THE STANDSTILLS SHARE NEW SINGLE MOTHERLODE FT. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

WATCH HERE & LISTEN HERE
 
ANNOUNCE SHOCKWAVE ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 4
VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

 
CANADIAN ARENA TOUR WITH THREE DAYS GRACE
KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

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

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

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

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

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KENNY MASON DROPS  RUFFS MIXTAPE EP VIA RCA RECORDS

LISTEN HERE

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

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

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

 

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

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES MICHAEL DAWSON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 

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

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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR X-WING

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON SEPTEMBER 28

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

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

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

“He deserves your undivided attention” - Complex

Denzel Curry is ready to make 2022 his best year yet”HotNewHipHop

“Cutthroat lyricism over head-nodding percussion continues
to be Curry's bread and butter” - 
Miami New Times

"Any excuse to hear Denzel rapping.. is a good one" - Pitchfork

"Melt My Eyez See Your Future is a sprawling, ambitious record that makes good on Denzel Curry’s vision." - Stereogum

“A consistently intriguing presence” The New Yorker

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

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

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

Melt My Eyez See Your Future is the sound of the mercurial Miami rapper leveling up. His fifth album features singles, Troubles, with T-Pain, the samurai film-inspired, Zatoichi, and Walkin, which arrived with an epic Sci-Fi Western. The album was a communal effort featuring contributions from the likes of Thundercat, Kenny Beats, Robert Glasper, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, J.I.D, 6LACK, Rico Nasty, 454 and more. On each of the fourteen sumptuous tracks, Denzel is operating with the force of a full Jedi master, slicing through bars with dexterity, magic and control. Throughout the project, he processes internal and external conflicts in brave, boundary-breaking detail. To his growing legions of fans, the intrepid soul-searching of this record will come as no surprise – after all, Curry’s music has always been confessional. From tracks like its eponymous opener, on which he pain-stakingly explores his own sex addictions, to the more outward-facing John Wayne, which addresses “gun violence in America and [his] community,” this is hip-hop truth-telling at its finest and most potent.

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

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

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

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO SHARES TRIUMPHANT NEW SONG ANTHEM RISING

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

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About MNRK Music Group:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Chart-topping jazz/R&B sax player, Boney James, today released his 18th studio album, Detour, via Concord Records. Featuring the breezy current hit single, Coastin, with 5-time GRAMMY winner Lalah Hathway on vocals, the new 10-song collection is a subtle stylistic turn that builds on the commercial success of 2020’s Solid, James’ highest charting release ever on the pop charts, peaking in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.  Other standouts on Detour include the track Bring It Back, which released mid-summer and features critically acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow; and the album’s title track, Detour, a winding, playful duet between sax and piano that features some of Boney’s most adventurous playing to date. 

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

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

James will continue on the road for select dates across the U.S. which will take him well into 2023. Promising to bring James’ iconic 30-year career to the live stage, including selections from Detour, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major markets including NYC, NY, Detroit, MI, Alexandria, VA, and Annapolis, MD.  For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit https://boneyjames.com/.
 
During his 30-year career, Boney James has released a staggering 18 studio albums – including a pair of Christmas records -with 1995’s Seduction, 1997’s Sweet Thing and 1999’s Body Language all RIAA certified gold. In 2015, Boney’s futuresoul spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and was the best-selling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015.  Boney has earned four GRAMMY nominations (“I’m not gonna lie... I’d still love a statue,” he says), two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His collaborators in the past include a Who’s Who of R&B and soul: Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister, Stokley Williams, Kenny Lattimore and Angie Stone.
 
Boney James’ 18th studio album Detour is out today across all streaming platforms on Concord Records.  Get the album here. Detour will also be released on vinyl on January 13, 2023, marking the first time in Boney James’ career that he will release an album on vinyl.  
 
Detour Track Listing
1. Detour
2. Bring It Back featuring Dontae Winslow
3. Sway
4. Memphis
5. Tribute
6. Coastin’ featuring Lalah Hathaway
7. The Loop
8. Northern Lights
9. Intention
10. Blur
 
Boney James Tour Dates
Fri, OCT 14 - Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE
Fri, OCT 21 - Arizona Jazz Fest - Phoenix, AZ
Sat, OCT 22 - Thornton Winery - Temecula, CA
Sun, OCT 23 - Hyatt Concerts - Newport Beach, CA
Thu, OCT 27 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
Fri, OCT 28 - Miami Smooth Jazz Fest - Homestead, FL
Sun, NOV 6 - Cancun Jazz Fest - Cancún, Mexico
Fri, NOV 11 - Jazz Legacy Foundation Fest - Hampton, VA
Sat, NOV 12 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC
Sun, NOV 13 - Lexington Opera House - Lexington, KY
Tue, NOV 15 - Byham Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Thu, NOV 17 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Fri, NOV 18 - Rams Head - Annapolis, MD
Sun, NOV 20 - Sony Hall - New York, NY
Wed, NOV 23 - Rivers Casino Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Fri, NOV 25 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
Sun, NOV 27 - Koger Center for the Arts - Columbia, SC
Thu, DEC 8 - Motorcity Casino Hotel - Detroit, MI
Fri, DEC 16 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sat, DEC 17 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, DEC 18 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, JAN 15, 2023 - Punta Cana Jazz Festival - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Mon, JAN 23, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Mon, JAN 30, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Sat, FEB 18, 2023 - The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Originating in Valencia, Spain, NOCTEM made their putrid presence felt with the rumble of 2002’s Unholy Blood demo. The God Among Slaves demo followed in 2007, building bloodthirsty anticipation for the band’s proper full-length debut, Divinity (2009), on Austria’s Noisehead Records. Metal Blade Records licensed Oblivion (2011) abroad, followed by a deal with Prosthetic Records, which issued Exilium (2014) and Haeresis (2016), a concept album centred on the Spanish Inquisition. (A special “rotten meat” scented LP edition of Haeresis sold all of its 666 copies in under a week). The Black Consecration (2019) expanded NOCTEM’s themes of ancient civilizations and dark rites to encompass more of Beleth’s philosophy, previously outlined in his first book, 2017’s Codex Ante-Mortem, released the same year as the band’s homemade beer, A Cruce Salus.

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

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

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HAVIAH MIGHTY RELEASES NEW SINGLE HONEY BUN

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

NOMINATED FOR A 2022 BET AWARD 
FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more from Haviah Mighty this fall. 

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

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

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

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

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

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L.S. DUNES SHARE NEW TRACK AND VIDEO 2022

WATCH HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 
            
WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.


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

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

WATCH PERFORMANCE OF ALBUM STANDOUT RUTH'S ROSA

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW ORLEANS LEGEND’S MUSICAL FAREWELL
GARNERS TREMENDOUS CRITICAL PRAISE

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

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

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

SHARES FIRST SINGLE LOVE HIM RIGHT

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

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

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

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT  BREAKOUT WEST 2022!

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

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

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

www.breakoutwest.ca
 
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MARGO PRICE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM STRAYS OUT JANUARY 13 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE CHANGE OF HEART

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

MEMOIR OUT OCTOBER 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAYTHATBOIZAY SHARES PAIR OF NEW SINGLES 

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

DEBUT ALBUM ARRIVING NEXT YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is Kwenders’ first Polaris Music Prize win.

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

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

Kwenders’ victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward with the nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awarded Kwenders with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

The 2022 Polaris Short List was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polaris Fast Facts:

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com 

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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PIERRE KWENDERS
REMPORTE LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022 POUR SON ALBUM JOSÉ LOUIS AND THE PARADOX OF LOVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG FINALLY FINE FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

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

TORONTO SHOW NOVEMBER 8 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

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

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

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

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AFTER 50 YEARS THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM
IS NOW AVAILABLE ALONGSIDE

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


STREAM HERE

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

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

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

STREAM/BUY THE  PROJECT HERE 

WATCH THE EFFERVESCENT VIDEO FOR rewind FEATURING PAWPAW ROD HERE

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

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

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

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

“Blissed out” The FADER

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

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” - DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

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

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

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

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

Tour Dates:
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/03 - Atlanta, GA -  Rooftop at The Eastern      
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^
10/08 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre Rooftop    
10/09 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR              
10/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
2/14 - Brighton Dome - Brighton, UK !
2/15 - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK !
2/16 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK !
2/18 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK !
2/19 - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK !
2/22 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK !

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

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DEVON GILFILLIAN SHARES THE SOULFUL RAW BROWN SUGAR QUEEN FEATURING JANICE 

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

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

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

*supporting Lake Street Dive

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BUTCHER BROWN RELEASES NEW BIG BAND ALBUM

SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF BREEVIN’

BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY

FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
OUT NOW VIA CONCORD JAZZ

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, releases their new big band album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey, featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, out now via Concord Jazz. Coupled with the release, the band also shares a live performance video for the album track, Breevin'. The full project arrives closely following their recent performances at DC JazzFest, and Afropunk Brooklyn last weekend, and includes the previously-released singles 777, Unbelievable and Liquid Light.
 
The new album was originally written and produced by the band’s MC and multi-instrumentalist, Tennishu, as a hip hop album, but has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the TENNISHU & R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.

The band are fresh off of a collaborative set with Pink Siifu at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer, the sold-out Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley, the DC Jazz Fest in Washington D.C., and their recent performance at Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn. In addition to their album release party in Charlottesville tonight, the band is also slated to play the Monterey Jazz Festival in California later this month. Vinyl of the new project will be available on November 11 in standard black and Opaque Blue as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks, Guitarmy, and, Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).

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

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

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

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More about Butcher Brown here

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

CHECK OUT ALL DETAILS HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small World Music Festival Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR LOS CHICOS TRISTES

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

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

The music of Hermanos Gutierrez evokes expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surfs, spaghetti westerns and Morricone soundtracks, Lynch and Jarmusch. With their guitars they travel through landscapes haunted by vaqueros, cancioneros, wanderers, fugitives, lovers, family—and whatever ghosts their listeners bring to the music.
 
El Bueno Y El Malo is their most epic journey yet: working with Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, they’ve crafted ten vivid compositions that highlight their intimate guitar playing, where one brother’s rhythms and the other brother’s melodies twine around each other so that they become inextricable. Together, they generate what Estevan calls a “deeper, darker energy” defined by complex arrangements, sophisticated playing, and most of all their very close relationship.
 
Started a few years earlier, Hermanos Gutiérrez began releasing music on their own, all of which gained traction in 2020. “My brother and I,” says Estevan, “we did everything by ourselves— all the music, even the artwork. But during Covid, our music was streamed all over the world,” especially their 2020 album, Hijos del Sol. Perhaps because people were looking for an escape from their worries or were traveling to new landscapes without leaving their homes, the music of Hermanos Gutiérrez spread by word of mouth, eventually finding its way to Auerbach. After a twenty-minute conversation, they signed with Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo was recorded quickly and organically, despite it being the first time they’d ever met Auerbach in-person. They worked on the fly, hewing closely to the songs they had brought over from Switzerland while remaining open to any and all new ideas. El Bueno Y El Malo gently expands their sound, retaining the foundation while adding drums, castanets, strings, and congas. The additions are more than subtle; they’re subliminal. They focus the attention on the two main figures and the intricate, almost telepathic interplay of their instruments. In perhaps the most significant addition to their two-guitar sound, their producer even played on one song. As the brothers struggled with an arrangement, Auerbach suggested an idea for a melody, even plugging in and playing it for them. They loved it so much they invited him to record it with them, even retitling that song, Tres Hermanos.
 
The title of the album is, of course, a reference to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and especially its score by Ennio Morricone. But the phrase has a deeper meaning: “We think that everybody has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan. “It’s every person, every moment, every situation. Everybody has these two faces.” It’s not a cynical idea, but one that celebrates the depths and dualities of humanity, and music—even music that does not include vocals or lyrics—is the perfect vehicle to explore such big ideas.
 
TOUR DATES:          
9/28     Munich, DE @ Werk7 Theater
9/30     Istanbul, TUR @ Blind
10/3     London, UK @ EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
10/5     Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
10/6     Porto, PT @ Maus Hábitos - Porto, PT
10/7     Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo2
10/8     Madrid, ES @ Independance
10/11   Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
10/12   Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
10/13   Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/15   Helsinki, FI @ Korjaamon Kulmasali
10/16   Stockholm, SE @ Hus7
10/18   Zürich, CH @ Kaufleuten
10/22   Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium *
10/29   Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever - Dia de los Muertos Fest
10/31   Washington, D.C. @ Miracle Theatre
11/2     Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/3     Boston, MA @ Arts at the Armory
11/4     New York, NY @ Opera House
11/5     Montreal, QC @ PHI Centre
11/6     Toronto, ON @ The Drake

11/8     Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/9     Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
11/10   Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
11/12    Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/13   Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
11/14   San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/17   Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
11/18   Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
11/19   Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum
11/20   Santa Fe, NM @ St. Francis Auditorium
11/22   Austin, TX @ Antone’s
 
* Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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SHOW ME THE BODY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 

SHARES NEW SINGLE WE CAME TO PLAY

KICKING OFF INTERNATIONAL LEG OF GLOBAL TOUR NEXT MONTH

TROUBLE THE WATER  DUE OCTOBER 28 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THERAPY EP OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JADEA KELLY CELEBRATES NEW ALBUM ROSES WITH ONTARIO TOUR THIS FALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

w/special guest Ryan O’Reilly

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

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

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

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

Following a pandemic pause, Jadea returned triumphantly in 2022 with her long-awaited fourth studio album – Roses (released March 4 on Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree). The album was produced by a collection of artists, including Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb), Joe Moralez (Skyler Day) and Tim Abraham (Royal Wood).

“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually. It felt full circle to record in Canada after 4 exploratory years in the US. I love California with all my heart. It is my new found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.

I composed these songs between Ontario, Canada, Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA over the past four years. A massive musical delay and musical pause but a necessary one. Life, happiness and health came first. Including the pandemic. Feeding money and time into artistic pursuits can often feel like feeding coins into a broken parking metre. I hold so many incredible musical memories in my heart but it also took its toll. I therefore took my time with these songs, the production and processing of the emotions. Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state. To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around”.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS DROP BRAND NEW SINGLE I’M GOOD

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

CANADIAN DATES IN NEW WESTMINSTER, VICTORIA AND TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – September 9, 2022 – Since releasing Life After – their monumental 2021 record which earned the band Album of the Year at the 2022 Indie Awards, a Contemporary Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year nod at the 2022 JUNO Awards, three 2022 Western Canadian Music Award nominations, and a coveted spot on the current Polaris Music Prize Short List (their third time to appear on the list) – Snotty Nose Rez Kids have been able to shed a lot of the heaviness they were carrying into that album, and have emerged more confident than ever. Finally able to hit the road again and do what they do best – perform on stage – the duo has found new energy and is eagerly anticipating their next musical phase.

That begins today with the release of their brand new single, I’M GOOD. Undeniably confident in its message, Yung Trybez and Young D take turns running the gamut of haters and distractions, pushing them off with lyrical dexterity. Clever references to Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kenny vs. Spenny, and Scottie Pippen, are juxtaposed with heavier statements like Yung Trybez’s line, “my pops got over cancer, see. Who are you to cancel me?” indicating that there are more important things to focus on. I’M GOOD is a call for anyone to focus on themselves rather than others; do you; don’t talk about it; show them I’M GOOD. Listen to the explosive track here.

"We spent our last album working through the darker times we
experienced,”
reflects Young D. “It was important for our new music to be positive and to show our fans that we needed Life After to talk about our experiences in 2020/2021, but that we're back touring, traveling the world, making new music, and ultimately, we're good!"

"We had to link with producer, KYRIGO, again for this one,” adds Yung Trybez. “He killed it on Uncle Rico and we love his work. He brought the energy we needed for this track."

Fans will get to experience I’M GOOD live, as SNRK embark on their Sink or Swim Tour, which will see them hitting venues across the U.S. and Canada through the rest of the year. The duo will be making Canadian stops in New Westminster, BC on September 10, Victoria, BC on November 30 and Toronto, ON on December 10. They are also set to perform at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto, where they are one of the ten acts vying for the designation of best Canadian album of 2022, for Life After. Full tour details can be found below.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 10 – New Westminster, BC – Recovery Day (Uptown New West Neighbourhood @ 6th and 6th)

September 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
September 16 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
September 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
September 18 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
September 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Rockstar Bar & Grill
September 22 – Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room
September 23 – Reno, NV – Cypress Reno
September 29 – Regina, SK – Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day (Mosaic Stadium)
November 30 – Victoria, BC – Farqhuar Auditorium, UVic

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

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SAMPA THE GREAT RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

BUY / STREAM HERE

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE LET ME BE GREAT  FEATURING ANGÈLIQUE KIDJO

UK/EU TOUR BEGINS IN OCTOBER

"the  album both showcases Sampa's growth as an artist and delivers on fan expectation, taking them on a journey beyond bars into Africa's rich musical heritage" - Exclaim!

"Sampa the Great consistently keeps the listener peering eagerly around the corner for what she’ll pull out of her deep bag of talent next; there’s deep, introspective lyricism mirrored alongside endearing bravado and swagger that puts energy into the sails of whoever is experiencing the music"  - Quip Magazine

 “Sampa’s boldest album to date”  - Evening Standard
“...a riveting statement of defiance…battle anthems for the spirit. " - DJ Mag

“Her voice is always unmistakable. Her uncompromising politics
never come at the expense of the music”
  - 4/5, Mojo

 "The beautiful blends of genres and crisp production make ‘As Above, So Below’ an enthralling listen, and has Sampa raising the bar for herself once again" 8/10, Clash

“​​As Above, So Below feels like Tembo at her best and most confident, free to make the music she’s always wanted to make with the artists of her choosing. It’s a rich, vibrant and carefully-curated record that successfully reveals the many sides of Tembo’s personality” -8/10,  Loud and Quiet

Toronto, ON – September 9, 2022 – ARIA-Award winning, Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper, Sampa The Great, releases her long-awaited sophomore full-length album, As Above, So Below, out via Loma Vista Recordings today.

