, Praia, Cape Verde

DOWNLOAD - Tara Rara Album Cover (by Daryan Dornelles)

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

DOWNLOAD - Press Photos (by RONCCA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR.

 
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DAWES SHARE COMES IN WAVES

NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM
JOINED BY OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO – WATCH
 
LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES, AND SUMMER TOUR WITH
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
 
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER ARRIVES FRIDAY, JULY 22

TORONTO, ON - May 27, 2022 - Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have shared Comes In Waves, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – premieres today as well via YouTube.
 
Comes In Waves marks the latest single from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore here.  
 
I had this riff and one of the verses for a while,” says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “Griffin, Wylie and Mike Viola came over to my backyard – this was peak Covid – to just play music together for one of the first times since lockdown. I started sharing the song and Griffin and Mike started singing their background parts you hear on the choruses on the record immediately. It inspired me to finish writing it.
 
The lyric is about the arbitrary demands I make on myself. I want to perceive me or my life a certain way but I make no exceptions for an off day or a misstep. Whether it’s a win or a loss, it’s all transient, and only when I can live in some version of that awareness – which is itself transient – am I able to bat away any fears or anxieties or the consequences of an over indulged ego.

Listen to Comes In Waves and watch the official performance video. Pre-order MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER. 

Produced by longtime collaborator, Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.
 
We’ve always prided ourselves on being minimalists. With this record we set out on being MAXIMALISTS,” says Goldsmith. “Still a quartet. Still not letting these songs hide behind any tricks or effects. But really letting the songs breathe and stretch and live however they want to. We decided to stop having any regard for short attention spans. Our ambitions go beyond the musical with this one.
 
We also wanted to honor the traditional length of a vinyl record – 40-45 minutes – but disregard any concern for numbers of tracks. The way Miles or Herbie often did. Documenting the songs is only half of the picture. For this record, they’re also the platform for us to jump off from and get lost in. I think the best way I can say it is - we wanted this record to be less a collection of songs and more a collection of music.
 
We wanted a musical drama, an ensemble cast with linked arms kicking highly; a transcription of a band meeting we haven’t even had yet,” adds bassist Wylie Gelber. “Eight legs and eight arms, in a room, stretching deeper than we ever knew we could…The Intros have Outros. The Outros have Bridges.
 
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER was first heralded earlier this month by the album’s epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video is streaming now via YouTube.

Listen to SOMEONE ELSE’S CAFÉ / DOOMSCROLLER TRIES TO RELAX and watch the official performance video here

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

DAWES TOUR 2022
July 4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
July 29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
August 1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
August 2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
August 5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
August 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
August 7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
August 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
August 9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
August 11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
August 12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
August 16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
August 18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
August 27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
August 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
September 3-4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
September 16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 24-25 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
 
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart

Tracklist:
1. Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries To Relax
2. Comes In Waves
3. Everything Is Permanent
4. Ghost In The Machine
5. Joke In There Somewhere
6. Joke In There Somewhere (Outro)
7. Sound That No One Made / Doomscroller Sunrise

About Dawes:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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CHLOE KAY TAKES ON PRINCE'S WHEN DOVES CRY

FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM OUT NOW VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

PERFORMING WITH THE ROLLING SKY
AS PART OF POPGURU REVUE: UNPLUGGED, A LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES ON SATURDAY, MAY 28

TUNE IN AT 9 PM EST!

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 –  Today, UK-based, Surrey, BC-born singer-songwriter, Chloe Kay, shares her version of When Doves Cryas a stunning presentation of her rendition of the Prince classic. The song is featured on Coverama - a fantastic new compilation filled with creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs by Canadian artists, out now via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors. Listen to When Doves Cry and watch the video here.

Working with producer, Mike Schlosser, Chloe honoured one of her greatest influences by creating a signature approach on the arrangement while embodying the icon's delivery of emotion, prose and production. 

Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
I've always been a massive fan of Prince and When Doves Cry is one of my favourite songs. I love the sparseness of the song and the poetry in the lyrics. I worked with producer Mike Schlosser to come up with the arrangement. Our goal was to create our own version while still capturing the essence of the original.”

