New Releases: Mas Ysa ‘Seraph’

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Mas Ysa (pronounced maas ee-sa) brings us an album that is both made to pack a dance floor and flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads. Thomas Arsenault’s debut record Seraph carries a massive emotional weight throughout the wide spectrum of tracks. Buy it on iTunes, vinyl and CD today.

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While Seraph is his first full-length record, Arsenault is no newcomer. In 2013, after playing shows supporting Purity Ring and Deerhunter, the first Mas Ysa track, “Why,” was released and named a “Best New Track” by Pitchfork. The following year the Worth EP came out, nabbing another “Best New Track” nod for the song “Shame” and propelling Arsenault into the international spotlight.

The Bright Light Social Hour Announce Fall 2015 Tour Dates

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Austin psych-rock band The Bright Light Social Hour have captivated audiences across North America this year with their energetic live sets, which included SOLD OUT shows in many major cities.  Now, the band will hit the road again this fall making stops in Boston, New York Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and more.

The Bright Light Social Hour Fall Tour Dates  *Canadian Dates Are Bolded:
07/29 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC
08/28 – San Marcos, TX @ Float Fest
09/15 – Santa Fe, NM @ Skylight
09/16 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodie’s Half Note
09/17 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
09/18 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
10/16-18  - Ozark, AR @ Phases of the Moon Festival
10/20 – Mobile, AL @ Alchemy Tavern
10/21 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
10/22 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham (w/ the Revivalists)
10/23 – Athens, GA @ Foundry
10/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Camp House
10/25 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
10/27 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/29 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/31 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge
11/02 – Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
11/03 – Quebec City, QC @ Petit Imperial
11/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
11/05 – Burnstown, ON @ Neat Cafe
11/06 –  Appleton, ON @ North on 29
11/07 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
11/08 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
11/10 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
11/11 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
11/12 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/14 – Madison, WI @ Frequency
11/15 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
11/17 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
11/19 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic
11/20 – Norman, OK @ Opolis

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Rayland Baxter Releases New Track ‘Young Man’ From ‘Imaginary Man’ Out August 14

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Rayland Baxter has released the newest track from his upcoming record ‘Imaginary Man,‘ which will be released on August 14 via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.  Entitled ‘Young Man‘ the song has found an early champion with GQ Magazine who raves “If this track is any indication, it’s gonna be full of addictive and moody end-of-summer jams. The perfect way to close out the season.‘”

In celebration of the new album, Baxter will embark on a series of tour dates this summer and fall, including a series of dates supporting Grace Potter as well as headlining shows in NYC and L.A.  Recorded in Nashville, the 11-track album was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) and features Bucky Baxter on pedal steel as well as Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism) and Matt Vazquez (Delta Sprit) on background vocals.

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Indie88 Premieres Thomas D’Arcy’s New Video ‘Fooled You Twice’

This morning Toronto’s alternative radio station Indie88 premiered the hands on video for Thomas D’Arcy’sFooled You Twice‘. The title track comes from his latest album and is the record’s second single following ‘All Over Your Face’Watch the video above or on Indie88.com.

The station wrote this about the video: “Mix in one part groove and equal parts pop sounds, Thomas D’Arcy’s impressive songwriting abilities is paralleled only by his production skills. Perhaps that’s why he gets so much praise in this music video. With 100 hands pulling, slapping, touching and stroking him, it seems like there’s not enough of him to go around. The simple yet effective music video, directed by Frank Guidoccio, is a perfect match for this track, which is the second single from his eponymous album.”

Rhett Miller Reveals New Video For ‘Most In The Summertime’

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Rhett Miller has been playing in touring bands (most notably Old 97′s) for the better part of 20 years, aka traveling from town to town for an entire generation. Thus he has definitely earned the right to title his latest solo album ‘The Traveler,’ which is out now.