As a career-eclipsing record, anchored by Sampa The Great’s spoken word in the Zambian-rooted language of Bemba, As Above, So Below, traverses Sampa’s memories of Africa through a self-exposed lens of authenticity and womanhood, while looking to the future of Africa’s relationship to the world and its global communities. Sampa The Great invites an international roster of collaborators, including Angélique Kidjo, Denzel Curry, Joey Bada$$, Kojey Radical, WITCH, Chef 187, Tio Nason, Sampa’s own sister, Mwanjé, and more to contribute across 11 tracks spanning hip-hop, neo-soul, Zamrock, Amapiano and Southern African rap. A reflection of Sampa’s transitory upbringing, the record’s sonic hybridity throws recognition to the music coming out of the African diaspora today, while honouring the stories of those who tread previously. Consider As Above, So Below as Sampa’s musical encyclopaedia, each track grounding new modes of expression against various musical influences uncovered throughout her lifetime.

After relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself - one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. From collaborations with Southern Africa creatives, Rochelle Nembhard and Imraan Christian, to executive production by award winning producer and Zambian royalty, Mag44, to time spent recording with a long-established network of close friends and family, Sampa debuts a 360 Sampa to the world. As Above, So Below unveils the many sides of Sampa, throughout a sophomore album that fuses the serious to the sensual. As Above translates as Sampa's outside self, while So Below is the Sampa within, together uniting to reveal the highest version of herself, without a mask, or role to play. Anchoring the record, is Eve: Sampa’s blueprint of her ideal self who manifests within As Above, So Below’s lyrics, and visually appears throughout the album’s videos. 

Sampa the Great says about As Above, So Below: “As Above, So Below is more personal than communal. The literal meaning is what is within me, is what is expressed outside of me. After years of feeling like I had to represent and be an ambassador for everyone, I finally feel like I get to be an ambassador and fully represent myself.

Relocating to Zambia and Botswana is significant to my story, because this is where my artist dreams began. I was able to reconnect to my younger self and remind me why I started making music in the first place, beyond outside pressure or influence.This album has become a full circle moment for me; I was able to create this project in the country of my birth and have it be the first project created in Zambia with a Zambian Executive Producer, African visual team and majority African producers and artists. This is my freeist project to date and it feels like the journey of my return has been completed and a new chapter begins.”

Executive Producer, Mag44, says about the album: “I think what the album means to me is, REVELATION. A self discovery album that just happened to go beyond the focus of an individual. Sampa always says how do you expect to show love out there when there’s no love within. Turns out that love within has resonated and inspired others around her. The country, the lineage and the spirit of a people is more than what you see on the surface. Revelation in the sense of, we now see the possibilities of who we can become. That has totally changed the DNA of how not only I carry myself but how I think Zambian people will begin to carry themselves.”

Launching the record is the captivating melody of timpanis against a smokey call-and-response from Sampa, on Shadows. Flourishes of brass add weight against Sampa’s low register message to be yourself. Previous single Lane featuring Denzel Curry, receiving global praise on release, is a call to creating and exploring your own lane both beyond prescription and without judgement. A vocoded voice leads alongside jilted organs and choral harmonies beneath a trap beat. Denzel Curry’s verse is a powerful statement of similar essence, further adding to the gravity of Lane’s message. 

Never Forget ushers respect to the golden era of Zambia’s socially prolific genre, Zamrock. On previous release the single earned accolades from NME, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Fader, Stereogum, DJ Mag, Acclaim, and feature positions across Rage and community radio Australia-wide.  A choral harmony from Sampa’s own sister Mwanjé joins triumphant hooks from Zambian songwriter, Tio Nason. Meanwhile, punchy verses from Sampa and Zambian MC Chef 187 weave between an array of Zambian percussion, from bongos, to hand claps, xylophones and timpanis (via Zambians Legendary producer Mag44, executive producer of the album). Next, Mask On, which samples a traditional Zambian nursery rhyme, brings back a trap beat to the fold, inviting a quickening and fiery collection of bars from US rapper and actor, Joey Bada$$ and Sampa’s poetic notes on the expectations of representation within the music industry. 

Recent single and fifth track, Bona, takes influence from the music Sampa heard as a child, while raised in Botswana. Featuring co-production from Solomon Plate and Sampa herself (making this her first official producer credit), the track is influenced by Kwaito and Amapiano, fusing the genres into a hybrid hip hop blend with fiery tempo. A self-defined moment of Southern African Swag, Bona is Sampa’s wide-reaching message to be yourself and not succumb to the intimidation of others. Next, Can I Live invites rock organs and electric guitars to punctuate a down-tempo anthem that provides Sampa the space to deliver an affecting series of questions that questions the path of artistry, amid a backing choir, featuring Zamrock pioneers, W.I.T.C.H. 

Imposter Syndrome features the soul soothing melodies of Zambian afro-jazz musician James Sakala, adding a hypnotic richness between Sampa’s defiant raps to serving her best self. Next, Tilibobo serves a colourful and vibrant Southern African bop derived from amapiano rhythms. Sampa’s verses bop and dart across the staccato melody, each spun in time between trumpets that are irresistibly catchy. Sampa’s sister appears for the second time on ninth track, Lo Rain as a melodic rainfall of harmonies and a soft backbeat delivers a gentler R&B-style of improvisation and tender raps from Sampa. 

Penultimate track, DGAF featuring UK grime rapper, Kojey Radical, turns the heat back on over a cookpot of rolling and low-slung beats. Sampa and Radical both provide sharp jabs between a soft and sweetly delivered chorus, juxtaposed in mood and energy. The album’s final track and current single, Let Me Be Great captures Sampa’s journey to authenticity and enlightenment in an anthemic and returning collaboration with Black musical icon, Angélique Kidjo. An uplifting chorus simply states, ‘let me be great’ to echo the celebratory and empowering trajectory of Kidjo’s path influencing Sampa’s work, while pushing forward a community-led artistry that continues to redefine the musical output in the African diaspora today. 

As Above, So Below, showcases Sampa’s first new music since 2019’s ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize winning debut album, The Return. Elsewhere this year, after the postponement of 2021’s inaugural and highly anticipated An Afro Future tour, Sampa delivered a spectacular run of rescheduled live performances across Eora/Sydney and Naarm/Melbourne, and travelled the globe to perform at Festival International Nuits d'Afrique and Osheaga in Montreal, QC, Philip's Backyard Weekender in Victoria, BC, Glastonbury, Primavera Sound and Lollapalooza Festivals, plus make her debut at Coachella 2022. 

2019 saw tremendous achievements for Sampa The Great, taking home Best Hip Hop Release for Final Form at the ARIA Awards, alongside multiple other wins at the J Awards, the Music Victoria Music Awards, while breaking industry records by winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize twice in her career. The Return received praise from the likes of The Guardian, NPR, Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, OkayAfrica and countless others. In 2020 the appraisals continued, with Sampa taking home three more ARIA Awards for The Return, securing four wins at the Music Victoria Awards, becoming the first solo artist and female musician to win Best Live Act at the National Live Music Awards, and BET Amplified’s first-ever global artist. Most recently, Sampa's acclaimed single Energy feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi was featured in Barack Obama's annual Summer playlist, following the appearance of Freedom in Michelle Obama's 2020 Summer playlist. 

Sampa The Great makes an empowered return with her prodigious sophomore effort, As Above, So Below LP. While remaining one of the world’s most daring artists to continually challenge and connect visions of self, African womanhood and the African diaspora to a greater conversation in an eagerly listening global community, at its simplest, As Above, So Below is an engrossing, cathartic and joyous record to cherish today, and for years to come.  

TOUR DATES
October 12- Gorilla - Manchester, UK
October 15 - Koko - London, UK
October 16 - Tranbendo - Paris, France
October 19  - Sala El Sol - Madrid, Spain
October 20 - TBA - Barcelona, Spain
October 22 - Le Grand Mix - Tourcoing, France
October 24 - Bird - Rotterdam, Netherlands
October 25 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
October 26 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands|
October 28  - Die Kantine - Cologne, Germany
October 30 - Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, Germany
October 31 - Small Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark 
November 2- Huxley’s Neue Welt - Berlin, Germany

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I AM TEXAS BRUTAL DEATH THRASHERS UNLEASH THE PRIMAL WAVE VIDEO FROM NEW ALBUM ETERNAL STEEL OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

WATCH I AM'S THE PRIMAL WAVE VIDEO

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

“This might be an overall faster record, but first single ‘The Iron Gate’ largely finds I AM exploring their slower, doomier side, with just a small dose of thrash peppered in… It’s a very heavy, very Texas, very promising first taste of the LP.”  –BrooklynVegan

“…the perfect recipe of anger and aggression, dead center of the pit destruction, damn memorable songs, and not one bad track amidst the bunch.” – Nine Circles

“…straight, no frills, heavy, and brutal…” – Ghost Cult

Toronto, ON – September 9, 2022 – Texas brutal death thrashers ,I AM, unleash a video for The Primal Wave. The latest bruiser comes off the band’s punishing Eternal Steel full-length, out today on MNRK Heavy!

Brandishing a unique fusion of ferocious thrash and death metal like a weapon of mass destruction, I AM is purely no-nonsense in their patented “Texas Death” assault. Armed with riffs, speed, and overwhelming power, the band channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a grueling workout as to incite the pit.  

Tracks like Iron GateInfernal PantherQueen Incarnate, and Eternal Steel’s title track are demonstrative of the diverse extremes on offer as menacing moods, blistering thrash, and crushing death collide all over the record. The lyrics harness the power of dark subject matter in ways that serve and inspire the listener. “The topic of ‘fear’ is addressed in [latest single] The Primal Wave,” notes vocalist Andrew Hileman, “but in a way where that fear is used to fuel you to overcome obstacles.”

Hileman further elaborates of the track, "If I could describe this song into a few words I’d use 'furious power.' It’s very unrelenting and in your face the whole time leaving an uneasy feeling. Getting with Kevyn [Reece] to make this video happen brought our vision of filth to life."

View I AM’s The Primal Wave video, filmed and directed by Kevyn Reece, here. View the band’s previously released video for The Iron Gate here and Surrender To The Blade here.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Randy Leboeuf (Kublai Khan, Sentinels, The Acacia Strain), Eternal Steel combines the onslaught of the band’s well-received Hard 2 Kill (2018) full-length with the primal bite of Life Through Torment (2017) into a singular statement of intent. The death n’ roll groove of Obituary, the street-smart violence of Cro-Mags, it all coalesces into something fresh, exciting, and distinctly I AM.

Eternal Steel is available NOW on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Order yours today here

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

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

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TYLER CHILDERS AND THE FOOD STAMPS TO RELEASE NEW TRIPLE ALBUM  CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN?

ANGEL BAND (JUBILEE VERSION) OUT TODAY

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 30 ON HICKMAN HOLLER RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – September 8, 2022 — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler Childers and his longtime band, The Food Stamps, will be released September 30 on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records (pre-save/pre-order here). Conceptualized as a three-part project, the eight songs on the album are presented in a trio of distinct sonic perspectives—Hallelujah, Jubilee and Joyful Noise. 

In advance of the release, the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions of Angel Band are out today — listen to both versions here. Additionally, a new music video for the song directed by Bryan Schlam is out now. Watch here

Produced by Childers and The Food Stamps, the eight-song collection features a mix of new and traditional songs and was primarily recorded in guitarist’s James Barker’s home studio, Dragline Studios. The Hallelujah version captures Tyler and the core band playing live in a single room over the course of two days, while the Jubilee version builds on it with the addition of strings, horns, background vocals and an array of worldly instruments such as dulcimer, mbira and sitar. The Joyful Noise version will be unveiled on release day. 

Of the project, Childers shares: “I grew up Baptist and I was scared to death to go to hell. And a lot of that stuck with me. Filtering through that and trying to find the truth, and the beauty, and the things you should think about and expelling all that nonsense has been something I’ve spent a lot of time on. This is a collection that came together through those reflections. In a lot of ways, this is processing life experiences in the different philosophies and religions that have formed me, trying to make a comprehensive sonic example of that. 

Working with the same song three different ways is a nod to my raising, growing up in a church that believes in the Holy Trinity: The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and what that means. The Father being the root, the place from which everything comes from, and The Son coming to free up some of those things, allowing it to be more open and welcoming. And then you have the Holy Ghost once The Son is gone — that feeling that’s supposed to keep us sustained until we are reunited, in whatever way that looks. 

Message wise, I hope that people take that it doesn't matter race, creed, religion and all of that like — the most important part is to protect your heart, cultivate that and make that something useful for the world.” 

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

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

CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? TRACKLIST:
HALLELUJAH 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’
JUBILEE 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’
JOYFUL NOISE
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

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ESCUELA GRIND DEBUTS VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK FORCED COLLECTIVE INTROSPECTION

EXTREME METAL UNIT TO RELEASE NEW LP MEMORY THEATER SEPTEMBER 30

BAND IN MIDST OF U.S. HEADLINING TOUR 

"Whether you call what Escuela Grind does "power violence" or grindcore," there's no doubt the music the quartet creates together is pure fucking mayhem." - No Echo

"discombobulating drum patterns and staccato guitar chugs...
enough force to level an office park." - 
Revolver

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

Toronto, ON – September 8, 2022 –  New England extreme metal unit, Escuela Grind, will release its new LP, Memory Theater, on September 30. Produced by Kurt Ballou, the album - the band's first for MNRK Heavy (High on Fire, Crowbar) -features 9 tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. Escuela Grind's Memory Theater is available for pre-order here.

Today, Escuela Grind releases a video for the new song, Forced Collective Introspection. Directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains), the barn-burning clip is an ode to the 1971 science fiction film, THX 1138, a work of sociological commentary set in a dystopian world where individuality and love are forbidden. Stream Escuela Grind's Forced Collective Introspection video here.

"We again teamed up with director Michael Jari Davidson to create the video for Forced Collective Introspection, says Escuela Grind vocalist, Katerina Economou. "The video references 1971's anti-authoritarian movie THX 1138, where the band is held in a white void by masked guards, and reduced to objectified numbers. Harassed in prison cells, the band makes their escape in a Shawshank fashion. The theme of the video runs throughout all of our music: we must resist and attempt to escape their control to regain our humanity."

While its music might be intimidating on first listen, the overwhelming spirit behind Escuela Grind is a message of empowerment. As it destroys musical boundaries, the quartet attacks the idea of “gatekeeping” with equal ferocity. Anytime Katerina Economou, Jesse Fuentes (drums), Kris Morash (guitar), and Tom Sifuentes (bass) convene, an aural apocalypse will ensue. Escuela Grind stitches together a new metallic hardcore monster from the rotten corpses of grindcore and power violence with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos. An architect by trade, Economou explores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band's musical cacophony
Escuela Grind, which performed as one of the featured acts at the 2022 Psycho Las Vegas festival, is currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour. The 23-city Forced Collective Introspection tour launched on September 3 in Salem, MA and includes performances at New England's RPM Fest, Illinois' Full Terror Assault Open Air, and Cleveland's Hacked Up for BBQ death fest, as it criss-crosses the country.  A full listing of upcoming Escuela Grind tour dates is below.

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

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

“Escuela Grind is super stoked to be out on the Forced Collective Introspection tour across the US with our friends in Test," says front person Katerina Economou. "We're so excited to play a bunch of new cities, cool festivals and killer clubs. You can expect to hear a bunch of material from the new album, and maybe even more upcoming stuff! Let's rage.” A ull listing of upcoming Escuela Grind tour dates is below.

Escuela Grind also released a video for the new song, All Is Forgiven, which the group calls "a skull cracker." The high-intensity clip blends reality with virtual reality. All is Forgiven premieres via Brooklyn Vegan who succinctly surmises, "This shit bangs." Experience Escuela Grind's All is Forgiven video here.


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

TOUR DATES
September 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
September 13  - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
September 14 - Fort Collins, CO - The Lyric
September 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Beehive Social Club
September 16 -  Boise, ID - The Shredder
September 17 -  Tacoma, WA - Hammerhead House
September 18 -  Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
September 19 -  Portland, OR - High Water Mark
September 20 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
September 21  - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
September 22 -  San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
September 23 -  Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock Live
September 25 -  Corpus Christi, TX - Boozers Rock Bar
September 26  - Dallas, TX - American Legion Post 672
September 27 -  New Orleans, LA - TBA

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

 

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA ANNOUNCE LIVE AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN A TRIBUTE TO BANDMATE ADAM BALSAM

FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ROBINSON KIRBY OCTOBER 5

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, announce they’ll be playing at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on October 5, with special guests Robinson Kirby. This special night will serve as a tribute to, and celebration of life, for the band’s drummer, Adam Balsam.
 
Last October, just days before the band’s album, Farewell To Cathedral (Popguru Sound & Vision) was due for release, Balsam passed away suddenly and the group had to cancel their album release show. 
 
Offer The Wilderness of Manitoba: "The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming show at The Horseshoe Tavern comes with mixed emotions. Just a little under a year ago, the band was preparing to unveil their new record Farewell To Cathedral live on the very same stage when they received the tragic news that their beloved friend and bandmate, drummer Adam Balsam, had passed away. To honour Adam's memory, the band will be performing the same set list that they had planned to do before his passing which includes a number of songs from Farewell To Cathedral as well as a diverse selection of songs from The Wilderness of Manitoba's back catalogue."
 
Farewell To Cathedral was recorded in just two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto, which was completely unprecedented. In the past, the band’s Will Whitwham felt he laboured over a lot of the sonic details, often adding overdub after overdub. But for this album, the songs were captured at their most live and purest stage. The results show that, at the end of the day, the quality of the songs is not necessarily contingent on the recording process. This was made clear on the album singles The Alchemist, Sometimes, Oblivion and The Well Has Run Dry. Listen to the full record here.
 
Tickets for the October 5 show are available in advance here and more information can be found on the Wilderness of Manitoba’s website.

