IMPENDING DOOM: VETERAN DEATHCORE OUTFIT UNLEASHES CULTURE OF DEATH VIDEO

HELLBENT EP OUT NOW ON MNRK HEAVY

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TORONTO, ON – January 18, 2022 - Veteran California deathcore outfit, IMPENDING DOOM, today unleashes their new video for Culture Of Death. The ferocious hymn comes off the band’s Hellbent EP, released late last Fall via MNRK Heavy. Watch it here and preview / purchase Hellbent here
 
Comments vocalist Brook Reeves, “’Culture Of Death’ is a song about sacrificing your beliefs to become someone you’re not for people who don’t care only to feel numb in the end and the wanting to feel alive again.”

Hellbent is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality. The EP showcases the enduring trio who formed the creative core of the band in Riverside, California: Sittig, vocalist Brook Reeves, and guitarist Manny Contreras. Satanic Panic, New World Horror, Culture of Death, I Must End, and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band's esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. As reliably as ever, the band warn of society's inevitable destructive collapse through crushing heaviness, punishing death and grindcore riffing, impossibly guttural growls, and a steadfast reverence for Christ. Recorded with engineer, Joseph Calleiro, at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator, Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), Hellbent also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.  

View the band’s previously released video for Satanic Panic and New World Horror

The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore. The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike. 

“Each track carries its own unique brutality; ‘Culture Of Death’ heaves between building anxiety and engorged breakdowns, whilst ‘Hellbent’ draws its harshness from the lightning deathcore verse riffs that sustain an impossible pace.” -- Distorted Sound
 
“Hellbent is too ferocious to permit the luxury of allowing your mind to wander. Can you see those needles aimed at your eyeballs? You’re one inch away from a gouging.” -- Scream Blast Repeat
 
“What IMPENDING DOOM do really well here is atmosphere, never afraid to whisper before the next blood curdling roar while keeping it strictly heavy…” -- Metal Noise
 
“…these individuals let their music speak, and the conversation is blistering, blasting and crushing.” -- Blessed Altar

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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BILLEN TED & JC STEWART JOIN FORCES ON NEW SINGLE 24/7

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THE RISING PRODUCER DUO ACHIEVED OVER HALF A BILLION STREAMS IN 2021

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2022 – Brit Award nominees, Billen Ted, have linked up with Northern Irish talent, JC Stewart, on new single 24/7, out today. Tapping into the infectiously saccharine dance-pop sound on which Billen Ted have built their reputation, 24/7 combines euphoric piano chords and rousing breakdowns with the pitch-perfect vocals of JC Stewart. Listen to the track here.
 
It follows Billen Ted’s previous single When You’re Out, an acclaimed release featuring Mae Muller that has racked up 10 million Spotify streams to date. In the months since the duo have dropped remixes for the likes of Liam Payne, Tom Grennan and TELYKast. Prior to that came their iconic viral remix of global hit, Wellerman, a release that saw them top the UK Singles charts and score a Brit Award nomination.
 
Operating out of the legendary Ealing Studios in West London, the production-writing duo have made the unlikely transition from death metal bands to the world of dance music, previously writing tracks for the likes of 220 Kid, Hugel, MNEK and Sleepwalkrs and remixing for Little Mix, Saweetie, Sam Fischer, Anne Marie and James Arthur before turning their attention to their own musical project.
 
JC Stewart is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician who describes the style of his music as “professional sad boy.” He is best known for co-writing the Lewis Capaldi hit, Hollywood, which featured on the Scotsman’s best-selling debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, and for his parody of the Friends theme tune which went viral after being noticed by Jennifer Aniston.
 
Billen Ted burst into the new year with the same infectious pop energy that spearheaded the last.

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CERAMIC ANIMAL RELEASE NEW SINGLE/ VIDEO UP IN SMOKE

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SWEET UNKNOWN PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH OUT VIA EASY EYE SOUND ON  MARCH 4

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2022 – Ceramic Animal have released a new single, Up In Smoke, along with a companion music video directed by Bob Sweeney and shot cinema verite-style around their hometown. "Up In Smoke takes you on a forlorn, lonesome journey that shows how the feeling of isolation can seep into every aspect of life,” says lead singer, Chris Regan. “The upbeat instrumentation creates a necessary dichotomy and acts as a sign of hope. There is always a chance to break out from the hold of solitude." The band recently announced the release of their new album, Sweet Unknowndue out March 4. The album will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. Late last year Ceramic Animal also released the album’s title track and accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach. 
 
Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post-punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile. 
 
Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far-flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do - work hard. 
 
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father—their greatest influence and biggest fan—just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
 
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022. Highlights include The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY on February 16, Schuba’s in Chicago on February 25 and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on March 6. A full list of tour dates are below.

TOUR DATES:
February 16 - The Sultan Room - Brooklyn, NY
February 18 - Sonias - Boston, MA
February 19 - Pie Shop - Washington D.C.
February 25 - Schuba’s - Chicago, IL
February 26 - Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
February 27 - Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
March 6 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
March 12 - Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA

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By Stephen Deusner
 
Strutting out of the historic town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ceramic Animal forge an original and exciting new sound from glam, post-punk, psych rock, ’70s pop, and so much more. Just as crucially, this band of brothers--Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums), and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys), along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass)—have found success on their own terms, bucking industry conventions to attract a large and far-flung fan base spanning generations and genres. They’re already a success story based on their first three self-funded, self-produced, and self-released albums. 
 
Their fourth, however, shows the spoils of their success. Recorded with Dan Auerbach at his legendary Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Sweet Unknown is their most mature, their most imaginative, their most daring to date, colliding the glitter-stomp of T. Rex, the rock-and-roll decadence of any-period David Bowie, and the extravagant melodicism of Todd Rundgren. Musically exuberant, these ten new songs are shot through with an undercurrent of sadness, with songs like Long Day and Private Dancer and even the rip-roaring closer. Valerie, addressing loss, absence, and estrangement. It’s an album that grabs you by the lapels on first listen, but tells you dark secrets with every subsequent spin. 
 
Hailing from Doylestown—rather than coming up in a more established music scene—has allowed Ceramic Animal to figure themselves out as individual musicians and as a band, giving them the opportunity to determine their own musical and business virtues. They played in a series of cover bands throughout high school and college, treating those gigs like an extended apprenticeship with Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Strokes, and The Black Keys. But their first and greatest influence was always their father. “Our music taste comes from him,” says Chris. “He raised us on classic rock—the Stones, Sabbath, The Kinks. I always make the joke that he was the greatest musician that never was. He couldn’t play, but he had an ear for it. He gave us so much great feedback early on.” 
 
As they grew bold enough to sneak a few originals into their setlists, the lineup for Ceramic Animal settled into a rowdy five-piece, almost always taking the stage in matching suits. “Doylestown turned out to be a very healthy music scene for us,” says Marchione. “So even though we always thought big, we never really felt the need to relocate. We didn’t see the benefit of going somewhere else.” From Doylestown they could make the easy trek down to Philly or over to New York City, and they could do things the way they wanted, without interference from outside parties. 
 
But they never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and found that they each had complementary strengths. Chris was responsible for the creative side of the band, writing songs and producing their albums. Erik had a knack for finances and planning, while Elliott (“the best reader among us,” laughs Chris) handled legal. “We didn’t know what we were doing, and we still don’t,” says Erik. “We were able to try things out, and we tried to fail small, fail cheap, and fail fast whenever we could. Then we could regroup and keep going.” 
 
Remarkably, it worked for them. Their records sold well on tour and online, their shows sold out, and their songs found their way onto streaming playlists that introduced them to new fans young and old—teenagers who loved the band’s music and the parents who recognized the band’s influences. Sadly, their father didn’t get to witness their accomplishments: Their greatest influence as well as their biggest fan died shortly before they released their third album. 
 
It was through one of those playlists that Dan Auerbach discovered Ceramic Animal. He delved into their catalog and was impressed by their music as well as their work ethic. “I liked what they had going on, and I liked how obviously hard-working they are,” says Dan. “When I spoke with them, I liked them even more. They’re very down to earth, but they’re also incredibly ambitious. They’re so genuinely confident with themselves, and that allows them the freedom to explore music and ideas together. They have a lot of the qualities I see in very successful groups, but they’re just at the beginning, really.”
 
He invited the band down to Nashville to write and record their fourth album, Sweet UnknownGiving up their independence wasn’t easy—after all, they’d come this far by themselves, and they could keep going even further. Auerbach helped them distill their sound and their vision down to its purest form. “It’s not every day that you get this opportunity to work with someone as renowned as Dan,” says Chris. “I was just curious to see what would happen and what we could create together.”
 
First, Chris came down to write songs with Auerbach and veteran songwriters Desmond Child, Pat McLaughlin, and Angelo Petraglia. They worked on keeping the arrangements clear, focused, impactful. “In the past I’ve written some pretty vague lyrics because I wanted people to be able to read into the songs whatever they wanted or needed,” says Chris. “I learned a lot from that process, especially about how to tell a clear story and how to make the painful edits that make a song so much better. The point is to communicate as clearly as possible.” His storytelling comes through on every song, especially the hand-on-shoulder anthem, Long Day, which follows a couple trying to stay together even when the world intrudes: “Looking at the bills laying on the table,” Chris sings. “I would pay them all if I was able to.” It’s a slow burn soul song, less about any one big moment of betrayal and more about the crushing weight of so many small moments. 
 
Next, the band convened at Easy Eye Sound to turn them into Ceramic Animal songs. With each member bringing the force of his own personality to every note, they emphasized live-wire energy and kept first takes, the better to instill these songs with the urgency and humanity they demanded. For the title track, a subdued ballad with a weightless guitar strum and a call-and-response between vocals and guitars, they wobbled into the studio groggy and maybe a little hung over one morning, then recorded it in one go. That lends the song its last-call world-weariness, as though they’re bringing a long night to a close rather than facing down a new day. “We just wanted to create something that was true to us,” says Chris, “something that we would want to hear, something that we would feel like should exist.”
 
Lively and imaginative, the music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, creating a world where intimate lovers gradually grow cold toward each other, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. It makes for a lonely album, but not one devoid of hope or warmth. In fact, on the standout Forever Song, this band of brothers show how music can connect people, if only for a few sweet minutes. As Chris declares right before the chorus, “Strangers dance like soul mates to an old forever song!” You can imagine all their fans, whatever their age, singing along to that big-hearted chorus. “That was something that was really resonating with me when we were working on this record,” says Chris. “Nothing is guaranteed, and sometimes you can only really appreciate the good things in your life after they’re gone. There’s definitely a sense of loneliness that everybody feels.”

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KEB’ MO’ RELEASES GOOD TO BE (HOME AGAIN) 

NEW ALBUM GOOD TO BE OUT JANUARY 21 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2022 –Today, five-time GRAMMY winner, Keb’ Mo’, released his new single Good to Be Home (Again). The song will appear on his forthcoming album, Good To Be, out January 21 via Rounder Records (currently available for pre-order). "Good To Be (Home Again) feels like the title track to my life,” explains Kevin Moore, who is best known by his stage name Keb’ Mo’. Listen to Good To Be (Home Again) here.
 
Late last year Keb’ Mo’ announced Good To Be with the official video for Good Strong Woman featuring Darius Rucker. The single was praised by American SongwriterBillboardWide Open Country and Guitar World, who said the song “...flexes the guitarist’s impeccable blues-based abilities via some pinpoint slide licks, as well as his supremely soulful vocals.” In 2021 Keb’ Mo’ also released the singles Sunny and Warm, The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show), and a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me, all of which will appear on the forthcoming album. 
 
Good To Be was co-produced by Keb’ Mo’ alongside country music legend, Vince Gill, who produced three of the album’s 13 tracks, and three-time GRAMMY winner Tom Hambridge (B.B. King, Buddy Guy). Darius Rucker, Kristin Chenoweth, and Old Crow Medicine Show all make guest appearances on the album. 
 
The album was written between Nashville and his childhood home in Compton, which Keb’ recently purchased and renovated. He often found himself reflecting on the idea of home and contemplating what it means to belong and what it takes to stay true to yourself. ​​“You can’t bring an attitude to Compton,” reflects Keb’. “You can’t pose. You can’t be anything but real when you’re walking down the same streets you used to ride your bike on as a kid. In a lot of ways, coming back there felt like it completed me.”
 
Good To Be Tracklist:
1) Good To Be (Home Again)
2) So Easy 
03) Sunny and Warm
4) Good Strong Woman (feat. Darius Rucker)
5) The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show)
6) Marvelous to Me
7) Lean on Me
8) Like Love
9) Dressed Up in Blue
10) ‘62 Chevy
11) Louder
12) So Good to Me
13) Quiet Moments (feat. Kristin Chenoweth)
 
Tour Dates:
01/20/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/21/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/22/22: Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage (2 Shows)
01/23/22: Easton, MD - Avalon Theatre
01/25/22: Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall
01/26/22: Boston, MA - City Winery
01/27/22: Boston, MA - City Winery
01/28/22: Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
01/30/22: New York, NY - City Winery
01/31/22: New York, NY - City Winery
02/02/22: Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
02/03/22: East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
02/04/22: Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
02/05/22: Waterville, ME - Waterville Opera House
02/07/22: Princeton, NJ - McCarter Theatre
02/21/22: Various, US & Jamaica - Bonamassa Cruise
02/26/22: Orlando, FL - Plaza Live
02/28/22: Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
03/01/22: Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
03/03/22: Stuart, FL - The Lyric
03/04/22: Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
03/05/22: Newberry, SC - Newberry Opera House
03/25/22: Honolulu, HI - Blue Note
03/26/22: Honolulu, HI - Blue Note
03/27/22: Honolulu, HI - Blue Note
03/29/22: Seattle, WA - The Moore Theater
03/30/22: Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
03/31/22: Eugene, OR - Shedd/Jaqua Concert Hall
04/10/22: Orange, CA - Musco/Chapman University
04/13/22: Grass Valley, CA - Center For The Arts Grass Valley
04/14/22: Turlock, CA - Turlock Theatre
04/15/22: Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre
04/16/22: Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
04/19/22: San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theatre
04/21/22: San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz
04/22/22: San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz
04/23/22: San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz
04/24/22: San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz
04/26/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
04/27/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
04/28/22: Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
04/29/22: Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson
07/14/22: Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center

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ENTERPRISE EARTH RELEASE THE CHOSEN TODAY VIA MNRK HEAVY

US TOUR UNDERWAY

“…a monster of an album.”Wonderbox Metal

“ENTERPRISE EARTH is here to pound you into dust…” - Metal Injection

“…ENTERPRISE EARTH come pretty close to transcending deathcore altogether on The Chosen, instead pursuing a new and often electrifying hybrid of modern (and not so modern) metallic styles, replete with far bigger tunes than on any previous record. From the opening seconds of ‘Where Dreams Are Broken,’ the sheer, shiny weight of this thing is abundantly apparent. The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.” 8.5/10 - Blabbermouth 
 
“Barely two weeks into 2022 and we already find ourselves in the presence of a band who are redrawing the battlelines. Is it too early to say that, in The Chosen, ENTERPRISE EARTH have made sure they’re going to be hard to topple from the top of the pack?” - V13

“ENTERPRISE EARTH might be among the chosen few of heavy bands to make marked progression and refinement without sacrificing intensity, aggression or energy… without a doubt the most memorable ENTERPRISE EARTH release to date.” New Transcendence 

“The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most-everything record to date: it’s the heaviest, the most vicious, the most technical, and, not for nothing, the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire, and it’s already destined to be one of 2022’s must-hear metal releases.” 
MetalSucks

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2022 - Today marks the official release date of The Chosen, the long anticipated new full-length from progressive deathcore outfit, ENTERPRISE EARTH.

Thick with atmosphere and groove-driven, old-school death metal with modern flourishes, the record finds the band switching gears from earth-shattering breakdowns to sickeningly slow sludge to blast furnace pummeling with seemingly effortless ease. Writes Blabbermouth of the offering, “…ENTERPRISE EARTH come pretty close to transcending deathcore altogether on The Chosen, instead pursuing a new and often electrifying hybrid of modern (and not so modern) metallic styles, replete with far bigger tunes than on any previous record. From the opening seconds of ‘Where Dreams Are Broken,’ the sheer, shiny weight of this thing is abundantly apparent. The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.”
 
The Chosen was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band’s Gabe Mangold (now the group’s sole guitarist) save for the drums which were tracked with producer Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Death Angel).
 
The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here.

View the band’s previously released videos for Where Dreams Are Broken hereReanimate // Disintegrate here and  Legends Never Die here.

Enterprise Earth is currently on a US tour supporting Fit For An Autopsy. The month-long trek, which commenced on January 5th in Columbus, Ohio, runs through February 12th in New York City. Additional support is being provided by Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, and labelmates, Great American Ghost. See all remaining dates below.

ENTERPRISE EARTH
w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, Great American Ghost [remaining dates]:

1/14/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR
1/15/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
1/17/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA
1/18/2022 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
1/19/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
1/20/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/22/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/24/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
1/25/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
1/26/2022 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
1/27/2022 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
1/28/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN
1/29/2022 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
1/30/2022 The Basement East – Nashville, TN
2/01/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
2/02/2022 Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL
2/03/2022 The Haven – Winterpark, FL
2/04/2022 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/05/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
2/07/2022 Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
2/08/2022 Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
2/09/2022 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
2/10/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/11/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
2/12/2022 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

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GEORGE ALICE DELIVERS NEW SINGLE HOLD ON

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ANNOUNCES GROWING PAINS EP

AUSTRALIAN TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2022 – George Alice knows how to start off a year, and that’s with a stunning new track, Hold On, the announcement of her debut EP, Growing Pains, and a headline tour about to hit the road. Listen here
 
Hold On was produced by Japanese Wallpaper (Allday, MAY-A, Mallrat, Rostam) and Xavier Dunn (Client Liaison, Jack River, Carla Wehbe) and says George of the track: “'Hold On' is from a previous chapter in my life, it was written the day Maribelle and I wrote ‘Circles’ in 2019 - I was 15, in the same living room, with the same people and I think there’s something really special about this song because of that factor. The song itself is written about loss, whether it’s heartbreak or in other ways. Sometimes people leave and you can’t get them back, they’re gone for good, sometimes it feels like you’re drowning in the tide, or you just can’t make up your mind, all of your thoughts are empty and frozen till you start to heal, so I guess the best message you can give yourself is to hold on, and it’s always important you do.”
 
Hold On features on George Alice’s upcoming debut EP, Growing Pains, which will be released on February 18. The EP will also contain previous singles Mid Years, Teenager, Stuck in a Bubble and Circles.
 
Prior to the EP release, in January George Alice will hit the road on a headline tour taking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and her hometown Adelaide.
 
George Alice will also be seen in the coming months supporting Allday, The Veronicas and Amy Shark at various shows around the country.
 
With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut, Circles, in her stride, the last two years have been big for 18-year-old George Alice. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, soccer mommy) George made a splash with follow-up singles Stuck In A Bubble and Teenager, with all three singles now having amassed a total of 20 million global streams.

George Alice Tour Dates
Fri Jan 21 - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Sat Jan 22 - The Lansdowne, Sydney
Fri Jan 28 - The Gov, Adelaide
Sat Jan 29 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
 
Support tour dates
Thur Feb 10 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *Supporting Allday
Fri Feb 11 – Metro City, Perth *Supporting Allday
Fri Feb 18 – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane *Supporting Allday
Thur Feb 24 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide *Supporting Amy Shark
Sat Feb 26 – RAC Arena, Perth *Supporting Amy Shark
Fri Mar 4 – Forum, Melbourne *Supporting Allday
Fri Mar 11 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide *Supporting Allday

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TEARS FOR FEARS RELEASE NEW SINGLE BREAK THE MAN

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FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 17 YEARS THE TIPPING POINT
ARRIVING FEBRUARY 25, 2022 VIA CONCORD RECORDS
 
THE TIPPING POINT WORLD TOUR BEGINS MAY 2022

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2022 - Today, iconic British duo, Tears For Fears, have released Break The Man, the third single off their highly anticipated first studio album in 17 years, THE TIPPING POINT, arriving February 25, 2022 via Concord Records. Co-written by Curt Smith and Charlton Pettus, and co-produced by Curt, Roland, and Charlton, the band has crafted an empowering yet groovy track, with the overarching message being to break the patriarchy.
 
Of the song Curt says, Break The Man’ is about a strong woman, and breaking the patriarchy. I feel that a lot of the problems we’ve been having as a country and even worldwide to a certain degree has come from male dominance. It’s a song about a woman who is strong enough to break the man. For me, that would be an answer to a lot of the problems in the world – a better male-female balance.”
 
THE TIPPING POINT is one of 2022’s most anticipated albums according to Pitchfork, Vulture, Stereogum and many more. Listen to Break The Man now, here, and pre-order THE TIPPING POINT now, here. Also, starting today a limited-edition cassette is available for pre-order, only through the band’s exclusive web store and independent retail. Pre-order here.
 
In October the pair released the first single & title track, The Tipping Point, capturing the grief of watching someone you love lose their long-standing battle with disease. Their second single, No Small Thing, was a meeting of the minds as the pair went back to the drawing board and found the heart and soul that would complete the album. The accompanying video was made using solely found footage showing the conflict between individual freedoms and collective responsibility. The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together, once again.
 
In November, the band also announced THE TIPPING POINT WORLD TOUR, with support from Garbage on the U.S. leg. Kicking off in Cincinnati, OH on May 20th, 2022, these dates will see the band performing in over twenty cities across North America before capping off with their last show in Wantagh, NY on June 25th, 2022. These dates will mark the band’s first U.S. tour since 2017. See below for a full list of dates, and for tickets and more information, visit the band's website.
 
TEARS FOR FEARS - 2022 US TOUR DATES
Friday, May 20, 2022 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory - Dallas, TX
Friday, May 27, 2022 - Ak-Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Sunday, May 29, 2022 - Levitt Pavilion - Denver, CO
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 - Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA
Thursday, June 02, 2022 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
Saturday, June 04, 2022 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, June 05, 2022 - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA
Thursday, June 09, 2022 - iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Friday, June 10, 2022 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater - Tampa, FL
Sunday, June 12, 2022 - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Monday, June 13, 2022 - PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Friday, June 17, 2022 - Ruoff Music Center - Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, June 19, 2022 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – TD Pavilion at The Mann - Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - Leader Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
Friday, June 24, 2022 - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Saturday, June 25, 2022 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY

ABOUT TEARS FOR FEARS
Tears For Fears – Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) – formed in Bath, England in 1981.  With 30 million albums sold worldwide, performing to countless sold-out audiences, and winning various awards, the band represent an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation. Their 1983 debut, The Hurting, yielded anthems such as Mad World, Change, and Pale Shelter, reaching RIAA Gold status in the United States. 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair became a watershed moment for the group and music at large. Boasting the signature BRIT Award-winning, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording), it went quintuple-platinum and captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Slant dubbed it one of The Best Albums of the 1980s, it was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and Consequence of Sound awarded it a rare A+ rating in a 20-year retrospective. 1989’s Seeds of Love proved to be Orzabal and Smith’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. The band engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s Ready to Start. The band returned once more in 2017 with the Rule The World best-of collection which once more catapulted the band back to the upper echelon of the UK album charts. The duo’s DNA remains embedded within three generations of artists on both subtle and overt levels. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, Kanye West interpolated Memories Fade on The Coldest Winter from the seminal 808s & Heartbreak, The Weeknd infused Pale Shelter into Starboy’s Secrets, David Guetta sampled Change for Always, and Drake utilized Ideas as Opiates as the foundation for Lust For Life, while Ally Brooke Hernandez, Adam Lambert, and Gary Jules recorded popular covers of Mad World and Disturbed took on Shout, and that’s only to name a few. Lorde cut a haunting cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World for the soundtrack of the blockbuster, The Hunger Games – Catching Fire, which Tears For Fears gleefully would use as intro music live and thus bring everything full circle. In 2021 the band were honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the Ivor Novello Awards.
 
Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot. Long before they became a cultural cornerstone, Tears For Fears simply consisted of two school friends growing up in Bath, Somerset UK.
 
With The Tipping Point and comprehensive touring plans on the horizon Orzabal and Smith remain as loud as ever, while yet another generation gets ready to “Shout” with them all over again.

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CNCO RETURN WITH MUCH ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF NEW SINGLE PARTY, HUMO Y ALCOHOL 

“The Latino One Direction has not just diversified the playing field — they’re on the verge of a global pop takeover.”  Rolling Stone 
 
“CNCO has become a pan-Latinx sensation, using the traditional boy band format to make clean-cut but vibrant reggaeton and Latin pop.” – PAPER 
 
“…the hottest boy band in Latin music…” –Billboard 
 
“It’s worth getting to know CNCO, the Latin American boy band poised to break big with their punchy mix of Spanish lyricism, dance skills and on-trend beats.” –Time 

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2022 – Multiplatinum Latin GRAMMY®-nominated quartet, CNCO, return with their much anticipated single, Party, Humo y Alcohol. The track, which displays the progression of the group’s music with a new sound, is released alongside the music video that features high fashion, stunning visuals. The single was written by CNCO with Hv and Kairo La Sinfonia, who also produced. Click here to watch.

 
Making a stylistic leap, CNCO surprises us with its expert mastery of an upscale, 1980s vibe on Party, Humo y AlcoholTaking a more grown-up approach, the music video focuses on the members’ individual personalities as performers, while incorporating glamour and recognizable 1980s visual elements like lens flare.
 
This ode to liberation describes a woman who breaks free of a bad relationship and outdated expectations: “Se puso pa’ ella y soltó el amor, ahora quiere bailar, party, humo y alcohol.” (She focused on herself and let go of love. Now she wants to dance, party, smoke and alcohol.)
 
Last year, CNCO launched their new era as a four-piece with Toa La Noche, debuting with a performance on Univision’s Premios Juventud. Following the release, the group embarked on a 16 date U.S. club tour going coast to coast, giving fans a chance to see them like never before. 
 
CNCO also were featured on singles for other artists, while in the studio honing in on their new sound. The quartet joined forces with El Nuevo Rockstar Alex Rose on his single, Pa Que Guaye, released via WK Records, as well as with award winning composer and producer Reggi El Auténtico” for Cinturita Remix.
 
CNCO are honourees on the esteemed annual Forbes 30 Under 30 Music List, Class of 2021. The list, which looks at people topping charts and shifting culture in music, was just this year by class of 2014 alum Taylor Swift, among others. CNCO marked the only Latin act honored this year. See here
 

ABOUT CNCO
Supported by ardent and avid audiences of millions around the world, CNCO have not only staked a claim at the forefront of Latin music, but global culture as well. The multiplatinum Latin GRAMMY®-nominated quartet—Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, and Zabdiel De Jesús—continue a meteoric rise of downright astounding proportions. Their legacy already includes 7 billion video views, 5 billion streams, and millions of tickets sold across multiple continents to date. In addition, they’ve scored nine Latin American Music Awards, six Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), four Billboard Latin Music Awards, three Premio Lo Nuestro, three Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), two iHeartRadio Music Awards, three Teen Choice Awards, a Kids Choice Award, and a MTV VMA. They’ve notably performed on Good Morning America, in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2019, and at The Teen Choice Awards, while People, Rolling Stone, VEVO LIFT, and MTV Push championed them early on.
 
After elevating Latin music, they elevate themselves both personally and creatively in 2022 on new single, Party, Humo y Alcohol, and more to come. This time around, they dive into urban, reggaeton, and pop styles spiked with confidence, charisma, and a newfound scorching touch of sensuality. 
 
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GRAMMY WINNING ARTIST ROBERT GLASPER TO RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW STUDIO ALBUM BLACK RADIO III FEBRUARY 25

THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THE SERIES CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF GRAMMY-WINNING BLACK RADIO
AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH

LISTEN & WATCH THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 
BLACK SUPERHERO 
FEATURING KILLER MIKE,
BJ THE CHICAGO KID AND BIG K.R.I.T

APPEARING LIVE WITH THE ROOTS, RAPSODY, BJ THE CHICAGO KID, AMIR SULAIMAN & DJ JAZZY JEFF ON  THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON  MONDAY JANUARY 17  FOR A SPECIAL  MLK DAY PERFORMANCE

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2022 – Robert Glasper’s contribution to music and culture spans over two decades, forming an exceptional legacy that permeates throughout contemporary art and advocacy. 2022 not only marks the 10 year anniversary of the era-defining, Grammy-winning album Black Radio but also Glasper’s solo return with the upcoming release of Black Radio III.  
 
Arriving alongside the announcement is new single, Black Superhero featuring Killer Mike,  BJ The Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T. The official music video first premiered yesterday via broadcast channels BET Soul, BET Jams, MTVu, MTV Live, and Yo! MTV including social support across MTV, BET Soul, and BET Jams platforms. Shot in Los Angeles and directed by award-winning Director/Filmmaker, Charlie Buhler, the video takes viewers through a series of vignettes that highlight real-life Black heroes who live in and work for their communities. 
 
On creating the music video, Buhler says, “Black Superhero is a visual love letter to the Black community. It’s an ode to our strength, vibrancy, and joy. We have struggled, and yet we are still here, and not only are we here, but we are so much more than the adversity heaped upon us. I am grateful to Robert and the team at Loma Vista for trusting me with such a powerful and important song, and everyone who came together to help bring the concept to life. It was a true labor of love.”
 
Like its predecessors, the new studio album celebrates Black joy, love and resilience and features Grammy-winning single, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R + Meshell Ndgeocello and Shine, featuring D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché. Black Radio III’s guests also include Q-Tip, Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R., Yebba, Common, Ty Dolla $ign, Esperanza Spalding, Ant Clemons, India.Arie and more.
 
Glasper reflects, sharing, "I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Black Radio than by releasing Black Radio 3. To debut a live performance of "Black Superhero" on The Tonight Show with some of my own heroes is really special to me. Hopefully, it inspires more to come."
 
The 4x Grammy and Emmy winning artist, composer and producer made history with Black Radio as the first album to debut in the top 10 of four different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop, R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz, as did the follow-up album, Black Radio 2The ongoing Black Radio brand has become synonymous with Black music culture and has placed Glasper alongside some of music’s most legendary - from early days with J Dilla, Bilal and Yasiin Bey to playing alongside Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Brandy and more.
 
Glasper is nominated for two 2022 Grammys, including Best Progressive R&B Album for Dinner Party (Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington and 9th Wonder) and Best Traditional R&B Performance for Born Again with Leon Bridges.
 
Tune in live to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 17 for a special MLK Day performance from Robert Glasper, performing Black Superhero with Rapsody, BJ The Chicago Kid, Amir Sulaiman and DJ Jazzy Jeff, backed by The Roots.  
 
Black Radio lll will be available on all formats (digital, CD, and 2xLP) worldwide on February 25 via Loma Vista Recordings - more to be announced soon. Listen and watch Black Superhero here. Pre-order Black Radio III here.

BLACK RADIO lll TRACKLIST
1. In Tune featuring Amir Sulaiman
2. Black Superhero featuring Killer Mike + BJ The Chicago Kid + Big K.R.I.T.
3. Shine featuring D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché
4. Why We Speak featuring Q-Tip + Esperanza Spalding
5. Over featuring Yebba
6. Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. + Meshell Ndegeocello
7. Everybody Wants To Rule the World  Lalah Hathaway + Common
8. Everybody Love featuring Musiq Soulchild + Posdnuos
9. It Don't Matter featuring Gregory Porter + Ledisi
10. Heaven's Here featuring Ant Clemons
11. Out of My Hands featuring Jennifer Hudson
12. Forever featuring PJ Morton + India.Arie
13. Bright Lights (with Ty Dolla $ign)

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

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SILLA AND RISE SHARE INCREDIBLE ANIMATED VISUAL FOR NUTARANNUT (FOR THE CHILDREN)  FEATURING TANYA TAGAQ

FROM NEW ALBUM SILARJUAQ
OUT NOW VIA BALANCED RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – January 12, 2022 – Following the success of their latest album, Silarjuaq, (October 29, 2021), Ottawa, ON/Nunavut-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, Silla and Rise, unveil an incredible video for standout track, Nutarannut (For The Children) featuring Tanya Tagaq. Written and performed by Charlotte Qamaniq, Charlotte Carleton, Rise Ashen and Tanya Tagaq, Nutarannut comes from the mother’s heart. The visual was animated by acclaimed award-winning visual artist, JonJon, who has worked with P!nk, Mustafa The Poet, HXOUSE/XO, The Weeknd, and more. Watch the video for Nutarannut (For The Children) featuring Tanya Tagaq here and listen to Silarjuaq here.

The group adds: "As mothers we hold all children, not just our own. We nurture our children and Mother Nature nurtures us in return. We are meant to love and care for the children in this world; to respect and to honour them. To abuse and neglect them, sending them back to Mother Earth in mass graves is an atrocity; a callous act of genocide, and one that was practiced systemically in Residential Schools by the Catholic Church with the cooperation of the Government of Canada. Instead of giving space to these serial abusers, we sing to the spirits of the children in remembrance and with love. The song features an excerpt of Charlotte Carleton’s daughter saying “Anaana aakuluk” (Mom I love you) – the Church abducted Indigenous children from their parents at her age. As you listen, take a moment to remember the children who were lost and cherish them."

With Silarjuaq, the album draws its title from the Inuktitut word for Universe: its root, Sila, has a broad definition that encompasses concepts of weather, the land, the spirit of the atmosphere, cunning, and intelligence. Adding the affix “-juaq” makes it “large” and alludes to the grander structure of the cosmos in which we find ourselves.
 
Silarjuaq expands Silla and Rise’s incredible career trajectory to date, blending the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of Rise Ashen. The group respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and language, paying homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality. Key themes on the album draw from inquiries around the universe, animals and nature, diving into the unknown, the love one shares with children and family, Indigenous rights, colonialism and beyond. Ambient production, frenetic beats and club-ready grooves provide the layered foundation for Silla’s prose and storytelling that weaves its way through the album, with features from Tanya Tagaq, Deirdre Dooley, Theland Kicknosway, Risten Anine, and Annie Aningmiuq.

The group shared powerful visuals to sample the release along the way. Highlights include Tulukkat, is the plural of tulugaq, the Inuktitut translation for "raven." With lyrics penned by the group's Charlotte Qamaniq, the symbolism of the raven is often complex and appears frequently in the stories of peoples around the world. Tulukkat brings this to life - listen here and view the stunning accompanying visual set on the Ottawa River, filmed and edited by Mike Scherling (Motion By Mike) here.

Tulukkat follows the group's previous releaseAnirniqDrawing its title from the Inuktitut word for "breath,"  it includes an energetic video that sees Silla and Rise moving to the rhythm of every beat alongside guest dancers, Alea DecastroJulie Benoit, and Vanessa Lovell. Watch the crew dance in unison as Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton lead the way with every verse here. In June, Silla and Rise latched the project with PandemoniumOriginally presented live as part of EVERYSEEKER, a festival that presents contemporary music in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia. The track evolved into a call-and-response video with Inuvialuk/Gwichin visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt, from Tuktuujaatuq, animating 9,000 watercolour stills and the resulting collaboration was broadcast live.

Listen to Silla and Rise’s latest here and learn more about the group's incredible career to date below. 

Photo by Katharine Takpannie

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About Silla and Rise:
Silla have been performing together since 2005.  Its core members, Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) and Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) were joined in 2020 by the amazing Charlotte Carleton (Panniqtuuq, NU). Silla respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and pays homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality.  With their music, they invite audiences to experience the sounds of traditional and contemporary katajjaq - Inuit throat song.
 
Rise Ashen (Ottawa, ON) is a global-grooves producer, percussionist, DJ, and dancer.  He produces Silla and Rise and performs electronic percussion with the band for their live performances.  Rise has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. 

Silla and Rise was founded in 2016, coming together to blend traditional aspects of Inuit throat singing and futuristic dance floor beats.  Since then, they’ve been nominated for two JUNO Awards. First for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017, for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, followed by a nod for their second album, Galactic Gala, for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit for Indigenous Language, for Francophone Album in 2017, and won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018.
 
About Silla and Rise (Inuktitut)
ᓯᓚ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ
ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓯᓚ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓂᓕᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ-ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒧᒥᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ
ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ/ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎ ᕋᐃᔅ ᐋᓯᓐ. ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᕋᐃᔅᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ
2016−ᒥ, ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓕᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᖅ, ᓯᓐᑎᐊ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓵᓕᑦ ᑳᕈᓪᑕᓐ, ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ
ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᙶᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᒨᓕᖓᔪᒥ
ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᒻᒪᕆᒃᑏᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂᔾᔪᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ
ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᙱᑕᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᕋᐃᔅᔅ
ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑕᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ
ᒧᒥᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᕐᒥ – ᓇᒃᓴᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᐅᔪᓂ – ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᖓ
ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᕆᕙᒃᑕᖓᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ.
 
ᐅᓇ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ;
ᓴᙱᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᒥᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓲᒥᒃ ᑎᒥᓕᒫᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᒃᑯᑦᑎᓲᖑᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ
ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓱᕋᑦᑎᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᓯᓚ
ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᓐᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓚᖓᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᔪᒥ
ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓇᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᐱᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᓂ
ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓈᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ.
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓪᓗᓂ.

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ROLO TOMASSI RELEASES NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR CLOSER

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NEW ALBUM WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY
OUT FEBRUARY 4 THROUGH MNRK HEAVY

MORE SHOWS ADDED TO FEBRUARY 2022 UK HEADLINE TOUR ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – January 12, 2022 – ROLO TOMASSI have released another huge new track and video, Closer, which is taken from their expansive and ambitious new album, Where Myth Becomes MemoryThe album is out on February 4, 2022 through MNRK Heavy and the band have already released the singles/videos for Drip and Cloaked, which have nearly 500,000 views on YouTube between them. Listen and watch the video for Closer, here.


Speaking on the new single and video, keyboardist and vocalist, James Spence said, "We wanted to show a completely different side to the record by releasing this single. The album is full of lighter, more gentle moments to contrast the darker side to it and none more so than this."

Vocalist, Eva Korman, added, "The narrative side to the video is about the constant cycle of change. For better or worse, we take our past experiences with us into constantly evolving new beginnings."

Live-wise, ROLO TOMASSI have already been announced on this summer's return of 2000trees Festival (as a UK festival exclusive for 2022), and have a full UK tour for February 2022 announced and on sale now - with more added dates!

A full list of all ROLO TOMASSI UK dates are below, with support on all dates from Pupil Slicer. Tickets can be bought here.

You can check out all the brilliant Where Myth Becomes Memory pre-order bundles, vinyl variants, album + live show ticket bundles and more here.

Where Myth Becomes Memory Tracklisting
1. Almost Always
2. Cloaked
3. Mutual Ruin
4. Labyrinthine
5. Closer
6. Drip
7. Prescience
8. Stumbling
9. To Resist Forgetting
10. The End Of Eternity

February 2022 Tour Dates
Wednesday 16th - Southampton, The loft - NEWLY ADDED DATE
Thursday 17th - Birmingham, Mama Roux - NEWLY ADDED DATE
Friday 18th - Sheffield, Network 3 - NEWLY ADDED DATE
Saturday 19th - Glasgow, Cathouse - NEWLY ADDED DATE
Monday 21st - Nottingham Rescue Rooms (support from Pupil Slicer)
Tuesday 22nd - Manchester Club Academy (support from Pupil Slicer)
Wednesday 23rd - Bristol Fleece (support from Pupil Slicer)
Thursday 24th - London Oval Space (support from Pupil Slicer)

ROLO TOMASSI are:
Eva Korman - vocals
James Spence - keyboards, piano, vocals
Chris Cayford - guitars
Nathan Fairweather - bass
Al Potts - drums

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About ROLO TOMASSI
Formed in 2005 this quintet’s early material blended hardcore with kitschy synths and nonsensical song structures. However, the group shaved off its more oddball qualities in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop on subsequent releases. This sound is beautifully demonstrated with Dillinger-style freak-outs transition to lush soundscapes at a moment’s notice. Anchored by the Spence siblings’ complementary singing voices, the group perfectly blur the barrier between tranquility and destruction.

They have worked with US super producer Diplo and performed on Channel 4 TV live with Biffy Clyro (watch that here), they have played the SXSW Festival, released an album through IPECAC after catching the ear of Mike Patton and their last album is on around 7 million streams on Spotify alone. This most recent album from 2018, Time Will Die And love Will Bury It, was released to a flurry of praise an acclaim, landing it as the 2nd highest review score for the year on Metacritic (gaining a 92/100). Following previous tours and shows with the likes of Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, The Bronx and Gojira in 2019 (as main support), the band have established themselves as a live tour-de-force, now a headline prospect not only in their home territory of the UK and the EU, but also Australia, Japan, Russia and the USA. 

There is no band on Earth quite like ROLO TOMASSI.

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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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CHICAGO OLD-SCHOOL THRASH TRIO MISFIRE TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM SYMPATHY FOR THE IGNORANT VIA MNRK HEAVY ON APRIL 1

NEW VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT DECIBEL MAGAZINE

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – January 11, 2022 – Chicago-based thrash trio and recent MNRK Heavy signees, MISFIRE, will release their crushing Sympathy For The Ignorant debut full-length on April 1, today unveiling the record’s first single, track listing, cover art, and pre-orders.
 

MISFIRE makes old-school flavoured thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead. In the tradition of classic metal trios like Venom, Motörhead, and Raven the band makes more noise than bands twice their size, unleashing song after song of unrelenting fury. It’s music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet MISFIRE is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.  

The excellence in execution within the band owes much to the longtime chemistry between its blue-collar members. Guitarist/vocalist, Jay Johnson, and drummer, James Nicademus, started jamming together as teenagers. They played in the band, Diamond Plate, before reuniting in MISFIRE. Bassist/vocalist, Sean Coogan, is another young veteran, having cut his heavy metal teeth in the band, Vitrial. While Coogan sings, most of the trio plays multiple instruments. Everyone contributes to songwriting. 

“I was originally going to play second guitar, but I switched over to bass,” Coogan explains. “I think the three-piece setup rocks. The band’s dynamic works well. We’ve all really gelled as a band.”

Created in a small studio and engineered by Coogan himself, the debut album for MISFIRE is free from click-tracks and other unnecessary frills, projecting the purity of what three musicians raised on Pantera and the Big 4 sound like in a room together. Sympathy For The Ignorant is heavy, confident, and filled with the kind of earworm thrash metal riffs that sends aspiring players to the guitar store.  

“The album is a sonically badass version of what you’ll hear live. It’s real, no fake shit,” Nicademus says. “It’s very much a throwback to the way things used to be recorded. Like, just turn the shit on, press record, layer some stuff in after that, put some words on top of it, mix it, and it’s done.” 

View Fractured, now playing at Decibel Magazine here. Sympathy For The Ignorant will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find pre-orders here.

In advance of the record’s release, today the band unveils a video for first single, Fractured. Notes Nicademus of the track, “Featured as the first song of the album, ‘Fractured’ unearths the feelings of uncertainty and dread we were faced with in 2020. Inspired by the current state of the world, it delves into the madness that is the pandemic. The song poses the question, ‘What’s left of who we are?,’ as we are left with humanity divided and fractured. The album has a common theme revolving around situations that many people have gone through or will go through. We’re all going through this shit right now so this is our take on it: ‘No matter what you believe, we are fractured, divided, diseased.’ We are looking forward to sharing it with the world!”

Armed with the attitude and songs to follow in the footsteps of Slayer, Metallica, and Lamb Of God, the three men of MISFIRE are heavy metal lifers. “I started playing drums when I was eleven, and ever since, it’s all I talk about,” says Nicademus. “Jay and I started jamming together at ages twelve and thirteen.”  

In just a short couple of years, MISFIRE quickly shared the stage with thrash legends Sacred Reich and modern throwback bands like Iron Reagan and Warbringer. As long-running tastemakers Metal Crypt wrote in a review of Sympathy For The Ignorant, “these fellows are ready for the big leagues.”  

“Whatever happens, we’re going to be here for a long time because we can’t live without doing this shit,” Nicademus declares. “All we want is to make records, tour, and have a good time doing it.”   

MISFIRE is poised to give the world a much-needed dose of Windy City whiplash. Get ready.

MISFIRE:
Jay Johnson – vocals/guitar  
Sean Coogan – vocals/bass  
James Nicademus – drums

Sympathy For The Ignorant Track Listing:
1. Fractured
2. Red Flag
3. War Of Mine
4. Skin Of Mirrors
5. Death Trap
6. No Offense 
7. R.I.P.
8. He Said, She Said
9. L.Y.S. 
10. Sympathy For The Ignorant

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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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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BREAKOUT WEST SHIFTS WINNIPEG EVENT PROGRAMMING TO ONLINE FOR FEBRUARY 2-6

VIRTUAL SPECIAL TO TAKE PLACE
HONOURING 2021 WCMA SPECIALTY AWARD RECIPIENTS
INCLUDING THE HERITAGE AWARD,
KEVIN WALTERS INDUSTRY BUILDER AWARD,
AND WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

VISIT HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE EVENTS

ATTENDEES CURRENTLY REGISTERED FOR IN-PERSON
WILL BE CONTACTED TO ADJUST FOR ONLINE
OR TO OBTAIN REFUND

WINNIPEG, MB – January 11, 2021 – With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, and with the health and safety of audiences, artists, members, delegates, speakers, volunteers, fans, staff, and all of their families as top priority, BreakOut West has made the important decision to move the 2022 events, set to take place in Winnipeg next month, to an online format. The conference will take place virtually from February 2-6, as previously scheduled, with details on the festival component to come soon.

