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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Announce New Album ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ Out November 13


Listen To Title Track ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ Via Stereogum HERE

On November 13, 2015 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will release ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon‘ via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

Starting out in 2010 as a solid garage rock group, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard followed their collective muse wherever it chose to lead them. For their latest opus, ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon,’ they initially thought it was going to be filled with the darker, heavier material that the band has been playing live of late. But front man Stu Mackenzie soon decided that it was time to put aside the longer, more conceptual pieces and go in a completely new direction.

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Language Arts Set To Release ‘Able Island’ On October 9

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Today, Language Arts announced the release of their new record with an otherworldly video teaser of the track ‘Now To Nowhere‘ on A Music Blog Yea?.  Entitled ‘Able Island,’ the record is an homage to Nova Scotia and to the enigmatic Sable Island.

Recorded across Canada in a myriad of locations (bedrooms, basements, hotels, clubs, alleyways, cottages, etc.) it was DIY in its truest form.  Produced by the band’s Kristen Cudmore and Neil MacIntosh, they collaborated with Darryl Neudorf on the mix and Peter Moore on the master.

‘Able Island’ – Track List
01. Idea
02. Through
03. With me
04. Neighbour
05. Secret Worlds In The Dark
06. A Coastline Bungalow
07. Luckiness
08. You Came Knocking
09. Fight Or Flight
10. Tonight, At The Campsite
11. Now To Nowhere

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Kristen Cudmore – Guitar/Vocals
Neil MacIntosh – Drums/Percussion
Joel Visentin – Keys/Synth Bass

New Releases: Rayland Baxter ‘Imaginary Man’, YACHT ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’ & The Most Serene Republic ‘Ontario Morning’

Recorded in Nashville, Raylan Baxter showcases a collection of songs that are as visual as they are tactile in his sophomore album ‘Imaginary Man.’ The Most Serene Republic brings us the punchy single, ‘Ontario Morning’ from the band’s first full-length album in six years, ‘Mediac.’ Portland duo, YACHT (whose album announcement came in the form of a GIF filled BuzzFeed listicle and Google Map landmarked billboard) release their title track ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler.’ 

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Buy Raylan Baxter’s ‘Imaginary Man’  on iTunes | CD | Vinyl
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Buy The Most Serene Republic‘s ‘Ontario Morning’ on iTunes 
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Lucero Reveal New Track ‘Can’t You Hear Them Howl’


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Today, Lucero premiered a new track ‘Can’t You Hear Them Howl‘ off of their upcoming album ‘All A Man Should Do‘ which will be released on September 18 via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

This new record 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.  ”I was 15 years old in 1989,” Nichols explained. “This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done.”

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.

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Autre Ne Veut Set To Release ‘Age Of Transparency’ On October 2, 2015

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Arthur Ashin, a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut, announces the release of  ’Age of Transparency,’ a genre-bending album that manipulates and fuses jazz, electronic and alternative elements.  It will be released on October 2, 2015 via Downtown Records and Fontana North.

He also shares the video for lead single, ‘World War Pt. 2.’ (directed by BANGS, a.k.a Allie Avital). Citing Michael Haneke films Funny Games and Amour, where “the horrific and grotesque emerge from mundane, sunlight environments,” as inspirations, Avital says Ashin and she aimed to create “a metaphor for the many burdens we carry with us.”

‘Age of Transparency’ marks the second step in a trilogy exploring the difficulty of making personal connections in an impersonal time. “The title comes from marketing jargon,” Ashin explains.”It’s a term for the place we’re in now, where truth and transparency are just ways to sell things and honesty is its own kind of performance.” Coming from an artist who pushes his voice and body to their breaking points, it might seem like a strange admission. But for Ashin, close is as close as you can get.”Transparency is an impossibility,” he says. “It’s more about trying to be transparent and falling on your face in the process.”

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The Most Serene Republic Announce First New LP In Six Years ‘Mediac’ To Arrive November 13

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Milton, Ontario’s finest, The Most Serene Republic have announced a return to action with their first new full-length album in six years, Mediac, which will arrive November 13 on MapleMusic Recordings.  Mediac was recorded in Toronto, produced by TMSR’s Ryan Lenssen, and mixed by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene/Super Furry Animals/Los Campesinos!).  To celebrate the sextet have premiered the first single from the record, “Ontario Morning”, via Stereogum – share via Soundcloud.  The punchy, infectious, horn-laden number is the sunrise on a glorious summer morning, already receiving airplay on CBC Radio 2, and Toronto’s Indie 88.  Additionally, The Most Serene Republic will preview material at an intimate Toronto performance, August 13 at The Dakota Tavern.

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Chet Faker Premiers New Track ’1998′ With Banks

Today, Chet Faker and LA-based singer Banks premiered ‘1998‘ via Zane Lowe‘s Apple Music Beats 1 radio show.

The original version of ’1998′ is one of the standout tracks from the singer / producer’s debut album ‘Built On Glass‘ (Downtown/Fontana North). He performed the song for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience this spring, its video has been viewed over 4 million times via Youtube, and the audio has been streamed almost 5 million times via Soundcloud. Faker also released the ‘1998 – Melbourne EditionEP‘ in conjunction with Record Store Day featuring remixes by his peers in the Melbourne house and techno scene.

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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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Pre-Order ‘Imaginary Man’ Via iTunes HERE

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

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’


Listen To The Track ‘Most In The Summertime’ HERE

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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