AVI KAPLAN SHARES NEW 4-TRACK DIGITAL EP LIVE AT SUNSET SOUND

LIVE AT SUNSET SOUND – PRODUCED BY AVI KAPLAN AND
SHOOTER JENNINGS – AVAILABLE NOW

 
FEATURES LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCES OF SONGS FROM KAPLAN’S ACCLAIMED SOLO ALBUM FLOATING ON A DREAM
 
U.S. TOUR CONTINUES TONIGHT IN PORTLAND, OR

WATCH THE FIRST TWO EPISODES OF THE FOUR-PART INTERVIEW SERIES AVI KAPLAN & SHOOTER JENNINGS: BEHIND THE DREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2022 – Rising indie singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, has shared Live At Sunset Sound, a brand-new four-track digital EP featuring live, in-studio performances from his acclaimed solo album, Floating On A Dream (released earlier this year). Produced by Avi Kaplan and Shooter Jennings, Live At Sunset Sound is available now at all DSPs, find it here.

Kaplan and Jennings, along with many of the players from the original Floating On A Dream sessions, reconvened earlier this summer to capture new, expanded takes on album favourites including I’m Only Getting Started, I Can’t Lie, All Is Well, and When I’m A Fool.
 
Avi Kaplan on Live At Sunset Sound: “It was a truly amazing experience to go back to Sunset Sound with Shooter and the band to breathe new life into a few of the tunes from Floating on a Dream. That studio has so much history and the magic in there was palpable that day. These new versions just flowed out of us and the performances that were captured are deeply special to me.”
 
The new EP arrives just as Kaplan has resumed his U.S. tour with another stop tonight, December 2, at the Revolution Hall in Portland, OR. The tour, with performances in Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Omaha, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Louisville, Dallas, and Houston, concludes with a show at the 04 Center in Austin, TX., on December 16. Find the full routing here and below. 
 
Kaplan and Jennings recently sat down for an in-depth discussion of their unique partnership and the making of Floating On A Dream. The new, four-part interview series entitled, Avi Kaplan & Shooter Jennings: Behind The Dream, debuted this week, find the first two installments here. The pair also shared a brand-new, irreverent and revealing edition of the quick hitting Q&A series Fantasy Flashcards, watch it 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, Kaplan’s solo debut LP, is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting his Californian roots and fascination with the American West.
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, Kaplan 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. 
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Avi Kaplan - Live At Sunset Sound - Track List + Musician Credits:
1. I’m Only Getting Started (Live At Sunset Sound)
2. I Can’t Lie (Live At Sunset Sound)
3. All Is Well (Live At Sunset Sound)
4. When I’m A Fool (Live At Sunset Sound) 

Avi Kaplan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Shooter Jennings – electric/acoustic guitar, organ
Daniel Ellsworth – piano
Jamie Douglass – drums
John Schreffler, Jr. – guitar, pedal steel
Ted Russell Kamp – bass

Avi Kaplan - U.S. Tour 2022:
December 2 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR with Kaleb Jones
December 6 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO - with Maddie Poppe
December 8 – Slowdown - Omaha, NE - with Maddie Poppe
December 9 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA with Maddie Poppe
December 10 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN - with Maddie Poppe
December 11 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY - with Kaleb Jones
December 14 - Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX - with Kaleb Jones
December 15 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX - with Kaleb Jones
December 16 - 04 Center - Austin, TX - with Kaleb Jones

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SAMANTHA FISH AND JESSE DAYTON TEAM UP TO RELEASE THE STARDUST SESSIONS OUT TODAY

WATCH BRAND NEW CADILLAC
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR COMMENCES DECEMBER 3 IN BAKERSFIELD

DECEMBER 4 WHISKEY A GO GO GIG TO BE LIVESTREAMED
 
NEW DISC OF 10 ORIGINAL SONGS PRODUCED BY JON SPENCER ARRIVES LATE SPRING VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2022 - Guitar badass, Samantha Fish, and outlaw country maverick, Jesse Dayton, have released their first collaborative effort, The Stardust Sessions. This EP is available digitally via Rounder Records now. Listen here and watch Brand New Cadillac from the EP here.
 
It started out as an innocent co-writing session between the two musicians. They envisioned a sound that married the explosive blues with alt-rock. On the last day in their New Orleans studio, they jammed on some songs that embodied this musical aesthetic and were eager to hear how their voices and guitars meshed. So, they let tape roll, and the unexpected result was The Stardust Sessions. The pair recorded Brand New Cadillac, made famous by The Clash but originally written in the late 1950s by Vince Taylor, I'll Be Here in The Morning by Townes Van Zandt, and Feelin' Good by Magic Sam. Joining them in the studio were bassist Austin Clements (Omari Neville), and drummer Mike Dillon (Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool Garage Jazz Band), with Rueben Williams wearing the producer's hat. The Stardust Sessions will precede a full-length album containing 10 new original songs written by the pair and produced by the legendary Jon Spencer. The album, Death Wish Blues, will be released in late spring via Rounder Records.
 
On December 3, the wild pair will hit the ground running, first stop, Bakersfield, followed by a gig at LA's famed Whiskey A Go Go on December 4. This show will be live-streamed; tickets are available to buy here. Fish and Dayton plan on unleashing the three new cover songs in concert as well as unveiling several of their new tunes that will see the light of day with the release of Death Wish Blues.
 
An award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist, Samantha Fish has released six albums over the course of her acclaimed career, with 2019's Kill or Be Kind and 2021's Faster both appearing on Rounder Records. "It's not pure rock and roll, it's not pure blues, it's not pure soul, it's not pure pop — it's a mixture of everything," she says of her genre-bending sound, which has regularly taken Fish around the world. A road warrior, she performs 200 shows yearly, both domestically and abroad.
 
Jesse Dayton has been bringing his unique mashup of East Texas/Louisiana Blues, old-school country, and punk rock to the world since he released his debut album in 1995. Thirteen records later, he remains a staple on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and the Americana Radio charts, where his debut LP Raising Cain reached Number 1. Jesse’s career reads like a veritable “who’s who” of American music. He’s toured with Social Distortion, Supersuckers, George Strait, Ryan Bingham, and L.A. punk pioneers X and has recorded with legends such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Willie Nelson. He has also recorded three soundtracks for filmmaker Rob Zombie. One can read about Dayton’s storied past in his 2022 memoir, Beaumonster.
 
Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton Tour Dates:
December 3 - World Records - Bakersfield, CA *
December 4 - The Whiskey-A-Go Go - Los Angeles, CA *
December 6 - Oven Auditorium - Charlotte, NC +
December 7 – DPAC - Durham, NC +
 
Jesse Dayton’s Band (supporting on the following dates)
December 8 - Rocky Mt, VA - Harvester
December 9 - Va Beach, VA - Elevation 27
December 10 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ramkat
December 12 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
December 13 - Warrendale, PA - Jergels
December 14 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage
December 15 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
December 16 - Chicago, IL - Park West
December 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
December 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
 
Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
December 29 - Biloxi, MS - Ground Zero Blues Club **
December 30---New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's **
January 12 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theatre **
January 13 - Austin, TX - 04 Cente r**
January 14 - Austin, TX - 04 Cente r**
January 15 - Houston, TX - Heights Theatre **
 
Samantha Fish
December 31 - Richmond, MO - Branded Steakhouse
January 19 - Beaver Creek, CO - Vilar PAC**
January 20 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre**
January 21 - Grand Junction, CO - Avalon Theatre**
January 22 - Fort Collins, CO - The Aggie**
January 25 - Memphis, TN - Lafayette's***
January 26 - Memphis, TN - Lafayette's**
January 27 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman++
January 28 - Macon, GA - Hargray Cap Theater**
January 29 - Asheville, NC - Salvage Station**
January 31 - Savannah, GA - District Live**
February 1 - Stuart, FL - Lyric Theatre**
February 2 - Ft. Lauderdale - Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center++
February 3 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live++
February 4 - Atlanta, GA - Symphony Hall++
February 5 - Walhalla, SC - Walhalla PAC**
February 7 - Chattanooga,TN - Barrelhouse Ballroom**
February 8 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater**
February 9 - Melbourne, FL - King Center**
February 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall**
 
*The ZipGuns
**Eric Johanson
***Jeremiah Johnson
 
+Fish & Dayton supporting Allman Family Revival
+++Fish supporting Kenny Wayne Shepherd

www.samanthafish.com

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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE SHARE NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL.5

LISTEN TO ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – December 2, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated collective, Moonshine, release their new album, SMS For Location, Vol. 5in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Listen to the album here.
 
Over a year has passed since Moonshine’s celebrated, SMS for Location, Vol.4. A year during which the JUNO-nominated collective has traveled, played sold out tours and festivals in Europe, Africa and Americas, spinned beats, explored, but more importantly connected with like-minded visionaries and artists globally. This is exactly what shines through on Moonshine’s latest, SMS for Location, Vol. 5, a collection of 15 genre-busting tracks fusing batida, afrobeats, afro house, amapiano, bass-heavy, and pure electronic sounds. From club scenes in Montreal, Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Los Angeles, to Kinshasa’s undefeated dancefloors, the crew is building bridges, subverting the paradigm through their now legendary parties. On SMS for Location, Vol. 5, Moonshine is activating the past in the present to secure a future for inventive electronic production.
 
Highlights on the album include Jamila, an afrohouse-infused Arabic love song delivered by the Moroccan-Canadian duo De.Ville - the infectious Vita Nzoto, featuring Kokoko! member Love Lokombe - the amapiano anthems Ofele (Remix), and Obomi Nga (featuring 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner, Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas, and MC RedBul) - and Pink, featuring Kris the $pirit. Read more about the album in the track-by-track.
 
Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective.

SMS For Location, Vol. 5 Tracklisting:
1. Bleu Goma (featuring Bonaventure, Kingdom Gospel Club)
2. Calor (featuring Nayela)
3.  DaftBeat (featuring DJ N.K.)
4. Vita Nzoto (featuring Love Lokombe)
5.  Jamila (featuring De.Ville)
6. Pink (featuring Kris the $pirit)
7. Fonfon (featuring Sharabia)
8. Ofele (remix) (featuring Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas)
9. Obomi Nga (featuring MC Redbul, Mc Azas, Uproot Andy)
10. Nizar’s Wisdom (featuring Nizar Saleh, Félix Noé)
11. Na Cabeça (featuring NegoO, Sharabia)
12. Off-White (featuring Vanyfox)
13.  Beris (featuring Vanyfox, Dekkapa)
14. Obia (featuring  Èbony)
15.  Afrotopia (featuring Vanyfox, Jean Patrice Keka)

DOWNLOAD -  SMS For Location, Vol. 5 Artwork
DOWNLOADMoonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Press Photo

About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.
 
Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-electronic, bass-heavy sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Vanyfox and AKantu, close friends such as Bambii, Foreigner, and Uproot Andy, visual installations, musicians, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Lisboa, Milan, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Santiago to name a few.

The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” 

Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalog of genre-busting music, art and apparel.

Learn more about Moonshine here
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com

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VENICE MUSIC NAMES DANI OLIVA AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

TORONTO, ON - December 1, 2022 - Today, music and technology company, Venice Music, announces Canadian, Dani Oliva, as their Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Founded by Suzy Ryoo and Troy Carter, Venice is a home for artists and executives who want to thrive independently. In his new role at Venice, Oliva will lead Venice’s legal and business affairs strategy with regards to negotiating deals with artists and their teams as well as enabling strong commercial partnerships with streaming and social platforms.
 
We are beyond proud to welcome Dani to Venice. With his legal expertise as well as the distance traveled in his personal and professional journey, he is an incredible addition to our team and community at Venice.” says Ryoo. 
 
Dani’s passion for music, community, and music creatives is deeply aligned with our vision at Venice. Suzy and I are very excited for Dani to help lead the path forward alongside our executive team,” says Carter.
 
Prior to joining Venice, Oliva founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with his clients, while also providing music consulting services. This year, Oliva received a platinum record (triple platinum in Canada) for his legal work on Ariana Grande’s 2x GRAMMY nominated album, Positions, on behalf of client JustAcoustic. In addition, Oliva also represented DOMi of the 2x 2023 GRAMMY nominated duo, “DOMi and JD Beck"

“I’m joining visionaries Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo along with an incredibly talented, kind, passionate team of music lovers and professionals at Venice,” says Oliva. “I’ve spent the past twenty years helping music creators build infrastructure to support their careers and I’m excited to continue to do so through community, data, and technology driven solutions at Venice.”

In his 20-year music career, Oliva has made it his goal to serve underrepresented communities through actions such as co-founding Indigenous and LGBTQ+ owned Canadian record label, Alt Eden, with JUNO nominee, Jayli Wolf; co-founding music management company, Muk-Posh, whose roster includes Canadian artist, SYLO, Maddie Jay, and Blair Lee; participating in the Diversity Task Force for the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and more. Additionally, he founded Out of Mind music festival (formerly known as HomoBOP!), which pushes LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists and vendors to the forefront, with successful events in Los Angeles and New York. The next event is Saturday, February 25, 2023, at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA.
 
ABOUT DANI OLIVA
Dani Oliva is a transgender, Canadian, artist advocate, speaker, and music attorney with over 20 years of experience helping talent creators thrive in the music business. Dani is the VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Suzy Ryoo and Troy Carter’s music and technology company, Venice. Previously, Dani founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with clients ranging from Grammy Award Winners, Billboard Hot 100 #1 charting songwriters to music merchandising companies.

Website / Instagram / Facebook

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ABOUT VENICE MUSIC 
Venice Music is a music & technology company for independent music creatives, professionals, and labels, co-founded and launched by Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo in January 2021. “Artists need a lot more alongside distribution. We decided to build a more holistic solution,” says Troy Carter. Venice provides a new music ecosystem that grows with music creatives at the various stages of their career. Some of the services that Venice offers includes analytics, marketing, A&R support, educational content such as workshops, seminars, panels, sync and artist services office hours, partner discounts, live showcasing opportunities, and financial services.
 
Venice is also leading in bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3 with the purpose of unlocking more financial value for artists and fostering a direct relationship between artists and collectors. With a virtual community already growing, Venice intends to launch a new physical space for members in Los Angeles. Scheduled to open in 2023, Venice House includes recording studios, writing room, podcast studio, editing bays, outdoor work space, and a pool. The Venice Music community currently includes partners such as Aminé, Brent Faiyaz, KOTA the Friend, Rich Homie Quan, Verité, thuy, Ray Laurel and Riot Games Music.

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS SHARE AUDIO-VISUAL ALBUM EMURGENCY! TODAY

LISTEN TO EMURGENCY!

WATCH VISUALS FOR LOVE SONGWHICH WAY,  OSHUN AND ESHU

RELEASE SHOW AT SMALL WORLD MUSIC CENTRE  IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 9 - TICKETS

TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, proudly deliver the long-awaited digital release of their album, EmUrgency!, available across all music platforms. EmUrgency! features album highlights, Love SongWhich WayOshun and Eshu; with the last three singles accompanied by animated videos co-produced by Nigeria's Spoof Animation. The videos are also trailers for a full animated series being developed under the album's title. "EmUrgency! is both an act of healing and an act of resistance," says Amai Kuda et Les Bois. A collection of prayer songs, war chants, lullabies and love ballads for our times, the project was composed over two years, with co-writing and production contributions by Amai's now 18-year old son, Imoja. EmUrgency! addresses issues of colonization, police brutality, parenting Black youth in a racist world, the protection of the environment, reclaiming African spirituality and decolonization. Listen to EmUrgency! here and watch the visuals here.

On December 9, Amai Kuda et Les Bois will celebrate the release with hometown Toronto audiences with a special concert at Small World Music Centre - tickets and information can be found here

The event will also be raising funds for Amai's initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, rooted, sustainable community.   While working to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada, Sankofa Maroon Village have already provided low or no-cost healing and education to over 100 Black community members, despite having had no funding. You can find out more and support this powerful project here, and support here GoFundMe page.
 
To further explore the album's themes and educate audiences about African spirituality and history, Amai Kuda et Les Bois are collaborating with Spoof Animation, part of Africa's rising animation industry, for EmUrgency!'s visual series of the same name. Like the album, the animated videos for EmUrgency! engage with timeless themes found in traditional stories as well as issues of our times like racism, the legacy of colonization, environmental degradation, and ongoing movements to decolonize. Amai is committed to addressing the need for more Black animated content, and more popular media that portrays African spirituality and mythology in a positive, engaging format. "After 500 years of colonial genocide designed to erase us, I think that remembering and reclaiming who we are is, in fact, the most powerful way to fight back" she says.

Songs have been featured on the playlist, Ones to Watch, as well as several Spotify editorial playlists, CBC's Big City Small World, CBC's Fresh Air, Tinnitist, Rhythm Passport and Wildfire Music.

EmUrgency! Track Listing:
1. Sewing Seeds (Opening Prayer)
2. Which Way
3. Listen Child
4. Ecouché
5. Mother's Home
6. Warriors Gather (Prayer)
7. Eshu
8. Love Song
9. Oshun
10.Better Day
11. Granny Gets the Last Word (Closing Prayer)

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo by Samuel Engelking

DOWNLOAD – EmUrgency! Album Art

About EmUrgency!
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.  

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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BEAUGÉ SOLEIL SHARE NEW SINGLE EAGLEAIRE

WATCHTOWER EP OUT EARLY 2023 VIA PUBLIC RECORDS

Toronto, ON – November 24, 2022 –  “Are you a person or a program?” asks Toronto-Ottawa-based duo, Beaugé Soleil (the collaborative soundchild of emcee/producer, Beaugé & singer/songwriter, Soleil). Born of a kinship sparked by a chance meeting at an open mic night, the duo invites listeners to lean into the question further on Eagleaire, the first single from their forthcoming EP, Watchtower, due early 2023 via Public Records. Bass-heavy production supports the bouncy beat of the track as Soleil's soulful vocals merge with Beaugé's poetic verses, as a reflection on ancestral lineage and foundations that fuel each step forward. Listen to Eagleaire here and read the lyrics here.

Inspired by various neo soul, hip-hop, jazz, blues & psych rock muses, Watchtower is a sonic experience that escapes its current landscape to create its own world. Produced by the enigmatic Ethics, multi-instrumentalist producer, Just Unlimited, and Beaugé (who is executive producer and mix engineer), Watchtower is comprised of a five-song journey featuring both duet and solo pieces showcasing each artist's dimensions, while adding depth to the vision that is "The Watchtower": music paying homage to those that paved the path without pantomiming the legends. Watchtower is a project made for heads that listen attentively, love deeply, live fully, share generously and connect consciously through rhymes, beats, and life. It is grounded on the world we live in and the conditions people are exposed to; the artists’ who have used their voice in the past that still echo today, and the idea that using our own voice can continue artistic tradition and build the future.

The EP draws from a highly collaborative process and workflow as a cumulative result of the duo's musical experiences and formation, which evolved through a chance meeting at an open mic night at Ottawa venue, Live On Elgin. Beaugé frequently performed at the event in anonymity upon returning to Ottawa to support his father. It served as a foundation to try new ideas and enabled him to reconnect with his birthplace and arts community. Listeners can expect to hear unique and contrasting sounds that form a subtle singularity, considering how different the collective are in their respective creative approach. 

Watchtower is also inspired by the visual arts. Soleil, a talented illustrator, drew a portrait of Beaugé's father, which graces their studio wall to this day. The concept of forefathers and roots resonate throughout the EP as both artists explore the impact of those that paved a path and created before them, be it family, friends and artists they admire. Soleil shared illustrations she had been musing on with Beaugé, which led to the art direction for the EP;  inspired by surrealist cartoon pieces and the overall vibe the duo felt creatively. The Eagleaire artwork was inspired by vinyl record covers for singles. 

Read on about both artists and their respective works below, and stay tuned as the duo continue to take flight.

DOWNLOAD - Press Photo by Dwayne Graham | DOWNLOAD - Eagleaire Art

About Beaugé (pronounced Bo-J):
Identities are easy to lean into, especially when your personal adversity and traumas fit into the current overplayed tropes saturating music’s cultural fibre. Beaugé experienced the loss, incarceration, and fast living many artists glamourize today. This background informs the creative choices found in his music; it's why you won’t find him “flipping the coke” every other bar. 
 
The son of respected Poet/Novelist and Haitian political exilé Jacqueline Beaugé Rosier; Dojo Bonski aka  Beaugé has quietly built relationships while honing his sound with his team (Ethics Gallardo, Just Unlimited, Dwayne Graham). Beaugé’s continued ties to Junia T, Roshin, City Fidelia and the Toronto indie scene have grown his network considerably.
 
Recently returning to Toronto, Beaugé spent the recent years forming a great kinship within the local art communities in Ottawa and Montreal. It was during this time while caring for his father until his passing in 2020, that Beaugé met Soleil. After years of discouraging his artistic efforts, and famously advising him to become an electrician after viewing his televised performance, Beaugé’s father raved about his new music with Soleil. A week later he passed due to complications after a fluke accident.
 
Remaining active prior to and during the pandemic has seen Beaugé perform at  Live On Elgin’s television broadcast via Rogers TV (2019), Kalmunity Music Week 2019 (Smif n Wessun), Bootlegger L'Authentique (2019), Live Sur Le Patio 2021 (Montreal QC), Junia-T & Friends (Longboat Hall) 2021. Fresh off the release of ODB featuring fellow Toronto artist, Tremayne (produced by Junia-T), Beaugé looks forward to sharing his latest project, Watchtower, a collaborative effort with Soleil. Music made with care and guided by lessons with love.


Beaugé: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | YouTube

About Soleil (pronounced:  s oh - l AI):
Soleil’s music plays the muse for a fiercely passionate and vocal woman who finds solace in expressing her vulnerabilities and strong personality through the songs she writes. Soleil sings because she has always been singing, apparently oozing melodies since before she could talk.

Growing up in Hespeler Village, a small town in Ontario, Soleil’s path took her far from those roots. From reckless travelling (and other things that should remain off paper) to sporadic open mic jams, Soleil followed her desires until she made it back to her proudly queer, Métis, authentic self. She fell in love with university and held on to her passion for learning and creating. A songstress with a degree in philosophy, Soleil is balanced and pragmatic in her approach to her art. 

Despite all her complexities, Soleil’s ability to find humour in any situation reflects the truly remarkable, yet playful essence of her voice. As she would put it, “I just can’t take myself seriously." Soleil met Beaugé at Live On Elgin, a staple in Ottawa’s art community. Their kinship grew slowly through the pandemic, through the loss of Beaugé's father, and was solidified with the portrait Soleil drew after their first studio session; an illustration of Dojo’s (Beaugé) father now framed and hanging on their studio wall.

Watchtower is the culmination of these events and the official beginning of Soleil and Beaugé’s journey. Soleil’s body of work includes collaborations with local peers and friends such as Snowbanks, Joby The Artist/Rich Grandpa, and Gio From Keppler 22.

In an era marked by artists trying to get clicks and clout, Soleil obsesses over takes, genuine feeling, and quality.  Soleil, or Moon Frye, as Beaugé calls her.

Soleil: Instagram | Spotify

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CADENCE WEAPON TEAMS UP WITH THE FEATURED ARTISTS COALITION (FAC), UNION OF MUSICIANS AND ALLIED WORKERS (UMAW) TO LAUNCH THE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF THE 100% VENUES CAMPAIGN, #MYMERCH

400+ VENUES COMMITTED TO NOT TAKING A MERCH CUT, ALLOWING ARISTS TO MAXIMIZE EARNINGS ON ONE OF THE FEW LUCRATIVE ASPECTS OF TOURING

TORONTO, ON – November 21, 2022 – Today, 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist, Cadence Weapon (Rollie Pemberton), announces that he has teamed up with The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW), to launch the North American leg of the 100% Venues campaign, #MyMerch. The initiative calls on North American music venues and festivals to join the #MyMerch campaign and sign on to end the practice of taking merch cuts. Join the #MyMerch venue database here and tell your artist merch cut story here

“Touring bands have been pushed to the edge by rising costs related to the pandemic and inflation," Cadence adds. "Venues and festivals could provide us with immediate relief by stopping the practice of taking merch cuts from artists.”

What is a merch cut?
A merch cut is when a venue or festival takes a percentage of the artist's merch sales. Though artists bear the financial burden of designing,manufacturing, and shipping their merch, some venues and festivals choose to exploit artists by taking a merch cut. The percentage number has been steadily rising, with some venues now taking up to 20-35% of artist merch sales. Artists often learn about merch cuts after they agree to play at the venue, so they are unable to refuse. This lack of transparency traps artists into unfair financial agreements with venues.

About #MyMerch:
Touring in 2022 has been brutal for musicians – the financial risks of COVID-19 and heightened costs from inflation have made touring an uphill battle just to break even. To add insult to injury, many venues and festivals require merch cuts. A merch cut is when a venue or festival takes anywhere from 15% to 35% of the artist’s merch sales. This is an exploitative practice that interferes with one of the few ways fans can directly support artists in this challenging economic climate, and it must stop.  
 
Artists carry the financial burden of designing, producing, and shipping merch, and selling merch is one of the few ways artists can earn money on tour. It’s time for North American performance spaces to join the 400+ UK venues that have already committed to not taking a merch cut, and be part of a growing effort to transform the music industry for the better. 

Venues and festivals: sign up to be part of the 100% Venues campaign and take a stand against merch cuts!

DOWNLOAD – #MyMerch Campaign Images

Register your venue
Tell your #MyMerch artist story here

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

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

Earlier this year, he released Parallel World (Deluxe Edition): an eclectic blend of offerings that pulls Cadence Weapon's music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World, featuring remixes by Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), Ciel (Toronto), CFCF (Montreal), and Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James.

Cadence is an active advocate in many communities; both in the arts and in the cities he calls home. Cadence also launched his debut  memoir, Bedroom Rapper (May 31, McClelland & Stewart). For more writing and observations, check out his Substack newsletter.

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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. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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FOUSHEÉ RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR SPEND THE MONEY FEATURING LIL UZI VERT

NEW ALBUM softCORE OUT TODAY!

RECEIVED FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR
CO-WRITING STEVE LACY’S BAD HABIT

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2022 – Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Fousheé, is thrilled to unveil the music video for the Lil Uzi Vert-supported trackspend the money, from her highly anticipated debut album, softCORE, out now via RCA Records. Watch and listen to spend the money here. Listen to softCORE here.
 
The spend the money music video chronicles Fousheé throughout an evening of darkness and indulgence. The shadowy aesthetic accentuates the sultriness of the song, giving viewers a hint of mystery as to what the night has in store for her.
 
Fousheé is easy to call a “multi-hyphenate” - but just when you think you have a grasp of her, you don’t.  The genres blur - alt, folk, rock, R&B; the collaborators extend - Lil Wayne, Steve Lacy, Uzi, Yachty; the accolades continue - Pitchfork, W Magazine, Respect Magazine, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, V Magazine, Okayplayer. Fou effortlessly shares stages on the most high profile tours - opening for James Blake and touring with friend and collaborator Steve Lacy, with whom she co-penned the 2022 breakout and recently Grammy-nominated song: Lacy’s Bad Habit. And while Fousheé refuses to be pinned down, the art blooms.
 
softCORE, is no exception.  Refusing to walk the establishment line of what a female artist is “supposed” to do, worse yet, to be, she weaves punk and rage into the sweet folk tapestry that catapulted her to half a billion streams. softCORE is a punk record in the most pointed sense of the word. Stepping outside of the expectations for what listeners have heard from her so far, softCORE is purely peerless. The album is a true melting pot of influences, genres, sounds, all anchored by Foushee’s incredible voice and her impeccable songwriting, both of which imprint even the angriest songs with hooks for days.  Multiple listens bring up other sonic trailblazers like Le Tigre, The Runaways, Kelis, Atari Teenage Riot, 100 Gecs, Gwen Stefani, and Lil Uzi Vert, who guests on the song spend the money. On softCORE, the camera boldly swings from romantic, 4AD guitar tones to rapid-fire beats to intensely screamed declarations to classic R&B balladry, but it all works seamlessly.  Simply put, it sounds like the future.
 
softCORE is an album that embraces anger and vulnerability, and we guarantee you that you will not hear another album as remarkably diverse and fantastically singular this year. 

 softCORE TRACKLISTING:
1. simmer down 
2. i’m fine 
3. bored 
4. supernova 
5. spend the money (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
6. die
7. simulation
8. unexplainable
9. smile 
10. stupid bitch
11. scream my name 
12. let u back in
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BILLY STRINGS’ FIRST ALBUM WITH HIS FATHER, TERRY BARBER, ME/AND/DAD OUT TODAY

NEW MINI-DOC DEBUTS

2023 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED INCLUDING 15 ARENA SHOWS

“exuberant interplay…a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of these two lifelong picking partners” —NPR Music

“No matter your musical affiliation, this one will draw you in. It’s a cross-generational celebration paying tribute to Strings’ musical roots, welcoming both strangers and old friends to gather ’round” —No Depression

“one of the best guitar players in music” —American Songwriter

“The pair harmonize beautifully…a sound that can only be replicated by blood, highlighting the magic that motivated Strings to create this project with his father”
The Boot

That familial connection is palpable…three-part harmonies that evoke echoes of Appalachia’s revered high lonesome sound, with Strings and Barber’s vocal registers, in particular, blending together seamlessly” —Glide

TORONTO, ON – November 18, 2022 – Me/And/Dad, GRAMMY award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings’, first album with his father, Terry Barber, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

In celebration of the release, a new mini-doc is debuting today, which captures Strings and Barber throughout the record making process. Watch/share here. Strings was also recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning speaking with correspondent Conor Knighton. Watch the profile here

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland, as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his headline tour next year including 15 newly confirmed arena dates. Upcoming stops Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (two nights, both sold out), Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (three nights), Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena (two nights), Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Charleston’s North Charleston Coliseum (two nights) among others. Additionally, following his two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena, Strings will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 26 for a third Nashville show. See below for complete itinerary.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album, Renewal, which landed on several Best of 2021 lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards (the organization also named him Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021), Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists. 

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 16—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 17— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 18—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 21—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 22—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 24—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 25—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 26—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
March 3—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Doc Watson’s 100th Birthday Show
March 4—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 7—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
March 10—Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 11—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 12—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 16—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)
March 17—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)
March 18—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)

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quinnie RELEASES TWO TRACK HOLIDAY BUNDLE TITLED thank you wisdom angel i love you

INCLUDES COVER OF silver bells
AND AN ORIGINAL silver second


LISTEN & WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2022 – Songwriter and indie artist, quinnie, is easing into the holiday spirit with a two-track holiday bundle titled thank you wisdom angel i love you. It includes a cover of the Christmas classic, silver bells, and an original that she wrote when considering the bittersweet nature of the holiday season, called silver second. Listen and watch the lyric videos here.
 
Of silver second quinnie says, “I wrote this about the holiday season, watching yourself and your family get older, being present, and savoring the rare moments when everyone gets to be in the same room once a year.” 
 
Prior to this announcement, quinnie has released a steady stream of music, with most recent offering being itch. The New York Times was effusive in their praise of itch noting, quinnie’s “…mixture of tentativeness and bold declaration, bedroom-pop intimacy and multitrack craftsmanship.” Listen to itch here and watch the video here.
 
Regarding itch, quinnie says, “this song is about how i used to be scared of falling in love because i enjoy longing for things and people. found out you’ll know u really love somebody if loving them feels even better than wanting them.”
 
Prior to itch, quinnie released man, which was the first follow up to her breakout track, touch tank. Initially turning heads when a 23-second snippet made waves across TikTok, the success of touch tank translated to Spotify and Apple Music where quinnie has amassed over 22 million streams combined. Pitchfork noted, “She pairs verses recorded with the raw intimacy of an iPhone voice note with… a bedroom-pop chorus that fuses eroticism and romance, going on to hail it as “an affectionate homage to a new love that feels like a breath of freshwater.
 
As a self-described “very sensitive 21-year-old,” quinnie went from writing songs as a kid to releasing independent projects, such as a gold star, in 2019. She is bitingly funny, she is brutally honest, she loves the underwater world and sea creatures, and she will help you escape if you let her. It’s already happened with touch tank, and she’ll continue to open up her world with more music to come in 2022 and beyond.

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KORN SHARES NEW REMIX OF WORST IS ON ITS WAY

FEATURING HEALTH, DANNY BROWN 
AND FLATBUSH ZOMBIES' MEECHY DARKO


LISTEN HERE | WATCH HERE

KORN'S LATEST ALBUM REQUIEM OUT NOW 
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – November 17, 2022 – This year, Korn released their latest album, Requiem, via Loma Vista Recordings, and in support, performed multiple sold out global headline tours in addition to the intimate one-off performance of Requiem Mass at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Today, the band shares a new remix of Requiem standout single, Worst Is On Its Way, reworked by HEALTH with verses from Danny Brown and Meechy Darkoof Flatbush Zombies.

The remix arrives with a video that nods to the original Worst Is On Its Way music video, which was directed by Craig Bernard and Culley Bunker and depicted the band's high energy performance of the song in greyscale as individual members of the band are decomposed into animated particles with a series of visual effects and now also features appearances from Brown and Darko. Listen to the Worst On Its Way remix here, and watch the video here.

There has long been a dialogue between Korn’s music and hip hop, with the genre playing a large influence on the early development of Korn musically and aesthetically. In turn, Korn pioneered a new genre which has had a lasting impact across various strands of music. Notably, their influence has been particularly visible in some of the most exciting names in rap over the last decade - both sonically and aesthetically. Danny Brown especially has long cited Issues as his favourite album and went on to cover Freak On A Leash for Red Bull's Danny Brown v. Rico Nasty SoundClash in 2021, which set Twitter buzzing with fans asking for a collaboration. Most recently, Brown spoke with Jonathan Davis for The Talkhouse this summer. With this new version of Worst Is On Its Way, Brown and fans' wishes are brought into fruition with the two finally joining forces.

Worst Is On Its Way is not the only collaboration Korn has been planning. Yesterday, the group released their own hot sauce, Here to Slay, through HEATONIST as an ode to their Bakersfield, CA roots. Not too hot but loaded with flavour from roasted corn, onion and the best chipotle peppers marinated in adobo, the sauce will taste perfect on tacos, burritos, burgers, chili, and more. Korn's Here To Slay hot sauce is available for purchase here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 13, 2023 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sick New World

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ABOUT KORN:
Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The FADER notes, “There was an unexpected opening in the pop landscape and Korn articulated a generational coming-of-angst for a claustrophobic, self-surveilled consciousness. Korn became the soundtrack for a generation’s arrival as a snarling, thrashing, systemically-restrained freak show.”

Since forming, Korn has sold 40 million albums worldwide, collected two GRAMMYs, toured the world countless times, and set many records in the process that will likely never be surpassed. Korn has continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

The level of Korn’s reach transcends accolades and platinum certifications. They are “a genuine movement in a way bands cannot be now,” attests The Ringer. They represent a new archetype and radical innovation, their ability to transcend genre makes barriers seem irrelevant.

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MIRANDA JOAN SHARES A LOVE SONG TO DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON IN I LOVE YOU, DWAYNE

LISTEN & WATCH VIDEO FILMED IN BROOKLYN FEATURING 2D DWAYNE

LISTEN & WATCH PREVIOUS SINGLE OVERSTIMULATED

Toronto, ON – November 16, 2022 – Canadian-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter and musician, Miranda Joan, throws it back with a love song parody to a fixture of her childhood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Known for her thoughtful songwriting and alluring, soul-infused pop and R&B, Miranda shares the second single I Love You, Dwayne from her upcoming album. Infused with her sultry vocals and hooky melodies, I Love You, Dwayne taps into a different side of Miranda's personality with this playful and comedic tribute to the life and career of the wrestler turned actor. Listen to I Love You, Dwayne here

Miranda says of the piece: “This is my love song to Dwayne, but it also is a nod to my childhood. The fact that I knew about Dwayne Johnson at all was largely due to the male influences in my life. I remember sitting through pay-per-view matches when I was young, sandwiched between my brother and his friends, and wanting so badly to hang out with the big kids. During lockdown, I fell down the Dwayne rabbit-hole because of my Dad’s recommendation to watch Hobbs and Shaw. I now know more about Dwayne’s life than I ever would’ve imagined; every line of my song is a reference to his life and career. I may not have started writing I Love You, Dwayne as a super-fan, but I can certainly say I ended up as one. The answer to your next question is yes, I do love Dwayne.”  Read the lyrics here.

The song was produced by CARRTOONS and Miranda, alongside featured instrumentalists including Jake Sherman on rhodes-piano, Randy Runyon on guitar and Chris Ott, Jon Lampley and Dan White of The Huntertones on horns. 

In the process of working on this song in early pandemic lockdown, while being away from her family, Miranda shares: “It was an opportunity to connect with my loved ones, in particular my brother. We would go back and forth with Dwayne references and, in a time when the separation was weighing heavily on my family, those phone calls with my brother were an opportunity to joke around, suspend our realities and feel something close to normal.”

The single is accompanied by a music video shot on the streets of Brooklyn. It begins with Miranda in a re-creation of Dwayne’s iconic 90s look and continues to evolve. The classic blue jeans turn into knee-high denim boots and the chain comes off to reveal Miranda with “Dwayne” as the pair workout, indulge in a cheat-meal, sip on some Teremana and stare down any and all Jabronis that cross their paths. The video was made entirely by a female cast, and directed, produced and styled by a Canadian crew, who became as invested in the Dwaynedom as Miranda was. Watch I Love You, Dwayne here.

While learning more about Dwayne’s Canadian roots, Miranda discovered that the prolific entertainer had a brief stint in the Canadian Football League prior to becoming a wrestler, and has Canadian citizenship through his Nova Scotian father. Miranda also drew inspiration from Dwayne’s life story and ethos sharing, "Dwayne is about hard work, persistence and love. Family is something he celebrates and it has been a prominent through line in his life. And in this way I do feel kindred with him. His relentless drive was particularly inspiring as I began to work on the music video. It came together during a particularly rough time in my life and there was something both hilarious and empowering about having that cardboard cutout set up in the corner of my room. I’d look over at Dwayne in his power pose, ask him sheepishly what he was looking at, and then return to my work. He is the embodiment of strength in more ways than one and it’s been a fun ride having him in my corner, literally.”

I Love You, Dwayne follows Miranda's sultry, end of summer jam, Overstimulated. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Listen to it on Bandcamp and all platforms here, and read the lyrics here. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Vida Fodonaand styled by Brazilian fashion brand, Santa Maria. Watch Overstimulated

The tracks are a sample of Miranda Joan's forthcoming album, set to launch in 2023.

About Miranda Joan:
Miranda Joan is a Canadian soul-pop singer and songwriter born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver. Currently based in Brooklyn, Joan maintains strong roots in Canada. Joan divides her time between countries and it was her university studies in jazz that originally brought her to New York, a city whose grittiness and intensity has influenced her artistry as profoundly as her bi-coastal upbringing. The fluidity that came with growing up along the Pacific ocean in Vancouver and the joy-de-vivre and creativity that Montréal exudes continue to shape Joan's personally, artistically and spiritually. Both her French and English backgrounds have made their way into her writing, which orients itself around story and lyrics and is largely influenced by her reverence for soul and pop music.

Miranda Joan was selected as one of First Up with RBCxMusic Emerging Artists in 2021, shared the virtual stage at CMW and has received radio airplay in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Living in NYC, Joan has performed on national tours and played sold-out shows as well as headlined well-known NYC venues. In 2019 she performed at the Montréal Jazz Festival with the Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, led by Sly5thAve in a tribute to Dr. Dre, and she is a co-host and co-founder of Brooklyn’s Femme Jam (NYC’s first all-female led jam session) which is a community initiative to create a womxn-led space with an emphasis on female musicians that fosters inclusively and creates community. Arts mentorship has been an important through-line in Joan’s career and for the past eight years she has been a music mentor with the non-profit SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young where she works with youth 8-18 who stutter. 

Joan has shared the stage singing background for high-profile artists such as Andy Grammar, Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Surf Mesa, Lorde and Shawn Mendes.

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DUNES DAY HAS ARRIVED

DEBUT ALBUM PAST LIVES OUT TODAY 

L.S. DUNES SET FOR SPECIAL RELEASE DAY
IN-STORE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AT FINGERPRINTS MUSIC IN LONG BEACH, CA.
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF TOMORROW
WITH SOLD OUT SHOW IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 22

"Fiery... nonstop, dynamic fun" — Revolver
 
"Catchy, punky post-hardcore" — Brooklyn Vegan
 
"These guys all know what they are doing!" — Stereogum
 
"This is 100% real and no, you are not dreaming" — Ones To Watch
 
"Brimming with an urgency and plenty of energy" Loudwire
 
“An outstanding collection of punk and hardcore anthems from those who have shaped the genre in the recent years” ****Upset (UK)

TORONTO, ON – Friday, November 11, 2022 – Today, L.S. Dunes – guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), guitarist Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive), bassist Tim Payne (Thursday), and drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday) – have released PAST LIVES, their highly-anticipated debut album via Fantasy Records. Listen to/purchase the album here.
 
Produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA., Past Lives navigates themes of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence in a boundary pushing synthesis of post-hardcore and punk¾that has established L.S. Dunes as one of the year’s most compelling new arrivals. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the blazing Bombsquad, to the pummeling, expansive, Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 
 
After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact, none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts. "Permanent Rebellion is about taking back what is rightfully yours," Rule added. "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls.” 
 
Early praise has come from all corners of music’s global literati including Stereogum, NME, Consequence, Ones to Watch, Brooklyn Vegan, Revolver, Kerrang, Alternative Press, and Loudwire just to name a few. In their 5-STAR review, New Noise declared, “Past Lives may be one of the best and most unexpected albums to drop this year,” adding, “Every song is a masterclass in songwriting…You are not going to want to miss this album.” Spin also stated, “Every member of L.S. Dunes contributes their unique world-class abilities to the melting pot of the band, all pushing each other to new heights in the process.” Sputnik said Past Lives is, “absolutely thrilling,” and Rock Sound’s (UK) rave review affirmed, “The stunning title track is a sentimental, inspiring, undeniable piece of alternative music genius that will stick with you, and the band that created it, for years to come.”
 
L.S. Dunes made their highly anticipated debut performances at Chicago’s RIOT FEST on September 15 and Sacramento’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on October 8.  Both dates featured songs from the new album, a taste of the energetic, cathartic shows fans will experience on their upcoming headlining North American tour which begins tomorrow (Saturday, November 12) at the Garden Amphitheater in Garden Grove, CA, and includes a sold out show in Toronto at the Velvet Underground.
 
Find the complete tour itinerary, including recently announced European shows here and below.  In addition, the band will celebrate the release of Past Lives with a special, release day in-store performance at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, CA., check here for more information.

L.S. DUNES ON TOUR:
November 12 — Garden Grove, CA — Garden Amphitheater
November 13 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo's 365
November 14 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour  SOLD-OUT
November 18 — Mexico City, Mexico — Corona Capital SOLD-OUT
November 22 — Toronto, Ontario — Velvet Underground SOLD-OUT
November 25 — Asbury Park, NJ — Asbury Lanes SOLD-OUT
November 26 — Philadelphia, PA — First Unitarian Church  SOLD-OUT
November 27 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair SOLD-OUT
November 29 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD-OUT
November 30 — Baltimore, MD — Ottobar SOLD-OUT
January 27 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage
January 28 – Camden, UK – Electric Ballroom
January 29 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy SOLD-OUT
January 30 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy Birmingham
February 1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
February 2 – Paris, France – Trabendo
February 3 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
February 4 – Berlin, Germany – Hole 44
February 5 – Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
May 27 – Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach

ABOUT L.S. DUNES:
L.S. DUNES super-charge their heavy anthems with punk energy into a sound unlike anything that has come before it. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the crunchy, frenetic earworm, Like Forever, to the pummeling, expansive Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 
 
Past Lives was produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA. Going deep on issues of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence, writing for the album was a collaborative effort. 
 
After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact, none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts.
 
"Permanent Rebellion is about taking back what is rightfully yours." Rule adds, "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls."
 
Original, aggressive, and intense, L.S. DUNES is the next great leap in rock's grand evolution. 

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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE HIGH UP ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

NEW ALBUM CONDITIONS OF A PUNK TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 2

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2022 – Long Beach based trio, half•alive, release their new single, High Up, along with the music video via RCA Records. High Up was co-produced with Ethan Gruska and the music video is co-directed by Kevin Clark (Finneas, Son Little) and half•alive’s Josh Taylor. Watch here and stream here.
 
High Up follows the band’s latest offering and lead single, Did I Make You Up?, which came alongside the beautiful music video that returned to the familiar half•alive choreographed dance and one-take style. Check it out here
 
Both tracks are featured on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Conditions Of A Punk, which will be released on December 2. Through a collection of 18 tracks, this new body of work explores the breaking and mending of a heart, the realigning of a soul. Conditions Of A Punk embodies the band at their most vulnerable and most mature musically. Pre-order here.
 
Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “High Up is a love song about killing the projected idea of love in exchange for what it actually is. throughout the song i’m speaking to Love as a person, as if its going to kill the current idea of what i thought Love to be..“behind your back a cold surprise in favor of the 3rd degree. i took a breath & took the knife, no i won’t defend the killer in me.”
 
I co-directed the video alongside my new friend Kevin Clark. Within 10 minutes of first meeting each other, we already had the concept for the video..both of us feeling drawn to the visual of a car driving through rain soaked streets in the middle of LA. like a downpour of emotion, flooding the streets of my mind, begging me to react to it…within 2 weeks we were on set watching a rain machine dump water on my 1980s Mercedes as 30 friends of mine run circles around it. somehow i convinced them it would be a good time. everyone got soaked. the film was accomplished. high fives & smiles all around.”

About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included 2 sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late-night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed RUNAWAY on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. In 2020, half•alive released their EP in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of 4 tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for 3 of the 4 songs to accompany them. Earlier this year, the band shared their EP Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 featuring Move Me which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and What’s Wrong which has garnered over 20.1 million streams worldwide. The band also performed What’s Wrong on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

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SIGALA X GABRY PONTE X ALEX GAUDINO SHARE NEW SINGLE RELY ON ME

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SIGALA’S SECOND ALBUM EVERY CLOUD
TO BE RELEASED MARCH 3, 2023


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

Toronto, ON – November 11, 2022 –British artist, producer and DJ Sigala teams up with Gabry Ponte and Alex Gaudino for Rely On Me, which is released globally today via Ministry of Sound.