“It pains me that we are making a move to online yet again,” says BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart.  “Artists, industry and our team have worked so hard planning a program that will welcome back live music, dive into the future of our industry structure and celebrate western Canadian talent. However, as we continue to put the safety of our music community first, we have made the decision that the safe way to come together at this time is to do so online.

A special thank you to the Winnipeg Host City partners; Province of Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg and the City of Winnipeg, and to local premier sponsor, Downtown Biz, and the Winnipeg Host Committee. You have been an incredible support to us in adjusting dates, rolling with the COVID punches and preparing to celebrate our great city. We are excited to share digitally the reasons to love Winnipeg and the incredible industry and artists. We will be back soon.” 

Attendees can register for BreakOut West Online here. Anyone who had previously registered for the in-person events will be contacted to adjust their registration to online, or obtain a refund.

Along with the online programming for the conference and festival, the 2021 Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees will be formally presented at a special virtual event in February.

BreakOut West is incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of its partners throughout these difficult and unprecedented years, and looks forward to celebrating together again in Calgary, this fall, for BOW’s 20th anniversary.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more details on how to join in the talent development and music discovery at BreakOut West 2022 Online.

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held online from February 2 – 6, followed by Calgary, AB from September 28 – October 2. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2022.

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

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SARAH HILTZ  EXPLORES ANGER AND SPIRITUALITY IN NEW SINGLE MAY I RAGE, MAY I LOVE

WATCH THE SONG'S POWERFUL VIDEO HERE

NEW ALBUM CALM FURY OUT ON MARCH 4

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC IN  THE FURY POD

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLES SWIM AND LOVE & RETREAT

"May I rage for the righting of wrongs
May I love even where I see wrong / May I rage most against my own flaws."
- Sarah Hiltz on May I Rage, May I Love

TORONTO, ON – January 7, 2022 – With a fresh start to the year, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, shares May I Rage, May I Love. Her first single release of 2022 will be featured on an upcoming album, Calm Fury, out March 4. The project embraces and grapples with the topic of anger in layered, raw artistry. May I Rage, May I Love explores how anger connects with spirituality, and the concept of justified anger, and safe spaces. It arrives with a video directed by Sandi Barrett, capturing 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 video here.

"This song is full of close notes held in tension, a kind of audible mirror of the internal struggle I go through in allowing myself to get angry when I see wrong in the world while still holding true to my deepest value (love)," Sarah reflects. "Rage and Love feel like they’re at odds with each other (at least to me), but I believe it’s in balancing them that I might be able to contribute to shifting the injustices that cause harm across the globe. Learning how to hold both of these things at the same time might be the most important spiritual work I ever personally do."
 
May I Rage, May I Love follows Sarah's 2021 album previews, 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

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. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with The Fury Pod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic.

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 it is processed in the body, communication with others, female anger and the male’s response, how it can be used as energy, self-directed anger, justified anger, creativity & anger, and spirituality & anger. A range of media and texts from interviews with peers to footage (everything from Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh to Sinead O’Connor’s appearance on SNL ripping up a photo of the pope) were sources of inspiration for Sarah. 
 
The album 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 and guests include: 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. 


May I Rage, May I Love features: Sarah Hiltz on (vocals, piano, electric guitar, background vocals), Connor Walsh (bass), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Bruce Cawdron (vibraphone and marimba), Tara Kannangara (trumpet, background vocals), Colleen Brown & Rachael Cardiello (background vocals). 

Stay tuned for more sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz and learn more about her career to date below.

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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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TENNYSON KING RELEASES NEW SINGLE IT AIN’T EASY

LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

GOOD COMPANY ALBUM OUT JANUARY 21, 2022

TORONTO, ON – January 7, 2022  – Today, nomad indie-folk rocker, Tennyson King, releases the new single, It Ain’t Easy, from his upcoming album, Good Company, out January 21, 2022. Listen here and watch the official arm wrestling competition-styled video (featuring Tennyson, Kelowna's actress/spoken word artist, Sian Flanagan, and members of the Okanagan Arm Wrestling Club [Richard Henson, Dan Marcelino, Tim Gelinas, & Jacob Metz]) here.
 
The catchy, rhythmic and synth-chorus upbeat track sounds light in nature but was written from an emotionally difficult tough time Tennyson experienced.
 
“I felt pressure to have to fit in with the white Canadian music that was being made, the way the artists looked, acted, what they sang about, in order to have the same type of success they did,” Tennyson says on the track. “There aren’t many ethnic musicians in my genre to look up to as stories of success. I found that I couldn’t fully be myself because if I wanted to be successful, I couldn’t be exactly how I looked and who I was.
 
“While writing this song to understand these emotions, I then realized that this had been a recurring theme in my life growing up in Canada as an immigrant. This is my anthem to deal with these struggles and to extend my hand out to others who struggle.”

The video sees the six participants warming up with various exercises for the arm wrestling battle of their lives. And then of course, features the battle! The inspiration for the video came from a show Tennyson played in Cobalt, Ontario where in the small, seated venue, people began arm wrestling one another while he played through his set. It got rowdy with people drinking, and flexing their muscles in celebration while throwing fits in defeat. Watch it here

"I couldn't help but just laugh," reflects Tennyson. "It turns out that after the show, everyone was actually really stoked about the music and it got their adrenaline pumping. So the arm wrestling in the music video is the physical metaphor for the challenges that we face on a daily basis. Watching each character work out and mentally prepare for the arm wrestling battle is a symbol of all our individual pre battle routines, whether it be physical, mental or spiritual."
 
It Ain’t Easy will accompany the previously released Share This Moment – an ode to sharing experiences with other humans through travel and vulnerability – on Tennyson’s Good Company album, due out in two weeks. The album also features the singles: Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) – which comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature and water, and Slow Down – an elemental and earthy take on acknowledging our surroundings and appreciating nature.
 
“Life isn’t easy in the music industry or with any dream you want to achieve,” adds Tennyson. “It’s full of ups and downs, people who don’t believe in you, but we need to acknowledge this, step out of our comfort zone and keep at it.”

Stay tuned for more from Tennyson King in the coming weeks as the Good Company adventure unfolds. 

Good Company Tracklisting

1. Share This Moment

2. Life on Shore (Carry Me Away)

3. Loving You

4. Slow Down

5. This Life

6. Fall

7. It Ain't Easy

8. What Am I Doing

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About Tennyson King:
A traveler at heart, Tennyson writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, Tennyson has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock blend, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. His raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.
 
Despite being grounded from tours due to the pandemic, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles Wild Rose & Garden of Truth in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett. The singles were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and featured on CBC Q, SiriusXM North Americana, Stingray Music, as well as select college, commercial, and community radio stations across Canada.

Tennyson was selected to participate in the 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge to work with Terra Lightfoot, Adrian X (Drake, The Weeknd), and Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness). In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的进度, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada. Followed up by 自在 in June, these two songs garnered recognition by Mandarin, Cantonese, and English press alike, as Tennyson received airtime and was featured for an interview in Cantonese on Toronto’s prestigious Chinese-Canadian radio station, Fairchild Radio 1430.

www.tennysonking.com

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DOMANIQUE GRANT CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH NEW SINGLE  YOU'RE MY HOLIDAY

DOMANIQUE LAUNCHES HOLIDAY TELEGRAM CAMPAIGN 

LISTEN TO AIRBRUSH  | WATCH AIRBRUSH (ACOUSTIC)

“You are my November, December, January… my Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years Day... you’re my holiday” - Domanique Grant

TORONTO, ON – December 20, 2021 – It has been a monumental year of accolades, new music, performances, and powerful initiatives for Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant. Now, she's celebrating with a song perfect for the season. Today, Domanique shares You're My Holiday - a song for anyone sending joy to a loved-one over the season and beyond - as a timeless, sonic expression of love. Listen to the track here.

On the song, Domanique says: "You're My Holiday is about spreading the gift of love during a holiday season, when it may be needed most. For many who can't be with their loved ones, You're My Holiday celebrates the entire season as a dedication to those separated by space and time."

You're My Holiday is meant to be shared. Domanique launched a campaign on Instagram and TikTok, inviting fans to nominate someone special to receive a live performance telegram to cherish the cheer. Check out Domanique's announcement for more info here.

Last month, Domanique shared an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Domanique's prose amplifies the importance of authenticity on and offline, while encouraging people to think of new inclusive frameworks for all - especially for those who don't see themselves reflected within these spaces.  Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

The Airbrush campaign featured a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique's re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique's take on X-Men's Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.

The original version of Airbrush arrived on August 27, and is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here.  

The song was written after I experienced being trolled online for my body being too curvy, my hair being too bright and my skin being too dark. I had people who were accusing me of photo shopping my photos because they thought my body was too ‘curvy’, and then on the other side, I had people telling me that I wasn’t enough,” Domanique says. 

Co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (who has worked with The Weeknd and METZ), Domanique flows with a catchy percussive beat singing “they want to edit, edit me,” challenging and unpacking notions of online ideals around beauty. A vibrant video brings these themes to the forefront with a fun, creative twist. The video was co-directed by Domanique Grant and Alim Z Sabir, with choreography by Leon Blackwood (Arianna Grande, Britney Spears), featuring an all BIPOC cast and set of creatives, in partnership with RBC.  

Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates," Domanique adds. "I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. Last year, 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. Most recently, Domanique performed at 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 we head into 2022 and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

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About Domanique Grant
Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is working on her next EP (In partnership with RBC), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, honesty, notions of beauty, colourism and Internet culture.
 
This new chapter already contains achievements that include a beautiful start-of-the-pandemic song Till We See The Sun that went viral and ended up on over 10 international news networks at the start of 2020,  a TEDx Talk, prominent sync placements with L’Oreal Paris and Unilever, performing at the closing ceremony of the Toronto Pan American Games; for then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 50th anniversary of Youth Employment Services (YES); for a women’s empowerment and gender equality event in Canada for the United Nations (UN); in front of 40,000 people in Uganda for World AIDS Day, as well as earning a coveted top 20 spot in the SOCAN Foundation’s TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship.
 
During the pandemic, she made some hard personal decisions and realizations. She stepped up — not for anyone else but herself. “I am learning who I want to be as this version of Domanique, stepping into my crown, writing music that’s authentic to me, exploring who I am as a woman of colour in music and what that means. I’m not afraid to say what I want to say; I used to be scared of that narrative.”
 
The first single/video, the electro-snap pop song, Airbrush — co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (The Weeknd, METZ) — is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered lyric on shadeism/colourism, gender norms, narcissism and self-esteem in the digital culture.  “They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream,” she sings.

“Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

You would never guess she had these feelings based on her considerable accomplishments in her youth. As a kid, her story was included in a Dora Award-winning theatre production Grace Project Sick by famed playwright Judith Thompson and by 17 she was writing scripts and music for local theatre companies herself. She also became a motivational speaker who toured Uganda and Canada and by 20 had lived in East Africa and South America.
 
After settling back in Toronto to pursue music, she released her debut EP, Playhouse, in 2018, which opened many doors.  
 
When covid hit in March 2020, in a span of 24 hours, all of her shows got cancelled, including a European tour and major dates in Canada. Miserable, the normally bubbly personality was convinced by her mom to snap out of it and go write a song!  Till We See The Sun flowed out in two hours.  Marc Koecher produced it, and arts organization Jamii Esplanade asked her to sing it on their newly-built cart “to help improve mental health for our neighbours in social isolation.” The video was then posted to YouTube (Today, it’s still emotional (you might shed some tears watching the video).
 
“I woke up the next day and a lot of things changed,” Domanique says. “I had coverage on 10 international news networks; the song was played everywhere from Virgin to Kiss, and brands started reaching out.  I was featured in campaigns by L’Oréal Paris and Unilever, and RBC reached out and said they wanted to help me make an album. That led to one of my dreams, as close as I have come to this day to the Grammys —I appeared in an ad campaign for emerging Canadian artists during the commercial break.

“So that began my new journey. We can be disempowered by hard moments, but just keep pushing through and leaning on our art.”
 
As she readies her next EP, a new song and video will be released every month or two, featuring a self-directed video, until they all are produced into a short film.

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR  ANNOUNCE CROSS-CANADA ‘FEEL GOOD TOUR’ FOR THE NEW YEAR

EPIC 10-PIECE-BAND TOUR HITTING CITIES ACROSS WESTERN CANADA THROUGH JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

JUNO-NOMINATED LATEST ALBUM
THE RECKLESS ONE OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – December 16, 2021 – After a whirlwind year that saw acclaimed soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, celebrate a JUNO nomination for their 2020 release, The Reckless One (Gypsy Soul Records), and hot off a 50-date European tour, the band is thrilled to make their return to national stages at the start of 2022. Kicking off on January 26th, the 10-piece band will embark on their epic ‘Feel Good Tour’ across western Canada (full details can be found below).

"After the last couple of years we have all had, I wanted to do something really special for our audiences,” says Martin. “We don't often get to tour with the full band so I was determined to make that happen – even if it means taking a huge band across Canada in the middle of a Canadian winter. We are already in rehearsals and I can tell you that it is one of the most exciting and energetic shows I've ever put together. Audiences are going to be feeling good after the show!"

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.

2022 TOUR DATES:
January 26 – Saskatoon, SK – Winterruption @Amigos Cantina (presented by Broadway Theatre)
January 27 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
January 28 – Calgary, AB – Festival Hall (presented by Calgary Folk Music Festival)
January 29 – Lethbridge, AB – Southminster United Church (presented by Geomatic Attic)
January 30 – Cranbrook, BC – Key City Theatre
February 1 – Golden, BC – Golden Civic Centre (presented by Kicking Horse Culture)
February 3 – Burnaby, BC – Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
February 4 – Campbell River, BC – Tidemark Theatre
February 5 – Victoria, BC – Hermann's Jazz Club Upstairs (Victoria Jazz Society)

About Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped-down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers, and two guitars. For 2018’s Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section. The Reckless One continues in the same trajectory, further expanding the palate of sounds with vibes, mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond and Farfisa organs plus strings.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin was nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steam rolling momentum, in 2019 Run To Me garnered another four Maples Blues nominations, a Juno nomination and paved the way for Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s assault on European club and concert stages. Starting with a blitzkrieg attack consisting of 42 club dates in six weeks in early 2019, followed by an equally impressive European tour in fall of 2021, four tours and a three years later the group is being booked at a number of major European and Canadian Festivals coming in 2022.

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HIGH ON FIRE'S MATT PIKE TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO LP  PIKE VS. THE AUTOMATON ON FEBRUARY 18, 2022

 ICONIC HEAVY METAL GUITARIST, FRONT MAN UNLEASHES DIVERSE, SKYSCRAPING ALBUM CONSTRUCTED DURNG COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

DECIBEL DEBUTS NEW VIDEO ALIEN SLUT MUM

"Mr. Pike has found a way to adrenalize weariness. Unhealthy looking, charismatic,he's got conviction. He appears not to be kidding with his dungeons-and-dragons lyrics,and with his long stretches of the same guitar chord welded onto irregular rhythm cycles,which, finally, sprout complex, chorded turnaround sections or, more rarely, frenetic soloshigh on the neck. It's all quite narrow, quite hypnotic. But it is not studied, and it's not dry." The New York Times

"Matt Pike is a trailblazing visionary possessed by a mindset which, from the outside looking in, appears to be steeped in pure desperation. Perhaps this is why the Sleep/High on Fire shredder is still so creatively sharp in a moment when so many of his peers and devotees are stuck in “echo” phases while Pike continues to plant flags in new sonic and aesthetic territories." Decibel

TORONTO, ON – December 14, 2021 – From rewriting the hard rock rulebook with his Grammy award-winning trio, High on Fire, to reverse engineering doom metal with his genre-defining trio Sleep, Matt Pike has channeled his natural talents and chiseled a steely path straight to the heart of modern-day metal’s molten core. On February 18, Pike will release his debut solo LP, Pike vs. the Automaton, via MNRK Heavy. Pre-orders are live at PikeVstheAutomaton.com.

Born out of the challenges brought on by a worldwide pandemic, birthed under hellish red-orange skies bred from rampaging west coast wildfires, and built amidst the yearlong political riots and rallies in Portland, OR, Pike’s solo debut, Pike vs. the Automaton, is both a musical and emotional release. The record was written by Pike with drummer, Jon Reid, features contributions from a slew of family and friends, and was recorded with longtime conspirator, Billy Anderson, the producer who brought the best out of Pike previously on touchstone titles such as Surrounded by Thieves and Sleep’s Holy Mountain. 

"I was just going bonkers during the pandemic. It was like really, truly miserable. And then all the riots here in Portland and all the political shit. I was trapped in my garage, which was the only place I could go and jam and do anything,” confesses Pike. “I was trapped in there ‘cause I couldn’t go jam with High on Fire, I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that, no one could fly. I was going crazy. My friend Jon Reid, who was the original drummer for Lord Dying, had moved to Portland and was babysitting my dog, Crom, and he was drumming for my wife’s band, so he had his drums already set up at my place. I finally said, 'Dude, do you want to come over and just start jamming?' So, I just started this thing with my friend Jon. I was like, Dude, fuck it. Let’s start a side band and we’ll just demo this and act like we’re starting it as teenagers, you know?”‘

Pikevs. the Automaton is advanced by the bizarrely titled track Alien Slut Mum. When asked for comment on the clip, Pike cryptically replies, "Four friends enter the woods, for a getaway, little did they know they would never return! Dogmen, Sasquach, Reptilians, or alien slut mum?!?! Where have they gone??" A video for the song premieres via Decibel; feast your eyes on Alien Slut Mum here.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a well-known proverb that has proven itself true time and time again. When the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it. In this true story, the need for Pike was to create and play music with others at a time when that lifelong love was seemingly out of reach. Guest musicians on Pike vs. the Automaton include Alyssa Maucere-Pike (Lord Dying / Grigax), Chad "Chief" Hartgrave, Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Steve McPeeks (West End Motel), Josh Greene (El Cerdo),Todd Burdette (Tragedy), and High on Fire's Jeff Matz, who lays down Turkish electric saz on the album's towering closing track, Leaving the Wars of Woe.

"The album title, Pike vs. the Automaton, wasn’t an ego thing for me. Billy and Jon said, 'Dude, you should use your name in this. This is your solo project.' I said, 'I don’twant to do that.' The Automaton, in Greek mythology, is the big robot that’s the guardian of the Gods, basically. It’s a soulless, big machine named Talos. The big machine that’s working against mankind at this moment. In Jason and the Argonauts, Jason and the Argonauts have to battle this big machine guy that protects the island. Basically, what thealbum title is saying, metaphorically, is Pike against the World."
 
“I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High on Fire fans would like,” Pike continues when asked for a Cliffs Notes description of Pike vs. the Automaton. “And maybe if you’re not a Sleep or High on Fire fan, you might like it too. Idefinitely think it’s interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It’s got everything and it still works together, it doesn’t sound odd. It’s just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record.”

Pike vs. the Automaton Tracklisting
1.) Abusive
2.) Throat Cobra
3.) Trapped In A Midcave 
4.) Epoxia
5.) Land
6.) Alien Slut Mum (watch VIDEO
7.) Apollyon
8.) Acid Test Zone
9.) Latin American Geological Formation 
10.) Leaving The Wars Of Woe

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About Matt Pike:
Matt Pike is an American musician known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and front man for Grammy Award-winning metal band High on Fire, and guitarist and founding member of the influential doom metal trio Sleep. Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, Pike's High on Fire creates dynamic metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness. Described as "a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume," High on Fire has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is at once criticallycelebrated, extremely influential, and utterly unique. Follow Matt Pike on Instagram @MattPike1972.

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 leading musiccreators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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JACK KAYS X TRAVIS BARKER: MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES OUT NOW

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR SIDEWAYS STARRING BOTH ARTISTS HERE

TORONTO, ON – December 9, 2021 – Today, Jack Kays and Travis Barker have released their collaborative EP, MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES, via Columbia Records. Listen here. The 4-track project continues Jack’s exploration of themes surrounding mental health and features previously released song, OUTRUN MYSELF.See full tracklisting below. To accompany the EP, Jack and Travis have shared the official video for opening track SIDEWAYS. Watch the Andrew Sandler-directed visual starring both artists here.
 
In speaking about the EP, Jack says: “I feel like society loves to romanticize the successful recovery from mental illness but doesn't like to address people during the process as they're trying to combat and overcome it. When people listen to this project, I want those who are experiencing that to feel heard and feel accepted. It's called ‘MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES’ because it's my favorite parts of the worst parts of myself.”
 
Kays and Barker first connected in the summer of 2020 while Jack was still living in Washington DC. Fast forward a couple months and the pair joined forces at Travis’ studio in LA and began working on what would become the start of MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. With three songs nearly complete, Jack switched gears to focus on his debut project, MIXED EMOTIONS. 
 
Following the release of his debut project in January, Jack returned to the songs he made with Travis. Knowing he wanted MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES to be four tracks, Kays revisited an acoustic song he had written called SIDEWAYS. He and Barker exchanged a few versions of the track after adding guitars, bass, drums, etc., giving it new life and making it the perfect song to complete the EP.
 
Next month, the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist will embark on a mini headline tour in support of the release. Jack will perform in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles before concluding the run of dates in San Francisco on January 27. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

JACK KAYS ON TOUR:
01/15   - Chicago, IL - Schubas (SOLD-OUT)
01/18   - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right (SOLD-OUT)
01/19   - Washington D.C. - Songbyrd 
01/26   - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo 
01/27   - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall 

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JADEA KELLY SHARES HEARTWARMING NEW SONG ANY OLD BOAT FEATURING SWEET ALIBI

WATCH THE LOVELY ANIMATED VIDEO HERE

NEW FULL-LENGTH RECORD SET FOR RELEASE IN MARCH
FEATURING PREVIOUSLY RELEASED SINGLE
DRIVEWAY

“…one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters…”Tom Power, CBC

TORONTO, ON – December 10, 2021 – With a brand new studio album on the horizon, award-winning singer-songwriter, Jadea Kelly, is thrilled to share another new track from the record – Any Old Boat. A beautiful love song, Any Old Boat heartwarmingly declares, “any old boat will do, long as it’s me and you.” Listen here.

“I wrote this song several years ago while living and working in Prince Edward County, Canada,” reflects Jadea. “It was one of the most beautiful summers of my life, largely because of a close-knit group of friends and the PEC musical community. I wrote this song in probably 30 minutes while nannying.”

The song is accompanied by an equally as touching video, created by Jodi Sandler, and featuring the track’s guest vocalists – Sweet Alibi – as animated mermaids! Have a look here.

Any Old Boat follows the previously released singles, Every Little Piece of You (featuring Berlin artist, Ryan O’Reilly) and Drivewaywhich was accompanied by a beautiful rooftop video, filmed in 2020 in LA with award-winning Canadian francophone director, Nathaniël Siri. Watch here. Siri created a film festival rave-review pandemic short, called Willie In The Sky, on the same rooftop, which earned him numerous awards including Best Director and Best Cinematographer at the LA Sun Film Festival in 2020 and the Award of Excellence in Cinematography from the Montreal Independent Film Festival.

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, 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 in 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.

Jadea 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 Kelly returns triumphantly in 2022 with her long awaited fourth studio album, set for release in March.

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MAUVEY BLOOMS ON NEW MIXTAPE THE FLORIST OUT NOW VIA 604 RECORDS

LISTEN TO THE FLORIST | WATCH THE FLORIST

PERFORMING AT WISE HALL IN VANCOUVER TOMORROW

TORONTO, ON – December 10, 2021 – Sharing a message of love through creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody and hypnotic production, rising, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, launches his new mixtape, The Florist, via 604 Records today. The release also marks Mauvey's directorial debut of The Florist - a short film of the same title accompanying the mixtape - comprised of cinematic videos for standout tracks. Listen to The Florist here and watch The Florist here, and a trailer for the visuals here.

Mauvey says of The Florist: “I wanted to deliver something human with this mixtape. Love, at the end of the day, is real and unpredictable. My debut mixtape is a declaration of unpredictable, desperate love and self love. There’s some happy, there’s some sad, there’s some sad that sounds happy and there’s some happy that sounds sad. It’s human, it’s love, it’s real.”

“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process behind the short film. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 

You can hear the music in-person tomorrow - Saturday, December 11 - as Mauvey will perform at the RANGE Magazine Christmas party at Wise Hall. Mauvey currently graces the cover of RANGE Magazine's December 2021 issue - read on here. In addition, Exclaim! named Mauvey as one of the 8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need To Hear in December 2021. 

As Mauvey has been releasing The Florist as a series of double singles, the final two tracks of the mixtape - HISSYFITand Zoo - are available for a listen today. Last month, Mauvey shares the final instalment of the mixtape with two singles, Too Rush and CentrefoldWhile Too Rush blends R&B-laden production and Mauvey's smooth vocals atop inflections of UK garage and grime cadence, Centrefold is backed by gritty production and shameless lyrics proclaiming adoration for another. Listen to the tracks hereToo Rush arrived with a video that reflects the support one shares for their loved ones and community around them. Watch it here. The songs follow Irrational, a statement that lives up to its title, embracing its newfound definition as a reflection of Mauvey's intention and overall energy within The Florist. The song, released as a double single, alongside Insecure, a track about vulnerability and releasing expectations to be perfect. Watch the video for Irrational here

The Florist was entirely written and produced by Mauvey and recorded across studios in the UK, with the short film directed and produced by Mauvey alongside Amazing Factory, and filmed across the stunning landscape of British Columbia. The collection of songs launched with 9, the first instalment of the multi-part film series that follows five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here.

Sunday Afternoon is a song about being so obsessed with someone that only the biggest night out of all time will get your mind off them. It arrived alongside I GET IT, what Mauvey quips as the 'post hangover chat' with your friends, reflecting on the biggest night out of all time. 

"Next year, my debut album is coming. I hope people hear the Florist and get excited for an album with no rules, no fixed genre and one strong theme: a true introduction to who I am as an artist and a Black man," Mauvey says. 

Stay tuned for more Mauvey into 2022. 

The Florist - Tracklisting:
1. 9
2. Helium
3. Sunday Afternoon
4. I GET IT
5. Irrational
6. Insecure
7. Too Rush
8. Centrefold
9. HISSYFIT
10. Zoo

Upcoming Tour Dates:
December 11 - Wise Hall - Vancouver - Details & Tickets

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About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH PROGRESSIVE DEATHCORE PRACTITIONERS UNVEIL LEGENDS NEVER DIE VISUALIZER 

THE CHOSEN NEARS RELEASE VIA MNRK HEAVY

“...The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most-everything record to date: it’s the heaviest, the most vicious, the most technical, and, not for nothing, the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire, and it’s already destined to be one of 2022’s must-hear metal releases.” - MetalSucks

“It's just riffs, forever until you're part of the ground…” - Metal Injection 

TORONTO, ON – December 9, 2021 - Progressive deathcore practitioners, ENTERPRISE EARTH, will release their anticipated new full-length, The Chosen, on January 14, 2022 via MNRK Heavy, today unleashing their crushing third single, Legends Never Die

With Legends Never Die, the band’s sprawling, forward-thinking approach to deathcore continues to progress in new directions. Dark and ravenous, the track will immediately resonate with listeners as it pays homage to the band’s older sound and boasts what made their previous record, Luciferous, so brutal.” 

Notes guitarist Gabe Mangold, “For the third single, we wanted to showcase another facet of The Chosen, something that people who really enjoyed the death metal vibes of Luciferous would like. ‘Legends Never Die’ is fierce musically, yet poetic lyrically. Together, we felt we created an 'epic' vibe with this one. Enjoy!”

View the Legends Never Die visualizer here.

A masterpiece of monstrous brutality and enveloping ambiance, The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s heaviest and most diverse effort yet, with shifting attitude, vibe, and desperate aggression stitched throughout its songs. Brooding, thick with atmosphere and groove-driven, old-school death metal with modern flourishes, the music of ENTERPRISE EARTH switches gears from earth-shattering breakdowns to sickeningly slow sludge to blast furnace pummeling with seemingly effortless ease. Composition after composition is ominous, ambitious, lurching, and inviting with vocalist Dan Watson on a “me against the world” mission taking on personal struggle, isolation, self-doubt, and alienation like a man possessed, determined to persevere at all costs. 

The Chosen was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band’s Gabe Mangold (now the group’s sole guitarist) save for the drums which were tracked with producer Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Death Angel).

The Chosen will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preordering options here.

View the band’s previously released video for Where Dreams Are Broken here and Reanimate // Disintegrate here.  

Coinciding with the release of The Chosen, ENTERPRISE EARTH will kick off 2022 supporting Fit For An Autopsy on their US headlining tour from January 5 through February 12. Additional support will be provided by Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, and labelmates, Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH
w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, Great American Ghost:

1/05/2022 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH
1/06/2022 The Sanctuary- Hamtramck, MI
1/07/2022 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
1/08/2022 Turf Club- St. Paul, MN
1/09/2022 Wildwood- Iowa City, IA
1/10/2022 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NC
1/11/2022 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
1/12/2022 The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT
1/14/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR
1/15/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
1/17/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA
1/18/2022 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
1/19/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
1/20/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/22/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/24/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
1/25/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
1/26/2022 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
1/27/2022 Oklahoma City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
1/28/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN
1/29/2022 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
1/30/2022 The Basement East – Nashville, TN
2/01/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
2/02/2022 Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL
2/03/2022 Soundbar – Orlando, FL
2/04/2022 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/05/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
2/07/2022 Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
2/08/2022 Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
2/09/2022 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
2/10/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/11/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
2/12/2022 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

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

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CROWBAR TO RELEASE ZERO AND BELOW FULL LENGTH MARCH 4, 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

NEW SINGLE/VIDEO CHEMICAL GODZ NOW PLAYING AT REVOLVER - PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

ON TOUR IN 2022 WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – December 9, 2021 – New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal pioneers, CROWBAR, will release their long awaited new full-length, Zero And Below, March 4, 2022 via MNRK Heavy! In celebration, today the band is pleased to unveil the record’s artwork, tracklisting, and first single/video, Chemical Godz, now playing at Revolver. Read more and view CROWBAR’s Chemical Godz at Revolver here. Zero And Below will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find pre-orders here.

CROWBAR songs are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness. Zero And Below, which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doomy CROWBAR record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana, Zero And Below is reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. Songs like Chemical GodzBleeding From Every Hole, and It’s Always Worth The Gain demonstrate what CROWBAR does better than any other band: powerful, evocative, and crushingly heavy music. Celebrating a recent 30th anniversary, CROWBAR is led by one of the most beloved figures in heavy metal, riff overlord Kirk Windstein, whose menacing bellow and smooth drawl put resilient, unrepentant strength behind even the most somber odes to suffering.

Comments Windstein of first single, Chemical Godz, “We are all so excited to release the song and video for ‘Chemical Godz!’ It’s been nearly two years since the album was completed. It was such a sad time for so many people going through the Covid-19 epidemic and we felt it wasn’t a good time to release any new material. Get ready because the heavy is coming! We hope y’all enjoy the song and video. Stay safe out there!” 

Adds Revolver, “With a galloping groove and raspy howls from Windstein, ‘Chemical Godz’ resides on the heavier and more upbeat side of Crowbar's mucky sound, but lyrically, this is some bleak stuff…”

In conjunction with the release of Zero And Below, CROWBAR will join Sepultura and Sacred Reich for the North America Cuadra Tour 2022. Initially scheduled as a 2020 run, the journey kicks off March 4 and runs through April 9. Additional support will be provided by Art Of Shock. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be honoured. See all confirmed dates below.

The moment you hear it, you know it’s CROWBAR. Praised by Pitchfork, VICE, and Metal Hammer… Twice immortalized by MTV’s Beavis And Butt-Head… The group is worshipped by the heartbroken and downtrodden - those who exorcise their demons in smoke-covered riffs of mournful devastation. A genuine band’s band, with a wide-ranging influence across multiple genres, CROWBAR “helped draw up the sludge metal blueprints” (Kerrang!).

Obedience Thru Suffering (1991) set the tone when the band emerged from the same fertile New Orleans ground responsible for several influential bands. Windstein’s childhood friend Philip Anselmo produced Crowbar (1993). With signature anthems, All I Had (I Gave), Existence Is Punishment, and I Have Failed, it was the soundtrack to a bleak depression with seemingly endless depths.

Time Heals Nothing (1995) arrived the same year as NOLA, the crushing debut from the supergroup featuring Windstein, Anselmo, Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), and then CROWBAR bassist Todd Strange. Bower played drums on CROWBAR’s next two studio albums: Broken Glass (1996) and Odd Fellows Rest. Equilibrium (2000) arrived two years later, opening with the earth-scorching single, I Feel The Burning Sun. Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form was named Best Metal Album Of 2001 by De Metal Magazine. At least two of the album’s devastating tracks, The Lasting Dose and To Build a Mountain, make regular setlist appearances.

Down made Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) before the emergence of CROWBAR’s consistently killer Lifesblood For The Downtrodden (2005). Windstein released two well-received albums with Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta under the Kingdom Of Sorrow moniker before CROWBAR returned with Sever The Wicked Hand (2011), released precisely six years after its predecessor. “The band’s ninth full-length is every bit the monster it should be and easily stands alongside their best work,” declared Kerrang!.“Sever… rolls forty years of metal and hard rock into a big joint and smokes it all,” wrote Alternative Press.

Sever The Wicked Hand also introduced guitarist Matt Brunson and drummer Tommy Buckley to the CROWBAR faithful. Symmetry In Black (2014) began a partnership with producer Duane Simoneaux. Rolling Stone named it one of the 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 and Pitchfork praised the album’s “chunky sludge riffs, thrash breaks, bluesy leads, and Windstein giving his inner demons room to frolic… Their status as genre forebearers shines through via Symmetry’s crunchy production.”

The Serpent Only Lies (2016) was similarly well-received, with a noticeable evolution in CROWBAR’s worldview. “The theme of struggle still looms large in CROWBAR’s work,” observed Rolling Stone. “But on the band’s new LP - The Serpent Only Lies - Windstein is singing from a place of resiliency rather than despair. In line with other strong recent CROWBAR efforts, the album transcends any one heavy-rock subgenre, ranging from weighty post–Black Sabbath grooves to headlong Motörhead-style anthems [and] CROWBAR’s own signature blend of towering riffage and mournful melody.”

In 2020, CROWBAR’s wielder of the sludge sledgehammer and unmistakable earthmoving bellow indulged his mellower and more AOR-loving side with a debut solo album, Dream In Motion. The Dark Lord of the Southern Riff stretched his creative wings with new emotional depth and sonic texture that strengthened, rather than tarnished, the metal monolith’s career legacy. Windstein made the solo album between tours and holidays over two years. By contrast, CROWBAR’s twelfth album was handled the more traditional way, with the band (now officially including bassist Shane Wesley) getting together to hammer out the new songs. Each of them contributed as songwriters before going back in the studio with Simoneaux to commit Zero And Below’s ten crushing tracks to history.

CROWBAR works their heavy magic all over again on Zero And Below. As long-running European tastemaker publication Metal Hammer once astutely observed, CROWBAR “exist in a genre of one.”

CROWBAR:
Kirk Windstein – vocals/guitar
Matt Brunson – guitar
Shane Wesley – bass
Tommy Buckley – drums

Zero And Below Track Listing:
1. The Fear That Binds You  
2. Her Evil Is Sacred 
3. Confess To Nothing 
4. Chemical Godz
5. Denial Of The Truth 
6. Bleeding From Every Hole 
7. It's Always Worth The Gain 
8. Crush Negativity 
9. Reanimating A Lie 
10. Zero And Below 

CROWBAR w/ Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Art Of Shock:
3/04/2022 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT           
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater - Denver, CO            
3/08/2022 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA        
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN      
3/10/2022 Rave II - Milwaukee, WI         
3/11/2022 Harpo's - Detroit, MI  
3/12/2022 The Forge - Joliet, IL 
3/13/2022 Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA        
3/15/2022 Irving Plaza - New York, NY  
3/16/2022 Opera House - Toronto, ON 
3/17/2022 Corona Theater - Montreal, QC    
      
3/18/2022 Big Night Live - Boston, MA   
3/19/2022 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA         
3/20/2022 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD  
3/21/2022 House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH        
3/23/2022 Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC 
3/24/2022 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA      
3/25/2022 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL     
3/26/2022 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL     
3/28/2022 Southport Music Hall - New Orleans, LA      
3/29/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX   
3/31/2022 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK         
4/01/2022 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX           
4/02/2022 GMBG - Dallas, TX   
4/03/2022 Rockhouse - El Paso, TX       
4/05/2022 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ          
4/06/2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA        
4/08/2022 Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA   
4/09/2022 UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA 

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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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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SIMON AND THE ISLAND UNVEILS STUNNING NEW VIDEO FOR LIGHTHOUSE

THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FROM SIMON WARD
SIMON AND THE ISLAND OUT NOW
VIA WINDSURFER RECORDS / GLASSNOTE MUSIC

“His candour is reflected across confessional lyrics and raw, sweeping soundscapes that put emotional honesty at the fore. That open heartedness has always been a hallmark of Ward’s songwriting, as well as exquisite prose that illustrates the things that are the hardest to articulate…” – Montecristo Magazine
 
“Within the dark times we face, there is always a glimmer of hope shining through. 
His riveting release beautifully displays that sentiment… Ward has embarked on his solo journey creating music with so much heart. His songs are so organic and raw contrasting the style of The Strumbellas. This body of work possesses that same bare nature.” Earmilk

TORONTO, ON – December 9, 2021 – Today, Simon and the Island (a.k.a. Simon Ward), shares the music video for Lighthouse – watch here.
 
Appearing on the self-titled debut release – Simon and the Island (out now via Ward’s own imprint, Windsurfer Records [Canada] / Glassnote Music [ROW]) – Lighthouse closes out the record as a symbolic beacon – a source of guidance, something close yet far, reminding us the shore is always in sight and in reach no matter how rough the waters. “How am I supposed to give, in a world where I’ve been so down? How am I supposed to live, in a world that’s so turned around?” Ward laments. “Maybe I should come home. Maybe all that glitters ain’t gold. Maybe it’s just a dream.”
 
The stunning visual perfectly captures the sense of longing, hopefulness and raw emotion that pours out of the song. Filmed with director, Christopher Warre Smets, and producer, Joe Kresta (Set Or Sail), the video features dancer, Murphy MacDonald-Rea, giving a mesmerizing performance as Ward treks along the blustery shoreline – both solitary, but seemingly connected by a shared wistfulness.
 
“When Simon and his manager, Jo, presented us with the concept for Lighthouse, right away I thought, ‘we should film this in Cobourg’.
 
My family and I lived in Cobourg for a few years, and there’s a famous lighthouse there, with a massive wharf leading out to it, and on a windy day, the waves off the lake can get really huge. Simon’s song is an anthemic combination of grace and turmoil, and I thought seeing him performing it out there on the wharf, with the lake churning and surging behind him, would be an incredible way to evoke all that emotion. 
 
We were just so lucky that the weather co-operated the way it did. As our colourist Troy said, ‘You guys really captured some magic that day.’ The lake was wild. At times, it felt like we were filming for National Geographic. And Simon got a wave full in the face just as we were almost finished his last, best take. But he just laughed, even though it was freezing out — he’s an amazing trouper, and I think his performance in this is so raw and beautiful.
 
The same goes for our dancer, Murphy Macdonald-Rea, who also choreographed the piece herself. The only direction I gave her was, ‘Don’t be afraid to let it get ugly.’ I love what she came up with, and I love how well it integrates with what Simon did. And our cinematographer, Rob Scarborough, filmed it all with an actual black-and-white camera. It was a perfect choice — it really brought out the stark beauty of everything. I think the whole experience of making Lighthouse’ was a special one for all of us.”  

Listen to Simon and The Island here
Watch the video for Muse here
 
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ABOUT SIMON AND THE ISLAND A.K.A. SIMON WARD
Simon Ward’s musical monogram is marked by his knack for camouflaging a downhearted song within a cleverly constructed poppy tune.  Oftentimes, listeners will be singing at the top of their lungs and dancing along, when they suddenly realize the rawness that courses through the lyrics, making the music all that more relatable. Distinct from his work with The Strumbellas, with Simon and the Island, Ward purposefully chooses to air his songs in their raw, undressed state.  The Brian Pickett produced, self-titled body of music simultaneously draws tears, inspires hope and illuminates a journey. A sliver of solace in dark times, emboldened in blind faith and brazen determination, the album is relatable, relevant, and resonant, strong and structured, honest, humble and full of heart. Delicate strings, cavernous piano, and sparingly appointed instrumentation allow doubt, reflection and resolve to flourish in this suitcase that carries nine songs waiting to be unpacked. 
 
In his day job as principal songwriter and frontman of The Strumbellas, Simon, along with the five other members on stage, engulf sad songs with big, glorious sounds. Ward’s cut deep to-the-bone realism is evident in every song he pens.  He openly, and with great abandon, espouses what so many of us aren’t able to say out loud.  In particular, the song, Spirits, that plucked his band, The Strumbellas, from middle of nowhere obscurity and placed them on the world stage, clearly struck a chord.  It’s honest ambling through a troubled mind that led, and continues to lead, thousands of people to confess to Ward how he spoke directly to their pain and comforted them.  Exercising the demons through song is evident in so many of his songs over the four full length albums the band has created, including crowd favourites We Don’t Know, Salvation, and their latest, Greatest Enemy.  It’s earned him Juno Awards, gold and platinum records, number one radio hits, festival plays and late-night TV appearances.

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BREAKOUT WEST ANNOUNCES CALGARY, AB AS HOST CITY CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL, CONFERENCE AND AWARD’S 20th ANNIVERSARY

SET TO TAKE PLACE
SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 2, 2022

WINNIPEG FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE RUNNING
FROM FEBRUARY 2-6, 2022 – WRISTBANDS
AVAILABLE NOW

SEE FULL WINNIPEG LINEUP HERE

CALGARY, AB – December 7, 2021 – So nice, we’re doing it twice! After nearly two years of virtual programming, and postponing in-person events until they can be done safely, BreakOut West is thrilled to make its grand return to live with not one – but two events in 2022. With Winnipeg fast approaching (February 2 – 6), BOW is happy to announce that it will also be returning to the traditional fall dates in the new year, with the festival, conference and 2022 WCMAwards taking place from September 28 – October 2 in host city, Calgary, Alberta.

“As a past President with BreakOut West and now working with Alberta Music as Interim Executive Director, I couldn’t be more excited to have the event coming to Calgary,” says Christine Rogerson. “Following the tough years our industry has seen recently, we are keen to enliven the music community in Calgary, bringing original, live music safely to venues and fans.” 

“Calgary last hosted BreakOut West in 2013 and we are thrilled that the Western Canadian Music Alliance has chosen to partner with our city and bring this immersive and exciting event back in 2022,” remarks Carson Ackroyd, Senior Vice President of Sales with Tourism Calgary. “The return of BreakOut West is a testament to Calgary’s growing reputation as a vibrant music city. Hosting provides the opportunity to engage locals and visitors alike and to spur economic recovery with an estimated $1.3 million in economic impact resulting from the event.”

In partnership with Tourism Calgary, the Province of Alberta and the National Music Centre, BreakOut West is thrilled to be returning to the city after having previously celebrated there in 2004 and 2013. Venues throughout Calgary’s downtown core and in the Music Mile will welcome musicians from across western Canada and internationally, with the Marriott Downtown transforming into home-base as the host hotel.

The 19th annual BreakOut West music festival and showcase in Winnipeg, MB was moved to February 2022 after previously being scheduled for Fall 2021, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. The master event schedule can be found here, along with the full lineup of performing artists here. Wristbands are available now.

As the events make their return to live, the health and safety of all audiences, artists, members, delegates, speakers, volunteers, fans, staff, and all of their families is of top priority. Manitoba Public Health orders require all attendees of venues, restaurants, bars, and indoor gatherings, to present valid proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID to enter. BOW is committed to following this procedure, for the safety of all who will be attending in 2022, the continuity of the event’s planning, and the long-term sustainability of the music industry. For more information on BreakOut West’s COVID policies, please visit here.

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held February 2 – 6, in Winnipeg, MB, followed by Calgary, AB from September 28 – October 2. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2022.            

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

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HAVIAH MIGHTY ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

HAVIAH MIGHTY
ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT  BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

ENTREPRENEURS ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS WITH HAVIAH IN CONTEST TO WIN INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

PITCHES ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY 14, 2022

FINALISTS TO PITCH BUSINESS IDEAS ON INSTAGRAM LIVE 
WITH WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 2022

LISTEN TO NEW STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE

ON CANADIAN TOUR WITH ARKELLS IN 2022

TORONTO, ON – December 6, 2021 – As Toronto-born, Brampton-based artist and producer, Haviah Mighty,continues to celebrate the success of her new mixtape, Stock Exchange, her next move is all about giving back. Haviah is launching her Black-Owned Business Giveaway this month, donating $10K amongst a diverse network of Black-owned businesses to help them further expand and thrive. She invites entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas - both existing and future, big or small - for an opportunity to win up to $1,000 each to support their journey. 

Haviah took to her social channels earlier today to talk more about the initiative - have a look at the announcement here. Businesses are asked to text (647) 424-3490 for instructions on how to enter.

Finalists will have the chance to pitch their business ideas to Haviah on Instagram Live in January 2022, with winners selected shortly after. Confirmed dates will be announced soon. 