You can experience Chloe's special live performance alongside her bandmates, Juliana Eye and Sam Casey, in powerful transatlantic pop group, The Rolling Sky, this Saturday, May 28 at 9:00 p.m. EST as part of The Popguru Revue: Unplugged, A Livestream Concert Series. The session was captured at Crouch End Studios in London U.K. and Revolution Recording in Toronto. Stream the free concert via the Popguru Sound & Vision YouTube channel here and check out Part 1 of their live show from May 21 here.

On Coverama, you can hear John Orpheus cover Radiohead’s House Of Cards,  Alex Exists’ take on David Essex’s Rock OnJuliana Eye’s stunning rendition of Blondie’s Dreaming, Sam Casey’s powerful interpretation of Etta JamesI'd Rather Go Blindand Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins’ chiming electric 12 string version of The English Beat's Save It For Laterand rising Toronto duo, TANDM, as they covered Counting Crows' Accidentally In LoveWill Whitwham (of The Wilderness of Manitoba) covering The Beach Boys' classic, God Only Knows, and a bonus track from Martha and the Muffins as they deliver their rendition of For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield). Listen to the project here.

About Chloe Kay
Chloe Kay is a singer/songwriter with a unique capacity for crafting pop gems who is currently based in Brighton, UK. She first moved from her hometown in Surrey to Toronto with the goal of developing her music further. “I had just finished studying music in London and felt it would be helpful for my creative process to get out of my usual environment and be somewhere different.” As a member of electronic duo This Sound Will Save You, Chloe wrote songs that blended “unexpected electronic arrangements with epic pop adventures.” She has created toplines for producers worldwide including Dante Rose, Pure State, Day Din, Chrone & Bale, The Head, Clyde Rivers and Lucian among others. In 2021 alone, she collaborated on 12 singles. As a solo artist, she released the singles Let Me In and Fall Into U through UK label frtyfve records under her artist name of Chloe Kay. Both songs were featured on BBC Music Introducing. Chloe recently teamed up with producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser to create the single Fiction as well as her version of the Prince song When Doves Cry for the COVERAMA album. In addition, electronic artist NICOLAAS has remixed her track Beautiful Lie which will be included on The Confidence Emperors compilation album The International Sound System Party, Volume II in 2022.  

DOWNLOAD - When Doves Cry Single Art

DOWNLOAD - Chloe Kay Press Photos
DOWNLOAD - Coverama Artwork

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

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

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

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ANDREW BIRD SHARES ECCENTRIC, EXHILARATING SINGLE AND CAT-FILLED VIDEO MAKE A PICTURE

FINAL PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM INSIDE PROBLEMS
OUT JUNE 3rd

WATCH | LISTEN

OUTSIDE PROBLEMS TOUR KICKS OFF AT LA’S GREEK THEATRE ON JUNE 15 INCLUDING 25+ SHOWS WITH IRON & WINE, SOLD OUT DATES AT RED ROCKS & PIER 17, PLUS FRENCH ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES AND MORE

“Andrew Bird’s ‘Inside Problems’ tackles the demons that even Headspace can’t deter”Document Journal

TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2022 – Today, with the release of new single and cat-filled music video, Make a Picture, Andrew Bird shares the final preview of his most lush and rousing album yet. Out June 3rd, on Loma Vista Recordings, Inside Problems is a collection of 11 original songs about the complex thoughts, questions and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us. Delivering his signature synthesis of unforgettable melodies, magnetic energy and inventive turns of phrase, Make a Picture extends a lineage of exhilarating hits like Sisyphus, Roma Fade and more, injected with the inner demons and uncanny imagery that uniquely defines the world of Inside Problems. Listen to Make a Picture here and watch the video here.

On Make a Picture, Andrew Bird describes scenes of running through streets like feral cats, defying the impossible and rising above cries of a wounded metropolis and pliable populace, as he refers to himself as an irrepressible optimist working with a fatal flaw. Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, the music video manifests the track eccentrically, capturing Bird in the midst of a photoshoot with a pack of felines, in between shifts at a lone hospital desk, where he performs a minor surgery to extract frames of film from beneath his skin.

Andrew Bird says, "Make a Picture is about digesting images from historic events and constituting a narrative for your memory. ‘Tell us what you think you saw. Make a picture.’  We saw a lot of horror and darkness and a lot of inspiring bravery. So, what’s the story we tell after digesting? What’s the synapses’ synopsis?”