Rely On Me serves as the curtain-raiser for the rollercoaster next chapter in Sigala’s rise and rise: the release, in March 2023, of his long-awaited second album. Every Cloud is the album Sigala has been working on from pretty much the minute he finished making his first, September 2018’s blockbuster, Brighter Days. The impressive debut album featured a stellar line-up of collaborators that included Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, French Montana, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and more!
 
On Rely On Me, Sigala flexes his unerring ability to open up to, and dig deep with, a diverse and international range of co-writing/producing talents spanning the horizon of electronic music – in this case Italian GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum DJ and producer Gabry Ponte and his countryman Alex Gaudino, the legendary label-runner, sampling wizard and hitmaker.

“Rely On Me is another one that's based on a cheeky sample, a song called 2 Times, which was big in the late 90’s.” Sigala explains of the 1999 hit for British-born Italian Eurodance phenom Ann Lee. “Alex came up with it – he's famous for sampling songs before it was really a thing, going back to ‘Destination Calabria’ and some of his other huge tunes.”
 
Gabry Ponte adds, “Working on this track together was simply amazing. It is always exciting to collaborate with fellow DJ/producers with a taste and identity of their own. Specifically, Rely On Me is a song of disarming elegance and simplicity, the keys to its beauty. As the motto goes, 'less is more'." 
 
“The irresistible piano chord progression paired with Clementine Douglas’s beautiful vocals and an extremely catchy melodic hook are the winning ingredients of this crossover track. It’ll make you feel happy from the very first listening!” shares Alex Gaudino.
 
Sigala has had another incredible year, playing to fans across the globe and consistently releasing smash singles from the forthcoming collection. Every Cloud will also include Lasting Lover, with James Arthur, MelodyStay The Night featuring Talia Mar and the recent David Guetta and Sam Ryder collaboration, Living Without You. Collectively these releases have amassed a staggering half a billion streams and counting.
 
Available on various formats that include, digital release, vinyl, CD and cassette, Every Cloud is set to include another mammoth line-up of guest artists, which are soon to be revealed.
 
As well as new music. Sigala also announced a UK headline tour which kicks off in Dublin on March 52023. The announcement of the album and tour continues on from a busy 2022, which saw his triumphant return to the live scene and play to thousands of fans across his sold-out North American tour. 2023 is set to be another standout for Sigala, who is looking forward to reengaging with his fans and bringing the Sigala experience to more live electrifying shows. 
 
Sigala UK Tour 2023:
Sunday, March 5 – 3Olympia, Dublin
Tuesday, March 7 – NX, Newcastle
Wednesday, March 8 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Friday, March 10 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
Saturday, March 11 – HMV Empire Coventry, Coventry
Wednesday, March 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Friday, March 17 – Electric Brixton, London
Saturday, March 18 – Tramshed, Cardiff

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ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.
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JACK KAYS: NEW EP CESSATION OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2022 – Today, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jack Kays, has released his new EP, CESSATION. The 5-track project is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that chronicle the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and concluding with a reflection of an entire life with The Walk. Listen here. Arriving alongside the EP is a live performance video for 28 – watch here.
 
Speaking about CESSATION, Kays says “I’ve been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there’s one thing to take away from it, it’s that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.” 
 
In support of the project, Jack has been on his first-ever headline tour titled ‘The Man with a Guitar.’ Kays has brought his captivating live show to cities across North America and will perform at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom tonight in celebration of the EP release. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.
 
CESSATION Tracklist:
1. Wish You Well
2. Finally Fine
3. When It’s All Over
4. 28
5. The Walk 

Jack Kays – The Man with a Guitar Tour
11/11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
11/15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry At The Fillmore *Sold-Out*
11/17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Rescheduled from 11/6)
11/19 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl *Sold-Out*
11/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats *Sold-Out*

Jack Kays – The Man with a Guitar Tour
11/11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
11/15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry At The Fillmore *Sold-Out*
11/17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Rescheduled from 11/6)
11/19 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl *Sold-Out*
11/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats *Sold-Out*

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THE ARCS OFFER CATHARTIC REMEMBRANCE OF LOST LOVED ONES ON HEAVEN IS A PLACE

FIRST ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS ELECTROPHONIC CHRONIC ARRIVING JANUARY 27 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – The Arcs have returned today with Heaven Is A Place, the second look at their new album, Electrophonic Chronic, coming out January 27 via Dan Auerbach's, Easy Eye Sound. Behind a sea of dreamlike tones from The Arcs' Leon Michels on Rhodes and B3, Auerbach adds blistering electric guitar to this lament for love gone too soon. On the group's first album together since 2015's Yours, Dreamily, and the first since the passing of their bandmate, Richard Swift, there’s a moving poignancy that resonates through the lyrics of Heaven Is A Place: "heaven is a place I know, where all the lovers go / and when they die / everything they had on Earth is multiplied."

Listen to Heaven Is A Place here and watch the accompanying video from animator/director Robert "Roboshobo" Schober here.
 
Co-produced by Auerbach and Michels, Electrophonic Chronic features the full original line-up of The Arcs including Swift, Nick Movshon and Homer Steinweiss. The collection was announced last month to excitement from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and many more; lead single, Keep On Dreamin’, was named one of the best new songs of the week by a range of outlets from NPR Music to Guitar World. The Arcs also reunited with longtime visual collaborators Roboshobo and El Oms for Electrophonic Chronic. While El Oms illustrated the album art for the new project — as he did for Yours, Dreamily, in 2015 — Roboshobo illustrated and animated the videos for Heaven Is A Place and Keep On Dreamin’, as well as each of the forthcoming advance tracks.
 
Recorded largely before Richard Swift's passing, Electrophonic Chronic was sparked by the band's mutual obsession with recording and crate-digging, taking inspiration from genres including vintage soul, old school garage and the space age pop of the 1960s. After a period where, as Michels puts it, "I think all of us couldn’t really listen to the music, couldn’t really face it and try to finish it," Auerbach and Michels finally revisited those sessions during the pandemic last year; completing what they started with their late musical brother.
 
"This new record is all about honoring Swift," Auerbach adds. "It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him."
 
The Arcs - Electrophonic Chronic Track List:
1. Keep On Dreamin’
2. Eyez
3. Heaven Is A Place
4. Califone Interlude
5. River
6. Sunshine
7. A Man Will Do Wrong
8. Behind The Eyes
9. Backstage Mess
10. Sporting Girls Interlude
11. Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
12. Only One For Me
 
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DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES VIDEO FOR LVL UP FEATURING DREZUS, ASPECTS, AND PROGNOSIS

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP HOP: ELEMENTS

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, has been celebrating the release of his new album, Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements (August 26, MNRK Music Group). Today, he shares a video for standout track - LVL Up - a motivational song about progress driven by agility, determination and focus, be it your music career, personal life and beyond. Calgary-based Indigenous rapper and activist, Drezus, Ottawa artist and Outlaw By Nature member, Aspects, and Six Nations-based artist Prognosis come together to deliver fierce rhyme and verse as David gets behind the boards to bring forth a foundation of fluid, key-driven, bass-booming, brooding beats. Watch  LVL Up here.  

The video was directed, filmed and produced by ReelWolf Productions at Six Nations of the Grand River. On the song and video, David says: “It’s time to LVL Up in life, in everything. Be the best you possible, otherwise, you ain’t on my level. Positive over Negative. We coming to show and prove on every LVL.” 

Throughout the month of September, David Strickland curated Spotify's Indigenous playlist; a space for Indigenous creators in Canada to curate the playlist with their favourite Indigenous artists of the moment. On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Friday, September 30), the playlist graced Spotify’s Yonge & Dundas billboard in Toronto for the entire weekend, featuring David's signature Every Child Matters artwork to honour the day. Check out the art here.

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.  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, and represents the connection between the Indigenous community and the Hip-Hop community. 

In addition to a powerful opener by David's long-time mentor and iconic photographer, Ernie Paniccioli, you can hear an incredible lineup of guests including: Artson, Que Rock, Divine Brown, Pooky G, Blessed, Stenn Jodi,  J25, Wolf Castle, JRDN, Stump Gets, Skye Stoney,  Jace Martin, Kalem Moses, Wolf Castle, Stun, Crystal Shawanda, Joey Stylez, Q052,  & Tribe NO GANG, Violent Ground, Choclair, Kingcon and Julian Taylor. Listen to the album here.
 
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NOISY RETURN WITH FIRST RELEASE OF 2022 ALLIGATOR

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FAST FWD TO FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT RETURNS IN 2023
 
PREVIOUS COLLABORATIONS INCLUDE HIGH CONTRAST,
1992, THE PROTOTYPES & ZERO

 
SOLD OUT 2022 HEADLINE UK TOUR INCLUDES XOYO
 
RECENT SETS AT READING & LEEDS (RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE), MAD COOL, KENDAL CALLING, NEIGHBOURHOOD WEEKEND & MIKE SKINNER SUPPORT
 
SINGLE YOUNG DUMB FEATURED ON OFFICIAL 
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Toronto, ON – November 10,  2022 – Electronic dance trio, NOISY, return with their first official release of the year, in the form of 90s-inspired dance anthem, Alligator, out now via Concord Records. Listen to the single here and watch the music video here.
 
The new single not-so-quietly reintroduces NOISY to the world, elevating their sound to another level once more. Exploding out the gates with bigger breaks, harder hooks and refined sampling, Alligator is a modern-day 90s dance anthem, paying homage to Livin’ Joy’s classic vocal, Dreamer
 
Created on a writing trip to The Prodigy’s hometown of Braintree, this local inspiration is evident on the new single, sonically bringing a Prodigy-esque spirit to the new offering. The accompanying music video continues a tradition of high-octane, larger-than-life videos for the band. In this instance, they’re joined by two live alligators.
 
On the new single, singer Cody said: “I used to have a recurring nightmare as a kid that an alligator was trying to eat me so that’s where the lyrics came from. We spent a week writing in an airbnb near Braintree and Alligator came pretty quickly after getting gassed on the Livin’ Joy sample. I remember one of the first times hearing that tune and feeling a rush of euphoria and excitement, and now it’s so iconic. It was also the perfect excuse to get a real life alligator in a music video which was mad. There were actually 2 of them, Wendy and Alli G. They were surprisingly pretty chill."
 
The past few years have been all gas no breaks for NOISY. Collaborations have been bountiful, from High Contrast remixing 24/7 to releases with the likes of The Prototypes, 1991 and Zero. The music truly comes to life on stage, and the group enjoyed knock out festival slots at the likes of Reading & Leeds (Radio 1s Dance Stage), Mad Cool, Kendal Calling, Neighbourhood Weekend. The group also opened for Mike Skinner ahead of embarking on their UK headline tour which came to London for a sold-out XOYO show. 2023 will see the return of the group's celebrated club night Fast FWD To Friday, which will come to Brighton’s Prince Albert on January 13, 2023. Tickets are available on Monday November 14.
 
NOISY’s touring schedule has been eventful in more ways than one. Last year they made the headlines between shows when their tour van was stolen, along with synthesizers, FX pedals, guitars, amps; the lot. Miraculously, through their own detective work, they managed to track down their stolen goods and reclaimed all of the equipment.
 
This self-sufficient, DIY mindset is one of the driving forces of NOISY (comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer), who pride themselves on writing, recording and producing all of their own music, designing their own merch, as well as often shooting their own music videos.
 
So with that in mind, allow us to reintroduce NOISY. Your new favourite band, that sound nothing like a band.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASE NEW SINGLE NO RULE

OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FALL TOUR INCLUDES 12TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL THE STUFFING AT ATLANTA’S FOX THEATRE NOVEMBER 18

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022Manchester Orchestra today released their dynamic and urgent new single, No Rule, an undulating and layered anthem that twists, turns, and blooms across its 5:20 runtime.

Initially begun during the recording sessions of their acclaimed 2021 album, The Million Masks of God (Loma Vista Recordings), No Rule was produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, together with Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers).

Hull explains: “We are very proud to release our new song No Rule into the world. Written and worked on during the Million Masks sessions, this brave soul took a little longer to cook than the rest. We hope you enjoy. All Love. M.O.”

Following a packed summer tour that saw them play across various festivals—including Lollapalooza, Firefly, Austin City Limits, When We Were Young, and more—the band of Hull, McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince will play a week of fall headlining shows leading up to their 12th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on November 18. The Thanksgiving concert will feature additional performances by Julien Baker, Lunar Vacation, Joy Oladokun, Petey, and Leah, and the band has also partnered with local Atlanta non-profit, Umi Feeds, for the event. Umi Feeds is helping those in need by collecting healthy canned and other non-perishable food items to support the Umi Feeds Food Pantry, which directly benefits Atlanta’s Sylvan Middle School. Requested items can be dropped off at the Fox Theatre during the November 18 concert; a full list of recommended donation items is available on the Fox Theatre’s event page at foxtheatre.org/thestuffing.

Named one of 2021's Best Albums of the Year by Consequence, Brooklyn Vegan, and FLOOD Magazine, among others, The Million Masks of God earned additional acclaim and features from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and more. The album's lead single, Bed Head, rose to chart as the band’s latest #2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit, and ranked as one of ​Public Radio's Most Popular Songs Of 2021 at NPR Music. Notable performances of Bed Head include for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series, CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, and Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special. In 2021, the band also released Never Ending, their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick), and Christmas Songs Vol. 1, a holiday album featuring covers of six seasonal classics. The morning of The Stuffing (2021), the band shared The Million Masks of God: The Remixes, featuring inventive reimaginings of their songs by Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Lucius, and more.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
11/11 - Memphis, TN - Soundstage at Graceland
11/12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11/13 - Little Rock, AR - The Hall
11/15 - Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine
11/16 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
11/17 - Columbia, SC - The Senate
11/18 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre (The Stuffing w/ Julien Baker, Lunar Vacation, Joy Oladokun, Petey, and Leah)

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Praise for The Million Masks of God:

“their grandest vision to date” UPROXX (Best Albums of 2021 So Far)

“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best”Stereogum

“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” DIY Mag

"The songs here are often as big as ever" – The AV Club

"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" – Guitar World

"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film." – WNYC New Sounds

“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.” – Consequence

"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career."  – Brooklyn Vegan

“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.” – Paste

“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” Relix

“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” – American Songwriter

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SINGLE LYDIA A PRESCIENT STORY OF THE DECISIONS A WOMAN HAS TO MAKE ABOUT HER BODY, CHOICES AND FUTURE

LATEST PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM STRAYS
ACCOMPANIED BY STUNNING LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH A STRING QUARTET 

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

EXTENSIVE FALL AND WINTER HEADLINE TOUR FOLLOWS PUBLICATION OF MEMOIR MAYBE WE’LL MAKE IT. PERFORMANCE OF THE PILL ON CMT’S TRIBUTE TO LORETTA LYNN, LAUNCH OF SONOS RADIO PODCAST AND MORE

VANCOUVER AND TORONTO TOUR DATES IN FEBRUARY

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – Today, with a prescient and plaintive new single called Lydia, Margo Price shares her latest preview of Strays. Out January 13 via Loma Vista Recordings, the forthcoming album marks the loudest, lushest and most liberating music to date for the GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and published author, but Lydia serves as one of the LP’s sobering respites. Recorded in 2021 and written years before the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the sombre and string-laden story sees Price abandon traditional song structure in favor of a stream-of-consciousness character study, illustrating the internal strife and self-doubt of a struggling woman who finds herself pregnant and unable to raise a child. Vivid images of methadone clinics, bleeding mascara and used needles fill the seven verses alongside references to gentrification, health insurance issues, and the impending pressure of a life-altering decision. Listen to Lydia here.

Price performed a stunning live rendition of the song backed by a string quartet of Chauntee Ross, Nicole Neely, Kristin Weber and leader Larissa Maestro (Instrumentalist of The Year, Americana Honors & Awards 2022), shot at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church by filmmakers Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky (They Called Us Outlaws). Watch the video here.

I wrote Lydia in one sitting in a tiny hotel room after walking around the city of Vancouver one day,” says Price. “I was jet lagged and feeling really depressed, hopeless, but instead of taking a nap, I picked up the guitar and the words just flowed out all in one quick moment. I hit record on my phone to make a demo and sort of blacked out or went into this meditative state, and boom – eight minutes later, I had this song. It’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written that doesn’t have any real melody or even rhyme, but somehow it still works. Songs like that are rare and don’t come often.

It was inspired by a cacophony of things. There was a women’s health clinic and a methadone clinic with a needle exchange right outside of our venue. I was looking into the eyes of the people I passed and thinking about their stories and really being a conduit for pain.

The song feels like a premonition now, with women’s rights being stripped and all the abortion bans happening. When I listen back, I hear what might go through a woman’s mind when she has a difficult decision to make about her body, her choices and her future.”

Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), Lydia follows the “hard-living swagger” (New York Times) that was put on full display in recent singles and music videos, Been To The Mountain and Change of Heart, each of which further showcases the resilient proclamation at the heart of Strays. From navigating her way through loss, lies, failure and substance abuse, Margo Price has learned how to let go of trauma, pain and addiction, and this collection of ten original songs celebrates freedom in its many, feral forms. Penned primarily during six mushroom-powered days that Price spent in South Carolina with her husband and collaborator Jeremy Ivey in summer 2020, and recorded at Jonathan Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Topanga Canyon, California the following summer, Price tackles self-image, self-worth and other demons that came in the wake of her recent decision to quit drinking. She sings unabashedly about orgasms, love, bodily autonomy and more on songs that feature Sharon Van Etten, Mike Campbell, Lucius and her long-time band of Pricetags. 

Since announcing the release of Strays, Margo Price has also published her debut memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, to acclaim from Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly and beyond, in addition to performing trailblazing song, The Pill, live for CMT’s Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of The Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, entering the Triple A radio charts with Change of Heart, wrapping the first season of her Sonos Radio podcast, Runaway Horses, completing a national fall book tour, and detailing her first full-band, headline tour in nearly five years. 

Beginning later this month and culminating with a triumphant return to the Ryman Auditorium in early March, Price’s ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off Tour will bring the music of Strays to more than 30 dates across the country. With support from Jessi Colter, Kam Franklin, Lola Kirke, Tre Burt and others, Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto, and dozens of shows that are all on-sale at margoprice.net/#tour.

Margo Price Tour Dates 
11/16 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books^
11/29 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge*
11/30 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea's Live*
12/2 - Lake Wales, FL - Orange Blossom Revue
12/3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
12/5 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*
12/6 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall*
1/30 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel%


1/31 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse%
2/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall&
2/3 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn&
2/4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater&
2/6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom$
2/7 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park$
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre$
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore$
2/11 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre$
2/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom$
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom$
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox$
2/17 - Bozeman, MT - The Elm$
2/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue$
2/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre$
2/21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre$
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue$
2/24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre#
2/25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre#
2/27 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom#
2/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club#
3/2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
3/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts#
3/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
3/9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium!

^Maybe We'll Make It Book Tour
*w/ Kam Franklin (of The Suffers)
%w/ The Deslondes
&w/ Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country
$w/ Lola Kirke
#w/ Tre Burt
!w/ Jessi Colter

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INDIE SLEAZE ANNOUNCES DATE WITH THE NIGHT: AN INDIE SLEAZE DANCE PARTY

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
LAST GANG & MNRK MUSIC GROUP
AND POSI VIBEZ

INAUGURAL EVENT TO KICK OFF IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 30
WITH
DJ SETS BY CHIPPY NONSTOP,
CADENCE WEAPON & INDIE SLEAZE ADMIN

SERIES TO FOLLOW IN MULTIPLE CITIES NEXT YEAR

“Meet ‘Indie Sleaze,’ the risqué aesthetic that might be making its way
back onto our online feeds.” - 
NYLON

“The era that gave us chillwave and extraordinarily tight jeans is back back back, thanks to a zeitgeisty Instagram account and a post-pandemic
lust for partying”
- NME
 
“…as Gen Z begins to adopt Y2K aesthetics, indie sleaze has returned.” – SPIN

TORONTO, ON - November 9, 2022 - This past year, with support from the likes of SPINNYLON, NMEHarper’s BazaarElle, VogueThrillist and more, the seminal 2000s era of music and fashion was once again magnified and celebrated through the explosion of Instagram account, @IndieSleaze (109K+ followers). 
 
To celebrate this cultural resurgence, Indie Sleaze announces Date With The Night - a dance party series that will take place will take place across multiple cities, beginning in Toronto this month.

In partnership with Last Gang Records / MNRK Music Group - who played an integral part in this era of music with a roster of Death From Above 1979, Metric, Chromeo, MSTRKRFT, and more - and along with Posi Vibez, the event will kick off on November 30 at Toronto's Dance Cave. 

Featuring standout DJ performances by DJ/producer, Chippy Nonstop, and award-winning rapper, Cadence Weapon, along with a DJ set by Indie Sleaze herself, the night promises to bring the epic party scene of the mid-to-late aughts in to 2022. 

DATE WITH THE NIGHT: AN INDIE SLEAZE DANCE PARTY
Date: November 30, 2022
Location: The Dance Cave (2nd floor of Lee's Palace)
Tickets: $5 leespalace.com/event/indie-sleaze-dance 
DJ performances by: Chippy Nonstop, Cadence Weapon, Indie Sleaze

ABOUT INDIE SLEAZE
Indie Sleaze (a.k.a. Liv) is a writer, producer, and video editor based in Toronto, and is the creator of @IndieSleaze - a page that documents the decadence of the mid-late aughts and the indie sleaze party scene that died in 2012. Liv also hosts and produces the podcast, Date with the Night, where she interviews many artists and professionals from the music, film, and TV industry.

ABOUT LAST GANG:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and more. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Stars, Keys N Krates, Mother Mother, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com

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.  www.mnrk.com

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BRIT AWARD-NOMINATED DJ & PRODUCER REGARD AND DROP G RELEASE NEW SINGLE

NO LOVE FOR YOU (FEATURING A-SHO)
OUT TODAY VIA MINISTRY OF SOUND

TORONTO, ON - November 4, 2022 -  BRIT nominated DJ and producer, Regard, joins forces with Kosovo DJ and producer, Drop G, on their new single, No Love For You (featuring A-SHO), out now via Ministry of Sound. Listen here.

The single with Drop G is a huge club record, and a return to Regard’s deep house sound with which he found his early success. No Love For You (featuring A-SHO)adds to Regard’s impressive list of collaborators including Years & Years, Tate McRae, Troye Sivan, RAYE and Kwabs. The release this Friday, precedes Regard’s headline shows next week at New York’s Webster Hall on November 5th and London’s Ministry of Sound Club on November 11.

The two artists together have a massive, combined reach of over 2.5 Million YouTube Subscribers and over half a million followers across socials. Regard has also amassed 5 Billion artist streams, sold 15 Million singles globally and certified Gold and Platinum in over 30 countries. In addition, he has had 5x consecutive #1 US Dance Radio Airplay Chart positions with every release on Ministry of Sound to date.

About Regard
It was by accident that Regard found his stage name. The word, ‘regardé’ came to the DJ during French class in high school. ‘To See’ became the core behind Regard’s music. For Regard, his deep house mixes consist not only of sound, but also of sight. Kosovan DJ and producer Regard garnered global attention with his debut single ‘Ride It’ which became an international hit with over 2 Billion streams! The track took the internet and TikTok by storm and Regard quickly followed it up with his second hit single and BRIT nominated ‘Secrets’ featuring South London singer RAYE. He has gone on to achieve over 10x Top 10 single chart placements globally. In the UK, ‘Ride It’ has sold over 1.7 million records (2x Platinum), while ‘Secrets’ is now certified Platinum with over 500 million global streams. You with Troye Sivan and Tate McRae has achieved 480 million global streams, was the #1 TikTok sound in the UK and was the longest running #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart in 2021 plus saw Regard on his US debut TV performance on Jimmy Fallon. Regard has had five #1 US Dance Airplay hits and over 5 billion combined career streams and 15 million worldwide single sales.

About Drop G 
Drop G found his stage name after a simple conversation with his friend Regard, taken from a reference to his genre of music and G signifying the first initial of his name Gzim. Since dropping his debut single in 2013, Drop G has amassed over 1 Million Youtube Subscribers and over 150k followers across his social channels. Today, Drop G performs to crowds across the globe but his audiences were not always so large, having grown up as the youngest child and only son of a garden worker and housekeeper in Lipjan, Kosovo. He grew up listening to the likes of George Michael, John Lennon and Michael Jackson on the radio but was also inspired by American Hip-Hop, R&B as well as Electronic acts such as Tiesto.

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quinnie DROPS NEW TRACK & MUSIC VIDEO itch

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Toronto, ON – November 4, 2022 – Hot off the release of her latest song, man, buzzing singer-songwriter, quinnie, reveals a brand-new track and music video entitled, itch, out now via Columbia Records. Listen to itch here.
 
itch further illuminates quinnie’s world through delicate lyrics and a dreamy vocal delivery. Alongside the track comes an official video. Co-directed by quinnie and Jake Weinberg, quinnie finds herself in the forest, spending intimate time with different people, deciding who to kiss. Through exploring her world with different love-interests, quinnie ultimately kisses just one person. Watch here.
 
Regarding itch, quinnie says, “this song is about how i used to be scared of falling in love because i enjoy longing for things and people. found out you’ll know u really love somebody if loving them feels even better than wanting them.”
 
itch arrives on the heels of man, and quinnie’s breakout track, touch tank. Initially turning heads when a 23-second snippet made waves across TikTok, the success of touch tank translated to Spotify and Apple Music where quinnie has amassed over 22 million streams combined. Pitchfork noted, “She pairs verses recorded with the raw intimacy of an iPhone voice note with… a bedroom-pop chorus that fuses eroticism and romance, going on to hail it as “an affectionate homage to a new love that feels like a breath of freshwater.
 
As a self-described “very sensitive 21-year-old,” quinnie went from writing songs as a kid to releasing independent projects such as a gold star in 2019. She is bitingly funny, she is brutally honest, she loves the underwater world and sea creatures, and she will help you escape if you let her. It’s already happened with touch tank, and she’ll continue to open up her world with more music to come in 2022 and beyond.

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THE STANDSTILLS NEW ALBUM SHOCKWAVE OUT TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR STANDOUT TRACK MOTHERLODE HERE

CANADIAN ARENA TOUR WITH THREE DAYS GRACE KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 8

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – Today, two-piece rock ‘n’ roll, husband and wife duo, Oshawa guitar-driven outlaws, The Standstills, release their long-awaited album, Shockwave, via MNRK Music Group. The band has also released a lyric video for their album standout track, featuring legendary rock band Eagles of Death Metal, Motherlode. Watch it here and listen to Shockwave on all streaming platforms now.
 
“We’ve completely opened and exposed who we are in a way that we’ve never done before,” says the band's, Jonny. “It felt like the right time. We’ve always gone with our gut instincts. We felt ready to do it. This is the album we’ve been working towards. I hope it connects to people in a deep way, as much as it’s meant to us in the creation and the life experiences that it took to make the album."
 
To further celebrate the album, The Standstills will be hitting the road next week with Three Days Grace for a Canadian arena tour that will see them start in Vancouver on November 8 and bring them to Toronto for the final show on November 27. Then in 2023, the duo will board the ShipRocked Cruise and rock passengers from Florida to Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay & Grand Turk.
 
Over their career, The Standstills (Jonny Fox on vocals/guitar, and Renée Couture on drums/vocals), have built a reputation for transcendent anthem-making with an earnestly steadfast formula: gigantic hooks, unapologetically hypnotic grooves, and infectious unabashedly cool riffs, which can be heard in force on Shockwave. Produced by Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace and mixed by two-time GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Santana, Daughtry), the album blends immediately accessible choruses with magnetic layers of depth revealed in repeated listens.
 
The Standstills signature sound first emerged on a pair of indie releases. From the Devil’s Porch, their 2015 EP, produced three successful Active Rock singles, resulting in a 2016 win for Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream Rock at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, while their 2019 debut album, Badlands, produced the fastest charting Canadian single in the MNRK label’s history.
 
“We’re a rock band, right?” Renée asks rhetorically, in a matter-of-fact fashion. “So, it’s all about the riff, the groove, and we drove that home on this record. We took time to craft these songs.”
 
“Those are the things we always come back to,” Jonny agrees. “Sometimes we’ll play a groove much longer than another band would, to see how far we need to take it to reach that magic… and we pushed ourselves to write an album that tells our story. I don’t think we’d done that yet. We’ve touched on it throughout previous singles. But this one is just like: ‘Here we are.’”

The Standstills Tour Dates with Three Days Grace:
November 8 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
November 10 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 11 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino - Calgary, AB
November 12 - Edmonton Convention Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 14 - Bowes Event Centre at Revolution Place - Grande Prairie, AB
November 15 - Sasktel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 17 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Place Bell - Laval, QC
November 22 - Tribute Communities Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 23 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
November 24 - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
November 26 - Sadlon Arena - Barrie, ON
November 27 - History - Toronto, ON
January 22, 2023 - Shiprocked Cruise 

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THE BLUE STONES RELEASE NEW ALBUM PRETTY MONSTER TODAY VIA MNRK

KICK OFF CROSS-CANADA TOUR TONIGHT

STREAM PRETTY MONSTER VIA ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS

“[Pretty Monster] plays like a rock and roll autobiography featuring strong emotional lyrics, beautiful cinematic storytelling, and above all else, a great listening experience.” – Amplify Music Magazine

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – The Blue Stones, aka Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier, have released their third album, Pretty Monster today via MNRK. After a celebration last night in their hometown of Windsor, ON, they kick off a headlining tour across Canada tonight in London, ON (all dates below). Stream and purchase Pretty Monster here.

Earlier this year, Jafar and Tessier hit Zane Whitfield’s NOP Studios in Kingston, ON for 35 straight days, writing and recording for the Pretty Monster project. Working with a few select producers, including Kevin Hissink (grandson/Demi Lovato) and WZRD BLD (Highly Suspect, iDKHOW), along with multi-GRAMMY Award-winner, Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, Spoon), the band looked to stretch their sound further, while continuing to instill every track with equal parts unchecked passion and the joyfully adventurous spirit, that their live performances have become known for.

Discussing Pretty Monster, Jafar notes, “Our mission with this album is to give rock and roll a fresh coat of paint. Track after track features heavy hitting riffs over tight beats that are tough enough for the fighters, and sweet enough for the lovers. It’s an album dedicated to controlled chaos. An untamed beast contained within a beautiful exterior."

The band announced Pretty Monster with the album’s latest single, What’s It Take To Be Happy? along with a limited 180g, opaque red vinyl edition available on Bandcamp

PRETTY MONSTER TRACKLIST:
1. Healing
2. Don’t Miss
3. Cards Are Down
4. Good Ideas
5. Stay With Me
6. What’s It Take To Be Happy?
7. Let Me Out
8. No Angels
9. Camera Roll
10. Dreams On Me

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 4 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
November 5 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio
November 9 – Kingston, ON @ Ale House
November 10 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 11 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s
November 12 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theater
November 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Studio TD
November 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
November 18 – Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre
November 19 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
November 20 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
November 22 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s
November 24 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol
November 25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre

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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST UNLEASHES TORTURE WORLD VIDEO

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDERWAY

“It comes at you pretty hard, and pretty fast… It’s the kind of song that your neighbors really ought to hear, and maybe even feel depending on your sound system…”
-
Metal Injection on Kingmaker

“…a refining of melody, brutality, and intelligent throwdowns… This is just masterful stuff and hopefully the start of something special for the band.” – New Noise Magazine

“Utterly unstoppable as they lurch from skin-melting rage to skull-bludgeoning sludgy breakdowns… GREAT AMERICAN GHOST is one of those bands who demonstrate how to perfectly meld together the fury of hardcore and the
neck-snapping aggression of metal.” –
V13

“…a colossal sonic experience…” - Scream Blast Repeat

“Death metal, hardcore, metalcore, black metal… it all merges into a cohesive work of impressive and sadistic force.” - Distorted Sound

“The band’s penchant for malicious metalcore is abundant, with a no-holds barred approach that combines gnashing, jarring drumming with scathing leads and spine-shrinking breakdowns.” - New Transcendence

“GREAT AMERICAN GHOST throw a four piece combination and every punch lands. The way they so casually and accurately hit several targets with such a short flurry on this EP is unparalleled. They've put us on the ropes with these four tracks and I imagine the next LP is the knockout punch.” – Getting It Out

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – GREAT AMERICAN GHOST today unleashes their fiery new video for, Torture World. The track comes by way of the EP of the same name, released early this year via MNRK Heavy.

Produced by Will Putney (A Day To Remember, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction), who handled the band’s critically-adored 2019 Power Through Terror full-length, with Torture World, GREAT AMERICAN GHOST directs old-school death metal wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs.

Of the Torture World video, vocalist Ethan Harrison notes, "This video is a vision that we have had for a while and we are so glad that we could bring it to life with our longtime friend, Chris Klump. The song isn't as literal as the video implies - the things that we go through as people can be harder than you could ever imagine and going through them alone can be truly torturous."

View GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s Torture World video here. View the band’s previously released video for Kingmaker here. Torture World is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find ordering options here.  

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s first ever US headlining tour is currently underway. The trek, which commenced on October 27 in Rochester, New York, will wind its way through twenty-four cities, coming to a close November 20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Support is being provided by 156/Silence and Hazing Over. See all remaining dates below.

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST w / 156/Silence, Hazing Over:
11/4/2022 Cheapsteaks – Dallas, TX
11/5/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/6/2022 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
11/8/2022 Nile Underground – Phoenix, AZ
11/9/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
11/10/2022 Goldfield – Sacramento, CA
11/11/2022 Mano Oculta – Portland, OR
11/12/2022 Funhouse @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/13/2022 The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA
11/14/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
11/15/2022 Trailside – Thornton, CO
11/16/2022 Lefty’s – Des Moines, IA
11/17/2022 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/18/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
11/19/2022 Legends – Cincinnati, OH
11/20/2022 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA

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BILLY STRINGS AND HIS DAD TERRY BARBER DEBUT NEW VERSION OF JOHN DEERE TRACTOR

NEW ALBUM ME/AND/DAD OUT NOVEMBER 18

2023 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED
INCLUDING 15 ARENA SHOWS

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – GRAMMY Award-winner, Billy Strings, and his dad, Terry Barber, debut a new version of Lawrence Hammond’s, John Deere Tractor, today. Listen/share here.
 
The song is the latest unveiled from the pair’s anticipated new album, Me/And/Dad, which will be released November 18 via Rounder Records (pre-order here). The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

Already receiving critical acclaim, the pair’s new versions of George Jones’ Life To Go and bluegrass traditional, Long Journey Home, recently debuted, of which NPR Music praises, “exuberant interplay…he and Barber’s take comes in hot, a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of these two lifelong picking partners.” Additionally, Strings was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning speaking with correspondent Conor Knighton. Watch the full profile here.
 
Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury and fiddler Michael Cleveland as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his headline tour next year including 15 newly confirmed arena dates. Upcoming stops Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (two nights), Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (three nights), Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena (two nights), Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Charleston’s North Charleston Coliseum (two nights) among others. Additionally, following his two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena, Strings will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 26 for a third Nashville show. See below for complete itinerary.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album, Renewal, which landed on several Best of 2021 lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards (the organization also named him Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021), Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists. 

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
November 4—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center (SOLD OUT)
November 5—Pittsburgh, PA—Petersen Events Center
November 9—Rochester, NY—Blue Cross Arena
November 11—Uniondale, NY—Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union LIVE! (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 16—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 17— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 18— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 21—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 22—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 24—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
February 25—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
February 26—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
March 3—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Doc Watson’s 100th Birthday Show
March 4—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 7—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
March 10—Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 11—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 12—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 16—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 17—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 18—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center

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STORRY DEBUTS POWERFUL CINEMATIC VIDEO FOR BOW DOWN

CHIII: THE COME UP DELUXE OUT ON JANUARY 24, 2023

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WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

"For if the king is the ruler
Then I'm the king of kings
Bow down to the maker of all things
Bow down, bow down, bow down, 
Cower before me"

Toronto, ON – November 3, 2022 – Today, multi JUNO Award-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, delivers the cathartic and empowering cinematic visual for her song, Bow Down. Filmed on the shoreline of the White Cliffs of Dover in England, and directed by Karimah Zakia Issa (Scaring Women At Night, TIFF 2022), the piece embodies the track's key messages, while drawing energy of surrounding elements and nature. It highlights the  parallels between the sex industry and music industry, as an evergreen call out to eradicate misogyny and oppression of communities - especially women - and a reminder to take their power back. Watch Bow Down here.

"The video chooses to focus on the power of women and reclaiming our true ordinance in the world," STORRY says. "We praise the sun, earth, air and water. Just like the elements, we are gentle and lifegiving but also formidable. We are nurturing, we are power, we are ‘the maker of all things’.”

On the process, director Karimah Zakia Issa adds: "For Bow Down, STORRY and I wanted to showcase the natural strength of women and the power of community. The focus is on uplifting each other – helping to support someone out of a dark place so they can rise again. The vibe isn’t ‘STORRY is THE king’ but rather that she’s a king among kings. We also wanted to communicate that this power doesn’t have to feel aggressive - just as the ocean and cliffs are powerful so is our natural form. So is gracefulness, so is reflection.”

In addition, STORRY announces a western Canadian tour in January, joining Tanika Charles on an extensive run across British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. See below for a full list of dates.

Bow Down remains a standout from STORRY's album, CHIII: The Come Up, which will see an extended edition,  CHIII: The Come Up Deluxe, launch on January 24, 2023. Listeners can expect an expansion of the original version with her latest single, Intimate Abuse, new remixes and visuals that further the impact of its ever-resonant themes.  

Continuing the STORRY-line of of CHIII, Intimate Abuse gives a glimpse of the resolution of the previously difficult chapters of STORRY's life. After surviving an abusive relationship, STORRY was left with the shards of broken self-esteem caused by trauma that she needed to put back together again. The song is about finding someone beautiful and loving, who doesn’t see her as broken, but amazing in all her complexity, while healing in the process.  Listen to Intimate Abuse and watch the video here

Launching just before the pandemic and a 2020 JUNO Award nomination for her song, Another Man, for Reggae Recording of the Year, CHIII: The Come Up  is based on a chapter of STORRY's life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. STORRY grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. Explore the visuals from the release here

In 2021, STORRY dropped an ambitious EP titled INTERLUDE-19, another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. The audio-visual project featured stunning pieces that accompanied the album narrative - watch them here

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She draws influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is enigmatic, balancing grit with poise. Learn about STORRY below and stay tuned as she unveils more from the Deluxe edition of CHIII: The Come Up next year!

Tour Dates
January 24: Sidney, BC - Mary Winspear Centre^ - Tickets
January 25: Courtenay, BC - Sid William Civic Theatre^ - Tickets
January 26: Burnaby, BC - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts^ 
January 27: Calgary, AB - Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre^ - Tickets
January 28: St. Albert, AB - Arden Theatre^ - Tickets
January 29: Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment* 
^ with Tanika Charles 
* solo performance

Bow Down - Video Credits:
Director: Karimah Zakia Issa @karizakia 
Cinematographer: Chris Dodds @chrisdoddsdop
Editor: Monica Gomes
Colourist: Dan Beddoe @danbeddoe10
Online Editor:  Lee Mckarkiel @LeeMckarkiel 
Women/Models: Dan Hilaire @lovenut_london ,  Hannah Ornsby @hannah_ornsby
Jewelry: Lovenut London www.lovenutlondon.com
 
About STORRY
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work. STORRY has performed across North America and Europe. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 
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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 5 OUT DECEMBER 2

PRE-SAVE ALBUM HERE
TEXT +1 514 612 4859 FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD
OF THE ALBUM'S PRE-RELEASE PACK

LATEST SINGLE OBOMI NGA FEATURES UPROOT ANDY,
MC REDBUL AND MC AZAS

LISTEN TO JUNO-NOMINATED 2021 ALBUM
SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE

Toronto, ON – November 3, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated, Moonshine Collective, announce their new album, SMS For Location, Vol. 5, set to release December 2 in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Under flashing club lights in the world’s biggest cities or under the Congo sun, Moonshine collective pushes past borders and boundaries to radiate its Afrocentric, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound in all directions. The label’s latest SMS for Location mixtape fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, in a collaborative harmony between artists from around the globe. Pre-save the album here. A pre-release pack is also available via their signature 'SMS' text message format for which they are known.Text +1 514.612.4859 to access the music.

"For volume 5, we stayed true to the philosophy of the SMS For Location series. We worked with artists who understand the importance of the magic of the dancefloor while trying to create a musical link between all the musical movements we love," says Moonshine Collective."And, in our eyes, from this point of view, it is certainly our most complete project to date."

The next singles will arrive on November 16 and include Ofele (remix), featuring Moonshine member and 2022 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas) and Pink, featuring Kris the $pirit. 

Moonshine Collective teased the project back in June with Obomi Nga (pronounced OH - BO - MING - GAH). 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 Nga, and read the lyrics

SMS For Location, Vol. 5  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

Vol. 4 highlight, Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program episode 1) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed - who will be featured on SMS For Location, Vol. 5 -  with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé "Coltan" Kalongo. It was filmed in one of the artist’s neighbourhoods to depict the reality Kinshasa life in Kinshasa, capturing the local response as the crew walk through the city donning vibrant costumes that weave together transformation and tradition. 

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

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About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.
 
Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-electronic, bass-heavy sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Vanyfox and AKantu, close friends such as Bambii, Foreigner, and Uproot Andy, visual installations, musicians, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Lisboa, Milan, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Santiago to name a few.

The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” 

Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalog of genre-busting music, art and apparel.
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com

 
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FOUSHEÉ ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM softCORE SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 18 VIA RCA RECORDS

LISTEN TO supernova NOW

Toronto, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Fousheé, is thrilled to announce her highly anticipated debut album, softCORE, set for release on November 18 via RCA Records. A genius new song from the album, entitled, supernovais available to hear today. Click here to listen to supernova. Click here to pre-save softCORE.

Fousheé is easy to call a “multi-hyphenate” - but just when you think you have a grasp of her, you don’t. The genres blur - alt, folk, rock, R&B; the collaborators extend - Lil Wayne, Steve Lacy, Uzi, Yachty; the accolades continue - Pitchfork, W Magazine, Respect Magazine, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, V Magazine, Okayplayer.  Fou effortlessly shares stages on the most high profile tours - opening for James Blake and currently on tour with friend and collaborator Steve Lacy, with whom she co-penned the breakout song of 2022: Lacy’s Bad Habit. And while Fousheé refuses to be pinned down, the art blooms.
 
Fou’s next offering, softCORE, is no exception. Refusing to walk the establishment line of what a female artist is “supposed” to do, worse yet, to be, she weaves punk and rage into the sweet folk tapestry that catapulted her to half a billion streams. softCORE is a punk record in the most pointed sense of the word. Stepping outside of the expectations for what listeners have heard from her so far, softCORE is purely peerless. The album is a true melting pot of influences, genres, sounds, all anchored by Foushee’s incredible voice and her impeccable songwriting, both of which imprint even the angriest songs with hooks for days. Multiple listens bring up other sonic trailblazers like Le Tigre, The Runaways, Kelis, Atari Teenage Riot, 100 Gecs, Gwen Stefani, and Lil Uzi Vert, who guests on the song spend the money.  On softCORE, the camera boldly swings from romantic, 4AD guitar tones to rapid-fire beats to intensely screamed declarations to classic R&B balladry, but it all works seamlessly. Simply put, it sounds like the future. 
 
softCORE is an album that embraces anger and vulnerability, and we guarantee you that you will not hear another album as remarkably diverse and fantastically singular this year. Fousheé is opening for Steve Lacy’s sold out Give You The World Tour, currently making its way through the U.S.  Dates are below.  
 
softCORE TRACKLISTING:
1. simmer down 
2. i’m fine 
3. bored 
4. supernova 
5. spend the money (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
6. die
7. simulation
8. unexplainable
9. smile 
10. stupid bitch
11. scream my name 
12. let u back in  

TOUR DATES:
Friday, October 28: Dallas, TX @ The Studio at the Factory
Saturday, October 30: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre 
Sunday, October 31: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, November 2: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Friday, November 4: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Sunday, November 6: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Sunday, November 7: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Tuesday, November 8: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Thursday, November 10: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blue
Friday, November 11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre 

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DAVID FOSTER AND KATHARINE MCPHEE SET TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS SEASON

CHRISTMAS SONGS NOVEMBER 25 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FIRST SINGLE JINGLE BELL ROCK OUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 David Foster and Katharine McPhee have not recorded together in 17 years. What better excuse to get back into the studio than Christmas. The two will release their first Christmas album together this holiday season. Titled simply, Christmas Songs, the album will unwrap digitally on November 25 (physical out December 2). The lead single, Jingle Bell Rock, is out today – listen here.

The 16-time legendary GRAMMY winning producer has produced some of the greatest Christmas music of all time with artists such as Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart and Mary J Blige. It’s only fitting he now produces one with his wife, one of the greatest vocalists of today.

Says Foster about the recording, “We haven’t recorded together in 17 years so we thought it might be time to do it again! Kat has the most beautiful voice and she doesn’t know how to deliver less than a perfect vocal every time! When you make Christmas music, you literally get a free pass to do whatever you like-the freedom for me as a producer was so much fun – no pressure.”

Chimes in McPhee, “I haven’t been focusing on being a recording artist, but then I married the best record producer and the deal was sealed! We started this process out in our living room for fun and then it turned into a full-fledged, ‘let’s do this for real.’ David’s history with Christmas albums is legendary – it became a labour of love for him.”

Look for Foster and McPhee on TV this holiday season in support of their new Christmas album, starting with their recent interviews on Entertainment Tonight and People Online. They will perform on the Today show on December 2 with more appearances to be announced soon.

The Fosters also plan a small six city east coast tour and will incorporate the new songs into the show. The tour starts December 1 in Stonybrook, NY and ends in Medford, MA on December 8. They will be back at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on December 16 and 17.

McPhee will also see her KMF Jewelry line launch the week of November 7. She also has TV appearance planned to promote the line.