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.    
 
The title, Stock Exchange, refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data - such as followers and subscribers - and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

"These statistics that we use to compare ourselves to others and to define our successes, have become proof of our worth. It’s all perception," Haviah reflects. "These ideas around perceived value got me thinking about the Stock Exchange. Seeing parallels between the way it flows - the constant rising and falling – all dictated by the general public’s perception of an entity’s value, and ultimately how that influences the moves that we make as individuals."

For a behind the scenes look, Haviah has been producing visual pieces expanding on the process of each song for her YouTube series, The Making Of. Watch them here.

Stock Exchange highlights a guest list of international artists, including multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  Toronto's Astrokidjay (Coulda Been U), JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), and Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado). The mixtape also highlights Haviah’s expansion as a producer, as well as with her collaborators, such as Toronto's DevontéeTaabu, her brother, Prynce2x (formerly Mighty Prynce), Denise De’ionSaucy Junky, MTL-based Young Dreadz, and Weird Mahdi. Haviah has been depicting the project through incredible visuals – TeslaProtest and Obeah – while blackpowerbarbie is at the helm for the incredible artwork and animated excerpts. 

While Haviah's hometown album release show at Phoenix Concert Theatre is to be rescheduled, she sets her sights on 2022, where she will support Arkells on a national run across Canada. Details and tickets can be found on Haviah's website

Stay tuned for more on the project in 2022.  

Sunday, December 12, 2021
Sirius XM Tailgate 2021 at the Grey Cup (supporting The Trews) - Tim Hortons Field - Hamilton, ON 


2022 Tour Dates (supporting Arkells):
Wednesday, February 2: Victoria, BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, February 4: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
Saturday, February 5: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Thursday, February 10: Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Friday, February 11: Kingston, ON @ Leon's Centre
Saturday, February 12: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, February 17: Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
Friday, February 18: Kitchener, ON @ The Auld
Saturday, February 19: Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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AMBER MOYLE WELCOMED TO POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TORONTO, ON – December 6, 2021 – The Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors is happy to announce Amber Moyle (they/them) as its new Executive Director.

“I am honoured to be joining such an incredible group of staff, board, jurors, partners, and community stakeholders,” says Moyle. “I look forward to assisting in continuing the monumental legacy the Polaris Music Prize has become in showcasing and supporting Canadian music since its inception over 15 years ago."

“Amber’s energy, creativity and dynamic skill set is a welcome addition to the Polaris Music Prize team,” comments Miro Oballa, Chair of the Polaris Music Prize board. “We are confident the Prize’s reputation for excellence and musical integrity will continue to flourish under their leadership.” 

Moyle has worked in not-for-profit development for the last 12 years, raising over $15 million in sponsorship and event revenue throughout their career. Having spent the last seven years as a senior manager in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, Moyle joins Polaris after working as the Director of Sponsorship & Strategy at Pride Toronto, where they helped raise over $14 million through strategic partnerships, more than doubling fundraising revenue through creative asset development. Moyle created, led and implemented a series of special projects in this position, including the Pride Toronto Creative Studio & Residency Program, annual education and training program, and the transition to produce the first ever Virtual Festival in 2020. Prior to this role, Moyle worked as the Special Events and Sponsorship Manager at Artscape – a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity in Toronto – and The 519 – a non-profit and City of Toronto organization dedicated to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities.

With top-notch expertise in Programming, Branding and Marketing, and Partnership Developments, Moyle is thrilled to bring their creativity and passion for the arts and culture industry to the Polaris Music Prize.   

Moyle will oversee all aspects of the organization, including the annual Polaris Gala, its Short and Long Lists, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, the Polaris Cover Sessions, Polaris Poster and Community Development programs as well as new initiatives.

Presented by CBC Music, 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 Short List receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awards the winner with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD and gifts all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

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).

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    

Media Contacts:

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media 
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS
ACCUEILLE AMBER MOYLE
EN TANT QUE DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE

TORONTO, ON – 6 décembre 2021 – Le conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris est heureux d’annoncer la nomination d’Amber Moyle (pronom : iel) en tant que directrice générale.

« C’est un honneur pour moi de me joindre à un groupe aussi incroyable constitué de personnel, de membres du conseil d’administration et du jury, de partenaires et d’intervenants communautaires », a déclaré Moyle. « J’ai hâte d’aider le Polaris à poursuivre son héritage monumental de mettre en valeur et de soutenir la musique canadienne, comme il le fait depuis sa création, il y a plus de 15 ans. »

« L’énergie, la créativité et les compétences dynamiques d’Amber sont un ajout bienvenu à l’équipe du Prix de musique Polaris », a commenté Miro Oballa, président du conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris. « Nous sommes convaincus que la réputation d’excellence et d’intégrité musicale du Prix continuera de s’épanouir sous sa direction. »

Au cours des 12 dernières années, Amber Moyle a travaillé au développement d’organismes à but non lucratif, recueillant plus de 15 millions de dollars de revenus de commandites et d’événements tout au long de sa carrière. Après avoir passé les sept dernières années comme cadre dans le secteur des arts et de la culture à but non lucratif, iel se joint au Polaris à la suite de son expérience de directrice des commandites et de la stratégie chez Pride Toronto. Dans le cadre de ses fonctions, Moyle a aidé l’organisme à recueillir plus de 14 millions de dollars par le biais de partenariats stratégiques, faisant plus que doubler les revenus de la collecte de fonds grâce au développement d’actifs créatifs. Moyle y a créé, dirigé et mis en œuvre une série de projets spéciaux, notamment le Pride Toronto Creative Studio & Residency Program, des programmes annuels d’éducation et de formation, ainsi que la transition vers la production du tout premier festival virtuel en 2020. Avant d’occuper ce poste, iel a travaillé en tant que responsable des événements spéciaux et des commandites chez Artscape, un organisme de développement urbain à but non lucratif qui fait de l’espace pour la créativité à Toronto. Moyle a aussi œuvré au sein de l’organisme The 519, associé à la Ville de Toronto, qui se consacre à la santé, au bonheur et à la pleine participation des communautés LGBTQ2S.

Grâce à son expertise de premier ordre en matière de programmation, d’image de marque, de marketing et de développement de partenariats, Moyle se réjouit d’apporter sa créativité et sa passion pour l’industrie artistique et culturelle au Prix de musique Polaris.

Moyle supervisera tous les aspects de l’organisation, y compris le gala annuel du Polaris, sa longue et sa courte liste, le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight, les séances de reprises du Polaris, les affiches du Polaris, ses programmes de développement communautaire ainsi que de nouvelles initiatives.

Présenté par CBC Music, le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste reçoivent 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. Play MPE offre également au lauréat ou à la lauréate un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album) d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $, et remet aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.

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

Nous 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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale.
www.polarismusicprize.ca

Contacts médias :

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

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

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST TO RELEASE TORTURE WORLD EP JANUARY 20, 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

WATCH VIDEO FOR KINGMAKER

TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 – Boston’s GREAT AMERICAN GHOST will release their anticipated Torture World EP on January 20, 2022 via MNRK Heavy, today unveiling its cover art, track listing, and first single, Kingmaker
 
Produced by Will Putney (A Day To Remember, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction), who handled the band’s critically-adored 2019 full-length, Power Through Terror, with Torture World, the band directs old-school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs. The EP's title track blends atmospheric melodies with unrelenting heaviness, maneuvering swiftly between classic death metal, crushing hardcore, and double bass-fueled fury. Womb is as fast and severe as anything originating from the frozen forests of Scandinavia, swinging wildly back and forth between blackened death and slow, bludgeoning sludge. Death Forgives No One concludes the proceedings, with a progressive bent, equal parts driving and haunting, with an almost esoteric quality beneath it all. 
 
Vocalist Ethan Harrison and guitarist Niko Gasparrini spoke about their shared love of Nine Inch Nails and industrial, resulting in Torture World’s first single, Kingmaker. The very metal but angular, sharply percussive EP opener showcases the band's attention to detail in crafting instrumentation, carefully weaving through choruses, breakdowns, and bludgeoning riffs.
 
“Kingmaker is a song I wrote at the height of the QAnon hysteria,” elaborates Harrison on the theme driving the pummel. “It was my own observation on the kind of people that allow something so clearly based in racism and bigotry, that has been propagated for hundreds of years just to be repackaged and resold as something new and original, to fuel their every choice and how much that disgusts me. Some things should be rejected on their face.”
 
A punishing video for Kingmaker is currently playing at Metal Injection, noting, “It's the kind of song that your neighbors really ought to hear, and maybe even feel depending on your sound system.”
 
View GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s Kingmaker here.
 
Torture World will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.

Torture World Track Listing:
1. Kingmaker
2. Torture World
3. Womb
4. Death Forgives No One

DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Album Art

About GREAT AMERICAN GHOST:
It was the first GREAT AMERICAN GHOST show in eighteen months, and there was no guarantee there'd even be an audience. The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, and Currents filled out a bill booked for the outdoor parking lot stage at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST, hailing from nearby Boston, went on earliest, with lots of daylight left on the clock. "I was nervous," frontman Ethan Harrison confesses. "I figured nobody was going to come early to watch us. I'll always find a way to be anxious in those situations. It was the most people we've ever played in front of before and the most people I've ever stood in front of personally."

The triumphant post-pandemic return in front of 10,000 enthusiastic people was a testament to just how successfully GREAT AMERICAN GHOST connected through a steady stream of furious music. The group Metal Injection calls, "always hateful, always pissed," steadily built a devoted following with the bleak and punishing Everyone Leaves (2015), Hatred Stems From The Seed (2017), the Don't Come Back EP (2016), and Power Through Terror (2019).

Even as the worldwide shutdown and personal adversities big and small threatened to derail the band, perseverance ultimately prevailed, resulting int he four-song Torture World EP poised to take the band's vicious bile in new directions.

"We were excited about Power Through Terror and ready to hit the road as much as humanly possible," Harrison recalls. "We had a bunch of touring ready to roll when the record came out in February. Then we were locked down in March. It was a really long eighteen months for us, like most people. There were a lot of points where really bad things happened, and we thought, 'Well, maybe we just don't want to do the band anymore.' My mental health was going downward. We had a really horrible year, honestly."

But as the light began to creep in toward the end of the tunnel, with plans for shows and even touring on the horizon, Harrison and his bandmates – guitarist Niko Gasparrini and drummer Davier Perez – began to feel some glimmers of hope. "The conversations started to feel more real. It gave me a feeling that I hadn't had in a long time. I missed the band even more than I realized."

"We didn't have any pressure or expectations in terms of how Torture World should sound," Harrison says. "We did what we wanted, and this is what came from it. There's a larger scope of sound happening than on our earlier releases. Bells, percussion, a lot of extra instrumentation." And the riffs are still there.

Early releases tackled feelings of hopelessness, thoughts of suicide, and bitterness about broken relationships with naked aggression. On Power Through Terror, Harrison turned his poison pin outward as well, going after government complicity in sex trafficking and abuse; a friend's debilitating struggle with alcoholism; the fear of failure that keeps so many bound up in apathy. Torture World tackles several issues with urgency and passion, not the least of which is the struggle for equality and the resulting social unrest magnified in recent years. "As a white cisgender male, I'm not in a position to say that I am oppressed. It's not my story to tell," Harrison cautions. "But I have a huge problem with the disparity that occurs inside of this civilization that we occupy." 

"Torture World has a dual meaning,” he continues. “Some songs on the EP are extremely political and there are some extremely personal songs. Both things bleed into each other."

It's an approach to the lyrical side of the band that continues to apply to their music. Since the first time a punk rocker palm-muted a guitar, there's been a debate about what constitutes "true" hardcore, crossover, thrash, metalcore, ad nauseam. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST is comfortably beyond that conversation. "I'm so sick of the whole subgenre thing," says Harrison. "We've always been in this middle ground. Some people who listen to metal don't see us as a metal band. We've never been a straight-up hardcore band. So, we don't really care. I only care whether or not people get it. As long as they get it, or it changes them or touches them emotionally in some way? Call us whatever you want." 


GREAT AMERICAN GHOST:
Ethan Harrison – vocals
Niko Gasparrini – guitar
Davier Perez – drums
Grayson Stewart - guitar

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LEXXICON MAKES LITERARY DEBUT WITH RELEASE OF TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL 

SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ALBUM
HIGHLIGHT BUBBLE EVERYWHERE

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KINDLE AND PAPERBACK HERE

LISTEN TO TROPICON ISLANDS

ANNOUNCES AFROWAVE LIVESTREAM
PERFORMANCE ON MARCH 24, 2022

TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 – Following the success of his latest album,  Tropicon IslandsJamaican-born, Toronto-based artist, author and arts community trailblazer, Lexxicon, makes his literary debut in releasing a novel of the same title. While the concept of the album resonates with various sonic chapters, set on a fictional locale, and capturing the many facets and journeys that weave into a relationship, the novel presents a contrasting narrative, blending sci-fi futuristic murder mystery with romance and suspense. 

Listen to Tropicon Islands here and order Tropicon Islands, the novel, for Kindle and on paperback here. Read more about Tropicon Islands below and watch the trailer here

On the process, Lexxicon says: "I have written shorter novels before in high school for myself, but I always wanted to have a book I made for everyone to read and enjoy, and I finally found the time to make that dream a reality. The writing process took about a year to get everything done. It kept me going during the times when I wasn't creating music. Just seeing the final physical copy of the book makes me feel like I really accomplished something that I can look back on in a few years and still be proud of."

When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment.

On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon worked alongside Edmonton-based producer, Artafacts, to craft layered sonic elements and shaped its storyline in the company of incredible collaborators. He shared five singles leading up to the release of the album, including, One Last Time,marking a breaking point for the couple in the story, You Know Me - inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe - Back To You, with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time, Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. 

 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims tand hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Stay tuned for more live performances from Lexxicon in the new year including a livestream for AfroWave on March 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET, as part of The Invincible Showcase, broadcasted via YouTube. More details will be announced. 

DOWNLOAD – Tropicon Islands Novel Artwork

Photo by @daveoverthere
 
DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photos | DOWNLOAD  Tropicon Islands Artwork

More Lexxicon:

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim!, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

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KATIE PRUITT’S NEW SONG MERRY CHRISTMAS MARY JANE DEBUTS TODAY

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR UNDERWAY WITH SHOW IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 7 

LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST THE RECOVERING CATHOLIC

TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 –Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Katie Pruitt’s new holiday song, Merry Christmas Mary Jane, is out today. Watch/share the official music video, directed by Bella Mazzola, here.  

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, Merry Christmas Mary Jane is the quintessential holiday song for stoners. The holidays can be stressful and when the eggnog isn’t strong enough, sometimes we need a little extra help lifting our spirits. I wrote this song on Christmas Eve after dealing with some family drama. I was stressed and fresh out of weed, so my best friend picked me up and we drove around the neighborhood hot boxing his red Ford Explorer. Sometimes all you need to get through the holidays is a friend to talk to and a strong strain of Mary Jane.” 

In conjunction with the release, Pruitt has partnered with Nashville’s LabCanna for a limited-edition line of Merry Christmas Mary Jane Delta-8 gummies, which will be available for purchase at her show at Nashville’s Basement East on December 16.

The new song adds to a series of breakout years for Pruitt, who is currently in the midst of an extensive headline tour with upcoming performances at New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, Toronto's Monarch Tavern, Evanston’s Space, Lexington’s The Burl, Atlanta’s The Earl and Nashville’s Basement East among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Ticket details can be found at www.katiepruitt.com/tour.  

Moreover, Pruitt recently launched her new podcast, The Recovering Catholic via Osiris Media. With new episodes debuting every other week, The Recovering Catholic explores the idea of God from a variety of perspectives as Pruitt attempts to discover a new spiritual identity. In each installment, Pruitt and her guests discuss reconciling religious upbringing with personal truth and what it means to be spiritual in the modern age. Listen to the first four episodes, featuring special guests Ruston Kelly, Julien Baker and Semler, via OsirisApple Podcasts or Spotify

The podcast follows Pruitt’s widely acclaimed debut album, Expectations, which was released last year on Rounder Records (stream/purchase here). Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations consists of ten new songs written solely by Pruitt and debuted to overwhelming critical praise.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018. Since the release, Pruitt has been highlighted as a Rolling Stone Artist You Need To Know, one of NPR Music’s Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019 and Southwest Magazine’s Artists on the Rise and has been featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series as well as CBS This Morning as part of their Saturday Sessions series.

KATIE PRUITT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
December 3—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge† (early + late show, both SOLD OUT)
December 4—Philadelphia, PA—Milkboy† (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Allston, MA—Brighton Music Hall†
December 7—Toronto, ON—Monarch Tavern†
December 9—Evanston, IL—Space†
December 10—Iowa City, IA—Elray’s Live & Dive†
December 11—St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill†
December 12—Lexington, KY—The Burl†
December 14—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar†
December 16—Nashville, TN—The Basement East†
December 27—Decatur, GA—Eddie’s Attic
December 28—Atlanta, GA—The Earl
February 1-5, 2022—Riviera Maya, Mexico—Girls Just Wanna Weekend (SOLD OUT)
February 21—Flagstaff, AZ—Orpheum Theater*
February 22—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre*
February 23—Scottsdale, AZ—Scottsdale Theater for the Performing Arts*
February 25—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom*
February 26—Crested Butte, CO—Center for the Arts*
February 28—Jackson, WY—Center for the Arts*
March 1—Salt Lake City, UT—The Commonwealth Room*
March 3—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House*
March 4—Bozeman, MT—The Elm*
March 5—Missoula, MT—The Wilma*
†with special guest Tré Burt
*with The Wood Brothers 

"stunning…radiates so much empathy and love and understanding. The whole record just really moved me, it’s so beautiful.”—NPR Music

“such clarity of expression and disarming intimacy—Expectations is aesthetically warmhearted even in its tensest moments of confrontation.”—NPR Morning Edition
 
 “A soaring vocalist and agile guitarist, Pruitt is a dynamic new presence…what makes Expectations such an engaging listen is its universal quality: It addresses themes relevant to everyone and leaves you feeling inspired and comforted.”Rolling Stone

With stately ballads and choruses to shatter glass, the Nashville singer-songwriter’s debut builds into a record that feels deeply thoughtful and unified.”—Pitchfork

“an immediately captivating listen…know that this near flawless introduction is the auspicious start of a career that shows incredible promise.”—American Songwriter

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

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

“Country Music’s Next Queer Star…a testament to the level of vulnerability Pruitt herself is comfortable channeling.”—NewNowNext

“tremendously compelling…beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs.”Nashville Scene

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

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

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

Rare are first-album lyrical voices so fully formed and fully engaging as Pruitt’s…yet, song after song, Pruitt delivers on every level—writing, performance, and production.”—Folk Alley

“tremendously compelling…beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs”Nashville Scene

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

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

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

Rare are first-album lyrical voices so fully formed and fully engaging as Pruitt’s…yet, song after song, Pruitt delivers on every level—writing, performance, and production”—Folk Alley
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CERAMIC ANIMAL SIGN TO EASY EYE SOUND AND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SWEET UNKNOWN OUT MARCH 4 WITH TITLE TRACK OUT TODAY

NEW SINGLE / TITLE TRACK  OUT TODAY 
WATCH / LISTEN HERE

ANNOUNCE 2022 TOUR DATES

TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2021 –Today, Ceramic Animal have announced the release of their new album, Sweet Unknownout March 4th. The album will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. To mark the occasion, they’ve released the title track and accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. The title track is an Orbison inspired meditation on the other side. “Lyrically and sonically, ‘Sweet Unknown’ embodies a dive into an uncertain yet beautiful darkness,” says drummer Erik Regan. “We are real excited that the world’s introduction to this album is with a song that captures one of the greater themes of the record.” Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.
 
Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile. 
 
Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do - work hard. 
 
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father - their greatest influence and biggest fan - just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
 
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022 with new dates being announced today. Highlights include The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY on February 16th, Schuba’s in Chicago on February 25th and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on March 6th. A full list of tour dates are below.

TOUR DATES:
February 16 - The Sultan Room - Brooklyn, NY
February 18 - Sonias - Boston, MA
February 19 - Pie Shop - Washington D.C.
February 25 - Schuba’s - Chicago, IL
February 26 - Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
February 27 - Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
March 6 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
March 12 - Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA
 
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By Stephen Deusner
 
Strutting out of the historic town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ceramic Animal forge an original and exciting new sound from glam, post-punk, psych rock, ’70s pop, and so much more. Just as crucially, this band of brothers--Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums), and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys), along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass)—have found success on their own terms, bucking industry conventions to attract a large and far-flung fan base spanning generations and genres. They’re already a success story based on their first three self-funded, self-produced, and self-released albums. 
 
Their fourth, however, shows the spoils of their success. Recorded with Dan Auerbach at his legendary Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Sweet Unknown is their most mature, their most imaginative, their most daring to date, colliding the glitter-stomp of T. Rex, the rock-and-roll decadence of any-period David Bowie, and the extravagant melodicism of Todd Rundgren. Musically exuberant, these ten new songs are shot through with an undercurrent of sadness, with songs like “Long Day” and “Private Dancer” and even the rip-roaring closer “Valerie” addressing loss, absence, and estrangement. It’s an album that grabs you by the lapels on first listen, but tells you dark secrets with every subsequent spin. 
 
Hailing from Doylestown—rather than coming up in a more established music scene—has allowed Ceramic Animal to figure themselves out as individual musicians and as a band, giving them the opportunity to determine their own musical and business virtues. They played in a series of cover bands throughout high school and college, treating those gigs like an extended apprenticeship with Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Strokes, and The Black Keys. But their first and greatest influence was always their father. “Our music taste comes from him,” says Chris. “He raised us on classic rock—the Stones, Sabbath, The Kinks. I always make the joke that he was the greatest musician that never was. He couldn’t play, but he had an ear for it. He gave us so much great feedback early on.” 
 
As they grew bold enough to sneak a few originals into their setlists, the lineup for Ceramic Animal settled into a rowdy five-piece, almost always taking the stage in matching suits. “Doylestown turned out to be a very healthy music scene for us,” says Marchione. “So even though we always thought big, we never really felt the need to relocate. We didn’t see the benefit of going somewhere else.” From Doylestown they could make the easy trek down to Philly or over to New York City, and they could do things the way they wanted, without interference from outside parties. 
 
But they never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and found that they each had complementary strengths. Chris was responsible for the creative side of the band, writing songs and producing their albums. Erik had a knack for finances and planning, while Elliott (“the best reader among us,” laughs Chris) handled legal. “We didn’t know what we were doing, and we still don’t,” says Erik. “We were able to try things out, and we tried to fail small, fail cheap, and fail fast whenever we could. Then we could regroup and keep going.” 
 
Remarkably, it worked for them. Their records sold well on tour and online, their shows sold out, and their songs found their way onto streaming playlists that introduced them to new fans young and old—teenagers who loved the band’s music and the parents who recognized the band’s influences. Sadly, their father didn’t get to witness their accomplishments: Their greatest influence as well as their biggest fan died shortly before they released their third album. 
 
It was through one of those playlists that Dan Auerbach discovered Ceramic Animal. He delved into their catalog and was impressed by their music as well as their work ethic. “I liked what they had going on, and I liked how obviously hard-working they are,” says Dan. “When I spoke with them, I liked them even more. They’re very down to earth, but they’re also incredibly ambitious. They’re so genuinely confident with themselves, and that allows them the freedom to explore music and ideas together. They have a lot of the qualities I see in very successful groups, but they’re just at the beginning, really.”
 
He invited the band down to Nashville to write and record their fourth album, Sweet Unknown. Giving up their independence wasn’t easy—after all, they’d come this far by themselves, and they could keep going even further. Auerbach helped them distill their sound and their vision down to its purest form. “It’s not every day that you get this opportunity to work with someone as renowned as Dan,” says Chris. “I was just curious to see what would happen and what we could create together.”
 
First, Chris came down to write songs with Auerbach and veteran songwriters Desmond Child, Pat McLaughlin, and Angelo Petraglia. They worked on keeping the arrangements clear, focused, impactful. “In the past I’ve written some pretty vague lyrics because I wanted people to be able to read into the songs whatever they wanted or needed,” says Chris. “I learned a lot from that process, especially about how to tell a clear story and how to make the painful edits that make a song so much better. The point is to communicate as clearly as possible.” His storytelling comes through on every song, especially the hand-on-shoulder anthem, “Long Day,” which follows a couple trying to stay together even when the world intrudes: “Looking at the bills laying on the table,” Chris sings. “I would pay them all if I was able to.” It’s a slow burn soul song, less about any one big moment of betrayal and more about the crushing weight of so many small moments. 
 
Next, the band convened at Easy Eye Sound to turn them into Ceramic Animal songs. With each member bringing the force of his own personality to every note, they emphasized live-wire energy and kept first takes, the better to instill these songs with the urgency and humanity they demanded. For the title track, a subdued ballad with a weightless guitar strum and a call-and-response between vocals and guitars, they wobbled into the studio groggy and maybe a little hung over one morning, then recorded it in one go. That lends the song its last-call world-weariness, as though they’re bringing a long night to a close rather than facing down a new day. “We just wanted to create something that was true to us,” says Chris, “something that we would want to hear, something that we would feel like should exist.”
 
Lively and imaginative, the music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, creating a world where intimate lovers gradually grow cold toward each other, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. It makes for a lonely album, but not one devoid of hope or warmth. In fact, on the standout “Forever Song,” this band of brothers show how music can connect people, if only for a few sweet minutes. As Chris declares right before the chorus, “Strangers dance like soul mates to an old forever song!” You can imagine all their fans, whatever their age, singing along to that big-hearted chorus. “That was something that was really resonating with me when we were working on this record,” says Chris. “Nothing is guaranteed, and sometimes you can only really appreciate the good things in your life after they’re gone. There’s definitely a sense of loneliness that everybody feels.”

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EMERGING CANADIAN INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER RACHEL BOBBITT SIGNS TO FANTASY RECORDS

DEBUTS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR TRACK ALWAYS

TORONTO, ON – November 30, 2021 – Emerging indie singer-songwriter, Rachel Bobbitt, has signed with Fantasy Records and is readying new music for release in early 2022. Based in Toronto, the 22-year-old artist has built an impressive following due in part to her absorbing, introspective lyrics, and artful, angular soundscapes. A true DIY spirit, Rachel’s expressive music pulls inspiration and detail from her own life and the world around her. 

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her self-released, debut EP, And It’s the Same, today Rachel shared the official music video for the blissful track, Always. The home-video-style clip, directed by Hiro Tanaka, captures intimate snapshots of a day in her life with friends in Saskatoon. Watch it here. Additionally, Rachel released brand new And It’s the Same merch today, available here.

“Always is a song about love – platonic or romantic,” Rachel explains. “We shot the video on one of the last nice days of the fall in 2020, and it documents a simple day spent with lovely friends.”

Originally from Nova Scotia, Rachel Bobbitt is a rising singer-songwriter currently residing in Toronto.  The professionally-trained musician attended Humber Music College and is part of a tight-knit community of musicians in Toronto, with whom she consistently collaborates, including guitarist and producer, Justice Der. Their cover of Frank Ocean’s Forrest Gump has nearly two million streams on Spotify. At the age of 16, Rachel embraced the then-popular social media platform, Vine, and began amassing an audience, sharing performance videos covering artists such as Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Mazzy Star, Elliott Smith, and My Bloody Valentine, her confidence grew, and she began writing original songs and developing her own unique sound. In November 2020, Rachel self-released her debut EP, And It’s the Same. Organic editorial playlisting across Spotify (NMF Canada, Outliers, Indie All Stars, Fresh Finds) helped spread the word further, and she was named one of RADAR US’s Artists to Watch for 2021.

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About Fantasy Records:
Since its mid-century formation in San Francisco, CA., FANTASY RECORDS has stood for inspired artistry, fearless vision, and fierce independence. A home for innovative, authentic artists whose music impacts the world, FANTASY continues to epitomize an audacious, modern approach to both record-making and music marketing.  Our current artist roster includes James Taylor, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paul Simon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Natalie Hemby, Tanya Tucker, Layla Tucker, Valerie June, Grace Potter, Allison Russell, Seether, Steve Perry, Tedeschi Trucks Band, BAILEN, Avi Kaplan, Andrea von Kampen, Switchfoot, and Gov’t Mule. www.fantasyrecordings.com

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BRIT NOMINATED DJ & PRODUCER REGARD SHARES SIGNALS (ACOUSTIC) ALONGSIDE A STUNNING NEW MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING KWABS

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REGARD X KWABS SIGNALS SELECTED AS RADIO 1 CLARA AMFO’S ‘HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD’

AMASSED 4.3 MILLION STREAMS IN THREE WEEKS

TORONTO, ON - November 26, 2021 - Continuing the success of Signals and its official music video release earlier this month, the BRIT nominated DJ and producer, Regard, and singer songwriter Kwabs, have today shared the acoustic version alongside a stunning new video.
 
Directed by R. Kid, the music video demonstrates stunning cinematography that cuts between a powerful contemporary dance sequence performed by two dancers, and profile shots of Kwabs as he sings the new acoustic version.
 
The release of Signals has been widely celebrated as Kwabs highly anticipated return. Upon release, BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo selected the single as her ‘Hottest Record In The World,' as well as receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1’s Party Anthems and Dance Anthems, Kiss FM playlist and Capital’s Dance playlists. The single has now amassed 4.5 million streams in three weeks with the official music video gaining further traction by charting at #5 in Vevo’s New Artist Music Videos in the UK. Furthermore, Regard has also recently wrapped up his first US tour where he performed at festivals, nightclubs, and music venues across the country.
 
About Regard
Regard garnered global attention with his debut single, Ride It, in 2019, which became an international hit, taking the internet and TikTok by storm, and quickly followed it up with his second BRIT award nominated hit single, Secrets, featuring South London singer RAYE. He has gone on to achieve over 10x Top 10 single chart placements globally, and in the UK, Ride It has sold over 1 million records to date (2x Platinum), while Secrets was recently certified Platinum. Regard has amassed 2.2 billion combined streams and 9 million worldwide sales.
 
About Kwabs
London based singer songwriter, Kwabs, caught the attention of Atlantic Records after his covers on YouTube went viral, gathering hundreds of thousands of views. Within three years, he was signed by the label and released his first studio album Love + War in 2015. His single, Walk, became an international hit, achieving platinum status in Germany and peaking at number 1 on the German music charts, as well as charting in other European countries.
 
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BREAKOUT WEST REVEALS FINAL WAVE OF PERFORMERS TO APPEAR AT THE 2022 FESTIVAL

SEE FULL LINEUP HERE

BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 2-6, 2022 IN WINNIPEG
WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE HERE

WINNIPEG, MB – November 26, 2021 – BreakOut West is thrilled to announce the final wave of artists that will be showcasing at its 19th annual music festival, being held in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. See below for the newly announced acts, and find the full lineup of performing artists here, with BOW 2022 wristbands available now.

"There were so many incredible acts that applied for the 2022 festival, representing all corners of western Canada and so many diverse genres, styles, and backgrounds, with a glut of new material developed in the last year and half,” says BreakOut West Program Manager, Liam Prost. “We have more international acts than ever before, and Winnipeg is the perfect host city after such a difficult parlay from live music!"

Audiences can eagerly anticipate a stellar showing from this diverse group of performers, which includes a number of recently announced 2021 WCMAward winners. Acts from all across western Canada will take to stages throughout the city, along with special international guests from Wales, Sweden, Iceland and other Nordic countries, as well as artists from our neighbours in Eastern Canada. This will mark the fourth year that BreakOut West has reached gender-parity within its programming (in partnership with the Keychange Initiative), and BOW will see its highest number of BIPOC performers at the 2022 festival.

As BreakOut West excitedly makes its return to live, the health and safety of all audiences, artists, members, delegates, speakers, volunteers, fans, staff, and all of their families is of top priority. Manitoba Public Health orders require all attendees of venues, restaurants, bars, and indoor gatherings, to present valid proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID to enter. BOW is committed to following this procedure, for the safety of all who will be attending in 2022, the continuity of the event’s planning, and the long-term sustainability of the music industry. For more information on BreakOut West’s COVID policies, please visit here.

Final Round of BreakOut West Festival Performers:
Sebastian Gaskin (MB)
Megan Nash & The Best of Intentions (SK)
Virgo Rising (MB)
Speed Control (YT)
FXCKMR (NT)
Ghost Woman (AB)
I Am The Mountain (AB)
Black Thunder (SK)
Anthony OKS (MB)
Post-Modern Connection (BC)
Kaeley Jade (AB)
Michaela Slinger (BC)
Sam Tudor (BC)
Sala (MB)
Joey O’Neill (YT)
BSÍ (Iceland)
Sierra Noble (MB)
Wolf Willow (SK)
velours (SK)
Ila Barker (MB)
Ayla Brook & The Sound Men (SK)
Emily Triggs (AB)
Adwaith (Wales)
*See full lineup here

Participating venues:
King's Head Pub
Pyramid Cabaret
Rachel Brown Theatre
The Exchange Event Centre
The Good Will Social Club
The Handsome Daughter
The Royal Albert Arms
The Tallest Poppy
Times Changed High and Lonesome Club
West End Cultural Centre

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

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

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YOUNG T & BUGSEY DRAFT IN UNKNOWN T FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE ROBERTO C

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"Their sound and approach has endeared them to millions and put their proudly-worn Notts accents at the top of the charts.”  Complex UK

“Not only have they entered the mainstream in London, but around the world, too.”  Billboard

“Young T & Bugsey are two of Nottingham’s finest.” Essence

TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2021 - Today, Brit-nominated rap duo, Young T & Bugsey, return with explosive new single and video, Roberto C, featuring Unknown T. Watch here.
 
The new single, produced by P2J, follows in the wake of October offering, Big Bidness, and is fuelled by an enticing beat that the pair ride effortlessly, this time backed by the signature sound of East-London rapper, Unknown T. Young T & Bugsey’s captivating hooks and trademark vocals, paired with Unknown T’s cadence and distinctive flow, couple up to create a track that perfectly balances the rawness of drill and polished melodic rap. It’s this musical dexterity that has earned them a stamp of approval across the UK and beyond.

The Teeeezy C - directed visual sees the rappers delivering a lively display, that flits between party and clean-cut studio scenes. The visual is a further testament to Young T & Bugsey’s attention to detail, hailing to the 90s-00s Y2K aesthetic with varsity jackets, classic cars and MTV style emblems. With the duo taking their craft to new heights, it’s clear that an announcement of a brand new project is imminent, adding to what has already been a remarkable last year of successive singles and career defining moments.

Being based outside of London, Young T & Bugsey, who met aged 15 whilst working in KFC, immediately honed in on their chemistry. Having followed a less-travelled path to success, the duo are rarely out of the limelight - having been tipped by BBC Radio 1Xtra, co-signed by Stormzy, and going on to spearhead the emerging Nottingham rap scene. The duo’s single, Ay Caramba became their first top 40 single, and they consequently went on to be the first act from their city to achieve a Platinum Certified single. 

Last year saw the release of debut mixtape Plead The 5th - an impressive first body of work boasting almost 1 billion streams - home to hit singles, Strike A Pose, featuring Manchester rapper Aitch, and the Headie One backed smash, Don’t Rush. Don’t Rush quickly became a global success and an unavoidable soundtrack to 2020, achieving one of the most exciting viral moments seen from a UK act. Young T & Bugsey went on to receive three Brit Award nominations, plus a stellar performance at this year’s ceremony alongside Headie One. They reached even further heights when they were nominated for two BET Awards and became the first UK Rap duo to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 List. Their music has been continuously hailed as a sound that increasingly knows no bounds and embraces an abundance of genres. Stay tuned for more from Young T & Bugsey.

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MØ ANNOUNCES LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM MOTORDROME DUE FOR RELEASE ON JANUARY 28 2022 VIA RCA

SHARES NEW TRACKS BRAD PITT & GOOSEBUMPS
 
LISTEN / WATCH BRAD PITT HERE

WATCH VIDEO FOR GOOSEBUMPS HERE
 
WORLD TOUR SCHEDULED FOR 2022
 
TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2021 –Motordrome, the long awaited third album from Danish superstar, , is out January  28, 2022 via RCA—pre-order it here. Today, she shares two new tracks—listen to Brad Pitt and watch the video for Goosebumps here

Directed by longtime collaborator Rob Sinclair (a recent Emmy winner for David Byrne’s American Utopia) and Lewis Knaggs, thevideo was shot in the aftermath of MØ’s hometown show at Copenhagen’s Den Grå Hal last month.

Of the two new tracks, Karen says “both songs are, in each their way, about remembering who you are. Remember that you can shine? Remember there’s a chance of breaking out of the prison that is your mind? To actively move your body out of the loop andinto the world”

Motordrome is MØ’s first body of work since 2018’s much lauded Forever Neverland, which saw her touring the world over off the back of its success. MØ’s career was almost instantly launched into the stratosphere from the very start with her monumental 2014 debut album, No Mythologies To Follow and a very prominent feature on Major Lazer’s Lean On —one of the most successful singles of all time—soon after. When touring behind Forever Neverland came to a halt in 2019, MØ found herself completely burned out afterfive years on the road.

She returned to Denmark to recalibrate and recover from the physical and mental exhaustion she was experiencing as a result, but had trouble checking out. A serious vocal injury requiring months of rehabilitation exacerbated her bouts of anxiety and a sense that things were slipping out of her control.

MØ, born Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, hunkered down and did what she knew best—wrote songs. The music that began to emerge bridged the gap between her years as a teen punk touring anarchist squats across Europe and the bright scandipop she’d come to be known for, a darker and more personal take on her sound.

She enlisted friends and longtime collaborators Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding) and Noonie Bao (Halsey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen) to help flesh out the songs, with further songwriting and production from a close circle including Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend, Adele), Jam City (Olivia Rodrigo, Troye Sivan), S.G. Lewis (Dua Lipa), Linus Wiklund and Yangze.

Motordrome’s title came from a conversation MØ had with her mother about her battles with anxiety—the panic and intrusivethoughts called to mind the dødstrome, an old carnival trick in which a stuntperson rides a motorcycle around the vertical walls of amotordrome at death-defying speeds.

The making of the album proved to be MØ’s escape from this deepening spiral, although the album is very much a document of a person-in-progress. While there is a strong sense of empowerment and of brighter days ahead, it also serves as a reminder thateveryone has to deal with their own dødstrome —that there is no perfect remedy for life’s struggles, and that’s OK.

“I hope that people will feel that it's genuine and that there are stories there that they can connect with,” MØ says. “For me this album represents a huge change in my life. Even though I'm still doing what I love doing, it does feel like a new chapter. An era of my life is over and I’m entering a new one. That is scary, but it’s freeing.”
 
MØ has shared two tracks from Motordrome so far — Kindness a love letter to her fans, and Live To Survive.

She’ll return to the road in 2022, with a run of very special dates in Europe and North America.  See full details below.
 
TOUR DATES

EU
February 4 2022 @ Parkteatret, Oslo NO
February 5 2022 @ Debaser, Stockholm SW 8th Feb 2022 @ NIEBO,Warsaw PL
February 9 2022 @ Kesselhaus, Berlin DE 11th Feb 2022 @ Le Trabendo,Paris FR
February 13 2022 @ Orangerie - Botanique, Brussels BE 14th Feb 2022 @ MelkwegOz, Amsterdam NL
February 15 2022 @ Heaven, London UK

US
April 7 2022 @ Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill NC 9th Apr 2022 @ Sound MoneyFestival, Miami FL
April 10 2022 @ Jannus Live, Tampa FL 11th Apr 2022 @ Variety,Atlanta GA
April 13 2022 @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA 
April 14 2022 @ Webster Hall, New York NY 15th Apr 2022 @ Royale, Boston MA
 
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY SET TO RELEASE DOOM CREW INC. ALBUM ON BLACK FRIDAY VIA MNRK HEAVY

HANG OUT WITH THE BAND ON THANKSGIVING DAY
FOR A LISTENING PARTY AND FAN Q&A LIVE STREAM

THE FEAST STARTS AT 4PM ET ON THURSDAY
PRE-SAVE + PRE-ADD THE ALBUM TO RSVP

TORONTO, ON – November 24, 2021 – Black Label Society is set to release their album, Doom Crew Inc. this Friday via MNRK Heavy. Available digitally on CD, vinyl and deluxe edition, pre-order now, plus an autographed CD digi-pack available here.

Spend Thanksgiving with the band and crew for a listening livestream event following  a fan Q&A. Join the party by pre-saving and/or pre-adding the album here. The feast starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 25. The album is a tribute to the band’s "first to bleed, last to leave" road crew, and the band will gather together with the current road crew in Salt Lake City while on tour to celebrate them and the release.

The 12-tracks are odes to celebration and mourning, the soundtracks to jubilant evenings and bewildering days recorded in Zakk’s home studio, the Black Vatican. The stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet are part invading horde, and part traveling carnival – summoning caffeine-fueled cacophony on records and the stage. On this album, Zakk trades solos and twin-guitar parts with Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist, John “J.D.” DeServio, and powerhouse drummer, Jeff Fabb.

The band will conclude their ‘Doom Trooping Over North America’ tour in the next week with remaining dates from November 23 through November 28 in Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver and ending in Albuquerque.

U.S. Tour Dates
November 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues*+
November 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*+
November 27 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theater*+
November 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*+ 

w/ Obituary*
w/ Prong+

Order the deluxe edition here.

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JACK KAYS SHARES OUTRUN MYSELF FROM COLLABORATIVE EP WITH TRAVIS BARKER

MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES  SET TO RELEASE DECEMBER 10
 
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Toronto, ON – November 24, 2021 – Today, Jack Kays has shared new song, OUTRUN MYSELF – listen here and watch the accompanying official video hereOUTRUN MYSELF is the first offering from Kays’ collaborative project with Travis Barker titled MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. The four-track EP, which continues Jack’s exploration of themes surrounding mental health, will be released December 10 via Columbia Records and is available to pre-save here. See full tracklisting below.
 
In speaking about the project, Jack says: “OUTRUN MYSELF’and the EP as a whole, to me, really explore this theme of duality. Sometimes with mental illness there can be two sides of a person, and I really want to shed light on that and make people feel better if they're experiencing that themselves. It’s my hope to help people feel comfortable with all sides of themselves, not just the good parts.”
 
Last week, the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist announced he will embark on a mini headline tour in support of MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. Jack will perform in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles before concluding the run of dates in San Francisco on January 27. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

JACK KAYS ON TOUR:
January 15 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
January 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right 
January 19 -Washington D.C. - Songbyrd 
January 26 -Los Angeles, CA - The Echo 
January 27 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall 

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SARAH HILTZ SHARES NEW SINGLE LOVE & RETREAT

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO HERE

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER TO 
RELEASE NEW PROJECT IN EARLY 2022

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LISTEN TO SARAH'S ANCILLARY PODCAST THE FURY POD

"I bring myself right to the edge of my seat
And my fingers grip the books in my lap that he lent me
I start to fidget with the page corners and think
That it’s a fine line between love and retreat"

- Sarah Hiltz in Love and Retreat

TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, resorts to Love & Retreat - her new single, which will be featured on an upcoming album, Calm Fury. Set for release early 2022, the project embraces and grapples with the topic of anger in layered, raw artistry. Love & Retreat  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.

"That experience, paired with a few other events, inspired me to create this project, because I realized I actually don’t know how to express anger in a healthy way, no one ever taught me how to do that," Sarah adds. "But I think it’s in our closest relationships that it could make the deepest impact, if we could learn how to better be angry with each other."

Love & Retreat follows Swim, a song where 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

Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with The FuryPod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic. Listen to the first episode here featuring a conversation about the way anger shows up, and is worked out, in the body.

“During the research stage, one of my interviewees made an interesting comment when we spoke, wondering if the automation of labour and general daily tasks might be contributing to our collective struggle to express anger, that maybe doing repetitive motion things with the body was sort of a built-in way of dealing with our anger, and with its removal, there are less things serving that function in our lives,” Sarah says. 

Love & Retreat  features vocals, piano and acoustic guitar by Sarah Hiltz,  with drums by Charlotte Cornfield, bass by Connor Walsh, vibraphone and tenor glockenspiel by Bruce Cawdron, piano and additional vocals by Colleen Brown.

Engage in sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz and learn more about her career to date below.

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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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KANDLE ANNOUNCES SET THE FIRE VISUAL ALBUM: INFERNO

STUNNING SHORT FILMS SET TO THE SONGS FROM LATEST FULL-LENGTH RELEASE

SET TO PREMIERE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29
AT 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – TUNE IN HERE
 
WATCH CATHEDRAL FOR A SNEAK PEEK
 
KANDLE PARTNERS WITH PLAN INTERNATIONAL CANADA TO SUPPORT THE POWER WITHIN PROJECT WITH PROCEEDS OF SPECIALLY DESIGNED T-SHIRT TO BE DONATED TO THE ORGANIZATION

TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2021 – On May 28th, Kandle Osborne released her critically-acclaimed debut independent record, Set The Fire. With stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences, the album is a journey through toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak, and finding ones way to empowerment and strength; begging the listener to follow along and get lost in the world of Set The Fire. On Monday, November 29th, Kandle will bring that world to life with Inferno – a companion short film and visual album. Watch the film for Cathedral here and tune in on Monday at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST for the premiere of Inferno here.
 
