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Rhett Miller Of The Old 97′s Announces New Solo Album “The Traveller”

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Pre-order “The Traveller” on iTunes HERE

Rhett Miller has been playing in touring bands (most notably, The Old 97′s) for the better part of 20 years. This fact alone certainly qualifies him as someone allowed to title his latest solo album titled ‘The Traveler,’ which will be released on May 12th via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

Although the album 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. The band (Black Prairie) entered the studio with the singer (Rhett Miller) and briskly recorded the songs that make up this album (The Traveler). Additional guitar work was also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM.

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MAS YSA Shares New Track ‘Look Up’

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It is with great enthusiasm that MapleMusic Recordings announces Mas Ysa‘s [pronounced MAAS ee-sa] first live appearances of 2015 – it will be an extensive tour that will find him supporting Young Fathers through April and in to May. In anticipation of these shows and the changing  season; Mas Ysa (otherwise known as the Montreal-born visionary pop auteur Thomas Arsenault) is eager to share a new track for the Spring: ‘Look Up.’

‘Look Up’ may seem familiar to those who spent time with last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Worth‘ EP: it’s chordal seeds were set in the short instrumental track ‘Yes‘.  In 2014, Mas Ysa took his rig on the road, touring the country with Delorean, EMA and Hundred Waters through appearances at a number of festivals both domestic and overseas. On the stages of SXSW, Primavera Sound, The Pitchfork Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Hopscotch, NOS Primavera Sound and Splendor In The Grass, ‘Look Up’ remained a live staple and fan favorite.

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Mas Ysa – Tour Dates *Canadian dates are in bold
April 9 –  Boston, MA at Great Scott
April 10 – Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
April 12 – Washington, DC at Rock and Roll Hotel
April 14 – Raleigh, NC at Kings
April 15 – Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
April 16 – New Orleans, LA at Republic
April 17 – Houston, TX at Fitzgeralds
April 18 – Dallas, TX at Trees
April 19 – Austin, TX at The Parish
April 21 – Pheonix, AZ at Pub Rock
April 22 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
April 25 – San Francisco, CA at The Independent
April 29 – Portland, OR at Holocene
April 30 – Vancouver, BC at Fortune
May 1 – Victoria, BC at Distrikt
May 2 – Seattle, WA at Neumos
May 5 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
May 7 – Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge
May 8 – Lincoln, NE at Vega
May 9 – Minneapolis, MN at 7th Street Entry
May 10 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall

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The River and The Road Join The MapleMusic Recordings Family With New Album ‘Headlights’ Out May 12

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Pre-order ‘Headlights’ HERE

MapleMusic Recordings is proud to announce its latest signing, the Vancouver based folk rockers The River and The Road, who will be releasing their sophomore album ‘Headlights‘ on May 12, 2015.  Produced and mixed by Jamey Koch (The Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith), the album was recorded in both Vancouver and Toronto.

Headlights‘ is at times a bold step away from the acoustic songwriting that initially drove them, a change that can be likened to the evolution of their live performances. What has become clear is that The River and The Road is a band that defies definition and is willing to take chances.  The album hums with a mosaic of harmonies and has a fluidity that is reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ryan Adams.  From the dazzling complexity of their ballad ‘Coulee (The Prairie Song),’ to the foot stompin’, head noddin’ ‘Child With A Gun’, to their infectious ‘Strange Disease‘ – this is one addictive and enduring record.