About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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CAMILO'S DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA ALBUM OUT NOW

LISTEN HERE

THE THIRD STUDIO ALBUM FEATURES STELLAR COLLABORATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ALEJANDRO SANZ, CAMILA CABELLO, EVALUNA MONTANER, GRUPO FIRME, MYKE TOWERS,
AND NICKI NICOLE

 
WITH DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA CAMILO DEMONSTRATES HIS MUSICAL RICHNESS AND COMPOSITIONAL INGENUITY ONCE AGAIN
 
AFTER HIS FIRST SOLD OUT CONCERT AT THE RADIO MUSIC HALL IN NEW YORK, CAMILO WILL CONTINUE THE SECOND PHASE OF HIS DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA TOUR THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 IN MIAMI

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Two-time GRAMMY-nominated and five-time Latin GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter, Camilo, just has released his long-awaited new album titled, De Adentro Pa Afuera, available now on all digital platforms under the Sony Music Latin/Hecho a Mano.
 
After his multi award-winning albums, Por Primera Vez, and, Mis Manos, the talented singer-songwriter and producer delivers De Adentro Pa Afuera, his third studio album and the most personal in his catalog, which captures and immortalizes a moment of feeling that awoke inside him with the arrival of his firstborn, Indigo.
 
As he describes it, #DAPA "is a blog of the valuable things that are inside me and come out to share it” and seeks to celebrate a new chapter in its history and explore all the corners of that internal diversity that it possesses. and genuinely share with The Tribe.
 
“I would like listeners to take away from this album doors into new rooms of who they are and their sensibilities. There are times when we are not sure we are capable of certain emotions, and we just need a key that opens the door to that new feeling. Sometimes those keys are songs and I like to think that mine can accompany La Tribu to those new places,” Camilo said.
 
Under the production of Camilo and Édgar Barrera, this album includes 11 songs composed by both along with other great composers and producers, and includes stellar collaborations with international artists deeply admired by Camilo such as Alejandro Sanz, Camila Cabello, Evaluna Montaner, Grupo Firme, Myke Towers, and Nicki Nicole.
 
Since October 2021, La Tribu and all those who follow Camilo have been able to enjoy six of the songs that make up this great musical production and that are already added to their list of hits, including Indigo, Pesadilla, Pegao, NASA, Naturaleza, and the most recent Alaska, which has more than 633 thousand videos on TikTok – listen to the sound here – and nine million views combined to date.

DE ADENTRO PA AFUERA Tracklist:
1. Aeropuerto
2. Ambulancia – con Camila Cabello
3. Bebiendo Sola – con Myke Towers
4. 5:24
5. De Adentro Pa Afuera
6. Alaska – con Grupo Firme
7. Naturaleza – con Nicki Nicole
8. NASA – con Alejandro Sanz
9. Pegao
10. Pesadilla
11. Índigo – con Evaluna Montaner 

Along with this release, Camilo will continue his De Adentro Pa Afuera Tour, which began in May of this year and has already been presented in several countries including Mexico, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. The tour, presented by the entertainment company Loud and Live, will arrive at the FTX Arena in the city of Miami on September 10 and then tour the main cities of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. 

Tour Dates:
September 10 - Miami, Florida - FTX Arena
September 17 - Fort Myers, Florida - Hertz Arena
September 18 - Orlando, Florida - Amway Center
September 21 - Hidalgo, Texas - Bert Ogden Arena
September 22 - Houston, Texas - Smart Financial Centre 
September 24 - Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center
September 30 - El Paso, Texas - Don Haskins Center
October 2 - San Diego, California - Pechanga Arena
October 14 - Los Angeles, California - Microsoft Theater
October 15 - Sacramento, California - Golden 1 Center
October 16 - San José, California - SAP Center
October 22 - Laredo, Texas - Sames Auto Arena
October 23 - San Antonio, Texas - Freeman Coliseum
October 28 - Chicago, Illinois - Allstate Arena
October 30 - Boston, Massachusetts - Agganis Arena
November 4 - Washington, D.C. - EagleBank Arena
November 6 - Atlanta, Georgia - Gas South Arena
November 12 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico

For more information about De Adentro Pa Afuera Tour visit  www.camilolatribu.com.

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WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA WELCOMES ROBYN STEWART AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2022 – Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is happy to announce Robyn Stewart (she/her) as its Executive Director.

Stewart is welcomed into the association by Chair and Founder, Samantha Slattery, who has spent the past eight years administering the non-profit organization, since its 2014 inception. Stewart will oversee all aspects of WIMC, including its various educational, career development and networking events, as well as programming, industry engagement, research and advocacy initiatives. An accomplished veteran in the Canadian cultural industries, Stewart brings with her a wealth of knowledge from all facets of event management, partnership relations, fund development and beyond.

"I am excited to take on this role, bringing immense passion for the importance of culture and music and of supporting emerging talent,” says Stewart. “Following my tenure at the Western Canadian Music Alliance, I am thrilled to support gender equity in the Canadian music industry through WIMC programming, training support and community building. I look forward to learning the experiences of those struggling to reach their dreams and aspire to be a part of paving the way for a more equitable future for women and gender diverse artists and industry folks. I also look forward to working with fellow intersectional service organizations, IIMS, ADVANCE and others, to maximize the support we can provide for all under-represented creators and innovators." 

Stewart is an accomplished 19-year Event Director, currently holding the role of Executive Director and CEO of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Having started her career as a theatre Stage Manager, among other roles in the cultural industries, she is passionate about the creative process and the role culture plays in communities. Her experience reaches all areas of event management and talent buying, with her strongest skills lying in financial management, complex logistics, government relations and fund development, and partner relationship building.

Celebration Sites Coordinator for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010 and Entertainment Buyer for PanAmerican Games 2015 are among the projects Stewart is most proud of, as well as her work with the WCMA, which allowed her to support developing artists and engage in passion projects including working towards gender parity in the music industry on an international level. A travel enthusiast herself, Stewart is incredibly driven by her work supporting artists to showcase and develop business in international markets. Stewart holds positions on the Polaris Music Prize (national), Canadian Live Music Association (national) and KeyChange (international) Boards of Directors, and the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation advisory board. Robyn is a mom to Jasper (9) and Ty (1), who are her greatest joys and challenge in life, to ensure they grow up to be good humans.

Slattery shares, "We are absolutely thrilled to have Robyn at the helm of Women in Music Canada! Her depth of experience, passion and knowledge will prove invaluable as we enter into the next chapter of the organization.”   

Slattery, also a music industry veteran, has been working throughout North America and the UK for over two decades, primarily in the live sector on major music festivals (including Coachella Music Festival, Reading & Leeds Music Festivals, Virgin Festival and JUNOS to name a few), as well as spending several years on Nettwerk Management’s UK artist management team, working for major-label multi-platinum artists. She will continue on as the Chair of the WIMC Board of Directors.

Along with Stewart’s appointment to Executive Director, Women in Music Canada will be announcing the new members of its Board of Directors. Stay tuned for that news coming soon.

About Women in Music Canada
Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their career. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development, support and resources for our community. Women in Music hosts educational, career development and networking events alongside broader programming initiatives, industry engagement, research and advocacy to serve the needs of our diverse community. Our panels, seminars, webinars, workshops and performance serve to educate, empower, and celebrate female contributions to the music world, and strengthen community ties.

Women in Music Canada acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations throughout Canada, specifically our headquarters in the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. www.womeninmusic.ca

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THE KING OF BACHATA ROMEO SANTOS  RELEASES HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM  FORMULA VOL. 3 

ALBUM ARRIVES ALONGSIDE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
SIN FIN  WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – WATCH HERE 

 LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – September 2, 2022 –Today, singer-songwriter and the ‘King of Bachata’ Romeo Santos released his highly anticipated new album Fórmula Vol. 3 via Sony Latin. Listen here.
 
Fórmula Vol. 3 highlights Romeo’s signature bachata tunes, showcasing his unique and iconic style. Following the massive success of both Fórmula Vol. 1 and Fórmula Vol. 2, the third installment, Fórmula Vol. 3 elevates bachata to new heights with its 21 tracks. The critically acclaimed lead single, Sus Huellas, was released earlier this year, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, earning 2x platinum certification in the U.S. and received praise from THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE FADER, and ROLLING STONE. The new album includes several star-studded features including ROSALÍA, Justin Timberlake, Christian Nodal, an introduction by comedian Katt Williams and vocals from all three of Romeo’s sons. 
 
The album comes alongside the video for Sin Fin with Justin Timberlake. The song is a seamless fusion of Romeo’s contemporary Bachata rhythms and Timberlake’s soulful voice and pop sounds. Directed by Emil Nava, the video brought the two global superstars together in Los Angeles and gives life to the lyrics with their star presence, while also displaying their footwork as they dance to the beat of this promising pop-bachata. 
 
The new album comes at an exciting time for Santos who recently appeared on the cover of Billboard and will take part in Billboard’s Latin Music Week in Miami later this month. Santos was featured in Rolling Stone’s “Hot” issue this past July, and earlier this summer, he took over Rockefeller Plaza for The TODAY Show’s Citi Summer Concert Series – watch here.
 
With 17 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 8 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, 2 Premios Juventud Awards, 4 Guinness World Records, 2 Latin American Music Awards and more, Santos reigns as the King of Bachata. He’s collaborated with the likes of Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Lil Wayne, and had 3 consecutive No. 1 albums with Fórmula Vol 1, Fórmula Vol 2 and Golden. He’s sold over 223 million singles and over 24 million records worldwide. Fórmula Vol. 1 & Fórmula Vol. 2 are also the highest selling albums in history for a Sony Latin artist, with Fórmula Vol. 2 certified 27X multi-platinum, the highest certification level for an album by a Latin male artist.
 
TRACKLIST:
1.Intro – ft. Katt Williams, My Kids
2.Bebo
3.Ayúdame
4.Bumerán
5.Sexo Con Ropa
6.Ciudadana
7.Estropear
8.El Pañuelo – ROSALÍA 
9.15,500 Noches – Toño Rosario, Rubby Perez ft. Fernandito Villalona
10.Perro
11.Sin Fin – Justin Timberlake
12.Conmigo en solitario
13.Sus Huellas
14.SIRI – Chris Lebron
15.Sketch
16.Me Extraño – Christian Nodal
17.Suegra
18.Culpable – ft. El Lápiz Consciente
19.R.I.P
20.La Ultima Vez 
21.Nirvana

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NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’S HIT SINGLE PROUD MARY OUT TODAY

STREAM/WATCH PROUD MARY (AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) OUT NOW

TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING LIVE ALBUM

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL THE FIRST-TIME RELEASE OF THE BAND'S LEGENDARY 1970 LONDON CONCERT
 
AFTER 50 YEARS THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM
WILL BE RELEASED ALONGSIDE THE UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FILM 
TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 

TORONTO, ON – September 2, 2022 — Craft Recordings have recently announced the forthcoming release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legendary long-lost recording of their 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will be available for the first time ever in multiple formats (detailed below) as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is set for release on September 16 and is available now for pre-order. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film titled, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, will be available for streaming on Netflix, also beginning September 16 (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).
 
Today, ahead of the upcoming releases, CCR debuts the full live performance of their signature hit Proud Mary. The advance single is available now to stream or download here. The video captures bandmates, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, teaming up on stage for one of their biggest hits, a song that became an instant classic and has been covered by countless artists to date, including Tina Turner, Tom Jones, James Bay and even the cast of Glee. Proud Mary originally started as a phrase without a home in Fogerty’s notebook. When he received his honorable-discharge papers in the mail in 1968, the song flowed right out of him. Peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in spring of 1969, Proud Mary became the first of five singles to reach #2 for the group.  Watch the video here.  
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be available September 16 on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, while select retailers will offer a variety of exclusive colour variants, including Walmart (Tombstone Shadow vinyl) and Target (Green River vinyl). Additionally, the album will be available across digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats. A limited Super Deluxe Edition Box Set will follow later in the year, more details below.
 
After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer, Giles Martin, and engineer, Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be released concurrently with the documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies), and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, the film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety. 

The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream). Concord’s Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original’s Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.

On November 18, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin’ Band:  Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s incredible path to the London show. View the unboxing trailer here.
 
When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. John, Tom, Stu, and Doug may not have had the familiar ring to it of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.
 
While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.

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

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE TO DEBUT 12 NEW VISUAL ART PIECES AT POLARIS POSTER EXHIBITION THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER IN TORONTO

 

TORONTO, ON — Thursday, September 1, 2022 — The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, will be unveiling the 12 newest additions to its signature Polaris poster series with a special gallery takeover happening at Underscore Projects in Toronto, Ontario throughout September.

Polaris will debut its 12 new poster commissions during the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West), in Toronto, happening between September 8-29. The reveal of the 12 new posters will take place during an invite-only reception happening September 8, with the accompanying online and social media rollout taking place September 9. The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition will be viewable Wednesdays to Fridays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission for the exhibit is free. Off-hour private viewings of the exhibit are also available by appointment by contacting Underscore Projects.

The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition is curated by Odessa Dobbie. The poster show will also feature an installation by Toronto-based artist, Lauren Pirie, whose work will be present at this year's Polaris Gala.

Each year 10 Canadian visual artists are commissioned to create a unique art piece inspired by a nominated album on the Polaris Music Prize Short List. These vivid graphic interpretations of the nominees’ music are then developed into limited edition, silk-screened prints. This year’s Short List poster creators are:
 
Sylvain Beaudry for Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS
Noel Nanton for Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Mathieu Dionne for Lisa Leblanc’s Chiac Disco
Stéphane Monnet for Hubert Lenoir’s PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Tallulah Fontaine for Kelly McMichael’s Waves
Josephine Guan for Ombiigizi’s Sewn Back Together
Mark Neil Balson for Ouri’s Frame of a Fauna
Ashley Floréal for Shad’s TAO
Dominic Ayre for Snotty Nose Rez Kids’s Life After
Kendra Yee for Charlotte Day Wilson’s ALPHA
 
Additionally, Polaris has commissioned two new works to honour its most recent hall of fame Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize winners — Faith Nolan’s Africville and Nomeansno’s Wrong — with their own commemorative posters. These works, by Yazmin Monet Butcher and Jean deMers, respectively, will also debut at Underscore Projects.
 
This will also be made possible by the generous support of Crown Royal. As a proudly Canadian whisky, Crown Royal is thrilled to raise a glass to the next generation of music royalty and celebrate Canadian artistry.

The poster artists were selected by Polaris and The Office of Gilbert Li and printed by Kid Icarus in Toronto.
 
This gallery takeover will be the first-ever large-scale exhibition of the Polaris poster archive. Prints of the 12 new works will be available for purchase throughout September at Underscore Projects along with a thorough selection of other posters from the Polaris archive. A limited quantity of these pieces will also be made available at the Polaris Gala and will be made available for pre-order September 9 on the Polaris Music Prize website.
 
Polaris has commissioned over 200 original artworks as part of its poster program. Since the organization began in 2006, Polaris founder, Steve Jordan, commissioned unique “gig” posters featuring artwork inspired by the nominated albums. The posters produced were given as a gift to each of the 10 acts on a given year’s Short List. Several of these works have gone on to win prizes of their own from the likes of the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Annual. Select pieces have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre, the Canada Council, the London Museum and were featured in Heritage Toronto’s Sounds Like Toronto digital music history project. Additionally, Polaris prints are prominently displayed in the offices of leading cultural and music institutions.
 
The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition will serve as an excellent opportunity to build anticipation for the marquee event in the Polaris calendar, the Polaris Gala, happening September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. The 2022 Polaris Gala will feature performances by a number of the musical artists nominated on this year’s Short List. One of these artists will be selected as this year’s Polaris Music Prize winner. General admission tickets to the Polaris Gala are currently available via Ticketmaster.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 

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

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

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Pw: m3d1a

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LE PRIX DE LA MUSIQUE POLARIS

DÉVOILERA 12 NOUVELLES ŒUVRES D'ART VISUEL DANS LE CADRE DE SON EXPOSITION D'AFFICHES QUI AURA LIEU EN SEPTEMBRE, À TORONTO

TORONTO, le jeudi 1 septembre 2022 — Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, dévoilera sa plus récente série de 12 affiches signatures, exposées à la galerie Underscore Projects, à Toronto (Ont.) en septembre.
 
Les 12 nouvelles affiches commandées par Polaris seront présentées dans le cadre du Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, du 8 au 29 septembre à la galerie Underscore Projects (1486, rue Dundas Ouest), à Toronto (Ont.). Le dévoilement des 12 affiches aura lieu dans le cadre d'une réception sur invitation seulement, qui aura lieu le 8 septembre. Le grand public est invité entre 18 h 30 et 22 h. Le lancement se poursuivra en ligne et sur les médias sociaux dès le 9 septembre. L'exposition pourra être visitée du mercredi au vendredi, de 18 h à 21 h, et le samedi, de 16 h à 20 h. L'entrée est gratuite. Il sera également possible de planifier une visite privée de l'exposition sur rendez-vous, en communiquant avec Underscore Projects.

Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 est organisée par Odessa Dobbie. L'exposition d'affiches présentera également une installation de l'artiste torontoise Lauren Pirie, dont le travail sera aussi présenté au gala de cette année.
 
Chaque année, 10 artistes visuels du Canada sont choisis pour créer une œuvre d'art unique inspirée d'un album nominé sur la Courte liste du Prix de la musique Polaris. Ces représentations graphiques uniques de la musique des artistes en nomination sont ensuite sérigraphiées et offertes en quantités limitées. Cette année, les créateur·trice·s des affiches pour la Courte liste sont :
 
Sylvain Beaudry pour LABYRINTHITIS de Destroyer
Noel Nanton pour José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders
Mathieu Dionne pour Chiac Disco de Lisa Leblanc
Stéphane Monnet pour PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe de Hubert Lenoir
Tallulah Fontaine pour Waves de Kelly McMichael
Josephine Guan pour Sewn Back Together de Ombiigizi
Mark Neil Balson pour Frame of a Fauna de Ouri
Ashley Floréal pour TAO de Shad
Dominic Ayre pour Life After de Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Kendra Yee pour ALPHA de Charlotte Day Wilson
 
De plus, Polaris a commandé deux œuvres supplémentaires pour honorer les plus récent·e·s lauréat·e·s du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight - Faith Nolan avec l'album Africville et Nomeansno avec l'album Wrong. Ces affiches commémoratives, réalisées par Yazmin Monet Butcher et Jean deMers, seront aussi présentées à Underscore Projects.
 