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David Foster Online:
davidfoster.com
facebook.com/davidfostermusic
twitter.com/officialdfoster
instagram.com/davidfoster

Katharine McPhee Online:
facebook.com/katharinemcphee
twitter.com/katharinemcphee
instagram.com/katharinefoster

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NOCTEM: CREDO CERTE NE CRAS FULL-LENGTH FROM BLACKENED DEATH METAL OUTFIT OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

PREVIEW AND PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE

 “…a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams... Blast it at a red light and at your next BBQ! Only the true can hang, anyway.” – Metal Injection

“Credo Certe Ne Cras is a traditional blackened death metal offering, intertwining melodies with the blast beats and shrieked vocals. Anyone familiar with NOCTEM’s previous work, like 2019’s The Black Consecration, will immediately notice an upgrade in production quality.” — MetalSucks

"With their sixth album out now, NOCTEM may well reach a wider range of listeners. With their melodies, choirs and synth accompaniments, an infectious atmosphere that could be described as a mix of Dark Funeral and Rotting Christ." – Rock Hard

“…six and a half minutes of pure black and death metal fury. It never lets up on the attack once; even the slightly slower, more melodic bridge is ferocious.”
BrooklynVegan on I Am Alpha

“It is an album that is vast and rich as well as being furious and intense and NOCTEM manages to mix these elements together in perfect unison and the results are breathtaking.” – The Razor’s Edge

“...a masterful offering done by a band who clearly have a deep understanding and vision behind their take on black metal. Letting yourself get lost in this abyss is a treat, and one that requires multiple listens to really grasp. Dig in.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“The vocals are shattering in their intensity too, yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind. The video is a powerhouse experience too.”
No Clean Singing on We Are Omega

NOCTEM succeeds in drawing their audience deeper and deeper into an ominous vortex of suffering, despair and resignation." – Legacy

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 - Credo Certe Ne Cras, the latest studio offering from Spanish blackened death metal goliaths, NOCTEM, is out today on MNRK Heavy.

Credo Certe Ne Cras – meaning “I Believe With Certainty That There is No Tomorrow” — is a true master opus merging the crushing cacophony of angry, adrenaline-fueled lust with newfound sorrows and mournful melodic might. More than a mere listen, the album is a cerebral experience invoking ritualistic examination. In spirit, presentation, and philosophy, NOCTEM shares much in common with Watain, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Gorgoroth, while growing their own decaying branch of a wretched metal tree.

Metal Injection lauds, “a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams,” BrooklynVegan hails the band’s inherent “pure black and death metal fury,” while No Clean Singing writes in their first impression of the track We Are Omega, “The vocals are shattering in their intensity too, yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind.”

Credo Certe Ne Cras is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here and view NOCTEM’s previously released videos for Credo Certe Ne Cras, We Are Omega, and I Am Alpha at the band’s official Youtube page here.

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 centred 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.

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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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO RELEASES NEW ALBUM WHAT REMAINS

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RECENT FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, KENSINGTON MARKET JAZZ FESTIVAL, AND ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL

PERFORMING AT A CELEBRATION OF OSCAR PETERSON 
WITH WINDSOR SYMPHONY IN FEBRUARY 2023 

Toronto, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo releases his new album, What Remains, via MNRK Music Group. Sharing samples of the project through recent singles, Thompson create a sonic narrative that draws from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. Listen to What Remains here.

Thompson says of the new album, "What Remains honours our live performance tradition, but also gives the listener a glimpse of where the music is going."  

Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, What Remains shows the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing. It is an offering of sonic catharsis, reflecting on how an artist’s life and well-being can be deeply impacted by global circumstances. In turn, it captures how one can embody characteristics of a phoenix to - fittingly - rise from what remains. Singles include the Latin Jazz-infused and triumphant, Anthem Rising, and Thompson's signature cover of Nirvana's iconic, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Thompson recently rocked performances at the Slaight Stage and RBC House for the premiere of Tyler Perry's A Jazzman's Blues at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), two shows at Kensington Market Jazz Festival and a stellar set with his trio at Orillia Jazz Festival.  

In August, The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Oscar Peterson with a one dollar coin (loonie) with his likeness on it. The Céline Peterson and the Peterson family as well as the Royal Canadian Mint invited Thomson Egbo-Egbo to perform Peterson’s beloved composition, Hymn To Freedom, at the unveiling of the coin at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks a full-circle moment - in 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on February 11, 2023. Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from What Remains in a new docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour, in the episode, Mighty Brave. 

Learn more about Thompson's incredible career and the album below.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument resonates with him to this day. The key that keeps everything aligned is one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.
 
What Remains was recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Music Company, a favourite and frequented space for Thompson’s trioRandall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums. Known for making their marks at notable venues in their homebase of Toronto and across North America, the group had the opportunity to record What Remains at a standstill due to lockdowns – a contrasting approach, as they would normally receive first take feedback from playing them in front of audiences before putting them to tape. 
 
With the world upside down, I find myself appreciating the chance just to be an artist and do what I love and to create something to share with the world. This album has brought the most satisfaction because of the time in which this was created,” Thompson says of the process. 

The album has a wide range of inspiration, from classic rock to new wave jazz, Latin fusion, renditions of iconic songs of various eras and everything in between. Opening with Trinity – one of Thompson’s original cherished pieces and one the trio has had the pleasure of performing with alongside dancers – the album flows into Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin and Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions. 
 
A fresh element in the project is the inclusion of strings crafted by the Odin Quartet; Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cello). Strings were always considered but never included until the opportunity presented itself. The Odin Quartet joins Thompson as the project moves into a stunning three-part suite that documents the pandemic journey in a contemplative and emotional arrangement. What Was Taken shows the challenges of change, What Remains is Thompson’s constant, a reminder to have gratitude for everything and everyone, and moving forward – the abundant and hopeful, What Possibilities, is a means to build and begin anew – with fresh perspective. 
 
What Remains follows Thompson’s 2019 release, The Offering and 2018 album, A New Standard. While A New Standard sought to change the conversation, The Offering created a new dialogue about what audiences expect from a jazz trio. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the live experience - the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts. A New Standard was Thompson’s debut on MNRK Music Group and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It was recorded in the original trio format (Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums) marking a departure from the solo playing for which Thompson had become known.
 
Giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, supports elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation aims to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum.  

With degrees in Music from Humber College, and music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to releasing numerous works and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists, Thompson’s involvement in music has seen many opportunities come his way. In 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career.  Last year, Thompson was set to cross the pond for a recording opportunity at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, to write and record Oddly Familiar – an album released and archived with Audio Network’s sync library. Thompson didn't let postponed travel plans deter him, and proceeded at home in Toronto to share the music with international audiences.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener. 

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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.  www.mnrk.com.
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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES DARKNESS FOREVER (SOPHIE’S VERSION)

TOURING, FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT
WITH VANCOUVER STOP ON DECEMBER 7

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Soccer Mommy released Sometimes, Forever, her magnificent new album produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, this summer to universal acclaim. Ahead of tonight’s Touring, Forever kick-off and in celebration of Sophie Allison’s favorite holiday, Halloween, Soccer Mommy is sharing an earlier draft and previously unreleased version of one of the album’s darkest tracks. Darkness Forever (Sophie’s Version) is out now – listen here. See below for full touring details and find tickets here.  

“This version of Darkness Forever is really exciting for me because it’s kind of what got me inspired to start working on the rest of the album,” explains Allison. “It felt new and fresh, and I had a lot of fun making it. When I was done with it, I felt very ready to work on more stuff for the record.”

Alongside the release of Darkness Forever (Sophie’s Version) is a limited edition Darkness T-Shirt that’s perfect for spooky season. Designed by Justus Proffit, the shirt is made with phosphorescent ink, so that the design looks white in daylight, but turns green and glows in the dark. Purchase here.

Sometimes, Forever debuted on the Billboard charts, taking the #1 slot for Heatseakers, Top New Artist and Alternative New Artist, debuted in the Top 200, and many more. The album has already been named one of the top records of 2022 so far from the likes of Vulture, Rolling Stone, Variety, Stereogum, Paste, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD and more. Soccer Mommy has performed on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! this year, and  sold-out an intimate show alongside a Q&A hosted by The Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood at the GRAMMY Museum this summer. Following the album release, Soccer Mommy has since hosted Roblox’s most successful Listening Party to date with 10.8 million unique visitors, and she has also shared incredible alt-versions of Shotgun by Magdalena Bay, a slowed and reverbed edit, as well as a Simlish version, available now within The Sims 4 High School Years expansion pack.

Sometimes, Forever is Soccer Mommy’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and it cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millenium 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.

LISTEN TO / WATCH:
Shotgun | Unholy Affliction | Bones | newdemo

UPCOMING TOUR DATES - TICKETS HERE
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 *
11/02/22 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE * [SOLD OUT]
11/04/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
11/05/22 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA *
11/06/22 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
11/09/22 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^ [SOLD OUT]
11/10/22 - Middletown, CT @ Harbor Park [SOLD OUT]
11/11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall ^
11/12/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^ [SOLD OUT]
11/13/22 - 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 #
12/06/22 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre #
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 #
12/15/22 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace #
12/16/22 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East #
12/17/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #

* with support from Lightning Bug
^ with support from Helena Deland
# with support from TOPS

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LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER STEVE PERRY RELEASES  THE SEASON - DELUXE EDITION

10-TRACK DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION FEATURES TWO NEW UNRELEASED SONGS

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, Steve Perry, the legendary, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist and songwriter, has released The Season Deluxe Edition, an extended 10-track digital version of The Season, Perry’s much loved, first-ever holiday album from last year. The Season Deluxe Edition adds two new, previously unreleased songs to the original LP’s eight tracks: a brand-new composition called Maybe This Year, written by Steve and Dallas Kruse, and a soulful cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic, This Christmas.  Find The Season Deluxe Edition here and listen to Maybe This Year here and This Christmas here.
 
Steve Perry on The Season Deluxe Edition: “I wanted to write an original Christmas song of my own, so Dallas Kruse and I began writing what became, Maybe This Year. I wrote the lyrical sentiment about how the holidays can bring such joy and sadness and how for me, both these emotions give me connection to feelings of gratitude for so many years gone by, and a desire to hold on to these holiday feelings we share throughout the coming year. Along with Maybe this Year I have also added one of my favorite Donny Hathaway songs, This Christmas. I dedicate both these tracks to my friend, Lamont Dozier.”

Primarily recorded at Perry’s home studio, The Season came to life in collaboration with drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa), and Dallas Kruse (a multi-instrumentalist who also worked with Perry on his acclaimed 2018 album Traces). While most of the album encompasses an understated sonic palette—piano, strings, upright bass—each track leaves an indelible impact thanks to the soulful sincerity of Perry’s vocal work. “One of the things I love most about those traditional recordings is they’re not coming at you like a rock song—they’re just sitting there quietly and inviting you in,” says Perry. “I’d never sung with that much simplicity before, and it was incredibly thrilling to bring that kind of expression to these songs.”
 
Perry's stirring interpretations of these holiday staples capture their timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on each track. “Music has always been something that rescues me in difficult times,” says Perry. “I hope when people hear this record, they’re teleported in the same way I was when I recorded all these songs—I hope it brings them back to those golden moments with their loved ones and gives them that feeling of joy and connection and comfort that we all need so much.”
 
One of the most iconic voices in rock and roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary warmth of his tone. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he fronted Journey during the band’s massively successful era and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Perry returned to music in 2018 with the release of his Fantasy album TRACES which debuted at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #6 overall – a personal best for his solo work.  
 
THE SEASON DELUXE EDITION (digital only) TRACK LIST:
1. Maybe This Year 
2. This Christmas
3. The Christmas Song   
4.  I'll Be Home For Christmas 
5. Auld Lang Syne 
6. Winter Wonderland 
7. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve 
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 
9. Silver Bells 
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM  EL BUENO Y EL MALO TODAY VIA EASY EYE SOUND

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WITH DATES IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO NEXT WEEK

“4 out of 5 stars.” - MOJO
 
“It’s a track that cements the brothers’ immense talent, and now is the time to get in on the ground floor, before Hermanos Gutiérrez are inevitably featured in the next Quentin Tarantino film.” - CONSEQUENCE on Tres Hermanos

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers, Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, have released their acclaimed new album, El Bueno Y El Malo, via The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound. The release of the record coincides with the start of the brothers’ North American tour, which is nearly sold out and includes shows in Montreal and Toronto next week. Tour dates are below. Listen to El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
“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 ten 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 traveling 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 record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo 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 with 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:          
10/29   Los Angeles, CA @ 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
11/16  Los Angeles, CA @ The Pico Union Project
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
12/16   Denver, CO @ Ball Arena **
 
** Supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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DOMANIQUE GRANT  SHARES TITLE TRACK QUEENDOM FROM HER  QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 2: DOM EP   OUT NOVEMBER 18

LISTEN TO QUEENDOM | WATCH QUEENDOM

RELEASE SHOW IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 17 - TICKETS

TORONTO, ON – October 27, 2022 – You may call her Queen Dom, her mom did when she was a child and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, and director, Domanique Grant, is claiming it in adulthood, on her new EP album, QUEEN/DOM Chapter 2: DOM, out on November 18 via Domanique's label, Grant Creativity Inc. Domanique continues to speak her truth and share sonic layers of her life journey. Today, she releases the title track - QueenDom - of the second instalment of her QUEEN/DOM EP. QueenDom is about self acceptance and being unapologetic in claiming your seat at the table. The chorus, “I’m way too proud don’t try to tame my mane, underneath my humble I’m Nala, welcome to the Queendom” is a playful dedication to the Lion King and the silent strength  of the lionesses on  pride rock from the perspective of the character, Nala. Listen to QueenDom here

The song arrives with a minimal performance video choreographed by Leon Blackwood and co-directed by Domanique and Dwayne Graham, exploring the idea of space and feminine energy. Watch QueenDom here.

QueenDom kicks off the release of the final half of her double EP, continuing the journey to claiming your crown as a human, by zoning into the stages of worthiness, power and owning your truth. Where Chapter 1 takes listeners through the journey to generational healing and forgiveness, chapter two progresses to owning that journey and leveraging our healing, vulnerability and imperfections to claim our seat at the table. The focus of Chapter 2 will resonate in additional tracks, Be Your Beautiful, Airbrush and standout, Undressing, which reminds us that one of our strongest assets as women is our vulnerability, and a bonus Shea Moisture Campaign version of Be Your Beautiful was originally written for a Canadian campaign celebrating diverse beauty across Canada. The popularity and crowd response lead to adding it to the album and turning it into a reimagined track.

Toronto fans can join Domanique as she will celebrate on the eve of the EP release with a show on Thursday, November 17 at Revival. Find details and tickets here.

QUEEN/DOM - Chapter 1: QUEEN delivered an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about the human journey to generational healing, forgiveness, worthiness and ultimately claiming your crown. Listen to the EP here. On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: "I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated."

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

Fresh from performing at ModeCanadaRocks in her hometown of Toronto last week, a summer tour in South Africa, a headline spot with Sofar Sounds across the US, and shows in the UK, Domanique continues to move, groove and grow with her art. In 2020, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting  track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. Since then, she has cultivated a partnership with RBCxMusic, as featured in their GRAMMY Awards campaign, Fuelling Firsts, which aired during the 2021 awards ceremony broadcast. She delivered presentations, performances and numerous public speaking engagements, including: the Humber River Heroes benefit concert by the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Maskerade Gala hosted by etalk's Traci Melchor, and Toronto International Film Festival, opening the screening of the documentary, Listening To Kenny G. In addition, Domanique produced RBC's The Imagine Summit, supporting artist-entrepreneurs in imagining beyond the limitations of the current global climate, by offering exclusive access to industry leaders, mindfulness training and financial resources.

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

QUEEN/DOM Chapter 2: DOM Tracklisting
1. QueenDom
2. Airbrush
3. Undressing
4. Be Your Beautiful (Remix)
5. Be Your Beautiful (Shea Moisture Campaign version)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KILLER MIKE DROPS NEW SINGLE TALK’N THAT SHIT!

WATCH VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 27, 2022 – Killer Mike has just shared Talk’n That Shit!, his second single of 2022, the pair of which are his first solo releases since 2012’s R.A.P. Music. Featuring a dense, morphing production from DJ Paul (Three 6 Mafia) and TWhy Xclusive, the single arrives paired with a video directed by seck. that demonstrates Killer Mike’s standing as a community pillar, featuring cameos from a range of groups and organizations meaningfully connected to him, including PAW KidsBass Reeves Gun ClubNext Level Boys AcademyYouth BuildNew Georgia Project, and more. Listen to Talk’n That Shit! and watch the video here.

"The song is self explanatory. With the video I wanted show the freedom and beauty in being able to turn up in spite of all the fuck-shit. That upsets the bourgeoisie even more- in spite of all your criticisms we're gonna live free and stay lit,” states Mike.
 
Talk’n That Shit! follows in the wake of his recent RUN single, which marked his first solo release in ten years and yielded immediate widespread acclaim from the likes of Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Complex, in addition to a moving performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that featured a stirring opening recitation from Tony Award Winner and poet, Georgiame. Ahead of the single’s release the song appeared in a Killer Mike-starring nationally televised Cadillac campaign, Black Futurefor the Escalade V Series, that debuted in June. Watch the video for RUN here.
 
Mike was Billboard’s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award recipient and continues to be an influential cultural commentator via his talk show Love and Respect (WPBA / Revolt), in addition to regular visits on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher. More recently he has been making headlines via the Protect Black Art - Rap Lyrics Are Not A Crime initiative, which successfully petitioned for California and New York to pass laws halting the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. His tenure with rap powerhouse Run The Jewels, who recently concluded a packed North American arena tour supporting Rage Against The Machine, has yielded four critically lauded albums (so far), achieving cultural ubiquity via their seamless blend of political incisiveness and brash hilarity.

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN FEATURING PHOEBE BRIDGERS

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NEW SINGLE OFFERS A HAUNTING REIMAGINATION OF EMILY DICKINSON’S POEM

LATEST ALBUM INSIDE PROBLEMS OUT NOW

UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDE SOLD-OUT RUN OF GEZELLIGHEID HOLIDAY CONCERTS, MEXICO CITY’S CORONA CAPITAL, LONDON’S O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, BIG EARS FESTIVAL AND MORE

TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2022 – Today, Andrew Bird and Phoebe Bridgers join forces to share a haunting reimagination of the Emily Dickinson poem, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.

Sparse and spectral, the arrangement pairs chilling, swelling shrieks of strings with the slight strum of guitar, as Bird and Bridgers trade verses and soar in harmony over Dickinson’s words. Recorded this fall, the song further explores the mind-numbing thoughts, questions and obsessions that Bird brought to life across his new album, Inside Problems, soundtracking the inner demons that run amok when things get quiet: whistles echo in from a faraway realm, bass lines mirror the poem’s allusions to beating drums and boots of lead, while otherworldly sounds and a ghostly pizzicato transport the track to a liminal space.

“I came across this Emily Dickinson poem and found it to be the most vivid description of an inner world I’ve ever encountered,” says Bird. “It became an inspiration for the songs on Inside Problems. Who better to sing it with than Phoebe Bridgers? I sent her a demo and so, here we are. Thanks to Ms. Dickinson’s publisher at Harvard University Press for allowing us to use this poem. As I understand, her poems weren’t published as she intended them until the 1950s - that is, without the heavy hand of her male editors.”

Listen to the song here, out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here. Limited edition red 7” vinyl is available to pre-order exclusively at AndrewBird.Net.

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain is a rare duet in Andrew Bird’s deep discography, which includes standout collaborations such as 2016’s Left Handed Kisses (feat. Fiona Apple), and marks the latest addition to what has been another prolific year for the Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and composer. Released this summer, Inside Problems saw him enter “previously uncharted territory” (Pitchfork), before his first tour in three years brought songs like Make a Picture and the Joan Didion-inspired Atomized to sold-out shows at the Greek Theatre, Red Rocks, NYC’s Pier 17 and Chicago’s Salt Shed, as well as performances on CBS Saturday Morning, NPR’s Tiny Desk and KCRW, and #1 on the NonComm, Americana and College radio charts. On the heels of acting in the latest season of Fargo on FX, Andrew Bird also scored Judd Apatow’s Netflix film, The Bubble, plus Peabody-nominated PBS documentary, Storm Lake, and will have more to share before the end of 2022 takes him to a sold-out run of seven holiday concerts in his Chicago hometown. Find the full list of annual Gezelligheid performances, plus upcoming shows at Mexico City’s Corona Capital, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Big Ears Festival, a run of dates in Australia and beyond at andrewbird.net/#tour.

Praise for Inside Problems

"Andrew Bird transports listeners to a lush musical world” – NPR Music

"These 11 songs may be meant to chronicle a pointedly personal inner voyage, yet he's wound up with a warm, collaborative record that feels like a balm for fear and loneliness"  - Pitchfork

"A heap of albums into Andrew Bird’s long-legged career, it’s easy to forget the unlikeliness of the figure he cut...the new album’s questing songs gaze inward" - The New Yorker 

"Another gem in the artist's masterful collection of LPs...the album offers an inspiring, even whimsical take on contemporary life" - Salon

"It's perhaps unsurprising that Bird has managed to follow up an album — the somewhat winkingly titled My Finest Work Yet — with a record that might be even finer" - Grammy.com

"Inside Problems honors the constantly evolving internal self and finds solace in knowing that there is so much hiding underneath the surface that we may never understand" - Vinyl Me, Please

"Inside Problems tackles the demons that even Headspace can't deter" - Document Journal

"Andrew Bird’s virtuosity is no secret. It’s a disservice at this point to dip into adjectives of praise and find a new way to say as much" - Aquarium Drunkard

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2022 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from SNFU and Four the Moment have received 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

This Polaris hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign is 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. Each year, one album is designated by a public vote and one by the Polaris Heritage Prize jury.

Vancouver-via-Edmonton punk band SNFU’s album, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play, from 1985, was chosen in the Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from September 19 to October 14. Halifax, Nova Scotia-based a cappela gospel-folk group Four the Moment’s album, We’re Still Standing, from 1987, received Heritage designation by the 11-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury. 

“Congratulations to SNFU and Four the Moment. The valuable, unique albums you created show the tremendous depth and quality of Canadian music. Thank you for making these important works of art,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

Four the Moment’s recognition comes four decades after they began creating music together.

“We are so deeply honoured, humbled and thrilled to be receiving the Polaris Heritage Prize,” said Four the Moment’s Delvina Bernard, in a statement. “When Four the Moment started its journey 40 years ago, we could not have imagined that songs written as feminist and Afrocentric testimonials of gender and racial social justice issues in Nova Scotia performed a capella would still hold sway today. Ironically, the injustices chronicled on the We’re Still Standing recording are unfortunately still with us. Despite this, we are pleased and proud to celebrate along with those who’ve supported our music mission over the decades as collaborators, inspirators and patrons. We are grateful to the Polaris Heritage Prize organization and jurors and to all who voted for us. We are equally indebted to all nominees whose exceptional musical works make these awards possible… it just feels so uplifting to know we’re still standing, and that a new and younger generation might just take note.”

SNFU dedicated their win to two of their late members.

“We are honoured by Polaris's recognition of our first album …And No One Else Wanted to Play,” said SNFU’s Marc Belke and Brent Belke. “It’s humbling for SNFU to be mentioned in the same breath as the other nominees. It’s also gratifying that after almost 40 years the album’s impact is still being felt. We are thankful to our fans and friends who voted for this award. And we are thankful to Mark Stern, Shawn Stern and Gubby Svoboda, who, all those years ago, believed in us and pressed us to drive to Los Angeles to make the album. This award is dedicated to the lives of two people without whom this album would not exist: Mr. Chi Pig and Evan C. Jones. Love, respect, & 1, 2, SNFU.”

There were 12 nominated albums up for Heritage Prize consideration this year: 

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Four the Moment - We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall - Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins - This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy - Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz - Cash Crop
SNFU - ...And No One Else Wanted to Play
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, September 19 during the 2022 Polaris Gala, where Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love album was awarded the 17th annual Polaris Music Prize.

This year’s Heritage list features six returning nominated albums (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, and Left and Leaving) and six first-time album nominations (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop and ...And No One Else Wanted to Play). Voters were able to submit ballots once per day. 

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners Nomeansno and Faith Nolan, can be found here.

The Heritage Prize campaign represents the final marquee event in a Polaris season that also included the return of the live Polaris Gala spectacular on September 19; the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto); the 40 album Polaris Long List reveal on June 14; and the 10 album Short List reveal on July 14. 

This year’s Heritage Prize jury included Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman, and, for the first time, an official guest musician juror, Danko Jones.

“It was a stone cold honour to be asked to serve as juror on this year’s Heritage Prize selection committee,” said Jones. “Going through the process, it was easy to see Canada isn’t short on superb records. This year’s winners, SNFU’s …And No One Else Wanted to Play and Four the Moment’s We’re Still Standing, were fully deserving, and it feels gratifying to help bestow them with this great distinction.” 

Thirty-seven albums have received Heritage Prize designation since its introduction in 2015. Past winning albums include Peaches’ The Teaches Of Peaches, Harmonium’s L’Heptade, Glenn Gould’s Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Dream Warriors’ And Now the Legacy Begins and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s It’s My Way!

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.

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. 

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

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.com

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

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  

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DÉVOILEMENT DES ALBUMS LAURÉATS DU PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2022

TORONTO, ON – 21 octobre, 2022 – Le Prix de la musique Polaris a annoncé que les albums de SNFU et Four the Moment remportent le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2022.

Créée dans l’esprit d’un temple de la renommée, cette récompense est à la fois une campagne de sondage publique et un prix de la critique qui célèbre les albums canadiens classiques parus avant la création du Polaris en 2006. À l’instar du Prix de musique Polaris, les albums en nomination ou gagnants du Prix du patrimoine se distinguent sur le plan artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations. Chaque année, un album est désigné par le vote du public et un autre, par le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris.

L’album …And No One Else Wanted to Play (1985) du groupe punk SNFU, issu d’Edmonton puis relocalisé à Vancouver, a été couronné du Prix du patrimoine à l’issue du vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 19 septembre au 14 octobre. L’album We're Still Standing (1987) du groupe de gospel-folk a cappella Four the Moment, d’Halifax, a pour sa part été choisi par les 11 membres du jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris.

« Félicitations à SNFU et à Four the Moment. Les albums précieux et uniques que vous avez créés témoignent de la profondeur et de la qualité extraordinaires de la musique canadienne. Merci d’avoir réalisé ces importantes œuvres d’art! », a déclaré Gary Slaight, chef de la direction de Slaight Communications.

Le groupe Four the Moment est récompensé quatre décennies après sa fondation.

« Nous sommes si profondément honorées, touchées et ravies de recevoir le Prix du patrimoine Polaris », ont dit Delvina Bernard de Four the Moment, via une déclaration écrite. « Lorsque Four the Moment a entamé son périple il y a 40 ans, nous ne savions pas que nos chansons-témoignages féministes et afrocentriques sur les questions de justice sociale liées au genre et à la race en Nouvelle-Écosse, interprétées a capella, demeureraient aussi actuelles. Ironiquement, les injustices décrites dans We're Still Standing sont malheureusement toujours en cours. Malgré cela, nous sommes heureuses et fières de célébrer avec les personnes qui ont soutenu notre mission musicale au fil des décennies, en tant que collaborateurs, sources d’inspiration et mécènes. Nous remercions le Polaris, son jury du Prix du patrimoine et le public qui a voté pour nous. Nous sommes également redevables aux autres artistes en nomination, dont les œuvres musicales exceptionnelles rendent ces prix possibles… C’est tellement réconfortant de savoir que nous sommes “toujours debout”, et qu’une nouvelle et jeune génération est à l’affut. »

SNFU a dédié sa victoire à deux de ses membres qui ne sont plus.

« Nous sommes honorés que notre premier album, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play, ait été reconnu par le Polaris », ont déclaré Marc Belke et Brent Belke, de SNFU. « C’est très flatteur pour SNFU d’être mentionné aux côtés des autres artistes en nomination. C’est également gratifiant de constater qu’après presque 40 ans, l’impact de l’album se fait toujours sentir. Nous remercions nos amis et notre public qui a voté dans le cadre de ce prix. Nous sommes aussi reconnaissants à Mark Stern, Shawn Stern et Gubby Svoboda, qui, il y a toutes ces années, ont cru en nous et nous ont poussés à nous rendre à Los Angeles pour réaliser cet album. Ce prix est dédié à la vie de deux personnes sans qui cet album n’existerait pas : M. Chi Pig et Evan C. Jones. Amour, respect, et 1, 2, SNFU. »

Voici les 12 albums qui étaient en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine cette année :

Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Four the Moment – We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall – Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy – Wayne McGhie & The
Sounds of Joy

Rascalz – Cash Crop
SNFU – ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 19 septembre lors du gala Polaris 2022, au cours duquel l’album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders a remporté le 17e Prix de musique Polaris.

Cette année, la liste du Prix du patrimoine était composée de six albums ayant déjà été mis en nomination (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, et Left and Leaving) ainsi que de six nouveaux venus (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop et… And No One Else Wanted To Play). Le public pouvait soumettre un bulletin de vote une fois par jour.

Le Polaris rend hommage aux artistes ayant remporté le Prix du patrimoine en commandant des œuvres d’art en édition limitée inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemplaires de ces affiches – notamment celles honorant Nomeansno et Faith Nolan, qui ont gagné l’année dernière – sont disponibles ICI.

La campagne de vote du Prix du patrimoine conclut la saison 2022 du Polaris, qui comprenait aussi : le retour en présentiel de l’incontournable gala Polaris (19 septembre), le vernissage d’une exposition d’un mois consacrée aux affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 (chez Underscore Projects, au 1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), le dévoilement de la longue liste de 40 albums (14 juin) et celui de la courte liste de 10 albums (14 juillet).

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine 2022 était composé de Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman et, pour la toute première fois, un musicien invité à faire partie du jury officiel : Danko Jones.

« C’était pour moi un immense honneur de faire partie du comité de sélection du Prix du patrimoine de cette année », a affirmé Danko Jones. « Ce processus m’a permis de constater à quel point le Canada ne manque pas de superbes albums. Les œuvres lauréates de 2022, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play de SNFU et We're Still Standing de Four the Moment, le méritaient amplement! Il est gratifiant de participer à leur conférer cette grande distinction. »

Trente-sept albums ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine depuis sa création en 2015. Parmi les albums récompensés se trouvent The Teaches Of Peaches (Peaches), L’Heptade (Harmonium), Bach : The Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), And Now the Legacy Begins (Dream Warriors) et It’s My Way! (Buffy Sainte-Marie).

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.

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.

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

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été lancée en 2011 avec pour mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne par le biais de diverses initiatives et de développer les talents canadiens grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs du secteur. www.slaightmusic.com

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 artistes
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

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

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

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ACCLAIMED JAZZ SINGER NIKKI YANOFSKY RELEASES 15 TRACK VINTAGE STANDARDS ALBUM NIKKI BY STARLIGHT

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TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Acclaimed jazz singer, Nikki Yanofsky, returns today with the release of her new album, Nikki By Starlight, via MNRK Music Group – a 15-track voyage through vintage jazz standards from storied musicians, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and more. Nikki By Starlight was co-produced with JUNO Award-winning producer/composer, Paul Shrofel, and features contributions from Stevie Wonder’s bandmate, Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson) and the iconic Cuban-American jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. Listen to Nikki By Starlight here.

Of the release Yanofsky reflects, “This album is truly a homecoming. It’s me going back to my roots, but on my own terms. I co-produced this record, I chose each song and how it should be interpreted. In the past, when I had sung jazz, I was a kid and was really just emulating my heroes, singing their arrangements. This album is all original arrangements, the approach was “how would I have sung these songs if I were alive when they were being written?”. They needed to be different from anything I had heard in the past, yet true to the era in which they came from. ‘Nikki by Starlight’ is the first time I was able to have my own voice in the genre that really ignited my passion for music in the first place.”

In light of Yanofsky returning to her first love, she wrote a letter to jazz earlier this year. An excerpt from the letter reads: “They say your first love is the hardest to get over. I never really got over you. I drowned your sound. I held you down deep where your echo was faint and easy to ignore. I walked a different path. Yet still, after all this time, those giant steps let me to the foot of your door.” Nikki By Starlight aches with an inexplicable passion for all that is jazz and Yanofsky’s commitment to reimagining the standards rings true all throughout the album. 

Recorded on a vintage RCA 77C – the microphone that was used by Ella Fitzgerald – Nikki By Starlight, and Yanofsky’s transportive musical touch, brings the Great American Songbook into the 21st century, providing a chance for new audiences and existing fans alike to fall in love with a refreshed style.

Ultimately, Nikki By Starlight is a mix of ballads, up-tempo tracks and sambas that make you believe in teleportation. Comes Love has a real slinky vibe reminiscent of an old-fashioned speakeasy; C’est Si Bon is a nod to 1960s Paris with a very classic French arrangement; West Coast Blues features a pocketed ensemble with Greg Phillinganes on organ and a Lalo Schifrin inspired horn solo; and Estate is an Italian classic featuring Arturo Sandovel’s signature trumpet.

With the new album, Yanofsky continues to prove her artistry – stemming all the way back to when she sang the National Anthem on live television at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in front of 3.2 billion people. Her self-titled album, Nikki, released in 2010, gained the attention of the late prolific songwriter, Rod Temperton (Thriller, Rock With You, Boogie Nights), who took her under his wing becoming her mentor, creative coach and musical champion. Her sophomore release, Little Secret, found Yanofsky exploring the velvet-clad sweet spot between jazz and pop with bold sentiments that signaled a self-assured coming of age. In 2020 she released Turn Down The Sound, a 10-track LP (eOne Music) that showcases her independence and marks a newfound departure for her career as a young musician, earning praise upon release from Billboard, Uproxx, American Songwriter and more.

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TANYA TUCKER SHARES THE TOUGH AND TENDER READY AS I’LL NEVER BE

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BRAND NEW TRACK WRITTEN BY TANYA TUCKER AND BRANDI CARLILE IS THE LEGENDARY COUNTRY ARTIST’S FIRST ORIGINAL MUSIC SINCE 2020’S 2X GRAMMYâ-WINNING ALBUM WHILE I’M LIVIN’

READY AS I’LL NEVER BE IS THE END-TITLE OF SONY PICTURE CLASSIC’S THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE  OPENING TODAY IN NY AND LA AND A THEATRE NEAR YOU NOVEMBER 4

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Today, legendary country artist, Tanya Tucker (Fantasy Records), shared a brand-new single, Ready As I'll Never Be, her first original music since the release of her 2019 acclaimed 2X GRAMMY-winning album, While I’m Livin’. The poignant and moving track, written by Tucker and Brandi Carlile, serves as the end-title of the new documentary THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE (Sony Pictures Classics), which opens today in New York and Los Angeles. Listen to Ready As I’ll Never Be here

Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, the deeply moving Ready As I’ll Never Be, is a powerful reflection of gratitude and regret—with key contributions from Tucker (vocals), Carlile (piano, background vocal), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocal), Tim Hanseroth (background vocal), John Schreffler, Jr. (pedal steel), and Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion).

Nominated earlier this week for Best Music Documentary by the Critics’ Choice Association, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE, has wowed festival circuit audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival, among others.  Taking stock of the past, while remaining vitally alive in the present, and keeping an eye on the future, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration. Watch the official trailer here.

The feature-length film, directed by Kathlyn Horan, follows Tucker’s richly creative, utterly captivating, bumpy ride back to the top as Carlile encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before – using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tucker’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas.

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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG WHEN IT'S ALL OVER FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

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TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Today, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jack Kays, has released his new song, When It’s All Over, the latest offering from his forthcoming EP CESSATION. Kays wrote When It’s All Over from the perspective of an addict professing gratitude for a significant other in the early stages of sobriety and describes the track as “his first love song.” Listen here, and watch the accompanying live performance video here

In speaking about When It’s All Over Jack says: "When I got sober, I quickly started to see the importance of relationships. With the proper support group, you can handle a lot more than you can on your own. I wrote this song with my girlfriend in the early months of my sobriety. It’s meant to exhibit how grateful I am for her support and it is my way of saying that I want to be there for her the way that she was for me." 

Regarding CESSATION, he continues: “I've been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there's one thing to take away from it, it's that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.”

Those years of writing proved to pay off as CESSATION came to fruition earlier this year during a transcendent two-week trip to Joshua Tree. The five-track project chronicles the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and continuing the story from age 17 to 21 with Finally Fine, followed by When It’s All Over, which encapsulates the next chapter ages 20 to 23. Releasing November 11, CESSATION is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that shine the spotlight on Jack’s songwriting and vocal talent. See full tracklisting below and pre-save/order CESSATION here.

In celebration of his forthcoming EP and today’s release, Jack kicks off his first-ever headline tour titled The Man with a Guitar this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. Kays will bring his captivating live performance to 18 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more with sold out shows in Minneapolis and his hometown of Cincinnati. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

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INVICTUS: UNSTOPPABLE DEBUT FROM PROJECT LED BY KATAKLYSM/EX DEO FRONTMAN MAURIZIO IACONO OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

LISTEN AND PURCHASE THE RECORD HERE

“A passion project with huge potential, INVICTUS gives an intriguing glimpse into the creative mind of one of death metal's greatest unsung heroes… the sound of honest endeavor and great songwriting are unmistakable.” – Blabbermouth
 
“Occupying a similar sonic space to Kataklysm on the new song, INVICTUS dig into exactly four minutes of fist-pumping, anthemic death metal.” – MetalSucks on Get Up
 
“If you’ve been in the mood for something that’ll kick your ass right into gear, then you’re going to dig the relentlessly driving nature of ‘Exiled.’ Because let’s face it – what else did you expect from Iacono?” – Metal Injection
 
“The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion, and they soar too, in spine-tingling fashion… The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight, and the brief but surprising softer moments in the track underscore the melancholy that’s there even behind the audio novas in the song…”  - No Clean Singing on Bleed Me Out
 
“Solo projects can be hit and miss affairs but Unstoppable is just that. An aggressive, determined and pointedly focused record that once started is almost impossible to turn off. As much as the world of death metal needs Ex Deo and Kataklysm,
let’s hope this isn’t just a one-off.” –
Ghost Cult

TORONTO, ON – October 20, 2022 – Unstoppable, the debut full-length by INVICTUS, is out today on MNRK Heavy. INVICTUS is the new project led by Maurizio Iacono. 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.
 
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. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output.
 
“On the surface, Unstoppable owes plenty to big-budget melo-death and the scarred crunch of New Wave of American Heavy Metal bands like Chimaira and HIMSA,” writes Blabbermouth in part. “Dig a little deeper and these songs have a dark charm all their own, not least because Iacono seems to be delving into more personal and intimate subject matter than ever before.” Ghost Cult lauds, “an aggressive, determined and pointedly focused record that once started is almost impossible to turn off.” adding, “As much as the world of death metal needs Ex Deo and Kataklysm, let’s hope this isn’t just a one-off.”
 
Unstoppable is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Preview and purchase the record here. View the band’s previously released videos for Exiled, Get Up, and Bleed Me Out at the INVICTUS YouTube channel here.
 
The eleven songs that make up 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.

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MILITARIE GUN RELEASES ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE) VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FEATURING FOUR NEW SONGS

BEGINS HEADLINE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM MSPAINT THIS SUNDAY AND SHOWS IN
TORONTO AND MONTREAL NEXT WEEK

Toronto, ON – October 21, 2022 – LA-based, Militarie Gun, releases All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) via Loma Vista Recordings. The 12-track project provides the perfect jumping-on point for those not yet initiated into the band’s world and expands Militarie Gun's existing sonic toolbox. All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) includes four brand new tracks, including the recently shared single, Let Me Be Normal, which arrived with a video directed by frontman Ian Shelton and animated by guitarist William Acuña, along with the tracks from the first two All Roads Lead To The Gun EPs, including the standouts, Ain't No FlowersDon't Pick Up The Phone, and Big Disappointment. All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) features assistance from Vancouver's Woolworm vocalists, Giles Roy and Heather Black, on Can't Stand Busy People and Pull It Out and MSPAINT vocalist DeeDee on Can't Get None.

Formed in 2020, Militarie Gun is defined by the musical restlessness of vocalist Shelton. The band–whose lineup has expanded to include guitarists Nick Cogan and Acuña, drummer Vince Nguyen, and bassist Max Epstein–draw on a wide range of influences to make something that sounds combative yet accessible, and undeniably their own. Co-produced, engineered and mixed by Taylor Young, there are echos of the unhinged guitarwork of Born Against, the propulsive cadences of hip hop, the up-front bass of Fugazi–and most importantly, the hooks. Militarie Gun’s songs are instantly memorable, employing a melodic sensibility that’s just as informed by the work of Robert Pollard and Paul McCartney as it is by Black Flag. 

For the month of October, Militarie Gun has been on tour with Citizen and Prince Daddy & The Hyena for 11 dates across the west coast and Canada interwoven with headline shows in Kelowna and Minneapolis. This weekend, Militarie Gun will embark on a 19-date run headline tour with support from MSPAINT, Pony, Dazy, Public Opinion and Entry on respective dates. Tickets available here

Listen to the deluxe All Roads Lead To The Gun EP above, see deluxe details and full tour routing below, check out exclusive vinyl and t-shirts at the Loma Vista webstore and stay tuned for more music from Militarie Gun coming very soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
*= w/ Citizen, Prince Daddy & The Hyena
^= w/ Woolworm, Restraining Order, Breech Boys
#= w/ Restraining Order, New Primals
~= w/ MSPAINT
+= w/ Pony
**= w/ Dazy
^^= w/ Public Opinion
++= w/ Public Opinion + Entry
 
10/21 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern*
10/23 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary~+
10/24 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch~+
10/25 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus~+

10/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs~**
10/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus~**
10/28 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall~**
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club~**
10/30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs~**
11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor~^^
11/2 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern~^^
11/3 - Atlanta, GA @ 529~^^
11/4 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR~^^
11/5 - Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar~^^
11/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole~^^
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb~^^
11/10 - Denver, CO @ HQ~^^
11/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive~++
11/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ American Legion Post 8++
11/13 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project++

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NEON16 IN COLLABORATION WITH WK ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY MUSIC LATIN ANNOUNCE OJALÁ BY THE RUDEBOYZ, MALUMA & ADAM LEVINE

LISTEN TO OJALÁ HERE | WATCH TIKTOK PREVIEW

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – GRAMMY© winning Colombian artists/producers, and Maluma’s long-time collaborators, The Rudeboyz (HawaiiFelices los 4, Borró Cassette, & Chantaje), are stepping from behind the boards to become artists, tapping global Latin music idol, Maluma, for their debut single, Ojalá, and turning it into their dream collaboration by adding superstar, Adam Levine. The record is paired with a video directed by Diane Martel via talent incubator NEON16 & Sony Music Latin - watch it here
 
Bryan Lezcano Chaverra, whose moniker is "Chan El Genioand Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, whose moniker is "Kevin ADG" first met in 2008 while independently creating music. Shortly after becoming friends and frequent collaborators, the Medellin-born duo joined forces to become The Rudeboyz. The renowned duo has produced global hits and worked with world famed artists such as:  Shakira, Arcangel, Yandel, Sech, Blessd, Rels b, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Royce, FEID, Sebastian Yatra, De La Ghetto, and Mau y Ricky, to name a few. 
 
The Rudeboyz recently signed to NEON16, the company behind crossover hits such as Un Día (One Day) by Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Tainy, I Like It, by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, and Summer of Love by Shawn Mendes, and the global breakthrough of producer-turned-artist, Tainy. Together, they worked on developing the collaboration by tapping longtime Adam Levine collaborator J Kash who alongside Adam, The Rudeboyz and Lex Borrero crafted what would become Ojalá.
 
Yesterday, The Rudeboyz were invited to be panelists and discuss their transition from producers to artists at Spotify Casa Medallo in Medellin, Colombia to up and coming artists, producers, and media present at the event. They shared an exclusive peak of Ojalá to attendees, followed by Spotify amplifying the teaser across their social media. 
 
Levine's love for Latin music and culture grew over his many years touring Latin America. He had been looking for a record to merge his sound and voice with the feel and movement of Latin music. On Maroon 5's recent album, JORDIhe collaborated with Anuel AA and Tainy on the track, Button, which sparked his desire to sing in Spanish on a Latin record, an opportunity that Ojalá provided by merging Maluma's sensual lyrics with Adam's iconic tone and melodies to create the perfect Latin pop record. 
 
Ojalá by The Rudeboyz, Maluma & Adam Levine is available on all digital streaming platforms.
 
ABOUT NEON16:
NEON16 was founded by industry veteran Lex Borrero and iconic producer Tainy. Voted the #1 Most Innovative Music Company by Fast Company in 2021, the talent and idea incubator is one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the industry. Famed producer and artist Tainy, is the mastermind behind some of music's most iconic hits. A three-time GRAMMY© nominee, three-time Latin GRAMMY© and multiple BMI Award Winner, Tainy has been churning out career-defining hits for countless artists as well as his own. NEON16’s management roster includes Yandel, Kris Floyd, Manuel Lara, Rudeboyz, Jodosky and Alex Ponce. 
 
Under NEON16’s live division the company has hosted several experiential events including The popular “Celebrity Basketball Game” series, which just held its 4th edition, Esports Celebrity Tournament, Kids that Grew Up Reggaeton Art Basel show, and NEON Cup, a celebrity soccer game. In addition, NEON16 remains steadfast in its commitment to give back and through its multimedia charity initiative HUMAN (X), launched in 2020, it looks to spotlight and fund important causes by creating tangible solutions. The philanthropic initiative launched Pa’ La Cultura a single benefiting NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) to help immigrants impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and ART/WORKS fellowship program which lifts the voices, cultural expression, and profile of immigrants, refugees, and artists advancing migrant rights.
 
In 2021, Lex Borrero partnered with industry legend Tommy Mottola to launch NTERTAIN a multimedia company focused on creating content that portray Latin narratives. The company’s first production “Los Montaners” featuring Ricky Montaner and his famous family is coming to Disney+ Fall of 2022.  Adding to the talent incubator’s television production credits is the upcoming Netflix talent competition series, La Firma (The Signing). The series stars heavy hitters Rauw Alejandro, Yandel, Nicki Nicole, Tainy and Borrero who is the show’s creator. Filming just wrapped and is slated for release at the end of the year. NTERTAIN has also launched its original programming channel on YouTube starting with the first series, El Plan with Eliane Gallero.

