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New Release – Benjamin Booker ‘Benjamin Booker’

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has released his debut self-titled record and it is one fiery blues frenzy. The 25-year-old guitar player learned from greats like The Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson along with contemporaries like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and paired that with his raw, soulful vocals. Watch the raucous lead single ‘Violent Shiver’ performed on Letterman or get lost in the sheer energy of ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ performed on Conan and turn it up!

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New Release – SOJA ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’

SOJA continue a streak of albums calling for unity and change on their fifth studio record ‘Amid The Noise And Haste.’ Produced by Grammy-winning Supa Dups and featuring guest appearances from Michael Franti and Nahko on the hit single ‘I Believe,’ as well as Damian Marley, Collie Buddz, and more, this is their most focused record to date. The vinyl edition comes pressed on translucent gold discs in a double gatefold package. Listen to a sampler of ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ here.

SOJA ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Mapei Announced As Main Support On Upcoming Lykke Li Tour

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Playing Toronto’s Kool Haus on Sept. 30 – Tickets Here
Debut album ‘Hey Hey’ out Sept. 23

Mapei has announced that she will be the main support for Lykke Li, a fellow Stockholm native and her one-time roommate, on her 14-date tour this fall. Kicking-off in Seattle on September 17, Mapei and Lykke will tour across America, including an appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and more dates to be announced.

“I am beyond excited and thrilled to announce that my dear friend Mapei will come on tour with me,” says Lykke Li. “It is insanely symbolic to me as she’s been my idol ever since I saw her the first time when I was 17. She was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and she dared me to follow my dream…. First stop was her Bushwick apartment and many open mics, bruised hearts, blood, sweat and tears later we will join forces again to tour America. Don’t you dare miss it.”

This marks Mapei’s second major US run this year. She will also be performing on select dates with nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend this month as part of his amphitheater tour.

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Tom Petty Comments on Emma-Lee’s ‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’ in Rolling Stone

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Emma-Lee set for Aug. residency at Toronto’s Cameron House
‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’ on iTunes

It may be premature to say “mission accomplished,” but Emma-Lee has at least achieved her primary goal having her new single, “What Would Tom Petty Do?” reach the ears of the man himself.

In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Petty comments on the song during his Q&A with David Fricke. When asked about his influence on the current generation of singer-songwriters, Petty specifically mentions Emma-Lee’s single, adding, “I don’t know what Tom Petty would do. But thanks for asking.”

More About ‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’:

The catalyst for this project occurred in 2012 during a group writing session in Los Angeles. As Emma-Lee and her collaborators Karen Kosowski and Justin Gray searched for a spark to get their creative juices flowing, somebody asked “what would Tom Petty do,” and the song came together almost immediately as a charming and clever tribute to the man and his music.

After raising money in large part though a Kapipal crowd-funding campaign, Emma-Lee recorded the track in Toronto with renowned producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent). She then returned to L.A. to shoot a video, which puts her own twist on some of the well-loved clips TP made in the 1990s. Together, she says, the single and video are her best shot at attaining her ultimate goal of writing a song with the artist who has inspired her most.

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New Release – Wildcat! Wildcat! ‘No Moon At All’

Los Angeles’ indie pop trio Wildcat! Wildcat! return with their debut full-length album ‘No Moon At All.’ Following up on their self-titled EP the band bring underdog anthems and dreamy builds to the new record that explode with skyrocketing emotions. Watch the lyric video for the lead single ‘Hero.’ Catch the band on tour right now, they play Toronto’s Drake Underground tonight and La Vitrola in Montreal tomorrow.

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SOJA Returns August 12th With ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’

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“Reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflection…” – Billboard 

“The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…” -- Relix

New LP from Washington D.C. reggae unit features guests Michael Franti and Damian Marley

‘Amid The Noise And Haste,’ released Aug. 12 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings, was produced by multiple Grammy award-winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to SOJA’s critically acclaimed ‘Strength To Survive,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 40. ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

The album’s cover art was designed by the British artist Steven Wilson from original wood carvings.

SOJA originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fan base around the world since. SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.3 million Facebook fans, and 183+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

SOJA’s Soulshine summer tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall kicked off in California and continues in amphitheaters across the country throughout August.

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‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Track List:
1. Tear It Down
2. Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4. Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6. Once Upon A Time
7. Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8. Signature
9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)

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Minus The Bear Announces ‘Lost Loves’ Out Oct. 7

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Fall U.S. Club Tour Announced

Minus The Bear will release its latest LP, ‘Lost Loves,’ on October 7th via Dangerbird Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The seasoned Seattle, WA five-piece will embark on a club tour this fall in support of the new album as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, ‘They Make Beer Commercials Like This.’

