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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

Official Site: wildcatwildcat.com
Facebook: facebook.com/wildcatwildcatmusic
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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MapleMusic Recordings at NXNE 2014

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Get stoked kids, Toronto’s biggest music festival NXNE is back for 2014! Four MMR artists have made the trek north to showcase during the fest. From Benjamin Booker‘s garage-blues to Mas Ysa‘s eclectic electronic, Thought Beneath Film‘s pop-punk energy to Language Arts‘ whimsical dream pop we’ve got every music fan covered! We’ve listed their sets below and you can see the full schedule or buy wristbands right here.
Benjamin Booker
Friday, June 20th 9PM  @ Budweiser Music House at Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, June 21st 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room

Language Arts
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room

Mas Ysa
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Tattoo
Friday, June 20th 1AM @ Adelaide Hall
Saturday, June 21st 6:30PM @ The Great Hall

Thought Beneath Film
Friday, June 20th 10PM @ Sneaky Dee’s

MapleMusic Recordings Is Excited To Announce Joint Services Deal With Pipe & Hat

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Winnipeg label/management company Pipe & Hat nominated for Best Indie Label at 2014 WCMAs

MapleMusic Recordings is excited to announce a joint services deal with Pipe & Hat, the Winnipeg-based label/artist management company/recording studio.

With a growing roster that includes the acclaimed guitar-pop outfit Fast Romantics, and alt-country chanteuse Jess Reimer, Pipe & Hat recently earned a Best Indie Label nomination for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards to be handed out Oct. 5.

Both of these acts will showcase at this year’s North By Northeast Festival in Toronto, with Jess Reimer previewing tracks from upcoming LP, ‘The Nightjar & The Garden.’

Tony Tarleton, general manager of MapleMusic Recordings and Fontana North Label and Artist Services, says, “In recognizing Pipe & Hat’s five years of being in business, it was only natural for us to look for an opportunity as their distribution partner in Canada, to help them grow their business for the next five years and beyond. By leaning in together sharing services and expertise, we feel we can accomplish that goal. We see Jess Reimer’s stunning new record as the perfect jump-off point.”

Tim Jones, founder of Pipe & Hat and head of label relations and artist development, says, “We’ve come a long way in five years, but still have a lot further to go. Our relationship with MapleMusic/Fontana North has been a wonderful one full of success, and we anticipate that delving deeper into that partnership will allow us to expand our brand and our reach like never before. The team at MapleCore share our true love of music, and we’re proud to be releasing Jess Reimer’s new record, a true work of art, as our first release in this new joint services commitment.”

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Andrew Austin Pays Tribute to Dads For Father’s Day With New Video for ‘To Love Like This Again’

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Andrew Austin’s reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic singer/songwriters keeps growing. Having recently wowed audiences in Toronto with two Canadian Music Week showcases, and reached living rooms coast to coast on Canada AM, Austin has produced a timely video for ‘To Love Like This Again,’ the lead-off track from his acclaimed debut album ‘While It’s Still Light Out.’ 

The song lent itself perfectly to Austin’s idea to pay tribute to fathers, especially those like him who are taking a more active role in raising their children. “The gender norm is changing and it’s awesome,” Austin says. “More and more, real world fathers are engaged, involved, and doting. They’re taking paternity leave and taking over more domestic duties. They are involved in their kids’ lives and proud of it. Everyone’s lives are enriched by this.”

Austin adds that his goal with the video is to put some of these images in the mainstream media to show that modern dads are more than just caring playmates. They can attend to a child’s needs just as well as Mom. The opening frame is a photo of Andrew as a baby with his father, which segues into a shot of Andrew with his child. From there, many more young dads are featured.

Upcoming Dates
Thursday June 5 — Toronto ON — Drake Hotel 8:30PM (w/ Scarlett Jane)
Saturday June 28 — Sarnia ON — Sarnia Centennial Celebration 2PM

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New Releases – Royal Wood ‘The Burning Bright’ Vinyl & Language Arts ‘Wonderkind’ Vinyl

Royal Wood released his third full length ‘The Burning Bright’ this March and it is now available pressed on vinyl! Watch him perform the album track ‘White Flag’ live for CBC. Toronto’s Kristen Cudmore made her MMR debut earlier this year with Language Arts‘ album ‘Wonderkind’ which is also available now on vinyl. Watch the music video for the record’s title track here.

Royal Wood ‘The Burning Bright’ Digital Vinyl
Language Arts ‘Wonderkind’ Digital Vinyl

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New Release – Dawn Golden ‘Still Life’

Dexter Tortoriello of Houses has followed up 2011′s ‘Blow’ EP with his debut solo LP ‘Still Life’ under the moniker Dawn Golden. The Fader premiered the video for lead single ‘All I Want’ about which Dexter said: ”We wanted to show the beauty and despair and impossible realities that might exist behind those moments of mania and delusion.” Dexter will head out on a North American tour in support of the record this Summer with dates to be announced soon. Stream the full album via Hype Machine here or on Rdio here.

Dawn Golden ‘Still Life’ Digital CD Vinyl

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