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DEVON GILFILLIAN’S LET THE WATER FLOW IS A SOULFUL PLEA FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIC JUSTICE

LISTEN TO THE RISING SOUL SINGER’S MOVING NEW TRACK HERE

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR LET THE WATER FLOW HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Just ahead of next month’s mid-term elections, acclaimed singer and songwriter, Devon Gilfillian has shared Let The Water Flow, a soulful plea for voting rights and democratic justice. Written by Devon Gilfillian, Ran Jackson, and Henry Brill, the brand-new track was inspired by the political transformation taking place in Georgia and the essential need for election integrity across America. Listen to Let The Water Flow here and watch the accompanying lyric video here.
 
Devon Gilfillian on the story behind Let The Water Flow: “It’s truly insane what people have had to go through to get their democratic voices heard in the United States. The inspiration for Let the Water Flow came when Georgia governor Brian Kemp was in the process of passing a bill into law that would create even more challenges for the people of Georgia (especially Black and poor Georgians) to make their voices heard. This song is not just about voter suppression in Georgia; it’s about voter suppression and inequity throughout this country. It’s about the belief that voting is a right and not a privilege. This song is a declaration that our voices will be heard no matter how many mountains we have to climb.”
 
Produced by Jeremy Lutitio (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE), Let The Water Flow, is Gilfillan’s second release for his new label home Fantasy Records, following last month’s sultry and raw, Brown Sugar Queenfeaturing rising Swedish soul singer, Janice. Proceeds from Let The Water Flow generated via Bandcamp will benefit voting rights organizations, Fair Fight in Georgia and The Equity Alliance in Nashville, TN. For more information, please visit: Bandcamp, FairFight.com and TheEquityAlliance.org.
 
Gilfillian has been an active and energetic voice for voting rights and democratic justice. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, he released a song for song remake of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, donating the funds toward election-cycle resources and education for low-income communities of colour. That same year, Gilfillian hosted There's An Election Going On, a concert/livestream which also aided The Equity Alliance in Nashville and featured friends Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Drew Holcomb, Marcus King, The War and Treaty, among others. Just last week, he performed at a fundraiser with Lucinda Williams in Nashville supporting Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District Democrat candidate, Senator, Heidi Campbell.
 
A musical polymath with a deep knowledge and love of vintage soul, R&B, rock and hip-hop, the Philadelphia born, Nashville based Gilfillian, has seen his profile rise steadily since bursting into view  with his electrifying, self-titled debut EP in 2016 and the release of his much-admired, 2020 LP, Black Hole Rainbow. GRAMMY nominated (for Best Engineered Album), the recording received glowing notices from NPR, the New York Times, PASTE, The Tennessean, and Garden & Gun, spawned two Top 10 Triple A radio hits and numerous syncs across Apple TV+, HBO, CBS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, and the NFL.
 
Commanding club, theatre, and festival stages around the world, the in-demand musician has also supported artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, and Mavis Staples, to name a few. Dates this fall included several major festival appearances and a sold-out west coast run with Lake Street Dive. Find upcoming tour dates here and below.
 
DEVON GILFILLIAN ON TOUR:
November 15 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX *
November 16 – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall – Fort Worth, TX *
November 17 – JJ’s Live – Fayetteville, AR – (supporting Trombone Shorty)
November 18 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
December 30 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT +
December  31 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA +
February 10 - 17, 2023 - Cayamo Cruise - Miami, FL

* supporting Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
+ supporting Lake Street Dive

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BODYSNATCHER: METALSUCKS DEBUTS VALUE THROUGH SUFFERING VIDEO

US TOUR SUPPORTING HATEBREED TO COMMENCE NEXT WEEK

“BODYSNATCHER are clearly gifted with the power of the pummeling riff and hard-hitting, hardcore-infused lyrical prowess.” – Decibel Magazine
 
“…it rips…” – BrooklynVegan
 
“‘Value Through Suffering’ highlights the final tool in Bleed-Abide's arsenal: atmosphere. It comes sandwiched between eerie guitar strains, which give way to chilling tremolo picking and blast-beating. While BODYSNATCHER reverts back to its low-and-slow approach soon after, it's encouraging to hear them experimenting with their form without trying too hard.” – Metal Injection
 
“…their most comprehensive release to date. Stopping at nothing to absolutely obliterate the listener, BODYSNATCHER provides a robust full length record with practically no filler, steamrolling the listener between a cavalcade of crushing aggression.”
New Transcendence

 
“These thirteen tracks of straight Floridian tough-guy deathcore are filled to the brim with unadulterated rage and hostility. There’s no shortage here of hairy knuckle slams, jarring grooves, and pit-stomping two-steps.” – New Noise Magazine
 
“Their skillset enables them to be just as comfortable getting down and dirty with the slower, beatdown elements as they are hitting you with rapid rounds of pure carnage.
There are also a lot of thought-provoking messages to be dissected within this release which helps elevate them beyond the usual blood and guts that this style of music tends to lean towards. A very impressive effort from one of the genre’s hottest prospects.”
Distorted Sound

TORONTO, ON – October 20, 2022 - Florida deathcore outfit, BODYSNATCHER, today unleashes their video for Value Through Suffering. Now playing at MetalSucks, the crushing hymn comes by way of the band’s Bleed-Abide full-length, released earlier this year via MNRK Heavy. Watch BODYSNATCHER’s Value Through Suffering video, produced by Eric DiCarlo at Squared Up Studios, here and check out the MetalSucks feature here.
 
Comments drummer Chris Whited of the rousing song, "Value Through Suffering was written as a message to myself to not let the struggles in life bring you down, but rather allow them to build you into a better, stronger version of yourself. So really sit down and feel the horrible things you have been through and appreciate the person you are today.”
 
Adds MetalSucks, “The accompanying video is something we can all relate to: the struggle with mental health and the feeling that the walls are closing in around us. The video features actor Trey Torr, who at first is having a meltdown triggered by negative emotions and circumstances in his life but ends with Torr reclaiming control of his life. At the end of the video, a message of hope from drummer Chris Whited appears, promising the viewer that they can find their own Value Through Suffering.”
 
Watch BODYSNATCHER’s previously released videos for Wired For Destruction, Absolved Of The Strings And Stone, E.D.A., and Behind The Crowd at the band’s official YouTube page here.
 
Bleed-Abide was recorded by Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars re-amped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record is callously grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling beneath the weight of its own fury and power. BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide truly puts the “core” back in deathcore.
 
Bleed-Abide is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats here.
 
BODYSNATCHER will support Hatebreed on their 20 Years Of Perseverance US tour. The journey – set to begin October 25th in Horseheads, New York and run through November 20th in San Diego, California – includes additional support from Gatecreeper and Dying Wish as well as Bleeding Through and Obituary on select dates. Tickets are on sale now! See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Hatebreed, Gatecreeper, Dying Wish:
10/25/2022 The L - Horseheads, NY
10/26/2022 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
10/27/2022 Elevation 27 - Virginia Beach, VA
10/28/2022 The Webster - Hartford, CT
10/29/2022 HMAC - Harrisburg, PA
10/30/2022 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
10/31/2022 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
11/02/2022 Manchester Music Hall - Lexington, KY
11/03/2022 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/04/2022 Pop's - Sauget, IL
11/05/2022 Diamond Ballroom -Oklahoma City, OK
11/07/2022 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
11/08/2022 Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
11/09/2022 Jakes Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
11/10/2022 El Rey Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ Obituary
11/11/2022 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
11/12/2022 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
11/14/2022 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
11/15/2022 The Showbox - Seattle, WA
11/17/2022 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CO **
11/19/2022 House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA w/ Bleeding Through **
11/20/2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA w/ Bleeding Through **
** No Gatecreeper
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BODYSNATCHER:
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums

 

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR ANNOUNCE LOVE IS ALL AROUND TOUR

EPIC 10-PIECE BAND HITTING CITIES ACROSS WESTERN CANADA THIS NOVEMBER
 
JUNO-NOMINATED LATEST ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON - October  20, 2022 - After being unable to tour around their JUNO-nominated 2020 album, The Reckless One, and then after having to cancel a January 2022 west coast Canadian tour, acclaimed soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, are finally able to take their sound to stage. The band is thrilled to return to the road next month for their Love Is All Around tour, which kicks off November 13, and takes the epic 10-piece-band throughout western Canada. Full details can be found below and on the band’s website.
 
Offers Samantha: “This tour was originally supposed to take place back in January/February, but due to the omicron wave we were forced to postpone until now, and so many folks worked tirelessly to reschedule the tour. It brings me so much joy to be back on the road, especially with the 10-piece band which is how I have always envisioned the music to be performed. This tour is also going to be extra special for me personally as I am pregnant – so this will technically be baby’s first tour as well! It’s been a long time coming, but I promise it is a show you’ll never forget!”
 
The Love Is All Around tour is complete with a live horn section and Samantha is also four months pregnant, “so I guess technically it is baby's first tour as well,” adds Samantha. Steve Marriner will be opening the shows, and both groups have been nominated for JUNOs for their most recent records (Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - The Reckless One 2020) (Steve Marriner - Hope Dies Last 2021). 
 
With the worldwide pandemic wrecking utter havoc upon the careers of many musicians, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar elected to use their time off the road to finish and release their latest tour-de-force, the astonishingly powerful, funky and deeply soulful The Reckless One (released in November 2020).
 
The follow up to 2018’s JUNO-nominated, Run To Me, The Reckless One represents another massive step forward for Samantha Martin as a songwriter, singer, arranger and band leader. Eleven of the album’s twelve songs were either co-written or solely composed by the multi-talented, multi-faceted artist. The one non-original, a funk infused cover of Bob Dylan’s, Meet Me in the Morning, fuses Dylan’s lyric in a cataclysmic clash with the sensibilities of the Meters and the hurricane force of Howlin’ Wolf and Tina Turner at their rawest. It simply has to be heard to be believed.
 
Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan, The Reckless One demonstrably builds on the strengths of Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar’s last album. Martin’s lyrics, set to a panoply of intoxicating, ear worm melodies, tend to focus on the vicissitudes of love: desire, disappointment and, when everything works out, emotional and sexual satisfaction. The album’s twelve tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel infused soul ballads such as I’ve Got a Feeling and Better to Have Never; funk-inflected tracks like Love is All Around; stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by Don’t Have To; and the Wall of Sound influenced, Sacrifice, which was featured as pick of the week in Rolling Stone Magazine.
 
The album went on to earn the group a 2021 JUNO nomination for Blues Album of The Year, as well as several Maple Blues Award nods in both 2020 and 2021, it topped the Canadian Album, Blues Album, and Soul Blues Album charts with Roots Music Report for several months, hit #1 on the Living Blues Charts out of the US, and #1 on The International Blues Broadcasters Charts out of the UK.
 
Love Is All Around Tour Dates:
Nov 13 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
Nov 14 - Swift Current, SK - The Lyric Theatre Swift Current
Nov 15 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
Nov 16 - Sherwood Park, AB - Festival Place
Nov 17 - Lethbridge, AB - Southminster United presented by Geomatic Attic
Nov 18 - Cranbrook, BC - Key City Theatre
Nov 19 - Golden, BC - Golden Civic Centre presented by Kicking Horse Culture - Engage, Energize, Enrich
Nov 21 - Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre
Nov 23 - Victoria, BC - Hermann's Jazz Club presented by Victoria Jazz Society
Nov 24 - Burnaby, BC - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Nov 26 - Maple Ridge, BC - Maple Ridge ACT Theatre

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PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY WELCOMES TAO-MING LAU AND BLUE CRANE AGENCY IN NEW PARTNERSHIP

TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2022 – Today, Paquin Artists Agency (PAA) announce a new alliance with Blue Crane Agency Founder/Agent, Tao-Ming Lau. Emerging from a longstanding relationship and shared passions, the integration of Blue Crane and PAA will expand their industry impact by strengthening artist relations, sharing resources, and cultivating community on an international scale. 
 
"I'm excited to join a larger team and network for this next chapter of Blue Crane Agency’s future – where I will continue its home with the allyship and support of Paquin Artists Agency,” Tao says. 

“Tao’s long-standing commitment to building a community around her artists, and developing their careers is inspiring,” adds PAA President, Julien Paquin. “We look forward to Tao bringing her ‘Blue Crane’ spirit to our incredible team.”

As a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad, Blue Crane will integrate all bookings and operations into PAA. Blue Crane Artists, who’ll be joining Tao at PAA, include Priyanka, Clerel, Zaki Ibrahim, Vivek Shraya, Le Ren, and Myst Milano. 
 
Tao will continue to pursue her ancillary activities, including panels, workshops, advocacy work, curatorial and programming initiatives, such as special events, festivals and showcases under the Blue Crane wing.
 
Since 2020, PAA has seen exponential growth among its team of agents with the addition of Vinny Cinquemani, Vesna Pejkovic, Andre Guerette and Jason Furman. PAA, Canada’s largest booking agency’s latest signings include The Offspring, Jann Arden, Johnny Reid, Simple Plan and Big Wreck.
 
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About Paquin Artists Agency and Paquin Entertainment Group:
Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a leading, full-service North American arts and entertainment company with offices operating in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, and Nashville. Paquin Entertainment Group is home to a diverse portfolio including, artist representation, brand partnership, film and television, and touring theatrical & exhibitions. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group's core vision remains unchanged: to foster a creative culture that seeks and develops the world’s premier artists and productions.

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About Tao-Ming Lau and Blue Crane Agency:

Tao-Ming Lau is the Founder/Agent at Blue Crane Agency (@bluecraneagency), a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad. The roster was founded with and includes artists like Priyanka, Zaki Ibrahim, Shay Lia, Clerel, DJ NDN (Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Red), Vivek Shraya, BAMBII, and more. The agency has programmed festivals such as Pride Toronto and curated events for Nuit Blanche, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and more. Tao is a board director at Polaris Music Prize and Canadian Live Music Association and was chosen as a Rising Star in Toronto Life Magazine's 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2018.  Previously, she was at Chicago-based touring agency Billions, Universal Music Canada, and got her start with Carly Rae Jepsen's management and label in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where she was born and raised. Tao is a queer woman of colour seeking to open more doors and establish better infrastructure for underrepresented talent.

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half•alive ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE ALBUM CONDITIONS OF A PUNK TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 2

LEAD SINGLE DID I MAKE YOU UP? OUT NOW ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 17, 2022 – Long-Beach based trio, half•alive, announce their sophomore album, Conditions Of A Punk, to be released December 2 via RCA Records. Through a collection of 18 tracks, this new body of work explores the breaking and mending of a heart, the realigning of a soul. Conditions Of A Punk embodies the band at their most vulnerable and most mature musically. Pre-order here
 
As well, half•alive release their lead single, Did I Make You Up?, which was co-written with Scott Harris and produced by Ojivolta. Alongside the single comes the beautiful music video that returns to the familiar half•alive choreographed dance, one-take style, directed by Aidan Carberry of JA collective. Watch it here
 
Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “Did I Make You Up? represents the moment of wonder; after a breakup and the dust settles, you wonder if the person you were with was the person you broke up with, or if you were simply muting their flaws & projecting who you wanted them to be… JA has been performing with us since our very first show, so naturally, this video is in some ways an extension of that show. Those who’ve seen it will recognize the dance integration as well as the giant sheet we often deploy throughout the show for shadow play, only this time, its five times as big.”

About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout, still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late-night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. In 2020, half•alive released their EP in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. Earlier this year, the band shared their EP Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 featuring hit track, What’s Wrong, which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and has garnered over 20.1 million streams worldwide. The band also performed the track on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

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RHYTHM OF FEAR METAL INJECTION DEBUTS ALIEN SYNTHESIS VIDEO FROM FLORIDA CROSSOVER THRASH BRINGERS

FATAL HORIZONS FULL-LENGTH OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

BAND TO KICK OFF US TOUR NEXT MONTH

Toronto, ON – October 14, 2022 – Today, Florida crossover thrash bringers, RHYTHM OF FEAR, are pleased to unveil their Fatal Horizons full-length via MNRK Heavy. In celebration of the record’s release, the band has unleashed a video for the track Alien Synthesis, now playing at Metal Injection.

Committed to unrelenting riffage, RHYTHM OF FEAR worships at the altar of thrash metal and crossover reinvigorating the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude. Unrepentant bruisers 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 returns with Fatal Horizons, a sophomore slab of expertly executed crossover fury. 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’ 13 tracks are richly thematic and devilishly accessible in equal measure.

Issues the band of the video: "Alien Synthesis is a bit of a continuation from an earlier track of ours called Fire In The Sky. We’re all somewhat obsessed with what else is out there as obviously tied into a lot of our overall imagery. For the video, we wanted to make something super visual, a short quick movie if you will. Of course we were leaning heavily towards a sci-fi horror vibe and wanted to tie in elements of our album art so we joined forces with Eric Ricter who is known to do killer work. We couldn’t be more excited with how it all turned out and hopefully people and aliens alike will be into it.”

Adds Metal Injection, “RHYTHM OF FEAR is here to groove their way right into your brain with ‘Alien Synthesis.’ I mean seriously, if you can get past the whole ‘AFTER! THE ABDUCTION!’ bit and not have this buried deep within your brain, then there's something wrong. This song rules and should cause headbanging to the point of soreness.”

Watch RHYTHM OF FEAR’s Alien Synthesis video here. View the band’s previously released videos for Tears Of Ecstasy here and Insidious System here. Fatal Horizons is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here

RHYTHM OF FEAR will return to the road next month on a two-week US tour supporting labelmates I Am. The journey will commence on November 3rd in Corpus Christi, Texas and run through November 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additional support will be provided by Bodybox. Additionally, the band will be opening for Cavalera Conspiracy on October 20th in Orlando, Florida. See all confirmed dates below.

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.

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. Rather than simply rehash the past however, 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.

On Fatal Horizons, we’ve come even more into our own,” notes Santiago. “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 flavor, but Fatal Horizons is even thrashier.”

Thematically, Fatal Horizons delves deeper into the human psyche with relatable themes of depression, addiction, and anger. Alien abduction, magic rituals, and the occult pepper their songs with personality and spirit while 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 centre 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.

TOUR DATES:
10/20/22 The Beacham - Orlando, Fl w/ Cavalera Conspiracy, Bewitcher
w/ I Am, Bodybox:
11/03/2022 Boozerz – Corpus Christi, TX
11/04/2022 Vibes Underground – San Antonio, TX
11/05/2022 The End – Houston, TX
11/06/2022 Cheapstakes – Dallas, TX
11/07/2022 La Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
11/09/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
11/10/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
11/11/2022 The Archetype – Jacksonville, FL
11/12/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
11/13/2022 New Brooklyn Tavern –  West Columbia, SC
11/14/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
11/15/2022 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
11/16/2022 The Odyssey – Springfield, MO
11/18/2022 Act Like You Know Fest – Tulsa, OK

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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.

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SHOW ME THE BODY SHARES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO WW4

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

EUROPEAN RUN OF WORLD WAR TOUR 
KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

TROUBLE THE WATER  DUE OCTOBER 28 
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2022 – New York City's own, Show Me The Body, shares WW4, the third offering from their forthcoming album, Trouble The Water, due October 28 via Loma Vista Recordings. Beginning with ominous banjo plucks and rhythmic vocals from frontman Julian Cashwan Pratt before an explosive finale, WW4 arrives coupled with the visuals directed by Oliver Shahery portraying a day in the life of Julian with his neighbour and close friend of CORPUS, Anthony. Listen to WW4 here and watch the music video here

This Sunday, Show Me The Body will perform at Nothing Fest IV in California ahead of launching the European and UK leg of their continuing WORLD WAR TOUR, which begin next Friday in Vechta, Germany and feature support from Powerplant across the 15-dates with stops in Hamburg, Berlin, Zürich and Verona before wrapping up in London on November 7. Show Me The Body will also take the world tour to New Zealand for two dates, performing in Wellington and Auckland, along with Australia for four dates in December hitting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Tickets available here.

Recorded entirely at CORPUS studios in Long Island City and produced with Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Turnstile, Municipal Waste), Trouble The Water is the culmination of nearly a decade of barrelling against New York City’s structural ambivalence and indifference; an invocation to a like-minded global community to consider the alchemy of family-building, and of turning water to blood. The 12-tracks of Trouble The Water both reference and pay homage to the physical city, and the New York Sound: not one particular genre, but the people and subcultures that encapsulate its true foundation, style, and spirit; while expanding upon and reckoning with the hyperlocal territory of 2019’s Dog Whistle, which features the standout track, Arcanum

Although the title invokes the ancient alchemy Moses wielded to free and unite Israelite peoples, Trouble The Water refuses nostalgia or mimicry. Instead, it considers the sublime power of the unifying physical practices that can be enacted daily, to invoke immeasurable spiritual and collective reactions. Buoyed by moments of stinging stillness and compulsive, almost optimistic, malfunctioning rhythms, the work is literally a conjuration to dance, and move. If we are really living through the end of the world, maybe every movement we make, no matter how slight, is actually boundless and radical.

Show Me The Body is an ecclesiastical hardcore trio consisting of Julian Cashwan Pratt (founder; banjo and vocals), Harlan Steed (founder; bass), and Jackie McDermott (current drummer). The band, originally started in 2009, have released a handful of EPs and two groundbreaking studio albums in 2016's Body War and the aforementioned 2019 release Dog Whistle. They have organized non-traditional, intentional DIY spaces for NYC youth since 2015, and since expanded that work to a global capacity through their urgent, ceremonial live shows, subterranean punk and hip-hop mixed tours, and their CORPUS NYC platform. Through the intentional cultivation of their local and global chosen families, and a decade-long dedication to sustaining the New York Sound, Show Me The Body has solidified a legacy of confronting and permanently shifting the rigid limitations of the hardcore genre.

Check out WW4 and pre-order/save Trouble The Water above, find more album details and upcoming live dates below and stay tuned for more from Show Me The Body very soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
10/16 - Garden Grove, CA @ Nothing Fest IV
10/21 - Vechta, Germany @ Gulfhaus
10/22 - Kusel, Germany @ Schalander
10/24 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
10/25 - Poznań, Poland @ Klub Muzyczny
10/26 - Dresden, Germany @ Chemiefabrik
10/28 - Dortmund, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/29 - Berlin, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/30 - Drachten, Netherlands @ Iduna
10/31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn
11/01 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
11/02 - Fribourg, Switzerland @ Café XXème 
11/03 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
11/04 - Verona, Italy @ Colorificio Kroen
11/05 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
11/07 - London, UK @ The Underworld
11/30 - Wellington, NZ @ Meow
12/03 - Auckland, NZ @ Neck Of The Woods
12/06 - Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory 
12/07 - Brisbane, AU @ The Brightside 
12/08 - Melbourne, AU @ Stay Gold 
12/09 - Perth, AU @ Bad Lands

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BELLA WHITE RELEASES NEW SINGLE RHODODENDRON

CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH TAYLOR ASHTON
DATES KICK OFF THIS SATURDAY

“At just 22, Bella White is a songwriting prodigy and emotional alchemist.” – Grammy.com

“We very well may be talking about her being the ‘next one’ sooner than later.”Saving Country Music

“Fantastic.”Glide Magazine

“…her performance at The Optimist testified to the strength of her emergence in Americana music.”Americana Highways

TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Calgary-born singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Bella White, shares her new single, Rhododendron – a song that both encapsulates her stunning voice and her ability to pen a song that puts her own stamp on traditional country. Listen here.

Bella says, “I wrote Rhododendron on Mother’s Day while staying at my mum’s house during the middle of the pandemic. She was away and I was missing her. I looked out of her bedroom window and saw a robin building a nest. I began to think of the importance of mothers and daughters, and how hard our mothers -- or anyone who wears those shoes – works to keep us alive. I felt wistful and melancholy.”

Bella captured herself in the studio with her band recording Rhododendron for the song’s video, also released today. Watch the clip here.

Bella White’s live performances are as captivating as her music - Rolling Stone recently took notice and included her in their Best Things We Saw roundup of AmericanaFest. This Saturday (October 15) she heads off on a co-headlining tour with Taylor Ashton. The dates start in San Antonio, TX and conclude in Livermore, CA on October 29. All shows are listed below.

Today’s single is the follow up to The Way I Oughta Go, which was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features Buck Meek on guitar. 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 twenty-two-year-old singer/songwriter and instrumentalist shies 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. White 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.

UPCOMIMG TOUR DATES:
10/15 - Paper Tiger - San Antonio,TX *
10/16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX *
10/17 - Tulips - Fort Worth, TX *
10/19 - Goosetown Tavern - Denver, CO *
10/20 - Community House at Colorado Chautauqua - Boulder, CO
*
10/22 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT *
10/24 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ *
10/25 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ *
10/27 - The Siren - Morro Bay, CA *
10/29 - Almost Famous Wine Lounge - Livermore, CA *
*= w/ Taylor Ashton

Additional praise for Bella White:

“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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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE SHIMMERING NEW SINGLE JUST BEFORE THE MORNING RECORDED ACROSS ICONIC LA STUDIOS

ANNOUNCING UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SERIES AT THE MASONIC LODGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER NOV 15 & 16, AN INTIMATE SONIC EXPLORATION OF LOCAL NATIVES’ PAST AND A GLIMPSE OF THEIR FUTURE THEIR MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD TO DATE

FOLLOWS SUMMER OF SOLD OUT SHOWS AND FESTIVAL DATES AT  LOLLAPALOOZA, OUTSIDE LANDS, OGDEN TWILIGHT AND OUTLANDIA FESTIVAL

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Toronto, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Local Natives released their new single, Just Before The Morning, a swaggering and psychedelic track that features a deep bass groove against their iconic SoCal harmonies. Recorded across Valentine Recording Studio, 64Sound and Sargent Recorders, a strong sense of Los Angeles pervades – Just Before The Morning sees Local Natives venture into exciting new sonic territory, and is a dialogue between LA’s most iconic studios and their most emblematic band.

The band says of the song, “Just Before The Morning came from a burst of creativity after we finally reconnected in the studio. The song explores the cyclical nature of life and the many ways in which we begin again.”

With this sense of creative exploration Local Natives announce an upcoming set of intimate performances at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles on November 15th and 16th that will feature new takes on classics, deep cuts, rare covers, and live experimentation with forthcoming tracks from the bands most prolific period to date.

Just Before The Morning follows the recent release of double A-side singles, Desert Snow & Hourglass, and a sold out North American tour that included stops at Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Outsidelands, Ogden Twilight and Outlandia festival this past summer. Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced.

In the span of one year the band performed twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! For the first performance they were accompanied by Sharon Van Etten playing Lemon featuring Sharon Van Etten off the Sour Lemon EP. They closed out the year with a performance of Roxy Music’s More Than This from the Music From The Pen Gala 1983, an EP coinciding with their appearance in the Apple Original Series The Shrink Next Door starring Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. 

Based in Los Angeles, the group progressed their sound over the course of four full-length albums, Gorilla Manor [2009], Hummingbird [2013], Sunlit Youth [2016] and Violet Street [2019].

Local Natives have received praise from Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, The Guardian and many more. In between countless sold out shows and festival appearances - including a standout Coachella 2017 set - they’ve graced the stages of Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more. 

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE NEW SINGLE HERMOSA DRIVE

UPCOMING ALBUM EL BUENO Y EL MALO OUT OCTOBER 28 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

“4 out of 5 stars.” - MOJO
 
“It’s a track that cements the brothers’ immense talent, and now is the time to get in on the ground floor, before Hermanos Gutiérrez are inevitably featured in the next Quentin Tarantino film.” - CONSEQUENCE

TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, are thrilled to unveil another powerful instrumental track, Hermosa Drive, from their forthcoming new album. Hermosa Drive follows previously released acclaimed songs Los Chicos Tristes, Tres Hermanos, a song they recorded with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and El Bueno Y El Malo, the title track from their forthcoming album, which is set for release on October 28 via Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound. Listen to Hermosa Drive here and pre-order El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
Earlier this year the band played sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, LA’s the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge, and their set at Newport Folk Festival. The duo will also be opening for Jason Isbell in Nashville at the legendary Ryman later this month and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Colorado in December.
 
“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 ten 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 traveling 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 record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo 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 with 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:          
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, CA @ 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
12/16   Denver, CO @ Ball Arena **
 
* Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
** Supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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ROBERT GLASPER SET TO RELEASE BLACK RADIO III SUPREME EDITION  THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE THERAPY PT.2 FEATURING MAC MILLER

WORLD RENOWNED ROBTOBER RESIDENCY
AT BLUE NOTE NEW YORK THROUGH NOVEMBER 6

"Glasper continues to explore and refine that intricate marriage of sound with Black Radio III, an album that not only champions Black music, but also Black love and resilience in deeply troubled times."  NPR

Love is a path Glasper has traveled often in the past,
but its never sounded as spacious or star-flecked as it does here.”  
PITCHFORK

Black Radio III — an expectedly dope meld of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.  
ROLLING STONE

“A masterclass in hip-hop, R&B and jazz fusion.” - HYPEBEAST

“If an artist’s music is a reflection of their life, then Glasper’s hyper- collaborative approach to music and performance is no different than his hyper- gregarious life which continuously builds upon itself taking his career to extraordinary heights.” - POLLSTAR     

The title is not misleading: Black Radio III” really does feel like listening to the Black radio station of your dream.” VARIETY
            “
The modern jazz icon.” 
ESSENCE
 
“Glasper has a knack for building immersive sonics which whisk the listener into whatever world he desires.” -HIPHOP DX

TORONTO, ON – October 11, 2022 – 4x Grammy and Emmy winning artist, Robert Glasper, releases Therapy pt.2 featuring Mac Miller, the first new single and visual from Black Radio III: Supreme Edition, an extended digital version of his heralded 2022 album, Black Radio III. The Supreme Edition of Black Radio III, out Friday via Loma Vista Recordings, is a deluxe treatment of the third installment in the Black Radio series, based on the history changing album of the same name that celebrates a decade this year. Supercharged with a roster of R&B luminaries like PJ Morton, Estelle, India Arie, Luke James, Bilal, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more who join an already incredible roster of artists, Black Radio III: Supreme Edition is a true reflection of Glasper’s relationships and respect in the music community. Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller premiered on Apple Music’s New Music Daily. Tune in here
 
Glasper reminisces on the making of Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller“I was working with my friend. We were just finishing up this specific beat. I immediately sent it to him, and literally within an hour he sent me back that track. Everything was on there—both verses the choruses—and you could tell it was not something that he had written before. He sang the chord changes. You can tell he really came up with that in the moment.”  
 
The estate of Mac Miller shares, "We're honored to support in sharing this beautiful song that Malcolm and Robert Glasper created together. The song is a reflection of the special friendship and musical gifts the two shared."
 
This month, dubbed Robtober, marks the return of Robert Glasper’s legendary Blue Note residency at the iconic New York City jazz club featuring yasiin bey, Lalah Hathaway, Terrace Martin, Alex Isley and more surprise guests. This week, Glasper celebrates the release of Black Radio III Supreme Edition with a livestream concert straight from the stage of his residency via Twitch. Tune in here at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, October 12. Also tune in throughout the month of October, as Glasper will be offering fans behind-the-scenes access during his residency via a new series of Green Room live streams on Twitch. Follow Rob’s Twitch channel here
 
In its first week, the 4th annual Robtober drew crowds that included Miguel, Terrace Martin, comedian Jeff Ross, and more, kicking off what is just the beginning of the month-long super event. The residency will include tributes to Herbie Hancock and the late Meghan Stabile, a celebrated jazz promoter and friend of Glasper, in addition to nights with Lalah Hathaway and Dinner Party sets with Terrace Martin. In previous years, Glasper’s residency was amplified with guest performances from the likes of Stevie Wonder, J Dilla, Jill Scott, Questlove, Common, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Kamasi Washington, H.E.R., Chris Rock, and more. This summer, Glasper programmed the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley—an offshoot of his annual residency—with headliners including Maxwell, Black Star, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Black Star, Dinner Party, Madlib, Corinne Bailey Rae and special guest host Dave Chappelle. The festival was glowingly covered in a VIBE cover story: “years of musical history and our ancestors’ wildest dreams rolled into one.”
 
Since its release, Black Radio III, which features a range of artists from Jennifer Hudson to Q-Tip, Killer Mike to Yebba, has landed on “Best of 2022 So Far” lists by VarietyOkayPlayer, and UPROXX. The release was launched with a special MLK Day performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (where Glasper will return on Thursday October 13 to sit in with The Roots), featuring Rhapsody, DJ Jazzy Jeff, BJ The Chicago Kid and Amir Sulaiman. An interview and Emmy-nominated performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah followed, as well Glasper’s 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. 
 
Robert Glasper’s accolades are a testament to his career which spans over two decades and several genres. He boasts 4 Grammys, an Emmy, a Peabody, and made history with Black Radio (2012), the first album to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop, R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz—his follow-up Black Radio 2. Next month, Glasper will take the stage at Sony Hall with yasiin bey and Bilal before celebrating his groundbreaking album’s 10th anniversary by at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on November 13—special guests yasiin bey, Lalah Hathaway, Bilal, and Meshell Ndegeocello will perform alongside a 32-piece orchestra of all Black musicians (the largest all-Black orchestra the venue has ever presented) led by Derrick Hodge. In addition to his musical releases, Glasper has composed scores for films and series like Peabody-winning Mr. SOUL! (2018), 2020’s The Photograph starring Issa Rae, Emmy-nominated documentary The Apollo, HBO’s 2022 series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and Peacock’s Fresh Prince reboot, Bel-Air. 

BLACK RADIO III SUPREME EDITION TRACKLISTING
Disc 1:
1. In Tune ft. Amir Sulaiman
2. Black Superhero ft. Killer Mike + BJ The Chicago Kid + Big K.R.I.T.
3. Shine ft. D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché
4. Why We Speak ft. Q-Tip + Esperanza Spalding
5. Over ft. Yebba
6. Better Than I Imagined ft. H.E.R. + Meshell Ndegeocello
7. Everybody Wants To Rule the World ft. Lalah Hathaway + Common
8, Everybody Love ft. Musiq Soulchild + Posdnuos
9. It Don't Matter ft. Gregory Porter + Ledisi
10. Heaven's Here ft. Ant Clemons
11. Out of My Hands ft Jennifer Hudson
12. Forever ft. PJ Morton + India.Arie
13. Bright Lights (with Ty Dolla $ign)
 
Disc 2
1. Lemonade ft PJ Morton
2. Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller
3. Something I Wouldn't Do ft Estelle
4. Lola Crying (Interlude)
5. My Queen ft Luke James
6. Hi ft India Arie (Interlude)
7. Invitation ft Emily King
8. Easy to See ft BJ the Chicago Kid (interlude)
9. Atlantis ft Bilal + Alex Isley

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS RELEASE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE VIDEOTAPE

FIRST TASTE OF MUSIC FROM LONG-AWAITED
SOPHOMORE ALBUM COMING IN 2023

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Today, Toronto alt-rock anthem-makers, Birds of Bellwoods, share Videotape, the first taste of new music from their forthcoming long-awaited sophomore album. Fuelled by earworm melody, high-energy rhythm and raucous harmony-drenched vocals, Videotape is a tongue-in-cheek ode to bad habits and the mistakes that seem just a little too hard to stop making. Listen here

“This song is one of the more frenetic and hard-hitting on the album," the band says of the track, which was produced with GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Haim, PUP). "It’s anxious, it’s desperate, it’s irreverent. We’re talking about bad habits and worse coping mechanisms. That moment when you see the mistakes you keep making, but can’t seem to change the pattern like the lyrics say, ‘with all the lights above me, I only see that shadow cast below.’  The song doesn’t ask for sympathy, it laughs at itself with blood on its lip.”

Since their award-winning 2018 debut album, Victoria, the group has topped Spotify’s Canada Viral 50 Chart and been a top 40 fixture on Canadian Alternative, with over 10 million combined streams. Completed by Adrian Morningstar (guitar), Chris Blades (guitar), and, Dylan Gowan (drums), they’ve organically evolved from frenetic folk to a harder-hitting yet profoundly healing alternative rock sound.

A 2019 Canadian arena tour saw Birds of Bellwoods perform to more than 100,000 people, with their rep further enhanced by sets at major fests including Osheaga, NXNE, and Festival D’été. These experiences echo in Everything You Want’s outsized choruses and cinematic sensibilities.

With more new music on the horizon, Birds of Bellwoods are ready to take 2023 by storm!

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LINDSEY STIRLING RELEASES ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS ALBUM SNOW WALTZ VIA CONCORD RECORDS

NORTH AMERICAN SNOW WALTZ TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 17TH IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TX

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Today, dancing pop-violin sensation, Lindsey Stirling, releases her enchanting Christmas album, Snow Waltz, via Concord Records (out on vinyl November 18). Laced with immersive arrangements and mesmerizing melodies, Snow Waltz emerges as a remarkable new entry in the holiday-music canon, proving Stirling’s extraordinary gift as an instrumental storyteller. Listen to the album here and watch the visual for Snow Waltz here.

As Popdust puts it, “Lindsey Stirling refuses to make a boring holiday album.” All throughout Snow Waltz, Stirling matches the stunning complexity of her arrangements with warmly effusive energy. Rooted in her ineffably expressive violin work and graced with so many cinematic details (darkly sweeping percussion, lilting flute melodies, bright and sprightly glockenspiel tones), focus track Snow Waltz immediately conjures that delightfully eerie mood, wholly embodying the limitless imagination at the heart of Stirling’s artistry.  On Joy to the World, for instance, another focus track, she joined forces with Gladius (longtime GRAMMY nominated producer with credits including Demi Lovato & Justin Bieber) and orchestrator Stephen Anderson to create a gloriously stomping, Celtic-inspired take on the 18th century Christmas carol.
 
“Celtic was always my favorite music to play when I was younger; the rhythms felt way more exciting to me than the classical music you tend to perform in violin lessons,” Stirling says. “As I was choosing songs for the album, Joy to the World really spoke to my Celtic soul, and it was so much fun to put together something that bounces so quickly from major to minor and back again.”
 
On God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Stirling delivers an elegant violin performance adorned with a beat-heavy track sprinkled with her hypnotic and heavenly vocals. In perfect contrast, flamenco-infused, Feliz Navidad is romantic, fun and upbeat, featuring Mark Ballas’ guitar playing talents (a dancer/choreographer/musician/actor who served as her partner on the 25th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars).
 
Little Drummer Boy features a powerhouse performance from her longtime touring drummer Drew Steen, while O Come Emmanuel unfolds with a brooding intensity that instantly lends the album an irresistible touch of drama. And in reimagining Deck the Halls, Stirling deliberately pushed the boundaries of interpretation, weaving in elements of O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Silent Night to create a captivating medley that gracefully cycles through a dizzying whirlwind of time signatures. Magic ft. David Archuleta holds powerful significance for Stirling. The bittersweet but uplifting ballad was sparked from a profound moment of Stirling's life, when her sisters and mom shared loving and fun memories around her father’s passing.
 
The “theatrically whimsical violin shredder” (Stereogum) will embark on her North American Snow Waltz tour in November. Beginning in Grand Prairie, TX on November 17 and culminating in a special show on December 23 in Los Angeles, the 25+ run of dates sees Stirling performing in San Antonio, Orlando, Newark, Milwaukee and more. Stirling’s unique interpretation of beautifully nostalgic holiday music will be more dynamic than ever; Consequence says “the violinist has become a fixture of Christmastime concerts with her combination of cutting-edge performances that include dance, trapeze, lyra, and aerial work along with her signature genre-bending, amped-up orchestrations.” See below for Stirling’s full tour routing.

LINDSEY STIRLING TOUR ROUTING:
Nov 17 - Grand Prairie, TX - Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Nov 18 - Lubbock, TV - Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts
Nov 19 - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Civic Center Complex
Nov 21 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Nov 22 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 25 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theater
Nov 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts - Moran Theater
Nov 28 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Nov 29 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov 30 - Orlando, FL - Walt Disney Theatre at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Dec 2 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
Dec 3 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Dec 5 - Hersey, PA - Hershey Theatre
Dec 6 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
Dec 7 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC
Dec 9 - Mashantucket, CT - Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Dec 10 - Waterloo, NY - Del Lago Resort & Casino
Dec 12 - Ft Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
Dec 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
Dec 15 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center
Dec 16 - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
Dec 17 - Idaho Falls, ID - Mountain America Center
Dec 19 - Wheatland, CA - Hard Rock Live
Dec 20 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Civic
Dec 22 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater
Dec 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre

ABOUT LINDSEY STIRLING
Lindsey Stirling is an electronic violinist, dancer, and artist who has humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars. Her groundbreaking vision has gained her millions of adoring fans worldwide, four Billboard chart-topping albums, and two Billboard Music Awards including Top Dance/Electronic Album for her third studio release, Brave Enough. Her holiday album, Warmer in Winter, catapulted to the #1 spot on Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Holiday Album charts upon release and lead single Carol of the Bells made history as the only instrumental song ever to reach the Top 10 at AC Radio. Lindsey has amassed over 12.5 million subscribers, nearly three billion views on YouTube, three million followers on TikTok, and over 500k user generated creations across TikTok and Instagram reels. In addition to this, Forbes placed her at #4 on its 2015 World’s Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and her fifth-studio album, Artemis, debuted at #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart. Stirling has performed for more than 800,000 people on her headline tours, and her co-headline tour with Evanescence was named one of Live Nation’s best-selling amphitheater tours of 2018.

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ALOK, SIGALA, AND ELLIE GOULDING TEAM UP FOR NEW DANCE POP ANTHEM ALL BY MYSELF

THE SINGLE BRINGS TOGETHER DEPECHE MODE’S ICONIC ENJOY THE SILENCE SAMPLE WITH ELLIE GOULDING’S HYPNOTIC VOCALS

LISTEN TO ALL BY MYSELF HERE

Toronto, ON – October 7, 2022 –Brazil’s biggest artist and internationally acclaimed DJ Alok, known for colossal collaborations with John Legend, Jason Derulo, Tove Lo, and most recently Ella Eyre for the #1 sound of the Summer, Deep Down, has joined forces with multi platinum singer/songwriter, Ellie Goulding, and British DJ/Producer, Sigala, to release their irresistible new track, All by Myself. The dance pop anthem brings the timeless sample of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence, who were notably impressed with the final result of the song and gave it the honour of its first clearance to be released; available on all digital streaming platforms here.
 
A rarity and an honour, Depeche Mode gave Alok, Sigala, and Ellie Goulding the first green light ever to use their Enjoy The Silence sample. The sample is used in the drop of All by Myself, which concentrates all the elements, including Goulding’s glossy vocals and Alok and Sigala’s flawless production, into a smash hit for the Fall season. The holy grail of samples, Alok wanted to use it with the respect the song deserves, and all artists are very pleased with the outcome, turning this release into a top priority for all; with big label support from B1 Recordings/Sony Music UK/RCA Records.

Brazilian superstar, voted #4 DJ in the world by DJ Mag with a remarkable 70 million social media followers, music producer and philanthropist, Alok, is best known for global hit singles like Hear Me Now and his chart topping remix of MEDUZA’s Piece of Your Heart, for which he won “Best Remix” at the 2020 International Dance Music Awards. Alok was recently in New York city to launch his remarkable climate change partnership with the United Nations’ Global Compact and the Alok Institute. The Future Is Ancestral project helped kickoff New York’s Climate Change Week with a series of informative, international panels and a historic first-ever performance on the rooftop of the United Nations headquarters. Alok’s newest track, Deep Down simultaneously hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance chart and is still climbing the streaming charts.
 
“It was a pleasure to work with Ellie and Sigala on this track and such a huge honor that the electronic music pioneers Depeche Mode liked it enough to give us the legendary “Enjoy The Silence” sample and let us officially release it. We are all so thrilled with how it came out!” - Alok

Ellie Goulding’s empowering vocals have made her a world-renowned artist and have led her to win such accolades as “Best British Female Solo Artist.” Goulding has become one of UK's best-selling female artists with over twenty-three Top 40 singles, including three number ones. Her biggest single, Love Me Like You Doquickly climbed the U.K. charts to number one and has over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Her fearless and ethereal vocals have made her the go-to artist for top charting collaborations with artists such as Calvin Harris, Diplo and Big Sean. The pop superstar also sang at the Royal Wedding Reception for Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William. Her latest album, Brightest Blue, became her fourth RIAA certified Platinum album. Recently, Ellie performed at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon with her new single, Easy Lover feat Big Sean.
 
“It was such an incredible experience to work with Alok and Sigala on this new track - they’re both such unique and amazing artists and coming together was a delight. I hope this song gives people the self-love and power that I felt when writing it. We need to make sure we’re loving and taking care of ourselves so we can receive the same from those around us.” Ellie Goulding
 
Uniquely renowned for his cheerful dance-pop sound, British Artist, Producer and DJ, Sigala, has made a name for himself as one of the most played British DJs on UK radio. Sigala burst onto the scene with his single, Easy Love, a Jackson 5 sampled track that has over 150 million views on YouTube, which quickly topped the U.K. singles chart at number one. Sigala continued to release blazing bright tunes with artists such as Hailee Steinfeld, Craig David and Paloma Faith earning him over seven platinum singles, nine gold singles and ten million worldwide sales. In 2018, Sigala released his highly anticipated debut album Brighter Days, featuring collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Sean Paul, and Meghan Trainor among others. Sigala’s album became the highest charting dance album of 2018 and received the honor of a BRIT certified Silver certification.   
        
“Such a pleasure to work with such talented individuals, I’ve been wanting to work with Ellie for a while so it’s great to finally collaborate” Sigala

You can find lyrics to All By Myself here.