For a band that routinely sells out 1000+ capacity venues across the country, the small rooms scheduled for the coming dates will provide an intimate setting for fans to experience the new album. Joining Minus The Bear on the road at various points are O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions, and on September 20th they perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival’s main stage. Upcoming tour dates and album track list below.

The follow up to ‘Infinity Overhead,’ which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 as Minus The Bear’s highest charting album to date, ‘Lost Loves’ lives up to its title quite literally as a collection of hard-to-let-go songs pulled from the band’s past seven-odd years of writing, recording and releasing records.

“Inevitably, some of your favourite songs are going to be cut in the necessity of creating the right sequence for that particular time,” bassist Cory Murchy says. “Regardless of the reason they weren’t included, it wasn’t for lack of love and appreciation of the songs themselves.” Somewhat by chance the black sheep that didn’t quite fit in with previous albums ‘Planet of Ice,’ ‘OMNI,’ and ‘Infinity Overhead’ coalesce among their once regretfully forsaken peers. “Perhaps it’s because they didn’t make the past albums that they fit so seamlessly together,” Murchy muses.

Over the years Minus The Bear “has made a name for itself creating music as ear-catching as it is resonant with fans of guitar athletics and progressive structures,” wrote Consequence of Sound, and ‘Lost Loves’ more than delivers on that promise. As the band began metaphorically reaching out to the “ones that got away” from past sessions, additional recording and vocals were completed for select tracks. “As a whole,” Murchy says, “this collection of songs offers as strong a package as any other album we’ve put together.”

Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear is comprised of Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). Over the past 13 years the band has cultivated a large and devoted international following, playing countless sold out venues as they tour the globe over, including North America, Europe, U.K., Japan and Australia, in addition to unforgettable performances at every high profile U.S. festival like Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. Their past three indie label full-length releases have charted in the top half of the Billboard 200 with steadily increasing success, a testament to Minus The Bear’s standing as a musically innovative and beloved group with an unyielding fanbase that continues to grow with each album.

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‘Lost Loves’ Track List:
1. Electric Rainbow
2. Surf-N-Turf
3. Broken China
4. Walk On Air
5. Patiently Waiting
6. Cat Calls & Ill Means
7. Invented Memory
8. South Side Life
9. Your Private Sky
10. The Lucky Ones

Minus The Bear Tour Dates:
SEPTEMBER
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival
OCTOBER
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe *
15 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *
16 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre *
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick #
23 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
24 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
25 – Des Moines, IA – Wolly’s #
27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
NOVEMBER
1 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile &
20 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s &
21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah &
22 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse &
23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co. &
* = w/ O’Brother
# = w/ Young Widows
& = w/ Mansions

VIP Pre-Sale Tickets Available Here
General On-Sale Date: Aug. 1/14

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Wildcat! Wildcat! In Toronto Aug. 5 & Montreal Aug. 6

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Full-length debut ‘No Moon At All’ out Aug. 5

L.A. indie-popsters WILDCAT! WILDCAT! are coming to Canada on their first headlining tour, stopping Tues. Aug. 5 in TORONTO at THE DRAKE and Wed. Aug. 6 in MONTREAL at LA VITROLA.

“They return with driving beats and lilting harmonies, adding in a celestial touch and crispness. The first single, ‘Hero,’ hints at a group of musicians who haven’t forgotten their roots, but simply choose to expand the ceiling of their growth.” — Paste

Wildcat! Wildcat!‘s debut full-length, ‘No Moon At All,’ out Aug. 5 on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, ties the trio’s indie-pop anthems into a cohesive widescreen vision. Packed with the Los Angeles-based band’s uplifting musicality and angelic harmonies, the ten-track album, which features production from M83′s Morgan Kibby, represents both a major artistic leap and the culmination of the group’s rise since ‘Mr. Quiche’ and their initial run of buzzy singles.

Featuring longtime friends Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums), Wildcat! Wildcat! officially formed in 2012. Their early tracks, available as blog downloads and a single from the tastemaker label Neon Gold, led to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut EP on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, which received critical acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon, Paste, Huffington Post and more.

In early 2013, Wildcat! Wildcat! was the subject of the Sam Jones-directed documentary Hello Everywhere – a feature that depicted the band’s journey from LA to SXSW for a massive concert with Passion Pit. The group has also toured with Alt-J, Portugal. The Man and MS MR.