Cet événement est également rendu possible grâce à l'appui généreux de Crown Royal. En tant que fabricant de whisky fièrement canadien, Crown Royal est fier de lever son verre à la prochaine génération de grands noms de la musique et de célébrer les talents artistiques canadiens.
 
Les artistes retenu·e·s pour la création des affiches ont été sélectionné·e·s par Polaris et The Office of Gilbert Li. Les impressions ont été réalisées par Kid Icarus, à Toronto.
 
Il s'agira de la première exposition d'envergure pour les affiches d'archive de Polaris. Il sera possible de se procurer des tirages des 12 nouvelles affiches, ainsi que d'une série d'affiches sélectionnées provenant des archives de Polaris. Les affiches seront en vente pendant tout le mois de septembre à Underscore Projects. Elles seront également offertes en quantités limitées lors du Gala Polaris et en précommande dès le 9 septembre sur le site Web du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Depuis le début de l'organisation, en 2006, Polaris a commandé plus de 200 œuvres d'art originales dans le cadre de son programme d'affiches. L'objectif du fondateur, Steve Jordan, est d'offrir à chacun·e des 10 artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste une « affiche de concert » inspirée de l'album en lice. Plusieurs de ces œuvres ont par la suite elles-mêmes remporté des prix de la Society of Illustrators et de la Communication Arts Annual. Des pièces sélectionnées ont également été exposées au Centre national des arts, au Conseil des arts du Canada et au London Museum. Certaines d'entre elles apparaissent dans le projet numérique d'histoire de la musique Sounds Like Toronto, piloté par Heritage Toronto. Enfin, les affiches Polaris sont affichées bien en vue dans les bureaux de nombreuses institutions culturelles et musicales.
 
Le Lancement des affiches et exposition du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 constitue une excellente occasion pour promouvoir l'événement phare du calendrier Polaris, le Gala Polaris, qui aura lieu le 19 septembre, à The Carlu, à Toronto. Le Gala Polaris 2022 présentera les performances de plusieurs des artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste de cette année. Un·e de ces artistes sera sélectionné·e comme récipiendaire du Prix de musique Polaris 2022. Des billets pour le Gala Polaris sont actuellement en vente sur Ticketmaster.
 
Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2022, recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music. De plus, le Prix de musique Polaris s’est associé à Play MPE pour offrir à l’artiste derrière l’album lauréat un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

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

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

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

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

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

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

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

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

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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :

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

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

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

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

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
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MIRANDA JOAN SURRENDERS TO SUMMER HEAT WITH NEW SONG OVERSTIMULATED

WATCH STUNNING VIDEO FILMED AT
COPACABANA BEACH, BRAZIL

Toronto, ON – August 29, 2022 – Canadian-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter and musician, Miranda Joan, brings alluring, soul-infused pop and R&B to the fore. Having grown up in Canada and being no stranger to the cold, one thing Miranda learned from New York summers is that you can’t fight the heat - and at some points,  you must surrender to it. The summer may be winding down, but senses continue to rise in every degree of her new single - Overstimulated - a sultry track inspired by a multitude of locales and the ideas that arise in new places, in good company, with all the feelings. Listen to it on Bandcamp and all platforms here and read the lyrics here.

"I wrote this song when the doors to life had just reopened post-lockdown and I was, as I’m sure many of us were, ready to erupt. It was summer in New York City, I had just returned from nine months in Vancouver, and it was hot. We’re talking sweat dripping down the small of your back, sleeping on top of the sheets, too-hot-to-think kind of heat. In what felt like a blink of an eye, everything opened up and here we were, hermited heathens, given keys to the city. The energy was intense and, having spent so much time in isolation, when things finally came back and we were able to socialize again, I was overcome with urgency. I wanted to do it all, I wanted contact, I wanted to be around people, I wanted to be seen, I wanted to feel. I was vibrating and it was as overwhelming as it was exciting. Overstimulated  is about the exhilarating part of reaching out and feeling it all again."

Overstimulated marks the first single from  Miranda's forthcoming album, set to launch in 2023. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Vida Fodonaand styled by Brazilian fashion brand, Santa Maria. Watch Overstimulated and learn more about the experience below. 

On the process, Miranda reflects: "I have many loved ones in Brazil and the reason I wanted to do the visuals for this single there was, for starters, it was during Carnival which feels like overstimulation personified. Also, Rio happens to be a place where surrender to heat is ritualized. I’ve learned a lot about the power of my femininity in the times I’ve spent in Brazil and it has been a place that has brought me closer to my body; to really be in my skin and to enjoy and celebrate it. Whatever that looks like for you, it’s yours. You define it; you own it."

Overstimulated captures a sense of wonder and shows Miranda fully committing to and embracing the sensual side of her personality and her music. From the stripped down production in the verses to the visuals, she wanted this song to capture emotions in a time of reopening, of new adventure, of feeling connection with people as a mirror for ourselves in ways we hadn’t been able to during lockdown; to not only fantasize about connection but to once again be able to go out and feel it. The track was produced by CARRTOONS, with additional synths by Jake Sherman.

The track is a sample of what audiences can expect to hear from Miranda as the seasons change - stay tuned! 

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

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

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

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SARAH HILTZ  ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR SHARING MUSIC FROM LATEST ALBUM CALM FURY

LISTEN TO CALM FURY

TORONTO LAUNCH SHOW SEPTEMBER 8 AT CAMERON HOUSE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

"Songs have a timeless quality to them, as if they’ve always been there in your life, bringing comfort to difficult chapters." - She Does The City

"A high level of musicianship prevails throughout the record."
RootsMusic.ca

"A passionate and striking performance." - Dusty Organ

"Rich storytelling and moments of sonic tension and release."
Addicted Magazine

"Serene and soothing." - Ottawa Life Magazine
 

 

TORONTO, ON – August 29, 2022 – Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, is taking on the country in an extensive Canadian tour run this fall. Following the release of her beautifully produced, poignant and timely album Calm Fury (released March 4, 2022), Sarah and her pal, Rebekah Hawker, will celebrate the project through intentional live performances. Calm Fury grew out of a three year research project learning about the ways we experience, express and repress anger in modern society. Their combined show features two distinct and contrasting sets, full of engaging songs, humour, storytelling, and well-arranged moments of harmony and musical collaboration. 

Everything kicks off Thursday, September 8 at the Cameron House in Toronto, where Sarah and Rebekah will be joined by Connor Walsh and Charlotte Cornfield, who played bass and drums on the album. Shows will follow in Winnipeg, Calgary, across British Columbia and Ontario into October. See all dates below. 

Key album tracks, Calm Fury and Retching In The Wings, and May I Rage, May I Love are a sample of this powerful, cathartic collection of songs that reflect a sonic study. Select inspiration and references include Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by the late, great Thich Nhat Hanh, and footage of Sinead O’Connor getting booed at Madison Square Garden for ripping up a photo of the pope in protest of the Catholic Church’s history and perpetuation of child abuse.

Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, Sarah is pairing the music with The Fury Pod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic. Season 2 launches in October - stay tuned for the Season 1 wrap-up episode launching September 12 here.


Calm Fury is a collection of songs inspired by Sarah’s research into the ways that Canadians experience, express and repress anger, along with Sarah’s own, and how others relate to anger. Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Part of the research project involved attending a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2019. The tracks on the album go deep, looking at: how anger is processed in the body, communication with others, women’s anger and men’s response to it, how it can be used as energy, self-directed anger, justified anger, creativity & anger, and spirituality & anger. 

TOUR DATES:
September 8 - Toronto, ON - The Cameron House - Tickets
September 19 - Winnipeg, MB - FortWhyte Alive
September 21 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
September 22 - Kelowna, BC - Rustic Reel Taproom
September 23 - Vancouver, BC - House Concert (Cliff’s)
September 24 - Cobble Hill, BC - Merridale Cidery
September 28 - Invermere, BC - Arrowhead Brewing
September 29 - Calgary, AB - Venue TBA
September 30 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive
October 2 - Edmonton, AB - House Concert (Malcolm’s)
October 4 - Moose Jaw, SK - The Hive
October 6 - Morden, MB - Rendezvous Brewing
October 7 - Thunder Bay, ON - Algoma House
October 8 - Haileybury, ON - Live On Georgina

More on Calm Fury:
Calm Fury brings a variety of sounds, arrangements and awesome collaborators into the fold. Sarah was less fixated on capturing a particular sound or arrangement for each song and instead focused on working with people who she felt would honestly engage with the subject and reflect it in their own performance. The album was recorded in Montreal by Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire) and includes guests, Charlotte Cornfield (drums/percussion), Colleen Brown (keys/vocals – of Major Love), Tara Kannangara (trumpet/vocals), Connor Walsh (bass), Rachael Cardiello (vocals – of Zinnia). Shae Brossard also assisted in the studio, while Sarah Thawer sat in as drummer on a couple of songs. Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) added vibraphone, marimba and tenor glockenspiel across the album, with a feature by Fats Kaplin, performing pedal steel on another track. 

Retching In The Wings features: Sarah Hiltz (Vocals, electric, acoustic), Connor Walsh (electric bass), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel), Colleen Brown (piano, background vocals), Tara Kannangara (background vocals), Bruce Cawdron (Vibraphone, marimba). 

Calm Fury features: Sarah Hiltz (vocals, acoustic guitar), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Connor Walsh (bass), Colleen Brown (background vocals, organ).

Earlier this year, Sarah shared May I Rage, May I Love, waxing poetic on how anger connects with spirituality, and the concept of justified anger, and safe spaces. The video, directed by Sandi Barrett, captures stunning, monochromatic scenes of people in deep reflection, coming to terms with their anger and fears, meeting them in spaces with love and catharsis. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

In 2021, Sarah kicked things off with Love & Retreat and Swim. On Love & Retreat, Sarah draws from the experience of fraught communication, using the setting of heated arguments and discussions, making this catalytic track the apex of the album as a whole. Listen here and watch the visualizer here. On Swim, Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here

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About Sarah Hiltz
Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response. 

Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIA Rail’s passenger train, “The Canadian." Beauty in the Blue features lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting.

Sarah has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs since 2009. Her work over the last decade as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award (Political Category), opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, Top 3 placement in a nation-wide music competition (She’s The One), a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.

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THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS: METALSUCKS PREMIERES THE ELEPHANT MAN IN THE ROOM VIDEO FROM ATLANTA MATHCORE COLLECTIVE

CELEBRITY THERAPIST TO DROP SEPTEMBER 2
VIA MNRK HEAVY/MODERN STATIC RECORDS


BAND TO KICK OFF U.S. TOUR WITH ROLO TOMASSI

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia-based mathcore collective, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS, today unleashes their delightfully sardonic video for The Elephant Man In The Room. Now playing courtesy of MetalSucks, the manic hymn comes off the band’s anticipated Celebrity Therapist full-length, set for release September 2 via MNRK Heavy and Modern Static Records. Watch the video here.

The band Kill Your Stereo crowned, “insane, intricate, and impressive,” introduced themselves to the underground with 2019’s Die On Mars. Mathcore Index noted of the group’s raucously volatile debut, “These Georgians have the skills to be the next boundary-pushers in the genre,” while Metal Injection insisted the offering would “make you punch everyone ever in the face” and they meant it in the best way possible. The music on Celebrity Therapist shockingly ups the ante with convulsive time shifts and sadistic precision.

The record is unapologetically dense and impenetrable yet confusingly inviting as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines. Chronically intriguing in both sound and execution, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS is composed of charismatic frontman, Carson Pace, possessed like a young Mike Patton, guitarists Maddie Caffrey and Dan Hodsdon, bassist Jack Buckalew, drummer Sam Williamson, and violinist Amber Christman. Together the band revives noise rock like they’re summoning the dead delivering a vibrant and distinctly singular concoction of mathcore, sasscore, and post-hardcore — a sound that’s at once abrasive, chaotic, and curiously classy.

Every band claims to combine the most devastating of heavy riffs with the catchiest of melodies, but THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS do precisely that with a wrecking ball of unrestrained frenzy and total mayhem. Derived from the school of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, and The Chariot, with a heightened degree of theatricality as one of the methods to their madness, think Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy getting slapped around good-naturedly by Glassjaw. Celebrity Therapist even indulges in a bit of drone and avant-garde post-rock a la Sigor Rós and Radiohead.

Comments Pace of latest single, The Elephant Man In The Room, “Is this a third cryptic press release? Nah man, this one is just straight over the plate rock music. The kind you find in your dad’s tape deck. Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that kinda deal. Hope this song makes it into Stranger Things so our parents will think we’re a real band.”

Adds MetalSucks, "Lofty comparisons like 'Dillinger by way of Mr. Bungle' usually do nothing but make me think one thing: 'buuuullshit.' But you know what? I’m eating my words today, because the song you’re about to hear off of their fourth studio effort Celebrity Therapist easily pulls from those influences, plunges what they’ve extracted into a broken centrifuge, and force feeds you the twisted concoction they’ve created. If you like metalcore but think the genre needs better hooks and a violin, then you’ve found your new band.”

View the band’s previously released video for A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops here and What Is Delicious? Who Swarms? here. Celebrity Therapist will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders here.  

Coinciding with the release of Celebrity Therapist, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS will join MNRK Heavy labelmates Rolo Tomassi for a two-week run of U.S. live dates. The journey will commence September 1 in Allston, Massachusetts and run through September 15 in Brooklyn, New York. Additional support will be provided by Cryptodira.

Comments the band, “On a long Greyhound ride across California, the majority of the lyrics for our album Die On Mars were written while Carson listened to Rolo Tomassi’s Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. We are incredibly honored to be included on their tour for Where Myth Becomes Memory alongside Cryptodira.”
 
See all confirmed dates below.

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS w/ Rolo Tomassi, Cryptodira:
9/01/2022 Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
9/02/2022 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/03/2022 The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
9/04/2022 The Crafthouse Stage & Grill - Pittsburgh, PA
9/06/2022 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
9/07/2022 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
9/09/2022 Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
9/10/2022 The End - Nashville, TN
9/11/2022 Purgatory @ The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
9/12/2022 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
9/13/2022 New Brookland Tavern - West Columbia, SC
9/14/2022 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
9/15/2022 The Meadows - New York City, NY

“For every skronky guitar spasm and rhythmic tongue-twist, there’s a majestically catchy chorus or a destructively heavy breakdown that actually rewards the ear with something singable or moshable. It’s not just messy and weird for the hell of it, there’s an actual purpose and intentionality to its structure,
and so many sonic tidbits to sink your teeth into.” –
Revolver
 
“Atlanta’s THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS make a frantic, freaked-out form of math-damaged metalcore. They recall the late-’90s insanity of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch, if either of those bands had ever messed around
with pop melodies or employed a violin player.” –
Stereogum
 
“With three minutes of shapeshifting metalcore that sounds even more chaotic than anything on Die On Mars, ‘A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops’ already proves that the wait has been worth it. It continues the DAOBOYS’ knack for fusing Botch/Converge-style mathcore with Every Time I Die/The Chariot-style theatrics, but even that description can’t prepare you for this beast, which also incorporates white noise, a spoken word head trip, a deathcore-ish breakdown, and a complete disregard for traditional song structure.” – BrooklynVegan on A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops
 
THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
Carson Pace – vocals
Maddie Caffrey – guitar
Jackie Buckalew – bass
Amber Christman – violin
Sam Williamson – drums
Dan Hodsdon – guitar
Whitney Jordan – synthesizer, backing vocals

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND RELEASE I AM THE MOON: EPISODE IV. FAREWELL

FINAL CHAPTER OF THE BAND’S EPIC 4-LP AND 4-COMPANION ALBUM CYCLE OUT TODAY ON CD + DIGITAL

WATCH TTB PERFORM SOUL SWEET SONG
ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! HERE

WATCH THEIR SPECIAL 3-SONG KIMMEL ‘OFF-AIR’ LIVESTREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2022Tedeschi Trucks Band, the GRAMMY-winning rock and soul 12-piece led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have released I Am The Moon: Episode IV. Farewell, the final chapter of their acclaimed 4-LP and 4-Companion album cycle, I Am The Moon. Listen to/purchase, I Am The Moon here. Fans can also stream the album-length companion visual from filmmaker Alix Lambert on the band's YouTube Channel
 
An astonishing amalgamation of soul, rock, blues, funk, psyche, roots and Eastern influences, the project’s sweeping artistic ambition—and the sheer quality of its songwriting and musicianship—makes I Am The Moon one of the year’s most essential recordings. This week, the groundswell of excitement reached a crescendo in anticipation of the journey’s concluding episode as enthusiastic fans from all over the globe have embraced this project like no other in the band’s history.   

In his bio notes, esteemed music journalist David Fricke summarized Farewell beautifully: “Farewell – the final record in the groundbreaking studio release by Tedeschi Trucks Band, I Am The Moon – concludes a remarkable adventure and new beginning for the group, now in its 12th year as America's premier rock & roll big band: four distinct and, at the same time, deeply connected albums with a total of 24 original songs capturing the power of devotion in a time of crisis and separation, with a renewed energy in collective songwriting and performance. Opening with the lusty confrontation of Last Night In The Rain and ending with the rousing benediction Another Day, Farewell is "a wish of well-being at parting," as one dictionary defines that word – with more road and love ahead.”
 
On Monday, August 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their uplifting and poignant new single, Soul Sweet Song, on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, watch it here. TTB also performed three additional songs from I Am The Moon for a special KIMMEL ‘off-air’ livestream, watch it here.
 
TTB began the west coast run of their Wheels of Soul tour this past week with triumphant performances at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley. In their glowing show review, Glide Magazine raved, “The night of glorious soul, rock, and blues included guest sit-ins, powerful new music, and exceptional performances.” See full dates below. 