Make a Picture is the latest in a recent streak of stirring new singles and striking visuals to emerge from Inside Problems, following album opener, Underlands, the Joan Didion-inspired Atomized, and an enigmatic short film that took viewers deeper into the abstract mindset and curious quandaries behind the album. As Document Journal says, "Inside Problems tackles the demons that even Headspace can’t deter...in its 11 songs, the album explores the inevitable presence of thresholds, whether they emerge in mundane moments, like standing in a doorway, or more substantial ones, like crossing state lines."

Like all of Inside Problems, Make a Picture was produced by Mike Viola and recorded live and straight to tape by Andrew Bird and his four-piece band. With nearly no overdubs, the music "transports listeners to a lush musical world" (NPR Music), and starting on June 15th at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, Bird will play the songs live on his first tour in nearly three years. Co-headlined with Iron & Wine, the extensive run of Outside Problems shows will stretch from coast to coast, including sold-out stops at Colorado's Red Rocks, NYC's Pier 17 and Chicago's brand new Salt Shed, as well as performances at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and more, with support from Allison Russell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Neko Case.

Andrew Bird - 2022 Tour Dates
6/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/17 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/18 - Portland, OR - Pioneer Courthouse Square*
6/19 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo* - SOLD OUT
6/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre* - SOLD OUT
6/22 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre^ - SOLD OUT
6/23 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
6/24 - Fort Collins, CO - New Belgium Brewery
7/10 - Paris, FR - Days Off Festival w/ L'Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
7/12 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits de Fourvières Festival w/ L'Orchestre national de Lyon
7/14 - Munich, DE - Neue Theaterfabrik
7/15 - Berlin, DE - Metropol
7/16 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal
7/17 - Köln, DE - Gloria Theater
7/19 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
7/22 - Atlanta, GA - Pullman Yards#
7/23 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit#
7/24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium#
7/25 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth#
7/27 - Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion#
7/28 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap#
7/29 - New York, NY - Pier 17# - SOLD OUT
7/30 - New Haven, CT - Westville Bowl#
7/31 - Bethlehem, PA - Steel Stacks#
8/02 - LaFayette, NY - Beak & Skiff#
8/04 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend#
8/05 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens# - SOLD OUT
8/06 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater#
8/08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE#
8/09 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live!#
8/10 - St Louis, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheater#
8/12 - Chicago, IL - Salt Shed# - SOLD OUT
8/13 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly#
9/7-9/10 - Park City, UT - Park City Song Summit
9/22 - El Cajon, CA - The Magnolia!
9/23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren!

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

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AVALON TASSONYI SHARES VAUDEVILLE-INSPIRED VIDEO FOR WHAT LOVE IS

SONG APPEARS ON DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
OUT NOW ON VAIN MINA RECORDS

ONTARIO TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2022 – What is love? In Avalon Tassonyi’s ballad, What Love Is, they examine just that – the confusing and sometimes painful nature of romance – and with today’s release of the song’s accompanying music video, they put those emotions on beautiful display. Following a clown-painted Tassonyi, the video showcases the joy and sadness that rings through on What Love Is. Watch the heartstring-pulling visual here.

“My brother, Sandy Rossignol, and I shot this video together. He’s a very talented filmmaker based in Victoria, BC, where we filmed,” says Tassonyi. “Before I became a musician, I always dreamed of being a comedian. Clowns used to scare me when I was a kid but now I find them fascinating. Clowning is a very liberating experience… to be a child, to fail, to tap into human experiences without the need to say a word.”

What Love Is appears on Tassonyi’s captivating debut self-titled album – released on March 25th via Vain Mina Records. A collection of songs in adjacent genres, all tethered by Avalon’s charming vocals and lyrical storytelling, the record sees the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.

ABOUT AVALON TASSONYI
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee, they/them) grew up tinkering on the family piano, learned to play guitar and soon began writing songs from a young age. At 17, they moved to Montréal to pursue music, playing in a number of bands over the better part of a decade. During this time, they explored different styles from jazz to indie rock to country, ran DIY shows and released music independently at a high volume. Their longstanding former moniker, Inland Island, is most noted for the album Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly (2016, Egg Paper Factory), which was an exploration of trans femininity, radical softness and Hungarian cultural diaspora.