“Images have always been equally as powerful to me as music,” reflects Kandle. “Since I began my career a decade ago, I have had the dream of creating a visual album. Ironically, it finally happened at a time when I no longer had the support of a label, management and production team; just the right collaborator and a stubborn dream. Set The Fire is an album representing a journey – weaving in and out of states of hope and hopelessness, self-deprecation and empowerment, love and betrayal. I believe this is a journey most of us can relate to as we try and find our way through a complicated and messy existence with great highs of clarity and euphoria and rock bottom lows of trauma and grief.”
 
With a passion for visual storytelling (Kandle studied photography and has been working on a comic series), Inferno was a natural step in bringing the stories of Set The Fire to life – after earning a nomination for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s lead single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me), as well as an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020.
 
Inferno stars Keenan Tracey and James Neate alongside some of Canada’s top musical talent, Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Debra-Jean Creelman. Directed by long-time collaborator, Brandon William Fletcher, the film features a stunning interwoven series of music videos – some audiences have seen before, some they have not – as well as a little new footage that landed on the cutting room floor, and some live videos for various version of the reimagined songs.
 
“Presented as a long dream, Inferno is the burning in our subconscious, the way our brains try to process grief, frustration, anger, powerlessness, and the reclamation of that power,” comments Brandon. “While we’re incredibly pleased to be able to present this nearly 43-minute long film, we’re equally impressed that we filmed about half of it within a seven day period.”
 
“As usual, my partner in crime, Brandon William Fletcher, and I refused to see limitations,” adds Kandle. “Producing, styling, improvising, pulling favours, borrowing our talented friends and crossing our fingers, we created the new pieces of this film within seven days. We surrendered to the chaos, found our flow states, worked with our flaws and dove in. I am over the moon to share with you this film.”
 
Along with the visual album, Kandle has teamed up with Plan International Canada – a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls – for The Power Within project. In support of the project, Kandle has designed a special t-shirt, featuring an illustration from a drawing series that Kandle began last year, showing common experiences she and many women in the music industry face. The t-shirt will be available online and at her upcoming concerts (dates listed below), with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the organization. Donations can also be made during the premiere of Inferno.
 
“I am an artist that finds creativity cathartic,” says Kandle. “I am no stranger to mental illness and the endless work and strength it takes to try and achieve a state of calm, happiness and safety. I can think of no better way to present this film to the world than to use it as a platform to raise funds for others in need and to provide some hope and optimism in a world that can be frightening and restrictive. Now I know that when I can’t find my spark, I can always set the fire and inspire others to do the same.”
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
December 2-4 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (with 54-40)
December 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (with July Talk)
*more to be announced soon
 
About Plan International and The Power Within project:
Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and is now active in more than 75 countries.
 
The Power Within project is a public-private partnership between Plan International Canada, Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and Unilever Canada. The goal of this three-year project is to reach 1.5 million young people in Canada, especially girls and gender diverse youth between the ages of 10-14, to provide them with the skills, knowledge and resiliency they need to develop strong body confidence and self-esteem. 
 
About Kandle:
Once again, Kandle stands out from the pack and shows us that nobody sounds quite like her. On Set The Fire, she seamlessly marries her adoration for 60s girl group soul and the 90s rock she grew up on. The tracks buzz with a retro feel but the dark, no holds barred songwriting is what we've come to love from Kandle. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets.

Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix's, Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 54-40 has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own. 

With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. This is an artist at her most empowered and authentic – an artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE COVERS RECORDED FOR APPLE ORIGINAL SERIES THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR AS AN EP: MUSIC FROM THE PEN GALA 1983

INCLUDES COVERS OF ROXY MUSIC, GERRY RAFFERTY, MICHAEL MCDONALD, AND 10CC

STREAM/BUY MUSIC FROM THE PEN GALA 1983 HERE

Toronto, ON – November 22, 2021 – Local Natives go back in time playing a cover band on Apple Original Series, The Shrink Next Door. The band’s signature harmonies are tailor-made for the soaring pop of the 1980’s in the series starring Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. 

In character, the band performs three ’80s covers at the Pen Gala, an event in which Ike (played by Paul Rudd) is using Marty's (played by Will Ferrell) money to buy expensive auction items for charity. The band also appear as extras in a bidding scene during which they watch the two comedy legends improv their lines back and forth. 

Local Natives are releasing the four cover songs they recorded for the series as an EP, named for the location of the scenes they filmed with Rudd and Ferrell. Music From The Pen Gala 1983 is out now featuring covers of Roxy Music, Gerry Rafferty, Michael McDonald and 10cc. Local Natives have also created a special, limited edition run of Music From The Pen Gala 1983 cassettes for sale exclusively during Black Friday Record Store Day on November 26th.

Listen to the EP here.

Music From The Pen Gala 1983 Tracklisting
1. More Than This - Roxy Music Cover
2. I'm Not In Love - 10cc Cover
3. Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty Cover
4. I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - Michael McDonald Cover

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PRODUCER AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST CARRTOONS REIMAGINES BUTCHER BROWN’S TRACK FRONTLINE, FROM THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM #KINGBUTCH

LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – It’s been a busy year for Butcher Brown. Hot on the heels of their August run at the Blue Note NY, the September 30 release of a new single, Patrice Rushen's, Remind Me, featuring vocalist Alex Isley, on the GRAMMY-winning composer's birthday, and a successful 3 ½-week European tour in October – which included stops at the Mondriaan Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s in the UK – the Richmond, Virginia-based quintet has enlisted up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumental CARRTOONS to reimagine Frontline, a track from #KingButch, their 2020 debut album on Concord Jazz.
 
DownBeat has raved about Butcher Brown’s “ability to generate a mood, their ever-present chops, their melding of ideas into squishy jams that constantly endeavor to eschew genre conventions.”
 
“Butcher Brown is one of the great bands of my generation,” says CARRTOONS. “The remix is my tribute to their new classic, ‘Frontline,’ trying to capture Butcher Brown's feeling while adding my own spin. I heard this arrangement instantly when they sent me the track and recorded and mixed my version by the end of the same day.”
 
A fixture in the New York music scene, ​CARRTOONS​ is one of the most sought-after producers in the hip-hop and soul scene through his attention-grabbing Instagram videos and a catalog of creative originals and co-productions.
 
“We’re very excited for CARRTOONS to put his signature sound on this reimagination of the Randazzo new classic FRONTLINE,” says Butcher Brown.
 
Listen to Butcher Brown’s new single Frontline (CARRTOONS REMIX) here.  
 
Butcher Brown is five groove merchants delivering a heady home-brew of jams and jazz, rhymes and beats—a funky, musical mix that makes one question why great music needs to be labeled as this category or that. The hybrid moniker “jazz/hip-hop” only begins to cover it. Their balance of raw energy and smooth sophistication, edgy improvisation with a generous dose of Southern roots reveals how equal opportunity they are in employing a wide range of musical styles, and how authentically they’ve absorbed it all.
 
Individually, they are: producer/keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.

Starting in 2013, Butcher Brown began to release a series of recordings on their own imprint, and other independent labels as well, helping to spread the word of the group’s groove driven consistency. On September 18, 2020, Butcher Brown released their full album #KingButch, a major label debut on Concord Jazz. Their eighth album was the culmination of twelve years of dedicated focus and commitment.
 
Purchase #KingButch here. 

#KingButch track listing:
1. Fonkadelica
2. #KingButch
3. Broad Rock
4. Cabbage (DFC)
5. Gum In My Mouth
6. Frontline (Intro)
7. Frontline
8. 1992
9. Love Lock
10. Hopscotch
11. Tidal Wave
12. For The City feat. Fly Anakin
13. IDK

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ALLIE X RETURNS WITH 2022 TOUR DATES INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL IN APRIL

TICKETS ON SALE NOW


DELUXE RE-ISSUE OF CAPE GOD
SET FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 25
FEATURING FIVE BRAND NEW SONGS

“Allie X washes her signature brand of electro pop in shades of brooding blues on Cape God, arguably her best (and most personal) album to date." – Entertainment Weekly

“Allie X constructs the kind of musical worlds you can get stuck into for hours.”  – Vogue UK

“… [the] world of Cape God is an alluring one, and Hughes’ vocal range is its unequivocal linchpin…’Cape God’ [is] the strongest concept in her catalog to date.” – Pitchfork

“…an artist who champions weirdos and outsiders, she’s also capable of lighting up huge crowds with empowering anthems.” – NME

“There isn't one false step on Cape God, … but [‘Super Duper Party People’]… is such a damn vibe. Let it be your entry point for an album that demands your attention.” – E News

“If every previous release was spun to weave a type of esoteric fairytale, Cape God is Allie X as an open book. With a notably spare production pallette, the characteristically maximalist songwriter removes the veil to reveal the voice behind it all on her most straightforward and introspective record yet.” – Billboard

“…[Allie X’s] best work yet. There’s a carefully crafted grit and griminess to the instrumentals that telegraph a sense of impending doom even before X’s vocals arrive…Every part of the record is talking to you.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – November 19, 2021 – Following the February 2020 release of her stunning, Polaris Music Prize Long-Listed album, Cape God, iconoclastic pop darling, Allie X, was set to embark on a highly-anticipated tour in celebration of the record. Then, the world shut down. The global pandemic turned live music on its head, but now, Allie X is thrilled to be returning to the stage, with newly announced concerts set to take place across North America in 2022. With Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal through April, audiences are sure to be captivated by Allie X as she immerses fans into the surreal world of Cape God.

"I am truly thrilled to get back on the road,” exclaims Allie. “The amount of fans that held onto their tickets from two years ago touches me.  I can't wait to be in the same room as them and sing my heart out".

A full list of tour dates can be found below, and tickets can be purchased here.

Additionally, Allie X has announced the release of a deluxe version of Cape God, available digitally on November 25th, alongside a special vinyl edition, which can be pre-ordered here. The deluxe album showcases the 12 original tracks, plus five new songs, including the mesmerizing Anchor. Listen here.

"Written with all my favourite collaborators from Cape God, including Mitski, these songs were not included on the original record for lack of time to finish them, but are very special, and deserve to be heard.  They may answer some questions that fans of Cape God have, and they certainly go deeper into the fog,” comments Allie.

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

Cape God is the follow-up to 2018’s, Super Sunset, which NYLON praised as the enigmatic artist’s “most open effort yet, a semi-fictionalized account inspired by falling in love and her life amidst all the L.A. glitz and glamour.” GQ said, “[On] the exceptional, singular Super Sunset, she finally enters the gates of pop heaven.”

With over a half billion streams globally, Allie X has amassed a cult following for her glassine goth pop style. Cape God continues to soar with hit tracks like Love Me Wrong (feat. Troye Sivan) and Susie Save Your Love (feat. Mitski). The critically-acclaimed album has received positive reviews from NME, Vice, The Guardian and Pitchfork, while Allie X has played sold out shows across North America, Latin America, and Europe and toured the world with pop-star counterparts like Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, and Marina.

Known for her bold visual style and her gaudy-goth-pop sound, Allie X is a master curator, creative directing every aspect of her project from hand-picking her photographers, directors, fashion and glam teams, to editing her own videos. This singularity has attracted much attention from the fashion world, where she has attended Paris Fashion Week, been covered by Vogue, and formed relationships with some of the world's most incredible fashion houses (Iris Van Herpen, Schiaparelli, Maison Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, Lanvin).

Allie X continues to be an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ+ community, sponsoring and spearheading charity events, playing pride festivals across the globe, and continuing to speak out and use her platform to fight injustices and empower LGBT youth. She is currently spending the bulk of her time writing and self-producing her next record, but recently appeared on Mistress Violet, a song that “sounds right out of the 1980’s goth scene” (NPR), which she wrote for drag icon, Violet Chachki.

ALLIE X 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
April 9 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
April 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Hall
April 12 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
April 13 – Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre
April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
April 17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
April 20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
April 21 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
April 23 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
April 24 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 25 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral

April 26 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
April 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts, The Black Box
April 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Monarch
April 30 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
May 2 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
May 6 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 7 – Austin, TX – The Parish
May 10 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
May 12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

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LEXXICON TAKES LISTENERS TO TROPICON ISLANDS NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

LISTEN HERE WATCH VIDEO FOR BUBBLE EVERYWHERE

PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Like adventures in new places and waves crashing ashore, Jamaica-born, Toronto-based artist, author and arts community trailblazer, Lexxicon, shares his new album, Tropicon Islands, today. The concept project resonates with various sonic chapters, set on a fictional island and capturing the many facets and journeys that weave into a relationship. With an intention to break free from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms, the project covers the ups and downs of romance with emotion, sincerity and relatable narratives. 

Listen to Tropicon Islands here and watch the video for album highlight, Bubble EverywhereIn celebration of the release today, the song is the carefree party anthem to get you dancing, vibing and having a good time. The video was directed by Shot by Prince, with Choreographer Fizz Oladiran, and Dancers Derick Robinson and Dominic Cooper-Clarke

Working alongside Edmonton-based producer, Artafacts, Lexxicon prepared for his voyage by releasing five singles leading up to the project release, including One Last Time, marking a breaking point for the couple in the story, You Know Me - inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe - Back To You, with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time, Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. 


Tropicon Islands is also the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem next Friday, November 26. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment.

Read more about Tropicon Islands below and watch the trailer here. You can pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims tand hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 

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Photo by @daveoverthere
 
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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASE THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD: THE REMIXES

REIMAGININGS OF FOUR SONGS FROM THEIR ACCLAIMED
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW (LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS)

LISTEN TO INAUDIBLE (LUCIUS VERSION)

ANNUAL HOMETOWN ATLANTA FESTIVAL THE STUFFING
TONIGHT AT THE FOX THEATRE

SIRIUSXM ALT NATION ANNOUNCES FRIENDS-GIVING
WITH MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Manchester Orchestra today released The Million Masks of God: The Remixes (Loma Vista Recordings), which features reimagined versions of songs from their acclaimed new album. The inventive collection gathers four reworked tracks: the softened, danceable Bed Head (Local Natives Version) (the original is the band’s latest #2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit); the pulsing Keel Timing (Alfa Mist Version); the kaleidoscopic Telepath (Dirty Projectors Version); and Inaudible (Lucius Version) — a silvery, rhythmic take on the Masks opener that features vocals from Lucius as well. Listen to The Million Masks of God: The Remixes now here.

The collection’s release arrives the morning of Manchester Orchestra’s 11th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, which will see a sold out return tonight at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and feature performances by the band alongside Andy Shauf, Foxing, Briston Maroney, Slothrust, and Paris Jackson. Fans can also tune in to SiriusXM's Alt Nation on Thanksgiving Day when the channel presents Friends-Giving with Manchester Orchestra, where Andy Hull will be the special guest and takes over Alt Nation for the day. 

Early next year, the band will resume their North American tour, which includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal (see below for a full itinerary of dates; tickets are on sale now here). 

The Million Masks of God was released on April 30th to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more, and performances of Bed Head for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions (stream/purchase the album here). In addition to the LP, the band also recently released the heavy, slow-burning 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 vinyl hits stores today). Check out Manchester Orchestra’s guest appearances on WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.

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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
11/19/21 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at
Fox Theatre
02/16/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
02/17/22 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
02/18/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02/19/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
02/21/22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater 
02/22/22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
02/23/22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
02/25/22 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
02/26/22- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
02/27/22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
03/01/22 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
03/02/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
03/04/22 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03/05/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
03/06/22 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
03/08/22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
03/09/22 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
03/11/22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
03/12/22 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
03/13/22 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
03/15/22 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/16/22 - Montréal, QC - Corona Theatre

03/18/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre
03/19/22 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
03/20/22 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall

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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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE HOT TEA ALONG WITH MUSIC VIDEO

LISTEN HERE | WATCH HERE

ANNOUNCE FIRST PART OF FORTHCOMING
NEW ALBUM GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS, PT.1
DUE OUT FEBRUARY 2022

TICKETS FOR GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS (TOUR)
ON SALE NOW – INCLUDES CANADIAN DATES IN TORONTO
AND VANCOUVER

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Today, Long Beach-based trio, half•alive, release their new single, Hot Tea, along with the music video via RCA Records. Hot Tea is co-produced by David Pramik (Lauv, Illenium, LANY) and OJIVOLTA (Kanye West, Jon Bellion, Halsey). The video is directed by half•alive’s Josh Taylor and choreographed by JA Collective. Check it out here. The band is excited to announce the first part of their new album, Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1, will be released in February 2022. 

About Hot Tea, Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “Hot Tea is a deep longing to be touched by life. A desperate desire to love someone with sacred, caring hands and be loved in return by people and God and her creation. We shot this video on tour, representing that desperate longing with plastic- a material that is nearly invisible, yet air tight. That was the feeling for me at least. Plastic is a thin filament that prevents pure exposure to the raw ingredients of life. An artificial, translucent barrier to the heart that I will claw at until there is nothing left.”

About Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1, Taylor says, “We’ve never before explored the topic of love in our songs. This album is unexplored territory in that regard. It’s vulnerable. Exposing my shoulders to whoever will stop and listen. Many of the songs are about the cry for love’s hand around my heart. In one breath it’s about a person and about God. To ache for the comfort of another. To hide in the corner of their shoulder and know I am safe. Give Me Your Shoulders is Love. To give what you cannot carry. To accept another’s burden without condition. To yoke yourself with the author of Love and find rest for your soul.” 

In support of the new album, half•alive will be hitting the road on their headlining Give Me Your Shoulders (TOUR) which will take them across North America as well as the UK and Europe, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver. For the full list of tour dates see below and to purchase tickets go here

Hot Tea follows the bands previously released tracks, Make of It, Summerland, Time 2, and What’s Wrong, which all came out this year. What’s Wrong was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and has garnered over 15.7 million streams worldwide. half•alive also performed it on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check it out here. The band recently toured with Twenty One Pilots on their sold out Takeøver Tour, which wrapped up earlier this month.

GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS (TOUR):
North America

February 24, 2022 • Austin, TX • Emo’s 
February 25, 2022 • Dallas, TX • Echo Lounge & Music Hall
February 26, 2022 • Houston, TX • White Oak Music Hall 
February 28, 2022 • Orlando, FL • Beacham
March 1, 2022 • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Culture Room
March 3, 2022 • Atlanta, GA • Terminal West 
March 4, 2022 • Nashville, TN • Basement East 
March 7, 2022 • Washington, D.C. • Lincoln Theatre 
March 8, 2022 • Philadelphia, PA • Union Transfer 
March 9, 2022 • New York, NY • Irving Plaza
March 10, 2022 • Boston, MA • Royale 
March 12, 2022 • Toronto, ON • Opera House 
March 14, 2022 • Columbus, OH • Newport Music Hall 
March 15, 2022 • Chicago, IL • House of Blues 
March 16, 2022 • Detroit, MI • The Majestic
March 18, 2022 • Minneapolis, MN • Varsity Theater
March 19, 2022 • Lawrence, KS • The Bottleneck 
March 21, 2022 • Denver, CO • Ogden Theatre
March 23, 2022 • Salt Lake City, UT • The Depot
March 25, 2022 • Portland, OR • Wonder Ballroom 
March 26, 2022 • Seattle, WA • The Showbox
March 27, 2022 • Vancouver, BC • Hollywood Theatre 
March 29, 2022 • Santa Cruz, CA • The Catalyst 
March 30, 2022 • Santa Ana, CA • The Observatory 

UK + Europe
April 20, 2022 • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • Melkweg
April 21, 2022 • Antwerp, Belgium • Zappa
April 22, 2022 • Hamburg, Germany • Uebel & Gefährlich
April 24, 2022 • Copenhagen, Denmark • Lille Vega
April 25, 2022 • Oslo, Norway • Parkteatret\
April 26, 2022 • Stockholm, Sweden • Debaser Strand
April 28, 2022 • Berlin, German • Kesselhaus
April 29, 2022 • Warsaw, Poland • Palladium
May 01, 2022 • Prague, Czech Republic • Roxy
May 02, 2022 • Vienna, Austria • Ottakringer Brauerei
May 03, 2022 • Munich, Germany • Technikum
May 05, 2022 • Milan, Italy • Santeria Toscana 31
May 07, 2022 • Cologne, Germany • Kantine
May 10, 2022 • Paris, France • Le Trabendo
May 12, 2022 • Birmingham, UK • O2 Institute 2
May 13, 2022 • London, UK • EartH
May 14, 2022 • Manchester, UK • Academy 2
May 16, 2022 • Glasgow, UK • SWG3 TV Studio
May 17, 2022 • Dublin, Ireland • Academy 

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, 3 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!. 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. Last year, half•alive released their EP, in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet, as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. 

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DOMANIQUE GRANT REIMAGINES HER SELF LOVE ANTHEM  AIRBRUSH WITH ACOUSTIC RENDITION

DOMANIQUE LAUNCHES COSPLAY 
SERIES ON INSTGRAM REIMAGINING SUPERHEROES
 TO AMPLIFY BODY POSITIVITY ONLINE

LISTEN TO ORIGINAL VERSION OF AIRBRUSH  | WATCH VIDEO 

"They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream” – Domanique Grant

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Following a busy summer of accolades, new music, speaking engagements and more, Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, settles into the season with new energy. Today, she shares an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Domanique's prose amplifies the importance of authenticity on and offline, while encouraging people to think of new inclusive frameworks for all - especially for those who don't see themselves reflected within these spaces. 

Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

"There are so many algorithms that we have to pay attention to to be seen online, but the most important algorithm has to be self love," proclaims Domanique. 

The Airbrush campaign will feature a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique's re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique's take on X-Men's Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.


The original version of Airbrush arrived on August 27, and is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. A vibrant video brings these themes to the forefront with a fun, creative twist. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here.  

The song was written after I experienced being trolled online for my body being too curvy, my hair being too bright and my skin being too dark. I had people who were accusing me of photo shopping my photos because they thought my body was too ‘curvy’, and then on the other side, I had people telling me that I wasn’t enough,” Domanique says. 

Co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (who has worked with The Weeknd and METZ), Domanique flows with a catchy percussive beat singing “they want to edit, edit me,” challenging and unpacking notions of online ideals around beauty. The video was co-directed by Domanique Grant and Alim Z Sabir, with choreography by Leon Blackwood (Arianna Grande, Britney Spears), featuring an all BIPOC cast and set of creatives, in partnership with RBC.  

Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates," Domanique adds. "I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. Last year, 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. Most recently, Domanique performed at 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 we head into the holiday season and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

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About Domanique Grant
Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is working on her next EP (In partnership with RBC), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, honesty, notions of beauty, colourism and Internet culture.
 
This new chapter already contains achievements that include a beautiful start-of-the-pandemic song Till We See The Sun that went viral and ended up on over 10 international news networks at the start of 2020,  a TEDx Talk, prominent sync placements with L’Oreal Paris and Unilever, performing at the closing ceremony of the Toronto Pan American Games; for then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 50th anniversary of Youth Employment Services (YES); for a women’s empowerment and gender equality event in Canada for the United Nations (UN); in front of 40,000 people in Uganda for World AIDS Day, as well as earning a coveted top 20 spot in the SOCAN Foundation’s TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship.
 
During the pandemic, she made some hard personal decisions and realizations. She stepped up — not for anyone else but herself. “I am learning who I want to be as this version of Domanique, stepping into my crown, writing music that’s authentic to me, exploring who I am as a woman of colour in music and what that means. I’m not afraid to say what I want to say; I used to be scared of that narrative.”
 
The first single/video, the electro-snap pop song, Airbrush — co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (The Weeknd, METZ) — is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered lyric on shadeism/colourism, gender norms, narcissism and self-esteem in the digital culture.  “They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream,” she sings.

“Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

You would never guess she had these feelings based on her considerable accomplishments in her youth. As a kid, her story was included in a Dora Award-winning theatre production Grace Project Sick by famed playwright Judith Thompson and by 17 she was writing scripts and music for local theatre companies herself. She also became a motivational speaker who toured Uganda and Canada and by 20 had lived in East Africa and South America.
 
After settling back in Toronto to pursue music, she released her debut EP, Playhouse, in 2018, which opened many doors.  
 
When covid hit in March 2020, in a span of 24 hours, all of her shows got cancelled, including a European tour and major dates in Canada. Miserable, the normally bubbly personality was convinced by her mom to snap out of it and go write a song!  Till We See The Sun flowed out in two hours.  Marc Koecher produced it, and arts organization Jamii Esplanade asked her to sing it on their newly-built cart “to help improve mental health for our neighbours in social isolation.” The video was then posted to YouTube (Today, it’s still emotional (you might shed some tears watching the video).
 
“I woke up the next day and a lot of things changed,” Domanique says. “I had coverage on 10 international news networks; the song was played everywhere from Virgin to Kiss, and brands started reaching out.  I was featured in campaigns by L’Oréal Paris and Unilever, and RBC reached out and said they wanted to help me make an album. That led to one of my dreams, as close as I have come to this day to the Grammys —I appeared in an ad campaign for emerging Canadian artists during the commercial break.

“So that began my new journey. We can be disempowered by hard moments, but just keep pushing through and leaning on our art.”
 
As she readies her next EP, a new song and video will be released every month or two, featuring a self-directed video, until they all are produced into a short film.

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS RELEASE NEW ALBUM RAISE THE ROOF TODAY

APPEARANCES ON CBS MORNINGS TODAY,
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT TONIGHT
AND CBS SATURDAY MORNING TOMORROW

GLOBAL YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM KICKS OFF AT 1 P.M. EST,
FOLLOWED BY NPR MUSIC LISTENING PARTY

ANNOUNCE FIRST TOUR DATES IN TWELVE YEARS
INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES AT NYC’S FOREST HILLS STADIUM, CHICAGO’S PRITZKER PAVILION & MORE BEGINNING IN JUNE 2022

“Once again an alternative to nearly all of its pop contemporaries” - The New York Times
 
“With their combined talents and diverse tastes, the cliché about the odd coupling of bluegrass princess Krauss and rock god Plant doesn't apply…[Raise The Roof] is a testimony to their mutual respect for a wide spectrum of music” - 
Vanity Fair
 
“The album sounds warm, mystical and at times slightly foreboding, like an old friend you’re glad to see again who’s still a little mysterious” - 
Variety
 
“Just give Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s new album every eligible Grammy...It’s like our ears are being hugged with very pleasant sound” - 
Vulture
 
“More than a decade later, Plant and Krauss are still proof that sometimes the best things come from unlikely collaborators” - 
Entertainment Weekly
 
“One of the most critically adored odd couples of music returns with another solid T Bone Burnett-produced amalgamation of folk, blues and country” - 
USA Today
 
“A sublime re-imagining of roots music traditions, from unsung English folk singers to modern torchbearers and lost blues gems” - 
The Guardian
 
“As Krauss and Plant draw on their disparate backgrounds in bluegrass and arena rock, what emerges is a musical marvel” - 
Associated Press

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss invite the world to Raise The Roof. The long-awaited successor to their monumental 2007 album, Raising Sand, is out now, and to celebrate the occasion the duo have announced their first tour in 12 years. Listen to Raise The Roof via Rounder Records here.  

Beginning on June 1, 2022, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 27x Grammy-winner will bring their brand new music to an international run of bandshell shows. Tickets for U.S. dates go on sale December 3rd at 10 a.m. local time, following a series of pre-sales starting November 29th. European dates go on sale at 9 a.m. CET on November 26th, with pre-sales beginning November 24th. Find more info here.
 
The release of Raise The Roof has been accompanied by a host of major appearances and performances from Plant and Krauss. Earlier today they gave their first U.S. TV interview tied to the album on CBS Mornings. Tonight, they will perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and tomorrow on CBS Saturday Morning. In the meantime, this afternoon, fans can see the two icons play a few of the new songs at 12 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. EST on a global livestream presented in partnership with YouTube (watch), in addition to a virtual conversation with critic Ann Powers at 1 p.m. CST / 2 p.m. EST, during NPR Music’s Listening Party event (rsvp).
 
In the weeks leading up to Raise The Roof, the album has been celebrated with a New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure profile, a multi-page spread in Vanity Fair, as well as features in Variety, Entertainment Weekly, People, Associated Press and far beyond. Says the New York Times, “Raise The Roof almost magically reclaims the spectral tone of Raising Sand, then finds ways to expand on it, delving further into both quiet subtleties and wailing intensity.”
 
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019 and wrapped just weeks before the world went into lockdown. Like Raising Sand, T Bone Burnett produced the collection, which delivers a cosmic collision of early blues, country deep cuts, revolutionary folk-rock and lost soul music written by legends and unsung heroes like Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Ola Belle Reed, Brenda Burns and more.
 
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Tour Dates
6/1 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
6/3 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/4 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
6/6 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6/9 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
6/11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/12 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion @ The Mann
6/14 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre*
6/16 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park*
6/26 - London, UK - BST Hyde Park
7/1 - Hamar, NO - Tjuvholmen Arena
7/2 - Bergen, NO - Bergenhus Fortress
7/5 - Rättvik, SE - Dalhalla
7/14 - Lucca, IT - Lucca Summer Festival - Piazza Napoleone
7/16 - Stuttgart, DE – JazzOpen Stuttgart 2022
7/18 - Sopot, PL - Opera Lesna
7/20 - Berlin, DE - Zitadelle
 
*On Sale at 9am EST on Dec 3

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MAUVEY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR TOO RUSH  ALONGSIDE SINGLE CENTREFOLD

LISTEN TO TOO RUSH/CENTREFOLD FROM NEW PROJECT THE FLORIST SET FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 10 VIA 604 RECORDS 

ON TOUR NOW ACROSS CANADA AND THE UK 
PERFORMING AT M FOR MONTREAL TONIGHT


TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Rising, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, continues to curate the bouquet around his forthcoming digital project, The Floristset for release December 10 (604 Records). The release will be paired with a short film of the same title comprised of accompanying music videos for featured tracks, directed and produced by Mauvey alongside Amazing Factory, and filmed across the stunning landscape of British Columbia.

Today, Mauvey shares the final instalment of the project with two singles, Too Rush and CentrefoldWhile Too Rush blends R&B-laden production and Mauvey's smooth vocals atop inflections of UK garage and grime cadence, Centrefold is backed by gritty production and shameless lyrics proclaiming adoration for another. Listen to the tracks here.

Too Rush arrives with a video that reflects the support one shares for their loved ones and community around them. Watch it here

The songs follow Irrational, a statement that lives up to its title, embracing its newfound definition as a reflection of Mauvey's intention and overall energy listeners will feel within The Florist. The song, released as a double single, alongside Insecure, a track about vulnerability and releasing expectations to be perfect. Watch the video for Irrationalhere

"Irrational is my anthem. I've come a very long way. From being someone who would constantly apologize when I didn't need to, someone who was deeply affected when people would call my dreams delusional and irrational," Mauvey says. "Irrational is where I am at right now, completely comfortable in my skin and competent in my abilities." 

The Florist was entirely written and produced by Mauvey and recorded across studios in the UK. The project launched with 9, the first instalment of the multi-part film series that follows five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. Sunday Afternoon is a song about being so obsessed with someone that only 'the biggest night out of all time' will get your mind off them. It arrived alongside I GET ITwhat Mauvey quips as "the 'post hangover chat' with your friends, reflecting on the biggest night out of all time. 

“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 
 
Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’

Wrapping up a massive UK tour in October, Mauvey is currently playing shows across Canada, and will return to the UK in December to support MOM + THE REBELS on a tour of Ireland. See below for complete dates and details and stay tuned for more Mauvey this year.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
November 19 - M for Montreal - Montreal - Tickets
December 1 - Fox Cabaret - Vancouver 
December 10 - St. Matthias Church - London (UK)
December 11 - Wise Hall - Vancouver 

Supporting MOM + THE REBELS  - Ireland Tour
December 17 - Dolans - Limerick 
December 18 - Wardes - Claremorris 
December 19 - Whelans - Dublin 
December 20 - Belfast 

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About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

 
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IMPENDING DOOM: NEW WORLD HORROR VIDEO FROM LONG-RUNNING DEATHCORE UNIT NOW PLAYING AT HM MAGAZINE

HELLBENT EP OUT NOW ON MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – November 18, 2021 - IMPENDING DOOM today unveils a lyric video for New World Horror. Now playing at HM Magazine, the violent track comes by way of the band’s Hellbent EP, released late last month via MNRK Heavy on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally.
 
Comments bassist David Sittig of the band’s latest single, “‘New World Horror’ is about a spiritual awakening to a sleeping generation and the dangers we face if we decide to passively and ignorantly give up our freedoms to those who seek tyranny.”
 
View IMPENDING DOOM’s New World Horror lyric video here.
 
Hellbent is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality. The EP showcases the enduring trio who formed the creative core of the band in Riverside, California: Sittig, vocalist, Brook Reeves, and guitarist, Manny Contreras. Satanic Panic, New World Horror, Culture of Death, I Must End, and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band's esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. As reliably as ever, the band warn of society's inevitable destructive collapse through crushing heaviness, punishing death and grindcore riffing, impossibly guttural growls, and a steadfast reverence for Christ. Recorded with engineer, Joseph Calleiro, at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator, Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), Hellbent also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.
 
Preview and purchase Hellbent today, here.
 
View the band’s previously released video for Satanic Panic here.
 
IMPENDING DOOM will return to the stage with shows confirmed in California and Texas. More dates will be announced soon. 
 
IMPENDING DOOM w/ Bury Your Dead, Ov Sulfur, Foreign Pain:
12/11/2021 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
12/12/2021 Full Circle Brewery - Fresno, CA
w/ Oh, Sleeper, War Of Ages:
1/19/2022 Jake’s - Lubbock, TX
1/20/2022 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
1/21/2022 Southside Music Hall - Dallas, TX
1/22/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
1/23/2022 Boozerz Rock Bar - Corpus Christi, TX 
 
The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.

The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike.

Over the years, the band built an international following and garnered critical acclaim over conquering stages as part of genre-staple tours like Vans Warped Tour, Thrash N Burn, and Metal Alliance. Even with the pandemic-related shutdown, and the period between the most recent album and new EP, IMPENDING DOOM has worked behind the scenes to finetune everything about the band's operation.

"We've found our sweet spot with how we can pull this off for the long run, where it feeds our desire to play music and get the message out there," says Sittig, noting the band runs their own website, designs their merchandise, and fulfills the orders themselves. "And we'll be doing a lot more, starting in 2022."

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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SWEET ALIBI SET TO RELEASE MELODIC NEW ALBUM MAKE A SCENE ON JANUARY 28

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE SLOW DOWN

Toronto, ON – November 17, 2021 – There is more than a touch of magic in the luminous vocal harmonies powering the soulful roots-pop of Winnipeg combo, Sweet Alibi. Let’s just say, goosebumps are inevitable. Whether the voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson are tightly braided together, as they are in the super-sticky title track of their dazzling fourth album, Make A Scene, or are ornamenting Ayre’s lead on the gorgeously propulsive and contemplative Slow Down, Sweet Alibi’s phrasings are at once their main attraction and chief calling card.

After trickling out tastes of their new studio record, today the band is thrilled to share the details of Make A Scene. Set for release on January 28, 2022, the album is a melodic experience focused on hooky guitar lines and layered beats, inspired by the likes of Alabama Shakes and Bahamas.

Sweet Alibi’s sound has been evolving and refining throughout their past album releases, extensive Canada-wide and international tours, and a focused effort to draw on the creative efforts of their favourite influences. Produced with Matt Peters and Matt Schellenburg – best known as members of the indie-pop squad, Royal Canoe, who produce under the Deadmen moniker – the band experimented with new instrumentation that has, until now, primarily been incorporated in to their live shows.

“Matt (Peters) and Matt (Schellenburg) were great to work with and really took their time to help us work out parts and add their personality to each song,” the band reflects. “They were willing to try things out, take things apart and put them back together.”

Working with synths, and with a focus on the electric guitar, the group took their time learning how to create unique sounds with amps, pedals, and new techniques, while also playing with different harmonies. While Ayre and Nielsen handle the lion’s share of the album’s lead vocals, Anderson steps up with electric guitar, swapping the banjo that was favoured on previous albums, to abet Sweet Alibi’s crack rhythm section of Alasdair Dunlop (bass) and Sandy Fernandez (drums).

These electrifying sonic adventures will be obvious to Sweet Alibi fans who have followed the band through their previous records. From the highly personal Confetti, to the nimble, synth-boosted Really Great, and the mournful yet heartfelt ballad, What Were You Dreaming, the band’s elevated sound rings through on each track.

“It’s nice to be able to share this music with a wider audience,” says Nielsen. “A lot of hard work and commitment went into making it. We are very committed. And I’m really looking forward to what we’re going to do next!”

MAKE A SCENE TRACKLISTING:
1. Make A Scene
2. Slow Down
3. Same Roads
4. Really Great
5. Confetti
6. 9-5
7. What Were You Dreaming
8. Next Somewhere

ABOUT SWEET ALIBI:
Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, Western Canadian Music Award winners, Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson, joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV U.S., CMT, and has received major radio play on college/community and satellite radio, with several songs reaching the top 20 of CBC Music’s national charts – including Make A Scene album track, Confetti, which charted for eight weeks.

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RAP LEGEND ERICK SERMON AND DAVID STRICKLAND RAISE $15K THROUGH NFT SALES VIA CRYPTO.COM  FOR INDIAN RESIDENTIAL  SCHOOL  SURVIVORS SOCIETY

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE  MESSENGER  
FEATURING ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE


NEW MUSIC FROM DAVID OUT IN DECEMBER

TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2021 – Last month, legendary recording artist, Erick Sermon, of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, teamed up with long-time collaborator, the renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, the  six-piece collection featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist— saw 291 NFTs sold within 24 hours as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. Erick and David are donating $15K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society

David says: "I'm beyond happy and grateful that the NFTs sold out so fast and we are able to donate a large sum of money to IRSSS. I learned so much, and must thank Erick, IRSSS, Crypto.com and the NFT Agency for believing in my vision. Thank you to everyone who got one of the NFTs. We are just getting started and have a lot of cool ideas brewing! Stay tuned!" 

“Blessings. It was very dope to see how the NFTs sold out fast and what we can do in this market," Erick Sermon adds. "Thank You to everyone involved and the fans for showing so much love."

"I’m so honored we were able to work with Erick and David," said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT, Joe Conyers III. "Following Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I’m glad their project can provide support for residential school survivors and their families."

The NFT collaboration is also an initiative to give back, as David is thrilled to support Indian Residential School Survivor's Society (IRSSS) by donating a portion of the sales. IRSSS has over 25 years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need.

The collection launch aligned with new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself was released in promotion of Strickland’s latest single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
  
Earlier this year, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

Stay tuned for more new music on the way from David Strickland in December. 

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

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

About Crypto.com
Crypto.com NFT is a carefully curated platform for collecting and trading non-fungible tokens by creators, celebrities and brands from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, sports and fashion — including the Aston Martin Formula One Team, Boy George, Gareth Bale, Heavy Metal Magazine, Lega Serie A, Lionel Richie, Mr. Brainwash and Snoop Dogg, among many other high-profile artists and clients. Crypto.com NFT was founded on a principle of sustainability, with artworks minted using a proof-of-stake model, and is powered by Crypto.com — which has committed to becoming carbon negative. More information is available at Crypto.com/NFT. Follow Crypto.com NFT on Twitter and Instagram: @cryptocomnft.

 
About Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need. The organization also assists those impacted by Indian Day Schools, MMIWG, the 60's Scoop, 2SLGBTQ+, Indian Hospitals and Crisis Support.  We also offer educational workshops on the history and impacts of Indian Residential Schools and healing and wellness workshops.
 
More than 150,000 Indigenous children – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – were forced from their homes to attend these neglectful institutions of assimilation and oppression. As a non-profit organization, IRSSS' ability to provide care is truly enhanced by contributions from the community. We are honoured to do this work, to assist in the wellness of those who survived and to remember those who were never made it home. www.irsss.ca
 
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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com.
 
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WALK THE MOON’S NEW ALBUM HEIGHTS OUT NOW!

LISTEN TO HEIGHTS HERE
INCLUDING THE EXPLOSIVE LEAD SINGLE

CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE??

TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2021 – Critically acclaimed band, WALK THE MOON, have released their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, HEIGHTS, via RCA Records. Listen here. The album features six new songs, along with previously released tracks, Rise UpFire In Your House ft. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg, DNA (The Keys)Giants, I’m Good and their explosive lead single, Can You Handle My Love??, which the band performed on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Halfway through making the album, WALK THE MOON were forced to finish the record from home, thousands of miles apart from each other and their producers.

About HEIGHTS, singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca says, "We set out to outdo ourselves, and create something that would be undeniably satisfying to listen to, back to front.  What we found was an album of anthems for self-love and perseverance. HEIGHTS is the most pop, the most alt, the most ambitious, the most vulnerable stuff we’ve ever made."

WALK THE MOON recently wrapped up their Dream Plane Tour, which Substream Magazine called “…one massive party and celebration of love and joy” and Utah Concert Review said “…a beautiful night with beautiful energy!”

HEIGHTS TRACK LIST:
1. Heights                                                     
2. Can You Handle My Love?? 
3. Giants                     
4. I’m Good                             
5. DNA (The Keys)                             
6. Fire In Your House feat. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg   
7. Don’t Make Me                               
8. Rise Up                                          
9. My Kids                                         
10. Someone Else’s Game                
11. What You Can’t Look Up             
12. Population of 2       

About WALK THE MOON:
Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Eli Maiman (guitarist), and Sean Waugaman (drummer). In 2015, the band catapulted to stardom when their hit single, Shut Up and Dance, which is included on their RIAA Certified Platinum album TALKING IS HARD, became a multi-platinum global smash that peaked at No. 1 on the Alternative, Hot AC, and AC charts, went to No. 2 at Top 40 radio, No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and broke the record for consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Throughout their career, the band has had a slew of honors including winning two Billboard Music Awards, and nominations for an MTV Music Video Award for Best Rock Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo Or Group, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist and iHeart Radio Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for Shut Up and Dance. WALK THE MOON’s third album, 2017’s What If Nothing, included hits such as Kamikaze and the #1 Alternative Radio hit One Foot. WALK THE MOON’s highly-anticipated fourth album is out now.

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KEB’ MO’ PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS FRIEND BILL WITHERS WITH COVER OF LEAN ON ME

NEW ALBUM GOOD TO BE OUT JANUARY 21
VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 –Today, five-time GRAMMY winner, Keb’ Mo’, released a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me from his forthcoming album, Good To Be, that will be released on January 21, 2021 via Rounder Records. Good To Be is now available for pre-order. Listen to Lean On Me.
 
“Lean on Me is probably one of the most famous songs about friendship. I wanted to record it to honor my friend, Bill Withers, who we sadly lost last year. What makes this version special to me is the contribution from my lifelong friend, the Freedom Rider, Ernest ‘Rip’ Patton, who passed on this year. This was the last time I got to record his booming bass voice. I’m gonna miss calling on my brothers,” explains Kevin Moore, who is best known by his stage name Keb’ Mo’. 
 
Last month, Keb’ Mo’ announced the album with the official video for Good Strong Woman featuring Darius Rucker,which was praised by American SongwriterBillboardWide Open Country and many more. Guitar World said the song “...flexes the guitarist’s impeccable blues-based abilities via some pinpoint slide licks, as well as his supremely soulful vocals.” Earlier this year, he released Sunny and Warm and  The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show), which will both appear on the forthcoming album. 
 
Good To Be was co-produced by Keb’ Mo’ alongside country music legend Vince Gill, who produced three of the album’s 13 tracks, and three-time GRAMMY winner Tom Hambridge (B.B. King, Buddy Guy). Darius Rucker, Kristin Chenoweth, and Old Crow Medicine Show all make guest appearances on the album. 
 
The album was written between Nashville and his childhood home in Compton, California, which Keb’ recently purchased and renovated. He often found himself reflecting on the idea of home and contemplating what it means to belong and what it takes to stay true to yourself. ​​“You can’t bring an attitude to Compton,” reflects Keb’. “You can’t pose. You can’t be anything but real when you’re walking down the same streets you used to ride your bike on as a kid. In a lot of ways, coming back there felt like it completed me.”
 
Good To Be Tracklist:
1) Good To Be (Home Again)
2) So Easy 
3) Sunny and Warm
4) Good Strong Woman (feat. Darius Rucker)
5) The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show)
6) Marvelous to Me
7) Lean on Me
8) Like Love
9) Dressed Up in Blue
10) ‘62 Chevy
11) Louder
12) So Good to Me
13) Quiet Moments (feat. Kristin Chenoweth)
 
Tour Dates:
11/14/21: Atlanta, GA - City Winery (2 Shows)
11/15/21: Atlanta, GA - City Winery (2 Shows)
11/16/21: Charleston, SC - Gaillard Center
12/09/21: Nashville, TN - Country Music Hall of Fame (Keb’ Mo’ Solo)
12/11/21: Nashville, TN - Country Music Hall of Fame
01/20/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/21/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/22/22: Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage (2 Shows)
01/23/22: Easton, MD - Avalon Theatre
01/25/22: Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall
01/28/22: Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
01/30/22: New York, NY - City Winery
01/31/22: New York, NY - City Winery
02/02/22: Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
02/03/22: East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
02/04/22: Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
02/05/22: Waterville, ME - Waterville Opera House
02/11/22: Orlando, FL - Phillips Center (Keb’ Mo’ Solo)
03/01/22: Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
03/03/22: Stuart, FL - Start Theatre (6:00 pm)
03/03/22: Stuart, FL - The Lyric Theatre (8:30 pm)
03/04/22: Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
03/05/22: Newberry, SC - Newberry Opera House
4/13/22: Grass Valley, CA - Center For The Arts Grass Valley
4/15/22: Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre
4/26/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
4/27/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
7/14/22: Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center

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JADEA KELLY LONGS FOR HOME IN NEW SINGLE DRIVEWAY

APPEARING ON UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH RECORD
SET FOR RELEASE IN THE NEW YEAR
 
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“…one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters…”Tom Power, CBC

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Following a pandemic pause, award-winning singer-songwriter, Jadea Kelly, makes a triumphant return with new music from her long-awaited fourth studio album – set for release in early 2022. Today, she shares a new single, Driveway – a heartachingly beautiful song about longing for loved ones, and the familiarity of home, while being separated. Listen to Driveway here.
 