TTB’s Mike Mattison recently sat down with PRX The World to discuss Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s Layla & Majnun, the influential epic romance poem that was the thematic throughline of I Am The Moon. Listen to the interview here. In addition, Derek Trucks spoke with Rick Beato for a far-reaching interview that delves into Derek’s one-of-kind guitar/audio technique, his deep-rooted jazz influences. Watch here.
 
Purchase I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. (The TTB store has sold-out, please order EXCLUSIVELY through the Fantasy Records store).
 
See below for the complete list of Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.         

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

PRAISE FOR TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND + I AM THE MOON:
 
“One of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done…Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?”
Rolling Stone
 
“Stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance.”

MOJO 
 
“I Am the Moon is dazzling in concept and execution. Tedeschi Trucks Band embrace this narrative with ambition, and expose its lessons with creative imagination, emotionally intelligent songwriting, and mind-blowing musicality.”

AllMusic
 
“There aren't enough complimentary adjectives in the thesaurus to describe 
Tedeschi Trucks Band.” 

— WFUV
 
“We hear TTB capturing in the studio what it does so well on stage, namely engaging every member of the 12-piece band in a beautifully conversational way."

Glide
 
“As it slowly pulls back the curtain on the full reveal of I Am the Moon, TTB is dispensing an astonishing amount of detail and design to consider and appreciate. The band is cultivating anticipation in a way that feels more genuine than gimmicky."

The Arts Fuse
 
“Musically, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is at their most compelling here: weaving through the seamless blend of blues, rock, jazz, raga, gospel, soul, folk, and even classical for which they’re known.”

No Depression
 
“The group's combination of musical excellence and daring won't be denied, which makes I Am the Moon, in all of its unapologetically indulgent grandeur, a career-defining work.”

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

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

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MEECHY DARKO RELEASES LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FEATURING FREDDIE GIBBS, A-TRAK, BUSTA RHYMES,
DENZEL CURRY, BLACK THOUGHT AND MORE

SHARES FIRST EPISODE OF EVERYBODY EATS
FEAT. DENZEL CURRY & DOT DA GENIUS

US TOUR DATES KICK OFF IN NOVEMBER
WITH TORONTO SHOW ON NOVEMBER 28

"“On God” begins with a grandiose flourish but settles into a groove that’s still propulsive, but also subtle and unsettling in its own ways. Meechy Darko and Freddie Gibbs trade sprawling, heavy, and brutally honest verses on the five-minute track, while A-Trak arrives at the end to show off his signature scratching skills."
Rolling Stone

"Meechy Darko has everything it takes to be a star, and his vivid imagery laid out with his deep voice that takes on countless mutations make his forthcoming
solo debut Gothic Luxury a must-listen."
 - Paste Magazine

"a gritty new single" - Billboard on Get Lit or Die Tryin’

"Over a suitably menacing backdrop, Meechy ruminates on America’s seemingly endless campaign of terror of Black American citizens, from derailing the Black Panther movement of the 1960s to the media framing Blaming 
people as inherently violent." 
Uproxx on Kill Us All (K.U.A.)

"a firm reminder of his irreplicable presence in hip-hop. Laced with a subtle sample from 50 Cent's "Hustler's Ambitions," Meechy Darko comes through with a smooth yet high-energy banger that sets the tone for what's to come off of Gothic Luxury" 
- Hot New Hip Hop on Get Lit or Die Tryin’

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Today, Meechy Darko has released his long awaited debut, Gothic Luxury, via Loma Vista Recordings. Focus track Lost Souls, comes on the heels of previous singles On GODGet Lit or Die Tryin’  and Kill Us All (K.U.A.), and comes paired with the first episode of EVERYBODY EATS, a roundtable discussion between Meechy Darko, Denzel Curry, and executive producer Dot Da Genius. This first instalment of the three-course series explores Meech and Denzel's family ties, the making of Lost Souls (originally intended for Denzel’s own album Melt My Eyez See Your Future), Meech and Dot Da Genius’ first encounter, how Denzel earned a production credit on Gothic Luxury, and more. Along with the album release, Meechy Darko has announced a massive run of US tour dates to kick off this November, with a stop in Toronto on November 28.

Listen to and buy Gothic Luxury here and check out previously singles, On GOD (featuring Freddie Gibbs and A-Trak)Get Lit Or Die Tryin' and Kill Us All (K.U.A.)

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

This November, Meechy Darko will embark on a massive headlining tour of the States. Tickets available here.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Nov 10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov 14 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Nov 15 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 16 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 18 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Nov 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Nov 20 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Nov 22 - Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Nov 23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 26 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
Nov 28 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Nov 29 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Dec 1- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Dec 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Dec 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
Dec 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Dec 7 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Dec 9 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Dec 10 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Dec 11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Dec 13 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Dec 14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observator

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VALERIE JUNE’S  UNDER COVER IS OUT TODAY

EIGHT-TRACK EP UNDER COVER FEATURES SONGS WRITTEN BY FRANK OCEAN, JOHN LENNON, NICK CAVE, GILLIAN WELCH, BOB DYLAN, JOE SOUTH,  MAZZY STAR AND NICK DRAKE

TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2022 – Today, acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, released Under Cover – a specially curated eight-track covers collection, available digitally and on CD + vinyl via Fantasy Records.  Listen to and/or purchase Under Cover here.
 
Under Cover features extraordinary interpretations of songs by some of June’s favourite artists including previously unreleased versions of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed, Joe South’s Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home, Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Into My Arms. The EP also includes two tracks that appeared on June’s (digital onlyThe Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Deluxe Edition: John Lennon’s Imagine, and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Bob Dylan’s transcendent Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You, (previously available as an Amazon Original exclusive). June’s captivating reading of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You rounds out the set; its live performance video has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube to date.
 
One of American music’s most admired sonic experimentalists, June approaches these carefully chosen songs with both reverence and child-like freedom.  It’s a one-of-kind balance between modern and traditional influences that makes her such a unique artistic force and these timeless songs her own.  
 
Valerie June on her love of Gillian Welch and Look at Miss Ohio“The modulation of intonation and pitch of her voice made me rush to the store to buy every record she'd ever made. The course of study only gets deeper with every record and each listen.  I found myself noticing the sound of the room in the recordings. That's when I became a fan of T. Bone Burnett's production, and I lost myself in the masterful musicianship on the records with David Rawlings. Luckily, I shared the stage with them at a show in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena where I was able to tell them both thank you for their music.  I have so many music teachers that I've never gotten to meet.  Usually, I just study their records.  It's also a high honor and blessing when you get to meet one of your faves.”
 
Valerie June’s most recent full-length album, 2021’s acclaimed The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, was one of the year’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (UNCUT) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). 
 
The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur. The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend, Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 

TOUR DATES:
8/26 – London, England – All Points East Festival
9/2 –  George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/10 – New Haven, CT – CT Folk Fest
9/17 – Camden, NJ - XpoNential Music Festival 
10/16 – Greenville, SC – Fall For Greenville
11/4 – Port Washington, NY – Landmark on Main Street (solo show)
11/5 – Mamaroneck, NY – Emelin Theatre Mamaroneck (solo show)
11/6 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (solo show)
11/8 – Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Café (solo show)
11/9 – State College, PA – The State Theatre (solo show)
11/11 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts of Homer (solo show)
11/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Universal Preservation Hall (solo show)
11/13 – Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu Performance Center (solo show)

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ZELLA DAY SET TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM SUNDAY IN HEAVEN ON OCTOBER 14 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2022 – Incredible LA-and-Austin-based singer/songwriter, Zella Day, is thrilled to announce the details of her forthcoming sophomore album. Entitled Sunday In Heaven, the record, which was written and performed by Day, will be released on October 14 via Concord Records. Sunday In Heaven was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), with additional production by John Velasquez and Alex Casnoff, and features additional playing by the likes of Autolux’s Carla Azar and Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichneor. The album also includes the acclaimed songs Day released in 2021 –  GoldenDance For Love, and Girls – as well as her recently released, pro-reproductive rights track, Radio Silence.
 
Sunday In Heaven kicks off with what is destined to be one of the most loved songs of 2022 – a little tune called Mushroom Punch, which is also out today. Described as a “psychedelic trip for the heart” by Day, Mushroom Punch is a full-throttle explosion, a song that showcases Day’s expansive voice like no other. An instantly-iconic video for the track, directed by acclaimed director Sophie Muller, is out now. Watch it here.

With every new album an artist makes, there’s an evolution, another chapter. For Zella Day, Sunday In Heaven, is a whole other book. It’s not so much that it’s a step away from her debut, Kicker—although this new record’s richness, ambition, and bare-bones intimacy is significant. It’s that Zella has entered a new era personally, and the effect of this on her music is pronounced and powerful, creating an album that is lightyears forward in sound and scope from its predecessor.
 
When she began working on the album, Day penned some 70 songs for Sunday In Heaven that were ultimately whittled to ten tracks steeped in Cali blue skies and golden hour light. Some were written on a tablecloth in Ojai (Almost Good), some scribbled at her kitchen table, others came in a car driving down to Chino, where she spent the summer of 2019 demoing the album with her friend, producer/engineer John Velasquez. Eventually, in the middle of quarantine, the pair jumped in a Jeep Wrangler, driving cross-country to record with producer Jay Joyce, at his Nashville studio, The Neon Church.
 
Hence, Sunday in Heaven was bred at the base of an altar.  It’s a record that shrugs off any modern pop production flourishes that could tie it to a specific era by design. Jay Joyce’s expertise in effortlessly blending elements of all different genres helped Zella to home in on the voice she had developed - a distinctly Los Angeles inflection combining ease and beauty stretching from the pangs of self-growth and resilience. The album’s additional production by John Velasquez and Alex Casnoff allowed Zella to continue to stretch herself musically in new ways.  
 
Sunday In Heaven is liberally sprinkled with ear-worm melodies (the sunny stomp of Am I Still Your Baby?; a kiss off to those who dared doubt her on Last Time; the skippy “Drink too much / Think too much” refrain of Mushroom Punch). Elsewhere, both Girls and Golden, with their breezy, 70s soft-focus sashay, emerged during two fertile days writing just outside Muscle Shoals, AL with John Paul White (Civil Wars), whom she had met ten years prior as a teenager. Dance for Love, a joyous ode to Roy Orbison, was inspired by a fleeting twilit moment where Zella danced down an empty street listening to Orbison with only her dog to bear witness. Elsewhere is her Easy Like Sunday Morning-meets Sgt Pepper’s-era Beatles love-letter to Long Beach, California, where she partly grew up. At the album’s beating, tender centre stands Bunny. Over sparse piano chords, a reflective Zella pushes through the swirl of self-doubt. As Bunny builds to a climax, her voice cracks, both bruised and defiant, “Let it all go, everything’s different now.”  
 
Truly, if Sunday In Heaven is anything, it is the pure sound of a woman choosing how and who she wants to be in the world on her own terms; a record for moving forward out of darkness into light; for creating your own beautiful, sparkling reality exactly as you are. Heaven, indeed.

Sunday In Heaven track listing:
1. Mushroom Room
2. Am I Still Your Baby?
3. Dance For Love
4. Girls
5. Golden
6. I Don’t Know How To End
7. Radio Silence
8. Bunny
9. Real Life
10. Almost Good
11. Last Time
12. Sunday In Heaven 

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BUTCHER BROWN’S NEW SINGLE & PERFORMANCE VIDEO 777 OUT NOW

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

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TORONTO, ON – August 25, 2022 – Ahead of their upcoming performance at Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn next month, Richmond-based five-piece collective Butcher Brown shares a new song and official performance video, 777. The track is the latest offering from Butcher BrownPresents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, their forthcoming big band album out September 16 via Concord Jazz. Watch and listen to 777 here.

The new track comprises a sweeping jazz arrangement infused with hop hop percussion over which Marcus "Tennishu" Tenney glides with an uplifting verse while the video sees an intimate live rendition by the full band and their supporting jazz orchestra. 777 follows the previously released singles Unbelievable and Liquid Light, which arrived alongside an animated video and standalone track, BLACK MAN, featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter Michael Millions which XXL included in their Best New Hip Hop Songs of the Week list.

The new album was originally written and produced by the band's MC and multi-instrumentalist, Tennishu, as a hip hop album, but has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.

The band are fresh off of a collaborative set with Pink Siifu at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago earlier this summer and the sold-out Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley. Next month, they will perform at Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn in addition to the DC Jazz Fest in Washington D.C., the Monterey Jazz Festival in California and their album release party in Charlottesville. Vinyl of the new project will be available on November 11 in standard black and Opaque Blue as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks Guitarmy and Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).

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

Check out 777 here and pre-save Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey here. Learn more about Butcher Brown below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

Upcoming Live Dates:
8/27 - Richmond, VA @ Crab Festival at Brown's Island
9/4 – DC Jazz Fest – Washington, D.C.
9/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Fest
9/16 – Album Release Party – Charlottesville, VA
9/24 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
10/2 – Indy Jazz Fest – Indianapolis, IN
10/30 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
2/3/2023 - Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 19 at MSC Divina

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MARGO PRICE RETURNS STRONGER AND FREER ON BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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SONOS RADIO LAUNCHES ORIGINAL PODCAST RUNAWAY HORSES TODAY FEATURING HOST MARGO PRICE IN CONVERSATION WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS, AMYTHYST KIAH, SWAMP DOGG, BOB WEIR, BETTYE LAVETTE AND LUCIUSLISTEN HERE

DEBUT MEMOIR MAYBE WE’LL MAKE IT OUT OCTOBER 4

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES INCLUDE RED ROCKS
WITH WILCO, FARM AID, BOOK TOUR AND MORE

TORONTO, ON – August 25, 2022 - Margo Price has got nothing to prove, and nothing to promote but the truth. Today, with the release of new single and video, Been To The Mountain, she takes both a hard look at the past and a firm step into the future. She has been a lover, a queen and a drifter; a cowboy devil, a bride and a boxer; a child, mother and even a number. Over a flurry of fuzzed-out guitar, she belts about being on food stamps, rolling in dirty dollars and standing in the welfare line. But across five and half minutes of the song’s unflappable groove, underlined by organ, harpsichord, and a soul-stirring, spoken-word breakdown in the bridge, Price previews another stronger, freer side of herself that will soon be seen.

Been To The Mountain was produced by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), written by Margo Price and Jeremey Ivey, and recorded during a blissful week they spent at Fivestar Studios in California’s Topanga Canyon. With a scorching sound that expands upon the rock n roll roots Price showcased on 2020’s widely acclaimed, That’s How Rumors Get Started, the song is accompanied by a mind-altering, mushroom trip of a music video directed by Courtney Hoffman and shot in Los Angeles.

Listen to Been To The Mountain out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the video here.

“Been To The Mountain is part one of an introspective trip into our subconscious. It is the perfect continuation of my search for freedom in my art and freedom in the modern age,” says Margo Price. “I have a lot of high hopes for this next chapter and truly believe this is the most exciting music I’ve ever made in the studio with my band. We have all grown so much, we operate like one single organism - it’s telepathic. Courtney Hoffman brought my wild visions to life with the help of an incredible cast and crew in the music video. I wanted the story’s hypothetical 8 to 12-hour window to feel like a mini-lifetime. We also wanted to portray how an intense psychedelic experience has the potential to become a spiritual experience, and how that can change your perception of the world around you.”

In addition to unveiling Been To The Mountain, Margo Price is proud to announce her own Sonos Radio podcast, Runaway Horses. Beginning today with an inspiring interview from Emmylou Harris, the series will see Price host raw, cathartic conversations with artists who aren’t afraid to break the mold and follow their own path. All six of the episodes in this first season are about the search for freedom through music and the shared human experience, featuring influences, heroes and contemporaries like Amythyst Kiah, Swamp Dogg, Bob Weir, Bettye LaVette and Lucius. New installments of Runaway Horses will be released weekly for the next five Thursdays, and are available on Sonos Radio in the Sonos app, the Sonos Radio website and all major podcast platforms. Listen to Runaway Horses, and see a special on-camera, in-studio edition of the first episode with Emmylou Harris here.

On the launch of Runaway Horses, which evolved out of an internet radio program she started live-streaming in the earliest days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Margo Price says, “The thing about runaway horses is that you can really never truly break them. They are incredibly unpredictable. You never know what they’re going to do next. I'm calling this show ‘Runaway Horses’ because wild freedom is exactly what I crave from music — I just want a complete and total release. I hope that the conversations on this show help you feel a sense of freedom, too.”

In the coming months, Margo Price will continue a busy year of touring with performances at Sacred Rose, Born and Raised and other festival appearances, plus Red Rocks with Wilco, and Farm Aid, where she recently became the first-ever female artist elected to the Board of Directors. She will also embark on a national book tour throughout October and November, in support of her forthcoming, debut memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It. Out October 4 on University of Texas Press, it tells a story of loyalty, loss, grief and forgiveness, from moving to Nashville with $57, to losing one of her newborn twin boys, pawning her wedding ring and facing rejection by almost every record label in town, to eventually reclaiming her power, freeing herself from substance abuse, and fighting for the opportunity to be herself in the music business. “Margo’s book hits you right in the gut – and the heart – just like her songs,” says Willie Nelson.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
8/26 - Bridgeview, IL - Sacred Rose Festival
9/4 - Weston, CO - Caveman Music Festival
9/8 - Park City, UT - Park City Song Summit
9/14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Wilco
9/17 - Pryor Creek, OK - Born and Raised
9/23 - Lewisburg, WV - Healing Appalachia
9/24 - Raleigh, NC - Farm Aid
10/4 - Nashville, TN - Grimey’s* 
10/5 - New York, NY - P&T Knitwear*
10/6 - Brooklyn, NY - Greenlight Bookstore*
10/7 - York, PA - White Rose Music Festival
10/15-16 - Nashville, TN - Southern Festival of Books*
10/17 - Lexington, KY - Joseph Beth Booksellers*
10/18 - Louisville, KY - Carmichael’s Bookstore*
10/20 - Traverse City, MI - National Writer’s Series*
10/22 - Iowa City, IA - Prairie Lights*
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Humanities Festival*
10/24 - Winnetka, IL - The Book Stall*
10/27 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween
11/1 - San Francisco, CA - Green Apple Books on the Park*
11/2 - Santa Cruz, CA - Bookshop Santa Cruz*
11/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Vroman’s*
11/5 - Austin, TX - Texas Book Festival*
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Interbang Books*
11/16 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books*
12/2 - Lake Wales, FL - Orange Blossom Revue
*Maybe We’ll Make It Book Tour

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LINDSEY STIRLING ANNOUNCES SNOW WALTZ NEW CHRISTMAS LP OUT OCTOBER 7 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

NEW FESTIVE SINGLE ICE STORM OUT TODAY

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TORONTO, ON – August 25, 2022 – Today, award-winning pop-violinist, Lindsey Stirling, announces her new Christmas album Snow Waltz (out digitally October 7 and on vinyl November 18 via Concord Records). Featuring eight classic covers and five original tracks, Snow Waltz delivers Stirling’s immersive arrangements and mesmerizing melodies but with a seasonal twist, featuring songs that promise to be the perfect soundtrack for the holiday season.
 