Avalon has come full circle, now living in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the peach farm where their maternal family has been rooted since immigrating to Canada. With that, they’ve come to embrace the acoustic, folk and country sounds that they grew up on. Avalon Tassonyi’s songs are grounded in lyrical prowess, self-assuredness, an embrace of simplicity, and a love for all human emotion, from its silliest to most sombre elements.

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RACHEL BOBBITT ANNOUNCES NEW SIX-TRACK EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15

NEW SINGLE GEMINI TIES OUT TODAY

ROLLING STONE TWITCH PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW TOMORROW – MAY 25 @ 5:00 P.M. ET – TUNE IN HERE   

UPCOMING TOUR DATES WITH MEN I TRUST & SUNFLOWER BEAN

INCLUDING TORONTO STOP THIS THURSDAY AT LEE’S PALACE

TORONTO, ON – May 24, 2022 – Today, Nova Scotia-born, and Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, announces The Ceiling Could Collapse, her brand new six-track EP and debut for Fantasy Records. The EP, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, will be released on July 15, 2022. To mark the occasion, she has also released a new single.

Following the previously released opening, More, which NPR Music’s Bob Boilen called "striking" and "poignant,” is the exquisite Gemini Ties, a vivid, inquisitive look at the deep experiences Bobbitt shares with her twin brother. “My brother and I have that inseparable connection, and it manifests in me wanting to shelter him from every bad thing, even though he’s more than capable of doing that himself,” she says.  Listen to Gemini Ties here and pre-order The Ceiling Could Collapse here.

The Ceiling Could Collapse, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired. “It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music, which is when The Ceiling Could Collapse began to take form. 

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 25), Bobbitt will perform a stripped-down set on Rolling Stone’s Twitch channel. Tune in at 5:00 p.m. ET here. See below to find upcoming shows supporting Men I Trust and Sunflower Bean, including a Toronto stop this Thursday (May 26) at Lee’s Palace.

TRACK LIST:
1. More
2. Watch and See
3. Gemini Ties
4. Bandages
5. What About The Kids
6. For Keeps

TOUR DATES:
May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace - with Sunflower Bean
August 4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony - with Men I Trust
August 7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom - with
Men I Trust

ABOUT RACHEL BOBBIT AND THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE:
Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” the emerging singer-songwriter says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” On her penetrating and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt picks through the dizzying rubble of folk and indie rock for moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted expanses.

After refining the six songs of The Ceiling Could Collapse on her own, Bobbitt brought together collaborator and co-producer, Justice Der, and drummer, Stephen Bennett, to record the EP at Bennett’s studio in Brampton, ON. The trio spent ten days cracking open Bobbitt’s compositions, leaving space to experiment on different vocal takes and sonic palettes. Throughout the EP, Bobbitt and Der’s arrangements strike into the deep waters of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, and Big Thief, and Grammy-nominated mixer, Jorge Elbrecht, rounds everything to a glacial shine.

The Ceiling Could Collapse centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love. In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A horror fan as inspired by the genre’s cavernous emotions as its artful mechanisms, Bobbitt was so enamored by Ari Aster’s film that she needed to dig into its architecture. She focused on a deleted scene, in which one-character attempts to comfort another in a time of trauma by reminding them that the world is chaotic, that questioning why bad things happen is pointless in a world where the roof could just fall on you at any moment. “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” she laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SYLVAN ESSO’S SURPRISE NEW SINGLE IS THE BEST FEELING SUNBURN YOU’LL EVER HAVE

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THREE STRAIGHT SHOWS AT HISTORIC DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK BEGIN TONIGHT FEATURING GUS DAPPERTON, VAGABON, YO LA TENGO, INDIGO DE SOUZA, LITTLE BROTHER & MR TWIN SISTER, PLUS AFTERPARTIES, PSYCHIC HOTLINE POPUPS & MORE THROUGHOUT THE CITY

CURRENT TOUR INCLUDES APPEARANCES AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, WILCO'S SOLID SOUND, ELECTRIC FOREST, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND 30+ AMPHITHEATER DATES WITH ODESZA

CANADIAN TOUR DATES INCLUDE STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL, AND VANCOUVER

TORONTO, ON – May 18, 2022 – Today, Sylvan Esso surprise fans with Sunburn: a concise, cathartic pop song that captures the moment when delight bleeds into discomfort. Written on a warm January evening in Los Angeles earlier this year, the three-minute single is the band’s first new music since the release of their GRAMMY-nominated Free Love LP in 2020, marking both an aftermath and a new beginning for Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. Listen to Sunburn, out now via Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here.