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ABOUT ALOK
ALOK is a bonafide dance music superstar, holding the title of the second biggest Instagram following of any electronic artist globally with 28 million followers. On Spotify, Alok concentrates more than 20 million monthly listeners and almost 5 billion streams, making him the most listened to Brazilian artist internationally. In 2021, he was named the 4th Best DJ in the world, according to the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. Performing some 320 yearly shows on five continents, Alok is widely regarded as one of the most influential Brazilian artists of all time and is experiencing his breakout moment in the US. From working with and lending his remix work to artists including The Rolling Stones to Zara Larsson, from Jason Derulo to Tove Lo and more, he won the “Best Remix” award at the 2020 International Dance Music Awards for his hit remix of the Meduza’s single Piece of Your Heart (over 223 million streams), also partnering with global pop sensation Dua Lipa for the official remix of her hit single Physical. Recently he collaborated with GRAMMY award-winning pop sensation John Legend on In My Mind, also with renegade vocalist John Martin, as well as lending his craft to remix multi-platinum, #1 artist Ed Sheeran.  Alok is also a recognized brand and star, having achieved huge notoriety in the gaming world as a character, with his own name, in the wildly popular game Free Fire. Two years ago, he created the Instituto Alok, which manages high-impact philanthropy projects in Brazil and Africa. To date, the institute has donated 10 million dollars to social and environmental projects worldwide.
 
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ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.

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ABOUT ELLIE GOULDING
Multi Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding’s career to date includes two GRAMMY Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and two BRIT Awards. Her impact is reflected with incredible sales of 22 million albums, over 185 million singles, and 36 billion streams worldwide. Ellie has earned 4 consecutive RIAA certified albums and 20 RIAA certified singles (Gold & Platinum). With over 50 million followers combined on her social platforms, she also earned YouTube’s Diamond Award with 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and over 5 billion views globally.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS SHARE NEW SINGLE TRENDSETTER FT. DILLANPONDERS

PICK UP THREE MORE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS THIS PAST WEEK

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Following the release of their undeniably confident track, I’M GOOD, and just ahead of Indigenous People’s Day in the U.S., Snotty Nose Rez Kids are back with their latest single, TRENDSETTER.

Featuring prolific artist, DillanPonders, and produced by Bay-area producer, KYRIGO, TRENDSETTER sees Yung Trybez and Young D acknowledging the ways that they have set trends in music, style and fashion – often going their own direction and staying true to who they are. Very much a part two to their 2019 hit, Boujee Natives, TRENDSETTER draws attention to all the way Trybez and D embody the ‘Boujee Native’ aesthetic: confidence, style, and talent. Listen here.

“We're always gonna’ keep evolving and doing new things,” says Young D. “Ultimately, we're trying to be the role models for future generations and if they can see us doing our thing, being unapologetically us, and that gives them hope and courage to go make something that's their own, then we're doing our job."

"We've always done our own thing, developing and evolving our music style and our look,” adds Yung Trybez. “We set out to be unapologetically ourselves in everything we do and we're starting to see people catching on, emulating what we're doin’. The hook says it all, 'I can see the future, man, I feel like Spike Lee. Rollin in my spaceship in my mid-fly Nikes. If you don't really like me why you look like me.’ That's what this song is about. We've always been doing us." 

The tracks is the duo’s second collaboration with Dillan after the Toronto-based artist tapped SNRK and Nate Husser to join his King of the Town Remix in 2021. After Young D moved to Toronto just before the pandemic and befriended Dillan, the two kept in touch and slowly started working on music together, with TRENDSETTER becoming the end result.

"We respect Dillan, that's our big dog,” continues Trybez. “He's another artist that's doing his own thing and we respect his moves. For a song like this it just made sense to bring him on and he set the tone with a fire verse."

TRENDSETTER is the continuation of SNRK’s campaign of confidence coming out of the pandemic. With over 70 shows this year alone under their belt, two JUNO Award nominations, three Polaris Music Prize short list placements, and 10 Western Canadian Music Award wins – including three that were picked up just this past week – it’s clear that SNRK have much to be confident about! The band will be on tour bringing their new music to audiences across North America this fall, with Canadian dates coming in St. John’s, Victoria and Toronto.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 6 – Oakland, CA – Indigenous Red Market
November 26 – St. John’s, NL – Spring Song Festival
November 30 – Victoria, BC – Farqhuar Auditorium, UVic

December 7 & 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Purgatory
December 10 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground

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MIMI WEBB RELEASES GHOST OF YOU NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

VIDEO MADE BROADCAST PREMIERE
ON MTV LIVE, MTVU AND MTV BIGGEST POP

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR HITS MONTREAL TOMORROW
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Breakout singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, has released her new single, Ghost of You, via EPIC Records. Listen here. The power-pop track posits Mimi’s rich vocals over hypnotic melodies that build into an anthemic chorus and contrast with lyrics that describe being haunted by a past love. The song was written by Mimi Webb and Phil Plested and produced by Stuart Price. 

The single is accompanied by its music video, directed by Fa and Fon Watkins, which made its broadcast premiere today on MTV Live, MTVU and MTV Biggest Pop. The visual finds Mimi strutting throughout London from day to night in a series of stunning outfits, all while taking viewers on an empowering journey of letting go of an ex and overcoming the heartbreak. Watch here.

Mimi is currently on her first ever North American headline tour, which included a sold out stop last night at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, and will hit Montreal’s Théâtre Fairmount before concluding in Washington DC at Union Stage on October 13. Tickets are available at mimiwebb.com/tour.

The release of Ghost of You follows a massive summer for the UK-based emerging artist, which saw her perform at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in London, numerous festivals such as Capital FM’s Summertime Ball, Isle of Wight Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival, and joined as support for Justin Bieber in Norway and Finland.

In just two years the rising star has racked up over 730 million global streams to date, and multiple hit tracks including House on Fire and Good Without. She has garnered praise from the likes of British Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Billboard, and has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ELLEN. Mimi shows no signs of slowing down as she gears up for the release of her debut full-length album.

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INVICTUS: NO CLEAN SINGING DEBUTS BLEED ME OUT VIDEO

UNSTOPPABLE TO SEE RELEASE OCTOBER 21
VIA MNRK HEAVY

“Occupying a similar sonic space to Kataklysm on the new song, INVICTUS dig into exactly four minutes of fist-pumping, anthemic death metal.” – MetalSucks on Get Up
 
“If you’ve been in the mood for something that’ll kick your ass right into gear, then you’re going to dig the relentlessly driving nature of ‘Exiled.’ Because let’s face it – what else did you expect from Iacono?” – Metal Injection

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – INVICTUS, the new solo project led by Maurizio Iacono, today unveils a lyric video for Bleed Me Out. Premiering today on No Clean Singing, the band’s latest single comes off their debut full-length, Unstoppable, set for release on October 21 via MNRK Heavy. Watch Bleed Me Out here and check out the No Clean Singing feature here.
 
Comments Iacono of the track, “Bleed Me Out is a song that deals with reopening old life wounds over and over and not being able to close them up. Eventually those turn into scars. I got plenty of them battle scars in my life time; the important thing is to keep moving forward. That's ultimately the message behind this song, a diverse track musically that has enormous hooks. It’s one of my faves on the album.”
 
Writes No Clean Singing in part, “The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion, and they soar too, in spine-tingling fashion. There may not be blast-beat fusillades in the song, but the rhythm section still punch damned hard. The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight, and the brief but surprising softer moments in the track underscore the melancholy that’s there even behind the audio novas in the song…”

View the band’s previously released video for Exiled here and Get Up here. Unstoppable will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.
 
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. 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. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output.
 
Indeed, the 11 songs that make up 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 14th album, 2020’s Unconquered.
 
Lyrically, the singer reached further inward for INVICTUS, summoning a fearless power destined to provoke and inspire those disenfranchised by modern times. “It’s a record about everyday struggle because I’ve always been a fighter,” Iacono reasons. “It’s about the emotional impact of everything happening in our world, which inspired this anger in me and a need to express the importance of standing for what we know is true in our hearts. It’s a hybrid between that and revisiting things from my childhood that built me as a person.”

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MILITARIE GUN SIGNS TO LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE) DUE OCTOBER 21

SHARES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO LET ME BE NORMAL

PRE-ORDER/SAVE ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE)

LISTEN & WATCH LET ME BE NORMAL

UPCOMING TOUR DATES IN VANOUVER, KELOWNA,  CALGARY, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – October 6, 2022 – LA-based Militarie Gun signs with Loma Vista Recordings and announces the deluxe edition of All Roads Lead To The Gun due October 21st. The 12-track project will include four brand new songs, including the new single, Let Me Be Normal, out today, and house the previously released tracks from the first two All Roads Lead To The Gun EPs, including the standouts Ain't No FlowersDon't Pick Up The Phone, and Big Disappointment. An exclusive vinyl variant of each of the previously released EPs along with a t-shirt will be launching at the Loma Vista store today, as well. Limit to 500. Alongside the aforementioned new single, Militarie Gun shares the visuals for Let Me Be Normal, which are directed by frontman Ian Shelton and animated by guitarist William Acuña portraying the band performing in an 8-bit world.

Formed in 2020, Militarie Gun is defined by the musical restlessness of vocalist Shelton. The band–whose lineup has expanded to include guitarists Nick Cogan and William Acuña, drummer Vince Nguyen, and bassist Max Epstein–draw on a wide range of influences to make something that sounds combative yet accessible, and undeniably their own. There’s the unhinged guitarwork of Born Against, the propulsive cadences of hip hop, the up-front bass of Fugazi–and most importantly, the hooks. Militarie Gun’s songs are instantly memorable, employing a melodic sensibility that’s just as informed by the work of Robert Pollard and Paul McCartney as it is by Black Flag. 

Tomorrow, Militarie Gun kicks off their tour with Citizen and Prince Daddy & The Hyena for a string of 11 dates across the west coast and Canada interwoven with headline shows in Kelowna and Minneapolis. Directly following the tour with Citizen, Militarie Gun will embark on a 19-date run co-headlining with MSPAINT with support from Pony, Dazy, Public Opinion and Entry on respective dates. Tickets available here

Pre-order/save the deluxe All Roads Lead To The Gun EP and check out Let Me Be Normal above, see deluxe details and full tour routing below and stay tuned for more music from Militarie Gun coming soon.

All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) Tracklisting:
1. Ain't No Flowers
2. Don't Pick Up The Phone
3. Fell On My Head
4. Stuck In A Spin
5. Big Disappointment
6. Disposable Plastic Trash
7. Background Kids
8. All Roads Lead To The Gun
9. Let Me Be Normal
10. Can't Get None feat. MSPAINT
11. I Can't Stand Busy People feat. Woolworm
12. Pull It Out feat. Woolworm
 
Upcoming Live Dates
*= w/ Citizen, Prince Daddy & The Hyena
^= w/ Woolworm, Restraining Order, Breech Boys
#= w/ Restraining Order, New Primals
~= w/ MSPAINT
+= w/ Pony
**= w/ Dazy
^^= w/ Public Opinion
++= w/ Public Opinion + Entry
 
10/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater*
10/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater*
10/9 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall*
10/11 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater*
10/12 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
10/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater*
10/14 - Kelowna, BC @ Jackknife Brewing^
10/15 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar*
10/16 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room*
10/18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre*

10/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Underground Music Cafe#
10/20 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre*
10/21 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern*
10/23 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary~+
10/24 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch~+
10/25 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus~+

10/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs~**
10/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus~**
10/28 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall~**
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club~**
10/30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs~**
11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor~^^
11/2 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern~^^
11/3 - Atlanta, GA @ 529~^^
11/4 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR~^^
11/5 - Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar~^^
11/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole~^^
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb~^^
11/10 - Denver, CO @ HQ~^^
11/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive~++
11/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ American Legion Post 8++
11/13 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project++

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TYLER CHILDERS AND THE FOOD STAMPS’ NEW TRIPLE ALBUM  CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? OUT NOW ON HICKMAN HOLLER RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – October 3, 2022 — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler Childers and his longtime band, The Food Stamps, is out today on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. Stream/purchase here. Conceptualized as a three-part project, the eight songs on the album are presented in a trio of distinct sonic perspectives—Hallelujah, Jubilee and Joyful Noise. 

Produced by Childers and The Food Stamps, the collection features a mix of new and traditional songs and was primarily recorded in guitarist’s James Barker’s home studio, Dragline Studios. The Hallelujah version captures Tyler and the core band playing live in a single room over the course of two days, while the Jubilee version builds on it with the addition of strings, horns, background vocals and an array of worldly instruments such as dulcimer, mbira and sitar. The final version, Joyful Noise, consists of remixes created with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar (Brett Fuller) and includes samples from eclectic sources such as The Andy Griffith Show, theologist, Thomas Merton, and comedian, Jerry Clower, as well as church service excerpts pulled from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music archives. 

Reflecting on the album, Childers and The Food Stamps recently sat down with journalist Silas House to discuss the project in depth. Watch the interview here

Ahead of its release, the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions of Angel Band debuted earlier this month, of which Rolling Stone praises, “soaring gospel country, an easygoing groove that gets layered with strings and horns until it sounds positively like a gig in the sweet hereafter,” while Consequence proclaims, “lushly orchestrated, with extra studio flourishes that make it sound full and vibrant” and Brooklyn Vegan declares, “a sweeping, six-minute dose of country rock and a very promising first taste.” Watch the official music video, directed by Bryan Schlam, here.

The Food Stamps are: Barker (pedal steel), Craig Burletic (bass), CJ Cain (guitar), Rodney Elkins (drums), Chase Lewis (keyboards) and Jesse Wells (guitar, fiddle).

The new album is the first new music from Childers since 2020’s GRAMMY-nominated surprise release, Long Violent History, which NPR Music called an “explicit and remarkable stand in solidarity.” His two previous releases, 2019’s #1 Country Squire as well 2017’s RIAA Platinum debut, Purgatory, were released to overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim. In the years since his debut, Childers has earned two GRAMMY nominations and has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? TRACKLIST:

HALLELUJAH 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

JUBILEE 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

JOYFUL NOISE
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

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BILLY STRINGS’ NEW ALBUM WITH HIS FATHER, TERRY BARBER, ME/AND/DAD OUT NOVEMBER 18

LONG JOURNEY HOME AND LIFE TO GO DEBUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – October 3, 2022 – Today, on his 30th birthday, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings, announces Me/And/Dad, the first album he’s recorded with his father, Terry Barber, will be released November 18 via Rounder Records (pre-order here). The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

In advance of the release, the pair’s new versions of bluegrass traditional Long Journey Home and George Jones’ Life To Go are debuting today. Watch the official video for Long Journey Home, directed by Roger Pistole and Scott Mele, here.

Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland, as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed album, Renewal, which landed on several “Best of 2021” lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Bill Kreutzmann, Luke Combs, Del McCoury, Fences, RMR and many more.  

ME/AND/DAD TRACK LIST:
1. Long Journey Home (bluegrass traditional)
2. Life To Go (written by George Jones)
3. Way Downtown (written by Doc Watson)
4. Little Blossom (written by Hank Thompson)
5. Peartree (written by Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, Gaither Carlton)
6. Stone Walls and Steel Bars (written by Ray Pennington, Roy Eugene Marcum)
7. Little White Church (written by Eugene Wellman)
8. Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well) (written by Jody Emerson, Roger Bowling)
9. Wandering Boy (written by A.P. Carter)
10. John Deere Tractor (written by Lawrence Hammond)
11. Frosty Morn (bluegrass traditional)
12. I Haven’t Seen Mary In Years (written by Damon Black)
13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (written by Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe)
14. Heard My Mother Weeping (written by Carl Story, Lowell Blanchard)

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
October 6—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 7-9—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 13—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 14—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 15—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC— ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC— ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
November 3—Kalamazoo, MI—Wings Event Center
November 4—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center
November 5—Pittsburgh, PA—Petersen Events Center
November 9—Rochester, NY—Blue Cross Arena
November 11—Uniondale, NY—Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union LIVE! (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)

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POP EVIL RELEASES PARANOID (CRASH & BURN) AS THEY FINALIZE THEIR NEW ALBUM DUE EARLY 2023 VIA MNRK HEAVY

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THE SONG WAS PERFORMED LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME
AT THE LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL
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UK AND EUROPE HEADLINING TOUR  STARTS IN NOVEMBER

Toronto, ON - October 3, 2022 - Hard rock group, Pop Evil, released their single, Paranoid (Crash & Burn), while they continue to finish their upcoming album due in early 2023 via MNRK Heavy. Following Eye of the Storm, which recently reached #1 at Active Rock, Paranoid (Crash & Burn) oscillates from something more melodic and rhythmic to pure aggression — that “get out of my head” scream is certainly going to resonate. “It’s about the voices in our head — we all have ‘em, but do we act on them?” says frontman Leigh Kakaty. “It’s a cautionary tale, about processing those voices in a positive way. It’s very aggro and uptempo, and I think it speaks to the depression and anxiety a lot of us have at this stage in our lives." Listen/stream and watch a clip of the song performed live for the first time at the Louder Than Life festival. Pop Evil teamed up with filmmaker Jensen Noen for the official music video that will be shared later, in the meantime, watch/enjoy the visualizer.

The band wrapped up their North American run with Daughtry and is set to begin their UK and Europe headlining tour on November 1 - see dates below.

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

Their 2011 album, War of Angels debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including Last Man StandingMonster You Made and Boss’s Daughter. The momentum continued with their 2013 album, Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles, 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’s recent #1 single includes Survivor, which also topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart in late 2021, joining 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.

UK and Europe Headling Tour:
11/01 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
11/02 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
11/03 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
11/05 – London, UK @ The Dome
11/07 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/08 – Vosselaar, BE @ Biebob
11/09 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo
11/11 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
11/12 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
11/14 – Köln, DE @ Luxor
11/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben
11/16 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat

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. 

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BREAKOUT WEST WRAPS 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN CALGARY, AB

WELCOMES OVER 585 ATTENDEES BACK TO LIVE AND IN PERSON PROGRAMMING WITH 80+ CANADIAN SPEAKERS, PRESENTERS & MENTORS, 60+ INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES,

50+ CONFERENCE SESSIONS & 950+ ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS

66 WESTERN CANADIAN + INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SHOWCASED OVER THREE DAYS

WINNERS OF THE 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC
INDUSTRY AWARDS REVEALED

VIVEK SHRAYA HONOURED WITH
KEYCHANGE INSPIRATION AWARD

KELOWNA, BC ANNOUNCED AS HOST CITY
OF BREAKOUT WEST 2023

CALGARY, AB – October 3, 2022 – Four days of immersive career development and international industry conference programming; three nights of show-stopping performances by some of the best artists coming out of western Canada and abroad; two events honouring the artistic and industry winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards; one unforgettable celebration of BreakOut West’s milestone 20th anniversary.

“Once again, we have been thrilled to host BreakOut West in Calgary and for this special anniversary," remarks Western Canadian Music Alliance Executive Director Robyn Stewart. “Thank you also to all of the incredible artists and innovators who joined us this week to celebrate and elevate creative careers in western Canada. The Calgary community embraced our event and participants, and we saw full venues of engaged music fans discovering new talent. Coming full circle from our first BreakOut West in Calgary twenty years ago, we are looking forward to the next twenty!

Yesterday, BreakOut West wrapped its 2022 events after an exciting week filled with countless opportunities to connect and engage with professionals from across the music industry, while experiencing captivating live performances from the incredible talent coming out of the western provinces. In total, over 585 people attended the events, with delegates joining in from 15 different countries. 135 speakers were engaged across 50 conference sessions and over 950 one-on-one meetings, while attendees were able to take part in numerous meet up events and establish countless business opportunities. Music discovery was celebrated with 66 showcasing artists being featured on stages across Calgary’s downtown core and Music Mile.

Along with the conference programming, the winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards were revealed over two special celebrations. On Friday, September 23, the recipients of the artistic awards were honoured during a live broadcast and intimate watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor, followed by the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 which unveiled the winners of the industry categories. The Industry Awards Brunch also formally honoured the recipients of this year’s Specialty Awards – Tegan and Sara (Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees), Gerry Stoll (Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award) and Steve Wood & Northern Cree (Heritage Award). See below for a list of the 2022 Industry Award winners, and a full list of all the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award recipients.

Additionally, groundbreaking artist and writer, Vivek Shraya, was honoured during BOW’s Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 28 with Canada’s first-ever Keychange Inspiration Award. Created by Keychange – a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry – the award honours and celebrates women and gender minorities who have made extraordinary and pioneering contribution to music. The Keychange Inspiration Award is selected by Keychange partners in each of their countries, with Shraya marking the first recipient for Canada.

BreakOut West 2022 saw incredible support from the Government of Alberta, City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary, as well as generous partnership from local and national sponsors, all of which generously invested in the week’s events, enthusiastically bringing BOW back to Calgary.

Looking ahead to the next year, BOW is thrilled to be returning to Kelowna, BC, where it was previously celebrated in 2018 and 2010.

Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, Creative and Executive Director with Creative Okanagan and Host chair, explains: "Kelowna has had massive success in hosting BreakOut West in the past,” says Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, Creative and Executive Director with Creative Okanagan and Host Chair. “The event has enabled us to showcase our local artists and unique venues and further establish Kelowna as a community that loves live music. MusicBC has strongly supported us in submitting the bid. We look forward to offering our local musicians opportunities to perform at the festival, attend the conference, and submit entries for the Western Canadian Music Awards."

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY WINNERS:

Audio Engineering Award            
Sheldon Zaharko - BC           

Community Excellence Award                
National Music Centre - AB           

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC                       

Impact in Artist Development                 
Birthday Cake Records - MB

Impact in Live Music, Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                        
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake Records – MB

Recording of the Year and Stingray Rising Star, Presented by Stingray                   
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Video Director of the Year, Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                  
Amy Mantyka - Megan Nash, Chew Quietly / Clean Slate - SK

2022 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees – Tegan and Sara

2022 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – Gerry Stoll

2022 Heritage Award – Steve Wood and Northern Cree

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 (MIAs) 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, 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 was held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards were announced on September 23 and October 1, respectively.
            
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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THE STANDSTILLS SHARE NEW SINGLE MOTHERLODE FT. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

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ANNOUNCE SHOCKWAVE ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 4
VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

 
CANADIAN ARENA TOUR WITH THREE DAYS GRACE
KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

TORONTO, ON – September 30, 2022 –  Today, two-piece Oshawa guitar-driven outlaw rock n roll band, The Standstills, share their new single, Motherlode, from their upcoming album, Shockwave, due out November 4 via MNRK Music Group. The new single from the record features legendary rock/alt band, Eagles Of Death Metal. Listen to the track here and watch the visualizer here. Pre-order Shockwave here.

For more insight into the track and how it came together, you can watch The Standstills talk about it all with Jesse Hughes (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace). Check it out here.
 
Further offers The Standstills’ Jonny Fox on working with Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes: “Renée and I spent some time in LA to get inspired to write what would eventually become our new album, Shockwave. If you are a musician and spend any significant time in Los Angeles you will run into the city’s unofficial mayor, Father Badass, Jesse Hughes. We instantly hit it off, loving similar styles of music and sharing the same outlook on creative arts. Before we knew it, we were at a Bar-B-Que at his place that turned into a full-tilt jam session in his living room that lasted a couple days. Unfortunately, we never stopped to record any of it. Fast forward a few months to when we completed Motherlode with Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace; the song reminded us of our time out West with Jesse, and it just felt natural to as him and Josh Jove to be a part of it. Without a second’s hesitation, Jesse jumped at it. He is truly one of kind, not afraid to speak his mind, and we loved that.”
 
Over their career, The Standstills (comprised of husband-and-wife duo, Jonny Fox, on vocals/guitar, and Renée Couture, on drums/vocals), have built a reputation for transcendent anthem-making with an earnestly steadfast formula: gigantic hooks, unapologetically hypnotic grooves, and infectious unabashedly cool riffs, which can be heard in force on Shockwave. Produced by Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace and mixed by two-time GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Santana, Daughtry), the album blends immediately accessible choruses with magnetic layers of depth revealed in repeated listens.
 
The Standstills signature sound first emerged on a pair of indie releases. From the Devil’s Porch, their 2015 EP, produced three successful Active Rock singles, resulting in a 2016 win for Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream Rock at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, while their 2019 debut album, Badlands, produced the fastest charting Canadian single in the MNRK label’s history.
 
“We’ve completely opened and exposed who we are in a way that we’ve never done before,” says Fox. “It felt like the right time. We’ve always gone with our gut instincts. We felt ready to do it. This is the album we’ve been working towards. I hope it connects to people in a deep way, as much as it’s meant to us in the creation and the life experiences that it took to make the album.”
 
Beginning in November, after the release of Shockwave, The Standstills will embark on a Canadian arena tour with Three Days Grace. Kicking off November 8 in Vancouver, the tour will see the band make their way east with a final date in Toronto on November 27. Then in 2023, the duo will board the ShipRocked Cruise and rock passengers from Florida to Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay & Grand Turk. More tour details below and stay tuned for more as the Shockwave journey unfolds this fall.

The Standstills Tour Dates with Three Days Grace:
November 8 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
November 10 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 11 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino - Calgary, AB
November 12 - Edmonton Convention Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 14 - Bowes Event Centre at Revolution Place - Grande Prairie, AB
November 15 - Sasktel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 17 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Place Bell - Laval, QC
November 22 - Tribute Communities Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 23 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
November 24 - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
November 26 - Sadlon Arena - Barrie, ON
November 27 - History - Toronto, ON
January 22, 2023 - Shiprocked Cruise 

Shockwave Track Listing:
1. Reset Party
2. Motherlode
3. Pretty Little Broken Thing
4. Get Right
5. Nervous Smile
6. Valhalla
7. Maple Sugar
8. Heavy Is The Reason
9. Shockwave
10. Interlude
11. Back To You
12. Hell Or The Highway

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KENNY MASON DROPS  RUFFS MIXTAPE EP VIA RCA RECORDS

LISTEN HERE

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – Sidney Madden, NPR
 
“Vince Staples-esque detachment, acrobatic triplets in the vein of Lil Baby, and a dutch-angle chirp akin to recent Playboi Carti” – Entertainment Weekly
 
"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling…” – Tyler Borland, Ones To Watch

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

Toronto, ON – September 28, 2022 – Breakout Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, drops new mixtape, RUFFSvia RCA Records – listen here. The project includes the tracks from his recently released EP, PUP PACK, and new songs such as, SPIN N FLIP featuring Young Nudy and MINUTE FOREVER. Kenny’s new music comes on the heels of his buzzing single, Stick, a Dreamville collaboration with J. Cole, JID and Sheck Wes from the D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape. The Stick visual, which has already racked up over three million views, featured Kenny alongside the other artists on the track. Recently, Kenny has been on the festival circuit with sets at Rolling Loud, Wireless Festival, Bonnaroo and more, in addition to making surprise appearances at Coachella on JID’s set and Governor’s Ball on J. Cole’s set.
 
Kenny first broke out in the rap space in 2019 with his buzzing single, Hit, which catapulted him from Atlanta's underground DIY scene to the national spotlight. As Kenny continued to release more music, he became increasingly known for his versatility and unique sound. His bars and genre-bending abilities that incorporates elements of 90's punk, grunge, hip-hop and more, sets him apart from the rest. Kenny Mason has received critical acclaim from press, being included on The FADER, Entertainment Weekly and more in addition to features with Rolling Stone, XXL, VMAN and FLAUNT. His 2019 single, G.O.A.T., was also featured in season one of HBO's hit show, Euphoria. Kenny released his debut album Angelic Hoodrat in 2020, followed by the alternative version Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut in 2021. The latter expanded upon the themes he set forth on the original debut album, showcasing his sweeping vocal range and well-earned reputation for stretching beyond the confines of rap. The new project continues the theme of duality inherent within its title, Angelic Hoodrat representing the concepts of light within darkness, beauty within ugliness, and hope within despair. Kenny Mason has been working on new music and continuing tocultivate his elevation. Listen to RUFFS Mixtape out now here. 

 

RUFFS Mixtape Tracklist
1. ZOOMIES
2. HALOS
3. HALLOWEEN
4. DIP! feat. DavidTheTragic!
5. MINUTE FOREVER
6. DOUBLE UP
7. RX feat. Amindi
8. SPIN N FLIP feat. Young Nudy
9. MAMA DON'T KNOW
10. NOSEDIVE feat. Jean Dawson
11. 333 / ATOM
12. BOA
13. GIVENCHY 
14. BLACK HEART
15. SHELL
16. WESTSIDE

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2022 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE VOTING IS NOW OPEN

TORONTO, ON – September 29, 2022 – Voting for the 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened. This annual campaign encourages public voting to discover and support exceptional Canadian music albums from the past. The companion award to the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is our version of a hall of fame where we try to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006. 

Go here to vote. 

This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration: 

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Four The Moment - We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall - Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins - This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy - Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz - Cash Crop
SNFU - ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, September 19 during the 2022 Polaris Gala, where Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love album was awarded the 17th annual Polaris Music Prize.

Two of these albums will receive Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote campaign and a second will be determined by a Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and music historians.

This year’s Heritage list features six returning nominated albums (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, and Left and Leaving) and six first-time album nominations (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop and ...And No One Else Wanted To Play). 

Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day. Voting closes Friday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. The new Heritage Prize designates will be revealed Friday, October 21.

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners Nomeansno and Faith Nolan, can be found here.

The Heritage Prize campaign represents the final marquee event in a Polaris season that also included the return of the live Polaris Gala spectacular on September 19, the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), the 40 album Polaris Long List reveal on June 14, and the 10 album Short List reveal on July 14. 

This year’s Heritage Prize jury included Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman, and, for the first time, an official guest musician juror, Danko Jones.

Thirty-five albums have received Heritage Prize designation since its introduction in 2015. Past winning albums include Peaches’ The Teaches Of Peaches, Harmonium’s L’Heptade, Glenn Gould’s Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Dream Warriors’ And Now the Legacy Begins and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s It’s My Way!

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.

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. 

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

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.com

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

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  

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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OUVERTURE DU VOTE POUR LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2022

TORONTO, ON – 29 septembre, 2022 – Il est maintenant possible de voter pour l’édition 2022 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight. Cette campagne annuelle incite le public à découvrir et à soutenir, par le biais de son vote, des albums musicaux exceptionnels ayant été créés au Canada dans le passé.

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 19 septembre lors du gala Polaris 2022, au cours duquel l’album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders a remporté le 17e Prix de musique Polaris.

Les lauréat·e·s et les artistes en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine, une distinction associée au Prix de musique Polaris, ont également produit des albums canadiens qui se démarquent artistiquement, sans égard pour les ventes, le genre ou l’affiliation. C’est notre version d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons d’honorer les merveilleux albums canadiens qui datent d’avant les débuts du Polaris, en 2006.

Voici les 12 albums en nomination cette année :

Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Four The Moment – We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall – Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy – Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz – Cash Crop
SNFU – ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Deux de ces albums recevront le Prix du patrimoine 2022. L’un sera choisi par un vote du public et l’autre, par un jury du Prix du patrimoine composé de médias musicaux et d’historien·ne·s de la musique.

Cette année, la liste du Prix du patrimoine est composée de six albums ayant déjà été mis en nomination (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, et Left and Leaving) ainsi que de six nouveaux venus (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop et ...And No One Else Wanted To Play).

Vous pouvez voter ICI.

Il est possible de soumettre un bulletin de vote par jour. Le vote se terminera le vendredi 14 octobre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP). Les albums gagnants du Prix du patrimoine seront révélés le vendredi 21 octobre.

Nous rendons hommage aux artistes ayant remporté le Prix du patrimoine en commandant des œuvres d’art en édition limitée inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemplaires de ces affiches – notamment celles honorant Nomeansno et Faith Nolan, qui ont gagné l’année dernière – sont disponibles ICI.

La campagne de vote du Prix du patrimoine conclut la saison 2022 du Polaris, qui comprenait aussi : le retour en présentiel de l’incontournable gala Polaris (19 septembre), le vernissage d’une exposition d’un mois consacrée aux affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 (chez Underscore Projects, au 1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), le dévoilement de la longue liste de 40 albums (14 juin) et celui de la courte liste de 10 albums (14 juillet).

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine 2022 est composé de Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman et, pour la toute première fois, un musicien invité à faire partie du jury officiel : Danko Jones.

Trente-cinq albums ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine depuis sa création en 2015. Parmi les albums récompensés se trouvent The Teaches Of Peaches (Peaches), L’Heptade (Harmonium), Bach : The Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), And Now the Legacy Begins (Dream Warriors) et It’s My Way! (Buffy Sainte-Marie).

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.

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.

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

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été lancée en 2011 avec pour mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne par le biais de diverses initiatives et de développer les talents canadiens grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs du secteur. www.slaightmusic.com

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 artistes
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

Contacts médias :

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

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

Matériel promo (logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES MICHAEL DAWSON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DAWSON WILL LEAD THE ORGANIZATION
AND PRODUCE BREAKOUT WEST, CANADA’S BOUTIQUE MUSIC DISCOVERY SHOWCASE FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Winnipeg, MB | Treaty 1 Territory – September 27, 2022 – The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is excited to announce that music industry leader, Michael Dawson, will be its new Executive Director, taking the helm of producing the BreakOut West festival and conference and the Western Canadian Music Awards.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to join BreakOut West as the executive director,” said Dawson, currently Executive Director of SaskMusic, artistic director of Gateway Festival, and an independent artist. “I've had the wonderful experience of participating in the organization in various capacities from artist and nominee, to conference speaker and board member, and now I look forward to working with the team and Board of Directors on the future of the organization." 

“Mike has experience across all sides of the music business and intrinsically understands the opportunities and challenges facing our community. He is a proven leader with a quiet diplomacy and a style that puts values ahead of self in every decision,” said Sean McManus, WCMA President. “I know that Mike will continue to elevate the BreakOut West brand as a sector leader in connecting people, promoting new music, and celebrating successes in Western Canada. I look forward to Mike’s vision for BreakOut West, and for a healthier, more equitable music sector.” 

Dawson began touring and promoting shows as a teenager. He’s since been the artistic director of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, a talent buyer for multiple venues across Western Canada, an artist manager, and ran an independent record label. He is also an award nominated producer and recording artist with extensive international touring experience with his band Library Voices, and currently as a solo artist. He sits on several creative industry boards including executive roles with the CCMIA, WCMA, and local host committees.

“BreakOut West exemplifies many of my core values and I’m passionate about the mandate of the organization. I am acutely aware that the music industry is constantly changing in the face of evolving business models, and the success of BreakOut West is dependent on ensuring it remains progressive, innovative, and meets the objectives of the WCMA partners and members,” Dawson added. “I’m excited by that process.”

The Western Canadian Music Alliance thanks outgoing Executive Director, Robyn Stewart, for her many years of exemplary direction that puts the organization in a wonderful position to look to the future and continued successes producing BreakOut West, Canada’s boutique music discovery showcase festival and conference. 

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 (MIAs) 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, 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 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 

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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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR X-WING

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON SEPTEMBER 28

ANNOUNCES MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE: THE EXTENDED EDITION 
FEATURING THE COLD BLOODED SOUL BAND

WATCH MELT MY EYEZ: LIVE FROM THE KOMODO CITY CAFE LIVESTREAM THIS THURSDAY

PRE-SAVE MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE PHYSICAL ALBUM OUT THIS FRIDAY VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

“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 – September 26, 2022 – In the midst of the final leg of his nationwide Melt My Eyez tour, Denzel Curry shares a new video for X-Wing, from his critically acclaimed album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, which sees him traversing over a Cyberpunk-like cityscape in an X-Wing Starfighter vehicle. Alongside the visual, Denzel also gears up to release the forthcoming Extended Edition of his album from earlier this year, kicking off with a special record release live performance on Thursday, September 29 and hitting DSPs worldwide at 12am EST on Friday, September 30. Additionally, Melt My Eyez See Your Future will see its much anticipated physical album release (LP, CD + Cassette) on Friday, September 30, as well, via Loma Vista Recordings.

The new project, Melt My Eyez See Your Future: The Extended Edition, celebrates the success of his album. However, Denzel carves his own path by releasing a version of his critically-acclaimed album reimagined with the 10-piece Cold Blooded Soul Band whom Denzel recently performed with for his NPR Tiny Desk Concert and The Tonight Show performances this summer. Rather than tacking on songs that didn't make the album the first go around, he delivers a special version performed live in one take, showcasing Denzel the storyteller and musician, and solidifying his status as a hip hop heavyweight for his generation. The Expanded Edition will premiere with a livestream concert in Melt My Eyez: Live From The Komodo City Cafe this Thursday including a special afterparty interview & Q+A with Denzel to follow.

Denzel is currently on his fall North American Melt My Eyez tour in support of the project with support from AG Club, PlayThatBoiZay and redveil at select dates including upcoming stops in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, New York City, and Philadelphia before wrapping up in Boston on October 8th. The run of shows comes on the heels of a series of banner weeks for Curry that have seen him grace the stages of Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Something In The Water festivals, and his Fall U.S. tour dates, including support for Kid Cudi on his To The Moon – 2022 World Tour.

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.

Watch X-Wing, and pre-save Melt My Eyez: The Extended Edition here, see full album details and upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/27 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/28 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel
9/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
10/1 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
10/4 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/6 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/8 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

Melt My Eyez See Your Future: The Extended Edition
Disc 1
1. Melt Session #1 (feat. Robert Glasper)
2. Walkin
3. Worst Comes To Worst
4. John Wayne (feat. Buzzy Lee)
5. The Last
6. Mental (feat. Saul Williams & Bridget Perez)
7. Troubles (feat. T-Pain)
8. Ain’t No Way (feat. 6LACK, Rico Nasty, J.I.D., Jasiah, Kitty Ca$h, Powers Pleasant)
9. X-Wing
10. Angelz (feat. Karriem Riggins)
11. The Smell of Death
12. Sanjuro (feat. 454)
13. Zatoichi (feat. slowthai)
14. The Ills
 
Disc 2
1. Melt Session #1 (Cold Blooded Soul Version)       
2. Walkin (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
3. Worst Come To Worst (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
4. Mental (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
5. Troubles (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
6. Chrome Hearts (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
7. X-Wing (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
8. Angelz (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
9. Larger Than Life (extended edition)
10. The Ills (Cold Blooded Soul Version)

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO SHARES TRIUMPHANT NEW SONG ANTHEM RISING

FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM WHAT REMAINS
OUT OCTOBER 28 VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

PERFORMING AT ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL,
KENSINGTON MARKET JAZZ FESTIVAL AND MORE

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo announces his forthcoming album, What Remains, set for release October 28 via MNRK Music Group.  On this project, Thompson draws from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. The news arrives with a thematic new single, Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin-infused Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions alike. Listen to the song here, and pre-order the album here.

Thompson says of the new album, "What Remains honours our live performance tradition, but also gives the listener a glimpse of where the music is going." 

Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, What Remains shows the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing. It is an offering of sonic catharsis, reflecting on how an artist’s life and well-being can be deeply impacted by global circumstances. In turn, it captures how one can embody characteristics of a phoenix to - fittingly - rise from what remains. 

Anthem Rising follows Thompson's signature cover of Nirvana's iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit. Whether performed in local spots - like Thompson's frequent haunt of The Rex in Toronto - to open air venues and concert halls, the jazz-infused, layered and virtuosic rendition is fresh, fun and resonant - much like the 90s grunge classic. The reimagined version shows that, no matter where it’s played or who it’s played for, it connects with people of all generations and culturesListen to the song  here.

After rocking a festival performance at the Slaight Stage and RBC House for the premiere of Tyler Perry's A Jazzman's Blues at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month, Thompson will perform at Kensington Market Jazz Festival on October 1 (solo set at Tom's Place) and October 2 (trio performance at Tapestry), and Orillia Jazz Festival on October 14.  
Find more details below and stay tuned for additional dates to be announced.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument resonates with him to this day. The key that keeps everything aligned is one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.
 
What Remains was recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Music Company, a favourite and frequented space for Thompson’s trioRandall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums. Known for making their marks at notable venues in their homebase of Toronto and across North America, the group had the opportunity to record What Remains at a standstill due to lockdowns – a contrasting approach, as they would normally receive first take feedback from playing them in front of audiences before putting them to tape. 
 
With the world upside down, I find myself appreciating the chance just to be an artist and do what I love and to create something to share with the world. This album has brought the most satisfaction because of the time in which this was created,” Thompson says of the process. 

The album has a wide range of inspiration, from classic rock to new wave jazz, Latin fusion, renditions of iconic songs of various eras and everything in between. Opening with Trinity – one of Thompson’s original cherished pieces and one the trio has had the pleasure of performing with alongside dancers – the album flows into Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin and Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions. 
 
A fresh element in the project is the inclusion of strings crafted by the Odin Quartet; Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cello). Strings were always considered but never included until the opportunity presented itself. The Odin Quartet joins Thompson as the project moves into a stunning three-part suite that documents the pandemic journey in a contemplative and emotional arrangement. What Was Taken shows the challenges of change, What Remains is Thompson’s constant, a reminder to have gratitude for everything and everyone, and moving forward – the abundant and hopeful, What Possibilities, is a means to build and begin anew – with fresh perspective. 
 
What Remains follows Thompson’s 2019 release, The Offering and 2018 album, A New Standard. While A New Standard sought to change the conversation, The Offering created a new dialogue about what audiences expect from a jazz trio. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the live experience - the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts. A New Standard was Thompson’s debut on MNRK Music Group and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It was recorded in the original trio format (Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums) marking a departure from the solo playing for which Thompson had become known.
 
Giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, supports elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation aims to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum.  

With degrees in Music from Humber College, and music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to releasing numerous works and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists, Thompson’s involvement in music has seen many opportunities come his way. In 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career.  Last year, Thompson was set to cross the pond for a recording opportunity at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, to write and record Oddly Familiar – an album released and archived with Audio Network’s sync library. Thompson didn't let postponed travel plans deter him, and proceeded at home in Toronto to share the music with international audiences.

In August, The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Oscar Peterson with a one dollar coin (loonie) with his likeness on it. The Céline Peterson and the Peterson family as well as the Royal Canadian Mint invited Thomson Egbo-Egbo to perform Peterson’s beloved composition, Hymn To Freedom, at the unveiling of the coin at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks a full-circle moment - in 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on February 11, 2023. Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from What Remains in a new docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour, in the episode, Mighty Brave

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener. 

WHAT REMAINS TRACKLISTING
1. Trinity
2. Anthem Rising
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit
4. What Was Taken
5. What Remains
6. What Possibilities
7. Eleanor Rigby
8. Nardis
9. Cola Cherry
 
TOUR DATES
October 1 (solo) - Kensington Market Jazz Festival - Tom's Place - Toronto, ON
October 2 (with trio)  - Kensington Market Jazz Festival - Tapestry - Toronto, ON  
October 14 - Orillia Jazz Festival - Orillia, ON - Tickets
February 11, 2023 - A Celebration Of Oscar Peterson - Windsor, ON - Tickets

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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.  www.mnrk.com.
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Q REFLECTS IN THE INTROSPECTIVE NEW SELF-WRITTEN AND PRODUCED SONG STEREO DRIVER

WATCH THE DREAM-LIKE MUSIC VIDEO HERE
DIRECTED BY AUDREY ELLIS FOX

"The power isn’t in the conventional come-on of lyrics.... It’s in the persistent rhythmic displacement, top to bottom." The New York Times
 
"Q's spellbinding falsetto is the closest one gets to capturing the larger-than-life and weightless feeling of young love" Ones To Watch

"The South Florida native dropped his debut The Shave Experiment and delivered five full tracks of innovative and soul-searching music, leaving listeners
to wonder what Q will deliver next." 
HYPEBEAST
 

TORONTO, ON - September 23, 2022 - In his first release of 2022, Q follows up his critically acclaimed debut project, The Shave Experiment, with the reflective new single, Stereo Driver. In true fashion, Q has self-produced and self-written the new single with hints of alt-R&B, Pop, & funk, saying of the track, "I wrote 'Stereo Driver' during a time of despair, and I had to lean on a higher power to help me through it. I wanted the lyrics to come off as a dialogue, and help people self reflect." Today's release is paired with the dreamy 80's inspired music video directed by Audrey Ellis Fox. Watch here.

Previously, Q's breakout single, Take Me Where Your Heart Iswas synced to hit-shows Gossip Girl, On My Block etc, and has amassed over 72 million streams to date, with over 150 million TikTok views to date. After topping multiple "Artists to Watch" lists, it becomes increasingly clear that Q is making a name for himself across genres.

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NOCTEM: BROOKLYNVEGAN DEBUTS I AM ALPHA VIDEO FROM IBERIAN BLACKENED DEATH METAL OUTFIT

CREDO CERTE NE CRAS FULL-LENGTH NEARS RELEASE VIA MNRK HEAVY

 “...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.” –
Metal Injection

“The vocals are shattering in their intensity… yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind…” – No Clean Singing on We Are Omega

“Credo Certe Ne Cras is a traditional blackened death metal offering, intertwining melodies with the blast beats and shrieked vocals. Anyone familiar with NOCTEM’s previous work, like 2019’s The Black Consecration, will immediately notice an upgrade in production quality.” - MetalSucks

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 - Iberian blackened death metal behemoths, NOCTEM, today unleash their video for I Am Alpha. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the icy, utterly ravenous track serves as the opening psalm to the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Credo Certe Ne Cras, scheduled to drop on October 28 via MNRK Heavy. Watch the I Am Alpha video here.

NOCTEM released their fifth full-length album, The Black Consecration, in 2019. New Transcendence accurately declared the output a “superb album, littered with secrets and enticing riffs,” making favourable comparisons to early Emperor and Dark Funeral while Metal Hammer Portugal wrote, “in this particular genre, it is perhaps one of the best Spanish works ever of its kind.”

Credo Certe Ne Cras broadens its old-school-sounding predecessor's raw, filthy fury with denser production and melody without sacrificing the frostbitten 200 mph winds of anger and blast beats. Indeed, Credo Certe Ne Cras – meaning “I Believe With Certainty That There is No Tomorrow” -- is a true master opus merging the crushing cacophony of angry, adrenaline-fueled lust with newfound sorrows and mournful melodic might. More than a mere listen, the album is a cerebral experience invoking ritualistic examination. In spirit, presentation, and philosophy, NOCTEM shares much in common with Watain, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Gorgoroth, while growing their own decaying branch of a wretched metal tree. Any extreme band with Spanish-style nylon string guitars in their arsenal owes a sizable debt to them.