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MapleMusic Recordings at SXSW

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Wednesday, March 18 at Gueros – 4:45pm
Thursday, March 19 at MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE – 3:45pm
Thursday, March 19 at Friends - 9pm
Friday, March 20 at SOHO Lounge – 1:50pm
Saturday, March 21 at World’s Tiniest Bar – 1:30pm
Saturday, March 21 at Threadgills – 3:30pm

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Wednesday, March 18 at Central Presbyterian Church – 11:00pm

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Thursday, March 19 at St David’s Historic Sanctuary

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Wednesday, March 18 at Sidebar – 4:00pm

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Tuesday, March 17 at Hype Hotel - 10:00 – 10:40pm
Wednesday, March 18 at Holy Mountain – 3pm
Thursday, March 19 at Clive Bar - 9:00 – 9:40pm
Saturday, March 21 at Central Presbyterian Church - 8:20pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, March 21 at The Gatsby - 11:00pm – 11:40pm

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Kaiser Chiefs Reveal New Video For ‘Falling Awake’

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Purchase ‘Falling Awake’ Via iTunes HERE

In their new video for ‘Falling Awake,’ the Kaiser Chiefs give viewers a first-hand look at what it is like to perform your heart out to an arena-sized crowd, sign autographs for fans, dance backstage or even pose with the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue in Rio de Janeiro.  The band’s friend Danny North filmed the video during their recent South American Stadium tour with the Foo Fighters and the band’s UK arena tour in January and February, including sold out shows at London’s O2 and First Direct Arena in Leeds.

‘Falling Awake’, now released as a digital single, was written during sessions for the band’s last album ‘Education, Education, Education & War,’ recorded at Sarm Studios in London on October 2014. Produced by Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley).  In April, the band will return to North America for a headline tour with a run of Festival and outdoor shows planned for the summer.

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New Releases – The Bright Light Social Hour ‘Space Is Still The Place’ & Sun K ‘Northern Lies’

Austin’s The Bright Light Social Hour have released ‘Space Is Still The Place’ the follow up to their 2012 self-titled debut. On the new album the band fully embrace their jam band roots creating a psych rock epic based around the concept of a future south. Watch their kaleidoscopic video for the lead single ‘Infinite Cities’. Toronto-based 5 piece Sun K have released their first studio album ‘Northern Lies’ featuring ‘Sweet Marie’ from their 2014 vinyl 7″ single and ‘New York City Blues’. Produced by Cone McCaslin of Sum 41, the album sees front-man Kristian Montano’s songs fully fleshed out with the full band in countless practice sessions and Dakota Tavern residencies. The band are on tour across Canada now, see the full tour schedule and grab tickets here.

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Other Lives Announce North American Spring Tour New Release Date For ‘Rituals’ Now May 4th

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Other Lives have announced a 26-date North American tour starting May 7th in Los Angeles with stops in Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Austin and more. Complete list of dates below. The tour is in support of their forthcoming album ‘Rituals‘, due out May 4th on tbd Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

North American Dates – Canadian Dates Are In Bold
5/06 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
5/07 – Club Bahia – Los Angeles, CA
5/09 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
5/11 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
5/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
5/13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
5/16 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
5/18 – recordBar – Kansas City, MO
5/19 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
5/21 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/22 – Metro – Chicago, IL
5/23 – The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
5/25 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
5/26 – Fairmont Theatre – Montreal, QC
5/27 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/29 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
5/30 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
6/01 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
6/02 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
6/03 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
6/05 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
6/06 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
6/10 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
6/11 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
6/12 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
6/13 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
6/16 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

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Alabama Shakes Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

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Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE 

Alabama Shakes will kick off the second leg of their North American tour on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The run will include shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, MN (May 30) and Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Art Festival  (June 6). Opening acts will include Father John MistyStrand of Oaks, and Courtney Barnett.

The GRAMMY®-nominated band will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, March 9, and play a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12.  They gave their new single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” its network television premiere on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. They also performed ”Gimme All Your Love,” another track from the band’s new album’Sound & Color’ which ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release on April 21.

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The Bright Light Social Hour Unveils Full Album ‘Space Is Still the Place’ on Yahoo!

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Listen To ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via Yahoo! HERE

Pre-Order ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via iTunes HERE

Austin psych rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour has premiered their new album ‘Space Is Still the Place‘ in full on Yahoo! Music. To accompany the stream, the band has designed a long animated video to illustrate the 10-track album, out on March 10th via MapleMusic Recordings and Frenchkiss Records.