The chorus of Sunburn came to Amelia Meath as she sat on the front porch of a house in LA, with the smoggy cityscape sprawled out ahead. Banging with a blistering beat and vivid descriptions of sensory overload, Sunburn is not, however, tied to any specific time or place, but the sting that comes from too much of a good thing. As Meath and Nick Sanborn explain: 

Sunburn is:

eating candy til you’re sick
riding your bike too fast down a hill
when you're five years old and don't want to get out of the water, and by the end you're shivering and all your fingers are pruney and your lips are turned purple
an undertow that sneaks up unsuspectingly
the painful pulsing pink of swollen eyelids leftover after a day lying in the sun
plunging forward without time for second-guessing

produced by Sylvan Esso
for you

Sylvan Esso recorded Sunburn at both their Betty’s studio in Chapel Hill, NC, and Dahlia Ave in Los Angeles, CA. Last week, the band performed it for the very first time during their debut taping of Austin City Limits, and beginning tonight, they will bring it to three headlining, career-spanning sets at the Historic Durham Athletic Park. From May 19-21, the largely sold-out series of baseball stadium shows are Meath and Sanborn’s biggest hometown performances to date, featuring support from Gus Dapperton & Vagabon on May 19, Yo La Tengo & Indigo De Souza on May 20, plus Little Brother & Mr Twin Sister on May 21. Find the final few tickets, as well as information on multiple afterparties, pop-up shops, late-night DJ sets and more at sylvanesso.com/ballpark.  

Between earning a GRAMMY nomination and presenting at the awards, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, making their daytime TV debut on Ellen, and announcing dozens of more tour dates, festival slots and 30+ amphitheater shows with ODESZA (including Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver), Sylvan Esso’s 2022 is a whirlwind that’s still just getting started. See below for the full list of upcoming dates, now on sale here.

Sylvan Esso 2022 Tour Dates
5/19 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park +
5/20 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park # SOLD OUT
5/21 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park @ SOLD OUT
5/23 - Richmond, VA - The National!  
5/24 - Ithaca, NY - Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard%
5/26 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point%
5/27-29 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival

6/23-26 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
7/24 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater* 
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion*  
8/26 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* 
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann*
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*

9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park*
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* 
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion*
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* 
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp*

9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* 
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* 
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT

^w/ Palehound
! w/ Benét
% w/ Samia
+ w/ Gus Dapperton and Vagabon
# w/ Yo La Tengo and Indigo De Souza
@ w/ Little Brother and Mr. Twin Sister
*w/ ODESZA

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FLOSTATE RELEASE NEW ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE

WATCH NEW VISUALIZER FOR ALBUM STANDOUT, MY HEART

WATCH ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE

PERFORMING AT CLOUD 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"sharp indie rock" - Vulture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BELOVED DUO’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIX YEARS

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE DARLIN’

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH VANCOUVER STOP ON JUNE 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIXTO FESTIVAL  2022 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO THE KING | WATCH THE KING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GHOST ANNOUNCE IMPERATOUR NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR 

CALL ME LITTLE SUNSHINE #1 AT ROCK RADIO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GHOST IMPERATOUR
North America 2022 

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

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

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

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

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SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE INITIATIVE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO TARA RARA 


WATCH LIVE RENDITION OF STANDOUT MEU PRETO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD - Tara Rara Album Cover (by Daryan Dornelles)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH BLACK MAN | LISTEN TO BLACK MAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN HERE AND ON NPR MUSIC’S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO YOUYOUYOU

UPCOMING ALBUM HARD RELEASED ON JUNE 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first half of this song could be about tyrants,” says Dawes frontman,