A standout track from the album is ‘Most In The Summertime.’ A warm, bouncy song on the surface that has a darker undertone too. The song’s new video (directed by Max Nichols) has the same tones. Although ‘The Traveler’ was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, most notably by the members of Black Prairie, a band based in Portland that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with the Decemberists. Peter Buck of REM also added additional guitar work.

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Mas Ysa Shares New Track ‘Arrows’

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Today, Mas Ysa shares a new track ‘Arrows,’ an emotional club-banger from his upcoming debut album ‘Seraph,’ out July 24 on MapleMusic Recordings.

Mas Ysa, otherwise known as Thomas Arsenault, says of the track: “‘Arrows’ is sort of a Euro club banger, but also a very personal love song. It comes out of me wanting to make a universal, club-ready track but unwittingly giving into emotion.”

Creating ’Seraph’ took the better part of a year – it was crafted in Arsenault’s home studio, received additional production help from Steve Rivette (Liars, Black Dice) and was mixed by Grammy-nominated Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire) – but the topics it covers have been haunting the musician for his entire life. “Thematically, there’s a lot of Catholic guilt and shame,” he says of the album, which is named for a kind of angel.  “I don’t set out to use specific sounds, but looking later at the pallet of choirs, clapping, castanets, flutes – I’ve realized that they are just comforting to me. I think that comes from going to church and coming from very large and close Ecuadorian and French-Canadian families. I don’t actively reference any culture’s sound or instruments, when I noticed later they were all over the place.”

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New Releases: Mas Ysa ‘Arrows’

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Mas Ysa embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to traditional songwriting; songs that are made to pack a dance floor flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads. His newest single ‘Arrows’ off the first full-length record ‘Seraph’ is no different. Check out the KEXP version here.

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Taylor Knox, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs Co-Headline The Drake On July 10

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On July 10 MapleMusic Recordings artist Taylor Knox and Cameron House Records artist Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs will be co-headling a show at The Drake. Full Event info is HERE

This past March, Toronto native Taylor Knox released his debut solo EP, ‘Lines‘ – with six short tracks that showcase Knox’s irresistible melodic gifts. From opening tune ‘My Backyard‘ to meditative closer ‘Good Enough,’ Knox displays song-writing prowess far beyond his years. Although still in his 20s, he has a wealth of experience playing with a host of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, including Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, Luke Doucet, Hayden, and Jason Collett. Taylor Knox is now ready to step out on his own for good as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.

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After releasing their debut effort ‘Stand Together, Fall Together‘ on Cameron House Records in late 2013, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs have seen their profile steadily climb with festival appearances at TURF and Hillside-among others-as well as tours with July Talk, The Strumbellas, The Arkells, and Lights. Currently, Cash has been hard at work in the studio completing his follow up album. Produced by Ian Blurton, the album will surely help Sam along in becoming a household name in Canadian Rock’n'Roll circles.

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Lucero Announce New Album ‘All A Man Should Do’ Set For A September 18 Release

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On September 18, Lucero will release their new record ‘All A Man Should Do‘ via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.  Following the release of 2012′s ‘Women and Work,’ Lucero’s new album contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written. They read like chapters from his life: the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world and more.

Working with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) for a third time at Memphis‘s Ardent Studios, the band felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.  And for the first time they put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of Big Star‘s ‘I Fell in Love with a Girl.’  The track features Jody Stephens from Big Star singing back-up vocals, making it that much more special.

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New Releases: Amos Lee ‘Live At Red Rocks’ & Lucero ‘Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles’

Amos Lee rolled into Red Rocks, Colorado in August 2014. He had been on tour for almost a year in support of his fifth studio album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song but this concert in particular was something special. ‘Live At The Red Rocks’ captures his first headlining date at the legendary venue, backed by the Colorado Symphony with arrangements composed just for that eveningMemphis rockers Lucero release their newest single Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles’ off their upcoming album ’All A Man Should Be.’ Check out their latest video here.

