Brandi Carlile To Release ATO/MapleMusic Debut ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ March 3

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“Some of [the songs] rattle the floorboards; others are quieter, offering beautiful harmonies or rich storytelling. But no matter what they sound like, the songs on this release feel like rock and roll.” – Ann Powers, NPR Music

Watch/Listen to ‘The Eye’ HERE 

Brandi Carlile will make her independent label debut on ATO/MapleMusic March 3, 2015 with the release of ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter.’  The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”

‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.

The result is immediate and electrifying. ‘The Eye,’ a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony.  Lead-off track and first single ‘Wherever Is Your Heart’ captures a fiery intensity.

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Language Arts’ “Old Familiar” Video Premieres on Exclaim

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“On Wonderkind, a richly layered, poppy effort that blends prog rock and classical elements, she made her electric guitar debut. You can’t help but be reminded of fellow guitar virtuoso St. Vincent’s latest release, and even neo-folkie Mutual Benefit when the languid strings kick in.”

– Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine

Watch the brand new video for ‘Old Familiar’ at EXCLAIM.CA  

Language Arts is the brainchild of Toronto-based guitarist, composer and singer Kristen Cudmore. “Language Arts’ sound is really a marriage between jazz schoolers and me, the classically trained one … I attract it without realizing it,” Cudmore says about her bandmates, drummer Neil MacIntosh, keyboardist Joel Visentin and current bassist Soren Nissen (Joe Ernewein played bass in the studio)

The group’s new full-length album ‘Wonderkind,’ recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan), brilliantly marries Cudmore’s raw emotions with a dizzying array of musical styles — indie pop, hip-hop and prog-rock among them — all drawn from her boundless imagination that has become equally innovative and uplifting.

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Ex Cops Premiere ‘White Noise’ Video With Paper Magazine

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“Impossibly cool.” — Vogue

“Arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks…

it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction.” — Consequence Of Sound

“Brilliantly catchy.” — SPIN

Ex Cops, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, recently released their sophomore LP, Daggers, and the video for its latest single, ‘White Noise,’ premiered exclusively today at Paper Magazine.

The band describes the video’s concept as, “almost like a social experiment. The song is about longing for something pure in a dark place, and about the wish to silence the noise of the world and the voices in your head. So we wanted to have teenagers in our video, because kids are more pure than most grownups. And we wanted them to just dance and fight and lose it and do whatever they felt like, while we performed the song for them.”

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CAIRO Offers First Taste of ‘A History of Reasons’

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Full-length debut album set to arrive January 20, 2015

Today, Toronto orchestral-pop quartet CAIRO is proud to reveal the initial glimpse of its breathtaking full-length debut album, ‘A History of Reasons,’ to be released Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings.

It is a haunting video for the title track, directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Czlowiek Kamera, which premiered yesterday at Exclaim.ca. The director’s other Canadian credits include the video for Half Moon Run’s ‘Call Me in the Afternoon.’

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New Releases – Ex Cops ‘Daggers’

On their sophomore effort ‘Daggers’ Ex Cops bring the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era. The duo of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding paired themselves with producers Billy Corgan and Justin Raisen in addition to co-writing with Ariel Pink to return guitar-pop to the grand stage that it deserves. Watch the official video for the first single ‘Black Soap’ or listen to the Ariel Pink-featuring ‘Tragically Alright.’

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Chet Faker Releases ‘iTunes Session’ EP Friday Nov. 28

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Buy the ‘iTunes Sessions’ EP exclusively on –  you guessed it – iTunes HERE
Buy ‘Built On Glass’ on iTunes HERE

As more and more radio stations add ‘Gold,’ the mesmerizing single from his full-length debut ‘Built On Glass,’ Australian electro-soul artist Chet Faker is treating his fans to the ‘iTunes Session’ EP, available starting Friday, Nov. 28.

The EP’s six tracks include a solo piano version of ‘Gold,’ and ‘I’m Into You’ from his 2012 debut EP ‘Thinking In Textures.’ Full track list is below.

Born Nicholas Murphy, his Chet Faker persona came to life in 2011 when his cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ became a sensation Down Under and landed him a North American deal with Downtown Records/Fontana North the following year.

Since the release of ‘Built On Glass’ in April 2014, Chet Faker has been to Canada twice as part of his extensive world touring, consistently growing his audience through his gripping live show.

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Track List:
1. I’m Into You
2. 1998
3. To Me
4. Cigarettes & Loneliness
5. Gold (solo version)
6. Talk Is Cheap (w/cello)

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Two Gallants’ Forthcoming Album ‘We Are Undone’ Out Feb 3 On ATO/MMR

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“…a healthy dose of thrash and bash to their folk-and blues-rooted tunes…” – Rolling Stone
“The two-piece carves out a distinctive, powerful identity all of its own.” – BBC Music

Stream the title track and watch the lyric video on Noisey HERE

Two Gallants‘ forthcoming fifth album, ‘We Are Undone,’ will be available worldwide February 3 on ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The title track is available as a free instant download with LP/CD album pre-orders at www.twogallants.com and iTunes.