Written nearly four years ago in Los Angeles with Jadea’s producer, Rich Jacques, Driveway was originally penned about living an artistic life and being separated from your home and your family for long durations. The song would later take on a new meaning after it resurfaced for Jadea in 2020.
 
“Driveway was written during one of my first trips to LA and sat on a hard drive for years amidst my touring schedule,” reflects Jadea. “When the pandemic rolled around, and I was physically unable to see my family in Canada, the song returned with a deeper meaning. Like many, I longed for the simplicity of home, a quiet street, the seasons and the ones I love. More than ever.”
 
Driveway follows the previously released lead single, Every Little Piece of You (featuring Berlin artist, Ryan O’Reilly), which dropped in October and earned impressive features and playlist placements on the likes of Spotify’s Folk & Friends, and Apple Music’s Breaking Singer/Songwriter.

With more on the horizon soon, 2022 is sure to be a monumental year for Jadea Kelly – stay tuned for more to come soon!

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, 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 in 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.
 
Jadea 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 Kelly returns triumphantly in 2022 with her long awaited fourth studio album, set for release in March.

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GOV'T MULE’S  FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM HEAVY LOAD BLUES OUT NOW VIA FANTASY RECORDS

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UPCOMING ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S PERFORMANCES
DECEMBER 29 AT THE MET IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
DECEMBER 30 & 31 AT BEACON THEATRE IN NYC
 

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter – an all-star." –  Rolling Stone 

“Heavy jam legends Gov’t Mule lay bare their roots on Heavy Load Blues, resulting in one of the most satisfying albums of the year.” –
PopMatters 

“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band.” – Guitar World 

“[Warren Haynes is] one of the most celebrated, legendary guitar pros.” – Billboard 

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft." –  NPR 

“[‘Heavy Load’] sounds timeless in the way that real-deal blues often does.” 
– BrooklynVegan

“Heavy Load Blues is raw, heavy, and immediate.” – AllMusic

“A mesmerizing dynamic exists between the covers and other originals [on Heavy Load Blues].”
No Depression

“Haynes and the band deliver a world-class musical experience [on Heavy Load Blues].”
Goldmine 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, renowned quartet, Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer, Warren Haynes – have released their first-ever blues album, Heavy Load Blues, via Fantasy Records. Listen here. The 13-track album, produced by Haynes alongside engineer and co-producer, John Paterno (Michael Landau, Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band), encompasses an even mix of Haynes’ originals, such as Heavy Load, and revered covers, including their rendition of the Tom Waits classic, Make It Rain, a groovy arrangement of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, and more originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and the Animals. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, is also available now. Watch the new animated video for Make It Rain, produced and directed by Stefano Bertelli/Seenfilm (Bryce Vine, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows), and check out Consequence’s Origins feature as they explore the inspiration behind Heavy Load Blues.
 
“I'm really glad that we made the decision as a band to make a blues record,” Haynes shares. “Every one of us was excited about the concept and the change in direction. It forced us to do things completely differently than we've ever done in the past. When we were recording, we were just kind of shutting our brains off, letting go, and playing the blues. And it turned out to be music that only Gov’t Mule could make.” 
 
Though technically considered a studio album, Heavy Load Blues was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. Ominous acoustic blues number, and first original track, Heavy Load, highlighted by Haynes’ mournful vocal and supple yet deliberate riffing, has been featured on a variety of playlists, including Spotify’s Backporch Blues, Morning Blues, Acoustic Blues, Blues & Roots Rock, and The Pulse of Americana, as well as Apple Music’s Roadhouse. On their version of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, the band – Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called Hold It Back in the middle for a soulful, stirring interpretation. The scuzzy blues-rock arrangement of Tom Waits’ Make It Rain has been featured on Spotify’s Blues on the Rocks and In The Name of the Blues (recently taken over by Jon Bonamassa) along with Apple Music’s New In Rock playlists. While several titles on the collection may sound familiar to blues enthusiasts, Gov’t Mule, who are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between — often opted to put their own spin on them. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Heavy Load Blues and see below for the full track listing.
 
Last month, Gov’t Mule performed Heavy Load Blues in its entirety for the first time at their annual Mule-O-Ween shows in Atlanta, part of two very special Halloween weekend shows where they also celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band’s first live album, At Fillmore East, one of the most influential records in Haynes’ life as both a musician and member of the famed band. The celebrated four-piece also recently wrapped their run on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour as well as various headlining festival sets.  
 
Coming up next for the road warriors is their annual New Year’s Run, the band’s longstanding commitment of bringing together the Mule community to ring in the new year since 2002. The three-night stand kicks off on December 29 at The Met in Philadelphia before heading to the friendly confines of The Beacon Theatre in New York City, the band’s unofficial home-court venue, for back-to-back shows on December 30 and December 31 to close out the year and ring in 2022 with a very special Black ‘n’ Blue New Year’s Show. Visit www.mule.net for more details and get limited VIP packages here. At the top of the new year, Gov’t Mule will return to Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica from January 16-20 for Island Exodus 12; the ultimate “concert-cation” experience, hosted by the band and Haynes. The multi-daily experience, highlighted by multiple full two-set Mule shows and an interactive “Q and Play” set from Haynes, will also feature intimate beachfront concerts from Dawes and The War and Treaty as well as special guest Ron Holloway. Visit islandexodus.com for more info and ticketing details. 
 
Heavy Load Blues Track Listing: 
1. Blues Before Sunrise 
2. Hole In My Soul 
3. Wake Up Dead 
4. Love Is A Mean Old World 
5. Snatch It Back and Hold It – Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It 
6. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
7. (Brother Bill) Last Clean Shirt  
8. Make It Rain 
9. Heavy Load 
10. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home 
11. If Heartaches Were Nickels 
12. I Asked Her For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
13. Black Horizon 
 
Deluxe Version – Bonus Tracks: 
1. Hiding Place 
2. You Know My Love 
3. Street Corner Talking 
4. Have Mercy On The Criminal 
5. Long Distance Call
6. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (Extended Version)
7. Need Your Love So Bad (Live)
8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl with Hook Herrera (Live)
 
GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES 
December 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
December 30 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
December 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12

ABOUT GOV’T MULE & WARREN HAYNES 
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes – a cornerstone of the American music landscape – the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, Haynes has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

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ARIES RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU

ARIES RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU VIA WUNDERWORLD/COLUMBIA RECORDS

CO-DIRECTED NEW VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK RIDING

WUNDERWORLD FEST SET FOR TONIGHT IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA

BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF JANUARY 2022
WITH CANADIAN DATES IN FEBRUARY

TORONTO, ON - November 12, 2021 - Genre-defying artist and multifaceted creative, Aries, has officially unveiled his brand-new sophomore album, BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU, today via WUNDERWORLD/Columbia Records. The self-taught producer/singer/rapper has delivered an eclectic collection of 12 songs that perfectly display Aries’ seamless ability to blend hip-hop and alternative influences, with his signature vocal tone at forefront. The album features previous singles, FOOL’S GOLD, CONVERSATIONS, DITTO, KIDS ON MOLLY and ONE PUNCH, and “serves as the losses and the lessons I’ve gone through and learned over the past 2 years,” says Aries. See full tracklist below.

Aries is an artist of many talents: rapper, singer, producer, director, graphic designer, illustrator. Using his creative chops to their full capacity, Aries drew and created his own album art, and he also kept a tight circle of collaborators in the creation of the music, having his own hand in the writing, producing, engineering, mixing and mastering of every song.

Along with the album release comes the official video for album track, RIDING, which was co-directed by Aries and Mattias Russo-Larsson – check it out here. Embark on a visual journey with Aries on a camel ride through the dessert, into a lush jungle, through a sudsy car wash, down to the LA river and into a miniature village where a giant Aries towers over.

To celebrate the album release, Aries is hosting his first (ever) annual WUNDERWORLD FEST at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA tonight. Aries will headline the fest and it will also feature performances from tobi lou, brakence, Deb Never, SSGKobe, Tom The Mail Man and Ramzoid. Aries also recently announced the BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR, which kicks off in Stockholm in January and travels through Europe and North America before wrapping in late March. See full list of dates below.

BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU is Aries’ first full body of work since his 2019 independent debut album, WELCOME HOME, which was self-written, self-produced, and has gained him an extremely rabid fanbase and over 300 Million streams to date. Taking an unconventional route to build a fanbase, Aries first made a name for himself on YouTube, putting his self-taught production skills to use by recreating the beats behind popular songs in 2 minutes. As these videos gained momentum Aries simultaneously posted his own music videos on the platform, building over 455,000 subscribers in the process. Following the release WELCOME HOME, this legion of die-hard fans showed their support as Aries sold out all 21 dates of his first ever North America and Europe tour, and in doing so announced his presence as one of the most in-demand new artists on the live circuit.

Album Tracklist
1. BOUNTY HUNTER
2. FOOL’S GOLD
3. RIDING
4. ETA 
5. ONE PUNCH
6. EASY
7. KIDS ON MOLLY
8. HOW RUDE
9. DITTO
10. DESPERADO
11. OUTDATED
12. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT


BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR DATES
15-Jan - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
17-Jan - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
18-Jan - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
20-Jan - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
21-Jan - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
23-Jan - Munich, Germany - Strom
25-Jan - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
26-Jan - Paris, France - Badaboum
28-Jan - London, UK - Kentish Town Forum
29-Jan - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
30-Jan - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
1-Feb - Dublin, Ireland - Academy Green Room
9-Feb - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
11-Feb - Portland, OR - Holocene
12-Feb - Seattle, WA - Neumos
13-Feb - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
16-Feb - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
18-Feb - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
19-Feb - Chicago, IL - Metro
20-Feb - Chicago, IL - Metro
22-Feb - Detroit, MI - El Club
23-Feb - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
24-Feb - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
26-Feb - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont

27-Feb - Boston, MA - Big Night Live
1-Mar - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
2-Mar - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
3-Mar - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
5-Mar - Washington, DC - The Fillmore Silver Spring
7-Mar - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
8-Mar - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
10-Mar - Miami, FL - Club Space
11-Mar - Orlando, FL - The Social
14-Mar - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
15-Mar - Dallas, TX - The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
16-Mar - Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
19-Mar - Phoenix, AZ - Aura
20-Mar - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
23-Mar - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
24-Mar - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

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KEYS N KRATES  RELEASE NEW ALBUM ORIGINAL CLASSIC  OUT NOW VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LAUNCHES IMMERSIVE VISUAL ALBUM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

LISTEN TO AND WATCH ORIGINAL CLASSIC

SHOW AT TORONTO'S VELVET UNDERGROUND NOVEMBER 27 

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer. It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it."
CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over."
Exclaim! on Original Classic

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J,
and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to."

NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

"a sonic salad bowl that experiments with elements of trap, Brazilian funk, and some disco." Complex

"a fireworks display of talent that we can't stop listening and dancing to." - CBC Music

"Keys N Krates’ sonic identity is constantly evolving" - Dancing Astronaut 

"Toronto based electronic duo Keys N Krates have been pushing the boundaries since they emerged in 2008" - HotNewHipHop 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, release their album, Original Classic, via Last Gang Records. The 13-track project contains previously released singles, Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty, the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring Original Classic, the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Off, and this summer's Brazilian Love Song, which is on the FIFA '22 soundtrack.

Keys N Krates speaking about the sound of the new album:

"This album was about us finding our place in dance music, which probably sounds weird coming from a band probably classified as a dance act. Rather than 'jump up and down festival music,' we wanted something more for the dark club. We are hesitant to use the word 'mature,' but we'll just go ahead and say we want it to feel more mature. We wanted a lot of groove, loose feeling but driving drums, syncopation, an overall tribal feeling, a more global sound, 808s, orchestral and synthy textures; all things we love. We wanted it to be a mix of pop songs and instrumental songs and moody interludes that all feel like they come from the same place. We wanted it to be dramatic and fun. Put simply, we tried to make music that we would want to hear if we turned up somewhere to dance." 

Coupled with Original Classic's release is the visual album by Sammy Rawal, who created and directed a vibrant and psychedelic video for each track on the record. Rawal says inspiration behind the videos comes from 90s warehouse raves, early 2000s RnB videos and films like Blade and Hackers. The cast is comprised of models and up-and-coming legends of the Ballroom scene from iconic houses such as House of Miyake Mugler, House of Ninja and House of Louboutin.

Additionally, in support of the album Keys N Krates kicks off their 20-day headlining Original Classic Tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group. The run of shows begins next week on November 17 in Washington D.C. with a hometown show at Toronto's Velvet Underground on November 27 and includes stops in Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets are on sale here

Listen to Original Classic above, see full tour routing and album details below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 14 - Austin TX @ The Venue
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 27 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

Lead photo by Mitch Brown 

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About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com

 

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HAVIAH MIGHTY SHARES HER GROWTH ON STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE OUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Toronto x Brampton artist, Haviah Mighty, delivers her new Stock Exchangemixtape today. Following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize winning album, 13th Floor, the project features an array of highly acclaimed singles and guests, launching exactly one year ago with the powerful track, AtlanticHaviah celebrates her ever-evolving and progressive career with numerous accolades and live shows - defying all odds around a time of change worldwide. The final album track, SoSo, featuring Queens, New York rapper, Dai Burger, rings in the occasion with bold bars, catchy production (a collaboration between Haviah Mighty, Devontée and Weird Mahdi) and unwavering confidence. Listen to the song and spin Stock Exchange everywhere you enjoy music.    
 
Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange highlights a guest list of international artists, including multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  Toronto's Astrokidjay (Coulda Been U), JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), and Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado). The title, Stock Exchange, refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data - such as followers and subscribers - and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

"These statistics that we use to compare ourselves to others and to define our successes, have become proof of our worth. It’s all perception," Haviah reflects. "These ideas around perceived value got me thinking about the Stock Exchange. Seeing parallels between the way it flows - the constant rising and falling – all dictated by the general public’s perception of an entity’s value, and ultimately how that influences the moves that we make as individuals."

Haviah covers a range of ideas and topics: the roots of capitalism, systemic racism, self-awareness, independence, strength in community, and beyond. For a behind the scenes look, Haviah has been producing visual pieces expanding on the process of each song for her YouTube series, The Making Of. Watch them here.

The mixtape also highlights Haviah’s expansion as a producer, as well as with her collaborators, such as Toronto's DevontéeTaabu, her brother, Prynce2x (formerly Mighty Prynce), Denise De’ionSaucy Junky, MTL-based Young Dreadz, and Weird Mahdi. Haviah has been depicting the project through incredible visuals, – TeslaProtest and Obeah – while blackpowerbarbie is at the helm for the incredible artwork and animated excerpts. 

Over the last two years, Haviah has been expanding her career on a global scale. This year, Haviah won the Prism Prize for her video for ThirteenShe returned to the road and stage, with performances across Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, including CityView Drive-In and opening for Arkells' Long Weekend at Budweiser Stage (Toronto), smashing Ottawa's Cranium Festival and Osheaga Get Together in Montreal, before crossing the pond to the UK for her debut at FOCUS Wales, with a session on BBC Radio's Future Artists with Jack Saunders (listen here). 

While Haviah's hometown album release show at Phoenix Concert Theatre is to be rescheduled, she sets her sights on 2022, where she will support Arkells on a national run across Canada. Details and tickets can be found on Haviah's website

2022 Tour Dates (supporting Arkells):
Wednesday, February 2: Victoria, BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, February 4: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
Saturday, February 5: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Thursday, February 10: Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Friday, February 11: Kingston, ON @ Leon's Centre
Saturday, February 12: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, February 17: Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
Friday, February 18: Kitchener, ON @ The Auld
Saturday, February 19: Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
 
Listen to SoSo |  Watch SoSo
Listen to Stock Exchange 
 
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DOWNLOAD - SoSo Artwork
DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo
 
We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR,
Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Ontario Creates.
 
About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

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

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

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

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.
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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS SHARE BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS WITH ALBUM B

LISTEN TO THE SELF-PRODUCED EP HERE
AND WATCH A PERFORMANCE OF LEAD SINGLE FACTORY

NEW FULL LENGTH RECORD COMING IN 2022

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, Toronto alt-rock darlings, Birds of Bellwoods, excitedly share a new, self-produced EP, Album B (MNRK Music Group). Aptly titled, the album is, as the band puts it, “an album of b-sides.” While in the studio working on their upcoming full-length record, the group found that they had a number of songs which they loved, but didn't quite fit stylistically with the new album. Wanting to find a home for these tracks they held dear, Album B was born! Listen here and watch the live performance video for the lead single, Factory, here.
 
“These were songs that we really loved and felt were strong, but they didn't quite find their place on the full-length album. They also leaned more into the kind of sonic milleux of our past - they were folk songs! As we moved forward into the next album, we were definitely pushing for an active alternative direction."
 
Sonically, Album B reflects more of the band’s earlier sound – similar to that of the folky Victoria and  fan-favourite, The Fifth – but it also includes everything the band has learned along their musical journey. Listeners will hear a more clarified sense of songwriting and structure, as well as intricate loops and sounds underneath Birds of Bellwoods' signature folky style.
 
The band shares, “There are really strong stories in each of these songs - which is one of the things that brings them together most clearly. As always, we're talking about personal growth, life, love, and the passage of time - feelings and themes that everyone experiences." Lead single, Factory, is a perfect example of this. "Factory is a really special song because though it speaks to a specific life and a specific story - that feeling of waiting for the right time to start a life and finally realizing that it may have passed you by, is really something that everyone can relate to."
 
While these themes will carry forward on to the full-length record, listeners will soon hear an expansion of the band's sound. Recorded at Dreamhouse studio in Toronto with GRAMMY award-winning engineer, Dave Schiffman (PUP, Vampire Weekend, Weezer), the new full-length album will see the band pushing into a heavier rock direction, while experimenting with new instrumentation and production elements. 

With more on the horizon for Birds of Bellwoods, cozy up now with Album B!
 
ALBUM B TRACKLISTING:
1. Show Me How To Love You
2. Factory
3. The Next In Line
4. Creep
5. Never To Land

ABOUT BIRDS OF BELLWOODS:
Birds of Bellwoods made waves in 2018 with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP, Victoria. Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, with much of the attention to come their way stemming from their highly energetic and engaging live performances. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Victoria, was released in 2018, with the lead single, Let You Go, spending over 30 weeks in the Top 40 at Alternative Radio in Canada, hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Verge chart, and was featured as CBC’s Song Of The Week. Their album Victoria has amassed over four million streams on Spotify alone, and has been featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music Playlists, including Viral Hits Canada, Indie All Stars, Best Of The Week, and Breaking Rock.
 
The band has crossed North America on numerous dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few. In 2019, the band hit the road with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Rock The Rink national arena tour as the production’s special live musical act.

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AVI KAPLAN FINDS INNER STRENGTH ON THE HOPEFUL FIRST PLACE I GO

RISING SINGER-SONGWRITER DEBUTS NEW ORIGINAL TRACK AND VIDEO TODAY 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, shares the brand-new original song, First Place I Go. Produced by Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker), First Place I Go is a deeply felt exploration of self-doubt and restoration steeped in layers of bright acoustic guitars, gorgeous pedal steel, and Kaplan’s expressive baritone. Confronting darkness with unusual directness, Kaplan sings:

‘Cause I’m gonna leave you out in the cold / I’m gonna pray that door stays closed / ‘Cause I’ve spent enough time with you to know / The last thing I need is the first place I go / It’s the first place I go

Listen to and share First Place I Go, here, and watch the accompanying music video directed by Casey Pierce (Billy Strings, Samantha Fish and Parker Milsap) and shot in Nashville, TN, here. To celebrate the release, Kaplan hosted a special livestream on his YouTube channel today where he chatted with fans ahead of the music video’s official premiere. 

“I believe every human that has had some time to walk through life has experienced internal struggle in one way or another,” Kaplan explained. “Whether it be anxiety or depression, anger or addiction, there are parts of ourselves that can lead us down a path that is detrimental to our being. This song is about acknowledging that part of oneself and overcoming it.”

Earlier this year, Kaplan shared Song for the Thankful, which signaled a new creative phase for the California native (and current Nashville resident). It followed his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By, which was released in February of 2020.

Kaplan is currently working on new music for release next year and will hit the road in March 2022 for a run of headlining tour dates across Europe and the UK. Full routing is below and for more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com/tour.  

Avi Kaplan 2022 European Tour Dates
March 17, 2022—St. Petersburg, RU—MOD Club
March 18, 2022—Moscow, RU—Aglomerat Club
March 20, 2022—Manchester, UK—Band On The Wall
March 21, 2022—London, UK—Lafayette
March 23, 2022—Leuven, BE—Het Depot
March 24, 2022—Luxembourg, LU—Den Atelier
March 26, 2022—Cologne, DE—Essigfabrik
March 27, 2022—Nijmegan, NL—Doornroosje
March 29, 2022—Utrecht, NL—TivoliVredenburg
March 30, 2022—Hamburg, DE—Grunspan
March 31, 2022—Copenhagen, DK—Lille Vega
April 1, 2022—Berlin, DE—Heimathafen
April 3, 2022—Warsaw, PL—Proxima
April 4, 2022—Krakow, PL—Kwadrat
April 5, 2022—Vienna, AT—Arena Wien (Grosse Halle)
April 7, 2022—Prague, CZ—Palac Akropolis
April 8, 2022—Munich, DE—Backstage Werk
April 10, 2022—Zurich, SE—Plaza
April 11, 2022—Paris, FR—Alhambra

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MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO MAMA TETEMA FEAT. RAYVANNY

THE GLOBAL PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF 
THE SINGLE AIRS THIS SUNDAY AT THE
MTV EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2021 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, has just released his new single and video, Mama Tetema, feat. Rayvanny, an infectious track that Afro-beat/Reggaeton track in Spanish and Swahili that makes it impossible to stay still, compelling people to dance and tetema (shake). To stream/download the song, click here.

Mama Tetema was inspired by the popular track, Tetema (2019), by Tanzanian artist Rayvanny feat. Diamond Platnumz.  Maluma heard the song and loved it so much he decided to reach out to Rayvanny via DM on Instagram, and it worked. The two artists connected, Maluma added new lyrics in Spanish and a Reggaeton beat, and the result is this hot new fusion, Mama Tetema.
 
The single written by Maluma, Rayvanny and Diamond Platnumz; produced by Salmin Kasimu Maengo "S2Kizzy" and recorded by The Rude Boyz.

The track's video, by renowned director Jessy Terrero, with Rayvanny in Africa, and Maluma in the United States, perfectly captures the feel of Mama Tetema. It is diverse, fresh, sexy and fun, featuring that tetema shake/dance. To watch it, click here.

The two artists will come together this weekend for the global premiere performance of Mama Tetema on the MTV European Music Awards stage, set to air from Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday, November 14th.

Maluma is nominated to two MTV European Music Awards "Best Latin" and "Best LatAm-Central Act". Other recent nominations include: three American Music Awards categories, "Favorite Male Artist", "Favorite Latin Album" and "Favorite Latin Song"; a People's Choice Awards nomination for "The Latin Artist of 2021" and two Latin GRAMMY nominations for "Song of the Year" for HAWÁI and "Best Urban Fusion/Performance" for HAWÁI alongside The Weeknd. 
 
The young idol recently closed the North American leg of his Papi Juancho Maluma World Tour which made 27 stops throughout the United States and Canada, including sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, the FTX Arena in Miami, The Forum in Los Angeles, the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and the Centre Bell in Montreal, among others, marking another phenomenal milestone in the superstar's career.                    
 
About MALUMA:
Maluma is one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 60 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 26.8 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

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

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful, and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour. Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.
 
Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released five albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020) and 7DJ (2021). Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date Maluma has had twenty-one #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart. 
 
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RAP LEGEND ERICK SERMON AND DAVID STRICKLAND RAISE $15K THROUGH NFT SALES VIA CRYPTO.COM FOR INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS SOCIETY

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE MESSENGER  FEATURING
ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES, AND OUTLAW BY NATURE


NEW MUSIC OUT IN DECEMBER

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2021 – Last month, legendary recording artist, Erick Sermon, of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, teamed up with long-time collaborator, the renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, the  six-piece collection featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist— saw 291 NFTs sold within 24 hours as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. Erick and David are donating $15K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society

David says: "I'm beyond happy and grateful that the NFTs sold out so fast and we are able to donate a large sum of money to IRSSS. I learned so much, and must thank Erick, IRSSS, Crypto.com and the NFT Agency for believing in my vision. Thank you to everyone who got one of the NFTs. We are just getting started and have a lot of cool ideas brewing! Stay tuned!" 

“Blessings. It was very dope to see how the NFTs sold out fast and what we can do in this market," Erick Sermon adds. "Thank You to everyone involved and the fans for showing so much love."

"I’m so honored we were able to work with Erick and David," said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT Joe Conyers III. "Following Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I’m glad their project can provide support for residential school survivors and their families."

The NFT collaboration is also an initiative to give back, as David is thrilled to support Indian Residential School Survivor's Society (IRSSS) by donating a portion of the sales. IRSSS has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need.

The collection launch aligned with new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself was released in promotion of Strickland’s latest single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
  
Earlier this year, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

Stay tuned for more new music on the way from David Strickland in December. 

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

David has deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi'kmaq lines. His latest album, Spirit Of Hip Hop (June 29, 2020, Entertainment One), highlights some of North America's Hip Hop progenitors and innovative Indigenous artists alike to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) arrived on November 20, 2020 as a follow-up featuring fresh takes on the album tracks by Gordo himself, and some of his esteemed colleagues. From control room to canvas, David is also a prolific visual artist that has been featured at many galleries across Canada. 

He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America. www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About Crypto.com

Crypto.com NFT is a carefully curated platform for collecting and trading non-fungible tokens by creators, celebrities and brands from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, sports and fashion — including the Aston Martin Formula One Team, Boy George, Gareth Bale, Heavy Metal Magazine, Lega Serie A, Lionel Richie, Mr. Brainwash and Snoop Dogg, among many other high-profile artists and clients. Crypto.com NFT was founded on a principle of sustainability, with artworks minted using a proof-of-stake model, and is powered by Crypto.com — which has committed to becoming carbon negative. More information is available at Crypto.com/NFT. Follow Crypto.com NFT on Twitter and Instagram: @cryptocomnft

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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com

About Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need. The organization also assists those impacted by Indian Day Schools, MMIWG, the 60's Scoop, 2SLGBTQ+, Indian Hospitals and Crisis Support.  We also offer educational workshops on the history and impacts of Indian Residential Schools and healing and wellness workshops.
 
More than 150,000 Indigenous children – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – were forced from their homes to attend these neglectful institutions of assimilation and oppression. As a non-profit organization, IRSSS' ability to provide care is truly enhanced by contributions from the community. We are honoured to do this work, to assist in the wellness of those who survived and to remember those who were never made it home. www.irsss.ca

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ROLO TOMASSI TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY ON FEBRUARY 4 THROUGH MNRK HEAVY

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TICKETS FOR UK AND EU HEADLINE FEBRUARY 2022 TOUR ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2021 – ROLO TOMASSI will release their huge, expansive and ambitious, brand new album, Where Myth Becomes Memory, on February 4, 2022 through MNRK Heavy. The band, who are currently gracing this weeks cover of Kerrang! (read that cover feature here), returned in August with the single, Cloaked, their first new music since 2018's, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. The band today also release a brand new single and video, Drip, which is out now on all streaming platforms. Watch the video here.  

You can check out all the brilliant Where Myth Becomes Memory pre-order bundles, vinyl variants and more here.

ROLO TOMASSI have spent 17 years leading the pack rather than following and Where Myth Becomes Memory sees them lead with more poise and determination than ever before. The new album serves as the final part in an unintended trilogy that began with 2015’s, Grievances, and continued with 2018’s, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, the most critically acclaimed album of the band’s career, up to now. Every ROLO TOMASSI album shows signs of growth, but Where Myth Becomes Memory serves as a culmination of a period of creativity that has exalted ROLO TOMASSI to their loftiest status so far as a band, with a singular vision where the most savage, unhinged sonics can co-exist harmoniously with epic cinematic elegance and grace.

Describing exactly what ROLO TOMASSI do and how they do it has always been incredibly difficult. Atmosphere is created through brutal and punishing guitars, with abrasive vocals at war with all around them, taking no prisoners and bending to no one. And yet, it is also created through a constant feeling of calm, reflection and intimacy, almost washing over the listener like welcome waves through sparse, skeletal piano, genuinely haunting melodies and melancholic musical reflections. A song like new single, Drip (possibly one of the most exciting and forward thinking singles to be released this year) drags the listener into a barrage of excitement of noise, hope, dreams and feelings of optimistic caution. It's astounding, and unlike anything else you will hear.

Guitarist, Chris Cayford, explains a bit about the importance of Drip"When we start the writing process for each record, we always wait for the first song that clicks. It feels similar to our music but is also intangibly different to the extent we know it’s the next step and we need to build the album around it. This was the song that did that"

Where Myth Becomes Memory is filled with these beguiling journeys, with moments of non stop aggressive motion like Prescience sitting besides the cinematic, broken down and bare emotion of Stumbling. Or (possibly) the album's heaviest and most direct song, Labyrinthine, giving way to the album's true centre-piece, the stunning Closer, which feels like an album mid-way warm blanket of sadness, love and hope. At each turn, when you think you have this album figured out, the band decide to take a different turn, a more interesting path, and it is all the better for it.

"This is a really important album for all of us," explains James (Spence). "Of anything we've done, it's the one I'm most proud of. I think it's the most ambitious and creative that our band has ever sounded and something that we've all needed to get through the last few years. We can't wait to share it and to have you help us bring it to life."

Where Myth Becomes Memory Tracklisting
1. Almost Always
2. Cloaked
3. Mutual Ruin
4. Labyrinthine
5. Closer
6. Drip
7. Prescience
8. Stumbling
9. To Resist Forgetting
10. The End Of Eternity

Live wise, ROLO TOMASSI will be playing a sold out, hometown show at Chalk in Brighton on November 12th, they have also already been announced on next years Complexity Festival on 12th Feb 2022 in Haarlem, Netherlands AND at next years 2000trees Festival (as a UK festival exclusive for 2022). The band have also announced a full UK and EU tour for February 2022, which includes their biggest headline show to date, at Oval Space in London. Tickets for all dates are on sale now. 

Full list of all ROLO TOMASSI UK and EU dates are below, support on all dates will be Pupil Slicer: Tickets can be bought here

February 2022 DATES
Thursday 10th - Antwerp Trix, Belgium
Friday 11th - Péniche Antipode, Paris, France
Saturday 12th - Complexity Fest, Haarlem, Netherlands - *FESTIVAL*
Monday 14th - Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 15th - Strahov 007, Prague, Czech Republic
Weds 16th - A38, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday 17th - Vienna Arena, Austria
Friday 18th - Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 19th - MTC, Cologne, Germany
Monday 21st - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 22nd - Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 23rd - Bristol Fleece
Thursday 24th - London Oval Space

ROLO TOMASSI are:
Eva Korman - vocals
James Spence - keyboards, piano, vocals
Chris Cayford - guitars
Nathan Fairweather - bass
Al Potts - drums

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About ROLO TOMASSI
Formed in 2005 this quintet’s early material blended hardcore with kitschy synths and nonsensical song structures. However, the group shaved off its more oddball qualities in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop on subsequent releases.This sound is beautifully demonstrated with Dillinger-style freak-outs transition to lush soundscapes at a moment’s notice. Anchored by the Spence siblings’ complementary singing voices, the group perfectly blur the barrier between tranquility and destruction.

They have worked with US super producer, Diplo, and performed on Channel 4 TV live with Biffy Clyro (watch that here), they have played the SXSW Festival, released an album through IPECAC after catching the ear of Mike Patton and their last album is on around 7 million streams on Spotify alone. This most recent album from 2018, Time Will Die And love Will Bury It, was released to a flurry of praise an acclaim, landing it as the 2nd highest review score for the year on Metacritic (gaining a 92/100). Following previous tours and shows with the likes of Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, The Bronx and Gojira in 2019 (as main support), the band have established themselves as a live tour-de-force, now a headline prospect not only in their home territory of the UK and the EU, but also Australia, Japan, Russia and the USA. 

There is no band on Earth quite like ROLO TOMASSI.

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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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BREAKOUT WEST 2022 BRINGS THE WORLD TO THE WESTERN CANADA!

WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS
AND EAST COAST NEIGHBOURS

ARTISTS FROM WALES, THE NORDICS, AND
EASTERN CANADA SET TO SHOWCASE AT THE FESTIVAL
IN WINNIPEG

INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY INSIDERS
TO SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE

WRISTBANDS FOR BREAKOUT WEST 2022
AVAILABLE NOW

WINNIPEG, MB – November 10, 2021 – Western Canada’s neighbours to the east, and friends from overseas will be heading to Winnipeg in 2022 for BreakOut West! Together with partners from Eastern Canada, Wales, Sweden, Iceland and other Nordic countries, international artists will take to Winnipeg stages in February for the music festival. These acts include: Rosehip Teahouse (Cardiff, Wales), Eädyth (Aberfan, Wales), The Magnettes (Pajala, Sweden), BSÍ (Iceland), Cell7 (Iceland), Carolina East (Newfoundland and Labrador), and Wolf Castle (Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick).

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This marks the first year that BreakOut West has partnered with Future Echoes – Sweden’s new showcase festival, which will kick off in February 2022 – and Nordic Bridges (supported by Iceland Air), to bring artists from the Nordic countries to western Canada. A number of BreakOut West artists, will be making the trek to Sweden in the new year to perform at Future Echoes, including Declan O’Donovan (YT), The Garrys (SK), Miesha & the Spanks (AB), and Soda Pony (YT), with more to be announced soon.

"Harbourfront Centre is delighted to welcome BreakOut West as a Nordic Bridges programming partner,” says Iris Nemani, Chief Programming Officer at Harbourfront Centre & Executive Producer, Nordic Bridges. “As part of our year-long cultural exchange of arts and culture between Canada and the Nordic Region, we welcome BreakOut West’s expertise in showcasing and mentoring artists, both in Canada and internationally. We are thrilled to have BreakOut West help us reach into Western Canada, and build greater opportunities for both Nordic artists and their Canadian colleagues.” 

BreakOut West continues to build their five year-long partnership with FOCUS Wales, which sees western Canadian artists showcasing each year in Wales, and Welsh artists, in turn, showcasing at BreakOut West, thanks to FOCUS Wales, Wales Arts International and the Welsh Consulate. In partnership with the Welsh Government, BreakOut West will soon be announcing Indigenous programming highlighting the start of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2023). More information on this program will be announced soon.

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

As part of BreakOut West’s ongoing commitment to gender parity at the annual conference and festival, their partnership with KeyChange – presented by PRS Foundation, FACTOR and SOCAN Foundation – will help bring Iceland’s Cell7 to the music festival, along with international industry professionals including, Amanda Elefelt (Elefelt PR / Genesis Records - Sweden).

BreakOut West is thrilled to welcome international industry insiders from the Nordics who will be bringing their expertise to the conference on panels and in one-on-one sessions. Nordic international delegates include Amanda Elefelt. Peter Åstedt (Future Echoes – Sweden), Mia Ternstrom (KeyChange / Musikcentrum Öst – Sweden), Oda Svendsby (Propeller Recordings – Norway), Hugo Sherman (Smuggler Music - Sweden), and Eirik Soreide (Polar Artists / Trondheim Calling – Norway), with more to be announced soon.

“We are so excited to working together with BreakOut West and be able to access the important Canadian market,” says Peter Åstedt, Festival Director, Future Echoes.

BreakOut West’s annual music festival and conference with be safely returning to live in the new year, with events taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests. The first-round list of performing artists can be found here and wristbands are available now. More performers will be announced soon and a full schedule of events will be available at breakoutwest.ca.

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

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

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LONG RANGE HUSTLE RELEASES NEW SINGLE LOVE YOURSELF

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TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12

“There is a good-natured authenticity in their stories that grounds them even as the instrumentation often lifts the sound to more fantastical realms.” - Belleville Intelligencer

"With this exquisite and refreshing blend of melodies and lyrics, they explore the at times tiring and weary nature of life and remind us to be strong and ready to keep on going for it’s all there for the taking, but we must push on.” - Wolf In A Suit

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2021 - Long Range Hustle, Toronto five-piece indie-rock outfit, release their new single today, Love Yourself. The track is stock full of classic Long Range Hustle sounds, that fans have come to know and love: Wurlizter chords, accompanied by the fuzz of an old tube, sparse guitars, moving percussion, and emotional lyrics that take off over a roiling sea of jarring chords and massive drums. Listen to Love Yourself here and watch the music video here.  
 
“The song was born in the depths of self-doubt and despair. I came home alone again on Christmas. It’s the time of year when you get to see all the people that you love and share in a celebration of life. But when you’re coming home alone, it seems to amplify the emptiness. The holes where it feels like something is missing grow deeper and more poignant. It feels like everyone else is whole and happy and warm but you,” says the band’s, Jay Foster, on the single.
 
Love Yourself is the latest single from the band’s forthcoming record, I am alive, but only if you say I am (due out late February 2022), which was produced by Tony Doogan (Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep) virtually from Scotland. Other singles Comeback Kid, American CashWait Up For Me, Beeswax, and Used To Call will also appear on the band’s upcoming album and received play on CBC shows, Here & Now, Fresh Air, In The Key of C, and All In A Day, while also being featured on Ones to Watch with Sirius XM The Verge, in addition to play on SiriusXM's North Americana program.

Long Range Hustle have also received editorial playlist support from: Rockin’ Vibes, Folk Rock Favourites, Rock Your Block, Fresh Finds: Rock, Ready To Rock, New Music Friday Canada. As well, they'e been featured on Amazon’s Music Canada’s Finely Tuned and YouTube Music’s New CanRock and Contemporaries.

Adds Jay on the new single: It felt like I had a choice to make: either give up or figure out a way to love yourself. There’s no one left to do it for you. It starts as a low key ballad before splashing water on your face with a key change meant to wake you up and appreciate the fact that you’re breathing, the earth is spinning & life is beautiful.”
 
To further celebrate the album and single, Long Range Hustle will be hitting the road for a string of Canadian tour dates, starting this Friday, November 12. See the full list of dates below.
 
Long Range Hustle 2021 Canadian Tour Dates
November 12 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion 
November 14 – Quebec City, QC – Bar la Source de la Martinere
November 18 – Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern 
November 19 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
November 20 – Elora, ON – Elora Brewing Company
November 21 – Barrie, ON – Queens Hotel
December 3 – Corbyville, ON – Signal Brewery
December 4 – Ottawa, ON – LIVE On Elgin!
 
With the holidays just around the corner, the band knows it can be a hard time for everyone and anyone but just ask that “you take time for self-love.” Learn more about Long Range Hustle in their bio and stay tuned as their journey unfolds this winter.

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Long Range Hustle is:
Paul Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin)
Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths)
AJ Fisico (drums, vocals)
Mike Brogee (bass, vocals)
Ryan Pritchard (guitars) 
 
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HOUNDMOUTH’S GOOD FOR YOU OUT TODAY

HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12

WATCH THE BAND’S CBS SATURDAY PERFORMANCE HERE

“An escapist tonic...highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting.” — MOJO
 
“There’s a beautiful ache…goes down like a most-welcome drink.”
— No Depression

 

TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Myers; drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody; and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — release their new album, Good For You, on Dualtone Records. Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), Good For You finds Houndmouth reckoning with both the blurry highs and hard-earned lessons of young adulthood as it passes by in the rearview mirror. In a 4-star review, MOJO calls it “an escapist tonic” that is “highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting,” while No Depression commends the “beautiful ache” that reverberates through Myers’ songwriting.
 
Brought to life in Houndmouth’s longtime headquarters — The Green House, a 19th-century shotgun-style residence decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents — Good For You emanates with a sense of bittersweet nostalgia. Songs veer from Silver Jews-style vignettes (Good For You) to boozy shout-alongs (Make It To Midnight) as Matt Myers artfully paints portraits of down-and-out characters and drunken romantics with a magical realist’s touch. Listen to Good For You and pre-order limited edition vinyl and signed merch here.
 
Houndmouth are kicking off a 19-date headlining tour on November 12 (see full dates below). Bear witness to their live prowess — cultivated on a long road that’s taken them from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the late night stages of Conan and Letterman — in their recent performances for CBS Saturday Morning here. 
 
In the video for their single Las Vegas, Matthew Myers does his best Evel Knievel as he and his bandmates take to the Clarksville, IN SportsDrome for some Kentuckiana Auto Racing. Watch Las Vegas, directed by Francis Thomasovich, here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 & 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 & 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
 
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ICONIC SINGER/SONGWRITER STEVE PERRY RELEASES HIS FIRST-EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THE SEASON

AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, legendary singer/songwriter, Steve Perry, releases his first-ever Christmas album, The Season, on Fantasy Records; stream/download it here. Co-produced by Perry and engineer, Thom Flowers, The Season’s immaculately arranged and richly nuanced sound was inspired by such time-honoured holiday albums as Nat King Cole’s, The Magic of Christmas.  Steve will host a full album playback of The Season on his YouTube Channel today at 6pm PT, and also participate in a fan chat/Q&A. Catch the event via https://found.ee/SPTheSeasonAlbumPlayback.

Perry comments on the inspiration for The Season, “All the songs on this record were my favorites growing up.  I used to hear them on the Philco radio that my grandmother always had on in the kitchen when she was cooking the most amazing holiday food, and because of that they hold a very emotional place in my heart. I wanted to make sure to record them all in a simple way that honors how I first heard and fell in love with them as a child.”

He adds, “The Season record is something I really hope the fans will embrace and make a part of their family. Something they can enjoy together, or if the family is no longer together, in their dreams they can retouch those feelings - no matter where they go, they go with them.”

Mainly 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.”

Ahead of album release Perry unveiled Winter Wonderland, watch the animated video here and I'll Be Home For Christmas. Steve’s stirring interpretations of these holiday staples capture their timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on each track. For both artist and audience alike, The Season ultimately serves as a form of emotional time travel, a direct conduit for the kind of memories that sustain the spirit and restore a sense of joyous serenity. “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 & 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 most massively successful era and gained entry 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 TRACKLISTING:

  1. The Christmas Song
  2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  3. Auld Lang Syne
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  7. Silver Bells
  8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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TENNYSON KING RELEASES NEW SINGLE SHARE THIS MOMENT

SHARES TRACK LIST FOR GOOD COMPANY ALBUM DUE OUT JANUARY 21, 2022

LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, releases his latest single, Share This Moment. The track comes from his forthcoming album, Good Company (due out January 21, 2022), and explores the shared experiences of travelling and exploring with another person, and human nature and connection at its most organic and vulnerable. Listen to Share This Moment here.

“I started writing this song on 9 Mile Beach in Forster, NSW, Australia. It is a beautiful long beach, not one person in sight, sunny, waves creeping up on the shore toward’s my feet, and I was thinking back on the places I’ve travelled and was going to travel to that year,” says Tennyson on the track. “And as much as I love travelling alone, there is some magic in sharing moments with others. I started playing the chord progression on my little travel acoustic guitar I keep in Australia, it was really out of tune, but I just found the chords that worked off that tuning, started playing and began to find a nice melody to what would become the verse of this song.”

Adds Tennyson, “Over the next year and a bit, I continued to write lyrics to this song during my travels throughout Thailand, China, and Vietnam. I didn’t write much more melodies but just different lyrical ideas of how to tell this story.”

Share This Moment will appear on Tennyson’s upcoming album, Good Company, along with his previous singles: Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) – which comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature and water, and Slow Down – an elemental and earthy take on acknowledging our surroundings and appreciating nature.

On Good Company, Tennyson adds: “I decided on the name idea/name of Good Company because I want the songs to be good company to the listeners. I want it to be something that they can put on and feel like they have a friend telling them stories, letting them know they are not alone, sharing my life with them and personally singing songs to them.”

Stay tuned for more from Tennyson King and the Good Company journey, as it unfolds this year.

Good Company Tracklisting

  1. Share This Moment
  2. Life on Shore (Carry Me Away)
  3. Loving You
  4. Slow Down
  5. This Life
  6. Fall
  7. It Ain't Easy
  8. What Am I Doing

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www.tennysonking.com

About Tennyson King:
A traveler at heart, Tennyson writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, Tennyson has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock blend, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. His raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.
 
Despite being grounded from tours due to the pandemic, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles Wild Rose & Garden of Truth in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett. The singles were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and featured on CBC Q, SiriusXM North Americana, Stingray Music, as well as select college, commercial, and community radio stations across Canada.