“I wanted to give the songs a whimsical, pixie-like feeling that’s quintessentially me,” says Stirling about the new record. “It’s always a challenge to put your own stamp on a classic song that’s been recorded hundreds of times, and I really loved experimenting with different approaches and making sure that every song felt completely unique to who I am as an artist.”
 
To accompany the announcement, Stirling shares the project's first single, Ice Storm. An original guitar-fuelled and wildly rousing instrumental, the song shines a new light on the multi-faceted musician’s rock-leaning sensibilities. The Ice Storm video features a paper-cut-like collage of a pack of wolves chasing a young deer, running for its life to escape danger. Listen to Ice Storm here and watch the music video here. Pre-order/pre-save Snow Waltz here.
 
Recorded in Los Angeles with Gladius (longtime GRAMMY nominated producer with credits including Demi Lovato & Justin Bieber) executive producing, Snow Waltz conjures a delightfully eerie mood, wholly embodying the limitless imagination at the heart of Stirling’s artistry. The album’s title came from thinking about the period of time between Halloween and Christmas where the two seasons overlap. “I wanted to create something in the same world as The Nightmare Before Christmas or the Harry Potter movies, where there’s sort of a Christmas-y feeling alongside all the spookiness,” Lindsey explains. And the song Snow Waltz is just that, rooted in her ineffably expressive violin work and graced with many cinematic details including darkly sweeping percussion, lilting flute melodies, and bright and sprightly glockenspiel tones.
 
When it came to reinterpreting timeless holiday songs, Stirling tapped into her own boundless and unfettered ingenuity. On Joy to the World, she joined forces with Gladius and orchestrator Stephen Anderson to create a gloriously stomping, Celtic-inspired take on the 18th century Christmas carol. One of the album’s most left-of-centre moments, the beat-heavy God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen showcases Stirling’s frenetic violin alongside her hypnotic, heavenly vocals and was produced with Mark Maxwell. For her flamenco-infused rendition of José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad, she enlisted the guitar-playing talents of fellow multi-hyphenate Mark Ballas (a dancer/ choreographer/ musician/actor who served as her partner on the 25th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars).
 
Although all of Snow Waltz bears a potent emotionality, songs like Magic ft. David Archuleta, holds a particularly powerful significance for Stirling. One of several vocally driven original numbers on the album (along with Crazy For Christmas ft. Bonnie McKee and Christmas Time With You ft. Frawley), the bittersweet but uplifting ballad was sparked from a profound moment of Stirling's life, when her sisters and mom shared loving and fun memories around her father’s passing.
 
The follow-up to her debut holiday album Warmer in the Winterwhich earned a #1 spot on Billboard’s Holiday Albums Chart, and #1 on Amazon and iTunes Holiday Album Charts — Snow Waltz emerges as a singular new entry in the holiday-music canon, once again proving Stirling’s extraordinary gift as an instrumental storyteller.
 
Lindsey started an annual drive, The Upside Fund, around each holiday season to help families in dire need of support during a medical crisis and has partnered with medical companies including, RIP Medical Debt, Resolve Medical Bills, and Dollar For to pay off over $4.5 million in medical debt and bills nationally. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s drive and find more info here.
 
Since the release of her debut album in 2012, Lindsey Stirling has established a successful career as an electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist. Stay tuned for additional information on Snow Waltz.
 
SNOW WALTZ TRACKLIST
1. Sleigh Ride
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Crazy for Christmas ft. Bonnie McKee
4. Feliz Navidad
5. Joy to the World Intro
6. Joy to the World
7. Snow Waltz
8. Christmas Time With You ft. Frawley
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. Oh Come Emmanuel
11. Oh Holy Night
12. Magic ft. David Archuleta
13. Deck the Halls
14. Ice Storm

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THE BEACHES RELEASE NEW SINGLE ORPHEUS

FOLLOWS PREVIOUSLY-RELEASED GROW UP TOMORROW

ON TOUR NOW

TORONTO, ON – August 24, 2022 – Following the release of their perfect song-of-summer, Grow Up Tomorrow, award-winning four-piece, The Beaches, return with their next single, Orpheus. A cleverly-spun ode to the Greek mythological figure, Orpheus, the versatile alt-rockers infuse the song with dreamy synths and an energetic beat, introducing an indie-pop inflection to their catalogue. Listen here.
 
In Orpheus, The Beaches reimagine their lover as the ill-fated musician of the same name. Gleaning glimpses of mythos over a familiar backdrop, vocalist, Jordan Miller relates: “Orpheus played his favourite songs when we were in his basement / We would fool around and chill out on his couch while he played his mustang.” A vibrating beat and memorable guitar line thread together memories from a long-lost romance.
 
The song’s propulsive beat is emphasized by the repeating mantra, “There’s no point in looking back if there is something you cannot get back to / Time moves faster than you know it feel those things than let them go right past you.” The Beaches learn from Orpheus’ retrogressive fatal mistake of turning back and instead, they choose to push forward.
 
Of the track, Miller says, “I’ve always been interested in Greek myths. One of my favourites is the Orpheus legend, a story about an artist who is so in love with his deceased wife that he tries to bring her back to life, only to lose her again. There’s a lot about the story that resonates with me, especially when I think about past loves. It’s tempting to look back and put people on pedestals, but when you always look back you can never look forward and see what beautiful things might be coming for you.”
 
The Beaches are currently on a North American tour where they recently celebrated two sold out hometown shows at Toronto's HISTORY. They've sold out additional shows across the country including Corona Theatre (Montreal, QC) and London Music Hall (London, ON). This North American venture follows experience opening for iconic acts such as The Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters, as well as many other critically acclaimed artists (Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morisette, The Aces, Passion Pit, and Eagles of Death Metal). 
 
The Beaches have garnered over 52 million streams across Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music. Having sold 30,000 albums in Canada alone, it’s no surprise that they have found themselves awarded with five #1 singles on Canadian Alternative Radio. Their debut 2022 release, Grow Up Tomorrow, has already seen over 477k streams across all platforms, and is currently at #10 at Alt Radio and climbing.
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
October 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
October 8 - Ringold, GA @ Rabbit Valley Festival
October 9 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
October 11 - Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
October 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Dolphin Tavern
October 21 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 22 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
October 23 - Detroit, MI @ The Underground
November 12 - Boston MA - Brighton Music Hall
December 10 - Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
 
ABOUT THE BEACHES:
Named after the neighborhood they lived in, The Beaches is composed of lead vocalist/bassist, Jordan Miller, guitarist, Kylie Miller, keyboardist/guitarist, Leandra Earl, and drummer, Eliza Enman-McDaniel. As self-proclaimed lifers, The Beaches forfeited a typical university experience to pursue their careers in music - a topic that is often addressed in their lyrics.
 
Taking inspiration from artists like Muna, Dayglow, Coin, Olivia Rodrigo, Girl in Red, Wet Leg, Wolf Alice, and The Strokes, The Beaches believe their upcoming releases will be a new direction for them: “We’re not abandoning our rock ‘n ’roll roots, but for this next chapter of our career we wanted to take ourselves less seriously, have fun, and be less precious with the musical ideas we pursue.”
 
After releasing their self-titled EP in 2013, the group landed a major label deal with Island Records in 2016. Under Island Records they released their debut album, Late Show – which was described by Elton John as “The best rock album of last year” – as well as their next two EP’s, The Professional (2019) and Future Lovers (2021), which were later combined for a full-length release called Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Albums) in 2022. 
 
The Beaches have garnered over 52 million streams across Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music. Having sold 30,000 albums in Canada alone, it’s no surprise that they have found themselves awarded with five #1 singles on Canadian Alternative Radio. They have been recognized with two JUNO Awards for Rock Album of the Year (2022) and Breakthrough Group of the Year (2018). 

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND SET TO PREMIERE I AM THE MOON: EPISODE IV. FAREWELL 

FINAL CHAPTER OF THE BAND’S EPIC 4-LP AND 4-COMPANION FILM SERIES PREMIERES TONIGHT VIA BAND’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL AT 9:00 PM ET

BAND PERFORMED NEW SINGLE SOUL SWEET SONG
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WATCH THE SPECIAL 3-SONG ‘OFF-AIR’ KIMMEL LIVE STREAM HERE 

TORONTO, ON – August 23, 2022 - Tonight, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the GRAMMY-winning rock and soul 12-piece led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will premiere I Am The Moon: Episode IV. Farewell, the final chapter of their monumental four-LP project, I Am The Moon.
 
Fans can stream the album-length companion visual from filmmaker Alix Lambert on the band's YouTube Channel, beginning tonight at 9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, ahead of its digital and CD release this Friday, August 26, 2022. 
 
Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their uplifting and poignant new single, Soul Sweet Song, on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, watch it here. TTB also performed three additional songs from I Am The Moon for a special KIMMEL ‘off-air’ live stream, watch it here.
 
In his bio notes, esteemed music journalist David Fricke summarized Farewell: “Farewell – the final record in the groundbreaking studio release by Tedeschi Trucks Band, I Am The Moon – concludes a remarkable adventure and new beginning for the group, now in its 12th year as America's premier rock & roll big band: four distinct and, at the same time, deeply connected albums with a total of 24 original songs capturing the power of devotion in a time of crisis and separation, with a renewed energy in collective songwriting and performance. Opening with the lusty confrontation of Last Night In The Rain and ending with the rousing benediction Another Day, Farewell is ‘a wish of well-being at parting,’ as one dictionary defines that word – with more road and love ahead.”
 
The groundswell of excitement surrounding each new I Am The Moon release reaches a crescendo this week in anticipation of the journey’s final chapter. As the band has rolled out the rich, new I Am The Moon material this summer, ecstatic fans, eager for the communal experience–both live in-concert and online– have embrace this project like no other in the band’s history. 
 
This past week, TTB began the west coast run of their Wheels of Soul tour with triumphant shows at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley. As a recent review at Live Music Daily noted: “Why do we love live music? For me, it is the journey that a band can take you on and the feeling that the audience is on that ride with the band, hand-in-hand. Riding the waves, hitting the peaks, enjoying the journey. To me, there is no better band to take the universal trip with than Tedeschi Trucks Band.” See full dates below. 

TTB’s Mike Mattison recently sat down with PRX The World to discuss Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s Layla & Majnun, the influential epic romance poem that was the thematic throughline of I Am The Moon. Listen to the interview here
 
Last month, Derek Trucks spoke with Rick Beato for a far-reaching interview that delves into Derek’s one-of-kind guitar/audio technique, his deep-rooted jazz influences, and much more. Watch here.
 
Purchase I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the four-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. (The TTB store has sold-out, please order EXCLUSIVELY through the Fantasy Records store).
 
See below for the complete list of Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.    

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

PRAISE FOR TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND + I AM THE MOON:
 
“One of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done…Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?”
Rolling Stone
 
“Stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance.”
MOJO 
 
“Dazzling in concept and execution.”
AllMusic
 
“There aren't enough complimentary adjectives in the thesaurus to describe 
Tedeschi Trucks Band.” 
— WFUV
 
“We hear TTB capturing in the studio what it does so well on stage, namely engaging every member of the 12-piece band in a beautifully conversational way."
Glide
 
“As it slowly pulls back the curtain on the full reveal of I Am the Moon, TTB is dispensing an astonishing amount of detail and design to consider and appreciate. The band is cultivating anticipation in a way that feels more genuine than gimmicky."
The Arts Fuse
 
“Musically, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is at their most compelling here: weaving through the seamless blend of blues, rock, jazz, raga, gospel, soul, folk, and even classical for which they’re known.”
No Depression
 
“Operatic in scope, Tedeschi Trucks Band explores romantic relationships, collective struggle, faith and the human condition all through the lens of their communal mix of rock, 
soul, blues, jazz, and world beat.”
Music Connection
 
“The group's combination of musical excellence and daring won't be denied, which makes I Am the Moon, in all of its unapologetically indulgent grandeur, a career-defining work.”
Ultimate Classic Rock
 
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:
 
I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31st 
Album Release: June 3rd
 
I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28th
Album Release: July 1st
 
I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26th
Album Release: July 29th
 
I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23rd
Album Release: August 26th
 
I Am The Moon vinyl configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box 
Available September 9, 2022.

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

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A FAMILY CURSE DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY

SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ALBUM STANDOUT TRACK
GETAWAY CAR

 
HOSTING FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT TONIGHT

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2022 – A Family Curse [critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Kandle, and her father, Neil Osborne (54.40 frontman)] release their self-titled debut album today, along with the album standout track, Getaway Car. Listen to the 10-track Americana and fuzz driven blues rock album here and watch the music video for Getaway Car.
 
To further celebrate the release of A Family Curse, Kandle and Neil will be going live on their Facebook page this afternoon to play some songs and interact with fans. Tune in today at 2:00 p.m. PST / 5:00 p.m. EST.
 
A trail of desperation in dark blues.
A bar robbery, Kandle determined and reckless as ever, Neil’s given up and waiting outside with the engine running. An escape ala Bonnie & Clyde? Or Jed and Elly May? Or just everybody’s favourite father daughter duo digging a hole they can’t get out of.
A family cursed indeed!

Getaway Car started on a 1970s Hammond organ at grandmother's house, just a voice note and a drum machine. Add Kandle's smoky sultry vocals and Neil's double highway harmonica and the result is a perfect combination of modern and retro. An intoxicating sound that you'd expect to hear in a Tarantino movie playing on the jukebox in a dive where shit is about to hit the fan. Equally groovy, haunting, and hypnotic; Getaway Car is not a track one easily forgets.
 
The psychedelic blues-rock duo of Papa Niz and Baby Kiz, a taurus and a libra, armed with nothing more than a slide guitar, microphone and a beat up old drum, bears little to no resemblance to either well known artist's musical style and dives deep into a tasty collection of dirty, desert-drenched gutter blues rock. This powerful musical duo and their tickle trunk of costumes and props set out to make an album that is fun, raw, rocking and 100 per cent by their own rules.

Offers A Family Curse on their debut album: "Well well well, it's finally here, the 35 minutes you've all been waiting for. We love to play every song on this album and now you can too! In your headphones or whatever. We have CDs available for the Neil crowd, Kandle is still pushing for the vinyl for the youngsters. We are kin. We make our music from experimenting with various audio scraps and acting on our emotions. We have A LOT of emotions! The music is pure folk-art, worked from found objects (something old, something new) transformed into music. We are one-take wonders, DIY, bluesy swampy geniuses, and we've made you a raw and rocking record filled with curses BUT we never use curse words because mom would kill us. Best listened under the moonlight with a glass of whiskey and a python. ENJOY"

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 3 - Sooke, BC - Sooke Music & Arts Festival
 
About A Family Curse:
The A Family Curse collaboration began a few years ago when Neil and fellow songwriter, Danny Michel, recorded some instrumental jams together. But due to their busy schedules, the songs were left to collect dust until one lonely Christmas, Neil sent them to Kandle who then brought newfound inspiration with fresh new melody and lyrics. From there, Kandle and Neil decided to complete a whole DIY album where the two played and recorded everything at home.
 
Their live show dialogue and antics play out the millennial version of “A Father Knows Best” story that reveals their creative infection and family affection. Their first show ever was in June at Toronto’s infamous El Mocambo for Canadian Music Week and thereafter the group toured across Ontario for a slew of shows that included stops at Fenelon Falls’ Grove Theatre, Owen Sound’s Heartwood Hall and back in Toronto at The Dakota Tavern. A Family Curse is often joined on stage by a support cast of various cousins, uncles and aunts of the Osborne clan which leads to their signature sound and performance.

About Neil Osborne:
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released more than a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than four decades. As a songwriter, Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as I Go Blind, One Day In Your Life, One Gun, Since When and Ocean Pearl, which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base.
 
About Kandle Osborne:
Kandle has established a strong independent career and has made her mark as a powerful songwriter as evidenced on her latest album, Set The Fire. Her Bond-inspired masterpiece for Lock and Load was nominated for a Canadian Independent Video Award. Her debut album, In Flames, was an instant success and went on to gain a JUNO nomination and win a Prism Prize Award.
 
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NEW ORLEANS LEGENDS DR. JOHN AND AARON NEVILLE TEAM UP ON JOYFUL RENDITION OF THE TRAVELING WILBURYS' END OF THE LINE 

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

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2022 – There are few artists who are as closely associated with New Orleans as Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr., known to music fans the world over as Dr. John. His Nite Tripper persona was, for many, their introduction to the music and culture of New Orleans,  and Rebennack was the ultimate ambassador for his hometown’s artistic heritage. 
 
When Rebennack set out to record Things Happen That Way, one of the featured guest artists he invited to participate in the sessions was fellow New Orleanian Aaron Neville, whose friendship with Mac dates back to their teen years. Today, their jubilant, joyful rendition of The Traveling Wilburys’ classic End of the Line, on which they are also joined by rising star Katie Pruitt, is released. Listen to the track here.
 