Notes the band of crushing new single I Am Alpha: "Through its musical aspects and lyrical theme, this song delves deep into the depths of anguish, and embodies domination and the existential phenomenology of the human being. A transcendental journey, an awakening, and the realization that we are the beginning of the end."

Adds BrooklynVegan, "six and a half minutes of pure black and death metal fury. It never lets up on the attack once; even the slightly slower, more melodic bridge is ferocious.”

View NOCTEM’s previously released video for Credo Certe Ne Cras here and We Are Omega here. Credo Certe Ne Cras will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here.

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 centred 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 union 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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JAZZ AND R&B ICON BONEY JAMES RELEASES 18TH STUDIO ALBUM DETOUR OUT TODAY VIA CONCORD RECORDS

STREAM THE ALBUM HERE
 
FEATURES HIT SINGLE COASTIN WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER LALAH HATHAWAY
 
WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ALBUM TITLE TRACK DETOUR HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Chart-topping jazz/R&B sax player, Boney James, today released his 18th studio album, Detour, via Concord Records. Featuring the breezy current hit single, Coastin, with 5-time GRAMMY winner Lalah Hathway on vocals, 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.  Other standouts on Detour include the track Bring It Back, which released mid-summer and features critically acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow; and the album’s title track, Detour, a winding, playful duet between sax and piano that features some of Boney’s most adventurous playing to date. 

"This song really reflects the overall feeling of the album title,” says Boney of the Detour track. “It evokes movement to me, and takes a left turn during the bridge." Watch the latest official music video for Detour here.

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. 

James will continue 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 NYC, NY, Detroit, MI, Alexandria, VA, and Annapolis, MD.  For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit https://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.
 
Boney James’ 18th studio album Detour is out today across all streaming platforms on Concord Records.  Get the album here. Detour will also be released on vinyl on January 13, 2023, marking the first time in Boney James’ career that he will release an album on vinyl.  
 
Detour Track Listing
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
 
Boney James Tour Dates
Fri, OCT 14 - Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE
Fri, OCT 21 - Arizona Jazz Fest - Phoenix, AZ
Sat, OCT 22 - Thornton Winery - Temecula, CA
Sun, OCT 23 - Hyatt Concerts - Newport Beach, CA
Thu, OCT 27 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
Fri, OCT 28 - Miami Smooth Jazz Fest - Homestead, FL
Sun, NOV 6 - Cancun Jazz Fest - Cancún, Mexico
Fri, NOV 11 - Jazz Legacy Foundation Fest - Hampton, VA
Sat, NOV 12 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC
Sun, NOV 13 - Lexington Opera House - Lexington, KY
Tue, NOV 15 - Byham Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Thu, NOV 17 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Fri, NOV 18 - Rams Head - Annapolis, MD
Sun, NOV 20 - Sony Hall - New York, NY
Wed, NOV 23 - Rivers Casino Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Fri, NOV 25 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
Sun, NOV 27 - Koger Center for the Arts - Columbia, SC
Thu, DEC 8 - Motorcity Casino Hotel - Detroit, MI
Fri, DEC 16 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sat, DEC 17 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, DEC 18 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, JAN 15, 2023 - Punta Cana Jazz Festival - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Mon, JAN 23, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Mon, JAN 30, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Sat, FEB 18, 2023 - The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, IN

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HAVIAH MIGHTY RELEASES NEW SINGLE HONEY BUN

LATEST MIXTAPE STOCK EXCHANGE WON
2022 JUNO AWARD FOR RAP ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

NOMINATED FOR A 2022 BET AWARD 
FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

PERFORMING AT THE DINAH SHORE FESTIVAL 
IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA TODAY

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Toronto-born, Brampton-based artist, DJ and producer, Haviah Mighty, has been having a Mighty time. She just rocked the stage at Toronto's inaugural Rolling Loud festival after an extensive national summer tour. In May, Haviah made history as her 2021 mixtape, Stock Exchange, won a 2022 Juno Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year. The journey continues as Haviah shares her first sample of new music today. Honey Bun is a bona fide banger highlighting self validation, personal integrity and the growth that comes from ending toxic patterns and co-dependent relationships. Heavy beats produced by Grammy-nominated, Bizness Boi (Flo Milli, Wale, Tink), and Derelle Rideout (Kodak Black, Kevin Gates) are layered in the folds of Honey Bun, sweetened with guest bars by her father, Mr. Mighty, who shares truths we can all use. Listen to the song here.  

"The end of this relationship, for me, was the end of stability and certainty for a time. It broke my trust. It meant that everything I thought I knew, no longer was. It meant that my value system around building relationships had completely changed. Where I once sought authenticity in a new connection, after that hardship and pain, I found my desires were only surface. It sparked the first line in the song, 'and another one - thought you was the one, you just another one,' followed by, 'thought I wasn’t nothing, but I’m number one. I’m like Lauryn Hill, I’m just a younger one.' 

I pivoted hard to self-validation, recognizing my co-dependency on this person only after being left behind. I began to rely heavily on having multiple beautiful partners, money, designer clothes, drugs and any other way to escape the hurt. Honey Bun is a toxic part of my journey, but mixed with the internal conflict of knowing better deep down. I reflect on parental advice, 'don’t need nothing but yourself, that’s on my mama/father,' and while I’m still crooning about needing ‘another one’ through the outro, my father can be heard discrediting the entire song with his take on what beauty really is. In his reflection, you’re reminded that just as your true purpose is found from going within, the true purpose of another is found within them. Overall, this song is a reminder that nothing…is surface deep."

Earlier this year, Haviah launched her successful initiative, Black Entrepreneur Giveaway. Haviah awarded 10 rising business owners $1,000 each to help them further expand and thrive. The initiative arrives in alignment with Stock Exchange and its messaging to value systems of both economic and creative forms. Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange features an array of highly acclaimed singles and guests. This year, Haviah celebrated her ever-evolving and progressive career with numerous accolades and a monumental return to live shows - defying all odds around a time of change worldwide. Listen to Stock Exchange everywhere you enjoy music.   

Haviah is making her mark on an international scale and was just nominated for a 2022 BET Award in the category of Best International Flow - learn more here. Haviah is currently in Los Angeles and opened for local artist, J. Stone, at the Echoplex last night. Today, she'll rock The Dinah Music Festival at Margaritaville in Palm Springs. 

Stay tuned for more from Haviah Mighty this fall. 

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

Based out of Brampton via Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer, culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations ofrap, song, and instrumental transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.

2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “Best Canadian Album of the Year” - but Mighty didn’t stop there. 

With her JUNO Award-winning mixtape, Stock Exchange (Nov. 2021), Haviah made history once again as the first woman to ever win within the Rap Album of the Year category. Recognition has spread internationally, garnering praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, GRM Daily, FADER, Hot New Hip Hop, and so many more. 

From performance invitations by massive European tastemaker, COLORSxSTUDIOS, to BBC 1’s Jack Saunders proclaiming “I just cannot find anything as good as Haviah Mighty," to crushing the 5 Fingers of Death on the legendary show, Sway in the Morning - Haviah Mighty is unstoppable. Mighty pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip- hop. Unyielding and irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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L.S. DUNES SHARE NEW TRACK AND VIDEO 2022

WATCH HERE

FRANK IERO (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE), ANTHONY GREEN
(CIRCA SURVIVE), TIM PAYNE (THURSDAY), TUCKER RULE, (THURSDAY) AND TRAVIS STEVER (COHEED & CAMBRIA)

DEBUT ALBUM PAST LIVES TO RELEASE NOVEMBER 11
 
U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12 WITH STOP IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 22 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

"Fiery... nonstop, dynamic fun" — Revolver
"Catchy, punky post-hardcore" — Brooklyn Vegan
"These guys all know what they are doing!" — Stereogum
"This is 100% real and no, you are not dreaming" — Ones to Watch
"Brimming with an urgency and plenty of energy" — Loudwire

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – L.S. Dunes: guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), guitarist Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive), bassist Tim Payne (Thursday), and drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday), have shared 2022, the blistering and dramatic new track off their upcoming debut album, Past Lives, due November 11 via Fantasy Records. Watch the track’s psycho-animated video here. Pre-order Past Lives here.

Anthony Green on 2022“I wrote 2022 when I was struggling to communicate the pain that I was in during the pandemic. I survived an overdose the previous year and was feeling like I would never be free of the obsession to get high, or just get out of my own skin and that I was only going to continue to hurt everyone I loved. It was a cop-out and easier for me to write a song rather than get honest and real with the people in my life–cry for help in a way. If there’s a positive take away, it’s that it’s never a burden to the people you love to share your feelings no matter how dark or painful it might be.”

2022 follows the late August release of the band’s first single, Permanent Rebellion, which drew praise from Stereogum, NME, Consequence, Ones to Watch, Brooklyn Vegan, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Loudwire among many others.

L.S. Dunes made their highly anticipated debut performance this past weekend at Chicago’s RIOT FEST. Playing to a packed, early afternoon crowd, the band ran through several songs from the new album, a taste of the energetic, cathartic shows fans will experience on their upcoming tour. 

The impetus for the trippy 2022 video has its own story. At the conclusion of the video shoot for Permanent Rebellion, Frank Iero, jet-lagged from a sold-out stadium show in Germany the night before with his other band, noticed that the shadow reflections playing on the white walls of the studio made the band look like a "hippy band that rips" and the concept for 2022 visual was born. The band shot footage with the esteemed My Good Eye Visuals (Clutch, GWAR, Killswitch Engage) and then sent it to director Robby Staebler (drummer extraordinaire for the mighty All Them Witches) with one piece of direction only: We want it to feel like "the song that saved your life, while you are on LSD… in the desert."

After the band’s next show at Sacramento’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on October 8, L.S. Dunes will hit the road for a U.S. tour this November, including a stop in Toronto on November 22 — all dates are below. 

ABOUT L.S. DUNES:
L.S. DUNES super-charge their heavy anthems with punk energy into a sound unlike anything that has come before it. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the crunchy, frenetic earworm, Like Forever, to the pummeling, expansive Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 

Past Lives was produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA. Going deep on issues of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence, writing for the album was a collaborative effort. 

After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts. "'Permanent Rebellion' is about taking back what is rightfully yours." 

Rule adds, "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls."

Original, aggressive, and intense, L.S. DUNES is the next great leap in rock's grand evolution. 

L.S. DUNES ON TOUR:
October 8 — Sacramento, CA — AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL
November 12 — Garden Grove, CA — Garden Amphitheater
November 13 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo's 365
November 14 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour  SOLD-OUT
November 18 — Mexico City, Mexico — Corona Capital
November 22 — Toronto, Ontario — Velvet Underground
November 25 — Asbury Park, NJ — Lanes
November 26 — Philadelphia, PA — First Unitarian Church  SOLD-OUT
November 27 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair
November 29 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 30 — Baltimore, MD — Ottobar

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WINNERS OF 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AWARDS

CALGARY, AB – September 23, 2022 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is thrilled to announce the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic winners. Celebrated this evening during a livestreamed broadcast, and with a special in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Calgary, AB, the WCMAwards honour the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada.
 
A special pre-awards show program aired this evening, ahead of the full winner reveal, with a live broadcast celebrating the 2022 recipients, as well as an official in-person watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor. The broadcast featured performances by Pop Artist of the Year winner, Nuela Charles (AB), and The Garrys (SK), who won BreakOut Artist of the Year. Attendees at the watch party were treated to a special set by Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year, producer and DJ, OBLYVN (AB). Viewers worldwide can re-watch to the broadcast here
 
The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. 

A full list of 2022 WCMAward nominees, in both the artistic and industry categories, can be found here
 
2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC WINNERS

Rock Artist of the Year – Royal Canoe (MB)
Indigenous Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Country Artist of the Year – Nice Horse (AB)
Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre) – Standing Wave (BC)
Classical Composer of the Year – Dorothy Chang, Soaring Spirits (BC)
Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year – Archspire (BC)
Pop Artist of the Year – Nuela Charles (AB)
Visual Media Composer of the Year – Mahogany Frog, Faust (MB)
Instrumental Artist of the Year – Astrocolor (BC)
Children’s Artist of the Year – The Oot n’ Oots (BC)
Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (BC) 
R&B Artist of the Year – Sargeant X Comrade (AB)
Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Francophone Artist of the Year – Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) – Étienne Fletcher (SK)
Producer of the Year – Ryan Worsley (BC)
Spiritual Artist of the Year – Elenee (SK)
Jazz Artist of the Year – Al Muirhead Quintet (AB)
Roots Artist of the Year – Sweet Alibi (MB)
Songwriter(s) of the Year – Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) – Sam Lynch, Keeping Time (BC)
Global Artist of the Year – Andino Suns (SK)
BreakOut Artist of the Year (presented by FACTOR) – The Garrys (SK)
Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year – OBLVYN (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 (MIAs) 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, 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 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 
            
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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ERNESTO CERVINI SHARES I'M FINE AS FINAL PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM JOY SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7

ERNESTO CERVINI SHARES I'M FINE AS FINAL PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM JOY SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7

WATCH PERFORMANCE OF ALBUM STANDOUT RUTH'S ROSA

ALBUM INSPIRED BY THE NY TIMES BESTSELLING
DETECTIVE NOVELS BY LOUISE PENNY

 

PERFORMANCES IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL THIS FALL WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Today, JUNO Award-winning drummer and composer, Ernesto Cervini, shares I'm FINE - the final preview track from his forthcoming record, Joy – set for release on October 7 on Cervini’s own label, TPR Records. I'm FINE, is the name of Ruth Zardo’s book of poetry. Although the title sounds optimistic, it’s actually an acronym which stands for Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Egotistical. This piece captures the feeling of sighing, and saying "I’m Fine" when that might not be totally true. Listen to it here.

Joy, the album, draws inspiration from Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache Investigatesa series of detective novels (NY Times Best-Sellers), and the qualities of goodness, decency, courage and the love that permeate them, Cervini was moved to compose music that captures the characters, landscapes and relationships created by Penny. Pre-order Joy here.

Evocative of the sound of cool jazz, the laid-back and hard-swinging track I’m FINE features JUNO-winning drummer/composer Ernesto Cervini’s three-horn group, Turboprop. This track is inspired by the mercurial but ultimately kind and loving character Ruth Zardo, from the best-seller Gamache series of books by Louise Penny. As cool as a glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day, the three-horn melody is followed by a soulful and bluesy saxophone solo and then a melodic acoustic bass solo before that infectious melody returns to end out the song. 

To get a glimpse of the project in a live setting, watch Cervini's performance video of album standout, Ruth's Rosa, here. The song is a musical portrait of a duck and her cranky, poet laureate owner, further shaping the sonic narrative of Joy.

I'm FINE follows previous single and album opener, Three PinesAn evocative, accessible and beautiful modern jazz original,Three Pines, is named for the village where most of the books – that the new album was inspired by – take place. A refuge as well as a safe place, the song resonates as Ernesto captures the idyllic nature of the village. 
 
The lead single, Surprised by Joy, is a riveting contemporary jazz song featuring Cervini’s beloved group, Turboprop. A churning drum solo opens the track and from the first strains of the rhythm section it is clear that this song is going to be a barn-burner, building up to an explosive entrance by the horn section and opening up into angular and swinging solos by pianist, Adrean Farrugia, and tenor saxophonist, Kelly Jefferson.

About Joy:
Featuring Cervini's Turboprop, Tune Town, Tetrahedron groups as well as other sonic surprises, Joy showcases Canada’s finest musicians and is the first of Cervini’s albums to include vocalists; two songs showcase Alex Samaras (Queer Songbook Orchestra), and an additional track features Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Bernice), Emilie-Claire Barlow (two time JUNO Award winner, six time nominee) and Amy Cervini (Duchess), who co-produced the album.
 
On September 3, Cervini delivered an extraordinary performance at Théâtre Lac-Brome, in Penny’s hometown of Knowlton, QC. Ernesto Cervini’s Joy: A Musical World inspired by Three Pines was the global premiere concert of the new record, bringing the songs and stories to life on stage. In addition, Cervini will perform in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa this fall, with more dates to be announced soon. See below for full tour details. 
 
Cervini’s music and personality beam with unbridled joy, and this record is a true reflection of that. Stay tuned for more to come this fall while we celebrate the release of Joy next month! 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 2 - Toronto, ON - Alliance Francaise 
November 3 - Montreal, QC - Société Jazz St Henri
November 4 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
*more to be announced soon!

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ABOUT ERNESTO CERVINI:
JUNO Award winner Ernesto Cervini is a sought-after drummer, composer and bandleader and an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring Joel Frahm), the innovative sextet Turboprop, numerous co- led trio projects including MEM3, Myriad3 and TuneTown, and also the quartet Tetrahedron, featuring acclaimed guitarist Nir Felder, electric bassist Rich Brown and alto saxophonist Luis Deniz. Cervini’s album Abundance won the 2020 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. In addition to his performing career, he founded Orange Grove Publicity in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most sought-after jazz publicists in Canada. He is also co-founder of TPR. Cervini is on faculty at the University of Toronto.

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DR. JOHN’S FINAL STUDIO ALBUM THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY IS RELEASED TODAY  

NEW ORLEANS LEGEND’S MUSICAL FAREWELL
GARNERS TREMENDOUS CRITICAL PRAISE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – For many years, Malcolm “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. – the legendary New Orleans musician known to fans the world over as Dr. John – spoke about wanting to make a country & western album to pay homage to the musicians and songwriters whose songs had a profound and enduring effect on him, and deeply influenced much of the remarkable body of work he produced during his six-decade-long career in music. 
 
Rebennack was in the process of realizing that goal when his life was unexpectedly cut short by a fatal heart attack three years ago. The resulting album – Things Happen That Way – is available today digitally and on CD. On October 14, the album will be released as a vinyl LP. Listen here.
 
As Executrix of his estate, Rebennack’s eldest daughter, Karla Pratt, was entrusted with the daunting – but keenly important – task of seeing the album through to completion. “Though it’s very sad that my father isn’t here to see this project that meant so much to him finally be out in the world, I take great comfort in knowing that we fulfilled his long-held wishes. During his lifetime he frequently stated his desire to record this album with his dear, lifelong friend Willie Nelson and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson as treasured guest artists - he felt having two generations would be very special, spanning past and future. Though he didn’t get to work with Lukas during his lifetime, I’m very happy to know we were able to make that happen. Another lifelong friend, Aaron Neville, lends the instantly recognizable, beautiful voice he always admired. We’re so grateful to the many musicians who contributed to this album, and I’m confident that Dad would be very proud of the final result.”
 
Critical praise for Things Happen That Way:
 
“The New Orleans piano man who embodied the musical mélange of his hometown had the kind of drawly, lived-in voice that only improved with age. So Things Happen That Way - Dr. John's final album, recorded the year he died, 2019 -
captures him in peak form.” 
–  Hank Shteamer, New York Times
 
“With unusually vulnerable performances of classics like ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Funny How Time Slips Away,’ Things Happen That Way is the realization of the singer’s long-held dream of crafting a country-inspired album.”
– Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone
 
“…a richly resonant farewelI from a maverick veteran.” – Sharon O’Connell, Uncut
 
****– Andrew Perry, Mojo
 
“As far as farewells go, it is at times bittersweet, at times triumphant, with enough nuance to convey that it came in the twilight of Rebennack’s remarkable life and career.” –Keith Spera, Times-Picayune
 
“Dr. John’s one-of-a-kind voice was stilled when he died a little over three years ago, on June 6, 2019, so this album — which includes three originals as well as covers of some standard country hits and one traditional song (“Gimme That Old Time Religion”) — arrives as a welcome surprise. It also demonstrates just how ingenious a song interpreter Rebennack always was.” – Henry Carrigan, No Depression
 
“When Dr. John passed in 2019 due to a heart attack, he was finishing a new album that would finally indulge his passion for country music. Now, fans get to hear the stunning results.”   Matt Hendrickson, Garden & Gun
 
“Things Happen That Way is solid, fun, and a bit sad, but a fitting, heartfelt sign-off from an American treasure. It's quite beautiful.”   Thom Jurek, AllMusic 
 
“…a remarkable and powerful final statement from a musician facing the end by going back to where he started.” – Kevin E G Perry, The Independent
 
“Few musical legacies from New Orleans have touched the world in the way that Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, touched the world…While Rebennack could sometimes be larger than life as the Night Tripper, this album showcases a man who feels more personable than ever as he meanders through covers of beloved traditionals and Hank Williams tunes.” – William Archambeault, ANTIGRAVITY
 
“Any opportunity to hear this will be the right place AND the right time.”  – Gary Graff, Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
 "He presented music in his own distinct way and created his own sub-genre within the styles he worked. This album provides more evidence to the fact that he will be missed.
– Spill Magazine
 
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ANDREA VON KAMPEN TO RELEASE A CHANCE ENCOUNTER: AN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK 

ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER STARS IN THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY’S NEW MOTION PICTURE
A CHANCE ENCOUNTER IN SELECT THEATRES AND
ON-DEMAND OCTOBER 28

NEW 6-TRACK EP SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 21
FEATURES SONGS VON KAMPEN WROTE AND PERFORMS IN THE FILM

SHARES FIRST SINGLE LOVE HIM RIGHT

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – On October 21, 2022, rising singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, will release the soundtrack to A Chance Encounter, a new independent film (distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company and directed by Alexander Jeffery) in which she also stars. Timed to arrive ahead of the film’s October 28 release date, the 6-track, digital-only EP, A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features songs that von Kampen wrote and performs in the film. Listen to the EP’s first single, Love Him Right here. Pre-Order A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack here and watch the official trailer for A Chance Encounter here.

Andrea von Kampen on A Chance Encounter: "A Chance Encounter was a lesson of firsts for me. First time writing a soundtrack based on a script, first time acting in a feature film, first time going to Italy, first time eating pasta for twenty days straight and so much more. Having the ability to see this project from start to finish has been a huge honor and incredible learning experience for me. When I think about my time working on this film, I think about friends, pasta, lack of sleep, Padre Pio in the garden, acting in front of thousands of tourists, red wine, more pasta, and making art that we all believed in. Life as a songwriter can be lonesome at times and I’ll always look back on the month in Italy as a rare time where we worked together as artists to make something beautiful."
 
A romance explored through poetry and music, the songs in A Chance Encounter conveys the film’s tender narrative of inspiration, destiny, and connection. The film’s synopsis describes the intriguing subject matter further: Two Americans, one an aspiring poet and the other an established folk musician, cross paths in the scenic, coastal town of Taormina, Sicily. Their instant chemistry sparks collaboration, leading to an unexpected, weeklong writer's retreat at a beautiful villa in the Sicilian countryside. As they immerse themselves in the local culture, they challenge each other to express their thorniest secrets, growing closer all the while. 
 
The soundtrack includes four von Kampen originals, written specifically for the film, along with Andrea’s exquisite readings of Stephen Foster’s 19th century classic, Hard Times, and Goodnight, Ladies, another timeless early folk tune attributed to Edwin Peace Christy.
 
Produced by Andrea, and co-produced by her brother David von Kampen, A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack follows her much admired debut LP, 2021’s, That Spell.  The emerging, Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with a deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Gifted with a unique ability to transmit the subtle shades of human emotion, von Kampen’s intricate compositions and remarkable voice help bring these songs, and her debut as an actor, to life.
 
A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Track List:
1. Love Him Right - (Andrea von Kampen)
2. Hard Times - traditional, arranged by Andrea Von Kampen
3. Liars (Song for Cady) - (Andrea von Kampen)
4. Goodnight, Ladies - traditional, arranged by Andrea von Kampen
5. Hadley’s Song - (Andrea von Kampen)
6. Time + Space (Molto Bella) - (Andrea von Kampen) 

Andrea von Kampen On Tour:
10/7 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool * 
10/9 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery (Loft) *
10/12 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
10/13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Backroom *
10/14 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse *
10/16 - Nashville, TN - Lightning 100 presents @ 3rd & Lindsley +
10/17 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic *
10/26 - Milly Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall % 
10/27 - Ashland, OR - Oregon Center for the Arts % 
10/28 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theater Pub % 
10/29 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios % 
 
* - w/Dead Horses
+ - w/Dead Horses & Vandoliers
% - w/Darlingside

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT  BREAKOUT WEST 2022!

20th ANNUAL FESTIVAL, CONFERENCE AND
WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS TAKING PLACE LIVE AND IN PERSON  SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 2 IN CALGARY, AB

WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AWARD WINNERS 
TO BE REVEALED AT SPECIAL LIVE BROADCAST 
AND IN-PERSON WATCH PARTY IN CALGARY 
ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

CALGARY, AB – September 21, 2022 – September 21, 2022 – In just over two weeks, BreakOut West will officially kick off its 20th annual event, celebrating and experiencing all that the western Canadian music industry has to offer! Taking place from September 28 – October 2 in Calgary, Alberta, BOW 2022 will play host to an outstanding lineup of festival performers, a stacked conference of international industry insiders, and the reveal of this year’s Western Canadian Music Award winners. 
 
Ahead of the 28th, BOW will kick off the festivities early by celebrating the winners of the Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards on Friday, September 23, with a live broadcast revealing the 2022 recipients, as well as an official in-person watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor. The broadcast will feature performances by Pop Artist of the Year nominee, Nuela Charles (AB), and The Garrys, who are up for BreakOut Artist of the Year. Attendees at the watch party will be treated to a special set by Edmonton producer and DJ, OBLYVN. Viewers worldwide can tune in to the broadcast at 6:00 p.m. MT here.
 
The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. A list of 2022 WCMA nominees, in both the artistic and industry categories, can be found here. Full details on both awards events can be found below. 
 
BreakOut West officially begins on September 28th with the start of its four-day career development conference and international industry program. Offering immersive content, international market deep dives, one-on-one mentor meetings, workshops and more, the conference is a landmark event for both artists and industry alike looking to gain insight into the everchanging musical landscape, and make invaluable connections. BOW 2022 will continue to offer enriching online networking events, bringing attendees the opportunity to link with industry peers worldwide. Visit hereto register. 
 
Three nights of music festival showcases kick off on Thursday, September 29th and will see artists take to stages in venues throughout Calgary’s downtown core and in the Music Mile. Over 50 western Canadian acts are set to perform, as well as two eastern Canadian friends, and ten guests from overseas, including musicians from Wales, Sweden, Iceland, the Nordics and other countries from across Europe. A special mini festival – Kinderfest – will take place on Saturday, October 1 at Central Library, giving the youngest of concertgoers (and their parents!) a taste of the outstanding children’s music coming out of western Canada. 
 
“Calgary is growing as a music city,” says Jeff Hessel, a VP with Tourism Calgary who is also on the Host Committee for BOW. “The city takes great pride in highlighting its local talent and supporting both emerging and more established artists. We’re excited to see them perform and to welcome international artists who are joining us as well.”
 
The full lineup of BOW festival performers can be found here and the three-night schedule can be viewed here. Festival writsbands are available for $15 each and can be purchased online or at the participating venues, while supplies last, beginning September 29. 
 
“With only 17 days to go, I could not be more excited to welcome everyone to Calgary!” exclaims BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “As we tune up our final plans and make out weekend venue-hopping schedules, I reflect on 20 incredible years of gathering together for BreakOut West. Pack your carry-ons and make your way to us for an incredible weekend of live music, conversation, learning and Calgary hospitality. See you soon!”
 
BREAKOUT WEST 2022 AT A GLANCE:
Dates: Wednesday, September 28 – Sunday, October 2
Host City: Calgary, Alberta
Host Hotel: Marriott Downtown
Access: Conference REGISTRATION | Festival WRISTBANDS
Conference: Wednesday, September 28 – Sunday, October 2 | SPEAKERS |SCHEDULE
Festival: Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1 | LINEUP | SCHEDULE
BreakOut West Kinderfest: REGISTRATION
For more information: breakoutwest.ca
 
2022 WCMA Artistic Awards Watch Party:
Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Location: The Ship and Anchor, 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation: 6:00 p.m.
Free entry
Live Broadcast: facebook.com/breakoutwest
 
Industry Awards Brunch:
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Location: TELUS Convention Centre
Doors: 10:00 a.m. 
Awards Presentation: 10:30 a.m.
Ticketed event for registered attendees
 
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 (MIAs) 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, 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 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 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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MARGO PRICE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM STRAYS OUT JANUARY 13 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

A RESILIENT PROCLAMATION OF FREEDOM
PRODUCED BY PRICE & JONATHAN WILSON
FEATURING  SHARON VAN ETTEN, MIKE CAMPBELL & LUCIUS 

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE CHANGE OF HEART

HEADLINE TOUR OF MORE THAN 30 NORTH AMERICAN DATES SET
FOR 2022/2023 WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO 

MEMOIR OUT OCTOBER 4

TORONTO, ON – September 20, 2022 -  Margo Price has been to the mountain, but today she returns: on January 13th, 2023, the singer, songwriter, soon-to-be-published author, and GRAMMY-nominated generational talent will release her next album, Strays. From navigating her way through multiple lifetimes worth of loss, lies, failure and substance abuse, she has learned how to let go of trauma, pain and addiction, and this collection of ten original songs serves as a celebration of freedom in its many, feral forms. Extracting herself from expectations, musical genre and the material desires that drive the world, Price tackles demons of self-image, self-worth and more that came in the wake of her recent decision to quit drinking. She sings unabashedly about orgasms, love and bodily autonomy, all over her most layered, sonically ambitious and singular arrangements to date. 

Pre-Order Strays via Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the music video for new single, Change of Heart, out now here.

Produced by Margo Price and Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), Strays was primarily recorded in the summer of 2021, during a week spent at Fivestar Studio in California’s Topanga Canyon. While the songwriting began the summer prior – during a six-day, mushroom-filled trip that Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey took to South Carolina – it was amongst the hallucinatory hills of western Los Angeles that Price experienced the best recording sessions of her career. Instilled with a newfound confidence and comfortability to experiment and explore like never before, Margo Price and her longtime band of Pricetags channeled their telepathic abilities into songs that span rock n roll, psychedelic country, rhythm & blues, and glistening, iridescent pop. Having been together since the days before Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, her 2016 debut that Rolling Stone named one of the Greatest Country Albums of All Time, Price and her band tracked live in the same room, simultaneously expanding upon and completely exploding the notions of every other album they have made together. With additional vocals from Sharon Van Etten and Lucius, plus guitar from Mike Campbell, strings, synthesizers and a breadth of previously untapped sounds, Strays is also Price’s most collaborative record yet. 

“I feel this urgency to keep moving, keep creating,” says Margo Price. “You get stuck in the same patterns of thinking, the same loops of addiction. But there comes a point where you just have to say, ‘I'm going to be here, I'm going to enjoy it, and I'm not going to put so much stock into checking the boxes for everyone else.’ I feel more mature in the way that I write now, I’m on more than just a search for large crowds and accolades. I’m trying to find what my soul needs.”

Out today, new single, Change of Heart, was one of the first tracks that Price, Wilson and her band cut for Strays, its hypnotic riff and internal battleground of lyrics laying the foundation for the rest of the LP. Accompanied by another mind-bending journey of a music video, directed by Courtney Hoffman, Change of Heart follows recently-released album preview, Been To The Mountain, a rollicking epic that delivers an unshakable showcase of Price’s “hard-living swagger” (The New York Times). 

Strays marks Margo Price’s first new album since 2020’s acclaimed, That’s How Rumors Get Started, and during the two years in between, Price announced the impending publication of her debut memoir, launched her Sonos Radio podcast, Runaway Horses, with interviews from Emmylou Harris, Amythyst Kiah, Swamp Dogg, Bob Weir and more, became the first female artist elected to the Farm Aid Board of Directors, released collaborations with the likes of Mavis Staples, Adia Victoria and Allison Russell, wrote music for Big Mouth, and shared stages with Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Lucinda Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff and Tyler Childers, but she’s not leaving the road anytime soon.  

In a run of over 30 headline shows announced today, Margo Price will bring the music of Strays across North America from late November through early March, including stops at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre and New York’s Webster Hall, a return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and much more. All of the newly added tour dates are on-sale at 10am local time this Friday, Sept 23rd, with presales beginning at 10am local time tomorrow. Find the full list of dates below, plus more information and tickets at margoprice.net/#tour

Before hitting the road with her band, Margo Price will also publish her debut memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It. Out October 4 on University of Texas Press, and accompanied by an extensive book tour this fall, it tells her story of loyalty, loss, grief and forgiveness, from moving to Nashville with $57, to losing one of her newborn twin boys, pawning her wedding ring and facing rejection by almost every record label in town, to eventually reclaiming her power and fighting for the opportunity to be herself in the music business. "Margo's book hits you right in the gut - and the heart - just like her songs," says Willie Nelson.

Strays Tracklist
1.Been To The Mountain
2.Light Me Up (ft. Mike Campbell)
3.Radio (ft. Sharon Van Etten)
4.Change of Heart
5.County Road
6.Time Machine
7.Hell In The Heartland
8.Anytime You Call (ft. Lucius)
9.Lydia
10.Landfill

Margo Price Tour Dates 
9/23 - Lewisburg, WV - Healing Appalachia
9/24 - Raleigh, NC - Farm Aid
10/4 - Nashville, TN - Grimey’s^ 
10/5 - New York, NY - P&T Knitwear^
10/6 - Brooklyn, NY - Greenlight Bookstore^
10/8 - York, PA - White Rose Music Festival
10/15-16 - Nashville, TN - Southern Festival of Books^
10/17 - Lexington, KY - Joseph Beth Booksellers^
10/18 - Louisville, KY - Carmichael’s Bookstore^
10/20 - Traverse City, MI - National Writer’s Series^
10/22 - Iowa City, IA - Prairie Lights^
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Humanities Festival^
10/24 - Winnetka, IL - The Book Stall^
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween
11/1 - San Francisco, CA - Green Apple Books on the Park^
11/2 - Santa Cruz, CA - Bookshop Santa Cruz^
11/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Vroman’s^
11/5 - Austin, TX - Texas Book Festival^
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Interabang Books^
11/16 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books^
11/29 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge*
11/30 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s Live*
12/2 - Lake Wales, FL - Orange Blossom Revue
12/3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
12/5 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*
12/6 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall*
1/30 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel%
1/31 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse%
2/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall&
2/3 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn&
2/4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater&
2/6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom$
2/7 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park$
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre$
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore$
2/11 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre$
2/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom$
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom$
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox$
2/17 - Bozeman, MT - The Elm$
2/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue$
2/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre$
2/21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre$
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue$
2/24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre#
2/25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre#
2/27 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom#
2/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club#
3/2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
3/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts#
3/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
3/9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium!
 
^Maybe We’ll Make It Book Tour
*w/ Kam Franklin (of The Suffers)
%w/ The Deslondes
&w/ Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country
$w/ Lola Kirke
#w/ Tre Burt
!w/ Jessi Colter

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PLAYTHATBOIZAY SHARES PAIR OF NEW SINGLES 

WATCH LIL JIT AND 90'S BABY REMIX 
FEATURING DENZEL CURRY & ICECOLDBISHOP

DEBUT ALBUM ARRIVING NEXT YEAR

Toronto, ON – September 20, 2022 – Miami rapper, PlayThatBoiZay, shares a pair of new singles in LIL JIT, alongside its accompanying video, and 90'S BABY REMIX, featuring Denzel Curry and ICECOLDBISHOP, ahead of his debut album slated to arrive next year. Produced by Kwes Darko (slowthai, Pa Salieu, Sampa The Great), LIL JIT is an explosive track with distorted 808s, led by Zay's catchy hooks and a gritty verse as the visual showcases his high energy lifestyle. On 90'S BABY REMIX, the trio of rappers links up to lay new hard-hitting verses on the original 2021 freestyle.

Marking his first offering since last summer, the A/B tracks follow Zay and Denzel's most recent collaboration, Let It All Hangout, which appeared on the Baz Luhrman-directed film's ELVIS: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack earlier this year. The duo previously linked up for P.A.T. from the critically acclaimed 2019 album, ZUU, and Curry's contribution as Executive Producer on his 2019 EP Nocturnal. The song and creative partnership came to be after Denzel heard Zay on Shoot the Moon and connected with the rapper to make P.A.T.

PlayThatBoiZay is currently joining Denzel Curry on his fall North American Melt My Eyez tour including upcoming stops in Toronto, New York City, and Philadelphia before wrapping up in Boston on October 8th. Watch LIL JIT and listen to 90'S BABY REMIX above and stay tuned for more from PlayThatBoiZay coming soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
9/20 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
9/22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
9/23 - Chicago, IL @ The Riveria Theatre
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Palace Theatre
9/27 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/28 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel
9/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
10/1 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
10/4 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/6 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/8 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

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PIERRE KWENDERS HAS WON THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE FOR THE ALBUM JOSÉ LOUIS AND THE PARADOX OF LOVE

TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2022 Pierre Kwenders has won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for the album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love.

This is Kwenders’ first Polaris Music Prize win.

The Prize, which was presented by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 197 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. This was the 17th edition of the Polaris Music Prize.

“This is crazy, I don’t even know what to think. This is for all the kids from the diaspora, the African diaspora, moving in Canada. Sometimes you feel like you don’t know what you’re running into, or what you’re coming into. But there is hope, there is a place to live and dream and be yourself. This album, especially, is about being yourself and telling your own story. José Louis And The Paradox Of Love is there for you, you know, if you feel you can connect, connect! Let’s talk! Let’s have fun! Let’s be ourselves! Let’s love each other, while we are alive. Bisou!”  Pierre Kwenders 

Kwenders’ victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward with the nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awarded Kwenders 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.

The 2022 Polaris Short List was:

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

Kwenders’ name was revealed by Polaris 2021 winner Cadence Weapon, capping a night of musical performances at the Polaris Gala. The gala, which was held at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario, also featured an evening-opening performance from Cadence Weapon as well as sets from Short List nominees Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Charlotte Day Wilson. Toronto act Fresh Pepper also interpreted two songs from Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS album. 

Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the Polaris Gala was broadcast in Canada on the free CBC Gem, CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages and globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris. The coverage was part of CBC Music’s Short List Summer, a massive editorial campaign across its services which included essays and videos focusing on this year’s Short List nominees as well as The Ten spotlight radio series. Devoting one episode to each of the Short List nominees, The Ten aired throughout the summer via CBC Music and CBC Listen. Episodes of The Ten are available on-demand here and you can re-watch the Polaris Gala on CBC Gem.

The Grand Jury who decided the winner included Jenny Feniak (Edmonton Journal), Dany Gallant (CISM), Élise Jetté (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Marc-Xavier Leblanc (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Brennan McCracken (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Daniel McIntosh (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Olivia Michalczuk (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Max Mohenu (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Marie-Lise Rousseau (Journal Métro), Melissa Tobin (CBC Radio 1) and Jasper Sloan Yip (CITR).

"It's always an incredible honour to oversee the Polaris Prize Grand Jury. After a hiatus from gathering in spaces of live music, the generous, heartfelt and astute discussion from our devoted Grand Jury matches the undeniable spirit of excitement in the air,” said Polaris Jury Foreperson Melissa Vincent. “Their zeal symbolizes the many, many excellent Canadian albums recognized. What a year! We couldn't be more pleased to congratulate Pierre and all the nominees!"

The return of Polaris’ signature live event wasn’t just a celebration of exceptional music, it was also a celebration of art and community. The night kicked off with the first-ever Official Gala Opening Reception presented by FACTOR. The reception was an opportunity for Canada's music industry to come together to connect and celebrate together and featured a guest list that included past Polaris winners as well as an array of Polaris Short List and Long List nominees from 2020 and 2021. Inspired by the mysterious music of Canada’s natural landscape, The Carlu was transformed into a large-scale light and sound installation by creative director Daniel Tal using creative 4D floral designs from Alex McLeod as well as installations from local artists Odessa Dobbie, Graham Teeple and Lauren Pirie, all produced by Vox Future. The official #Polaris2022 After-Party was in The Carlu’s magnificent Round Room immediately following the winner announcement. 

The Polaris Gala capped a busy three months in the Polaris universe. Polaris released its 40 nominee album Long List on June 14 before narrowing down that to the 10 contender Short List on July 14. The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto) opened on Sept. 8. to showcase Polaris’ vast archive of silkscreen art posters inspired by its many past nominees. Additionally, the Polaris Gala marked the official reveal of the 12 albums being considered for the 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, our hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign celebrating Canadian albums of the past. Two new Heritage Prize-winning albums will be announced on October 21. 

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 Cana dian 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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PIERRE KWENDERS
REMPORTE LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022 POUR SON ALBUM JOSÉ LOUIS AND THE PARADOX OF LOVE

TORONTO, ON – 19 septembre 2022 – Pierre Kwenders remporte le Prix de musique Polaris 2022 pour son album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love.

Il s’agit du premier Prix Polaris reçu par Kwenders.

Présenté par CBC Music, ce prix est remis au meilleur album canadien de l’année en fonction de son mérite artistique, sans égard au genre musical, aux ventes ou à l’affiliation commerciale. Il a été déterminé par un grand jury composé de 11 membres des médias musicaux, qui font partie du jury Polaris élargi rassemblant 197 personnes spécialisées en rédaction, édition, diffusion et animation en provenance de partout au pays. Il s’agissait de la 17e édition du Prix de musique Polaris.

« C'est fou, je ne sais même pas quoi penser. Ce prix est pour tous les enfants de la diaspora, la diaspora africaine, qui déménagent au Canada. Parfois, vous avez l'impression de ne pas savoir dans quoi vous vous heurtez ou dans quoi vous vous engagez. Mais il y a de l'espoir, il y a un endroit où vivre, rêver et être soi-même. Cet album, en particulier, parle d'être soi-même et de raconter sa propre histoire. José Louis And The Paradox Of Love est là pour vous, vous savez, si vous sentez une connexion, connectez-vous ! Discutons! Amusons-nous! Soyons nous-mêmes ! Aimons-nous, de notre vivant. Bisou ! » – Pierre Kwenders

Le prix remporté par Kwenders était accompagné d’une récompense de 50 000 $ en argent. Les neuf autres artistes figurant sur la courte liste ont aussi reçu 3 000 $ de Slaight Music. Play MPE a pour sa part remis à Kwenders un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA, tandis que les neufs artistes en nomination ont obtenu des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

La courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 était composée de :

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

La victoire de Kwenders a été annoncée par Cadence Weapon, lauréat du prix en 2021, à l’issue d’un gala Polaris marqué par plusieurs performances musicales. Organisée au Carlu (Toronto, Ontario), cette soirée spéciale s’est amorcée par une prestation de Cadence Weapon, suivi de celles des artistes de la courte liste Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids et Charlotte Day Wilson. Le groupe torontois Fresh Pepper a également interprété deux chansons de l’album LABYRINTHITIS de Destroyer.

Animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, le gala Polaris a été diffusé gratuitement au Canada sur CBC Gem; sur les pages Facebook, YouTube et Twitter de CBC Music; et dans le monde entier sur cbcmusic.ca/polaris. Cette couverture s’inscrivait dans le cadre de la programmation Short List Summer (« l’été de la courte liste ») présentée par l’ensemble des divisions de CBC Music. Celle-ci comprenait du contenu éditorial et des vidéos portant sur les artistes de la courte liste de 2022, ainsi que la série radiophonique The Ten. Consacrant un épisode à chaque artiste en nomination, The Ten a été diffusée tout au long de l’été sur CBC Music et CBC Listen. Ces épisodes sont accessibles à la demande ici, et le gala Polaris peut être visionné via CBC Gem.

Le grand jury responsable de déterminer l’album gagnant était formé de Jenny Feniak (Edmonton Journal), Dany Gallant (CISM), Élise Jetté (journaliste pigiste), Marc-Xavier Leblanc (journaliste pigiste), Brennan McCracken (journaliste pigiste), Daniel McIntosh (journaliste pigiste), Olivia Michalczuk (journaliste pigiste), Max Mohenu (journaliste pigiste), Marie-Lise Rousseau (Journal Métro), Melissa Tobin (CBC Radio 1) and Jasper Sloan Yip (CITR).

« C’est toujours un honneur incroyable de superviser le grand jury du Prix Polaris. Après avoir connu une longue interruption des rassemblements musicaux en présentiel, l’enthousiasme de notre grand jury était palpable : les discussions étaient généreuses, sincères et profondes », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, qui préside le jury Polaris. « Le zèle des membres de notre jury est à l’image des nombreux excellents albums canadiens récompensés. Quelle année! Toutes nos félicitations à Pierre et aux artistes en nomination! »

Le retour en présentiel de l’événement emblématique du Polaris était non seulement une célébration de musiques exceptionnelles, mais aussi un hommage à l’art et à la communauté. La soirée a été entamée par la toute première réception d’ouverture officielle présentée par FACTOR. Pour l’industrie musicale canadienne, cette réception était l’occasion idéale pour se réunir, tisser des liens et célébrer. L’événement conviait des artistes ayant déjà remporté le Polaris, ainsi que de grands noms présents sur la courte liste de 2020 ou 2021. En écho à la musique mystérieuse des paysages naturels du Canada, le Carlu a été transformé en une installation lumineuse et sonore à grande échelle créée par le directeur créatif Daniel Tal, qui a utilisé les créations florales 4D d’Alex McLeod ainsi que les installations des artistes de Toronto Odessa Dobbie, Graham Teeple et Lauren Pirie, le tout produit par Vox Future. L’after-party officiel du #Polaris2022, présenté par Crown Royal, s’est tenu dans la magnifique Round Room du Carlu, immédiatement après l’annonce de l’album gagnant de l’année.

Le gala Polaris a été le point culminant de trois mois très actifs dans l’univers Polaris. Le 14 juin dernier, le Polaris a publié sa longue liste de 40 albums, avant de restreindre ce palmarès à 10 albums lors du dévoilement de sa courte liste, le 14 juillet. Le vernissage de l’exposition des affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, organisée pendant un mois à Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), s’est tenu le 8 septembre. Cette exposition met aussi en valeur les vastes archives artistiques du Polaris, qui débordent de magnifiques sérigraphies inspirées des nombreux albums en nomination dans le passé. De plus, le gala Polaris a permis de dévoiler officiellement les 12 albums en lice pour l’édition 2022 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight, un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens qui ont marqué l’histoire. Les deux albums lauréats du Prix du patrimoine 2022 seront annoncés le 21 octobre.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 devaient 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 a déterminé la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury ont ensuite été choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury s’est réuni 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
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG FINALLY FINE FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT MONTH  WITH SHOWS IN LA, CHICAGO, NYC, AND MORE

TORONTO SHOW NOVEMBER 8 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Today, rising star, Jack Kays, has released his new song, Finally Fine, the latest track from his forthcoming EP CESSATION. Inspired by his own personal experience, Kays begins Finally Fine from the perspective of an addict and then transitions midway through to the perspective of someone in recovery. Listen to the vulnerable new song here and watch the accompanying official video here.
 