Buy Amos Lee’s ‘Live At Red Rocks’ on iTunes | CD 
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Buy Lucero’s ’Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles on iTunes
Stream Lucero’s ‘Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles‘ on Spotify | Rdio

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Sun K Announces Western Skies Summer Tour

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Band Releases New Southern Souls Session Featuring Teaser Pt. II, Sweet Marie and Cowboys + Drugs From Their Debut Album Northern Lies

Fresh off the release of their well received debut album, Northern Lies, Toronto folk n’ roll rockers, Sun K, are ready to get back on the road for their WESTERN SKIES TOUR. Kicking off in Winnipeg on June 24th, the tour will see the band head across the country. Before they dust off their suitcases, the group will tear up the NXNE scene, including performances @ The Bellwoods Great Hearts Festival and the MMR/Pipe&Hat showcase @ The Rivoli on Saturday, June 20th. To get everyone in the mood for their tour, they have released a 3 song live video session with Southern Souls that taped at Porcelain Records.

UPCOMING TORONTO DATES
June 20 – The Live In Bellwoods – Great Heart Festival
June 20 – Rivoli (NXNE) – MMR/Pipe & Hat Showcase @ 2am ET
June 21 – The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE) w/ The Sadies @ 2pm ET

SUN K WESTERN SKIES TOUR 2015
June 24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club
June 26 – Brandon @ The Double Decker Tavern
June 27/28 – Dauphin, MB @ Countryfest
June 29 – Regina, SK @ Artful Dodger Café & Music Emporium
June 30 – Calgary, AB @ Ironwood
July 1 – Fernie, BC – Canada Day
July 4 – Hay River NT @ Hay Days Festival
July 6 – Red Deer, AB @ Fratters Speakeasy
July 8 – Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
July 11 – Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
*more dates to be announced soon

Produced by Cone McCaslin, whose credits also include The Strumbellas and Operation MD, and mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F, the eight songs that made up Northern Lies caught the attention of media across the country.  Beatroute Magazine said: ““There are equal parts of previous decades here while vocally some more recent acts come to mind. Nowhere is this more apparent on “New York City Blues” which showcases everything Sun K is capable of. While the members of the band are relatively young, they must have access to good record collections. In a niche fraught with fraudsters, they come across honestly.”  While Toronto Star’s Chris Young said, “…off a couple listens there’s much to like, including Kristian Montano’s husky baritone, the organ swirls of Stuart Retallack, and the band’s sure touch and dynamics on Montano’s carefully constructed songs that go from pensive to rousing and recall Lou Reed, Joel Plaskett and the Gaslight Anthem.”

Sun K’s line-up features a sonically dynamic group of guys, including front man Kristian Montano, keyboardist Stuart Retallack who also plays horns, guitarist and fiddler Kevin Michael Butler, bassist JuHang Sin and a new addition to the group is drummer Scott Tiller.

Be sure to catch them this summer!

“The band bring together a gritty blend of rock, blues and folk, led by vocalist Kristian Montano. Going for a vocal delivery in the vein of Julian Casablancas and Lou Reed, he pairs his singing chops with a guitar sound “honed directly through the Neil Young songbook.”” - EXCLAIM

“Even though this is only a debut album, you’ll want to keep your eye on this band for more because they’re surely going places.” CANADIAN BEATS

“Sun K may be just the next big rock act to emerge out of Toronto, and if Northern Lies proves anything, it’s that sometimes, in order to keep moving forward, we need to look back for inspiration.” HEAVY PRESS

Alabama Shakes Announce Canadian Arena Tour

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Alabama Shakes‘ have announced a headlining Canadian arena tour starting on September 23 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.  They will follow that up with a stop in Ottawa on September 24 (TD Place) and Montreal on September 26 (MRCY Festival).

Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates *Canadian dates have been bolded
6/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/9 – Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/12 – Auchterarder, UK @ T In The Park
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
9/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/19 – Forest Hills, Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
9/23 – Toronto, ON @ The Air Canada Centre
9/24 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
9/26 – Montreal, QC @ MRCY Festival
11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

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