Rebennack was planning future projects when his life was unexpectedly cut short in 2019. Now, three years after his untimely passing, in a world complicated by COVID-19, Things Happen That Way will see the light of day. The album, which features three brand new original compositions, a mesmerizing reworking of Dr. John’s 1968 classic, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, and new interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, and The Traveling Wilburys will be released on September 23. The album is available for pre-order here
 
Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a longtime goal of the six-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who first began plotting a country-inspired album decades ago. In bringing his album’s songs to life, Dr. John drew on a lineup of musicians befitting of a universally beloved luminary. Along with an elite cadre of New Orleans session players, the album also features guest appearances by his longtime friend and frequent musical collaborator Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. 
 
TRACKLISTING:
1.Funny How Time Slips Away
2.Ramblin’ Man
3.Gimme That Old Time Religion (feat. Willie Nelson) 
4.I Walk On Guilded Splinters (feat. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)
5.I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
6.End Of The Line (feat. Aaron Neville)
7.Holy Water
8.Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
9.Give Myself A Good Talkin’ To
10.Guess Things Happen That Way 

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DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES LVL UP AS FINAL PREVIEW AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOP: ELEMENTS

PRE-SAVE SPIRIT OF HIP HOP: ELEMENTS OUT NEXT FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

NEW ALBUM CONTINUES DAVID'S JOURNEY OF BRINGING
NORTH AMERICA'S INDIGENOUS MUSIC AND
HIP HOP COMMUNITIES TOGETHER WITH FEATURES FROM
ERICK SERMON, OUTLAW BY NATURE, SAUKRATES, CHOCLAIR, HELLNBACK, JULIAN TAYLOR, POOKY G, DIVINE BROWN, JRDN, BLESSED, QUE ROCK, DREZUS, ASPECTS, PROGNOSIS & MORE

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2022 – As renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, prepares to release his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements, next Friday, August 26 (MNRK Music Group), he shares the final preview. LVL Up arrives as the motivator to keep pushing forward and progress with agility, determination and focus - be it your music career, personal life and beyond. Calgary-based Indigenous rapper and activist, Drezus, Ottawa artist and Outlaw By Nature member, Aspects, and Six Nations-based artist Prognosis come together to deliver fierce rhyme and verse as David gets behind the boards to bring forth a foundation of fluid, key-driven, bass-booming, brooding beats. Listen here and pre-save the album here.

“In life, there Are always stages and levels, and it’s always about levelling up to the next level! In order to be great, one must strive for greatness. And that’s what this song is about, along with getting high as a MF...Hahahah," adds Aspects. Drezus notes: "Level up is about celebrating life, family and natural medicine. Inspiration comes easy when working with this team, I’m blessed!  

From his hustle in studios across North America, working with industry greats on Grammy and JUNO-winning projects, to exploration in the world of NFTs, and giving back to Indigenous communities through charitable endeavours, David blazes his own path.

Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements continues the journey of 2020 acclaimed project, Spirit Of Hip Hop, and its 2021 counterpart, Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) and is a comprehensive project highlighting North America’s most promising Indigenous rappers, and represents the connection between the Indigenous community and the Hip-Hop community. In addition to a powerful opener by David's long-time mentor and iconic photographer, Ernie Paniccioli, you can hear an incredible lineup of guests including: Artson, Stenn Jodi,  J25, Wolf Castle, JRDN, Stump Gets, Skye Stoney,  Jace Martin, Kalem Moses, Wolf Castle, Stun, Crystal Shawanda, Joey Stylez, Q052,  & Tribe NO GANG, Violent Ground, Choclair, Kingcon and Julian Taylor. See the full tracklist below. 

David's previous single, Firekeepers, features longtime collaborators, Toronto/New York Anishinaabe rapper and visual artist, Que Rock, and Toronto-based conscious reggae/dancehall artist, Blessed. The track is a massive summer jam that raises the bar and temperature with Que Rock's sharp rhymes, Blessed's signature lyrics and David's prose highlighted on the second verse, layered as the trio come together to carry a collective torch. In May, David released Beastmodefeaturing JUNO Award-winning R&B/Soul singer and theatre performer, Divine Brown, and Alberta-based Indigenous artist, model and actress, Pooky G. The three come together to create a soundtrack piece to life's A-game moments and when you need an extra boost. 

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

Learn more about David's career below, and stay tuned for Spirit of Hip Hop: Elements next week!

Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements - Tracklisting
1. Elements - David Strickland & Ernie Paniccioli
2. Firekeepers - David Strickland, Que Rock & Blessed
3. Messenger - David Strickland & Erick Sermon, Outlaw By Nature, feat. Saukrates 
4. 2 The Stars - David Strickland & Artson
5. Blessings On Blessings - David Strickland, Stenn Jodi & J25
6.LVL Up -David Strickland, Drezus, Aspects & Prognosis 
7.Payback - David Strickland & Wolf Castle 
8.Beastmode - David Strickland, Pooky G & Divine Brown
9. Certainmans - David Strickland, JRDN, Stump Gets & Skye Stoney 
10.East, West Or Southcoast - David Strickland
11. Stand Up - David Strickland, Jace Martin, Kalem Moses, Wolf Castle, Stun, Crystal Shawanda
12. Hope - David Strickland, Joey Stylez, Q052,  & Tribe NO GANG
13.Violent Ground - David Strickland & Violent Ground
14.Brighter Dayz - David Strickland, Choclair, Kingcon & Julian Taylor 

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

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

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LONG-LOST LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’S HIT SINGLE FORTUNATE SON OUT TODAY

PERFORMANCE TO APPEAR AS PART OF NEW LIVE ALBUM
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL THE FIRST-TIME RELEASE OF THE BAND'S LEGENDARY 1970 LONDON CONCERT

AFTER 50 YEARS, THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ALONGSIDE THE UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FILM TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

STREAM/WATCH THE PERFORMANCE OF FORTUNATE SON (AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) OUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2022 — Recently, Craft Recordings announced the forthcoming release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legendary long-lost recording of their 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will be available for the first time ever in multiple formats (detailed below) as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is set for release on September 16 and is available now for pre-order.

Today, ahead of the album release, CCR debuts the full live performance of their major hit, Fortunate Son. The advance single is available now to stream or download, while fans can also get a first peak at the concert footage from that night, with the launch of a full performance clip for Fortunate Son (at the Royal Albert Hall). The video captures bandmates, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, fully engrossed in the high-energy performance for one of their most beloved tracks, a song that’s been covered far and wide by artists including Pearl Jam, Rise Against, U2, Foo Fighters, and more, as well as being recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and by Pitchfork as #17 on their list of The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s. Watch the video here.   

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be available September 16 on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, while select retailers will offer a variety of exclusive colour variants, including Walmart (Tombstone Shadow vinyl) and Target (Green River vinyl). Additionally, the album will be available across digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats. A limited Super Deluxe Edition Box Set will follow later in the year, more details below.

After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer, Giles Martin, and engineer, Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be released concurrently with the documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies), and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, the film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety. The film will rollout internationally on September 16—stay tuned for more details coming soon.

On November 14, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin’ Band:  Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s incredible path to the London show. View the unboxing trailer here.

When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. John, Tom, Stu, and Doug may not have had the familiar ring to it of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.

While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.

Click here to pre-order or pre-save Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.

TRACKLIST (DELUXE EDITION):

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (CD):
1.     Born on the Bayou
2.     Green River
3.     Tombstone Shadow 
4.     Travelin’ Band
5.     Fortunate Son
6.     Commotion
7.     Midnight Special
8.     Bad Moon Rising
9.     Proud Mary
10.  The Night Time Is the Right Time
11.  Good Golly Miss Molly
12.  Keep on Chooglin’

Music from the Motion Picture: Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (CD):
1.     Come On Baby – Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets
2.     Brown Eyed Girl – The Golliwogs
3.     Porterville – The Golliwogs
4.     Suzie Q.
5.     I Put a Spell on You
6.     Proud Mary
7.     Born on the Bayou
8.     Bad Moon Rising
9.     Green River
10.  The Night Time Is the Right Time
11.  Down on the Corner
12.  Who’ll Stop the Rain?

Blu-ray: Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (45-RPM Vinyl):
A1. Born on the Bayou
A2. Green River
A3. Tombstone Shadow 
B1. Travelin’ Band
B2. Fortunate Son
B3. Commotion
B4. Midnight Special
C1. Bad Moon Rising
C2. Proud Mary
C3. The Night Time Is the Right Time
D1. Good Golly Miss Molly
D2. Keep on Chooglin’

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (CD, Digital):
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow 
4. Travelin’ Band
5. Fortunate Son
6. Commotion
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Proud Mary
10.  The Night Time Is the Right Time
11.  Good Golly Miss Molly
12.  Keep on Chooglin’

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (Vinyl, Cassette):
A1. Born on the Bayou
A2. Green River
A3. Tombstone Shadow 
A4. Travelin’ Band
A5. Fortunate Son
A6. Commotion
A7. Midnight Special
B1. Bad Moon Rising
B2. Proud Mary
B3. The Night Time Is the Right Time
B4. Good Golly Miss Molly
B5. Keep on Chooglin’

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

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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG WISH YOU WELL FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

WATCH KAYS’ LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE TRACK HERE
 
FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR SLATED FOR THE FALL - SHOWS IN LA, CHICAGO, NYC AND MORE

TORONTO SHOW NOVEMBER 8

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2022 – Today, rising star, Jack Kays, has released the first song from his forthcoming EP CESSATION titled Wish You Well. A reflection on childhood friendships, the song explores the intricacies of growing older alongside someone you have known since you were young. Listen here and watch the accompanying live performance video here.
 
In speaking about Wish You Well, Jack says: “It's really hard to grow apart from childhood friends, but there's something beautiful about the idea of becoming a new person and blossoming on your own. I don't think it's good to hold contempt for anybody but recognizing that you're different people now is okay.”
 
Regarding CESSATION, he continues: “I've been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there's one thing to take away from it, it's that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.”
 
Those years of writing proved to pay off as CESSATION came to fruition earlier this year during a transcendent two-week trip to Joshua Tree. The 5-track project chronicles the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well. Releasing November 11, CESSATION is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that shine the spotlight on Jack’s songwriting and vocal talent. See full tracklisting below and pre-save/order CESSATION here.
 
Ahead of the EP release, Jack will embark on his first headline tour titled The Man with a Guitar. Kicking off October 1 at the All Things Go festival, Kays will bring his live show to 18 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.
 
CESSATION Tracklist

1.Wish You Well
2.Finally Fine
3.When It’s All Over
4.28
5.The Walk

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

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

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

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS INCLUDE LA CHICA (VENEZUELA/FRANCE), TANGHETTO (ARGENTINA)
AND FAREED AYAZ & ABU MUHAMMAD QAWWALI (PAKISTAN)

CANADIAN ARTISTS INCLUDE PANTAYO, MONEKA ARABIC JAZZ, CLEREL, FUNK LION, JER, JOYCE N'SANA, SHAUIT
SOUKUSTEK, FABCOLLAB AND HAWA B

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TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2022 – Summer ends on a high note as Small World Music (SWM) sings into the autumn season in vibrant fashion at the 2022 Small World Music Festival! Kicking off Friday, September 16 and running through Sunday, September 18 at Fort York Garrison Common in Toronto, the festival culminates the organization's celebration of 25 years of delivering high-quality, groundbreaking performances by artists both domestic and international, that resonate with a range of communities and culture lovers. The outdoor festival is free and accessible for all ages, featuring  a range of live music, food, arts and crafts and more. Visit the website for additional info and stay tuned for the full schedule to be announced.

"For 25 years, Small World has been dedicated to ensuring that Toronto audiences experience all of the amazing music that makes our city move," says Small World Music Executive Director, Umair Jaffar. "That amazing music is the result of the diverse communities that have gathered here. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up a year of Small World anniversary celebrations, and one last summertime blast of fun, than with the party in the park that we’re planning.”

This year's international artists include La Chica, a Franco-Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist combining electro, pop, chanson, and influences of their Latin heritage; Argentina's Tanghetto, an award-winning ensemble blending futuristic Electronic elements with Tango influences, will get Toronto audiences moving; and one of Pakistan's best-loved Qawwali ensembles, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwaliwill be making a special Toronto appearance. 

Domestic highlights include an array of Toronto locals: Polaris Music Prize short-listers (2020), Pantayo, will deliver their electro-synth-pop rooted in southern Philippine Kulintang (gong ensemble) traditions; Moneka Arabic Jazz celebrates Afro-Arabic jazz from the Middle East and North Africa with signature flair; Toronto-based Bahia, Brazil native, JERmerges electronic, ska, rock, dub, Brazilian fusion and more; Cartagena, Colombia/Toronto group, Soukustek, combines traditional soukous, a style of dance music derived from Congolese rumba, with Colombian folklore; local collective, FabCollab, presents Women in Song: Summer Thunder, a collaboration celebrating women from across the musical spectrum. 

The Festival will also welcome a stellar list of Quebec artists: Funk Lion, a Montreal-based band fusing funk and psych-rock with their Haitian roots; Clerel shares his soulful tunes and sweet vocals; HAWA B showcases powerhouse vocals via soul, alt-rock, jazz, R’n’B and beyond; Joyce N'Sana will share her unique "Afrobluehop" sound, melding Afroblues and hip-hop into an infectious and captivating live experience. Shauit celebrates the traditional Innu music of his home with folk and reggae inflections.

Small World Music Festival Schedule
(more details to be announced in September):

Friday, September 16 | 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm 
Saturday, September 17 | Doors open at 1:00 pm with performances until 11:00 pm 
Sunday, September 18 | Doors open at 1:00 pm with performances until 8:00 pm 

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

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


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

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

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE NEW SINGLE FEATURING DAN AUERBACH TRES HERMANOS

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

TICKETS TO HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
WITH STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO SELLING FAST

TORONTO, ON – August 17, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, are thrilled to unveil Tres Hermanos, the newest song from their forthcoming new album. Recorded in Nashville, the song marks the first outside collaboration the duo have released, featuring a performance from the “third brother” himself, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Listen to Tres Hermanos here and pre-order El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
About the song Hermanos Gutiérrez said, “We wanted to reconnect with our Latin roots and share that feeling of hanging out with friends in a 'Barrio' somewhere in a city in Latin America.
 
While recording this song in the studio, Dan suggested playing a specific melody over the bridge. We remember trying a few things, but it was not what he envisioned. We invited him to play over the song, and it was such a connecting moment between the three of us, Creating this song together and talking through music with each other. Since it has always just been the two of us, we felt honored and grateful to have Dan playing with us on this song.”
 
Entitled El Bueno Y El Malo, the new record from the brothers is set for release on October 28, 2022 via Easy Eye Sound, Auerbach’s acclaimed label he founded and runs. Click here to listen to the stunning, stirring first single and the album’s title track.
 
Tres Hermanos release follows the band’s sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, LA’s the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge, and their set at Newport Folk Festival. The duo will also be opening for Jason Isbell in Nashville at the legendary Ryman in October. Their shows in Montreal and Toronto are selling fast with the former being nearly sold out already.
 
“When Alejandro and I play together, it’s like we are driving a car,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “It’s like we are taking a road trip. Sometimes we’re driving through a desert. Sometimes we’re traveling up the coast. But always we are in nature, and we see the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets.” The music these two brothers make evokes expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surfs, spaghetti westerns and Morricone soundtracks, Lynch and Jarmusch. With their guitars they travel through landscapes haunted by vaqueros, cancioneros, wanderers, fugitives, lovers, family—and whatever ghosts their listeners bring to the music.
 
El Bueno Y El Malo is their most epic journey yet: working with Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, they’ve crafted ten vivid compositions that highlight their intimate guitar playing, where one brother’s rhythms and the other brother’s melodies twine around each other so that they become inextricable. Together, they generate what Estevan calls a “deeper, darker energy” defined by complex arrangements, sophisticated playing, and most of all their very close relationship.
 
Started a few years earlier, Hermanos Gutiérrez began releasing music on their own, all of which gained traction in 2020. “My brother and I,” says Estevan, “we did everything by ourselves— all the music, even the artwork. But during Covid, our music was streamed all over the world,” especially their 2020 album, Hijos del Sol. Perhaps because people were looking for an escape from their worries or were travelling to new landscapes without leaving their homes, the music of Hermanos Gutiérrez spread by word of mouth, eventually finding its way to Auerbach. After a twenty-minute conversation, they signed with Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo was recorded quickly and organically, despite it being the first time they’d ever met Auerbach in-person. They worked on the fly, hewing closely to the songs they had brought over from Switzerland while remaining open to any and all new ideas. El Bueno Y El Malo gently expands their sound, retaining the foundation while adding drums, castanets, strings, and congas. The additions are more than subtle; they’re subliminal. They focus the attention on the two main figures and the intricate, almost telepathic interplay of their instruments. In perhaps the most significant addition to their two-guitar sound, their producer even played on one song. As the brothers struggled with an arrangement, Auerbach suggested an idea for a melody, even plugging in and playing it for them. They loved it so much they invited him to record it for them, even retitling that song, Tres Hermanos.
 
The title of the album is, of course, a reference to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and especially its score by Ennio Morricone. But the phrase has a deeper meaning: “We think that everybody has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan. “It’s every person, every moment, every situation. Everybody has these two faces.” It’s not a cynical idea, but one that celebrates the depths and dualities of humanity, and music—even music that does not include vocals or lyrics—is the perfect vehicle to explore such big ideas.

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

* Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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ESCUELA GRIND DROPS VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ALL IS FORGIVEN

EXTREME METAL UNIT TO RELEASE NEW LP
MEMORY THEATER ON SEPTEMBER 30

BAND TO PERFORM AT PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL

U.S. HEADLINING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

"Whether you call what Escuela Grind does "power violence" or grindcore," there's no doubt the music the quartet creates together is pure fucking mayhem." - No Echo

"discombobulating drum patterns and staccato guitar chugs...
enough force to level an office park." - 
Revolver

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

Toronto, ON – August 16, 2022 – New England extreme metal unit, Escuela Grind, will release its new LP, Memory Theater, on September 30. Produced by Kurt Ballou, the album - the band's first for MNRK Heavy (High on Fire, Crowbar) -features nine tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. Escuela Grind's Memory Theater is available for pre-order here.

