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Hurray For The Riff Raff Launches ‘The Body Electric Fund Via Indiegogo

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Indiegogo campaign aims to fight hate and violence
New song ‘Everybody Knows (For Trayvon Martin)’ premieres at Time.com

Hurray For The Riff Raff has just launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo for The Body Electric Fund which will raise money for organizations combatting violent crime and the degradation of marginalized communities.

Donations to the Indiegogo campaign, running through October 22, will support both the creation of a video for ‘The Body Electric,’ from the group’s acclaimed 2014 debut album Small Town Heroes, that will raise awareness of violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups and a variety of organizations working to promote peace for those in these communities, including The Third Wave Fund and The Trayvon Martin Foundation. See more on the campaign at Indiegogo.

“The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” says Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change. I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures.”

The band hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of ‘The Body Electric’ video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of a music video to shed light on violence among not only women but also minorities and the LGBT community. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.

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Jess Reimer To Release ‘The Nightjar And The Garden’ Oct. 7

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Manitoba singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP produced by Bob Wiseman, with guest vocals from Ron Sexsmith
“She plays alt-country as it should be: Original, engaging, low on the affectation and high on the musicianship, vocals, and songs.” – Sarah Greene, NOW

Pre-order ‘The Nightjar And The Garden’ on iTunes

There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is at the heart of Jess Reimer‘s work. She has been one of the Winnipeg roots music scene’s best-kept secrets for several years, but with her new album, The Nightjar and The Garden, released Oct. 7 on Pipe & Hat/MapleMusic Recordings, Jess is set to have the wider world embrace her.

With a voice that combines the grittiness of Lucinda Williams with the pure power of Neko Case, it’s hardly a surprise that Jess attracted the attention of legendary Blue Rodeo founding keyboardist (and Manitoba native) Bob Wiseman, who produced The Nightjar and The Garden. Wiseman’s fondness of vintage sounds and a live approach in the studio emphasizes the raw beauty of Jess’ vocals, as well as the wide range of emotions in her songwriting, from the hard twang of ‘Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang)’ to the gospel-infused ‘I Want To Believe.’

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Chet Faker Named Vevo DSCVR Artist

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Chet Faker‘s profile continues to rise in both North America and abroad, following the spring 2014 release of his debut full length album ‘Built On Glass’ (Downtown Records/Fontana North). He was selected as a Vevo DSCVR artist alongside Betty Who and Mary Lambert. DSCVR is Vevo’s latest series giving music fans a way to connect with some of the best new acts around via exclusive interviews and stripped-down performances.

The Brooklyn-based Australian singer & producer latest official video for ‘Gold,’ directed by Hiro Murai, has received over two million views via Vevo on YouTube and Vimeo, where it was ‘Vimeo Staff Pick.’ The mesmerizing video has also been added to Much, MTV2, MTVU, Revolt TV and the track has been added to Sirius XM’s Spectrum and AltNation.


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New Release – Mapei ‘Hey Hey’

Mapei was too soulful for music class and poured that into her debut full-length ‘Hey Hey.’ Fusing her natural flair for R&B and rapping with influences from growing up in Sweden into timeless pop hit like the debut single ‘Don’t Wait.’ Catch her live at Toronto’s Kool Haus next week opening for former roommate Lykke Li.

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Taylor Knox Signs to MapleMusic Recordings & Announces Tour Dates with Zeus and The Golden Dogs

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Toronto singer-songwriter will preview tracks from new EP set for early 2015 release

Taylor Knox, part of the new and exciting crop of signings to MapleMusic Recordings, will join his compadres Zeus and The Golden Dogs for a three-week run of dates in Ontario and Quebec that promises power-pop perfection.

Knox will be previewing material from his debut MapleMusic Recordings release, an as-yet-untitled EP slated for an early 2015 release.

The upcoming tour will be a reunion of sorts, as Knox began his musical career as a member of The Golden Dogs, which over the course of his tenure included three of the four future members of Zeus. The young multi-instrumentalist has also performed with Rich Aucoin, Hayden, Jason Collett, and Luke Doucet, as well as produced records for artists such as Jane’s Party and Wax Atlantic. Knox’s own new material will feature contributions from Sloan’s Andrew Scott and other associates.

“My plan was always to put out my own music, but these opportunities kept coming up to play with my favourite musicians,” Knox says. “I ended up moving into an apartment above Zeus’ Ill Eagle studio, which allowed me to really start making some good recordings. I’d ask over friends like Andrew to help out and it feels really good to have these songs start to be heard.”

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New Release – Slow Magic ‘How To Run Away’

Slow Magic creates cosmic electronic music oozing both otherworldly beauty and a mastery of production that come together on his second album ‘How To Run Away.’ Featuring the handcrafted samples of debut single ‘Girls’ and elastic organs and jazz piano of follow up ‘Hold Still.’ Catch Slow Magic supporting the album on tour with dates in Montreal and Toronto in September, as well as Victoria and Vancouver in October.

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New Release – Hurray For The Riff Raff & Benjamin Booker ‘Newport Folk Festival 7″ Vol. 1′

Newport Folk Festival and ATO Records have created a partnership to release a series of limited 7″ singles to celebrate the vast talent the labels artists have showcased at the fest. The first features two unreleased recordings: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Daniella” will appear on the A‐side backed with a live version of Benjamin Booker’s “Violent Shiver. MapleMusic Recordings is proud to bring the singles series to Canada.

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Chet Faker Makes Triumphant Canadian Return

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Fall N.A. tour includes stops in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver

“Backed by off-tempo drumbeats and pared-down keys, this is the perfect album for a wide variety of things: staring out the window on a rainy day, drinking a Corona on a beach or spending all day in bed with a special someone.” — Max Jones, Quip

After two sold-out club shows in Toronto and Vancouver at the start of the summer to mark the release of his full-length Downtown/MapleMusic Recordings debut album ‘Built On Glass,’ Australian electro-soul sensation Chet Faker returns to Canada this fall with a schedule that clearly reflects his rapidly expanding audience.

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday Sept. 12 — Montreal QC — Olympia (Venue changed – formerly SAT)
Saturday Sept. 13 — Toronto ON — Danforth Music Hall

Wednesday Sept. 17 — Winnipeg MB — Union Sound Hall
Friday Sept. 19 — Edmonton AB — Starlite Room
Saturday Sept. 20 — Calgary AB — The Republik
Monday Sept. 22 — Vancouver BC — Commodore Ballroom

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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.

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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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