The River And The Road’s new 10 track album ‘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. 2015 will see the band’s sights set firmly on the road, including a cross-Canada tour in support of the album and a summer festival schedule including Squamish Valley Music Festival, RiverFest in Elora, Ontario and TURF in Toronto. Rhett Miller’s (the lead singer of boozy raucous rockers The Old 97s) new solo album ‘The Traveler‘ is available now! ‘The Traveler‘ showcases a relentless and seemingly ageless songwriter honed by years on the road with the help of Black Prairie (a band that shares members of The Decemberists) and producer Chris Funk. Mas Ysa has shared his second new track since the Worth EP, listen to the tropical jam ‘Margarita‘ below and hear his other recent song ‘Look Up‘ here.
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Penguin Prison‘s dance-party-jam-packed sophomore album Lost In New York is available today! Lead single ‘Try To Lose’ was described by Kick Kick Snare as “the effortlessly smooth track is the perfect jump start to spring. The perfect balance of crisp wintery melancholic lyrics and a bright infectious sounds saturated by his now signature guitar licks.” Taste test the album with the official album sampler on YouTube HERE. Rituals, the Oklahoma band Other Lives’ third and latest full-length album, is a pure encapsulation of the trio’s relentless drive for precision. “It’s more dimensional, it’s more 3-D, if you will,” Tabish explains. “We wanted a cleaner, brighter record with more movement and more color.” The band are currently touring in support of the record with dates hitting Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in May. Watch the official video for ‘Reconfiguration’ on the band’s YouTube HERE.
Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls – demonstrates the tremendous strides made by the band. From the gently swaying, chiming title song to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction. See the Shakes live when they come up to Canada headlining Toronto’s Field Trip festival and hit the west coast for Squamish Valley Music Festival. San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote Jackrabbit by himself from start to finish, only to find that after a year testing the songs on the road the album wasn’t nearly finished. Ellis explains, “I went from being this isolated composer guy, out in the woods, to sitting in the back of a van with seven other members playing shows in rock clubs every night. When I got back, I revisited it all, ripped these holes in the middle of all the existing songs and added some new songs. I rethought everything I had been writing.” Watch the full band performing “Emily” and the “title track” live via their YouTube.
Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli who has released his solo debut Constant Bop today. The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Check out his upcoming tour dates here
‘We Are The Reckoning’, is a striking new collection of 11 original songs from JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter and recently crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine Best-Of-Toronto 2014 reader’s poll, Peter Katz. His first release on MMR was produced by Bill Lefler and Royal Wood, one of the label’s most respected and well known artists – watch them duet on the touching first single ‘Brother’. Peter is set to tour the new album in Europe throughout April before returning to Canada for an extensive string of dates across the country. The future of power pop is in capable hands, as Taylor Knox releases his debut solo EP ‘Lines’. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, ‘Lines’ is the perfect first taste of Knox’s irresistible melodic gifts. Taylor sat down with Noisey to discuss the origins of his solo music after backing up the likes of Hayden, Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, and The Golden Dogs. Watch the band jam out the EP’s tunes live from the studio in our YouTube playlist.
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.
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.
Two Gallants’ Adam Stephens (guitar, harmonica, keyboard and vocals) and Tyson Vogel (drums, guitar and vocals) spent one month recording their 5th album ‘We Are Undone’ with Karl Derfler (Tom Waits) at Panoramic House in Northern California. The duo is set to play four Canadian dates this April, full tour dates and tickets can be found here. ‘Afraid of Ghosts’ the latest release from Georgia native Butch Walker comes four years after his last album ‘Spade’. Watch the video for his latest single ‘Bed On Fire’ here.
The entire MMR team couldn’t be more excited to launch the debut album from one of Toronto’s finest outfits! CAIRO worked with producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Mother Mother) crafting ‘A History Of Reasons’ and have translated their captivating and expansive live sound perfectly onto record. Experience the album in person when their Canadian tour beings in early spring. Watch the video for the title track directed by Czlowiek Kamera on YouTube here. Pick up the vinyl edition on 180 gram wax or the iTunes version to get the exclusive bonus track “Nothing”
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.’
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.
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.