Today, Escuela Grind releases a video for the new song, All is Forgiven, which the group calls "a skull cracker." Directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains), the high-intensity clip blends reality with virtual reality. Experience Escuela Grind's All is Forgiven video here.

Escuela Grind will perform as one of the featured acts at the 2022 Psycho Las Vegas festival on August 19. Following the festival performance, Escuela Grind will continue its current run which will lead directly into a U.S. headlining tour. The 23-city "Forced Collective Introspection" tour will launch on September 3 in Salem, MA and include performances at New England's RPM Fest, Illinois' Full Terror Assault Open Air, and Cleveland's Hacked Up for BBQ death fest, as it criss-crosses the country. Support on the tour will come from Brazilian band, Test.

"Escuela Grind is super stoked to be heading out on the Forced Collective Introspection tour across the US with our friends in Test," says front person Katerina Economou. "We're so excited to play a bunch of new cities, cool festivals and killer clubs. You can expect to hear a bunch of material from the new album, and maybe even more upcoming stuff! Let's rage.” A full listing of upcoming Escuela Grind tour dates is below.

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

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

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

Escuela Grind Tour Dates:
August 16 - Wichita, KS - The Wave 
August 17 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep (w/ Sanguisugabogg, No/Más)
August 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Resorts World Las Vegas (as part of Psycho Las Vegas Fest w/ GZA, Cephalic Carnage, Nuclear Assault)
August 20 - Tucson, AZ - TBA
August 21 - El Paso, TX - Altopiano
August 22-  Tulsa, OK- TBA

Forced Collective Introspection Tour Dates:
September 3 - Salem, MA - Old Town Hall
September 4 - Montague, MA - Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club (as part of RPM Fest)
September 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
September 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Black Forge Coffee
September 8 - Hamtramck, MI - The Sanctuary
September 9 - Cave-in-Rock, IL - Full Terror Assault Festival (w/ Pig Destroyer, Suicidal Tendencies)
September 10 - Rock Island, IL - Wake Brewing
September 11 - Cleveland, OH - No Class (as part of Hacked Up for BBQ Fest w/Mortician)
September 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
September 13 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
September 14 - Fort Collins, CO - The Lyric
September 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Beehive Social Club
September 16 - Boise, ID - The Shredder
September 17 - Tacoma, WA - Hammerhead House
September 18 - Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
September 19 - Portland, OR - High Water Mark
September 20 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
September 21 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
September 22 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
September 23 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock Live
September 25 - Corpus Christi, TX - Boozers Rock Bar
September 26 - Dallas, TX - American Legion Post 672
September 27 - New Orleans, LA - TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Their most creatively fulfilling project yet"Consequence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO EMBODIES TEEN SPIRIT IN RENDITION OF ICONIC 90s SONG AND LIVE FAVOURITE

LISTEN TO SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

FIRST SAMPLE OF NEW PROJECT SET TO RELEASE VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP THIS FALL

PERFORMING AT UNION STATION IN TORONTO SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Toronto, ON – August 12, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo unveils his first sample of new music. Known for his prolific work and performances both at home and abroad, audiences may be familiar with the track - it is Thompson's signature cover of Nirvana's iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit. Whether performed in local spots - like Thompson's frequent haunt of The Rex in Toronto - to open air venues and concert halls, the jazz-infused, layered and virtuosic rendition is fresh, fun and resonant - much like the 90s grunge classic. Listen to the song  here.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit is that tune no matter where it’s played or who it’s played for, it connects with people of all generations and cultures," Thompson says. It was recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Music Company, with Thompson’s trioRandall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums, and mastered by João Carvalho. 

Last night (Thursday, August 11), The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Oscar Peterson with a one dollar coin (loonie) with his likeness on it. The Céline Peterson and the Peterson family as well as the Royal Canadian Mint invited Thomson Egbo-Egbo to perform Peterson’s beloved composition, Hymn To Freedom, at the unveiling of the coin at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks a full-circle moment - in 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career.

Tomorrow - Saturday, August 13 - Toronto audiences can find Thompson and the trio performing at Union Station at 12:30 p.m. as part of their free outdoor Union Summer series. Find more details here and additional tour dates below.
 
About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument is as strong as ever to this day. The key that keeps everything alignedis one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.

On his forthcoming project, set for release via MNRK Music Group this fall, Thompson will draw from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, audiences will experience the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing, as an offering of sonic catharsis and hope.

The album will follow Thompson’s 2019 release, The Offering and 2018 album, A New Standard. While A New Standard sought to change the conversation, The Offering created a new dialogue about what audiences expect from a jazz trio. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the live experience - the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts. A New Standard was Thompson’s debut on MNRK Music Group and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It was recorded in the original trio format, with Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums, marking a departure from the solo playing for which Thompson had become known.

Before Thompson began playing his way through landmark venues across the city, he honed his skill in the heart of his community. At Dixon Hall, a community centre down the street from where he grew up in Toronto's Regent Park, he was able to take piano lessons at two dollars a session. Growing up in subsidized government development area of Toronto, Egbo-Egbo was awed by the fact a group of people thought enough of the residences to build a musical school so that the children of the neighbourhood could enjoy the access of affordable music lessons. 

As this experience struck a chord in his youth, giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, targets elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation strives to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum. 

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

Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from What Remains in a new docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour, in the episode, Mighty Brave. The trio will perform at a selection of Ontario festival dates including Toronto International Film Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and Orillia Jazz Festival. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on February 11, 2023. See info below and stay tuned for more details to be announced. 

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener. 
 
TOUR DATES
August 13 - Union Station - Toronto, ON - Info
September 9 - Toronto International Film Festival
October 2 - Kensington Market Jazz Festival - Toronto, ON 
October 14 - Orillia Jazz Festival - Orillia, ON 
February 11, 2023 - A Celebration Of Oscar Peterson - Windsor, ON - Tickets

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About MNRK Music Group:

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

 

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OZUNA AND TOKISCHA UNITE THEIR VOICES IN SOMOS IGUALES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.instagram.com/tokischa.popola
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EARLY JAMES’ SMOULDERING DUET WITH SIERRA FERREL IS OUT TODAY

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR REAL LOW DOWN LONESOME

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

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

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

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

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

SET FOR AUGUST 22 PERFORMANCE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

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

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

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

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

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MILOE RELEASES EP TITLE TRACK GAPS 

“FLUTTERING, INTIMATE” (UPROXX)

GAPS EP OUT SEPTEMBER 16
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

HEAR THE EXPANSIVE, PERCUSSION-SOAKED TRACK HERE

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

PRE-ORDER/SAVE gaps HERE

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

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

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

“Blissed out” - The FADER

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

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

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

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

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

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

# w/ Khalid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I AM SHARES NEW VIDEO SURRENDER TO THE BLADE

PREMIERES VIA DECIBEL MAGAZINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NICKY JAM  RELEASES NEW SURPRISE SINGLE SIN NOVIA

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

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

FEATURED TODAY ON CBS MORNINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INCLUDES STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO 

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDER WAY

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

 

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


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

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

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

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INTRODUCING BELLA WHITE

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

TRACK PRODUCED BY JONATHAN WILSON
AND FEATURES BUCK MEEK ON GUITAR

ON TOUR THROUGH AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

“Sublime Appalachian heartbreak.” Rolling Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON CD/CASSETTE NOW

PLAYS SOLD OUT NEW YORK SHOW TONIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BISHOP BRIGGS IS READY FOR REVOLUTION ON NEW SINGLE OUT NOW

LISTEN HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOMNURI: BROOKLYN STONER/SLUDGE TRIO JOINS MNRK HEAVY ROSTER

COILS VIDEO UNVEILED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ROBERT GLASPER TEASES ROBTOBER WITH NEW SINGLE ALL MASKS FEATURING MASEGO

DELUXE VERSION OF BLACK RADIO III COMING THIS FALL

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

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

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

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

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

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SAMPA THE GREAT SHARES NEW SINGLE BONA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BUTCHER BROWN SHARES NEW SINGLE UNBELIEVABLE

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

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

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More about Butcher Brown:

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


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

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNVEILS YOU COULDN'T SAVE ME VIDEO

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDER WAY

“The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.” – Blabbermouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO DIDN’T CARE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SONG FEATURED ON NEW ALBUM TARA RARA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Bruno Capinan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DAWES UNVEIL MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER

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

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

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

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

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

WE ARE OMEGA VIDEO PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK HERE

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

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

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

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THE BEACHES SHARE BRAND NEW SINGLE GROW UP TOMORROW

WATCH THE COLOURFUL MUSIC VIDEO HERE
 
ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA NOW
WITH TWO HOMETOWN TORONTO SHOWS
AT HISTORY ON AUGUST 5 AND 6

TORONTO, ON – July 20, 2022 – Today, award-winning alt-pop four piece, The Beaches, release their brand new single, Grow Up Tomorrow. Perfectly encompassing what it feels like to be young, carefree, and reckless, “Grow Up Tomorrow is a summer banger about being in a state of arrested development but enjoying the hell out of it.” Listen here.
 
Co-produced by Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse) and artist/songwriter, Lowell (Charlie XCX, Madison Beer, Hailee Steinfeld) – who also co-wrote the song with the band – Grow Up Tomorrow is a big, bright, ultra-catchy anthem in solidarity with all young adults still borrowing money, delaying doing laundry for weeks, and living in a basement, while their friends are buying their first homes, getting married, even having babies. The track begins with a captivating guitar line that is later joined by high-tempo percussion and an occasional whistle that, when paired with lyrics like, “God I think I lost my cellphone / Don’t know how I’m gonna find my way home,” revels in the feeling of consequence-free youth.
 
The accompanying music video, directed by Ievy Stamatov, depicts a hazy, late night, no-boys-allowed party scene complete with red solo cups, glittery eyeshadow, and a view through rose-colored glasses.
 
The Beaches describe their vision for the music video: “Since the song is such a fun bop we wanted to represent it in the only way we know how: by throwing a house party with all of our closest friends. I’ve recently come into my own in the queer community (Leandra), who have welcomed me with open arms, so I wanted to make sure we represented this new, big part of my life in the video.”
 
The band is currently on their North American Future Lovers tour that culminates with two hometown Toronto shows at History (August 5 and 6). They've already played sold out shows across Canada including Corona Theatre (Montreal, QC), London Music Hall (London, ON) and two sold out shows at the famous Commodore (Vancouver, BC). This North American venture follows experience opening for iconic acts such as The Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters, as well as many other critically acclaimed artists (Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morisette, The Aces, Passion Pit, and Eagles of Death Metal). 
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
July 30 - Niagara on the Lake, ON @ Jackson Triggs
August 5 - Toronto, ON @ History
August 6 - Toronto, ON @ History

August 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Rooftop
August 10 & 11 - Nantucket, MA @ The Gaslight 
August 13 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
August 14 - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
October 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
October 8 - Ringold, GA @ Rabbit Valley Festival
October 9 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
October 11 - Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
October 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Dolphin Tavern
October 21 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 22 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
October 23 - Detroit, MI @ The Underground
 
ABOUT THE BEACHES:
Named after the neighbourhood they lived in, The Beaches is composed of lead vocalist/bassist, Jordan Miller, guitarist, Kylie Miller, keyboardist/guitarist, Leandra Earl, and drummer, Eliza Enman-McDaniel. As self-proclaimed lifers, The Beaches forfeited a typical university experience to pursue their careers in music - a topic that is often addressed in their lyrics.
 
Taking inspiration from artists like Muna, Dayglow, Coin, Olivia Rodrigo, Girl in Red, Wet Leg, Wolf Alice, and The Strokes, The Beaches believe their upcoming releases will be a new direction for them: “We’re not abandoning our rock ‘n ’roll roots, but for this next chapter of our career we wanted to take ourselves less seriously, have fun, and be less precious with the musical ideas we pursue.”
 
After releasing their self-titled EP in 2013, the group landed a major label deal with Island Records in 2016. Under Island Records they released their debut album, Late Show – which was described by Elton John as “The best rock album of last year” – as well as their next two EP’s, The Professional (2019) and Future Lovers (2021), which were later combined for a full-length release called Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Albums) in 2022. 
 
The Beaches have garnered over 52 million streams across Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music. Having sold 30,000 albums in Canada alone, it’s no surprise that they have found themselves awarded with five #1 singles on Canadian Alternative Radio. They have been recognized with two JUNO Awards for Rock Album of the Year (2022) and Breakthrough Group of the Year (2018). 

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES VIDEO FOR ACCLAIMED NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE

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

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

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

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

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

PERFORMING AT CLOUD 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LAKE STREET DIVE REVS UP FUN MACHINE: THE SEQUEL  

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

WATCH THE PROJECT TRAILER  HERE

PERFORMING AT VANCOUVER'S ORPHEUM THEATRE
ON OCTOBER 11

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

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

WATCH/ENJOY THE VISUALIZER

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

 PLUS DATES WITH DAUGHTRY KICK OFF AUGUST 25

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

 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS  SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR OSHUN

FROM FORTHCOMING VISUAL ALBUM
AND ANIMATED SERIES EMURGENCY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRE-ORDER HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST IS HERE

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

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

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

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

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

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

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

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

THE TEN Calendar:

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

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

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

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

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

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca   

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendrier de diffusion de THE TEN:

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

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

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

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

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

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

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

HELLRAISER-INSPIRED TEARS OF ECSTASY VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT DECIBEL

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A FAMILY CURSE SHARE NEW SINGLE SHAKE & SHUDDER

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

DEBUT ALBUM NOW SET TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 19

TORONTO, ON – JULY 13, 2022 – Today, family supergroup, A Family Curse, share the latest single, Shake & Shudder, from their self-titled debut album. A Family Curse – with critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Kandle, and her father, Neil Osborne (54.40 frontman), at the helm - is out August 19 and you can pre-order it here. Watch the lofi music video that Neil directed and edited for Shake & Shudder here and stream it here
 
On the new single, Kandle and Neil offer: “Shake N’ Shudder is an Americana groovy number about Baby K’s lover moving on and leaving her in the dust like a lonely withered cactus in the desert. Written on the fly via dad and daughter sending voice notes across the country and tracking DIY in the basement - It’s a Texas blues inspired shuffle with a little San Antonio slide guitar!”

Kandle further adds: "My director said to me the other day that Neil’s style of directing and editing (which is completely self taught) is basically what every young hipster is trying to achieve by going super weird and lofi and Neil somehow just creates it effortlessly without giving a damn about rules or trends.”
 
The A Family Curse collaboration began a few years ago when Neil and fellow songwriter, Danny Michel, recorded some instrumental jams together. But due to their busy schedules, the songs were left to collect dust until one lonely Christmas, Neil sent them to Kandle who then brought newfound inspiration with fresh new melody and lyrics. From there, Kandle and Neil decided to complete a whole DIY album where the two played and recorded everything at home.
 
“Shake n’ shudder
Is it a dance? Is it an emotion
Is it physical? Is it whimsical?
Yes, yes, yes, yes & yes.
Q: Why is love so is tough?
A: Because it makes you Shake n’ Shudder.
‘Mama says I’m fine I’m just low and feeling rough.’”
– Neil Osborne
 
Their live show dialogue and antics play out the millennial version of “A Father Knows Best” story that reveals their creative infection and family affection through stage antics and banter that's as hilarious as it is rock n roll - the perfect melting pot for desert rock earworms. Their first show ever was in June at Toronto’s infamous El Mocambo for Canadian Music Week and thereafter the group toured across Ontario for a slew of shows that included stops at Fenelon Falls’ Grove Theatre, Owen Sound’s Heartwood Hall and back in Toronto at The Dakota Tavern.
 
A Family Curse is often joined on stage by a support cast of various cousins, uncles and aunts of the Osborne clan which leads to their signature sound and performance… stay tuned for more from A Family Curse as their journey unfolds and gathers steam this summer!

About Neil Osborne:
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released more than a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than four decades. As a songwriter, Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as I Go Blind, One Day In Your Life, One Gun, Since When and Ocean Pearl, which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base.
 
About Kandle Osborne:
Kandle has established a strong independent career and has made her mark as a powerful songwriter as evidenced on her latest album, Set The Fire. Her Bond-inspired masterpiece for Lock and Load was nominated for a Canadian Independent Video Award. Her debut album, In Flames, was an instant success and went on to gain a JUNO nomination and win a Prism Prize Award.
 
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"TRANSCENDENT” (NPR) CONGOLESE-AMERICAN MILOE RELEASES BUBBLY NEW SINGLE MAKE UR WAY FT. 80purppp

ANNOUNCES GAPS EP OUT SEPTEMBER 16 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

HEAR THE ELECTRONIC-INFUSED TRACK WITH
CONGOLESE INSPIRED BEATS HERE

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

PERFORMING @ BABY’S ALL RIGHT W/ BOOYAK KIDS
& CHRISTELLE BOFALE ON SEPTEMBER 25
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY @ 10AM EST

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

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

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

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

“Blissed out” - The FADER

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

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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MEECHY DARKO SHARES GET LIT OR DIE TRYIN’

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

TWO INTIMATE SHOWS IN LA AND NY SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

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

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UKRAINIAN CANADIAN DUO BALAKLAVA BLUES RELEASE NEW SINGLE SWALLOW

LISTEN TOWATCH SWALLOW

NEW ALBUM LET ME OUT TO RELEASE THIS FALL

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER ACROSS CANADA THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES NEW SINGLE WATCH AND SEE  

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

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


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

SUFFER VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

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

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

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

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

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

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

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

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DAWES SHARE GHOST IN THE MACHINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SWITCHFOOT RELEASE interrobang (deluxe edition) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ESCUELA GRIND TO RELEASE NEW LP MEMORY THEATER ON SEPTEMBER 30

FAST-RISING MASSACHUSETTS BAND
SIGNS TO MNRK HEAVY

WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR CLIFFHANGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE  to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 

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

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

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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