Tennyson was selected to participate in the 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge to work with Terra Lightfoot, Adrian X (Drake, The Weeknd), and Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness). In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada. Followed up by 自在 in June, these two songs garnered recognition by Mandarin, Cantonese, and English press alike, as Tennyson received airtime and was featured for an interview in Cantonese on Toronto’s prestigious Chinese-Canadian radio station, Fairchild Radio 1430.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS’ THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS

TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON NOVEMBER 9 AND CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY SESSIONS NOVEMBER 13

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW + LIVESTREAM TONIGHT
AT NEW YORK’S BEACON THEATRE

“Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ glorious new vintage R&B album, bursting at the seams with fresh coolness. It has a sound grounded in the past but not mimicking it, a fresh, modern-retro vibe that makes sense once you listen.” - AP

“…a giant leap forwards…” - MOJO 

“Masterful” - UNCUT

“The Future showcases Rateliff and The Night Sweats playing at the top of their game with a blend of passionate songwriting, raw and towering vocals, and infectious soul rock vibes.” - No Depression

“Nathaniel Rateliff has become a consistently shining purveyor of classic tunes.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“The Future effectively combines provocative lyrics married to the Sweats’ trademarked attack; one that’s successful, even triumphant, and paves the way for more of the same in forthcoming endeavors.” - HOLLER

“The new album expands on their musical styles without abandoning their roots and is also a thematic wrestling with the spirits of our times.” - Pop Matters

TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – The Future, the third studio album from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, is out now on Stax Records. Fans can listen to/share the new record here. In addition, the band will play their knockout single Survivor on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, November 9th, and are also set to appear on CBS This Morning: Saturday November 13th.

Following its release in August, the band’s knockout single, Survivor, quickly propelled into the Top 5 at Canadian Alternative, cracked the Top 20 at Active Rock, and reached #3 this week on the CBC Music Top 20. Just as quickly, it moved into the #1 slot at Triple A radio and debuted in the Top 25 on the Alternative Chart in the U.S.. The song is currently #2 on the Americana Singles Chart, while The Future spent eight weeks at #1 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart. Additionally, the latest instalment of Night Sweats Radio with Nathaniel Rateliff premieres today on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum. The one-hour show features Rateliff as host, with a member of The Night Sweats, sharing hand-picked music and conversation with guests about their new record. The episode airs at 10:00 a.m. ET on the channel, via satellite and on the SXM app.
 
Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform an album release show tonight at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which will also be livestreamed via FANS.live. The band will play an additional show at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s for SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage Series later this month. Further 2022 dates to be announced soon, while current tour routing can be found below.

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer, Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift), while Jenny Lewis, Jess Wolfe and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Earlier this year, Rateliff and the band made their debut on Saturday Night Live, featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written for and featured in the film Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake. In addition, the group appeared on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price, while Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music as well. Following these career milestones, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE:
November 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre*
November 6—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre*
November 13—New Orleans, LA—Tipitina’s

December 3—Vail, CO—Vail Snow Days
December 16—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom†
December 17—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom†

*with Nick Hakim
†with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
BOLD—Sold out

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS REIMAGINE BERT JANSCH ON IT DON’T BOTHER ME

LISTEN HERE

FINAL PREVIEW OF RAISE THE ROOF, NEW ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2021 – On November 19, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will return with new album Raise The Roof, delivering a fresh, cosmic collision of early blues, country deep cuts, revolutionary folk-rock and lost soul music written by a dozen legends and unsung heroes of the past century. The long-awaited reunion marks the duo’s first record in 14 years, produced by T Bone Burnett, and the track list reflects both deep-rooted influences and recent revelations. On It Don’t Bother Me, the final preview of the album shared today, the two artists transform Bert Jansch’s solo acoustic composition into an empowering arrangement led by Alison Krauss, simmering with spectral flourishes of dolceola, marxophone and pedal steel, handclaps and percussion, and interplaying guitars of Marc Ribot and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. Listen to It Don’t Bother Me, here.
 
On the inclusion of It Don’t Bother Me on Raise The Roof, Robert Plant says, “I’ve been a big follower of Bert Jansch’s work since I was a teenager, and of that whole Irish, Scottish, English folk style that has a different lilt and different lyrical perspective. I was very keen to bring some of that into the picture.”
 
“One of my favorite parts of this is the songs and songwriters that I had never heard of,” adds Alison Krauss. “Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in music history.”
 
It Don’t Bother Me arrives on the heels of Raise The Roof’s lead single, Can’t Let Go, which just spent 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Americana radio charts, as well as the album’s sole original song, High and Lonesome, penned by Robert Plant and T Bone Burnett. 
 
Following the monumental debut of 2007’s platinum-certified Raising Sand, which won all six GRAMMY Awards for which it was nominated (including Album and Record of the Year), Robert Plant and Alison Krauss “are still proof that sometimes the best things come from unlikely collaborators” (Entertainment Weekly). Across Raise The Roof, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and 27x GRAMMY-winning Bluegrass Hall of Famer step further outside their comfort zone, expanding their unexpected, unparalleled partnership in remarkable new directions. 
 
While sessions for the album began in Nashville in November 2019, wrapping just weeks before the world went into lockdown, Krauss remembers sending Plant the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic, Can’t Let Go, at least 10 years ago - and “it seems like time hasn’t passed at all” (NPR Music). Elsewhere on Raise The Roof, Plant and Krauss reimagine songs from Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Ola Belle Reed, Brenda Burns and more, with arrangements even more evocative and hypnotic than those on Raising Sand.

Pre-order Raise The Roof here.
 
It Don’t Bother Me Credits
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – lead & harmony vocals
Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion, claps
Viktor Krauss – bass
Marc Ribot – electric guitar
Russell Pahl – pedal steel
David Hidalgo – electro–acoustic guitar, claps
Jeff Taylor – dolceola, Marxophone
 
Written by Bert Jansch
 
Raise The Roof Tracklist
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can't Let Go
7. It Don't Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me
 
 
 
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K-OS SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR HOT BOY FEATURING UP-AND-COMING TORONTO ARTIST KAGE E

K-OS SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR
HOT BOY FEATURING UP-AND-COMING TORONTO ARTIST KAGE E

PREMIERES WITH COMPLEX

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TORONTO, ON – November 1, 2021 – At the end of the video for 2004’s Man I Used To Be, k-os vanishes in to outer space. Now, 17 years later, he has returned to earth, picking up the story where it left off, in the brand new video for HOT BOY. Premiering officially yesterday – aptly on Halloween – with Complex, the video is a fantasy-fuelled saga, following k-os and KAGE E on an adventure of epic proportions. Watch here.

HOT BOY sees k-os reuniting with director, Drew Lightfoot, who directed the videos for Sunday Morning and 4321, and references sci-fi touchstones from the bike scenes in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., to the James Spader-starring Stargate. Filmed in Vancouver, the video also features HOT BOY collaborator, KAGE E, who k-os brought in for the shoot, and to experience the Vancouver “magic hour” for the first time.

“I haven't shot a video in Vancouver since Top of the World with the Rascalz featuring Barrington Levy,” reflects k-os. “If you just point and shoot out here, there's natural beauty everywhere, including the people. I really wanted KAGE E to experience the magic of Vancouver, as it blew me away when I had my first adventure here, especially the intangible vibe at nighttime. Drew Lightfoot and Devin Karringtem captured the eventide beautifully.”

“It was surreal!” adds KAGE E. “Everything happened so fast but I definitely captured every moment and it was super great getting to meet K-OS and everyone involved. He was a huge influence on me and it was sick to be able to work on the video with him!  We were doing something every second and ended up shooting right after I landed. Much love to everyone involved and shout-out to K-OS!”

k-os and KAGE E met and struck up a friendship after the 16-year-old Toronto-based up-and-comer sent k-os a “genuine heartfelt compliment” on Instagram. “He sent me a song called Searchin that I loved,” says k-os. “I wrote a song called Searchin years ago, so the title alone pulled me in. We’re in the same zone lyrically.”

The two connected and formed a dynamic duo of sorts. KAGE E says, “There’s definitely a Batman/Robin vibe going on. We even had the Batmobile for the (video) shoot!”. k-os adds, “I’ve been looking for my Robin for a minute. But Robin has to have both confidence and humility to be a good partner to Batman and that’s a hard combo to come by. Finally found it… or rather, it found me.”

HOT BOY follows k-os’ two latest singles: the dance-floor ready, SUPERNOVAS and his unique take on The Cars’, Just What I Needed. Exclaim! Magazine listed the song as one of the best in their 2021, The Year of the Cover feature. k-os’ last two singles had support from Complex, CBC, Exclaim!, ET Canada, and Strombo. 

k-os started his career in 2002, with the release of Exit on Virgin/EMI Canada. He has two Platinum certified albums in Canada for Joyful Rebellion (2004) and Atlantis: Hymns for Disco (2006), and one Platinum Certified video, Publicity Stunt (2004), and has had several songs on the charts, including three Top 10 singles: Crabbuckit, Sunday Morning and The Man I Used to Be. k-os is the featured vocalist on The Chemical Brothers’ single, Get Yourself High (2003), and has collaborated with Drake, Broken Social Scene, Feist, DFA 1979 and Kaytranada.

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Connect with k-os: 
INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOKSPOTIFY

Connect with KAGE E:
INSTAGRAM | SPOTIFY

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KTHECHOSEN SHARES +VICE WITH THE MASSES

WATCH VIDEO FOR STANDOUT TRACK HER ANTHEM

FEATURING DORSA LENA, BVITAE AND ZHE THE FREE

CALGARY ARTIST DELIVERS POWERFUL SONIC NARRATIVE AROUND MENTAL HEALTH,FEMINISM, GRIEF, COLONIALISM, ALLYSHIP AND BEYOND  - LISTEN

KTHECHOSEN TO PERFORM ON NOVEMBER 13 LIVESTREAM PART OF LEMONADE FALL CREATOR FESTIVAL - TUNE IN

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2021 –  Zimbabwe-born, Calgary-based Hip-Hop and spoken word artist, gender equity advocate and public speaker, KTheChosen, delivered his new album, +Vice to the world on October 22 - listen here. A conscious, concept project driven by an underlying story around an unnamed female character the audience doesn’t formally meet, but learns much about, KTheChosen dives into feminism, grief, loss, colonialism, relationships, allyship and more with immense depth, layered instrumentation, and spoken word interludes. In addition to the launch, he shares the video for standout track, Her Anthem, examining the female experience within the music industry - watch it here.

On the inspiration behind the visual, KTheChosen says: "I wanted to flip the common trend of hip-hop videos being focused on women and cars by having the same elements involved but in a narrative that focused on female empowerment. Our heist story draws inspiration from popular movies such as Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels as our three main performers use their cunning and fighting skills to obtain two mysterious boxes and a set of keys. The contents of these boxes are never revealed and will be explained in a future music video. This video was also an opportunity to give back to our community by filming in local businesses and promoting their locations at the end of the video." 

The video features Bvitae,  Dorsa LenaZhe The FREE and KTheChosen. It was directed and filmed in downtown Calgary  by Jerome de Gourville with BTS Photography by Mikey B Photography, stunt choreography by Kevin Kay Mak and lights and setup assistance from Tre Davies. KTheChosen selected some of the city's best local spots including 10th Street Boxing KensingtonThe Urban Shave and Kaffeeklatsch with local artist Tyler Lemermeyer's pieces displayed inside. 

On September 24, KTheChosen examined the the impacts of colonialism on new song, LONO. The track’s title draws from a phrase that stands for “locals only, no outsiders” and features a verse from Blackfoot artist, TRIBETheArtist, with singing and hand drumming from Cree artist, Chantal Stormsong Chagnon. Proceeds from song purchased via Bandcamp supported Colouring It Forward, an Indigenous social enterprise that collaborates with Indigenous Artists and elders to produce authentic books, cards and journals, and Pokaiks – the Children: Orange Shirt Day.

The artist celebrated the album launch in Calgary on October 23 with a performance at Kaffeklatsch, and will deliver a live set on November 13 at the Lemonade Fall Creator Festival. Audiences can tune in here commencing at 2 pm ET.

KTheChosen is celebrating many accolades with the album launch. He is currently Artist of the Month at Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation in Calgary (see here), and recently spoke with CKUA about the acknowledgment - listen here. In addition to a stellar review by Calgary's 10 at 10, he also spoke about the project with The Creative Imbalance PodcastCalgary Eyeopener on CBC, and Calgary Herald, amongst others. 

+Vice was created at Konscious Productions studio and recorded, mixed and mastered by Jerome “Rome” de Gourville. Often, people only pay attention to symptoms of poor mental well-being instead of addressing the root cause. As gender equity and grief are some of the biggest themes in this project, KTheChosen drew from various inspirations, including written works like Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall and Death, The Final Stage of Growth by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. KTheChosen immerses himself in various topics, summarizing different stories that he has discussed in conversation with friends to give each song a relatable and timely narrative, acknowledging the impact of the global pandemic and longstanding systemic social and political issues worldwide. 

KTheChosen will continue to share advice through his work to come. For now, take it in here
 
Album art by Olivia Johnson

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Photo by Mikey B Photography

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About KTheChosen
As a TEDx speaker, hip-hop and spoken word artist, KTheChosen believes in the power of storytelling and uses his voice to share the experiences of those around him. Inspired by artists such as King Los and Kendrick Lamar, KTheChosen challenges himself to write lyrics that are both entertaining and enlightening. The music video for his single, Amazon, was covered by Canadian music publication, RLGT. 

The video features Zimbabwe's infamous bearer cheques and united the Calgary community by involving several local artists from varying disciplines. The article highlights the importance of this collaboration and what it meant for the Calgary art scene. 2021 has been a big year for KTheChosen, with a nomination for the Zim Achievers Canada Awards in the Young Achievers category in February and the opportunity to perform and speak at a TEDx event in July. His talk focused on the importance of authentic leadership in a time when social media campaigns have been the driving force . 

From February through May, he was an ambassador for Science Genius (a program co-founded by GZA of the WuTang Clan), teaching youth in grades 7 and 9 how to rap and create songs using content they were learning in their science classes. In June, he taught a three-part workshop for Antyx Arts, mentoring teenagers on freestyle rap and the importance of storytelling in music and marketing.  
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MIPSO RELEASES DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION OF EPONYMOUS ALBUM

EXPANDED EDITION FEATURES THREE BONUS TRACKS

ON TOUR NOW

October 29, 2021 – Today, North Carolina-based indie quartet, Mipso, released a deluxe digital edition of their acclaimed self-titled album. The expanded edition includes three bonus tracks that have been released as singles over the past few months: Big Star (Alt), Name is How You Call Me, and Every Drop

Released in October 2020, Mipso is the group's most communally realized work to date and is widely regarded as the strongest artistic statement of their career thus far.  Mipso's members -- Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band -- collaborated closely with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal -- "like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence," as Terrell put it.

Upon its release, the album inspired a good deal of critical praise. NPR Music’s Ann Powers noted, "they're really going beyond the frame of any genre on this record," while All Songs Considered’s co-host Robin Hilton singled out the band's "perfect harmonies," and said the album felt like "an instruction manual for how to be happy." He concluded his remarks by saying, "It just felt good listening to this one."

American Songwriter’s Madeline Crone wrote, “Every band member is a master of their own songwriting craft, delivering differing lyrical approaches that expand their artistry’s previous bounds.” The Bluegrass Situation’s Z. Lupetin concurs. “It’s hard to find a group where every member can effortlessly sing lead and write genre-bending songs that fit seamlessly on six acclaimed albums — and counting — in under ten years.” 

Indy Week’s Spencer Griffith pronounced the LP "Mipso's richest album yet," while PopMatters' Michael Bialas declared, "Mipso seems like a band that will never run out of ideas.” 

And as Andy Crump observed in Paste, "Prevailing warmth defines Mipso's sound, the kind felt on a bright North Carolina day, but the songs themselves follow their own directions: Gentle strums on love tunes, big uplifting choruses on countrified numbers, plucking strings on upbeat bluegrass songs. Mipso's creativity...is on full display here."

Mipso’s tour of the United States, which kicked off in June, will continue through January 2021 and will include four dates in their home state of North Carolina as well as stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. The band’s European dates, originally slated for November, will be rescheduled in the coming months. A full list of confirmed dates is below. 

Mipso – US Tour, 2021

12/1 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC *

12/2 Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC *

12/3 The Ramkat, Winston-Salem, NC *

12/4 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA *

12/5 Richmond Music Hall, Warsaw, VA *

12/7 Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC *

12/9 The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY %

12/10 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY %

12/11 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT %

12/12 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA %

12/14 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center, Old Saybrook, CT %

12/15 Roy’s Hall, Blairstown, NJ

12/16 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY **

12/17 Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA #

12/18 Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA @

12/19 9:30 Club, Washington, DC **

1/20 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA $

1/21 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA $

1/22 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA $

1/25 The Commonwealth Room, South Salt Lake, UT !!

1/27 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO $

1/28 Club Red, Mountain Village, CO

*with Lowland Hum

% with Taylor Ashton

** with Johanna Samuels and Alexa Rose

# with Alexa Rose 

@ with Johanna Samuels

$ with Robert Ellis and Jamestown Revival

!! with Jamestown Revival

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VALERIE JUNE  SHARES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF WHY THE BRIGHT STARS GLOW FEATURING MAVIS STAPLES

FROM "GORGEOUS" (ROLLING STONE) ALBUM
THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS 

2022 HEADLINING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH
STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO 

“One Of The Albums Of The Year” - The Times UK

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today, Valerie June shares Why The Bright Stars Glow (Moon And Stars / Acoustic), a heartfelt rework of the song that forms the emotional core of her acclaimed 2021 album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, featuring additional vocals from the incomparable Mavis Staples. “I celebrate bringing the theme of The Moon and Stars full circle with this powerful collaboration” says June. “Our planetary luminescent oracle, Mavis Staples, reminds us that every soul matters and every life has a gift that can uplift the planet. We see through this song that dreams really do come true if we are willing to put in the energy and patiently wait.” Listen here.
 
The collaboration with Mavis Staples puts the exclamation mark on a banner year for Valerie June. The Moon and Stars has been a critical smash, receiving praise on both sides of the Atlantic from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, The Guardian and so many more. Rolling Stone and SPIN both named the album one of the Best Of 2021 so far. June was featured on the cover of Bitter Southerner’s first-ever print magazine, was profiled by The New York Times, performed at the Kennedy Center alongside Angelique Kidjo and Estelle for the Black Women Breaking Ground celebration, and even illustrated and published a book of poetry titled, Maps For The Modern World.
 
Earlier this week, Valerie June announced her 2022 headlining tour dates, with two Canadian dates, including a show in Vancouver on April 1 at Commodore Ballroom, and Toronto on May 10 at Danforth Music Hall – see below for full routing or visit valeriejune.com/#tour
 
Last month, as part of the Americana Music Awards — where she was up for both Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year — June performed Call Me A Fool alongside another hero and legend, Carla Thomas. Watch that here
 
Watch a performance of Smile for Jimmy Kimmel Live! here.
 
Check out the official music video for the Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) produced Call Me A Fool here. Also, make sure you watch the original visualizer for Why The Bright Stars Glow here.
 
Keep an eye out for more from Valerie June soon. 
Praise For Valerie June and The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
 
“This stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation adds an orchestral-pop sheen to June’s gorgeous blend of astral folk and meditative R&B.” 
— Rolling Stone
 
"The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, the introspective, quietly hopeful album she made more than a year ago, sounds just right in 2021." 
— The New York Times
 
“A breathtaking record.”
— NPR
 
“The moment speaks for June on The Moon and Stars, simultaneously marveling at all the wonders that are out there, and at the truth that all you need is one good thing right here.”
— Pitchfork
 
“A stunning concept album that shows how far June has evolved
from her early days as a folk artist.” 
— The Guardian
 
“One of the albums of the year.” 
— The Times (UK)
 
A psychedelic tour de force.” 
— Uncut
 
"One of Americana music’s most gifted and eclectic performers...her inimitable style, captivating voice,
and emotive writing make for an enticing blend.” 

— New York Magazine
 
“Dylan touted Tennessean conjures up a country-soul fantasia.” 
— MOJO
 
Well worth the wait—a magical, country-soul offering.”
— Essence
 
Upcoming Tour Dates
Sat Nov 20 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center 
Sat Jan 22 – Austin, TX – ACL @ Moody Theater 
Sat Jan 29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue 
 
The Moon & Stars Tour
Thu Mar 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox 
Fri Apr 01 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom 
Sat Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 
Sun Apr 03 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 
Tue Apr 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore 
Wed Apr 06 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre 
Fri Apr 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre 
Sat Apr 09 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up 
Tue May 03 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre 
Wed May 04 – New York, NY – Town Hall 
Thu May 05 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore 
Fri May 06 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall at Homestead 
Sat May 07 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre 
Tue May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall 
Wed May 11 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag 
Fri May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom 
Sat May 14 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre 
Sun May 15 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex 
Mon May 16 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre 
Wed May 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School 
Thu May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall 
Sat May 21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre 
Sun May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall 
Tue May 24 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall 
Wed May 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall 
Fri May 27 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center 
Sat May 28 – Annapolis, MD – Ram's Head On Stage
 
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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA'S FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL ALBUM OUT TODAY

GROUP DEDICATES ALBUM TO BANDMATE
ADAM BALSAM FOLLOWING HIS SUDDEN PASSING

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today is a sombre day for JUNO-nominated and Toronto based band, The Wilderness of Manitoba. They release Farewell To Cathedral (Popguru Sound & Vision), their first album following a three year hiatus but also face heartbreak with the sudden passing of their bandmate, brother, and drummer, Adam Balsam. 

"We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of our bandmate and brother, Adam Balsam. Since joining the band in 2018, Adam has been a constant source of enthusiasm, boundless creativity and encyclopedic music knowledge. He was a truly gifted and deeply musical multi-instrumentalist whose playing was filled with passion and love.

Today is a bittersweet day because we are releasing Farewell to Cathedral, and Adam is not here to celebrate with us. He worked hard on the album and was so excited to share this music with everyone. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, and we are dedicating this release to his memory.

Adam’s contribution to the band’s growth is immeasurable and he is sorely missed. We love you, Adam."


Farewell To Cathedral is available to purchase and stream now, and you can listen to it here. In addition, today the band shares the standout track, The Well Has Run Dry. Listen here and watch its live acoustic rendition. The Wilderness of Manitoba will also be airing a live stream digital concert (Adam's final performance with the band) on Saturday, November 6, as a part of The Popguru Revue – an engaging new live event series streamed for free from Revolution Recording in Toronto. You can watch the weekly event series here and learn more in this recent announcement

“Farewell To Cathedral is about leaving your safe space in order to grow and move forward,” says Will Whitwham, singer, songwriter and founding member. “It deals with the oblivion and uncertainty while remaining hopeful and melancholic. The themes centre around seasonal change and the parallel passing of time in its reflection.”
 
The album was recorded in just two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto, which was completely unprecedented. In the past, 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 can be heard in the already released singles, The Alchemist, Sometimes and Oblivion.
 
On Farewell To Cathedral, Will adds: “There was this beautiful Ukrainian cathedral I would always see from my window. The cathedral became a symbol to me of something I was leaving behind when I decided to move out of that house. It was the longest place I'd lived in my entire life and leaving was hard in some ways. The cathedral was a symbol of a safe place that I was constantly able to return to and I think that we all need some kind of version of that; whether it’s tangible, literal or metaphorical. Many of the album’s songs deal with loss through the eyes of hope and I've always believed in the hope one can find through melancholy. Farewell To Cathedral is about leaving your safe place in order to move forward and grow.”

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Adam Balsam - photo by Maggie Gray 
 
Connect with the band here

The Wilderness of Manitoba is:
Will Whitwham (singer/multi-instrumentalist)
Victoria Carr (vocals and acoustic guitar)
Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass and vocals)
Adam Balsam (drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards)

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. Summing things up, Whitwham says, “My eventual hope is that we are able to embark on a proper live tour of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.”  

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IMPENDING DOOM DROPS NEW HELLBENT EP VIA MNRK HEAVY

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Long-running deathcore unit, IMPENDING DOOM, today drops their anticipated Hellbent EP. The surprise release, initially slated for January, is available via MNRK Heavy on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally.

Hellbent boasts the enduring trio who formed the creative core of IMPENDING DOOM in Riverside, California: vocalist Brook Reeves, guitarist Manny Contreras, and bassist David Sittig. Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), the EP is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality, with just enough of a modern flourish. As reliably as ever, the band endeavor to bring woe with crushing heaviness, sick death metal and grindcore riffage, impossibly guttural growls, and steadfast reverence for God. The EP also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.
 
Preview and purchase Hellbent today here.
 
View the band’s previously released video for Satanic Panic and watch for new videos to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
 
Additionally, IMPENDING DOOM will return to the touring circuit with shows confirmed in California and Texas. More dates will be announced soon. 
 
IMPENDING DOOM w/ Bury Your Dead, Ov Sulfur, Foreign Pain:
12/11/2021 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
12/12/2021 Full Circle Brewery - Fresno, CA
 
w/ Oh, Sleeper, War Of Ages:
1/19/2022 Jake’s - Lubbock, TX
1/20/2022 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
1/21/2022 Southside Music Hall - Dallas, TX
1/22/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
1/23/2022 Boozerz Rock Bar - Corpus Christi, TX  

The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s blissfully devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.
 
The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike. Combining crushing riffs and an unashamed point of view, each of their half dozen albums demonstrate the power of outspoken deathcore devastation. IMPENDING DOOM is clearly here to stay.

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW ALBUM RUN UP RIVER TODAY

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CELEBRATES WITH MONTREAL AND QUEBEC CITY RELEASE SHOWS

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today, Montreal alt-pop artist, Reno McCarthy, releases his second full-length record, Run Up River, via Balustrade. It’s a carefully crafted yet unfiltered take on insecurity, frustration and comfort that is gritty, as much as it is timeless and adventurous, and includes the singles, Nightout, Sundown, and For a Moment. Run Up River is available to purchase or stream now, and you can listen here. Reno will also be playing live to celebrate Run Up River on November 2 at Montreal’s, Le Ministère (tickets here), and on November 26 at Quebec City’s, Grand Theatre de Quebec (tickets here). 
 
“There’s a general sense of tension and release throughout Run Up River,” says Reno. “Although most of the songwriting process began before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I think it’s more relevant now than ever considering the exasperation, uncertainty and longing for liberation which plague us all.”
 
Songs like For a Moment and Nothing Less, Nothing More, with their explosive arrangements and rich sound design, effortlessly weave the warm and fragile mood of others like June and Century Gothic. Its sensitive songwriting, passionate performances and heavy focus on creative production techniques make Run Up River both unique and instantly relatable.
 
With Run Up River, Reno also engineered most of the record himself, which is something he had never done before. Having his hands on the board and on the mouse and being creative in the recording of his own music helped to greater develop the overall sound.
 
“I tend to dislike things I make really quickly after finishing them, but I still really enjoy hearing the record,” adds Reno. “Honestly, I’m really proud of it. There are always things that could’ve been approached differently or mixed differently but that’s how it always goes. Music’s never really over anyway, and the songs will take on a new body when we start playing them live.”

About Reno McCarthy
With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album, Counterglow, Montreal alternative pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong song writing and somewhat debonair quality as well as his band’s groove-heavy live shows. 

Unexpected events led McCarthy to a surprising stopover in 2020. Following the loss of his father, the artist recorded a truly warm and personal EP. Moving, raw and of great profoundness, Angels Watching Us Dance, saw the artist at his most stripped-down and strikingly sensitive.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH SHARE REANIMATE//DISINTEGRATE VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

THE CHOSEN FUL LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
JANUARY 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 - ENTERPRISE EARTH today unleashes their fiery new video for latest single, Reanimate // Disintegrate. Now playing at Metal Injection, the track comes by way of the band’s The Chosen full-length, set for release January 14, 2022 via MNRK Heavy.

With Reanimate // Disintegrate, ENTERPRISE EARTH dives further into previously uncharted territory, their sprawling, forward-thinking approach to deathcore, continuing to progress in new directions. Their signature groove is smoother than ever, accompanied by BTBAM-inspired riffing and atmospheric undertones carried throughout. 

Writes Metal Injection, “ENTERPRISE EARTH is here to pound you into dust for the next six minutes, thanks to their new single Reanimate // Disintegrate. Despite kicking off the song plenty heavy, ENTERPRISE EARTH manages to only get more crushing as the track goes on.”

Comments guitarist Gabe Mangold, “We’re very excited to unveil the second single and video, Reanimate // Disintegrate. This track features another sonic mood and feeling from the album that I think fans new and old will enjoy. The accompanying music video, done by King Wolf Creative, is also our favorite to date.”

View Reanimate // Disintegrate here.

A masterpiece of monstrous brutality and enveloping ambiance, The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s heaviest and most diverse effort yet, with shifting attitude, vibe, and desperate aggression stitched throughout its songs. Brooding, thick with atmosphere and groove-driven, old-school death metal with modern flourishes, the music of ENTERPRISE EARTH switches gears from earth-shattering breakdowns to sickeningly slow sludge to blast furnace pummeling with seemingly effortless ease. Composition after composition is ominous, ambitious, lurching, and inviting with vocalist Dan Watson on “me against the world” mission taking on personal struggle, isolation, self-doubt, and alienation like a man possessed, determined to persevere at all costs. 

The Chosen was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band’s Gabe Mangold (now the group’s sole guitarist) save for the drums. Drummer Brandon Zackey tracked his relentlessly jaw-dropping and diverse drum performance with producer Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Death Angel). Bassist Rob Saireh rounds out the ENTERPRISE EARTH lineup, bringing equally formidable power, dexterity, and groove.

The Chosen will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. Find preordering options here.

View the band’s previously released video for Where Dreams Are Broken video here

Coinciding with the release of The Chosen, ENTERPRISE EARTH will kick off 2022 supporting Fit For An Autopsy on their US headlining tour from January 5 through February 12. Additional support will be provided by Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, and labelmates, Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, Great American Ghost:

1/05/2022 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

1/06/2022 The Sanctuary- Hamtramck, MI

1/07/2022 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

1/08/2022 Turf Club- St. Paul, MN

1/09/2022 Wildwood- Iowa City, IA

1/10/2022 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NC

1/11/2022 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

1/12/2022 The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT

1/14/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR

1/15/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

1/17/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA

1/18/2022 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA

1/19/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA

1/20/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

1/22/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ

1/24/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

1/25/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

1/26/2022 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

1/27/2022 Oklahoma City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK

1/28/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN

1/29/2022 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO

1/30/2022 The Basement East – Nashville, TN

2/01/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL

2/02/2022 Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL

2/03/2022 Soundbar – Orlando, FL

2/04/2022 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

2/05/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

2/07/2022 Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA

2/08/2022 Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

2/09/2022 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA

2/10/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

2/11/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT

2/12/2022 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

ENTERPRISE EARTH:

Dan Watson – vocals

Gabe Mangold – guitar

Rob Saireh – bass

Brandon Zackey – drums

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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 leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com

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HOUNDMOUTH RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE ADRENALINE DRIVEN LAS VEGAS

TAKE A TRIP TO THE SPORTS DROME HERE

GOOD FOR YOU OUT NOVEMBER 5
ON DUALTONE RECORDS

BAND PERFORMED GOOD FOR YOU CUTS
ON CBS SATURDAY MORNING LAST WEEKEND
WATCH
HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — release the video for Las Vegas, the vibrant closing track off their forthcoming album, Good For You (out November 5 on Dualtone Records). Invoking the song’s last-ditch escapism and envisioned as a Midwestern response to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the video for Las Vegas finds Myers dressed like a bootleg Evel Knievel as he and his bandmates embark on an adventure to the Clarksville, Indiana Sports Drome (tagline: Kentuckiana Auto Racing!). Watch the video for Las Vegas, directed by Francis Thomasovich, here.

This past weekend, Houndmouth tapped into their inimitable chemistry — built on a long road that’s taken them from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the late-night stages of Conan and Letterman — for a set of rousing performances for CBS Saturday Morning. Watch them play McKenzie here. 

Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), Good For You finds Houndmouth providing a soundtrack for the ultimate last call: the graduation from youthful degeneracy to more adult concerns. Songs veer from Silver Jews-style vignettes (Good For You) to boozy shout-alongs (Make It To Midnight) to triumphant credits-rolling delusion (Las Vegas) as Matt Myers artfully paints portraits of down-and-out characters and drunken romantics with a magical realist’s touch. In a 4-star review, MOJO calls it “an escapist tonic” that is “highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting.”

Pre-order Good For You here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 & 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 & 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

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KEYS N KRATES REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS  FOR ORIGINAL CLASSIC  DUE NOVEMBER 12  VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

WATCH ORIGINAL CLASSIC TOUR TRAILER

LISTEN TO PULL UP  FEATURING HAVIAH MIGHTY

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT MONTH WITH SHOW AT TORONTO'S VELVET UNDERGROUND NOVEMBER 27 

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer.
It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it."

CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over"
Exclaim! on Original Classic

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J,
and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to."

NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, return to reveal project details for their upcoming album, Original Classic, available everywhere on November 12 via Last Gang Records. The album includes previously released singles, Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty, the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl link-up on title track, Original Classic, the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Offand this summer's Brazilian Love Song, which was recently announced as part of the FIFA 22 soundtrack. Announced today, Polaris Music Prize winner and Grammy nominated Toronto artist, Lido Pimienta will guest on Siento Mi Destino. See the full tracklist below. 

Additionally, in support of the album Keys N Krates has announced their headlining Original Classic Tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group. The run of shows kicks off on November 17 in Washington D.C. and includes a hometown show at Toronto's Velvet Underground on November 27, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets on sale here

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Watch the Original Classic tour promo above, see full tour routing and album details below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

Original Classic Tracklist:
1. Crescendo
2. Original Classic (feat. Juicy J, Chip, Marbl)
3. Brazilian Love Song
4. Siento Mi Destino (feat. Lido Pimienta)
5. Presentando
6. Chopped Soul
7. Take It Off (feat. Bibi Bourelly)
8. Take It Off Reprise
9. The Way I Feel Tonight
10. Dreams Of Oceans
11. Pull Up (feat. Haviah Mighty)
12. Bollywood Bounce
13. Is This Yours

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 14 - Austin TX @ The Venue
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 27 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

Lead photo by Sammy Rawal 

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

About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com
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2021 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

NOMEANSNO, FAITH NOLAN RECEIVE 2021
SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE DESIGNATION

TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2021 – The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from Nomeansno and Faith Nolan have received 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

Nomeansno’s hardcore punk album, Wrong, from 1989 was chosen in the Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from September 27 to October 16. Faith Nolan’s 1986 blues-folk release, Africville, received Heritage designation by the 11-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury.

“Congratulations to Nomeansno and Faith Nolan. You’ve created bold, significant albums that have had a tremendous impact on Canadian music. Thank you for making these important works of art,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

This year’s Heritage Prize jury had a daunting task trying to narrow down its selections.

“Part of the role of the Heritage Prize is to shed light on great albums that may no longer be widely known and played, even though they laid the groundwork for many others,” said Heritage Prize jury foreperson Mary Dickie. “These two remarkable albums — a pioneer in fusing punk and metal and a song cycle about Black history in Canada — not only exhibit excellence in songwriting and musicianship, but are landmarks in Canadian music history."

Heritage Prize juror Francella Fiallos says Nolan’s album expressed stories seldom told at the time. 

“I first discovered Africville while working at CKDU, the campus radio station at Dalhousie University,” says Fiallos. “This powerful, moving collection of songs tells the story of Black Canadians in both city and rural landscapes. From songs about historical figures such as Marie Joseph Angélique and Mary Ann Shadd, to shedding a light on contemporary issues such as working in a box factory, Faith Nolan’s soaring voice and musicianship make this so captivating. This record is without a doubt a timeless treasure.”

Fellow juror Ken Kelley says Wrong’s un-Canadianness was one of the reasons it resonated so strongly.

“Nevermind the fact that in 1989 this album didn't 'sound Canadian,' it flat-out sounded other-worldly,” says Kelley. “Nomeansno essentially tossed the rule book out of the window with Wrong, crafting an album that draws from punk, prog and so much more. Thirty-two years after its release, this is a record that has stood the test of time and with good reason.” 

With the two new winners, 35 albums have received Polaris Heritage Prize designation since it was launched in 2015. Some other Heritage Prize winners include Glenn Gould, Feist, Harmonium, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dream Warriors, and Neil Young. 

Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have been nominated or won the Prize before it began in 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, who curated the 2021 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2020 Heritage Prize winners, will once again select the visual artists who’ll pay tribute to the two winning records in the form of Polaris Posters.

The Polaris Heritage Prize Jury is made up of 11 music media and historians, including Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Ken Kelley, Bob Klanac, Anupa Mistry, Catherine Pogonat and Tabassum Siddiqui. Mary Dickie was the jury foreperson.

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. 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

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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ANNONCE DES ALBUMS LAURÉATS DU PRIX
DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE
SLAIGHT 2021

NOMEANSNO ET FAITH NOLAN REÇOIVENT LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2021

TORONTO, ON – 26 octobre, 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé que les albums de Nomeansno et de Faith Nolan ont remporté le Prix du patrimoine Polaris 2021 de la famille Slaight.

Créé en 1989 par Nomeansno, l’album de punk hardcore Wrong a reçu le Prix du patrimoine décerné à l’aide d’un vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 27 septembre au 16 octobre. L’album de blues-folk Africville de Faith Nolan, paru en 1986, a pour sa part reçu le Prix du patrimoine décerné par le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris, composé de 11 membres.

« Toutes mes félicitations à Nomeansno et à Faith Nolan! Vous avez créé des albums audacieux et significatifs qui ont eu un impact important sur la musique canadienne. Merci d’avoir réalisé ces œuvres d’art majeures », a déclaré Gary Slaight, président et chef de la direction de Slaight Communications.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine de cette année a eu la tâche difficile de resserrer sa sélection.

« Une partie du rôle du Prix du patrimoine est de mettre en lumière de grands albums qui ne sont peut-être plus largement connus et joués, même s’ils en ont inspiré plusieurs autres », a déclaré Mary Dickie, présidente du jury du Prix du patrimoine. « Ces deux albums remarquables – une œuvre pionnière de la fusion du punk et du métal, et un cycle de chansons portant sur l’histoire des Noir.e.s au Canada – démontrent d’excellentes capacités d’écriture et d’interprétation musicales, en plus de constituer des moments charnières de l’histoire de la musique canadienne. »

Francella Fiallos, membre du jury, affirme que l’album de Nolan exprimait des histoires rarement racontées à l’époque.

« J’ai découvert Africville lorsque je travaillais à CKDU, la station de radio du campus de l’Université Dalhousie, a dit Fiallos. Cette puissante et émouvante collection de chansons raconte l’histoire des personnes noires du Canada en contexte urbain et rural. Qu’il s’agisse de personnages historiques, comme Marie Joseph Angélique et Mary Ann Shadd, ou de questions contemporaines comme le travail dans une usine de boîtes, la voix envoûtante et la musicalité de Faith Nolan rendent ce disque très captivant. Il s’agit sans aucun doute d’un trésor intemporel. »

Ken Kelley, également membre du jury, estime que le caractère « non canadien » de Wrong est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles il a eu une si forte résonance.

« Peu importe si, en 1989, cet album "ne sonnait pas canadien"; il sonnait carrément comme s’il provenait d’un autre monde, a déclaré Kelley. Avec Wrong, Nomeansno a essentiellement jeté toutes les règles préétablies par la fenêtre, créant un album qui puise dans le punk, le prog et bien plus encore. Trente-deux ans après sa sortie, c’est un disque qui a résisté à l’épreuve du temps, et pour cause. »

Incluant les deux plus récents albums lauréats, 35 œuvres ont jusqu’à maintenant reçu le Prix du patrimoine Polaris depuis son lancement en 2015. Parmi les autres lauréats du Prix du patrimoine figurent notamment Glenn Gould, Feist, Harmonium, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dream Warriors et Neil Young.

Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums lauréats ou en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine sont des albums canadiens de qualité artistique supérieure, sélectionnés sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. Il s’agit de la version Polaris d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons de déterminer qui aurait été mis en nomination ou aurait remporté le Prix Polaris dans les années précédant son lancement, en 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, qui a coordonné les affiches du Prix de la musique Polaris 2021 et les affiches des lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine 2020, sélectionnera à nouveau les artistes visuels qui rendront hommage aux deux disques gagnants sous la forme d’affiches Polaris.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris est composé de 11 journalistes ou spécialistes de l’histoire musicale, dont Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Ken Kelley, Bob Klanac, Anupa Mistry, Catherine Pogonat et Tabassum Siddiqui. Mary Dickie était la présidente du jury.

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

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

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

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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GOV'T MULE RELEASES NEW RENDITION OF TOM WAITS’ MAKE IT RAIN

LISTEN HERE

FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM HEAVY LOAD BLUES
OUT NOVEMBER 12 ON FANTASY RECORDS

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES INCLUDE SPECIAL HALLOWEEN WEEKEND SHOWS IN ATLANTA AND
NEW YEAR’S RUN IN PHILADELPHIA AND NYC

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter – an all-star." – Rolling Stone

“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band.” – Guitar World

“[Warren Haynes is] one of the most celebrated, legendary guitar pros.” – Billboard

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft." –  NPR

“Brilliant and never predictable…an effortless combination of blues, soul and classic roots-rock…innovative and commanding.” – American Songwriter

“…one of the most fascinating attributes of Gov’t Mule is the ability to take an artistic journey with both intelligence in their sense of direction and an experimental aimlessness. The band has never had to compromise on their creativity, because they have gathered an audience that grants them the freedom and flexibility to experiment, and in doing so, run the script through the shredder.” – Salon

One of the greatest live bands in existence.” – Music Connection

“[‘Heavy Load’] sounds timeless in the way that real-deal blues often does.” – BrooklynVegan

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Renowned quartet, Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer, Warren Haynes – have released the latest offering from their forthcoming blues album, Heavy Load Blues, with their rendition of the Tom Waits classic, Make It Rain. The scuzzy blues-rock arrangement of Make It Rain features a slab of thunderous vibrations, an unexpected element caused during the recording of the album which took the band by surprise, but ultimately enhanced the song’s determined and defiant delivery. Make It Rain marks the third track released from Heavy Load Blues, the band’s first-ever blues album out November 12 via Fantasy Records, which encompasses an even mix of Haynes’ originals and revered covers originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Junior Wells and the Animals. Listen to Make It Rain here and watch the behind-the-scenes video of the track.

“When recording the album, I had brought in this old Fender spring reverb unit that I wanted to use on my guitar sound,” Haynes shares. “They can be pretty finicky. If the stage isn’t solid, or somebody’s jumping up and down, it reacts by making this crazy reverb vibration that comes through the amp. I had intentionally set it up on the studio floor to make it kind of shockproof, but what we didn't allow for was some radio frequencies that randomly interfered and set it off. So, it started making these weird sounds that sounded like thunder. We were in the middle of what turned out to be the best take of ‘Make It Rain’ and it began doing that throughout the whole thing. As it turned out, it happened in these key spots in the song. When we were finished and listened to it with engineer and co-producer John Paterno, we decided to use it. It actually sounded like we planned it that way!”

Heavy Load Blues is available for pre-order now at all DSPs. Each digital pre-save will include an instant download of Make It Rain and previously released offerings, Heavy Load and Snatch It Back and Hold It - Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It. Physical CDs and vinyl are also available for pre-order now from the band’s webstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and local record stores. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, will also be available.

Gov’t Mule will perform Heavy Load Blues in its entirety for the first time — along with other surprises — on Friday, October 29 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta for the first of two very special Halloween weekend shows. The following night, Saturday, October 30, marks the return of the band’s annual Mule-O-Ween show where they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band’s first live album, At Fillmore East, one of the most influential records in Haynes’ life as both a musician and member of the famed band, with special guests Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) and Paul Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band). The celebrated four-piece recently announced the details for their annual New Year’s Run, the band’s longstanding commitment of bringing together the Mule community to ring in the new year since 2002. The three-night stand kicks off on December 29 at The Met in Philadelphia before the band heads to the friendly confines of The Beacon Theatre in New York City, their unofficial home-court venue, for back-to-back shows on Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31 to close out the year and ring in 2022 with a very special Black ‘n’ Blue New Year’s Show. Before these special headlining events, the road warriors will wrap their appearance on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour, alongside Nelson and The Avett Brothers, this weekend in Northern California, along with a headlining set at the Hangtown Music Festival. See below for full tour routing and visit www.mule.net for more details.

Though technically considered a studio album, Heavy Load Blues was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. The 13-track album was produced by Haynes alongside engineer and co-producer John Paterno (Michael Landau, Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band). Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Heavy Load Blues here.

Gov’t Mule’s rendition of Make It Rain follows the release of their groovy new arrangement of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, where the band – Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called Hold It Back in the middle of the soulful, stirring interpretation. Listen via an in-studio video performance here. Heavy Load Blues also features the ominous acoustic blues number, and first original track, Heavy Load, which is highlighted by Haynes’ mournful vocal and supple yet deliberate riffing – listen here. While several titles on the forthcoming collection may sound familiar to blues enthusiasts, Gov’t Mule, who are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between, often opted to put their own spin on them.

Coming up later this winter, the band returns to Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica for Island Exodus 12, the ultimate “concert-cation” experience from January 16-20, 2022. Hosted by Gov’t Mule, who will perform three full two-set shows, and Warren Haynes, offering his unique, interactive “Q and Play” set, a hybrid concert performance and storytelling session, the multi-day experience will also feature intimate beachfront concerts from Dawes and The War and Treaty, who will perform multiple sets, and special guest Ron Holloway, who will present an extended afternoon “Sax On The Beach” set. Attendees arriving early for Exodus Eve on January 15 will see “RoHo” part of Melvin Seals & JGB + Ron Holloway’s “Legion of Melvin” show. Visit islandexodus.com for more info and ticketing details. 

GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES 
October 22 – Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Music Festival
October 23 – Mountainview, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater # 
October 24 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre # 
October 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
October 30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
December 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
December 30 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
December 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12
# Outlaw Music Festival 

ABOUT GOV’T MULE & WARREN HAYNES 
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes – a cornerstone of the American music landscape – the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, Haynes has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

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UK BREAKOUT STAR MIMI WEBB RELEASES DEBUT SEVEN SHADES OF HEARTBREAK EP TODAY

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE HALFWAY HERE

GEARING UP FOR 2022 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – After building anticipation worldwide, UK pop singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, proudly presents her debut EP, Seven Shades of Heartbreak, today. Listen to it here via Epic Records.

The seven-track project places her show-stopping vocals, eloquent songwriting, and undeniable energy directly in the spotlight. It boasts international hits, Good Without, Dumb Love, and the recent single, 24/5. Prior to release, these fan and critical favourites have already eclipsed 250 million streams and counting. Meanwhile, Good Without and Dumb Love simultaneously occupied spots in the Top 15 on the UK Singles Chart, which notably cemented Mimi Webb as “the first UK female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.”

She celebrated the release of Seven Shades of Heartbreak with the premiere of the music video for Halfway; directed by Malia James. On the track, acoustic guitar and a choral chant ring out in unison, while the visual tells a captivating story.

About her debut EP, Mimi commented, “I wanted to put together a body of work that told a story from beginning to end, allowing me to retell experiences I've been through. Writing this EP has been incredibly therapeutic for me, these seven songs are really personal, and it feels very special to be able to share them with the world as part of Seven Shades of Heartbreak.”

Elsewhere on the EP, Little Bit Louder highlights a hypnotic hook over a dancefloor-ready beat and shimmering piano. Heavenly lives up to its title with divine delivery as her voice flutters over a jazz-y sway. It culminates with the emotionally charged Lonely In Love. She opens up as she tries to reach for a fading love with a plea, “Can you just stay one night? Tell me you’ll change your mind…I never want to be lonely in love.”

After completely selling out her first ever UK tour starting this month in Dublin on October 28 and ending in Manchester on November 1, next up, Mimi Webb will launch a 2022 UK and European headline tour. The six-week run kicks off January 19 at Melkweg, OZ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, visits major markets across Europe, and concludes back at O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire in London, UK. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below. It will be her first European jaunt in support of Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP.

Experience Seven Shades of Heartbreak now!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Dumb Love
2. 24/5
3. Little Bit Louder
4. Heavenly
5. Halfway
6. Good Without
7. Lonely In Love

2022 TOUR DATES:
1/19    Melkweg OZ (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
1/22     Hotel Cecil (Copenhagen, Denmark)
1/25     Nalen Klubb (Stockholm, Sweden)
1/27     Stage Club (Hamburg, Germany)
1/28     Bi Nuu (Berlin, Germany)
1/30     CBE (Cologne, Germany)
2/1       AB Club (Brussels, Belgium)
2/2       Les Etoiles (Paris, France)
2/17     Wardrobe (Leeds, UK)
2/18     O2 Academy 2 (Liverpool, UK)
2/20     Academy 2 (Manchester, UK)
2/21     Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
2/23     St Luke’s (Glasgow, UK)
2/24     Uni (Newcastle, UK)
2/26     O2 Academy 2 (Birmingham, UK)
2/27     Trinity (Bristol, UK)
2/28     O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire (London, UK) 

ABOUT MIMI WEBB
Mimi Webb projects a voice as magnetic, massive, and magical as her personality. As “the girl next door” with a hell of vocal range, she’s quick to laugh, will let you know precisely what’s on her mind, and isn’t afraid to be heard. Originally hailing from the UK town of Canterbury, the pop singer and songwriter turns up the volume on every emotion with skyscraping runs and open-heart honesty.

Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emelie Sandé, and Sam Smith, she started writing songs of her own at 13-years-old in diaries before eventually learning guitar. Around the same time, she enrolled in The BRIT School—known for alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and more. Three years later, she left home, moved in with a host family, and attended the prestigious BIMM [British Institute of Modern Music]. In 2019, she uploaded a handful of early compositions and collaborations online, landed management, and inked a deal with Epic Records. Mimi Webb’s impromptu acapella videos exploded with over 20 million views on TikTok, paving the way for a string of original fan favorites such as Before I Go, I’ll Break My Heart Again, Reasons, and Good Without. Amassing over 200 million streams, she made waves with international hits, Good Without and Dumb Love. The singles concurrently captured places in the Top 15 on the UK Singles Chart, which cemented Mimi as “the first UK female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.

Music Week also recently announced Mimi Webb as the newest addition to their BBC Radio 1’s Brit List. The prestigious offering comes after selling out her first upcoming UK Tour this Fall and receiving widespread acclaim from Wonderland, teenVOGUE, Refinery 29, Euphoria, CLASH, FLAUNT, and Consequence of Sound, to name a few. With a voice just loud enough to give you goosebumps, Mimi Webb shines on her debut Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP and more to come.

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JAY FEELBENDER SHARES NEW TRACK DIRTY LOVIN'

WATCH THE MESMERIZING VIDEO HERE

FOLLOWS LEAD DEBUT SINGLE CHEAP WHISKY
FROM UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Following the release of his debut solo single, Cheap Whisky, Toronto alt-pop rocker, Jay Feelbender (Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace), returns with a brand new track, entitled Dirty Lovin'. The slow-burn, strummy acoustic tune is an ode to finding light through the darkness. Listen here and bask in the neon glow of the mesmerizing video here

"When I wrote Dirty Lovin’ it was near the beginning of the pandemic," Jay shares. "I was going through one of the worst moments of my life in terms of my mental health, and the fact that the world was also going through one of the collectively darkest moments in my lifetime, didn’t help. Being trapped inside, unable to see friends or family was especially hard. Luckily I was isolating with my girlfriend of 7 years Hannah (Luna Li) and she was my saving grace. Seeing her every day, writing music together and creating along-side one another was one of the only positives for me at that time. Feeling in a total pit of darkness but having her as this light inspired the song."

Of the video, Jay explains, "When I was brainstorming video ideas for Dirty Lovin’ The first image that came to my mind was a glowing neon forest of flowers, juxtaposed against the darkness. I reached out to artist Jack Harrison - he does amazing work with VHS and animation video art. We talked about the idea and he brought on his friend Elisa Chiocca D’Alfonso as artistic director and to design the flowers. Jack and Elisa built upon my concept to create a neon world that I could inhabit. Isla from Heavy Flow made me this incredible suit to wear for the video made of entirely repurposed fabric. I love that I had something special and unique to wear. We filmed the video in one day (and night) in High Park. I’m super proud of what we were able to create with this awesome team of people."

Dirty Lovin' is the second release from Jay's upcoming solo record and marks a departure from his typical DIY approach to making music. 

"Most of my solo music, before this project, has been very DIY home recording type stuff; I did every aspect of it myself," reflects Jay. "For this new work, I wanted to evolve from that. I still wrote everything myself but I wanted to explore recording in a studio and working with a producer that I trusted with my vision. I had the chance to work with Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound and I’m so happy with how everything turned out. Sonically, I think this  new music is a huge step forward for me."

Jay Feelbender (alias of Toronto based musician Jacob Switzer) is the alt-pop glow-up of your dreams. Though newly flying solo as Jay Feelbender, he has been sharpening his skills in many bands since early 2012 such as Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace.

Jay himself is an amalgamation of many influences. First, growing up in the Toronto folk-country scene as the child of a musician (Shirley temples at the bar and naps behind the drum kit). Then entering high school and forming rock band Creep Creep Beach with a group of friends (practicing in the garage and shows at DIY venues). With some of those same people, creating what is now the alt-rock band Goodbye Honolulu (performing for thousands opening for Spanish rock band Hinds on U.S tours and touring Canada along side Luna Li). Now, Jay Feelbender draws on all the influences, from childhood to now, that have shaped his musical and personal identity.

Jay’s music paints a portrait of the journey throughout an artist’s young life. From the fun to the fragile, the introspective to the explosive, Jay feels it all.

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GLOBAL JAZZ ICON KENNY G ANNOUNCES NEW STANDARDS ALBUM

NEW 11-SONG COLLECTION OUT DECEMBER 3 VIA CONCORD RECORDS INSPIRED BY THE JAZZ BALLADS
OF THE 1950’s AND 60’s 

NEW U.S. TOUR THE MIRACLES HOLIDAY & HITS TOUR 2021 OPENS IN WAUKEGAN, IL DECEMBER 2 MORE INFO HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – World-renowned and Grammy-Award winning saxophonist, Kenny G, will release his first new album in six-years titled New Standards.  Out December 3 through Concord Records (with 2-LP set for release on February 11, 2022) the 11-song collection of original compositions takes inspiration from the Jazz Ballads of the 50’s and 60’s.  Listen to the first track, Emeline, here.  New Standards is available to pre-order here
 
“For this album, I wanted to try to recreate those ‘sounds’ but do it my own way, which for me meant that I would have to compose the songs myself. So I set out to compose and perform songs that capture the ‘heart and soul’ of those beloved Jazz Standards and to record them “my way”. It was a wonderful (and painstaking) labor of love and I’m super proud of the end result.” 
 
In support of New Standards, Kenny will return to the road beginning December  with his upcoming The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021, which will open in Waukegan, IL at the Genesee Theatre. Promising to bring Kenny’s signature brand of jazz to the live stage, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major US markets including Nashville, St. Louis, Detroit, and Boston. For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit www.kennyg.com.
 

Kenny G is an award-winning saxophonist, the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era, and one of the best-selling artists of all time. With global sales totalling more than 75-million records and 1.5 billion streams, the jazz icon has accumulated a staggering 24-award nominations throughout his almost 50-year career and has taken home a Grammy Award, American Music Award, NAACP Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards. With classic, top-selling studio albums including Duotones, Silhouette, Breathless, Miracles: The Holiday Album, Heart and Soul andBrazilian Nights, Kenny has maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success.
 
Listen to the first track, Emeline, here.
 
New Standards is available for pre-order here.
 
Kenny G’s store features limited, signed 2xLP colored vinyl, CDs, and test pressings, along with exclusive New Standards merchandise and bundles here.

New Standards Track Listing
1. Emeline 
2. Only You 
3. Paris By Night
4. Rendezvous 
5. Legacy featuring “The Sound” of Stan Getz 
6. Anthem
7. Blue Skies 
8. Milestones 
9. Two Of A Kind 
10. Moonlight 
11. Waltz In Blue 
 
The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021
 11/12-13  Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony*
12/02  Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
12/03  Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
12/04  Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate PAC
12/05  Nashville, IN - Brown County Music Center
12/06  Evansville, IN - Victory Theatre
12/07  St. Louis, MO - River City Casino
12/09  Battle Creek, MI - Firekeepers Casino
12/10  Marion, IL - Marion Cultural & Civic Center
12/11  St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
12/12  Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
12/13  Warren, OH - W.D. Packard Music Hall
12/15  Elmira, NY – Clemens Center
12/16  Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
12/17  Boston, MA - Emerson Colonial Theatre
12/18  Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
12/19  Easton, PA - State Theater Center of the Arts
12/20  Falls Church, VA - The State Theatre
12/30-1/1  Napa Valley, CA - Blue Note Napa* 
 * Not part of The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour 2021

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW SONG START WALKING

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE WHERE SHE STARTS FICTIONAL DANSBAND “TOVE STYRKEZ”

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Today, Swedish recording artist, Tove Styrke, has released her brand new single, Start Walking (Sony Music). The infectious track follows the summer release of Mood Swings, Tove’s first musical offering in three years, and recent feature on Cheat Codes’, All Things $ Can Do, with Travis Barker. Start Walking was written together with hit-writers and producers Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa New Rules + Don’t Start Now), Sly (Shawn Mendes), Lostboy (Tom Grennan, Anne-Marie) & Pablo Bowman (Marshmello, Alan Walker). Listen here.
 
Tove describes Start Walking as “a song I made together with some amazing writers and producers and I’m obsessed with it. It’s an upbeat song with sad lyrics, which is my favorite combination. It’s about a person who knows a relationship is over, and how it sucks to actually be the one to leave but you know there is no other way.”
 
In tandem with the new song, Tove has also released the official video for Start Walking. The visual, directed by Oskar Gullstrand, follows “Tove Styrkez,” a fictional dansband, as they tour around 1970’s Sweden. Watch it here.
 
Commenting on the video, Tove adds, “I love the insane music video we made for the single. It’s about a Swedish ‘dansband’ with supernatural powers. ‘Dansband’ is a signature style of Swedish pop music that has drawn huge audiences dancing cheek to cheek around the country for decades. My dad played in one of these bands – they were called Max Fenders – in the 1970’s which is where the idea for the video initially comes from. Think Stranger Things, but the 70’s, showcasing cheesy pop band culture, set on the roads of deep Sweden. I can’t believe such video did not already exist, so I simply had to make it… Get ready for thunder, lightning, lasers and ‘Tove Styrkez’!”
 
The video concept revolves around the Swedish cultural phenomenon of “dansband” (Dance Band) - a certain style of Swedish pop music inspired by swing, country, jazz and rock. Just like in the video, the dansbands used to tour Sweden by bus, performing their music several times a week with an audience dancing cheek-to-cheek. The music video is both a way for Tove to put this very Swedish phenomenon on an international map and at the same time pay tribute to her heritage (as mentioned her dad used to play in one in the 70’s).
 
A platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, and national radio P3 Guld Pop Artist of the Year recipient in her native Sweden, Tove Styrke has been on a meteoric rise since the release of her 2015 album, Kiddo, led by singles, Borderline, Ego, and Number One. Since then, Tove has embarked on multiple headline tours, made SXSW appearances, performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has received vocal support from artist peers such as Sam Smith, Tove Lo, and Shawn Mendes. She has also released several collaborations including Cheat Codes & Travis Baker (All Things $ Can Do), ALMA (Good Vibes), NOTD (Been There Done That), Clean Bandit (Last Goodbye), and Lost Kings (Stuck).
 
Tove Styrke's 2018 album, Sway, a project which solidified her place among the top rising forward-thinking pop artists. The album was bolstered by iconic tracks such as SwayMistakes, and fan-favourite, Say My Name, which Rolling Stone named to its #11 spot on its Top Songs of 2017 list. The album has since garnered 120M+ combined streams, drawing widespread critical praise from outlets including Pitchfork (7.5 review), The FADER (Gen F), NME (5 stars), as well as support from Zane Lowe/Apple Music and BBC Radio 1. The album also launched a run of 7 tours, including support for Lorde and Katy Perry and sold-out headline tours in North America, UK, Australia and Scandinavia.

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SARAH HILTZ  DIFFUSES THE DEPTHS OF ANGER IN SWIM

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER TO 
RELEASE NEW PROJECT IN EARLY 2022

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR SWIM

PODCAST TO LAUNCH IN COMING WEEKS

“Feel fires rage
Lungs burn, hands shake
Touch, turn
Work it out inside the lane”
- Sarah Hiltz in Swim

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, flows with her new single, Swim.  Inspired by a deep study of anger, the song will be featured on an upcoming body of work that both embraces and grapples with the topic with raw artistry. Here, 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.

With stunning layered vocals, piano keys that hit notes like drops to the surface of a pool, and meditative resonant verse; “I focus on the place that I am in/ Water covering my skin/ And it all begins to fade/ Carried off with each new wave,” Swim draws upon numerous references – from the works of Anger: Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh to an episode of Parks & Recreation.

Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with an ancillary podcast series that will dive deeper into the topic. Stay tuned for the first episode in the coming weeks, featuring a conversation about the way anger shows up, and is worked out, in the body.

“During the research stage, one of my interviewees made an interesting comment when we spoke, wondering if the automation of labour and general daily tasks might be contributing to our collective struggle to express anger, that maybe doing repetitive motion things with the body was sort of a built-in way of dealing with our anger, and with its removal, there are less things serving that function in our lives,” Sarah says. 

In the process of creating Swim, Sarah discovered that expressing physical violence (ie. punching a pillow or punching bag) doesn’t help to dissipate anger, but rather reinforces those neural pathways, and encourages our brains to practice the evolution of becoming angry. Swimming – a non-violent physical activity – struck a chord.

“These are all the things that were on my mind when I wrote this song about attending the lane swim at the pool around the corner from my house. I often showed up in a state of either depression or anger and moving my body through the water helped to refocus me on the tactile and on the present moment.”

Swim
 features vocals, piano and acoustic guitar by Sarah Hiltz, with drums by Charlotte Cornfield, bass by Connor Walsh, vibraphone and tenor glockenspiel by Bruce Cawdron and additional vocals by Colleen Brown, Tara Kannangara, and Rachael Cardiello.

Engage in sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz and learn more about her career to date below. 

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 VIARail’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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BIA IS BACK WITH FOR CERTAIN DELUXE ALBUM OUT NOW

SMASH SINGLE WHOLE LOTTA MONEY CERTIFIED GOLD IN CANADA

SUPPORTING DON TOLIVER ON TOUR

WATCH BESITO VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 — Today, multi-platinum-certified Boston-born and Los Angeles-based artist, BIA, unveils For Certain Deluxe album. Get it here via Epic Records. She reupped, recharged, and reinvigorated her acclaimed debut EP with six brand new tracks.

Among those, BIA recently shared Besito [feat. G Herbo]. Right out of the gate, it generated 5.7 million streams worldwide and over 2 million views on the music video. Reeling in critical acclaim,  Billboard touted it among R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week and claimed, “The ‘Whole Lotta Money’ singer is as braggadocious as ever in her G Herbo-assisted single ‘Besito’.Complex observed, “A whole lotta eyes are on BIA right now, and she’s delivering.E! included it on The MixtapE!, and  Remezcla described it best as a “Bilingual banger.

Additionally, BIA’s breakthrough smash, WHOLE LOTTA MONEY just received a platinum certification from the RIAA and has gone gold in Canada. The original and Nicki Minaj Remix grace the deluxe album as well. Not to mention, she lights up CAN’T TOUCH THIS with razor sharp rhymes and no shortage of attitude, and delivers a seductive bedroom jam on FREAK IN THE NIGHT. Then, there’s BIG DEAL [feat. Sevyn Streeter]. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Right now, BIA is lighting up venues across the country as direct support on Don Toliver’s Life Of A Don Tour. Check out the remaining dates below.

Recently, BIA made headlines when she performed as one of Rihanna’s special guests at the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 – available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. She also took the stage at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and gathered two nominations in the categories of Best Collaboration and Song of the Year. Not to mention, she’s fast closing in on 1 billion streams to date. BIA also performed at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and brought out Lil’ Jon for a performance of their smash, BIA BIA.

BIA asserts herself as hip-hop’s new leading lady on For Certain Deluxe Album. Watch out for more soon!

TRACKLISTING:
1. BIA BIA [feat. Lil Jon]
2. SKATE
3. WHOLE LOTTA MONEY
4. SAME HANDS [feat. Lil Durk]
5. AUTOMATIC [feat. Doe Boy & 42 Dugg]
6. PLATE
7. COVER GIRL
8. FREE BIA (1st DAY OUT)
9. WHOLE LOTTA MONEY [feat. Nicki Minaj]
10. BESITO [feat. G Herbo]
11. CAN’T TOUCH THIS
12. BIG DEAL [feat. Sevyn Streeter]
13. FREAK IN THE NIGHT
14. MOTIONLESS

ABOUT BIA:
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, BIA, is known for music that possesses both biting wit and boldly authentic swag that stems from her years traveling through the Boston rap scene, later moving over to Miami, Los Angeles, and then taking over the world. With every mixtape, collaboration, and guest appearance, BIA has only amplified her reach. She dominated 2020 with a fresh new perspective: she inked a deal with Epic Records, dropped the hard-hitting, Free BIA (1st Day Out), and the intoxicating, COVERGIRL, as well as dove further into the fashion world with a feature in Good American’s Spring 2020 campaign and Missguided x Sean John Fall 2020 capsule collection.

By the end of 2020, she dropped her For Certain EP, armed with the hit single Whole Lotta Money—a song with a central message that unlimited currency can be both mental and physical. The EP reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, and Whole Lotta Money became an undeniable force, due in part to its continuous viral success on TikTok. The track has jumped right off the platform and into streaming stardom, marking its territory in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart as well as the Global Spotify Charts and earning her a nomination for Best Breakthrough Song at the 2021 MTV VMAs. In addition, BIA’s reimagined version of her hit song Skate was featured in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs tune-in promos on NHLNetwork, NBC and NBCSN in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and across the NHL’s social and digital platforms.

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LEXXICON DELIVERS NEW SINGLE YOU KNOW ME WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE VISUAL

NEW CONCEPT ALBUM TROPICON ISLANDS 
OUT NOVEMBER 19 – PRE-ORDER 
HERE

PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Chapters continue to unfold as Jamaica-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer and community powerhouse, Lexxicon, continues to share music from his forthcoming album, Tropicon Islands, arriving November 19. Today, he delivers a live performance visual to accompany his new single, You Know Me. Produced by Artafacts, and inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe, Lexxicon brings his own heat in this smooth dancefloor-ready track. Listen to You Know Me and watch the performance here, filmed by videographer Mohtohsoh

In this chapter of the album, the couple has decided they can work it out as they know each other so intimately they fear no one else will have that depth of understanding of who they are. The sparks begin to fly again as they make love showing how much they really know about each other.

This song is about feeling as if no one else gets you the way that your person does,” Lexxicon says. “All the different way of communicating such as physical touch, words of affirmation or even acts of service, they get you and know how to switch things up that keep you excited. It’s a feeling like no other when someone understand you emotional and physically.”

The song follows Back To You, Lexxicon's collaboration with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples. Tropicon Islands, a conceptual project, where a fictional, remote island is the setting for an intricate, yet real, love story and look at the many threads of a relationship. On Back To You, the couple reminisce about some of the ups and downs in their connection. Listen to Back To You here and pre-order the album here.

Back To You follows Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time.  The song was featured on Tidal's Global Pop Playlist. The album kicked off with Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. The music video was co-directed by Prince and Lexxicon, who previously collaborated on his videos for Doing To Me Di Don Don. Working with choreographer, Fizz, Lexxicon had one week to learn the choreo to create a 90's R&B/ Pop Boy Band energy with a contemporary R&B styling. Featured dancers include DerickCarlDominic & Lovon

 
Escape is the most prevalent idea on the project and which the whole album is named after a fictitious island, and the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem this fall.  Read more about Tropicon Islands below. Watch the trailer here and pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims to create for his fans and listeners. On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon will merge his roots in dancehall and hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B  was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 
 
Venture further into Tropicon Islands with Lexxicon and stay tuned for more ahead of the album release.

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE WIDE RELEASE OF CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. 1

LAST YEAR’S BANDCAMP-EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY RELEASE AVAILABLE ON VINYL, CD, & DSPS FOR THE FIRST TIME

OUT DIGITALLY OCTOBER 29 AND PHYSICALLY NOVEMBER 12 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

PRE-ORDER HERE AND LISTEN TO
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS HERE

ON TOUR NOW IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD INCLUDING CANADIAN DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL IN 2022

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021Manchester Orchestra today announced their holiday compilation, Christmas Songs Vol. 1 – released last year exclusively on Bandcamp, where it shot to #1 on the Best Sellers list – will see a wide release digitally on October 29 and physically on November 12 (Loma Vista Recordings). The EP, which features six seasonal classics, will be available across all DSPs and on CD as well as vinyl for the first time; the band’s webstore will feature a special blue vinyl variant, while the retail version is holiday red with an etching on the B-side, housed in a ruby red foiled jacket. Listen to the band’s spare, atmospheric rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas here. Christmas Songs Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order.

"The idea of recording a collection of Christmas songs has always been dancing around in the back of my head,” explained singer/guitarist Andy Hull of the EP’s origin. “Many of the songs we decided to record are hundreds of years old and our approach to recording them was to get out of the way and let the beauty of the composition do the talking. We chose songs that we grew up singing and that were ingrained in our musical inclinations from a very young age. Regardless of your beliefs or how you chose to celebrate or not celebrate this holiday season, I hope this collection can bring you some peace and calmness."

Manchester Orchestra are two weeks into their first North American tour in nearly two years and perform tonight for their biggest NYC show to date at a sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom. Their much-anticipated return to the stage has been earning rave live reviews, including from Houston Press about their sold-out second show of the tour: “Change can be good. In the case of Manchester Orchestra, change can mean rebirth. Judging from fans' passionate reception on Wednesday night, there are plenty of folks willing to go along with Hull and company wherever they decide to go next.” Next month, the band will host their 11th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on November 19, before resuming the tour in early 2022, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal in March (see below for a full itinerary of dates; tickets are on sale now here). 

Earlier this month, Manchester Orchestra shared the deconstructed and kaleidoscopic rendering of Telepath by Dirty Projectors; listen here. The original is from the band’s acclaimed new album, The Million Masks of God (Loma Vista Recordings – stream/purchase the album here), released on April 30 to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more. The band has performed lead single, Bed Head, for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, and also made guest appearances on WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.

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

CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. 1 TRACKLISTING:
1. Intro
2. Silent Night
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. White Christmas
5. O Holy Night
6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
7. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
8. Outro

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
10/21/21 - New York, NY - The Hammerstein Ballroom
11/16/21 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
11/17/21 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/18/21 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
11/19/21 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at
Fox Theatre
02/16/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
02/17/22 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
02/18/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02/19/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
02/21/22 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater 
02/22/22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
02/23/22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
02/25/22 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
02/26/22- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
02/27/22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
03/01/22 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
03/02/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
03/04/22 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03/05/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
03/06/22 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
03/08/22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
03/09/22 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
03/11/22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
03/12/22 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
03/13/22 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
03/15/22 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/16/22 - Montréal, QC – MTELUS

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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BODYSNATCHER: FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT RELEASES CRUSHING ABSOLVED OF THE STRINGS AND STONE SINGLE AND VIDEO FROM FORTHCOMING NEW FULL-LENGTH

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US HEADLINING TOUR UNDERWAY

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021 – Melbourne, Florida-based brutal deathcore heroes, BODYSNATCHER, are back with a new track, Absolved Of The Strings And Stone, a bludgeoning introduction to their upcoming new full-length album set for release in the coming months via MNRK Heavy. It will be a true test of will, to stop yourself from opening up a pit to this swirling assault of deathcore breakdowns, divebombs, and dissonance. View BODYSNATCHER's Absolved Of The Strings And Stone video here
 
Comments guitarist Kyle Carter of the latest track, “Absolved Of The Strings And Stone speaks on the topic of realizing toxic behavior and cutting those people loose. Realize your worth and trust your gut.”

View the band’s previously released video singles for Break The Cycle, Smash Your Enemies (Hatebreed cover), Take Me To Hell, and King of The Rats. Details on the band’s forthcoming new full-length, including title, artwork, and release date, will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay alert.
 
BODYSNATCHER is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour. The Downright Merch-sponsored journey commenced on Friday, October 15 and will wind its way through nearly three dozen cities, coming to a close November 21 in Nashville, Tennessee. Support is provided by Boundaries, Left To Suffer, and Mouth For War. See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Boundaries, Left To Suffer, Mouth For War [currently underway]:
10/21/2021 Canal Club - Richmond, VA
10/22/2021 The Backstage @ Championships Bar - Trenton, NJ
10/23/2021 The Brooklyn Monarch - Brooklyn, NY
10/24/2021 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
10/25/2021 Jewel Music Venue - Manchester, NH
10/26/2021 Alchemy - Providence, RI
10/28/2021 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
10/29/2021 The Sanctuary - Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2021 The Outpost - Kent, OH
10/31/2021 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
11/02/2021 The Roxy Theatre - Denver, CO
11/03/2021 The Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
11/05/2021 The Big Dipper - Spokane, WA
11/06/2021 Dante's - Portland, OR
11/07/2021 Funhouse @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/09/2021 Holy Diver - Sacramento, CA
11/10/2021 1720 - Los Angeles, CA
11/11/2021 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
11/12/2021 The Nile - Basement - Mesa, AZ
11/13/2021 Eclipse - Albuquerque, NM
11/14/2021 Rockhouse Bar & Grill - El Paso, TX
11/16/2021 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
11/17/2021 The Secret Group - Houston, TX
11/18/2021 Three Links - Dallas, TX
11/19/2021 89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City, OK
11/20/2021 Red Flag - St. Louis, MO
11/21/2021 The End - Nashville, TN
 
BODYSNATCHER — a name inspired by notorious serial killer Ed Gein — brings an updated and brutal formula to deathcore, fusing components of hardcore and beatdown into their blistering hymns. The band currently consists of founding vocalist Kyle Medina, drummer Chris Whited, formerly of King Conquer, bassist Kyle Shope, formerly of Float Face Down, and guitarist Kyle Carter, formerly of Dealey Plaza and Beacons.

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

Earlier this spring, BODYSNATCHER appeared on eOne Heavy Live (now MNRK Heavy), a special livestream event highlighting some of eOne’s top acts. Brutal Planet hailed the band’s, “deathy, grindy set with intense precision,” while Ghost Cult lauded a, “sludgy deathcore experience with heavy-hitting tracks and entertaining personality.” Gushed Metal Noise, “the downtempo deathcore kings bring the slow pummeling rhythmic battery laden slabs of groove from the very start of their crushing set. It’s like getting hit over the head repeatedly by a concrete paving slab and loving every moment with breakdown after breakdown…”

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HEALTH  COLLABORATE WITH POPPY ON NEW SINGLE DEAD FLOWERS OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021 – Following collaborations with Nine Inch Nails (ISN’T EVERYONE) and Tyler Bates (ANTI-LIFE ft. Chino Moreno from the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack), HEALTH today released their third single of 2021: DEAD FLOWERS, a collaboration with Poppy; listen via DSPs here, and watch the visual here“Every time we release a new track we get asked to give a quote about it. Truthfully, I’m not sure it makes much of a difference,”HEALTH says. Poppy rose to fame with her performance art videos that present her as an android entity, satirizing internet culture and modern society. Poppy’s ethereal vocals combined with HEALTH’s industrial edge gives DEAD FLOWERS an arresting juxtaposition that builds to a cathartic finale. 

DEAD FLOWERS and ISN’T EVERYONE will appear on the forthcoming album, DISCO4 :: PART II, HEALTH’s sequel to 2020’s collaboration debut, LP DISCO4 :: PART I featuring songs with the likes of 100 gecs, JPEGMAFIA, Soccer Mommy, Full of Hell, Ghostemane, and more. HEALTH will kick off a headlining tour of Europe and the U.K. next week and are currently working on the follow-up to their 2019 album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR (Loma Vista Recordings); stay tuned for more.

HEALTH Tour Dates 
October 21 - Progresja - Warsaw, PL
October 22 - Heimathafen Neukölln - Berlin, DE
October 23 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DK
October 24 - Berns Bistro and Bar - Stockholm, SE
October 26 - Tavastia Club - Helsinki, FI
October 28 - Vulkan Arena - Oslo, NO
October 29 - Pustervik - Göteborg, SE
October 30 - Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, DE
October 31 - Tivoli Vredenburg - Utrecht, NL
November 2 - Essigfabrik - Köln, DE
November 3 - Rockhal - Esch-sur-alzette, LU
November 4 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, BE
November 5 - Electric Ballroom - Camden, UK
November 6 - St. Luke’s - Glasgow, UK
November 7 - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
November 9 - Opium - Dublin, IE
November 10 - SWX - Bristol, UK
November 11 - L'Aéronef - Lille, FR
November 12 - L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix - Paris, FR
November 26 - SUBSTANCE 2021 - Los Angeles, CA
October 18, 2022 - Transbordeur - Villeurbanne, FR
October 19, 2022 - La Laiterie Artefact - Strasbourg, FR
October 25, 2022 - Lucerna Music Bar - Praha, CZ
November 12, 2022 - Academy 2 - Dublin, IE
November 16, 2022 - Manchester Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
November 17, 2022 - Electric Brixton - London, UK

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BREAKOUT WEST GETS BACK TO LIVE!

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHTS ON
THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
RUNNING THROUGH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

LIVE IN PERSON PERFORMANCES AND PANELS
+ ARTIST AND INDUSTRY FEATURES
AND CURATED PLAYLISTS HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL MUSICIANS

WRISTBANDS FOR BREAKOUT WEST 2022
AVAILABLE NOW

Winnipeg, MB – October 18, 2021 – BreakOut West is thrilled to be Back To Live! After more than a year off-stage, musicians are finally returning to live performances and BreakOut West is celebrating with a five-week series of concerts, speaking engagements, and digital content from some of the best the western Canadian music industry has to offer.

With the support of FACTOR, from their contribution to the live music sector programming funds, and Bell MTS in Manitoba, artists and guest speakers will take to venues across the western provinces and northern territories through the months of October and November, kicking off next week (week of October 25th).

Each week will be dedicated to an individual region by highlighting their diverse local artists, industry insiders, and unique music industry landscape, through in person performances and live panels, as well as digital content, including artist and industry features, and curated playlists. The performances and speakers will also be livestreamed via BreakOut West’s Facebook for audiences across the country to enjoy. See below for the full Back To Live series schedule. Live programming in Peguis First Nation and Yellowknife, NWT will be taking place at a future time due to COVID-19 – stay tuned for new dates coming soon.

“I am so incredibly proud of the artists and industry in western Canada, and honoured to continue to support their achievements,” declares Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance.

BreakOut West’s annual music festival with also be safely returning to live in the new year, with showcases taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests. The first-round list of performing artists can be found here and wristbands are available now. More performers will be announced soon and a full schedule of events will be available at breakoutwest.ca.

BREAKOUT WEST BACK TO LIVE:
Week of October 25: Manitoba

Tuesday, October 26 – Playlist
Wednesday, October 27 – Artist Feature
Thursday, October 28 – Winnipeg Showcase – performances by
Mobina Galore, Housepanther, JayWood
Friday, October 29 – Industry Feature

Week of November 1: The North (Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut)
Monday, November 1 – Whitehorse Showcase (performances by LOCAL BOY, Erica Dee Mah, Gordie Tentrees)
Tuesday, November 2 – Artist Feature
Thursday, November 4 – Industry Feature
Friday, November 5 – Playlist

Week of November 8: Alberta
Monday, November 8 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 9 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 10 – Calgary Showcase (performances by
Mariya Stokes, Wyatt C. Louis, Selci)
Thursday, November 11 – Edmonton Showcase (performances by VISSIA, Ghost Woman, Arlo Maverick)
Friday, November 12 – Industry Feature

Week of November 15: Saskatchewan
Monday, November 15 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 16 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 17 – Regina Showcase (performances by RUMPUS, Marissa Burwell, MELODNA)
Thursday, November 18 – Industry Feature
Friday, November 19 – Saskatoon Showcase (performances
by The Garrys, W3APONS, Slow Down Molasses)

Week of November 22: British Columbia
Monday, November 22 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 23 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 24 – Kelowna Showcase (performances by The Oot n’ Oots, Robbie G, Post-Modern Connection)
Thursday, November 25 – Victoria Showcase (performances by Alexandria Maillot, and Dana Sipos)
Friday, November 26 – Industry Feature

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

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

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HAVIAH MIGHTY DETERMINES THE WORTH OF PURSUIT ON NEW SINGLE COULDA BEEN U FEATURING ASTROKIDJAY 

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STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE OUT NOVEMBER 12

TORONTO RELEASE SHOW NOVEMBER 12
AT PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

"She’s already a star, now you just have to pay attention" NOW Magazine

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – As Haviah Mighty nears the launch of her Stock Exchange mixtape next month, time continues to be of the essence. This rings true on the project's latest single, Coulda Been U, where Haviah determines what's worth pursuing. Featuring fellow Toronto rapper, AstrokidjayCoulda Been U is the result of an Instagram correspondence that led to collaboration. While Haviah and Astrokidjay found common ground in melodic vocals with contrasting bars for good measure, the flowing, bass-heavy track layered with bold, reflective verse was produced by Haviah, Denise De’ion, and Mighty Prynce. Listen to Coulda Been U here ahead of Stock Exchange, out November 12. 

"It's inspired by the new and different types of encounters that I find myself having with people – whether fans, strangers, existing friends - and realizing that some of those peoples' investments in me weren't coming from the right place," Haviah says. "Maybe they were excited about perceived income, profile, lifestyle, etc…but not so much about who I am, or what I have to offer. These days, I don't have time to waste, so I’m getting better at determining early on who/what is worth investing my time into. This song focuses on the fact that I know I'm a prize, so act right, or you'll miss out."

Coulda Been U follows Haviah's September single, Tesla. Produced by Haviah Mighty and Young Dreadz, the celebratory and reflective track is layered by ominous beats, synth-driven melodies, and hard bars. Listen to the song hereand watch the  video game-inspired visual. Directed by Jesse Dart of Die Fire Films, with Production Company, Cultiv8  here with the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here
 
Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange mixtape is an international endeavour that will include collaborations with multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight),  Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado), and more. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Haviah just rocked stages at Ottawa's Cranium Festival, Osheaga Get Together in Montreal, and an epic return to the UK for her debut at FOCUS Wales last week.

International audiences can check out Haviah performing a virtual set for Venus Festival on October 22, accompanied with an installation by Toronto artist, curator and cultural worker, Roya DelSol. On October 30, Haviah will head to Hamilton, Ontario's Pier 4 Park for Because Beer Festival. Hometown fans in Toronto will get to experience her unparalleled live performance at Phoenix Concert Theatre on mixtape launch day - Friday, November 12. In 2022, Haviah will support Arkells on a national run across Canada. Details and tickets can be found on Haviah's website and below. 

Get to know Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and learn more about this rising artist below. 

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday, October 22: Venus Festival - Virtual Online Performance (Tickets)
Saturday, October 30: Hamilton, ON @ Because Beer Festival (Pier 4 Park (Tickets)
Friday, November 12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre  (Tickets)

2022 Tour Dates (supporting Arkells):
Wednesday, February 2: Victoria, BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, February 4: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
Saturday, February 5: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Thursday, February 10: Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Friday, February 11: Kingston, ON @ Leon's Centre
Saturday, February 12: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, February 17: Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
Friday, February 18: Kitchener, ON @ The Auld
Saturday, February 19: Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
 
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Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
Listen to Coulda Been U |  Watch Coulda Been U 
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
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We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR,
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STEVE PERRY GETS FESTIVE ON WINTER WONDERLAND

FROM HIS FIRST HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY ALBUM THE SEASON OUT NOVEMBER 5

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Iconic singer-songwriter, Steve Perry, has shared Winter Wonderland, from his forthcoming holiday album, The Season, out November 5 via Fantasy Records. Listen here. The track is the second song to be unveiled from the inspired and joyous new record, and marks the first-ever Christmas album from the beloved rock legend.
 
Steve Perry’s interpretation of Winter Wonderland captures the song’s timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on the track. Perry’s signature vocals are on full display, set against a smooth and steady tempo and warm harmonies. Perry comments, “’Winter Wonderland’ is one of my favorite tracks on The Season. I have always felt a close love for Motown's music and how it shaped my early school years. This track is a homage to that.”
 
The Season features exuberant, new interpretations of holiday classics that hold significant meaning for Perry, along with millions across the globe. All eight tracks on the record come straight from the heart, transporting listeners to a familiar place of comfort and familiarity associated with loved ones and meaningful traditions shared during the holidays. Pre-order The Season due out November 5, here.
 
It’s fitting that Perry also works tirelessly on charitable efforts close to his heart as the holiday season approaches.  In September he partnered with the San Francisco Giants/The Giants Community Fund on a specialty car auction. The online auction, organized by the Fund’s car donation partner, CARS, featured Perry’s beloved 1979 Mercedes 450SL, along with a custom-made touring tuxedo tails jacket worn by Perry during past concert performances and an autographed copy of The Season. The classic silver convertible was driven to many Journey writing, recording, and rehearsal sessions. The Giants Community Fund has been grateful for Perry’s support for nearly 20 years. Sue Petersen, Executive Director, said, “Steve’s not only an inspiration to Giants fans; he’s a believer in the Fund’s work and a dedicated friend and supporter. What a cool and creative way to share something personal with fans and help the community at the same time.” Proceeds from the auction support the Junior Giants program, which provides a free, noncompetitive baseball and softball program for nearly 24,000 kids, ages 5-18 years old, in more than 85 leagues in underserved communities.
 
For Steve, the most vivid memories of holidays remind him of his grandmother’s home. The sentiment is evident throughout the record, including the first track released ahead of the album, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. He explains, "When I was recording vocals for ‘I'll be Home For Christmas’ as I was singing ‘Please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree.’  I was emotionally thrown into standing in my grandmothers’ house staring through the door that I always hung mistletoe on. And then I saw her beautiful Christmas tree in front of her living room window.  I had to stop singing because it felt like I was really there ....... I was a bit stunned…back home for Christmas is where everyone wants to be.”
  
One of the most recognizable voices in rock & roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary tone. One of Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time’, he fronted Journey during the band’s most successful era, and gained entry 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 Track List:

1. The Christmas Song
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
3. Auld Lang Syne
4. Winter Wonderland
5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7. Silver Bells
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
 
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SWEET ALIBI RELEASE SOULFUL NEW SINGLE SLOW DOWN

FROM UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM MAKE A SCENE
COMING THIS FALL

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – October 15, 2021 – With a brand new full-length album on the horizon, Winnipeg-based trio, Sweet Alibi, today share the soulful new single, Slow Down. Featuring the group’s signature three-piece harmonies, backed by dreamy folk-pop melodies, Slow Down encourages listeners to be mindful and take time to be present, compassionate and connected to the world around us. Listen to the song here and watch the accompanying video here.

Written in January 2020, Slow Down is partly inspired by the Wet'suwet'en pipeline protests in British Columbia, Canada, and wildfires in Australia.

“I was reflecting on how a capitalist society impacts the environment. The rate at which we develop and consume seems to be unsustainable for the health and longevity of the planet, and creates wealth division leaving a lot of people behind, struggling to have their basic needs met,” says Sweet Alibi’s Jess Rae Ayre.

“Our smart phones have become almost like a Swiss Army knife with our connection to the outside world. There’s a lot coming in and a lot going out, at a rate much quicker than our brains have developed to process. I know for myself personally, if I am in an area where there’s a little phone reception and I am connected to nature and moving at a slower pace I feel a lot more regulated and connected to my internal emotional processing. It makes me more present and connected to my surroundings, which I’ve noticed is the first part of feeling compassion. I feel that mindfully slowing down creates more presence and compassion, which are key pieces in creating more equality for people, and more connected intention for how we treat the planet. 

I don’t think people by nature are morally insensitive, but when there is added stress, people are feeling hurried and constantly chasing this dream of trying to keep up. It’s easy to lose touch with core values, which differ for everyone. 

I don’t have the answers for climate change, I don’t have the answers for poverty and wealth division, but Kurt Vonnegut said it best: ‘We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.’”

Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, Western Canadian Music Award winners, Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson, joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Jon Smith on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV U.S., CMT, and has received major radio play on college/community and satellite radio, with several songs reaching the top 20 of CBC Music’s national charts – the most recent being Confetti, which charted for eight weeks.

The band will soon be releasing their fourth studio album, entitled Make A Scene, Recorded with producers Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe, Begonia), the album is a melodic experience focused on hooky guitar lines and layered beats, inspired by the likes of Alabama Shakes and Bahamas. Sweet Alibi’s sound has been evolving and refining throughout their past album releases, extensive Canada-wide and international touring, as well as a focused effort to draw on the creative efforts of their favourite influences.

Stay tuned for more from Sweet Alibi, coming soon!

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JOY CROOKES SHARES MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM SKIN VIA INSANITY RECORDS

"a rich, varied and considered body of work... 'Skin' is an album worthy of elevating the singer
into the realm of Britain's classiest chart-bothering talents. It does everything a debut should" 
DIY ★★★★★

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Today, Joy Crookes has shares her much anticipated debut album, Skinreleased via Insanity Records, available to purchase or stream now. It includes singles, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, title track SkinWhen You Were Mine and Trouble. Joy will tour later this year in celebration of the new album; the run kicks off in November in Brighton, takes in two nights at O2 Forum Kentish Town, and extends into next year when Joy will take the show out to Europe. Full list of dates below. 
 
With Joy credited as an executive producer on the album, alongside the formidable Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange), Skin is a hugely personal, gamechanging body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents. A collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, and finessed last year within the most turbulent of circumstances, Skin touches on topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity. Joy has created what can only be described as a truly special body of work that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless. Skin’s album artwork is shot by Carlota Guerrero, who has previously worked with Arca, Chloe x Halle, and Solange for all of her imagery for A Seat At The TableListen to Skin here.

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About Joy Crookes
A proud South Londoner of Bangladesh and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a singer-songwriter, a masterful instrumentalist, a Brit nominated rising star, and an artist who sees herself as part of a beautiful eco system of storytellers, mavericks, and salt of the earth Londoners. Her unique approach to storytelling within her songs, partnered with her infectious charisma has seen her become a treasured and trusted new voice both musically and across her social media. Joy uses her creativity as a tool to understand her own identity, her place in the world and her relationships within it.
 