On ‘No Moon At All,’ Wildcat! Wildcat! achieve full headliner status. Its sweeping arc and range create an emotionally-rousing world for the band’s infectious underdog anthems. ‘Tower’ sets the tone with a dreamy build and explosive low-end, while lead single ‘Hero’ mixes the group’s innovative harmonies with dance production and an earworm chorus. ‘Holloway (Hey, Love),’ with its skyrocketing emotions, is sure to play over many-a-movie’s end credits, and ‘End Of The World Everyday’ is a slinky, bold ballad.

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‘No Moon At All’ Track List:
1. Tower
2. Garden Grays
3. Up And Beyond
4. Hero
5. End Of The World Everyday
6. Holloway (Hey, Love)
7. Circuit Breaker
8. Nothing Below
9. Sentimental
10. Marfa

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Twitter: twitter.com/wildcatwildcat

Wildcat! Wildcat! Returns Aug. 5 With Full-Length Debut ‘No Moon At All’

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Wildcat! Wildcat!‘s debut full-length, ‘No Moon At All,’ out Aug. 5 on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, ties the trio’s indie-pop anthems into a cohesive widescreen vision. Packed with the Los Angeles-based band’s uplifting musicality and angelic harmonies, the ten-track album, which features production from M83′s Morgan Kibby, represents both a major artistic leap and the culmination of the group’s rise since ‘Mr. Quiche’ and their initial run of buzzy singles.

Featuring longtime friends Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums), Wildcat! Wildcat! officially formed in 2012. Their early tracks, available as blog downloads and a single from the tastemaker label Neon Gold, led to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut EP on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, which received critical acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon, Paste, Huffington Post and more.

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Tues. Aug. 5 — Toronto ON — The Drake Underground
Wed. Aug. 6 — Montreal QC — La Vitrola

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Gogol Bordello Return To Canada For Summer Festival Dates

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Appearances include TURF, Le Festival d’ete, Ottawa Bluesfest and Osheaga

“For me music is a way to explore human potential. And that’s my main interest in life – human potential. Everyone knows there’s something inside of us that we’re not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it?  Every single person knows that there’s something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I’m gonna get down and get it.” – Eugene Hutz

Everyone’s favourite gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello, led by the incomparable front man Eugene Hutz, return to eastern Canada with major festival appearances this July and August.

The group has been touring the globe since the release of their sixth album, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy,’ one year ago, and show no signs of letting up.

Gogol Bordello Canadian Tour Dates
Sun. July 6 — Toronto ON — TURF [5:30 PM East Stage]
Wed. July 9 — Quebec City QC — Le Festival d’ete [9:30 PM Hydro-Quebec Stage]
Thurs. July 10 — Ottawa ON — Bluesfest [6 PM Claridge Homes Stage]
Fri. Aug. 1 — London ON — London Music Hall
Sun. Aug. 3 — Montreal QC — Osheaga [8:20 PM Green Stage]

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New Release – Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’

Toronto’s very own fuzzed-out indie rock band Rival Boys have released their full-length debut ‘Animal Instincts’. The trio recorded the album at Revolution Recording Studios with Joe Dunphy who also recorded their ‘Ice Storm’ EP live off the floor earlier this year. Watch them shred ‘Fortune’ in an abandoned house in the video for the newest album single here. Exclaim! also had them perform the raucous number ‘Sober & Single’ live at The Piston in Toronto for their Exclaim! TV series, watch it here.

Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’ Digital CD Vinyl

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New Releases – Phish ‘Fuego’, Vacationer ‘Relief’ & SomeKindaWonderful ‘SomeKindaWonderful’

Legendary jam band Phish have returned with their 12th studio album ‘Fuego’. Originally reuniting out of genuinely wanting t hang out, eventually the band sat down to try to write in a way they never had before. Listen to guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell talk about writing the songs across 5 notepads via NPR. Of course the only real way to experience Phish is live, check out their tour dates here to see if they hit your town. Vacationer return with their highly anticipated follow-up record ‘Relief’. The Philly-based group, consisting of The Starting Line’s Kenny Vasoli along with Body Language’s Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, refine their months on the road into tighter and more powerful tracks. Watch the recently released video for the infectiously sunny ‘The Wild Life’. Cleveland alt-rock group SomeKindaWonderful  have released their self-titled debut album. Watch the video for the slightly-disorienting hit song ‘Reverse’ on their Vevo Channel or stream the full album on their YouTube with the SKW Visualizer.  A short string of US dates has already been announced with a full tour in the works.

Phish ‘Fuego’ Digital CD Vinyl
Vacationer ‘Relief’ Digital CD Vinyl
SomeKindaWonderful ‘SomeKindaWonderful’ Digital CD

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