In speaking about Finally Fine, Jack says: "Before I started my journey with recovery, I always questioned whether getting sober would make me lose the parts of myself that I loved most. Now that I have a clear head, I realize how irrational that fear was. I enjoy life more and more every day. Getting sober has truly made me into a person that I'm proud to be."
 
Regarding CESSATION, he continues: “I've been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there's one thing to take away from it, it's that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.”
 
Those years of writing proved to pay off as CESSATION came to fruition earlier this year during a transcendent two-week trip to Joshua Tree. The 5-track project chronicles the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and continuing the story from age 17 to 21 with Finally Fine. Releasing November 11, CESSATION is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that shine the spotlight on Jack’s songwriting and vocal talent. See full tracklisting below and pre-save/order CESSATION here.
 
Next month, Jack will embark on his first headline tour titled The Man with a Guitar. Kicking off October 1 at the All Things Go festival, Kays will bring his live show to 18 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

Tour Dates:
October 1 - All Things Go Festival - Columbus, OH
October 22 - The Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
October 23 - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA
October 25 - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
October 26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
October 28 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
October 29 - Holocene - Portland, OR
November 1 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
November 3 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
November 5 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
November 6 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
November 8 - Velvet Underground - Toronto, ON
November 9 - The Shelter - Detroit, MI
November 11 - The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
November 13 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
November 15 - The Foundry - Philedelphia, PA
November 19 - Vinyl at Centre Stage - Atlanta, GA
November 22 - Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH 

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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’S LEGENDARY 1970 LONDON PERFORMANCE CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL OUT TODAY

LISTEN / BUY HERE

AFTER 50 YEARS THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM
IS NOW AVAILABLE ALONGSIDE

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FILM
TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL


STREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – For decades, rumours have circulated among Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fans about a long-lost recording of their legendary 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Today, the long-fabled performance is available in its entirety on multiple formats (details below) via Craft Recordings as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is available to stream and purchase here. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film, titled Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, is available today streaming on Netflix (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).
 
The stunning new concert album and film find CCR at the apex of their career, playing the most prestigious venue in London. Placing listeners front and centre at the show, the album features John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook performing such hits as Fortunate Son, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, and more.
 
After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer, Giles Martin, and engineer, Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer, Miles Showell, at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.
 
The concurrent documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, out today, is directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies), and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges. The film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety.
 
The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream). Concord’s Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original’s Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall is also now available to own on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, with select retail outlets offering a variety of exclusive colour variants, including Walmart (“Tombstone Shadow” vinyl) and Target (“Green River” vinyl). Additionally, the album is available across all digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats.
 
On November 18, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin’ Band:  Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s incredible path to the London show. View the unboxing trailer here.
 
When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. John, Tom, Stu, and Doug may not have had the familiar ring to it of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.
 
While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.
 
Click here to order Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.

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ABOUT CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
During their short time together as a band (1968 – 1972), Creedence enjoyed an unparalleled period of creativity—releasing seven studio albums (two of which went to Number One), playing over 150 tour dates around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock and scoring 14 Top Ten singles.  A mainstay band till today, Creedence accrued 4 billion streams in 2021.  Over the past 50-plus years, Creedence’s canon has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Travelin’ Band and Up Around the Bend have been ingrained into pop culture—not just as rock staples, but as timeless standards. With so many memorable compositions that continue to grace the radio waves, television and film screens, and lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America’s Greatest Rock Band.

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“TRANSCENDENT” (NPR) SINGER-SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST MILOE MAKING INDIE-POP INFUSED WITH CONGOLESE BEATS RELEASES EP gaps  VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS 

STREAM/BUY THE  PROJECT HERE 

WATCH THE EFFERVESCENT VIDEO FOR rewind FEATURING PAWPAW ROD HERE

TOUR WITH COIN KICKING OFF THIS MONTH + FIRST EVER
NYC HEADLINER @ BABY’S ALL RIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 25

“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

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 - Today, Minneapolis by way of Kinshasa, “blissed-out” (The FADER) singer-songwriter and guitarist, Miloe, releases his EP, gaps, via Loma Vista Recordings. gaps infuses traditional Congolese beats inspired by Soukous and ndombolo with American bedroom-pop. A poetic voice for the young African diaspora, Miloe created gaps to process his feelings of anxiety, inspired by a new sense of musical expression and how music can take listeners outside of their bodies and time itself. 

To celebrate the release, the EP is accompanied by track, rewind, featuring PawPaw Rod, a bubbly track about accepting a breakup and embracing change; it comes with a rich video directed by Will Tooke (YG, J. Cole), buoyed by vivid shots invoking synesthesia. Watch the video here.

The release follows singles gapsmake ur way featuring 80purppp, floatingelastic and where u are, which received critical praise from Teen Vogue, MTV, UPROXX and more. Later this month, Miloe is heading out on tour with COIN, with a stop at Baby’s All Right on September 25th for his first ever headline show in NYC. 

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^
10/03 - Atlanta, GA -  Rooftop at The Eastern      
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^
10/08 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre Rooftop    
10/09 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR              
10/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
2/14 - Brighton Dome - Brighton, UK !
2/15 - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK !
2/16 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK !
2/18 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK !
2/19 - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK !
2/22 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK !

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

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DEVON GILFILLIAN SHARES THE SOULFUL RAW BROWN SUGAR QUEEN FEATURING JANICE 

LISTEN TO THE RISING SOUL SINGER’S SEDUCTIVE NEW SINGLE HERE
 
WATCH THE BROWN SUGAR QUEEN VIDEO HERE  

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Today, soul singer and songwriter, Devon Gilfillian, has shared a seductive new single, Brown Sugar Queen (featuring Janice). Listen to Brown Sugar Queen here and watch the accompanying sultry video here.
 
An irresistible slice of Philly-soul, Brown Sugar Queen, featuring up-and-coming Swedish soul-sensation, Janice, was written by Devon Gilfillian, Danny Silberstein, and Ryan Linvill, and produced by Jeremy Lutitio (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE). The new track is Gilfillian’s first new release in almost two years, and first for his new label home, Fantasy Records.
 
Devon Gilfillian on Brown Sugar Queen (featuring Janice): “This song is very personal to me. Brown Sugar Queen is about my girlfriend - and an appreciation for all the beautiful, thick, black & brown women in the world. I want to celebrate black and brown joy, and connection and love-how beautiful it is to be brown, to be big, or small, or whatever size you are, and to feel sexy in that skin.”

With her high-profile starring role in Netflix’s upcoming mini-series The Playlist - based on the rise of Spotify - the cover of Swedish ELLE and a Swedish Best New Artist GRAMMY nomination to her credit, featured vocalist, Janice (full name Janice Kamya Kavander), is quickly becoming a major presence on the Scandinavian music scene.
 
A musical polymath with a deep knowledge and love of vintage soul, R&B, rock and hip-hop, the Philadelphia born, Nashville based Gilfillian, has seen his profile rise steadily since bursting into view  with his electrifying, self-titled debut EP in 2016 and the release of his much-admired, 2020 LP, Black Hole Rainbow. GRAMMY nominated (for Best Engineered Album), the recording received glowing notices from NPR, the New York Times, PASTE, The Tennessean, and Garden & Gun, spawned two Top 10 Triple A radio hits and numerous syncs across Apple TV+, HBO, CBS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, and the NFL. In late 2020, Gilfillian also released a song for song remake of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, donating the funds toward low-income communities of colour for election-cycle resources and education around the democratic process.
 
Concurrently, the in-demand musician has burnished his growing reputation as a captivating, can’t-miss live performer. Commanding club, theatre, and festival stages around the world, while also supporting artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, and Mavis Staples, among many others, Gilfillian is building an enduring connection with a burgeoning audience both in the U.S and overseas. Dates this fall include several major festival appearances and a west coast run with Lake Street Dive. Check the full tour itinerary below.
 
Growing up in Philadelphia with a musician father, Gilfillian discovered that the towering icons of his musician dad’s era — Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Hall & Oates — were just as foundational and exciting as the new sounds of his own generation: Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, who inspired him in different ways.
 
On Brown Sugar Queen, (featuring Janice), Devon Gilfillian pays it forward, conjuring the raw, sexy emotions of his predecessors and the next-level production grooves of his R&B and hip-hop contemporaries, taking soul music into an exciting and restorative new future. 
 
DEVON GILFILLIAN ON TOUR:
September 4 - Live on the Green (Nashville Square Park) - Nashville, TN
September 7 - SEP 10 - Park City Song Summit - Park City, UT
September 16 - SEP 18 - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival- Telluride, CO
September 27- Stubb's Indoors (Stubb's Bar-B-Q) - Austin, TX *
September 28 - The Tobin Center (Tobin Ctr. for the Perf. Arts) - San Antonio, TX *
September 30 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ *
October 2 - Ohana Fest - Dana Point, CA
October 4  - 5 - Humphreys Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA *
October 7 - Edgefield Concerts (McMenamins Edgefield Amp.) - Troutdale, OR *
October 8  - The Cuthbert Amphitheater - Eugene, OR *
October 9 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA *
October 11 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC *
October 13 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA *
February 10 - 17, 2023 - Cayamo Cruise - Miami, FL

*supporting Lake Street Dive

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BUTCHER BROWN RELEASES NEW BIG BAND ALBUM

SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF BREEVIN’

BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY

FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
OUT NOW VIA CONCORD JAZZ

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, releases their new big band album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey, featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, out now via Concord Jazz. Coupled with the release, the band also shares a live performance video for the album track, Breevin'. The full project arrives closely following their recent performances at DC JazzFest, and Afropunk Brooklyn last weekend, and includes the previously-released singles 777, Unbelievable and Liquid Light.
 
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 TENNISHU & 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 of a collaborative set with Pink Siifu at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer, the sold-out Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley, the DC Jazz Fest in Washington D.C., and their recent performance at Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn. In addition to their album release party in Charlottesville tonight, the band is also slated to play the Monterey Jazz Festival in California later this month. Vinyl of the new project 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).

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."

Listen to Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey above, learn more about Butcher Brown below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

Upcoming Live Dates:
9/16 – Album Release Party – Charlottesville, VA
9/18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Pittsburgh Jazz Festival
9/24 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
10/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indy Jazz Fest
10/30 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
01/14/2023 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Symphony Orchestra
2/3/2023 - Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 19 at MSC Divina

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More about Butcher Brown here

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THE 2022 SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE BEAT OF THE GLOBE IN THE HEART OF TORONTO THIS WEEKEND: SEPTEMBER 16 TO 18 AT FORT YORK GARRISON COMMON

CHECK OUT ALL DETAILS HERE

FREE LIVE MUSIC, FAMILY ACTIVITIES,  FOOD AND FUN FOR ALL AGES 

PERFORMANCES BY AMAZING ARISTS FROM NEAR AND FAR: LA CHICA (VZ/FR), FAREED AYAZ & ABU MUHAMMAD QAWWALI (PK), TANGHETTO (AR), PANTAYO (CA), CLEREL (CA), VOX SAMBOU (CA), JOYCE N'SANA (CA) AND MANY MORE

TORONTO, ON – September 15, 2022 – Small World Music (SWM) has shared more details about the 2022 Small World Music Festival, including additional artists, activations, food and merchantsKicking off tomorrow (Friday, September 16) and running through Sunday, September 18 at Fort York Garrison Common, the festival marks the end of the year-long festivities celebrating Small World Music's 25 years of presenting and supporting groundbreaking artists both near and far. The outdoor festival is free and accessible for all ages, featuring  a range of live music, food, arts and crafts and more. Visit the website and see below for the complete daily lineup and more info about the sights and sounds to explore on-site this weekend. 

Two stages will feature a range of sounds from near and far, including La Chica, a Franco-Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist combining electro, pop, chanson, and Latin influences, celebrated Pakistani qawwals, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali, and electro-tango outfit,  TanghettoHear the sound of Toronto, from Polaris Prize short-listers, Pantayo; Women in Song: Summer Thunder, a showcase of vocalists and dancers presented by FabCollab; local classical Indian musician Hasheel’s RaagRani, combining Bollywood, electronica, Afrobeats, Indian classical music; an appearance by Bollywood Drag Queen, Sanjina, and more. Boundary-busting sounds from Indigenous artists include Odawa/Potawatomi (Wiikwemkoong, Unceded Territory, Manitoulin Islands) JUNO-nominated artist, Nimkii, who blends a passion for drumming and dance with hip hop and beyond; and Shauit, celebrating the traditional Innu music of his northeastern-Quebec home with folk and reggae inflections. Montreal’s vibrant scene is on display via Joyce N'Sana's Congolese-Canadian fusion, Funk Lion and Vox Sambou's unique takes on Haitian roots, the soulful Clerel, and more. 

Meanwhile, mobile musical experiences cover Maracatu drumming, Balkan party music, and additional sounds to explore. Visit the website for more info and get to know the lineup on Small World Music's website and Instagram

Activations include Mobile Sweat: a nomadic wood-fired sauna and mobile platform for contemporary art, featuring a unique program of sound and video art to be experienced while you sweat. Art Spin presents its latest foray into exhibiting art in unique and alternative spaces while celebrating the value of social connection and interaction; the experience is open on a first-come first-served basis and requires only a bathing suit and towel. See here to get a glimpse of the experience.

Small World Music Festival Schedule

Friday, September 16 | 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm 
6:30 pm: NIMKII
7:00 pm: JER
8:00 pm: Vox Sambou
9:00 pm: La Chica
10:00 pm: Moneka Arabic Jazz

Saturday, September 17 | 11:00 am to 11:00 pm 
1:00 pm: George Crotty Trio
2:00 pm: Beny Esguerra and New Tradition
3:00 pm: Polky
4:00 pm: Kazdoura
5:00 pm: Shauit
6:00 pm: Sina Salimi
7:00 pm: Clerel and Band
8:00 pm: Soukustek
9:00 pm: Funk Lion 
10:00 pm: Joyce N'Sana

Sunday, September 18 | 11:00 am to 9:00 pm 
1:00 pm: Pantayo
2:00 pm: Blisk
3:00 pm: Tanghetto
4:00 pm: HAWA B
5:00 pm: Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali 
6:30 pm: RaagRani featuring Hasheel
7:30 pm: Women In Song: Summer Thunder

Mobile Sweat Sauna Hours:
Friday, September 16: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 17: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, September 18: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

About the Small World Music Festival:
Over three days, audiences of all ages, families, friends and pets, will experience over 20 performances across two stages - and beyond, with mobile performances - on-site animations and art activations, workshops, dance parties and more. A festival as vibrant as the city in which we live, the Small World Music Festival features a breadth of sounds, from new artists and established masters, guaranteed to inspire new perspectives, new favourite bands, and good times. In addition to music,  a selection of vendors will cover the historic and beautiful Fort York's Garrison Common grounds. The open-air green space in the heart of Toronto will welcome artists and audiences alike to connect with the city's history, its present, and its future - through the power of music.

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Small World Music acknowledges the generous support of the Government of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Canada Council for the Arts,
the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, 
the City of Toronto, TD, and Toronto Arts Council. 


In partnership with: Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto History Museums, FabCollab, Uma Nota, 50/50 Performing Arts Collective, Tkaronto Music Festival, Wavelength Music, Art Spin, Link Music, Aga Khan Museum and many more.

 

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

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR LOS CHICOS TRISTES

UPCOMING ALBUM EL BUENO Y EL MALO OUT OCTOBER 28 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – September 14, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, are excited to release their new song, Los Chicos Tristes, into the world. Los Chicos Tristes follows acclaimed songs, Tres Hermanos, a track they recorded with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and El Bueno Y El Malo, the title track from their forthcoming album, which is set for release on October 28 via Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound. Click here to listen to Los Chicos Tristes and pre-order El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
About the song Hermanos Gutiérrez said, “Los Chicos Tristes is a reflection of us as musicians and trying to answer where our music comes from. Hearing the song now really made us acknowledge the sad part of ourselves, which we both share as brothers. Our grandfather always used to tell us that being sad doesn't mean something negative. He saw it as a powerful and inspiring emotion. And instead of turning down that side from our personalities we see now that this part has been so essential in our songwriting moments in the last few years. We wouldn’t be able to create our music without it.”
 
A video for the song has also been unveiled today. Opening with a Spanish proverb “sin la tristeza, la Felicidad perdería todo su significado,” meaning “without sadness, happiness would lose all meaning,” the video details the mundane everyday life of a street vendor concluding with the vendor’s simple but content dinner with his family.

The music of Hermanos Gutierrez 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 ten 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 traveling 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 record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo 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 with 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:          
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, CA @ 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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SHOW ME THE BODY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 

SHARES NEW SINGLE WE CAME TO PLAY

KICKING OFF INTERNATIONAL LEG OF GLOBAL TOUR NEXT MONTH

TROUBLE THE WATER  DUE OCTOBER 28 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – September 14, 2022 – New York City's own, Show Me The Body, announces their third full-length album, Trouble The Water, due October 28 via Loma Vista Recordings. Along with the album's announcement, Show Me The Body shares We Came To Play, the second offering from the forthcoming album, which arrives with a visualizer portraying the creation of the album artwork. Listen here and watch the music video here. Pre-order Trouble The Water here

Recorded entirely at CORPUS studios in Long Island City and produced with Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Turnstile, Municipal Waste), Trouble The Water is the culmination of nearly a decade of barrelling against New York City’s structural ambivalence and indifference; an invocation to a like-minded global community to consider the alchemy of family-building, and of turning water to blood. The 12-tracks of Trouble The Water both reference and pay homage to the physical city, and the New York Sound: not one particular genre, but the people and subcultures that encapsulate its true foundation, style, and spirit; while expanding upon and reckoning with the hyperlocal territory of 2019’s Dog Whistle, which features the standout track Arcanum

Although the title invokes the ancient alchemy Moses wielded to free and unite Israelite peoples, Trouble The Water refuses nostalgia or mimicry. Instead, it considers the sublime power of the unifying physical practices that can be enacted daily, to invoke immeasurable spiritual and collective reactions. Buoyed by moments of stinging stillness and compulsive, almost optimistic, malfunctioning rhythms, the work is literally a conjuration to dance, and move. If we are really living through the end of the world, maybe every movement we make, no matter how slight, is actually boundless and radical.

Next month, Show Me The Body will continue their global tour off the heels of their inaugural, bi-coastal IN BROAD DAYLIGHT festival, North American leg, and explosive set at Sound & Fury. After performing at Desert Daze and Nothing Fest IV in California this October, Show Me The Body will begin the 15-date European run with support from Powerplant in Vechta, Germany on October 21 with stops in Hamburg, Berlin, Zürich and Verona before wrapping up in London on November 7. Show Me The Body will also take the world tour to Australia for four dates in December hitting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Tickets available here.

Show Me The Body is an ecclesiastical hardcore trio consisting of Julian Cashwan Pratt (founder; banjo and vocals), Harlan Steed (founder; bass), and Jackie McDermott (current drummer). The band, originally started in 2009, have released a handful of EPs and two groundbreaking studio albums in 2016's Body War and the aforementioned 2019 release Dog Whistle. They have organized non-traditional, intentional DIY spaces for NYC youth since 2015, and since expanded that work to a global capacity through their urgent, ceremonial live shows, subterranean punk and hip-hop mixed tours, and their CORPUS NYC platform. Through the intentional cultivation of their local and global chosen families, and a decade-long dedication to sustaining the New York Sound, Show Me The Body has solidified a legacy of confronting and permanently shifting the rigid limitations of the hardcore genre.

Pre-order/save Trouble The Water and check out We Came To Play above, find more album details and upcoming live dates below and stay tuned for more from Show Me The Body very soon.

Trouble The Water Track List:
1. Loose Talk
2. Food From Plate
3. Radiator
4. We Came To Play
5. War Not Beef
6. Out of Place
7. Boils Up
8. Buck 50
9. Demeanor
10. Using It
11. WW4
12. Trouble The Water

Upcoming Live Dates:
10/01 - Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
10/16 - Garden Grove, CA @ Nothing Fest IV
10/21 - Vechta, Germany @ Gulfhaus
10/22 - Kusel, Germany @ Schalander
10/24 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
10/25 - Poznań, Poland @ Klub Muzyczny
10/26 - Dresden, Germany @ Chemiefabrik
10/28 - Dortmund, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/29 - Berlin, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/30 - Drachten, Netherlands @ Iduna
10/31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn
11/01 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
11/02 - Fribourg, Switzerland @ Café XXème
11/03 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
11/04 - Verona, Italy @ Colorificio Kroen
11/05 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
11/07 - London, UK @ The Underworld
12/06 - Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory
12/07 - Brisbane, AU @ The Brightside
12/08 - Melbourne, AU @ Stay Gold
12/09 - Perth, AU @ Bad Lands

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RIA MAE AND VIRGINIA TO VEGAS ANNOUNCE THE ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS TOUR

CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH DATES ACROSS EASTERN CANADA THROUGH NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

RIA MAE TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE
PLEASE DON’T GO ON SEPTEMBER 23

THERAPY EP OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – September 13, 2022 – Today, acclaimed pop artist, Ria Mae, is thrilled to announce she will be hitting the road with JUNO nominated singer-songwriter-producer, Virginia to Vegas (née Derik Baker), to co-headline The Rock, Paper, Scissors Tour. Kicking off on November 21 in Hamilton, ON, the tour will see the pair travel across Ontario, Quebec and the east coast through November and December, wrapping up with Ria’s hometown of Halifax, NS on December 8. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 16) at 10:00 a.m. local time (see below for full details and ticket links).

With hundreds of millions of streams and multiple Platinum singles between ViiV and Ria Mae, the artists will bring the best of Canadian pop to the stage each night, battling in a friendly game of ‘rock paper scissors’ to decide who will close out the show.

“Looking forward to finally getting back on the road,” remarks Mae. “I’m so excited we get to share this one with Virginia to Vegas. I’ve been a huge fan for years.”

I’m super excited to be back on the road, seeing all my friends after a few very long years away,” adds Baker. “Summer festivals were fun, but now it’s time for tour and Ria and I have something super epic and fun planned for everyone! Come out and kick it with us—it’s gonna be an experience!

To help get fans even more excited for the upcoming concerts, Ria Mae will be sharing a brand new single on Friday, September 23rdPlease Don’t Go. "This is a song begging someone to stay. It should be sad, but we made it as uplifting as possible,” says Mae. The track follows the spring release of her deeply personal EP, Therapy; a curated batch of six swelling anthems that are both conversational and confessional.  Keep your ears open for Please Don’t Go, and don’t miss Ria Mae and Virginia to Vegas when they come through your town this fall!

THE ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS TOUR DATES:
November 21 – Hamilton, ON – Bridgeworks TICKETS
November 23 – Toronto, ON – Axis Club (1H) TICKETS
November 24 – Oshawa, ON – Biltmore Cabaret TICKETS
November 25 – London, ON – Run Runners TICKETS
November 26 – St Catharines, ON – Warehouse TICKETS
November 30 – Kingston, ON – The Broom Factory TICKETS
December 1 – Montreal, QC – Studio TD TICKETS
December 2 – Ottawa, ON – Saw Club TICKETS
December 3 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti TICKETS
December 6 – Fredericton, NB – Farmer’s Market TICKETS
December 7 – Moncton, NB – Tide & Boar TICKETS
December 8 – Halifax, NS – Light House Arts Centre TICKETS

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ABOUT RIA MAE:
Since the June 2016 release of Mae’s full length, self-titled debut album, the three-time JUNO nominee has toured Europe with Tegan & Sara, North America with Dido, and Canada with Scott Helman and many other incredible musicians. She has performed with k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Elle King, Xavier Rudd, Shawn Hook, Family of the Year, Francesco Yates, Coleman Hell and more. She has performed at various PRIDE festivals and events in Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal. Mae, whose songs have been streamed over 70 million times worldwide, has climbed the radio charts in Canada numerous times, with platinum certified singles, Clothes Off, Ooh Love, Too Close and Bend. A proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, Mae was recently nominated for a Queerty Award for Best New Artist by Queerty Media.

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ABOUT VIRGINIA TO VEGAS:
Virginia to Vegas aka Derik Baker, is a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for his indie-pop choruses and sticky electronic melodies, which have awarded him critical acclaim, including 4 SOCAN awards, JUNO Award nomination, INDIE Award, MMVA nomination, and Canadian Radio Music Award. He also has 4x Platinum singles and 5 Top 10 Radio Singles, 450 Million+ Global Streams to date, and has received the designation of 2020’s 2nd most played Canadian artist on the radio (behind the Weeknd). A truly independent artist with a clear vision of what he wants sonically, visually and emotionally, Baker continues to be recognized for his work, receiving praise from artists such as Taylor Swift. He’s also shared the stage with Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Alessia Cara, Pitbull, and Imagine Dragons. 

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JADEA KELLY CELEBRATES NEW ALBUM ROSES WITH ONTARIO TOUR THIS FALL

DATES THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
KICKING OFF IN HAMILTON ON SEPTEMBER 22

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF PICKING FLOWERS
FROM ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT IN L.A.

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

TORONTO, ON – September 12, 2022 – Following her current European tour, award-winning singer-songwriter, Jadea Kelly, is thrilled to return home to Ontario, where she will bring the songs from her latest release, Roses, to life on stages across the province. Kicking off on September 22 in Hamilton, Jadea will travel from west to east and back again throughout the month and in to October. See below for full details.

“I’m truly grateful to return to touring and my home province,” exclaims Jadea. “This pandemic time away has shown me how necessary, healing and meditative live music is. The European leg of the tour is going great too. Currently driving through the alps to a concert in Zermatt, Switzerland with Ryan O’Reilly. He’s based in Berlin and opening my Ontario dates.”

Jadea celebrated the spring release of her stunning new record with a special live performance at LA’s Desert 5 Spot. Taped in front of a live audience, the concert was Jadea’s first full band public performance in over two years. Have a look at Jadea’s live performance of Picking Flowers from the concert for a taste of what’s to come on her fall tour.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 13 – Denzlingen, Germany
September 14 – Ravensburg, Germany
September 15 – Mainz, Germany
September 16 – Diest, Belgium
September 17 – Karlsruhe, Germany
September 22 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
September 23 – Prince Edward County, ON – The Eddie
September 24 – Ottawa, ON – Redbird Live
September 25 – Cobourg, ON – House Concert
September 28 – Peterborough, ON – Jethros
September 29 – Napanee, ON – Elenas Cafe
September 30 – Toronto, ON – Revival
October 1 – Bracebridge, ON – Bracebridge Hall
October 2 – Oshawa, ON – Biltmore Theatre

w/special guest Ryan O’Reilly

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ABOUT JADEA KELLY
Described by CBC as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters” (Tom Power, CBC) Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between rural Ontario, Canada and Los Angeles, CA.

She has co-written and toured (as opener and backing vocalist) with the likes of Justin Rutledge, Whitehorse, Judy Collins, Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood, Kelly Prescott, Sweet Alibi, Peter Katz, The Digging Roots, Leela Gilday and Joey Landreth. She has also performed and showcased her music across Canada, The United States and Europe, performing at the likes of Americana Fest (Nashville TN), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Despite her Americana influence, she is also the featured vocalist with JUNO award winning metal group Protest the Hero (Kezia, Scurrilous and Volition).

In 2016 Jadea was awarded Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2016 release, Love & Lust. Its featured single, Beauty, was placed on the Lifetime Network feature, No One Would Tell, and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, a viral opening montage portraying the life and struggle of Terry Fox. Her most recent EP (MWI / 2019) received Best Score & Music accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for Met While Incarcerated the Film, which aired on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March 2019.

She spearheaded the 2018 collective, Canada Covers Tom Petty, featuring an impressive collection of tributes from Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, Dwayne Gretsky, Molly Brown and the Redhill Valleys. She also hosts a semi-annual Canadian songwriter showcase in Los Angeles through the celebrated Hotel Café, Monday Monday, concert series.

Following a pandemic pause, Jadea returned triumphantly in 2022 with her long-awaited fourth studio album – Roses (released March 4 on Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree). The album was produced by a collection of artists, including Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb), Joe Moralez (Skyler Day) and Tim Abraham (Royal Wood).

“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually. It felt full circle to record in Canada after 4 exploratory years in the US. I love California with all my heart. It is my new found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.

I composed these songs between Ontario, Canada, Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA over the past four years. A massive musical delay and musical pause but a necessary one. Life, happiness and health came first. Including the pandemic. Feeding money and time into artistic pursuits can often feel like feeding coins into a broken parking metre. I hold so many incredible musical memories in my heart but it also took its toll. I therefore took my time with these songs, the production and processing of the emotions. Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state. To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around”.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS DROP BRAND NEW SINGLE I’M GOOD

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

CANADIAN DATES IN NEW WESTMINSTER, VICTORIA AND TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – September 9, 2022 – Since releasing Life After – their monumental 2021 record which earned the band Album of the Year at the 2022 Indie Awards, a Contemporary Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year nod at the 2022 JUNO Awards, three 2022 Western Canadian Music Award nominations, and a coveted spot on the current Polaris Music Prize Short List (their third time to appear on the list) – Snotty Nose Rez Kids have been able to shed a lot of the heaviness they were carrying into that album, and have emerged more confident than ever. Finally able to hit the road again and do what they do best – perform on stage – the duo has found new energy and is eagerly anticipating their next musical phase.

That begins today with the release of their brand new single, I’M GOOD. Undeniably confident in its message, Yung Trybez and Young D take turns running the gamut of haters and distractions, pushing them off with lyrical dexterity. Clever references to Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kenny vs. Spenny, and Scottie Pippen, are juxtaposed with heavier statements like Yung Trybez’s line, “my pops got over cancer, see. Who are you to cancel me?” indicating that there are more important things to focus on. I’M GOOD is a call for anyone to focus on themselves rather than others; do you; don’t talk about it; show them I’M GOOD. Listen to the explosive track here.

"We spent our last album working through the darker times we
experienced,”
reflects Young D. “It was important for our new music to be positive and to show our fans that we needed Life After to talk about our experiences in 2020/2021, but that we're back touring, traveling the world, making new music, and ultimately, we're good!"

"We had to link with producer, KYRIGO, again for this one,” adds Yung Trybez. “He killed it on Uncle Rico and we love his work. He brought the energy we needed for this track."

Fans will get to experience I’M GOOD live, as SNRK embark on their Sink or Swim Tour, which will see them hitting venues across the U.S. and Canada through the rest of the year. The duo will be making Canadian stops in New Westminster, BC on September 10, Victoria, BC on November 30 and Toronto, ON on December 10. They are also set to perform at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto, where they are one of the ten acts vying for the designation of best Canadian album of 2022, for Life After. Full tour details can be found below.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 10 – New Westminster, BC – Recovery Day (Uptown New West Neighbourhood @ 6th and 6th)

September 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
September 16 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
September 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
September 18 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
September 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Rockstar Bar & Grill
September 22 – Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room
September 23 – Reno, NV – Cypress Reno
September 29 – Regina, SK – Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day (Mosaic Stadium)
November 30 – Victoria, BC – Farqhuar Auditorium, UVic

December 7 & 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Purgatory
December 10 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground

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SAMPA THE GREAT RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

BUY / STREAM HERE

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE LET ME BE GREAT  FEATURING ANGÈLIQUE KIDJO

UK/EU TOUR BEGINS IN OCTOBER

"the  album both showcases Sampa's growth as an artist and delivers on fan expectation, taking them on a journey beyond bars into Africa's rich musical heritage" - Exclaim!

"Sampa the Great consistently keeps the listener peering eagerly around the corner for what she’ll pull out of her deep bag of talent next; there’s deep, introspective lyricism mirrored alongside endearing bravado and swagger that puts energy into the sails of whoever is experiencing the music"  - Quip Magazine

 “Sampa’s boldest album to date”  - Evening Standard
“...a riveting statement of defiance…battle anthems for the spirit. " - DJ Mag

“Her voice is always unmistakable. Her uncompromising politics
never come at the expense of the music”
  - 4/5, Mojo

 "The beautiful blends of genres and crisp production make ‘As Above, So Below’ an enthralling listen, and has Sampa raising the bar for herself once again" 8/10, Clash

“​​As Above, So Below feels like Tembo at her best and most confident, free to make the music she’s always wanted to make with the artists of her choosing. It’s a rich, vibrant and carefully-curated record that successfully reveals the many sides of Tembo’s personality” -8/10,  Loud and Quiet

Toronto, ON – September 9, 2022 – ARIA-Award winning, Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper, Sampa The Great, releases her long-awaited sophomore full-length album, As Above, So Below, out via Loma Vista Recordings today.

As a career-eclipsing record, anchored by Sampa The Great’s spoken word in the Zambian-rooted language of Bemba, As Above, So Below, traverses Sampa’s memories of Africa through a self-exposed lens of authenticity and womanhood, while looking to the future of Africa’s relationship to the world and its global communities. Sampa The Great invites an international roster of collaborators, including Angélique Kidjo, Denzel Curry, Joey Bada$$, Kojey Radical, WITCH, Chef 187, Tio Nason, Sampa’s own sister, Mwanjé, and more to contribute across 11 tracks spanning hip-hop, neo-soul, Zamrock, Amapiano and Southern African rap. A reflection of Sampa’s transitory upbringing, the record’s sonic hybridity throws recognition to the music coming out of the African diaspora today, while honouring the stories of those who tread previously. Consider As Above, So Below as Sampa’s musical encyclopaedia, each track grounding new modes of expression against various musical influences uncovered throughout her lifetime.

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 Southern Africa creatives, Rochelle Nembhard and Imraan Christian, to executive production by award winning producer and Zambian royalty, Mag44, to time spent recording with a long-established network of close friends and family, Sampa debuts a 360 Sampa to the world. As Above, So Below unveils the many sides of Sampa, throughout a sophomore album 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 videos. 

Sampa the Great says about As Above, So Below: “As Above, So Below is more personal than communal. The literal meaning is what is within me, is what is expressed outside of me. After years of feeling like I had to represent and be an ambassador for everyone, I finally feel like I get to be an ambassador and fully represent myself.

Relocating to Zambia and Botswana is significant to my story, because this is where my artist dreams began. I was able to reconnect to my younger self and remind me why I started making music in the first place, beyond outside pressure or influence.This album has become a full circle moment for me; I was able to create this project in the country of my birth and have it be the first project created in Zambia with a Zambian Executive Producer, African visual team and majority African producers and artists. This is my freeist project to date and it feels like the journey of my return has been completed and a new chapter begins.”

Executive Producer, Mag44, says about the album: “I think what the album means to me is, REVELATION. A self discovery album that just happened to go beyond the focus of an individual. Sampa always says how do you expect to show love out there when there’s no love within. Turns out that love within has resonated and inspired others around her. The country, the lineage and the spirit of a people is more than what you see on the surface. Revelation in the sense of, we now see the possibilities of who we can become. That has totally changed the DNA of how not only I carry myself but how I think Zambian people will begin to carry themselves.”

Launching the record is the captivating melody of timpanis against a smokey call-and-response from Sampa, on Shadows. Flourishes of brass add weight against Sampa’s low register message to be yourself. Previous single Lane featuring Denzel Curry, receiving global praise on release, is a call to creating and exploring your own lane both beyond prescription and without judgement. A vocoded voice leads alongside jilted organs and choral harmonies beneath a trap beat. Denzel Curry’s verse is a powerful statement of similar essence, further adding to the gravity of Lane’s message. 

Never Forget ushers respect to the golden era of Zambia’s socially prolific genre, Zamrock. On previous release the single earned accolades from NME, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Fader, Stereogum, DJ Mag, Acclaim, and feature positions across Rage and community radio Australia-wide.  A choral harmony from Sampa’s own sister Mwanjé joins triumphant hooks from Zambian songwriter, Tio Nason. Meanwhile, punchy verses from Sampa and Zambian MC Chef 187 weave between an array of Zambian percussion, from bongos, to hand claps, xylophones and timpanis (via Zambians Legendary producer Mag44, executive producer of the album). Next, Mask On, which samples a traditional Zambian nursery rhyme, brings back a trap beat to the fold, inviting a quickening and fiery collection of bars from US rapper and actor, Joey Bada$$ and Sampa’s poetic notes on the expectations of representation within the music industry. 

Recent single and fifth track, Bona, takes influence from the music Sampa heard as a child, while raised in Botswana. Featuring 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 with fiery tempo. A self-defined moment of Southern African Swag, Bona is Sampa’s wide-reaching message to be yourself and not succumb to the intimidation of others. Next, Can I Live invites rock organs and electric guitars to punctuate a down-tempo anthem that provides Sampa the space to deliver an affecting series of questions that questions the path of artistry, amid a backing choir, featuring Zamrock pioneers, W.I.T.C.H. 

Imposter Syndrome features the soul soothing melodies of Zambian afro-jazz musician James Sakala, adding a hypnotic richness between Sampa’s defiant raps to serving her best self. Next, Tilibobo serves a colourful and vibrant Southern African bop derived from amapiano rhythms. Sampa’s verses bop and dart across the staccato melody, each spun in time between trumpets that are irresistibly catchy. Sampa’s sister appears for the second time on ninth track, Lo Rain as a melodic rainfall of harmonies and a soft backbeat delivers a gentler R&B-style of improvisation and tender raps from Sampa. 

Penultimate track, DGAF featuring UK grime rapper, Kojey Radical, turns the heat back on over a cookpot of rolling and low-slung beats. Sampa and Radical both provide sharp jabs between a soft and sweetly delivered chorus, juxtaposed in mood and energy. The album’s final track and current single, Let Me Be Great captures Sampa’s journey to authenticity and enlightenment in an anthemic and returning collaboration with Black musical icon, Angélique Kidjo. An uplifting chorus simply states, ‘let me be great’ to echo the celebratory and empowering trajectory of Kidjo’s path influencing Sampa’s work, while pushing forward a community-led artistry that continues to redefine the musical output in the African diaspora today. 

As Above, So Below, showcases 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 Eora/Sydney and Naarm/Melbourne, and travelled the globe to perform at Festival International Nuits d'Afrique and Osheaga in Montreal, QC, Philip's Backyard Weekender in Victoria, BC, Glastonbury, Primavera Sound and Lollapalooza Festivals, plus make her debut at Coachella 2022. 

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. Most recently, Sampa's acclaimed single Energy feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi was featured in Barack Obama's annual Summer playlist, following the appearance of Freedom in Michelle Obama's 2020 Summer playlist. 

Sampa The Great makes an empowered return with her prodigious sophomore effort, As Above, So Below LP. While remaining one of the world’s most daring artists to continually challenge and connect visions of self, African womanhood and the African diaspora to a greater conversation in an eagerly listening global community, at its simplest, As Above, So Below is an engrossing, cathartic and joyous record to cherish today, and for years to come.  

TOUR DATES
October 12- Gorilla - Manchester, UK
October 15 - Koko - London, UK
October 16 - Tranbendo - Paris, France
October 19  - Sala El Sol - Madrid, Spain
October 20 - TBA - Barcelona, Spain
October 22 - Le Grand Mix - Tourcoing, France
October 24 - Bird - Rotterdam, Netherlands
October 25 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
October 26 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands|
October 28  - Die Kantine - Cologne, Germany
October 30 - Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, Germany
October 31 - Small Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark 
November 2- Huxley’s Neue Welt - Berlin, Germany

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I AM TEXAS BRUTAL DEATH THRASHERS UNLEASH THE PRIMAL WAVE VIDEO FROM NEW ALBUM ETERNAL STEEL OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

WATCH I AM'S THE PRIMAL WAVE VIDEO

 “‘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!” – Decibel Magazine

“This might be an overall faster record, but first single ‘The Iron Gate’ largely finds I AM exploring their slower, doomier side, with just a small dose of thrash peppered in… It’s a very heavy, very Texas, very promising first taste of the LP.”  –BrooklynVegan

“…the perfect recipe of anger and aggression, dead center of the pit destruction, damn memorable songs, and not one bad track amidst the bunch.” – Nine Circles

“…straight, no frills, heavy, and brutal…” – Ghost Cult

Toronto, ON – September 9, 2022 – Texas brutal death thrashers ,I AM, unleash a video for The Primal Wave. The latest bruiser comes off the band’s punishing Eternal Steel full-length, out today on MNRK Heavy!

Brandishing a unique fusion of ferocious 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, the band channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a grueling workout as to incite the pit.  

Tracks like Iron GateInfernal PantherQueen Incarnate, and Eternal Steel’s title track are demonstrative of the diverse extremes on offer as 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. “The topic of ‘fear’ is addressed in [latest single] The Primal Wave,” notes vocalist Andrew Hileman, “but in a way where that fear is used to fuel you to overcome obstacles.”

Hileman further elaborates of the track, "If I could describe this song into a few words I’d use 'furious power.' It’s very unrelenting and in your face the whole time leaving an uneasy feeling. Getting with Kevyn [Reece] to make this video happen brought our vision of filth to life."

View I AM’s The Primal Wave video, filmed and directed by Kevyn Reece, here. View the band’s previously released video for The Iron Gate here and Surrender To The Blade here.

Recorded, 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. 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.

Eternal Steel is available NOW on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Order yours today here

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

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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 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. www.mnrkheavy.com

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TYLER CHILDERS AND THE FOOD STAMPS TO RELEASE NEW TRIPLE ALBUM  CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN?

ANGEL BAND (JUBILEE VERSION) OUT TODAY

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 30 ON HICKMAN HOLLER RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – September 8, 2022 — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler Childers and his longtime band, The Food Stamps, will be released September 30 on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records (pre-save/pre-order here). Conceptualized as a three-part project, the eight songs on the album are presented in a trio of distinct sonic perspectives—Hallelujah, Jubilee and Joyful Noise. 

In advance of the release, the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions of Angel Band are out today — listen to both versions here. Additionally, a new music video for the song directed by Bryan Schlam is out now. Watch here

Produced by Childers and The Food Stamps, the eight-song collection features a mix of new and traditional songs and was primarily recorded in guitarist’s James Barker’s home studio, Dragline Studios. The Hallelujah version captures Tyler and the core band playing live in a single room over the course of two days, while the Jubilee version builds on it with the addition of strings, horns, background vocals and an array of worldly instruments such as dulcimer, mbira and sitar. The Joyful Noise version will be unveiled on release day. 

Of the project, Childers shares: “I grew up Baptist and I was scared to death to go to hell. And a lot of that stuck with me. Filtering through that and trying to find the truth, and the beauty, and the things you should think about and expelling all that nonsense has been something I’ve spent a lot of time on. This is a collection that came together through those reflections. In a lot of ways, this is processing life experiences in the different philosophies and religions that have formed me, trying to make a comprehensive sonic example of that. 

Working with the same song three different ways is a nod to my raising, growing up in a church that believes in the Holy Trinity: The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and what that means. The Father being the root, the place from which everything comes from, and The Son coming to free up some of those things, allowing it to be more open and welcoming. And then you have the Holy Ghost once The Son is gone — that feeling that’s supposed to keep us sustained until we are reunited, in whatever way that looks. 

Message wise, I hope that people take that it doesn't matter race, creed, religion and all of that like — the most important part is to protect your heart, cultivate that and make that something useful for the world.” 

The Food Stamps are: Barker (pedal steel), Craig Burletic (bass), CJ Cain (guitar), Rodney Elkins (drums), Chase Lewis (keyboards) and Jesse Wells (guitar, fiddle).

The new album is the first new music from Childers since 2020’s GRAMMY-nominated surprise release, Long Violent History, which NPR Music called an “explicit and remarkable stand in solidarity.” His two previous releases, 2019’s #1 Country Squire as well 2017’s RIAA Platinum debut, Purgatory, were released to overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim. In the years since his debut, Childers has earned two GRAMMY nominations and has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. 

CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? TRACKLIST:
HALLELUJAH 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’
JUBILEE 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’
JOYFUL NOISE
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

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ESCUELA GRIND DEBUTS VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK FORCED COLLECTIVE INTROSPECTION

EXTREME METAL UNIT TO RELEASE NEW LP MEMORY THEATER SEPTEMBER 30

BAND IN MIDST OF U.S. HEADLINING TOUR 

"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 – September 8, 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 9 tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. Escuela Grind's Memory Theater is available for pre-order here.

Today, Escuela Grind releases a video for the new song, Forced Collective Introspection. Directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains), the barn-burning clip is an ode to the 1971 science fiction film, THX 1138, a work of sociological commentary set in a dystopian world where individuality and love are forbidden. Stream Escuela Grind's Forced Collective Introspection video here.

"We again teamed up with director Michael Jari Davidson to create the video for Forced Collective Introspection, says Escuela Grind vocalist, Katerina Economou. "The video references 1971's anti-authoritarian movie THX 1138, where the band is held in a white void by masked guards, and reduced to objectified numbers. Harassed in prison cells, the band makes their escape in a Shawshank fashion. The theme of the video runs throughout all of our music: we must resist and attempt to escape their control to regain our humanity."

While its music might be intimidating on first listen, 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 grindcore and power violence with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos. An architect by trade, Economou explores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band's musical cacophony
Escuela Grind, which performed as one of the featured acts at the 2022 Psycho Las Vegas festival, is currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour. The 23-city Forced Collective Introspection tour launched on September 3 in Salem, MA and includes performances at New England's RPM Fest, Illinois' Full Terror Assault Open Air, and Cleveland's Hacked Up for BBQ death fest, as it criss-crosses the country.  A full listing of upcoming Escuela Grind tour dates is below.

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. 

Escuela Grind has also released 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 here.

“Escuela Grind is super stoked to be out on the Forced Collective Introspection tour across the US with our friends in Test," says front person Katerina Economou. "We're so excited to play a bunch of new cities, cool festivals and killer clubs. You can expect to hear a bunch of material from the new album, and maybe even more upcoming stuff! Let's rage.” A ull listing of upcoming Escuela Grind tour dates is below.