At just 22, she has acquired the most fiercely of loyal fanbases, notching streams into the hundreds of millions and has cemented herself as an important, influential part of new British music. After being nominated for the Brits Rising Star award as well as placing fourth on the BBC Sound Poll, Joy went on to become the most widely tipped artist of 2020 and sold out her debut UK tour in a matter of hours. She was due to support Harry Styles at The O2 in London pre-pandemic, and has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Later… With Jools Holland, and her own sold out shows across the UK and Europe.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS UNVEIL NEW SONG WHAT IF I FEATURING JENNY LEWIS AND LUCIUS’ JESS WOLFE

THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE
OUT NOVEMBER 5 ON STAX RECORDS

“The hottest vintage-sounding soul octet in the country.” - Billboard

“The soul-R&B-rock collective... ranks as one of the most thrilling arrivals in years.”
- Los Angeles Times

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021— Today, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats unveil a new song, What If I, featuring vocal harmonies from Jenny Lewis and Lucius’ Jess Wolfe. What If I is the latest track to be revealed from the band’s third studio album, The Future, set for release on November 5 via Stax Records. Listen to/share the track here.

Following its release in August, the band’s knockout single “Survivor” quickly propelled into the top 10 at Canadian Alternative radio, just as it moved quickly into the #1 slot at Triple A and debuted Top 25 on the Alternative Chart in the U.S.. The song is also #2 on the Americana Singles Chart while The Future remains #1 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart for the sixth consecutive week. Most recently, the group debuted the video for their track Love Don’t, featuring footage captured on tour throughout Europe and North America from 2018-2021.
 
In addition, the band confirms a pair of headline shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre on November 4 and 5 - tickets can be purchased here and here respectively. Additional 2022 dates to be announced soon while full tour routing can be found below.

The new music caps off a run of career milestones for Rateliff and the band, including a debut on Saturday Night Live featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written and featured in the film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake, as well as an appearance on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price. Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music, as well.

For The Future, Rateliff and The Night Sweats escaped to his new Colorado studio to write an album’s worth of songs, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on our current times. While recognizable, the new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level.

“I look at the album overall as a big question,” notes Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a Libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift) while Lewis, Wolfe and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Platinum in Canada, it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their hit single, S.O.B. is certified 3x Platinum, and hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada.  Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and featured three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio, including You Worry Me, which also hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was record in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE
October 17—New York, NY—Brooklyn Made
November 4—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
November 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre

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SILLA AND RISE SHARE TULUKKAT FEATURING DEIRDRE DOOLEY  FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SILARJUAQ

OUT OCTOBER 29 VIA BALANCED RECORDS

LISTEN TO SINGLES ANIRNIQ AND PANDEMONIUM

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Today, Ottawa, ON/Nunavut-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, Silla and Rise, invite you to take flight with Tulukkat featuring Deirdre Dooley - the third single from Silarjuaq, their forthcoming album out October 29 via Balanced Records. Tulukkat is the plural of tulugaq, meaning “raven” in Inuktitut. With lyrics penned by the group's Charlotte Qamaniq, the symbolism of the raven is often complex and appears frequently in the stories of peoples around the world. Tulukkat brings this to life - listen here and view the stunning accompanying visual set on the Ottawa River, filmed and edited by Mike Scherling (Motion By Mike) here.

The group adds, "As a mediator between life and death in both Celtic and Inuit traditions this song blends the Irish Bodhran drum played by Deirdre Dooley with the raven’s call throat song which was formed after many years of practice by Charlotte Qamaniq. The song is dedicated to Qamaniq’s father Marcel Mason who was of Irish descent, and adopted into the Qamaniq family of Iglulik, Nunavut."

Drawing its name from the Inuktitut word for Universe, its root, Sila, has a broad definition that encompasses concepts of weather, the land, the spirit of the atmosphere, cunning, and intelligence. Adding the affix “-juaq” makes it “large” and alludes to the grander structure of the cosmos in which we find ourselves. The album, set for release October 29 via Balanced Records, will feature the second single, Anirniq, out today. Listen to the song here.
 
Tulukkat follows the group's previous release, Anirniq. Drawing its title from the Inuktitut word for breath,  it includes an energetic video that sees Silla and Rise moving to the rhythm of every beat alongside guest dancers, Alea DecastroJulie Benoit, and Vanessa Lovell. Watch the crew dance in unison as Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton lead the way with every verse here

In June, Silla and Rise released PandemoniumOriginally presented live as part of EVERYSEEKER, a festival that presents contemporary music in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia, the track evolved into a call-and-response video with Inuvialuk/Gwichin visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt, from Tuktuujaatuq.For the gallery-worthy visual, Darcie animated 9,000 watercolour stills and the resulting collaboration was broadcast live. The beautiful imagery also conjures up current events and the important contemporary themes of resource extraction and Indigenous sovereignty. Watch Pandemonium here
 
Silarjuaq will expand on Silla and Rise’s incredible career trajectory to date, blending the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of Rise Ashen. As the group respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture, paying homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality, key themes on the project draw from inquiries around the universe, animals and nature, diving into the unknown, the love one shares with children and family, Indigenous rights, colonialism and beyond. 

Ambient production, frenetic beats and club-ready grooves provide the layered foundation for Silla’s prose and storytelling that weaves its way through the album, with features from Tanya Tagaq, Deirdre Dooley, Theland Kicknosway and more. Listen to Silla and Rise’s latest and stay tuned for the stories on Silarjuaq.

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About Silla and Rise:
Silla have been performing together since 2005.  Its core members, Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) and Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) were joined in 2020 by the amazing Charlotte Carleton (Panniqtuuq, NU). Silla respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and pays homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality.  With their music, they invite audiences to experience the sounds of traditional and contemporary katajjaq - Inuit throat song.
 
Rise Ashen (Ottawa, ON) is a global-grooves producer, percussionist, DJ, and dancer.  He produces Silla and Rise and performs electronic percussion with the band for their live performances.  Rise has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. 

Silla and Rise was founded in 2016, coming together to blend traditional aspects of Inuit throat singing and futuristic dance floor beats.  Since then, they’ve been nominated for two JUNO Awards. First for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017, for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, followed by a nod for their second album, Galactic Gala, for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit for Indigenous Language, for Francophone Album in 2017, and won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018.
 
About Silla and Rise (Inuktitut)
ᓯᓚ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ
ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓯᓚ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓂᓕᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ-ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒧᒥᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ
ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ/ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎ ᕋᐃᔅ ᐋᓯᓐ. ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᕋᐃᔅᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ
2016−ᒥ, ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓕᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᖅ, ᓯᓐᑎᐊ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓵᓕᑦ ᑳᕈᓪᑕᓐ, ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ
ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᙶᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᒨᓕᖓᔪᒥ
ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᒻᒪᕆᒃᑏᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂᔾᔪᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ
ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᙱᑕᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᕋᐃᔅᔅ
ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑕᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ
ᒧᒥᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᕐᒥ – ᓇᒃᓴᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᐅᔪᓂ – ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᖓ
ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᕆᕙᒃᑕᖓᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ.
 
ᐅᓇ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ;
ᓴᙱᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᒥᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓲᒥᒃ ᑎᒥᓕᒫᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᒃᑯᑦᑎᓲᖑᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ
ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓱᕋᑦᑎᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᓯᓚ
ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᓐᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓚᖓᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᔪᒥ
ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓇᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᐱᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᓂ
ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓈᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ.
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓪᓗᓂ.

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IMPENDING DOOM TO RELEASE HELLBENT EP JANUARY 12, 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

SATANIC PANIC NOW PLAYING + PREORDERS AVAILABLE

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Long-running deathcore outfit, IMPENDING DOOM, will release their new EP, Hellbent, on January 12, 2022 via MNRK Heavy, today unveiling its first single.

Hellbent boasts the enduring trio who formed the creative core of IMPENDING DOOM in Riverside, California: vocalist Brook Reeves, guitarist Manny Contreras, and bassist David Sittig. Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), the EP is a blistering five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality, with just enough of a modern flourish. As reliably as ever, the band endeavor to bring woe with crushing heaviness, sick death metal and grindcore riffage, impossibly guttural growls, and steadfast reverence for God. Satanic Panic, New World Horror, Culture Of Death, I Must End, and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band's esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. 

The new EP arrives adorned with an arresting cover courtesy of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons. "We've never done an EP before this, and we spent a lot of time writing the music on Hellbent," Sittig explains. "We don't traditionally have many surprises with the art, but we wanted to try something different. We've used the same couple of guys to create art for us. But Jim had created this piece already, and we loved it so much that we reached out to him. He tweaked a few things for us, but he first made it on his own.”

In advance of the EP’s release, today the band unveils a video for first single, Satanic Panic. Comments Reeves, “Satanic Panic is a song about the occult and ritual abuse reaching to the elite but in the end God has the final judgement.”

View IMPENDING DOOM’s Satanic Panic video here.
 
Hellbent will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.  
 
Additionally, the band will be announcing a slew of upcoming live dates in the coming days in support of Hellbent. Stay alert.
 
Hellbent EP Track Listing:
1. Satanic Panic
2. New World Horror
3. Culture Of Death
4. Hellbent
5. I Must End
 
The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s blissfully devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.
 
The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike. Combining crushing riffs and an unashamed point of view, each of their half dozen albums demonstrate the power of outspoken deathcore devastation. IMPENDING DOOM is clearly here to stay.

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WINNERS OF 2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AND INDUSTRY AWARDS

RAY ST. GERMAIN AND CAROLE VIVIER
ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 HERITAGE AWARD AND KEVIN WALTERS INDUSTRY BUILDER AWARD

THE WATCHMEN INDUCTED IN TO THE
WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Winnipeg, MB – October 15, 2021 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards, in both the Artistic and Industry categories. Celebrated this evening during a livestreamed broadcast, and with a special in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Winnipeg, MB, the WCMAwards honoured the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada.

"It’s been so exciting to celebrate the accomplishments of artists and industry over the past year,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “We saw a significant increase this year in material submitted for artist nominations, which is such a wonderful sign of the resiliency of creators. Congratulations to all who released work this year, and to all industry who supported new music releases. I am excited for the future of western Canadian music and the strength we are building together, as we get safely back to live.” 

A special pre-awards show program aired earlier in the afternoon, ahead of the full winner reveal, on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed (89.3 FM and CBC Listen), where Pop Artist of the Year (Sponsored by CBC Manitoba) was awarded to Begonia,  Grant Davidson (MB) was announced as the winner of the Songwriter of the Year Award (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada [SOCAN]), and Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Torque Brewing) was presented to Mise en Scene (MB). The award presentations were also accompanied by live in studio performances from Grant and Mise en Scene.

Following the broadcast, all of the award winners were revealed on BreakOut West’s Facebook Live, where viewers and watch party attendees were treated to a performance by 2021 double nominee, Slow Leaves (Roots Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year). Manitoba musicians made an outstanding showing this year, taking home 11 of the Artistic awards, including Recording of the Year, which was presented to Begonia, and accompanied by a $2,000 honourarium courtesy of Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Star program. Double-winner, Kelly Bado (Global Artist of the Year and Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM [Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique]), was also presented with a $1,000 honourarium courtesy of APCM.

The Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees will be formally presented at a special event during BreakOut West 2022 in Winnipeg, MB (February 2-6). This year’s recipients are Manitoba’s, Ray St Germain (Heritage Award), Carole Vivier (Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award), and The Watchmen (Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC WINNERS

Blues Artist of the Year – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year – Sargeant X Comrade, AB

Children’s Artist of the Year – Claire Ness, YT

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC) – PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), BC

Classical Composer of the Year – T. Patrick Carrabre, BC

Country Artist of the Year – Nice Horse, AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year – So Sus, BC

Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) – Kelly Bado, MB

Global Artist of the Year – Kelly Bado, MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year – Rubim de Toledo, AB

Jazz Artist of the Year – Will Bonness, MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year – Vagina Witchcraft, MB

Pop Artist of the Year, Sponsored by CBC Manitoba – Begonia, MB

Producer of the Year – deadmen, MB

R&B Artist of the Year – Sebastian Gaskin, MB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BC

Recording of the Year, Presented by Stingray – Begonia, MB

Rock Artist of the Year, Sponsored by Torque Brewing – Mise en Scene, MB

Roots Artist of the Year – William Prince, MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year, Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) – Grant Davidson, MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year – Yvonne St Germaine, SK

Video Director of the Year, Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music – Alfonso Chin, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Screaming Indian, BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year – Factor Eight, Live Is But A Dream, SK

2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY WINNERS

Audio Engineering Award – Sheldon Zaharko, BC

Community Excellence Award – National Music Centre, AB

Excellence in Visual Design – Roberta Landreth, MB

Impact in Artist Development – Birthday Cake, MB

Impact in Live Music, Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association – The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues, AB

Impact in Music Marketing – Birthday Cake, MB

Heritage Award – Ray St. Germain, MB

Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – Carole Vivier, MB

Hall Of Fame, Sponsored by FACTOR – The Watchmen, MB

See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

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

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

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ERICK SERMON TO RELEASE FIRST NFT COLLECTION WITH ARTIST AND PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND VIA CRYPTO.COM NFT

A PORTION OF THE NFT PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO SUPPORT INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS SOCIETY

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FEATURING ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2021 – Legendary recording artist Erick Sermon of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, has teamed up with renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer and long-time collaborator, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to create an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, the collection will be featured as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. It will include six NFTs featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist. A portion of the proceeds from each piece will be donated to Indian Residential School Survivors Society
 
“I have created an extensive body of work in hip-hop and I’m looking forward to this new digital medium,” Erick says. “I am pleased to announce that I will be releasing a collaboration with David Strickland. I have watched this dude evolve, and this is an example of that. No matter what, he always had my back — ready to work. NFTs are a game changer. Def Squad Digital.”
 
David adds, “I am very excited to be entering the NFT space with my art and hopefully use it as a medium to raise money for causes that are dear to my heart and community.” 
  
The announcement follows acclaimed new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself is being released in promotion of Strickland’s latest single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.


“Erick Sermon is a hip-hop legend with such an illustrious career, and he’s one of those special few who continues to release timeless music that still resonates,” said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT, Joe Conyers III. “The work he’s doing with David Strickland is really interesting, both conceptually and artistically, and the cause they’re supporting is so important and timely. We’re very excited to give them a platform for this collection.”
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
  
Earlier this year, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

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SIMON WARD UNVEILS SIMON AND THE ISLAND

ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF DEBUT  SOLO SELF-TITLED OFFERING

SIMON AND THE ISLAND OUT NOVEMBER 19th
VIA WINDSURFER RECORDS / GLASSNOTE MUSIC

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE MUSE
AS WELL AS MISS MAPLES AND SCARED OF NOT KNOWING

WATCH THE HYPNOTIZING VIDEO FOR MUSE HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2021Simon Ward’s musical monogram is marked by his knack for camouflaging a downhearted song within a cleverly constructed poppy tune.  Oftentimes, listeners will be singing at the top of their lungs and dancing along, when they suddenly realize the rawness that courses through the lyrics, making the music all that more relatable. Unchartered waters are something familiar to any fan of Ward’s music, and that continues with Simon and the Island, his solo voyage – set for release on November 19th via Ward’s own imprint, Windsurfer Records (Canada), and Windsurfer Records / Glassnote Music (ROW).

Pre-save the album here and get a sneak peek at three of the songs now – Muse, Miss Maples, and Scared of Not Knowing.

Distinct from his work with The Strumbellas, with Simon and the Island, Ward purposefully chooses to air his songs in their raw, undressed state.  The Brian Pickett produced, self-titled body of music simultaneously draws tears, inspires hope and illuminates a journey. A sliver of solace in dark times, emboldened in blind faith and brazen determination, the album is relatable, relevant, and resonant, strong and structured, honest, humble and full of heart. Delicate strings, cavernous piano, and sparingly appointed instrumentation allow doubt, reflection and resolve to flourish in this suitcase that carries nine songs waiting to be unpacked. 

“These songs are about my life,” reflects Ward. “Some of them are about my struggles with mental health, some of them are love songs to my wife, who is my soul mate.  This album is about being in a dark place but seeing the sliver of hope shine in.  I hope it comforts and encourages others that are struggling with their own mental health that they’re not alone.”

These themes shine through particularly on the record’s lead single and album opener, Muse – a song about hope and resilience, with a proclamation of unconditional love, and the foundation one firmly finds in another.  Ward promises, “Oh my god, I know you’re struggling and oh my god, I know you’ll love again. I’ll take your side.  No matter what you do. You’ll be my muse”.  Scared Of Not Knowing is a confessional, as Ward says “It’s about depression and being in the thick of the storm.”  Miss Maples (co-produced by Brian Pickett and Brandon O’Neill), a love song, rounds out the release of the first three songs.

The visual aspects of Simon and The Island further amplify the messages found on the record. The video for Muse evokes feelings of lonely tranquility, with hypnotizing sand art by FallingInSand – watch here.  The album’s artwork – created by award-winning Fenlon Falls-based artist, Lucy Manley – feels at once isolated but peaceful. Of the piece, Ward reflects “Lucy’s painting originally struck me because it reminded me of home. I loved the way the brush strokes were done and the colours she used to showcase the nature that is found in and around where I’m from. I immediately felt warm and happy when I saw it.”

One may feel they are ‘an Island’, and often, that they are there alone. Simon Ward reminds us that no matter the distance, the size of land, or measure of experience, there is always a space for retreat, reflection and renewal and a reassurance that someone out there understands what you’ve been through

SIMON AND THE ISLAND TRACKLIST:

  1. Muse
  2. Moon
  3. Sweep Me Off My Feet
  4. On My Own
  5. Scared Of Not Knowing
  6. I’m Not Doing Fine
  7. Ghosts
  8. Miss Maples
  9. Lighthouse

Pre-Save Simon and The Island here
Watch Muse here

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ABOUT SIMON AND THE ISLAND A.K.A. SIMON WARD
In his day job as principal songwriter and frontman of The Strumbellas, Simon, along with the five other members on stage, engulf sad songs with big, glorious sounds. Ward’s cut deep to-the-bone realism is evident in every song he pens.  He openly, and with great abandon, espouses what so many of us aren’t able to say out loud.  In particular, the song, Spirits, that plucked his band, The Strumbellas, from middle of nowhere obscurity and placed them on the world stage, clearly struck a chord.  It’s honest ambling through a troubled mind that led, and continues to lead, thousands of people to confess to Ward how he spoke directly to their pain and comforted them.  Exercising the demons through song is evident in so many of his songs over the four full length albums the band has created, including crowd favourites We Don’t Know, Salvation, and their latest, Greatest Enemy.  It’s earned him Juno Awards, gold and platinum records, number one radio hits, festival plays and late-night TV appearances.

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CREEPING DEATH'S NEW ALBUM THE EDGE OF EXISTENCE OUT NOW ON MNRK HEAVY

US TOUR WITH EXHUMED NEARS

“The butt-ugly vocals, gurgling guitar tones and straightforward, almost instinctual thrust provides a legible map for the moshers, but there's enough happening on top to please OSDM addicts.” Revolver - 7 Best Songs Of The Week 8/20

The newly-released title track sounds even heavier and less hardcore-tinged than Wretched Illusions, and it shakes things up with a proggy atmospheric side too.” - BrooklynVegan on the title track 

“...heavy AF…” - New Noise Magazine

“Unsurprising given CREEPING DEATH’s budding reputation as worshippers at the altar of old school Swedish death metal, the new tune does just that. Also unsurprising given CREEPING DEATH’s budding reputation as destroyers of everything in their path, it also does that!” - MetalSucks on the title track

‘Guttural’ does not begin to describe the vocals. ‘Heavy’ cannot capture the guitars. There are no words for drums this fast and assaulting. CREEPING DEATH serves up cold, sonic violence…” 
Metal Injection

“…a slick six-song EP that is straight to the point. With not a frill in sight, The Edge Of Existence is further proof that OSDM is here to stay.” - Everything Is Noise

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Texas death metal goliaths, CREEPING DEATH, unleash the scorching fruit of their The Edge Of Existence EP via MNRK Heavy today!

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples serving up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA but it’s all blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity.

Captured at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona and produced and mixed by Ryan Bram (Gatecreeper, Bitter Rivals, Sex Prisoner), the six-song EP introduces three new certified hellraisers — Relics From The Past, Humanity Transcends, and the title track — alongside remade and revitalized versions of the three songs from the band’s 2016 debut EP — Sacrament Of DeathDoused In Flames, and Skinned Alive.

Comments drummer Lincoln Mullins, “The Edge Of Existence is a small grip of songs that accurately show the past, present, and future of CREEPING DEATH. All the new songs were written in the same sessions as the next release that we are beginning to plan. It's just a small taste of what the future holds for us.”

The Edge Of Existence EP is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find ordering options here.

View the band’s previously released video for the EP’s title track here, and a visualizer for Humanity Transcends here.

In celebration of the release of The Edge Of Existence, CREEPING DEATH will return to the stage on a US trek supporting gore metal veterans Exhumed. The twenty-nine-date Worming Through America Fall tour begins October 22 in Costa Mesa, California and runs through November 20 in Oakland, California. Additional support will be provided by Bewitcher and Enforced. See all confirmed dates below. 

CREEPING DEATH - Tour Dates:
w/ Exhumed, Bewitcher, Enforced:
October 22 – The Commissary – Costa Mesa, CA
October 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
October 24 – Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
October 25 – Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ
October 26 – The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
October 27 – The Rock House – El Paso, TX
October 28 – Cactus House – Odessa, TX
October 29 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
October 30 –  The Lost Well – Austin, TX
October 31 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
November 2 – Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Legends – Cincinnati, OH
November 4 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 5 – Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
November 6 –  Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
November 8 – Sonia – Boston, MA
November 9 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY|
November 10 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
November 11 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
November 12 – Crucible – Madison, WI
November 13 – Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
November 14 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
November 15 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO *
November 16 – Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT *
November 17 – The Shredder – Boise, ID *
November 18 –  El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
November 19 – Dante’s – Portland, OR *
November 20 – Oakland Metro OperaHouse – Oakland, CA *
* No Enforced                                    

CREEPING DEATH is:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
A.J. Ross, III – guitar
Eric “Rico” Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples. Like an Easter egg-packed superhero sequel or The Lord Of The Rings director’s cuts, the bludgeoning assemblage serves up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA. It’s blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. This year’s blistering The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity. 

Originally hailing from Denton, Texas and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, “CREEPING DEATH is on an undying ascent” (Dallas Observer). The international death and thrash metal audience quickly took notice of CREEPING DEATH after the band’s initial 2016 outburst, the pulverizing three-song Sacrament Of Death. Revolver declared them an Artist You Need To Know with the release of 2018’s Specter Of War EP. By the time the band delivered their debut full-length, 2019’s Wretched Illusions, Kerrang! hailed them as, “an underground juggernaut… channeling all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.”

High profile tours with the likes of High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, The Warriors, and Power Trip helped spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics, many inspired by the online RPG RuneScape.

Pemberton, Iranian-American singer Reese Alavi (whose pronouns are they/them), bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross III comprises the group Revolver called the, “Power Trip-endorsed band leading the next wave of Texas metal.” They refused to let the 2020 pandemic destroy their momentum, even after COVID sidelined two of them for several weeks. The group emerged from lockdown with a punishing array of their most crushing material yet. Ross (also of Kombat and Torture Tomb, with Cole Crutchfield of Knocked Loose) made his recorded debut with CREEPING DEATH, adding another heavy dimension to their massive bellow on The Edge Of Existence.

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THE VELVETEERS’ DEBUT ALBUM NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM  OUT NOW VIA EASY EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING 
PRODUCER DAN AUERBACH

ON TOUR NOW SUPPORTING DES ROCS

“[Demitro’s] alternately powerful and passionate vocals exude personality, and the songs with acoustic and electric approaches are varied enough to never fall into predictability. It all coalesces into one of the more impressive, duskier guitar-driven albums of the year.” - American Songwriter
 
“…a massive hit of swaggering rock style… their stripped-back sound taps  into something fresh, nasty, and primal.” - Under The Radar on Motel #27
 
“this isn’t despairing music—it’s actually inner-demon-struggle music.” - FLOOD Magazine on Father of Lies
 
“Nightmare Daydream is heavy, raw and filled with the spit-and-fire passion that  makes the Velveteers stand out among competitors, a reminder that rock, as a genre, is far from dead.” - Westword

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Nightmare Daydream, the debut album from formidable rock trio, The Velveteers, is out today via Easy Eye Sound; stream/share here. The record was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dan Auerbach.The band is on tour now as the sole support for genre-bending rocker Des Rocs; order tickets here.

Four singles preceded today’s release, most recently Father of Lies, which premiered with Flood MagazineBrightest LightMotel #27, which premiered with Under The Radar and the record’s lead single, Charmer And The Snake.

The Velveteers, made up of Demitro and dual drummers, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig, opened for Guns N’ Roses in August in Denver, CO, underscoring their reputation for uniquely energetic live performances. Westword praised the show in their recent cover story about the band, writing: “Audience members around me were mesmerized as Fig and Pottersmith smashed their drums in sync and Demitro sang with unparalleled intensity.”

Growing up in Boulder, CO, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With drummers Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their riotous performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream. The album finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
October 10 - The Sunset, Seattle, WA
October 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
October 13 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
October 14 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
October 16 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
October 19 - Antone's. Austin, TX
October 20  - Three Links, Dallas, TX
October 21 - Secret Group, Houston, TX
October 23 - The End, Nashville, TN
October 25 - Cat's Cradle Backroom, Carrboro, NC
October 26 - Elevation 27, VA Beach, VA
October 27 - Songbyrd, Washington, DC
November 2 - The Middle East (Up), Boston, MA
November 3 - Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
November 4 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 26 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO

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KEYS N KRATES SHARE NEW SONG PULL UP FEATURING HAVIAH MIGHTY

NEW ALBUM ORIGINAL CLASSIC DUE NOVEMBER 12

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

LISTEN TO PULL UP WATCH VISUALIZER

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J, and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to." - NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer. It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it." - CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over." - 
Exclaim! on Original Classic

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, share Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty. The fourth single from their upcoming album, Original Classic (available everywhere on November 12), Pull Up follows the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring Original Classic, as well as this summer's Brazillian Love Song, which was recently announced as part of the FIFA 22 soundtrack and the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Off.

Speaking on the latest single, the band stated: "We were channel-ing everything from baile funk and Miami bass, to Missy Elliot with this one. We were already in touch with Haviah at the time before making this. When we came up with the initial 'Pull Up' demo, we knew she would be perfect on it, and we knew it would be perfect to show how special she is as an artist."

Addressing her own contribution to the track, Haviah shares "The production on this track fueled the mood and energy of my lyrics. I just caught a vibe and rode the instrumentation; which makes me feel like I'm in the grimiest, dirtiest, best underground basement jam! It feels like a night of haze and liquor with the perfect soundtrack. I’m confident and I’m feeling myself. This song is the confident lion with a freshly tamed mane, walking into the function. It is the sexy, the cool, grungy and dirty, but also, it's sooo clean!"

Pull Up also arrives on the heels of the Original Classic Tour announcement. The 18-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off on November 17 in Washington D.C. and includes stops in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets on sale here

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Listen to Pull Up (featuring Haviah Mighty) above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

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About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is
 a MNRK Music Group companywww.lastgang.com
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THE RECORD COMPANY’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM PLAY LOUD OUT NOW ON CONCORD RECORDS

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 10
WITH TORONTO STOP ON OCTOBER 19

"****" - Rolling Stone France

“The Record Company mean business…” - Guitar World 

“Impressive stuff…” - American Songwriter 

“[of How High] precisely the antidote we need to combat them covid blues.” - Classic Rock

"Play Loud is proof that the Record Company have grown...the result is a record that should be played loud, as the title suggests." - PopMatters

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 — The Record Company’s highly anticipated new album, Play Loud, is out today on Concord Records. Listen/stream here.

On Sunday, the GRAMMY-nominated rock band will kick off their 32-City tour in Milwaukee with support from Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates. See below for a complete list of dates; additional info and tickets are here.

Listen to an interview with SPIN/Lipps Service Podcast here and watch the band’s, Chris Vos, on Premier Guitar “Hooked,” here.

How High, the first single released from the LP, is currently #3 at AAA Radio. The track has also reached Top 3 on the Americana Singles Chart while Play Loud has been Top 3 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart in advance of its street date.

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer, Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem.) On the album, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “We totally flipped the process on this record to allow for every idea and possibility, so it wasn’t just the three of us, closed off in our bubble. It was like, ‘Let’s take some risks and see what we can really do,’” describes bassist Alex Stiff.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist, Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP, Side Project (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favorite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album, All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single Life to Fix “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form to a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed record produced three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single, Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly describes their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

Play Loud Track Listing 
1. Never Leave You
2. How High
3. Gotta Be Movin’
4. Out Of My Head
5. Live As One
6. Today Forever
7. Get Up And Dance!
8. Paradise
9. Awake
10. Lady Lila
11. Midnight Moon
12. Ain’t Going Home


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA

 
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LEXXICON RELEASES NEW SINGLE BACK TO YOU FEATURING DESIIRE

NEW CONCEPT ALBUM TROPICON ISLANDS 
OUT NOVEMBER 19 – PRE-ORDER 
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PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

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POWER OVER ME

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Jamaican-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer and community powerhouse, Lexxicon, shares another hit from his forthcoming album, Tropicon IslandsToday, he rocks with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire, for Back To You. Driven by percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, the song continues to shape the story around Tropicon Islands, a conceptual project, where a fictional, remote island is the setting for an intricate, yet real, love story and look at the many threads of a relationship. On Back To You, the couple reminisce about some of the ups and downs in their connection. Listen to Back To You here and pre-order the album here, out November 19.

Lexxicon expands, "Their relationships hasn’t always been good times and vibes, they have also had many disagreement, fights and horrible things to say about each other that they didn’t mean. However, they always learn from their mistakes and always find their way back to each other, growing stronger each time. This song is for those who have that connection they just cant give up, for those who are still working out the kinks in a new relationships.  A reminder the relationship doesn’t have to be toxic if you’re growing and not making the same mistakes."

"Lexxicon is such an incredible artist. I fell in love with the record as soon as i heard it and i am so excited to be on this track with him," Desiire says of the collaboration. "The process of creating the song was super organic and you can feel it in the vibe, the energy and groove. Lexxicon is a force to be reckoned with in music right now and I am so happy to be a part of his incredible magic! " 

Back To You follows Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time.  The song was featured on Tidal's Global Pop Playlist. The album kicked off with Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. The music video was co-directed by Prince and Lexxicon, who previously collaborated on his videos for Doing To Me Di Don Don. Working with choreographer, Fizz, Lexxicon had one week to learn the choreo to create a 90's R&B/ Pop Boy Band energy with a contemporary R&B styling. Featured dancers include DerickCarlDominic & Lovon
 
Escape is the most prevalent idea on the project and which the whole album is named after a fictitious island, and the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem this fall.  Read more about Tropicon Islands below. Watch the trailer here and pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims to create for his fans and listeners. On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon will merge his roots in dancehall and hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create a form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B  was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 
 
Stay tuned for more from Lexxicon and learn more about his incredible career below!

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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NATALIE HEMBY SHINES ON HER BRILLIANT SOPHOMORE RECORD PINS AND NEEDLES OUT TODAY

HEMBY SITS DOWN WITH CBS MORNING’S ANTHONY MASON HERE

SET TO PERFORM ON THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW ON OCTOBER 13th

LISTEN TO FOCUS TRACK IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE HERE

“her voice can stand on its own… a sinewy, naturalistic 1990s sound that harks back to another of her collaborators, Sheryl Crow” — New York Times (Fall Preview)

“this album will not disappoint” — Entertainment Weekly (Fall Preview)

“her second solo album, should give her the front-and-center shine she has long deserved” — New York Magazine / Vulture (Fall Preview)

“one of Nashville’s strongest creative figures” — Billboard

“Hemby's miraculous voice takes center stage” — PEOPLE

“pair[s] her trademark wit and recognizable twang with the early nineties’ alt-rock sounds that have influenced her from the beginning” — Garden & Gun

"marvelous voice, many intriguing stories to tell" — Pop Matters

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021Natalie Hemby’s astounding career has been decades in the making — she has earned two GRAMMY Awards, written eight No. 1 singles, become a founding member of standout female supergroup, The Highwomen, alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, and her incomparable songwriting has caught the attention of artists like Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert and many others who have recorded her songs. The culmination of her unparalleled journey is reflected on her brilliant sophomore record, Pins and Needles, out today via Fantasy Records. Purchase/listen to Pins and Needles here.

Produced by Hemby's husband, Mike Wrucke, Pins and Needles channels the 90’s rock influences of her heroes like The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, and music from the Lilith Fair concerts she attended growing up, creating an album that sounds like it came from the love child of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Grant and Tom Petty. The album also finds Hemby reaching the pinnacle of her career after decades of establishing an incredible and versatile presence in the music industry -- now with the record label deal she had dreamed of as an aspiring artist in her early 20s. Pins and Needles carries listeners through her life and career milestones, with persuasive alto, unconventional lyrics and a gift for melodies that resonate long after the first listen.

"Today, I feel like I’m picking up where I left off years ago back in 1998/1999 musically, but I’m glad to say, not mentally," says Hemby. "I knew what I liked then, but I know what I want and who I am now. This album is a reflection of that."

Hemby sat down with CBS Morning's Anthony Mason to discuss the record, here. She is set to perform on The Kelly Clarkson Show on October 13th.

Tune-in to WNYC’s All of It with Alison Stewart today from 12:40-1 PM ET to hear Hemby discuss and perform a track from the Pins and Needles record. She’ll also perform her album release party at her hometown’s Basement East venue on October 12th. For more information, visit nataliehemby.com.

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS RELEASE HIGH AND LONESOME

FROM RAISE THE ROOF OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

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NEW SONG WRITTEN BY ROBERT PLANT & T BONE BURNETT

Toronto, ON – October 7, 2021 – Today, with the release of new song, High and Lonesome, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss offer another glimpse into their first new album in fourteen years. Out November 19 on Rounder Records, Raise The Roof has been named one of the most anticipated LPs of the fall by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and more. Like its platinum-selling 2007 predecessor, Raising Sand - which won six Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year - Raise The Roof delivers new takes on songs from legends and unsung heroes of folk, blues, country and soul music. High and Lonesome is the collection’s lone original, written by Plant and T Bone Burnett, who reprises his Raising Sand role as the album’s producer. 
 
Hear Robert Plant, T Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss in harmony on the standout High and Lonesome, backed by an all-star lineup of drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarist Marc Ribot and pedal steel player, Russell Pahl, plus Viktor Krauss on mellotron, Jeff Taylor on bass accordion, and Burnett on electric guitar and mellotron.
 
High and Lonesome is the second preview of Raise The Roof, following lead single, Can’t Let Go, a rendition of the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic that reaffirmed Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Plant and 27-time Grammy-winner Krauss as “one of the most critically adored odd couples of music” (USA Today). As NPR Music says, “This feels like a warm welcome back from two old friends you haven't seen in a long time,” and across Raise The Roof, their voices “still fit together like a pair of dusty boots nestled atop a welcome mat” (New York Times).  
 
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019 and wrapped just weeks before the world went into lockdown. “One of my favorite parts of this is the songs and songwriters that I had never heard of,” says Alison Krauss. “Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in music history.”
 
The rest of Raise The Roof includes deep cuts by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Calexico and more. “It’s such a far cry from everything I’ve done before,” says Robert Plant. “I love the whole kaleidoscope of music that I’ve explored, but this is a place where you can think within the song, you can decide how to bring home an emotion. It’s another blend that we’ve got, and long may we have more of them.”

Pre-order Raise The Roof here
 
Raise The Roof Tracklist:
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can’t Let Go
7. It Don’t Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me

High and Lonesome credits
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – lead and harmony vocals
Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion, claps
Dennis Crouch – bass
T Bone Burnett – electric guitar, mellotron, harmony vocals
Viktor Krauss – mellotron
Marc Ribot – guitar, hofner bass, claps
Russell Pahl – pedal steel, guitar
Jeff Taylor – bass accordion
 
Written by Robert Plant & T Bone Burnett

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TEARS FOR FEARS ANNOUNCE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 17 YEARS THE TIPPING POINT

ARRIVING FEBRUARY 25, 2022
VIA CONCORD RECORDS – PRE-ORDER
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THE TIPPING POINT AVAILABLE NOW

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TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 Today, the legendary duo, Tears For Fears, have announced the forthcoming release of their first new studio album in nearly two decades, THE TIPPING POINT.  Arriving February 25, 2022, via Concord Records, THE TIPPING POINT is a song cycle reflecting many of the personal and professional tipping points the pair – AND THE WORLD – have faced throughout the last 17 years. Pre-order the album here.

When asked “why make a new album now?” Roland Orzabal says, “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.” Curt Smith agrees, “If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”

Despite their many hits and 30 million albums sold, the band started making this new record by committee with some of today’s hit songwriters at the behest of their previous management. Before long, this reluctant attempt at compromise failed. Orzabal explains, “Eventually, that pressure and tension divided us not just from our management, but from one another too”. The band switched to new management, who raved over the five tracks the band could both agree on. Orzabal continues, “Suddenly, for the first time in a long time, we felt like we had someone in our corner who understood what we were trying to do. We felt like we had somebody on our side. It was the first time in a long time that we decided - we have to do this.”

Joining Orzabal and Smith on the album is their longtime collaborator, Charlton Pettus, along with producers and songwriters, Sacha Skarbek and Florian Reutter.

When you’ve known each other as long as we have, and have worked together as long as we have, there’s a bond there that becomes familial. So, it’s different from a friendship,” Smith says. “And it’s different from a marriage. It’s literally like that’s your brother. It’s the kind of bond that you can’t really break. It can fall apart at times. You separate for periods, which I also think is healthy, really. But in the end, we always seem to find each other again.”

Alongside this announcement they’ve also released their first single and the title track, The Tipping Point. Written by Orzabal and guitarist, writer and producer Charlton Pettus and co-produced by the band, Sacha Skarbek, and Florian Reutter, the explosive yet intimate track is filled to the brim with emotion. Inspired by a personal tipping point in Orzabal’s own life, this song captures the grief of watching someone you love loose their long-standing battle with disease. The accompanying visual, directed by the famed Matt Mahurin (Joni Mitchell, U2, Metallica), depicts the subtle and poetic portrait of imbalance. Watch the video here.

Tears For Fears were one of the most iconic bands of the ‘80s, selling over 30 million albums worldwide with singles such as Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Woman In Chains acknowledged as classics.

The Tipping Point is the band’s first album since their reunion album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, in 2004. Since then, the band has toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour, and in 2017 released Rule The World, a best-of compilation that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more. Earlier this month, the band was honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together, once again.

THE TIPPING POINT Tracklist:
1. No Small Thing
2. The Tipping Point 
3. Long, Long, Long Time
4. Break The Man
5. My Demons
6. Rivers Of Mercy
7. Please Be Happy
8. Master Plan
9. End Of Night
10. Stay

Additional Tracks On The Deluxe CD Edition:
11. Let It All Evolve
12. Secret Location
13. Shame (Cry Heaven)

ABOUT TEARS FOR FEARS
Tears For Fears – Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) – formed in Bath, England in 1981.  With 30 million albums sold worldwide, performing to countless sold-out audiences, and winning various awards, the band represents an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation. Their 1983 debut, The Hurting, yielded anthems such as Mad World, Change, and Pale Shelter, reaching RIAA Gold status in the United States. 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair became a watershed moment for the group and music at large. Boasting the signature BRIT Award-winning Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording), it went quintuple-platinum and captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Slant dubbed it one of, The Best Albums of the 1980s, it was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, while Consequence of Sound awarded it a rare A+ rating in a 20-year retrospective.1989’s Seeds of Love proved to be Orzabal and Smith’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. The band engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s Ready to Start. The band returned once more in 2017 with the Rule The World best-of collection, which once more catapulted the band back to the upper echelon of the UK album charts. The duo’s DNA remains embedded within three generations of artists on both subtle and overt levels. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, Kanye West interpolated Memories Fade on The Coldest Winter from the seminal 808s & Heartbreak, The Weeknd infused Pale Shelter into Starboy’s Secrets, David Guetta sampled Change for Always, and Drake utilized Ideas as Opiates as the foundation for Lust For Life, while Ally Brooke Hernandez, Adam Lambert, and Gary Jules recorded popular covers of Mad World and Disturbed took on Shout, and that’s only to name a few. Lorde cut a haunting cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World for the Soundtrack of the blockbuster, The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, which Tears For Fears gleefully would use as intro music live and thus bring everything full circle.

Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko, to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot. Long before they became a cultural cornerstone Tears For Fears simply consisted of two school friends growing up in Bath, Somerset UK.

With The Tipping Point and comprehensive touring plans on the horizon Orzabal and Smith remain as loud as ever, while yet another generation gets ready to Shout with them all over again.

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ROBERT GLASPER TEASES BLACK RADIO 3 WITH NEW SINGLE SHINE FEATURING D SMOKE & TIFFANY GOUCHÉ 

NEW ALBUM SLATED FOR EARLY 2022 RELEASE
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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ROBERT GLASPER RETURNS TO BLUE NOTE FALL RESIDENCY; 66 SHOWS ACROSS 33 NIGHTS ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 – 4x Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, Robert Glasper, has released his new single, Shine, featuring Inglewood, CA natives, D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché. This release is his first since a strong 2021 Grammy showing, nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album and taking home Best R&B Song for Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. With lyrics that express gratitude and evoke a rise-up spirit, Shine arrives as yet another glimpse into Glasper’s highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series. Black Radio 3, much like both of its predecessors, is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience. 

This past September, during Robert’s recent residency at The Kennedy Center, D Smoke joined him on stage for a comfortable yet spontaneous performance. Further solidifying a creative bond shared between the two, the official music video for Shine is also available today. Directed by TL Benton, and also shot at The Kennedy Center, the video beautifully captures the energy of the performing musicians and accompanies the message of the track in an authentic visual element.

About the collaboration, Robert says, "I was so happy to collaborate with D Smoke on this song. He's definitely one of the leading voices in today’s new generation of hip hop. He has his feet planted in the soil of real music and comes from a family of amazing musicians and artists. That being said, also shout out to Tiffany Gouché, his cousin who’s on the song as well. We want to see everybody shine."

As a precursor to the upcoming album, from October 1 to November 7, Glasper is returning to the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC for his third fall residency and another unprecedented run, performing 66 shows across 33 nights. In 2018, Glasper became just the 4th musician to hold a month-long residency at Blue Note, joining a short list that includes jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Chris Botti. The residency, highlighted in the New York Times, proclaims that Glasper is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation” and is frequented by unannounced special guests such as Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Questlove, Jill Scott, Common, Talib Kweli and Yebba.

Shine is out now on Loma Vista Recordings and is another installment from the Black Radio 3 project, coming in early 2022.

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

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NOTTINGHAM’S YOUNG T & BUGSEY RETURN WITH EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE BIG BIDNESS

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“Their sound and approach has endeared them to millions and put their proudly-worn Notts accents at the top of the charts.” -Complex UK

“Not only have they entered the mainstream in London, but around the world, too.” -Billboard

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 - Today, Brit-nominated rap duo Young T & Bugsey return with explosive new single and video, Big Bidness. Watch it here. Big Bidness is fuelled by a P2J (Tion Wayne, Wizkid, Snoh Aalegra) enticing beat that Young T & Bugsey ride effortlessly with catchy hooks and trademark vocals. It’s this musical dexterity that has earned them a stamp of approval across the UK and beyond.
 
The KLDVR-directed visual sees the rappers deliver a lively performance in the midst of an eighties action movie-inspired plot. It’s a cinematic and suave video that sees the duo sparring back and forth with their inimitable sound and undeniable fashion sense, as they orchestrate a seamless money heist.

Big Bidness follows in the wake of July offering Prada Bae, which has amassed over half a million YouTube views to date. Here, the Nottingham-hailing duo deliver yet another striking track, adding to what has already been a remarkable last year of successive singles and career defining moments, including 3 Brit Award nominations, and a stellar performance at this year’s ceremony alongside Headie One.

Being based outside of London, Young T & Bugsey - who met aged 15 whilst working in KFC - immediately honed in on their chemistry. Having followed a less-travelled path to success, the duo are rarely out of the limelight - having been tipped by BBC Radio 1Xtra, co-signed by Stormzy, and going on to spearhead the emerging Nottingham rap scene. The duo’s single, Ay Caramba, became their first top 40 single, and they consequently went on to be the first act from their city to achieve a Platinum Certified single.

Last year saw the release of debut mixtape Plead The 5th - an impressive first body of work boasting over 950M+ worldwide streams - is home to hit singles, Strike A Pose, featuring Manchester rapper Aitch, and the Headie One backed smash, Don’t Rush. Don’t Rush quickly became a global success and an unavoidable soundtrack to 2020, achieving one of the most exciting viral moments seen from a UK act.

Young T & Bugsey reached even further heights when they were nominated for two BET Awards and became the first UK Rap duo to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Their music has been continuously hailed as a sound that increasingly knows no bounds and embraces an abundance of genres. A talent impossible to ignore.

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HOUNDMOUTH’S HAZY ODE TO FADING ROMANCE: NEW SINGLE MAKE IT TO MIDNIGHT

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CAPTURES STUNNING HARMONIES IN HOME STUDIO
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GOOD FOR YOU OUT NOVEMBER 5
ON DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – October 6, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — share Make It To Midnight, the latest single off their