The band will celebrate the album release on March 5th and 6th with shows at Mercury Lounge in New York. Their full Spring tour kicks off March 31 in New Orleans and will make stops in Atlanta, Tampa, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal and more.

‘Space Is Still the Place’ encompasses the idea of a “Future South,” which was developed by the band after touring across the country, heavily in the South, over the last few years.

Praise for ‘Space Is Still The Place’:

No matter how much research you put into figuring out who will be the hottest new artists of each year, another act comes into your vision with an output that absolutely blows you away.” - The Huffington Post

“‘Slipstream’, is a lush, space-western odyssey. Rolling in with a plodding bass line and restrained drumming, the track builds slowly before a hypnotic guitar riff oozes into the mix.’” - Consequence of Sound

This band brings a live rawness that masterfully bleeds into their records. It’s an unmatched je ne sais quoi that makes their sound relatable to the listener and devoid of condescension.- Life + Times

The once psych-rock track [Infinite Cities (Francis Preve Remix)] has a whole new sound that may surprise you, as it has taken on a house beat to carry you straight onto the dance floor.- Earmilk

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New Releases – Brandi Carlile ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’, ‘Thomas D’Arcy ‘Fooled You Twice’ & Gill Landry ‘Gill Landry’

Brandi Carlile is making her MMR & ATO debut with The Firewatcher’s Daughter her first album since 2012′s Billboard Top 10 hit Bear Creek. Get an insider look at what inspired the songs and stories of the record with her curated Spotify playlist. Watch Brandi and her songwriting partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) in the understated performance video for ‘The Eye’. Acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one seventh of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gill Landry has released his self-titled solo record. Recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” the album  featuring contributions from songstress Laura Marling, guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes.

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JUNO-Nominated Singer Songwriter Peter Katz Announces Spring 2015 International and Canadian Tour

PRE-ORDER “WE ARE THE RECKONING” ON ITUNES – AVAILABLE MARCH 31

Hot off the heels of his brand new album announcement, “We Are The Reckoning” (3/31), JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz has revealed a slew of national and international tour dates to launch this spring.  Katz, who recently signed a label deal with Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North, will take his full band show to Europe for the month of April before embarking on a national headline Canadian tour that includes stops in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

Three years in the making “We Are The Reckoning” is a striking 11-song collection that showcases an artistic evolution for Katz and boasts an impressive guest list of collaborators including rising Scottish star Rachel Sermanni, legendary lap steel player Ben Peeler (Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Cliff, Wallflowers) and Felicity Williams (Bahamas).

With over 55,000 views in just under two weeks, the video for lead single “Brother” features long-time friend and multi-talented Canadian artist Royal Wood. Currently sitting at #5 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 and growing rapidly in popularity, the song is a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to relationships built and bonds forged.

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Taylor Knox Announces Debut Solo EP ‘Lines’

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PRE-ORDER LINES TODAY VIA iTUNES HERE
LISTEN TO “FIRE” NOW ON SPOTIFY HERE

Ever since Pete Townshend coined the term “power pop” in 1967, fans, critics and musicians alike have clung to its principles of crunchy guitars, smooth harmonies and tales of tragic young love, in the never-ending battle to keep rock and roll’s flame burning brightly.

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Taylor Knox is poised to make a significant contribution to the cause when his debut solo EP, Lines, is released March 31 on MapleMusic Recordings. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, Lines is the perfect taste to get the unsuspecting listener permanently hooked on Knox’s irresistible sugar high. From opening track “My Backyard” to meditative closer “Good Enough” the Toronto native displays songwriting prowess far beyond his years, conjuring the magic of Big Star and Revolver-era Beatles.

Lead single “Fire” remembers to seize the day. “My friend’s restaurant burned down in a fire that started in the house next door,” says Knox. “One day everything was normal and the next day the restaurant was gone. It got me thinking about how things can change so quickly and you have to make the most of what you’ve got right now.”

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