Escuela Grind also released a video for the new song, All Is Forgiven, which the group calls "a skull cracker." The high-intensity clip blends reality with virtual reality. All is Forgiven premieres via Brooklyn Vegan who succinctly surmises, "This shit bangs." Experience Escuela Grind's All is Forgiven video here.


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

TOUR DATES
September 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
September 13  - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
September 14 - Fort Collins, CO - The Lyric
September 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Beehive Social Club
September 16 -  Boise, ID - The Shredder
September 17 -  Tacoma, WA - Hammerhead House
September 18 -  Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
September 19 -  Portland, OR - High Water Mark
September 20 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
September 21  - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
September 22 -  San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
September 23 -  Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock Live
September 25 -  Corpus Christi, TX - Boozers Rock Bar
September 26  - Dallas, TX - American Legion Post 672
September 27 -  New Orleans, LA - TBA

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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. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

 

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CAMILO'S DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA ALBUM OUT NOW

LISTEN HERE

THE THIRD STUDIO ALBUM FEATURES STELLAR COLLABORATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ALEJANDRO SANZ, CAMILA CABELLO, EVALUNA MONTANER, GRUPO FIRME, MYKE TOWERS,
AND NICKI NICOLE

 
WITH DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA CAMILO DEMONSTRATES HIS MUSICAL RICHNESS AND COMPOSITIONAL INGENUITY ONCE AGAIN
 
AFTER HIS FIRST SOLD OUT CONCERT AT THE RADIO MUSIC HALL IN NEW YORK, CAMILO WILL CONTINUE THE SECOND PHASE OF HIS DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA TOUR THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 IN MIAMI

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Two-time GRAMMY-nominated and five-time Latin GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter, Camilo, just has released his long-awaited new album titled, De Adentro Pa Afuera, available now on all digital platforms under the Sony Music Latin/Hecho a Mano.
 
After his multi award-winning albums, Por Primera Vez, and, Mis Manos, the talented singer-songwriter and producer delivers De Adentro Pa Afuera, his third studio album and the most personal in his catalog, which captures and immortalizes a moment of feeling that awoke inside him with the arrival of his firstborn, Indigo.
 
As he describes it, #DAPA "is a blog of the valuable things that are inside me and come out to share it” and seeks to celebrate a new chapter in its history and explore all the corners of that internal diversity that it possesses. and genuinely share with The Tribe.
 
“I would like listeners to take away from this album doors into new rooms of who they are and their sensibilities. There are times when we are not sure we are capable of certain emotions, and we just need a key that opens the door to that new feeling. Sometimes those keys are songs and I like to think that mine can accompany La Tribu to those new places,” Camilo said.
 
Under the production of Camilo and Édgar Barrera, this album includes 11 songs composed by both along with other great composers and producers, and includes stellar collaborations with international artists deeply admired by Camilo such as Alejandro Sanz, Camila Cabello, Evaluna Montaner, Grupo Firme, Myke Towers, and Nicki Nicole.
 
Since October 2021, La Tribu and all those who follow Camilo have been able to enjoy six of the songs that make up this great musical production and that are already added to their list of hits, including Indigo, Pesadilla, Pegao, NASA, Naturaleza, and the most recent Alaska, which has more than 633 thousand videos on TikTok – listen to the sound here – and nine million views combined to date.

DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA Tracklist:
1. Aeropuerto
2. Ambulancia – con Camila Cabello
3. Bebiendo Sola – con Myke Towers
4. 5:24
5. De Adentro Pa Afuera
6. Alaska – con Grupo Firme
7. Naturaleza – con Nicki Nicole
8. NASA – con Alejandro Sanz
9. Pegao
10. Pesadilla
11. Índigo – con Evaluna Montaner 

Along with this release, Camilo will continue his De Adentro Pa Afuera Tour, which began in May of this year and has already been presented in several countries including Mexico, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. The tour, presented by the entertainment company Loud and Live, will arrive at the FTX Arena in the city of Miami on September 10 and then tour the main cities of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. 

Tour Dates:
September 10 - Miami, Florida - FTX Arena
September 17 - Fort Myers, Florida - Hertz Arena
September 18 - Orlando, Florida - Amway Center
September 21 - Hidalgo, Texas - Bert Ogden Arena
September 22 - Houston, Texas - Smart Financial Centre 
September 24 - Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center
September 30 - El Paso, Texas - Don Haskins Center
October 2 - San Diego, California - Pechanga Arena
October 14 - Los Angeles, California - Microsoft Theater
October 15 - Sacramento, California - Golden 1 Center
October 16 - San José, California - SAP Center
October 22 - Laredo, Texas - Sames Auto Arena
October 23 - San Antonio, Texas - Freeman Coliseum
October 28 - Chicago, Illinois - Allstate Arena
October 30 - Boston, Massachusetts - Agganis Arena
November 4 - Washington, D.C. - EagleBank Arena
November 6 - Atlanta, Georgia - Gas South Arena
November 12 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico

For more information about De Adentro Pa Afuera Tour visit  www.camilolatribu.com.

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA ANNOUNCE LIVE AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN A TRIBUTE TO BANDMATE ADAM BALSAM

FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ROBINSON KIRBY OCTOBER 5

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, announce they’ll be playing at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on October 5, with special guests Robinson Kirby. This special night will serve as a tribute to, and celebration of life, for the band’s drummer, Adam Balsam.
 
Last October, just days before the band’s album, Farewell To Cathedral (Popguru Sound & Vision) was due for release, Balsam passed away suddenly and the group had to cancel their album release show. 
 
Offer The Wilderness of Manitoba: "The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming show at The Horseshoe Tavern comes with mixed emotions. Just a little under a year ago, the band was preparing to unveil their new record Farewell To Cathedral live on the very same stage when they received the tragic news that their beloved friend and bandmate, drummer Adam Balsam, had passed away. To honour Adam's memory, the band will be performing the same set list that they had planned to do before his passing which includes a number of songs from Farewell To Cathedral as well as a diverse selection of songs from The Wilderness of Manitoba's back catalogue."
 
Farewell To Cathedral was recorded in just two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto, which was completely unprecedented. In the past, the band’s Will Whitwham felt he laboured over a lot of the sonic details, often adding overdub after overdub. But for this album, the songs were captured at their most live and purest stage. The results show that, at the end of the day, the quality of the songs is not necessarily contingent on the recording process. This was made clear on the album singles The Alchemist, Sometimes, Oblivion and The Well Has Run Dry. Listen to the full record here.
 
Tickets for the October 5 show are available in advance here and more information can be found on the Wilderness of Manitoba’s website.

About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA WELCOMES ROBYN STEWART AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is happy to announce Robyn Stewart (she/her) as its Executive Director.

Stewart is welcomed into the association by Chair and Founder, Samantha Slattery, who has spent the past eight years administering the non-profit organization, since its 2014 inception. Stewart will oversee all aspects of WIMC, including its various educational, career development and networking events, as well as programming, industry engagement, research and advocacy initiatives. An accomplished veteran in the Canadian cultural industries, Stewart brings with her a wealth of knowledge from all facets of event management, partnership relations, fund development and beyond.

"I am excited to take on this role, bringing immense passion for the importance of culture and music and of supporting emerging talent,” says Stewart. “Following my tenure at the Western Canadian Music Alliance, I am thrilled to support gender equity in the Canadian music industry through WIMC programming, training support and community building. I look forward to learning the experiences of those struggling to reach their dreams and aspire to be a part of paving the way for a more equitable future for women and gender diverse artists and industry folks. I also look forward to working with fellow intersectional service organizations, IIMS, ADVANCE and others, to maximize the support we can provide for all under-represented creators and innovators." 

Stewart is an accomplished 19-year Event Director, currently holding the role of Executive Director and CEO of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Having started her career as a theatre Stage Manager, among other roles in the cultural industries, she is passionate about the creative process and the role culture plays in communities. Her experience reaches all areas of event management and talent buying, with her strongest skills lying in financial management, complex logistics, government relations and fund development, and partner relationship building.

Celebration Sites Coordinator for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010 and Entertainment Buyer for PanAmerican Games 2015 are among the projects Stewart is most proud of, as well as her work with the WCMA, which allowed her to support developing artists and engage in passion projects including working towards gender parity in the music industry on an international level. A travel enthusiast herself, Stewart is incredibly driven by her work supporting artists to showcase and develop business in international markets. Stewart holds positions on the Polaris Music Prize (national), Canadian Live Music Association (national) and KeyChange (international) Boards of Directors, and the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation advisory board. Robyn is a mom to Jasper (9) and Ty (1), who are her greatest joys and challenge in life, to ensure they grow up to be good humans.

Slattery shares, "We are absolutely thrilled to have Robyn at the helm of Women in Music Canada! Her depth of experience, passion and knowledge will prove invaluable as we enter into the next chapter of the organization.”   

Slattery, also a music industry veteran, has been working throughout North America and the UK for over two decades, primarily in the live sector on major music festivals (including Coachella Music Festival, Reading & Leeds Music Festivals, Virgin Festival and JUNOS to name a few), as well as spending several years on Nettwerk Management’s UK artist management team, working for major-label multi-platinum artists. She will continue on as the Chair of the WIMC Board of Directors.

Along with Stewart’s appointment to Executive Director, Women in Music Canada will be announcing the new members of its Board of Directors. Stay tuned for that news coming soon.

About Women in Music Canada
Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their career. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development, support and resources for our community. Women in Music hosts educational, career development and networking events alongside broader programming initiatives, industry engagement, research and advocacy to serve the needs of our diverse community. Our panels, seminars, webinars, workshops and performance serve to educate, empower, and celebrate female contributions to the music world, and strengthen community ties.

Women in Music Canada acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations throughout Canada, specifically our headquarters in the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. www.womeninmusic.ca

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THE KING OF BACHATA ROMEO SANTOS  RELEASES HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM  FORMULA VOL. 3 

ALBUM ARRIVES ALONGSIDE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
SIN FIN  WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – WATCH HERE 

 LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – September 2, 2022 –Today, singer-songwriter and the ‘King of Bachata’ Romeo Santos released his highly anticipated new album Fórmula Vol. 3 via Sony Latin. Listen here.
 
Fórmula Vol. 3 highlights Romeo’s signature bachata tunes, showcasing his unique and iconic style. Following the massive success of both Fórmula Vol. 1 and Fórmula Vol. 2, the third installment, Fórmula Vol. 3 elevates bachata to new heights with its 21 tracks. The critically acclaimed lead single, Sus Huellas, was released earlier this year, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, earning 2x platinum certification in the U.S. and received praise from THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE FADER, and ROLLING STONE. The new album includes several star-studded features including ROSALÍA, Justin Timberlake, Christian Nodal, an introduction by comedian Katt Williams and vocals from all three of Romeo’s sons. 
 
The album comes alongside the video for Sin Fin with Justin Timberlake. The song is a seamless fusion of Romeo’s contemporary Bachata rhythms and Timberlake’s soulful voice and pop sounds. Directed by Emil Nava, the video brought the two global superstars together in Los Angeles and gives life to the lyrics with their star presence, while also displaying their footwork as they dance to the beat of this promising pop-bachata. 
 
The new album comes at an exciting time for Santos who recently appeared on the cover of Billboard and will take part in Billboard’s Latin Music Week in Miami later this month. Santos was featured in Rolling Stone’s “Hot” issue this past July, and earlier this summer, he took over Rockefeller Plaza for The TODAY Show’s Citi Summer Concert Series – watch here.
 
With 17 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 8 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, 2 Premios Juventud Awards, 4 Guinness World Records, 2 Latin American Music Awards and more, Santos reigns as the King of Bachata. He’s collaborated with the likes of Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Lil Wayne, and had 3 consecutive No. 1 albums with Fórmula Vol 1, Fórmula Vol 2 and Golden. He’s sold over 223 million singles and over 24 million records worldwide. Fórmula Vol. 1 & Fórmula Vol. 2 are also the highest selling albums in history for a Sony Latin artist, with Fórmula Vol. 2 certified 27X multi-platinum, the highest certification level for an album by a Latin male artist.
 
TRACKLIST:
1.Intro – ft. Katt Williams, My Kids
2.Bebo
3.Ayúdame
4.Bumerán
5.Sexo Con Ropa
6.Ciudadana
7.Estropear
8.El Pañuelo – ROSALÍA 
9.15,500 Noches – Toño Rosario, Rubby Perez ft. Fernandito Villalona
10.Perro
11.Sin Fin – Justin Timberlake
12.Conmigo en solitario
13.Sus Huellas
14.SIRI – Chris Lebron
15.Sketch
16.Me Extraño – Christian Nodal
17.Suegra
18.Culpable – ft. El Lápiz Consciente
19.R.I.P
20.La Ultima Vez 
21.Nirvana

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NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’S HIT SINGLE PROUD MARY OUT TODAY

STREAM/WATCH PROUD MARY (AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) OUT NOW

TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING LIVE ALBUM

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL THE FIRST-TIME RELEASE OF THE BAND'S LEGENDARY 1970 LONDON CONCERT
 
AFTER 50 YEARS THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM
WILL BE RELEASED ALONGSIDE THE UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FILM 
TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 

TORONTO, ON – September 2, 2022 — Craft Recordings have recently announced the forthcoming release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legendary long-lost recording of their 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will be available for the first time ever in multiple formats (detailed below) as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is set for release on September 16 and is available now for pre-order. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film titled, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, will be available for streaming on Netflix, also beginning September 16 (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).
 
Today, ahead of the upcoming releases, CCR debuts the full live performance of their signature hit Proud Mary. The advance single is available now to stream or download here. The video captures bandmates, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, teaming up on stage for one of their biggest hits, a song that became an instant classic and has been covered by countless artists to date, including Tina Turner, Tom Jones, James Bay and even the cast of Glee. Proud Mary originally started as a phrase without a home in Fogerty’s notebook. When he received his honorable-discharge papers in the mail in 1968, the song flowed right out of him. Peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in spring of 1969, Proud Mary became the first of five singles to reach #2 for the group.  Watch the video here.  
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be available September 16 on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, while select retailers will offer a variety of exclusive colour variants, including Walmart (Tombstone Shadow vinyl) and Target (Green River vinyl). Additionally, the album will be available across digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats. A limited Super Deluxe Edition Box Set will follow later in the year, more details below.
 
After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer, Giles Martin, and engineer, Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be released concurrently with the documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies), and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, the film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety. 

The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream). Concord’s Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original’s Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.

On November 18, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin’ Band:  Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s incredible path to the London show. View the unboxing trailer here.
 
When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. John, Tom, Stu, and Doug may not have had the familiar ring to it of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.
 
While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.

ABOUT CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
During their short time together as a band (1968 – 1972), Creedence enjoyed an unparalleled period of creativity—releasing seven studio albums (two of which went to Number One), playing over 150 tour dates around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock and scoring 14 Top Ten singles.  A mainstay band till today, Creedence accrued 4 billion streams in 2021.  Over the past 50-plus years, Creedence’s canon has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Travelin’ Band and Up Around the Bend have been ingrained into pop culture—not just as rock staples, but as timeless standards. With so many memorable compositions that continue to grace the radio waves, television and film screens, and lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America’s Greatest Rock Band.

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE TO DEBUT 12 NEW VISUAL ART PIECES AT POLARIS POSTER EXHIBITION THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER IN TORONTO

 

TORONTO, ON — Thursday, September 1, 2022 — The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, will be unveiling the 12 newest additions to its signature Polaris poster series with a special gallery takeover happening at Underscore Projects in Toronto, Ontario throughout September.

Polaris will debut its 12 new poster commissions during the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West), in Toronto, happening between September 8-29. The reveal of the 12 new posters will take place during an invite-only reception happening September 8, with the accompanying online and social media rollout taking place September 9. The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition will be viewable Wednesdays to Fridays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission for the exhibit is free. Off-hour private viewings of the exhibit are also available by appointment by contacting Underscore Projects.

The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition is curated by Odessa Dobbie. The poster show will also feature an installation by Toronto-based artist, Lauren Pirie, whose work will be present at this year's Polaris Gala.

Each year 10 Canadian visual artists are commissioned to create a unique art piece inspired by a nominated album on the Polaris Music Prize Short List. These vivid graphic interpretations of the nominees’ music are then developed into limited edition, silk-screened prints. This year’s Short List poster creators are:
 
Sylvain Beaudry for Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS
Noel Nanton for Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Mathieu Dionne for Lisa Leblanc’s Chiac Disco
Stéphane Monnet for Hubert Lenoir’s PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Tallulah Fontaine for Kelly McMichael’s Waves
Josephine Guan for Ombiigizi’s Sewn Back Together
Mark Neil Balson for Ouri’s Frame of a Fauna
Ashley Floréal for Shad’s TAO
Dominic Ayre for Snotty Nose Rez Kids’s Life After
Kendra Yee for Charlotte Day Wilson’s ALPHA
 
Additionally, Polaris has commissioned two new works to honour its most recent hall of fame Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize winners — Faith Nolan’s Africville and Nomeansno’s Wrong — with their own commemorative posters. These works, by Yazmin Monet Butcher and Jean deMers, respectively, will also debut at Underscore Projects.
 
This will also be made possible by the generous support of Crown Royal. As a proudly Canadian whisky, Crown Royal is thrilled to raise a glass to the next generation of music royalty and celebrate Canadian artistry.

The poster artists were selected by Polaris and The Office of Gilbert Li and printed by Kid Icarus in Toronto.
 
This gallery takeover will be the first-ever large-scale exhibition of the Polaris poster archive. Prints of the 12 new works will be available for purchase throughout September at Underscore Projects along with a thorough selection of other posters from the Polaris archive. A limited quantity of these pieces will also be made available at the Polaris Gala and will be made available for pre-order September 9 on the Polaris Music Prize website.
 
Polaris has commissioned over 200 original artworks as part of its poster program. Since the organization began in 2006, Polaris founder, Steve Jordan, commissioned unique “gig” posters featuring artwork inspired by the nominated albums. The posters produced were given as a gift to each of the 10 acts on a given year’s Short List. Several of these works have gone on to win prizes of their own from the likes of the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Annual. Select pieces have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre, the Canada Council, the London Museum and were featured in Heritage Toronto’s Sounds Like Toronto digital music history project. Additionally, Polaris prints are prominently displayed in the offices of leading cultural and music institutions.
 
The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition will serve as an excellent opportunity to build anticipation for the marquee event in the Polaris calendar, the Polaris Gala, happening September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. The 2022 Polaris Gala will feature performances by a number of the musical artists nominated on this year’s Short List. One of these artists will be selected as this year’s Polaris Music Prize winner. General admission tickets to the Polaris Gala are currently available via Ticketmaster.

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 LA MUSIQUE POLARIS

DÉVOILERA 12 NOUVELLES ŒUVRES D'ART VISUEL DANS LE CADRE DE SON EXPOSITION D'AFFICHES QUI AURA LIEU EN SEPTEMBRE, À TORONTO

TORONTO, le jeudi 1 septembre 2022 — Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, dévoilera sa plus récente série de 12 affiches signatures, exposées à la galerie Underscore Projects, à Toronto (Ont.) en septembre.
 
Les 12 nouvelles affiches commandées par Polaris seront présentées dans le cadre du Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, du 8 au 29 septembre à la galerie Underscore Projects (1486, rue Dundas Ouest), à Toronto (Ont.). Le dévoilement des 12 affiches aura lieu dans le cadre d'une réception sur invitation seulement, qui aura lieu le 8 septembre. Le grand public est invité entre 18 h 30 et 22 h. Le lancement se poursuivra en ligne et sur les médias sociaux dès le 9 septembre. L'exposition pourra être visitée du mercredi au vendredi, de 18 h à 21 h, et le samedi, de 16 h à 20 h. L'entrée est gratuite. Il sera également possible de planifier une visite privée de l'exposition sur rendez-vous, en communiquant avec Underscore Projects.

Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 est organisée par Odessa Dobbie. L'exposition d'affiches présentera également une installation de l'artiste torontoise Lauren Pirie, dont le travail sera aussi présenté au gala de cette année.
 
Chaque année, 10 artistes visuels du Canada sont choisis pour créer une œuvre d'art unique inspirée d'un album nominé sur la Courte liste du Prix de la musique Polaris. Ces représentations graphiques uniques de la musique des artistes en nomination sont ensuite sérigraphiées et offertes en quantités limitées. Cette année, les créateur·trice·s des affiches pour la Courte liste sont :
 
Sylvain Beaudry pour LABYRINTHITIS de Destroyer
Noel Nanton pour José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders
Mathieu Dionne pour Chiac Disco de Lisa Leblanc
Stéphane Monnet pour PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe de Hubert Lenoir
Tallulah Fontaine pour Waves de Kelly McMichael
Josephine Guan pour Sewn Back Together de Ombiigizi
Mark Neil Balson pour Frame of a Fauna de Ouri
Ashley Floréal pour TAO de Shad
Dominic Ayre pour Life After de Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Kendra Yee pour ALPHA de Charlotte Day Wilson
 
De plus, Polaris a commandé deux œuvres supplémentaires pour honorer les plus récent·e·s lauréat·e·s du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight - Faith Nolan avec l'album Africville et Nomeansno avec l'album Wrong. Ces affiches commémoratives, réalisées par Yazmin Monet Butcher et Jean deMers, seront aussi présentées à Underscore Projects.
 
Cet événement est également rendu possible grâce à l'appui généreux de Crown Royal. En tant que fabricant de whisky fièrement canadien, Crown Royal est fier de lever son verre à la prochaine génération de grands noms de la musique et de célébrer les talents artistiques canadiens.
 
Les artistes retenu·e·s pour la création des affiches ont été sélectionné·e·s par Polaris et The Office of Gilbert Li. Les impressions ont été réalisées par Kid Icarus, à Toronto.
 
Il s'agira de la première exposition d'envergure pour les affiches d'archive de Polaris. Il sera possible de se procurer des tirages des 12 nouvelles affiches, ainsi que d'une série d'affiches sélectionnées provenant des archives de Polaris. Les affiches seront en vente pendant tout le mois de septembre à Underscore Projects. Elles seront également offertes en quantités limitées lors du Gala Polaris et en précommande dès le 9 septembre sur le site Web du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Depuis le début de l'organisation, en 2006, Polaris a commandé plus de 200 œuvres d'art originales dans le cadre de son programme d'affiches. L'objectif du fondateur, Steve Jordan, est d'offrir à chacun·e des 10 artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste une « affiche de concert » inspirée de l'album en lice. Plusieurs de ces œuvres ont par la suite elles-mêmes remporté des prix de la Society of Illustrators et de la Communication Arts Annual. Des pièces sélectionnées ont également été exposées au Centre national des arts, au Conseil des arts du Canada et au London Museum. Certaines d'entre elles apparaissent dans le projet numérique d'histoire de la musique Sounds Like Toronto, piloté par Heritage Toronto. Enfin, les affiches Polaris sont affichées bien en vue dans les bureaux de nombreuses institutions culturelles et musicales.
 
Le Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 constitue une excellente occasion pour promouvoir l'événement phare du calendrier Polaris, le Gala Polaris, qui aura lieu le 19 septembre, à The Carlu, à Toronto. Le Gala Polaris 2022 présentera les performances de plusieurs des artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste de cette année. Un·e de ces artistes sera sélectionné·e comme récipiendaire du Prix de musique Polaris 2022. Des billets pour le Gala Polaris sont actuellement en vente sur Ticketmaster.
 
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/fr

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :

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

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

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de la radio, de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des captations de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et 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
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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MIRANDA JOAN SURRENDERS TO SUMMER HEAT WITH NEW SONG OVERSTIMULATED

WATCH STUNNING VIDEO FILMED AT
COPACABANA BEACH, BRAZIL

Toronto, ON – August 29, 2022 – Canadian-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter and musician, Miranda Joan, brings alluring, soul-infused pop and R&B to the fore. Having grown up in Canada and being no stranger to the cold, one thing Miranda learned from New York summers is that you can’t fight the heat - and at some points,  you must surrender to it. The summer may be winding down, but senses continue to rise in every degree of her new single - Overstimulated - a sultry track inspired by a multitude of locales and the ideas that arise in new places, in good company, with all the feelings. Listen to it on Bandcamp and all platforms here and read the lyrics here.

"I wrote this song when the doors to life had just reopened post-lockdown and I was, as I’m sure many of us were, ready to erupt. It was summer in New York City, I had just returned from nine months in Vancouver, and it was hot. We’re talking sweat dripping down the small of your back, sleeping on top of the sheets, too-hot-to-think kind of heat. In what felt like a blink of an eye, everything opened up and here we were, hermited heathens, given keys to the city. The energy was intense and, having spent so much time in isolation, when things finally came back and we were able to socialize again, I was overcome with urgency. I wanted to do it all, I wanted contact, I wanted to be around people, I wanted to be seen, I wanted to feel. I was vibrating and it was as overwhelming as it was exciting. Overstimulated  is about the exhilarating part of reaching out and feeling it all again."

Overstimulated marks the first single from  Miranda's forthcoming album, set to launch in 2023. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Vida Fodonaand styled by Brazilian fashion brand, Santa Maria. Watch Overstimulated and learn more about the experience below. 

On the process, Miranda reflects: "I have many loved ones in Brazil and the reason I wanted to do the visuals for this single there was, for starters, it was during Carnival which feels like overstimulation personified. Also, Rio happens to be a place where surrender to heat is ritualized. I’ve learned a lot about the power of my femininity in the times I’ve spent in Brazil and it has been a place that has brought me closer to my body; to really be in my skin and to enjoy and celebrate it. Whatever that looks like for you, it’s yours. You define it; you own it."

Overstimulated captures a sense of wonder and shows Miranda fully committing to and embracing the sensual side of her personality and her music. From the stripped down production in the verses to the visuals, she wanted this song to capture emotions in a time of reopening, of new adventure, of feeling connection with people as a mirror for ourselves in ways we hadn’t been able to during lockdown; to not only fantasize about connection but to once again be able to go out and feel it. The track was produced by CARRTOONS, with additional synths by Jake Sherman.

The track is a sample of what audiences can expect to hear from Miranda as the seasons change - stay tuned! 

About Miranda Joan:
Miranda Joan is a Canadian soul-pop singer and songwriter born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver. Currently based in Brooklyn, Joan maintains strong roots in Canada. Joan divides her time between countries and it was her university studies in jazz that originally brought her to New York, a city whose grittiness and intensity has influenced her artistry as profoundly as her bi-coastal upbringing. The fluidity that came with growing up along the Pacific ocean in Vancouver and the joy-de-vivre and creativity that Montréal exudes continue to shape Joan's personally, artistically and spiritually. Both her French and English backgrounds have made their way into her writing, which orients itself around story and lyrics and is largely influenced by her reverence for soul and pop music.

Miranda Joan was selected as one of First Up with RBCxMusic Emerging Artists in 2021, shared the virtual stage at CMW and has received radio airplay in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Living in NYC, Joan has performed on national tours and played sold-out shows as well as headlined well-known NYC venues. In 2019 she performed at the Montréal Jazz Festival with the Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, led by Sly5thAve in a tribute to Dr. Dre, and she is a co-host and co-founder of Brooklyn’s Femme Jam (NYC’s first all-female led jam session) which is a community initiative to create a womxn-led space with an emphasis on female musicians that fosters inclusively and creates community. Arts mentorship has been an important through-line in Joan’s career and for the past eight years she has been a music mentor with the non-profit SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young where she works with youth 8-18 who stutter. 

Joan has shared the stage singing background for high-profile artists such as Andy Grammar, Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Surf Mesa, Lorde and Shawn Mendes.

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SARAH HILTZ  ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR SHARING MUSIC FROM LATEST ALBUM CALM FURY

LISTEN TO CALM FURY

TORONTO LAUNCH SHOW SEPTEMBER 8 AT CAMERON HOUSE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

"Songs have a timeless quality to them, as if they’ve always been there in your life, bringing comfort to difficult chapters." - She Does The City

"A high level of musicianship prevails throughout the record."
RootsMusic.ca

"A passionate and striking performance." - Dusty Organ

"Rich storytelling and moments of sonic tension and release."
Addicted Magazine

"Serene and soothing." - Ottawa Life Magazine
 

 

TORONTO, ON – August 29, 2022 – Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, is taking on the country in an extensive Canadian tour run this fall. Following the release of her beautifully produced, poignant and timely album Calm Fury (released March 4, 2022), Sarah and her pal, Rebekah Hawker, will celebrate the project through intentional live performances. Calm Fury grew out of a three year research project learning about the ways we experience, express and repress anger in modern society. Their combined show features two distinct and contrasting sets, full of engaging songs, humour, storytelling, and well-arranged moments of harmony and musical collaboration. 

Everything kicks off Thursday, September 8 at the Cameron House in Toronto, where Sarah and Rebekah will be joined by Connor Walsh and Charlotte Cornfield, who played bass and drums on the album. Shows will follow in Winnipeg, Calgary, across British Columbia and Ontario into October. See all dates below. 

Key album tracks, Calm Fury and Retching In The Wings, and May I Rage, May I Love are a sample of this powerful, cathartic collection of songs that reflect a sonic study. Select inspiration and references include Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by the late, great Thich Nhat Hanh, and footage of Sinead O’Connor getting booed at Madison Square Garden for ripping up a photo of the pope in protest of the Catholic Church’s history and perpetuation of child abuse.

Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, Sarah is pairing the music with The Fury Pod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic. Season 2 launches in October - stay tuned for the Season 1 wrap-up episode launching September 12 here.


Calm Fury is a collection of songs inspired by Sarah’s research into the ways that Canadians experience, express and repress anger, along with Sarah’s own, and how others relate to anger. Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Part of the research project involved attending a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2019. The tracks on the album go deep, looking at: how anger is processed in the body, communication with others, women’s anger and men’s response to it, how it can be used as energy, self-directed anger, justified anger, creativity & anger, and spirituality & anger. 

TOUR DATES:
September 8 - Toronto, ON - The Cameron House - Tickets
September 19 - Winnipeg, MB - FortWhyte Alive
September 21 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
September 22 - Kelowna, BC - Rustic Reel Taproom
September 23 - Vancouver, BC - House Concert (Cliff’s)
September 24 - Cobble Hill, BC - Merridale Cidery
September 28 - Invermere, BC - Arrowhead Brewing
September 29 - Calgary, AB - Venue TBA
September 30 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive
October 2 - Edmonton, AB - House Concert (Malcolm’s)
October 4 - Moose Jaw, SK - The Hive
October 6 - Morden, MB - Rendezvous Brewing
October 7 - Thunder Bay, ON - Algoma House
October 8 - Haileybury, ON - Live On Georgina

More on Calm Fury:
Calm Fury brings a variety of sounds, arrangements and awesome collaborators into the fold. Sarah was less fixated on capturing a particular sound or arrangement for each song and instead focused on working with people who she felt would honestly engage with the subject and reflect it in their own performance. The album was recorded in Montreal by Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire) and includes guests, Charlotte Cornfield (drums/percussion), Colleen Brown (keys/vocals – of Major Love), Tara Kannangara (trumpet/vocals), Connor Walsh (bass), Rachael Cardiello (vocals – of Zinnia). Shae Brossard also assisted in the studio, while Sarah Thawer sat in as drummer on a couple of songs. Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) added vibraphone, marimba and tenor glockenspiel across the album, with a feature by Fats Kaplin, performing pedal steel on another track. 

Retching In The Wings features: Sarah Hiltz (Vocals, electric, acoustic), Connor Walsh (electric bass), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel), Colleen Brown (piano, background vocals), Tara Kannangara (background vocals), Bruce Cawdron (Vibraphone, marimba). 

Calm Fury features: Sarah Hiltz (vocals, acoustic guitar), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Connor Walsh (bass), Colleen Brown (background vocals, organ).

Earlier this year, Sarah shared May I Rage, May I Love, waxing poetic on how anger connects with spirituality, and the concept of justified anger, and safe spaces. The video, directed by Sandi Barrett, captures stunning, monochromatic scenes of people in deep reflection, coming to terms with their anger and fears, meeting them in spaces with love and catharsis. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

In 2021, Sarah kicked things off with Love & Retreat and Swim. On Love & Retreat, Sarah draws from the experience of fraught communication, using the setting of heated arguments and discussions, making this catalytic track the apex of the album as a whole. Listen here and watch the visualizer here. On Swim, Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here

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DOWNLOAD - Calm Fury Album Artwork

About Sarah Hiltz
Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response. 

Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIA Rail’s passenger train, “The Canadian." Beauty in the Blue features lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting.

Sarah has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs since 2009. Her work over the last decade as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award (Political Category), opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, Top 3 placement in a nation-wide music competition (She’s The One), a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.

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THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS: METALSUCKS PREMIERES THE ELEPHANT MAN IN THE ROOM VIDEO FROM ATLANTA MATHCORE COLLECTIVE

CELEBRITY THERAPIST TO DROP SEPTEMBER 2
VIA MNRK HEAVY/MODERN STATIC RECORDS


BAND TO KICK OFF U.S. TOUR WITH ROLO TOMASSI

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia-based mathcore collective, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS, today unleashes their delightfully sardonic video for The Elephant Man In The Room. Now playing courtesy of MetalSucks, the manic hymn comes off the band’s anticipated Celebrity Therapist full-length, set for release September 2 via MNRK Heavy and Modern Static Records. Watch the video here.

The band Kill Your Stereo crowned, “insane, intricate, and impressive,” introduced themselves to the underground with 2019’s Die On Mars. Mathcore Index noted of the group’s raucously volatile debut, “These Georgians have the skills to be the next boundary-pushers in the genre,” while Metal Injection insisted the offering would “make you punch everyone ever in the face” and they meant it in the best way possible. The music on Celebrity Therapist shockingly ups the ante with convulsive time shifts and sadistic precision.

The record is unapologetically dense and impenetrable yet confusingly inviting as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines. Chronically intriguing in both sound and execution, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS is composed of charismatic frontman, Carson Pace, possessed like a young Mike Patton, guitarists Maddie Caffrey and Dan Hodsdon, bassist Jack Buckalew, drummer Sam Williamson, and violinist Amber Christman. Together the band revives noise rock like they’re summoning the dead delivering a vibrant and distinctly singular concoction of mathcore, sasscore, and post-hardcore — a sound that’s at once abrasive, chaotic, and curiously classy.

Every band claims to combine the most devastating of heavy riffs with the catchiest of melodies, but THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS do precisely that with a wrecking ball of unrestrained frenzy and total mayhem. Derived from the school of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, and The Chariot, with a heightened degree of theatricality as one of the methods to their madness, think Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy getting slapped around good-naturedly by Glassjaw. Celebrity Therapist even indulges in a bit of drone and avant-garde post-rock a la Sigor Rós and Radiohead.

Comments Pace of latest single, The Elephant Man In The Room, “Is this a third cryptic press release? Nah man, this one is just straight over the plate rock music. The kind you find in your dad’s tape deck. Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that kinda deal. Hope this song makes it into Stranger Things so our parents will think we’re a real band.”

Adds MetalSucks, "Lofty comparisons like 'Dillinger by way of Mr. Bungle' usually do nothing but make me think one thing: 'buuuullshit.' But you know what? I’m eating my words today, because the song you’re about to hear off of their fourth studio effort Celebrity Therapist easily pulls from those influences, plunges what they’ve extracted into a broken centrifuge, and force feeds you the twisted concoction they’ve created. If you like metalcore but think the genre needs better hooks and a violin, then you’ve found your new band.”

View the band’s previously released video for A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops here and What Is Delicious? Who Swarms? here. Celebrity Therapist will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders here.  

Coinciding with the release of Celebrity Therapist, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS will join MNRK Heavy labelmates Rolo Tomassi for a two-week run of U.S. live dates. The journey will commence September 1 in Allston, Massachusetts and run through September 15 in Brooklyn, New York. Additional support will be provided by Cryptodira.

Comments the band, “On a long Greyhound ride across California, the majority of the lyrics for our album Die On Mars were written while Carson listened to Rolo Tomassi’s Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. We are incredibly honored to be included on their tour for Where Myth Becomes Memory alongside Cryptodira.”
 
See all confirmed dates below.

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS w/ Rolo Tomassi, Cryptodira:
9/01/2022 Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
9/02/2022 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/03/2022 The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
9/04/2022 The Crafthouse Stage & Grill - Pittsburgh, PA
9/06/2022 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
9/07/2022 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
9/09/2022 Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
9/10/2022 The End - Nashville, TN
9/11/2022 Purgatory @ The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
9/12/2022 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
9/13/2022 New Brookland Tavern - West Columbia, SC
9/14/2022 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
9/15/2022 The Meadows - New York City, NY

“For every skronky guitar spasm and rhythmic tongue-twist, there’s a majestically catchy chorus or a destructively heavy breakdown that actually rewards the ear with something singable or moshable. It’s not just messy and weird for the hell of it, there’s an actual purpose and intentionality to its structure,
and so many sonic tidbits to sink your teeth into.” –
Revolver
 
“Atlanta’s THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS make a frantic, freaked-out form of math-damaged metalcore. They recall the late-’90s insanity of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch, if either of those bands had ever messed around
with pop melodies or employed a violin player.” –
Stereogum
 
“With three minutes of shapeshifting metalcore that sounds even more chaotic than anything on Die On Mars, ‘A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops’ already proves that the wait has been worth it. It continues the DAOBOYS’ knack for fusing Botch/Converge-style mathcore with Every Time I Die/The Chariot-style theatrics, but even that description can’t prepare you for this beast, which also incorporates white noise, a spoken word head trip, a deathcore-ish breakdown, and a complete disregard for traditional song structure.” – BrooklynVegan on A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops
 
THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
Carson Pace – vocals
Maddie Caffrey – guitar
Jackie Buckalew – bass
Amber Christman – violin
Sam Williamson – drums
Dan Hodsdon – guitar
Whitney Jordan – synthesizer, backing vocals

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND RELEASE I AM THE MOON: EPISODE IV. FAREWELL

FINAL CHAPTER OF THE BAND’S EPIC 4-LP AND 4-COMPANION ALBUM CYCLE OUT TODAY ON CD + DIGITAL

WATCH TTB PERFORM SOUL SWEET SONG
ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! HERE

WATCH THEIR SPECIAL 3-SONG KIMMEL ‘OFF-AIR’ LIVESTREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2022Tedeschi Trucks Band, the GRAMMY-winning rock and soul 12-piece led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have released I Am The Moon: Episode IV. Farewell, the final chapter of their acclaimed 4-LP and 4-Companion album cycle, I Am The Moon. Listen to/purchase, I Am The Moon here. Fans can also stream the album-length companion visual from filmmaker Alix Lambert on the band's YouTube Channel
 
An astonishing amalgamation of soul, rock, blues, funk, psyche, roots and Eastern influences, the project’s sweeping artistic ambition—and the sheer quality of its songwriting and musicianship—makes I Am The Moon one of the year’s most essential recordings. This week, the groundswell of excitement reached a crescendo in anticipation of the journey’s concluding episode as enthusiastic fans from all over the globe have embraced this project like no other in the band’s history.   

In his bio notes, esteemed music journalist David Fricke summarized Farewell beautifully: “Farewell – the final record in the groundbreaking studio release by Tedeschi Trucks Band, I Am The Moon – concludes a remarkable adventure and new beginning for the group, now in its 12th year as America's premier rock & roll big band: four distinct and, at the same time, deeply connected albums with a total of 24 original songs capturing the power of devotion in a time of crisis and separation, with a renewed energy in collective songwriting and performance. Opening with the lusty confrontation of Last Night In The Rain and ending with the rousing benediction Another Day, Farewell is "a wish of well-being at parting," as one dictionary defines that word – with more road and love ahead.”
 
On Monday, August 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their uplifting and poignant new single, Soul Sweet Song, on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, watch it here. TTB also performed three additional songs from I Am The Moon for a special KIMMEL ‘off-air’ livestream, watch it here.
 
TTB began the west coast run of their Wheels of Soul tour this past week with triumphant performances at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley. In their glowing show review, Glide Magazine raved, “The night of glorious soul, rock, and blues included guest sit-ins, powerful new music, and exceptional performances.” See full 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. In addition, 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. Watch here.
 
Purchase 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, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.         

Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:
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

PRAISE FOR TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND + I AM THE MOON:
 
“One of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done…Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?”
Rolling Stone
 
“Stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance.”

MOJO 
 
“I Am the Moon is dazzling in concept and execution. Tedeschi Trucks Band embrace this narrative with ambition, and expose its lessons with creative imagination, emotionally intelligent songwriting, and mind-blowing musicality.”

AllMusic
 
“There aren't enough complimentary adjectives in the thesaurus to describe 
Tedeschi Trucks Band.” 

— WFUV
 
“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."

Glide
 
“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."

The Arts Fuse
 
“Musically, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is at their most compelling here: weaving through the seamless blend of blues, rock, jazz, raga, gospel, soul, folk, and even classical for which they’re known.”

No Depression
 
“The group's combination of musical excellence and daring won't be denied, which makes I Am the Moon, in all of its unapologetically indulgent grandeur, a career-defining work.”

Ultimate Classic Rock
 
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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MEECHY DARKO RELEASES LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FEATURING FREDDIE GIBBS, A-TRAK, BUSTA RHYMES,
DENZEL CURRY, BLACK THOUGHT AND MORE

SHARES FIRST EPISODE OF EVERYBODY EATS
FEAT. DENZEL CURRY & DOT DA GENIUS

US TOUR DATES KICK OFF IN NOVEMBER
WITH TORONTO SHOW ON NOVEMBER 28

"“On God” begins with a grandiose flourish but settles into a groove that’s still propulsive, but also subtle and unsettling in its own ways. Meechy Darko and Freddie Gibbs trade sprawling, heavy, and brutally honest verses on the five-minute track, while A-Trak arrives at the end to show off his signature scratching skills."
Rolling Stone

"Meechy Darko has everything it takes to be a star, and his vivid imagery laid out with his deep voice that takes on countless mutations make his forthcoming
solo debut Gothic Luxury a must-listen."
 - Paste Magazine

"a gritty new single" - Billboard on Get Lit or Die Tryin’

"Over a suitably menacing backdrop, Meechy ruminates on America’s seemingly endless campaign of terror of Black American citizens, from derailing the Black Panther movement of the 1960s to the media framing Blaming 
people as inherently violent." 
Uproxx on Kill Us All (K.U.A.)

"a firm reminder of his irreplicable presence in hip-hop. Laced with a subtle sample from 50 Cent's "Hustler's Ambitions," Meechy Darko comes through with a smooth yet high-energy banger that sets the tone for what's to come off of Gothic Luxury" 
- Hot New Hip Hop on Get Lit or Die Tryin’

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Today, Meechy Darko has released his long awaited debut, Gothic Luxury, via Loma Vista Recordings. Focus track Lost Souls, comes on the heels of previous singles On GODGet Lit or Die Tryin’  and Kill Us All (K.U.A.), and comes paired with the first episode of EVERYBODY EATS, a roundtable discussion between Meechy Darko, Denzel Curry, and executive producer Dot Da Genius. This first instalment of the three-course series explores Meech and Denzel's family ties, the making of Lost Souls (originally intended for Denzel’s own album Melt My Eyez See Your Future), Meech and Dot Da Genius’ first encounter, how Denzel earned a production credit on Gothic Luxury, and more. Along with the album release, Meechy Darko has announced a massive run of US tour dates to kick off this November, with a stop in Toronto on November 28.

Listen to and buy Gothic Luxury here and check out previously singles, On GOD (featuring Freddie Gibbs and A-Trak)Get Lit Or Die Tryin' and Kill Us All (K.U.A.)

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.

This November, Meechy Darko will embark on a massive headlining tour of the States. Tickets available here.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Nov 10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov 14 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Nov 15 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 16 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 18 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Nov 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Nov 20 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Nov 22 - Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Nov 23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 26 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
Nov 28 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Nov 29 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Dec 1- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Dec 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Dec 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
Dec 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Dec 7 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Dec 9 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Dec 10 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Dec 11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Dec 13 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Dec 14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observator

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VALERIE JUNE’S  UNDER COVER IS OUT TODAY

EIGHT-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

TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2022 – Today, acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, released Under Cover – a specially curated eight-track covers collection, available digitally and on CD + vinyl via Fantasy Records.  Listen to and/or purchase Under Cover here.
 
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 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). June’s captivating reading of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You rounds out the set; its live performance video has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube to date.
 
One of American music’s most admired sonic experimentalists, June approaches these carefully chosen songs with both reverence and child-like freedom.  It’s a one-of-kind balance between modern and traditional influences that makes her such a unique artistic force and these timeless songs her own.  
 
Valerie June on her love of Gillian Welch and Look at Miss Ohio“The modulation of intonation and pitch of her voice made me rush to the store to buy every record she'd ever made. The course of study only gets deeper with every record and each listen.  I found myself noticing the sound of the room in the recordings. That's when I became a fan of T. Bone Burnett's production, and I lost myself in the masterful musicianship on the records with David Rawlings. Luckily, I shared the stage with them at a show in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena where I was able to tell them both thank you for their music.  I have so many music teachers that I've never gotten to meet.  Usually, I just study their records.  It's also a high honor and blessing when you get to meet one of your faves.”
 
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. 

TOUR DATES:
8/26 – London, England – All Points East Festival
9/2 –  George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/10 – New Haven, CT – CT Folk Fest
9/17 – Camden, NJ - XpoNential Music Festival 
10/16 – Greenville, SC – Fall For Greenville
11/4 – Port Washington, NY – Landmark on Main Street (solo show)
11/5 – Mamaroneck, NY – Emelin Theatre Mamaroneck (solo show)
11/6 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (solo show)
11/8 – Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Café (solo show)
11/9 – State College, PA – The State Theatre (solo show)
11/11 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts of Homer (solo show)
11/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Universal Preservation Hall (solo show)
11/13 – Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu Performance Center (solo show)

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ZELLA DAY SET TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM SUNDAY IN HEAVEN ON OCTOBER 14 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Incredible LA-and-Austin-based singer/songwriter, Zella Day, is thrilled to announce the details of her forthcoming sophomore album. Entitled Sunday In Heaven, the record, which was written and performed by Day, will be released on October 14 via Concord Records. Sunday In Heaven was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), with additional production by John Velasquez and Alex Casnoff, and features additional playing by the likes of Autolux’s Carla Azar and Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichneor. The album also includes the acclaimed songs Day released in 2021 –  Golden,&n