The new LP is their second full-length release on ATO/MMR following 2012′s ‘The Bloom and The Blight.’ Two Gallants will be playing select shows at intimate venues in New York and San Francisco in February with a full European tour to follow. Additional U.S. tour dates in April to be announced soon.

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New Releases – Drive-By Truckers ‘English Oceans (Deluxe Edition)’

Drive-By Truckers have released the Black Ice Vérité deluxe edition accompaniment to their most acclaimed album in years English Oceans. Featuring an additional 8 tracks with a trio of acoustic recordings from their Bannaroo performance along with new, old, and recreated tracks from this years HeAthens Homecoming Weekend at the 40 Watt Club in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA. The DVD contains footage from their 40 Watt Club performance. Vinyl copies of Black Ice Vérité are pressed on white vinyl and packaged with new artwork, seen below.

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Benjamin Booker Returning To Canada In 2015

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New Orleans rocker plays Lee’s Palace in Toronto March 31 and Corona Theatre in Montreal April 1

“A flashback to the days when wild-eyed young guitar-slingers made the most dangerous dance music around.” – Rolling Stone

Following his first ever headline tour, Benjamin Booker has confirmed a run of North American dates this Spring, playing even larger venues. The tour stops in Toronto March 31 at Lee’s Palace and in Montreal on April 1 at the Corona Theatre. Full dates are below, and all will go on sale Friday Nov 14.

Benjamin Booker 2015 Tour Dates
03/26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/27 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
03/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
03/30 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
03/31 – Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
04/01 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
04/03 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY

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CAIRO to Release Full-Length Debut ‘A History of Reasons’ January 20 on MapleMusic Recordings

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L-R: Dante Berardi Jr. (guitar, synth), Nate Daniels (lead vocals, guitar),
Caitlin Grieve (violin), Matt Sullivan (drums)

“It wouldn’t be hard to picture the members of CAIRO chopping up a soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky or the like.” – CMJ.com

“The love child of Gotye and Arcade Fire.” – SiriusXM Discover Music Canada

“CAIRO is a band that has impressed us not only with their musical talent, but with the savvy they have displayed in making this album.” – Coalition Music

We take because we are fragile, because we know it never really matters who we were meant to be. What matters is that we do more than just tiptoe forward. That we assemble the worn versions of the things we take into messy piles – to keep from forgetting or maybe just so we know what to forget and what to keep.

CAIRO is the soundtrack to the things we have taken and left behind. They are the soundtrack to both taking and leaving, the nuance of a 2 a.m. exhale or a pretty pair of eyes in a crowded room. They are the cadence of everyday life.

People should not get along so well. It’s strange. Unsettling, even. But they do. When one falters, the others create symmetry.

You could call it folk. Or rock. Or ambience. Or experimental. But that would be denying the parts that make a whole. It’s real! It’s personal! It is love! Yes, love! That messy gooey thing that we so desperately hope will make us whole. We can all agree on this, can we not?

It’s absurd that CAIRO works. But to understand why it does, you only need to listen to ‘A History of Reasons,’ their full-length debut album, out Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings, co-produced by the band and Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Air Marshal Landing).

Pre-order ‘A History Of Reasons’ via the band’s PledgeMusic campaign.

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New Releases – Mariachi el Bronx ‘Mariachi el Bronx (III)’

On the third self-titled album from LA hardcore outfit The Bronx‘s alter ego Mariachi el Bronx the band ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs – featuring singles ‘New Beat’ and ‘Wildfires’ - that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. Watch the day-glo-orange coloured vinyl of (III) getting pressed to match the psychedelic cover art here.

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New Releases – Primus ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory’ & Cold War Kids ‘Hold My Home’

The original Primus lineup makes their studio album return for the first time in 19 years on their new release ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory.’ This tribute to the 1971 Willy Wonka movie features deep reworks of the influential and distinctive tunes. Five vinyl copies of the album will feature gold coloured vinyl and free lifetime tickets to Primus concerts, watch records get pressed in the promo video here. See the full list of special album tour dates hereCold War Kids have released their 5th studio album ‘Hold My Home produced by guitarist Dann Gallucci and Lars Stalfors. Vocalist Nathan Willet describes the album with lyrics from its title track: “You’ve moved every year or two since you were 18. Home is no longer an actual place you return to. It’s ephemeral; it’s where you go in your memory to recall friends, your identity, your version of family. You can’t touch or hold on to it, but you can feel home anywhere. But where are your roots?” Watch the video for the first single “All This Could Be Yours” or the anthemic follow up “First.”

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