Mas Ysa embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to traditional songwriting; songs that are made to pack a dance floor flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads. His newest single ‘Arrows’ off the first full-length record ‘Seraph’ is no different. Check out the KEXP version here.
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On July 10 MapleMusic Recordings artist Taylor Knox and Cameron House Records artist Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs will be co-headling a show at The Drake. Full Event info is HERE
This past March, Toronto native Taylor Knox released his debut solo EP, ‘Lines‘ – with six short tracks that showcase Knox’s irresistible melodic gifts. From opening tune ‘My Backyard‘ to meditative closer ‘Good Enough,’ Knox displays song-writing prowess far beyond his years. Although still in his 20s, he has a wealth of experience playing with a host of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, including Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, Luke Doucet, Hayden, and Jason Collett. Taylor Knox is now ready to step out on his own for good as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.
After releasing their debut effort ‘Stand Together, Fall Together‘ on Cameron House Records in late 2013, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs have seen their profile steadily climb with festival appearances at TURF and Hillside-among others-as well as tours with July Talk, The Strumbellas, The Arkells, and Lights. Currently, Cash has been hard at work in the studio completing his follow up album. Produced by Ian Blurton, the album will surely help Sam along in becoming a household name in Canadian Rock’n’Roll circles.
On September 18, Lucero will release their new record ‘All A Man Should Do‘ via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings. Following the release of 2012’s ‘Women and Work,’ Lucero’s new album 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.
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. And for the first time they put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of Big Star‘s ‘I Fell in Love with a Girl.’ The track features Jody Stephens from Big Star singing back-up vocals, making it that much more special.
Amos Lee rolled into Red Rocks, Colorado in August 2014. He had been on tour for almost a year in support of his fifth studio album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song but this concert in particular was something special. ‘Live At The Red Rocks’ captures his first headlining date at the legendary venue, backed by the Colorado Symphony with arrangements composed just for that evening. Memphis rockers Lucero release their newest single ‘Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles’ off their upcoming album ‘All A Man Should Be.’ Check out their latest video here.
Band Releases New Southern Souls Session Featuring Teaser Pt. II, Sweet Marie and Cowboys + Drugs From Their Debut Album Northern Lies
Fresh off the release of their well received debut album, Northern Lies, Toronto folk n’ roll rockers, Sun K, are ready to get back on the road for their WESTERN SKIES TOUR. Kicking off in Winnipeg on June 24th, the tour will see the band head across the country. Before they dust off their suitcases, the group will tear up the NXNE scene, including performances @ The Bellwoods Great Hearts Festival and the MMR/Pipe&Hat showcase @ The Rivoli on Saturday, June 20th. To get everyone in the mood for their tour, they have released a 3 song live video session with Southern Souls that taped at Porcelain Records.
UPCOMING TORONTO DATES
June 20 – The Live In Bellwoods – Great Heart Festival
June 20 – Rivoli (NXNE) – MMR/Pipe & Hat Showcase @ 2am ET
June 21 – The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE) w/ The Sadies @ 2pm ET
SUN K WESTERN SKIES TOUR 2015
June 24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club
June 26 – Brandon @ The Double Decker Tavern
June 27/28 – Dauphin, MB @ Countryfest
June 29 – Regina, SK @ Artful Dodger Café & Music Emporium
June 30 – Calgary, AB @ Ironwood
July 1 – Fernie, BC – Canada Day
July 4 – Hay River NT @ Hay Days Festival
July 6 – Red Deer, AB @ Fratters Speakeasy
July 8 – Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
July 11 – Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
*more dates to be announced soon
Produced by Cone McCaslin, whose credits also include The Strumbellas and Operation MD, and mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F, the eight songs that made up Northern Lies caught the attention of media across the country. Beatroute Magazine said: ““There are equal parts of previous decades here while vocally some more recent acts come to mind. Nowhere is this more apparent on “New York City Blues” which showcases everything Sun K is capable of. While the members of the band are relatively young, they must have access to good record collections. In a niche fraught with fraudsters, they come across honestly.” While Toronto Star’s Chris Young said, “…off a couple listens there’s much to like, including Kristian Montano’s husky baritone, the organ swirls of Stuart Retallack, and the band’s sure touch and dynamics on Montano’s carefully constructed songs that go from pensive to rousing and recall Lou Reed, Joel Plaskett and the Gaslight Anthem.”
Sun K’s line-up features a sonically dynamic group of guys, including front man Kristian Montano, keyboardist Stuart Retallack who also plays horns, guitarist and fiddler Kevin Michael Butler, bassist JuHang Sin and a new addition to the group is drummer Scott Tiller.
Be sure to catch them this summer!
“The band bring together a gritty blend of rock, blues and folk, led by vocalist Kristian Montano. Going for a vocal delivery in the vein of Julian Casablancas and Lou Reed, he pairs his singing chops with a guitar sound “honed directly through the Neil Young songbook.”” – EXCLAIM
“Even though this is only a debut album, you’ll want to keep your eye on this band for more because they’re surely going places.” CANADIAN BEATS
“Sun K may be just the next big rock act to emerge out of Toronto, and if Northern Lies proves anything, it’s that sometimes, in order to keep moving forward, we need to look back for inspiration.” HEAVY PRESS
Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE
Watch Their Recent Performance Of ‘Over My Head’ On The Tonight Show HERE
Alabama Shakes‘ have announced a headlining Canadian arena tour starting on September 23 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. They will follow that up with a stop in Ottawa on September 24 (TD Place) and Montreal on September 26 (MRCY Festival).
Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates *Canadian dates have been bolded
6/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/9 – Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/12 – Auchterarder, UK @ T In The Park
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
9/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/19 – Forest Hills, Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
9/23 – Toronto, ON @ The Air Canada Centre
9/24 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
9/26 – Montreal, QC @ MRCY Festival
11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
JP Hoe will be releasing his anticipated new full-length album ‘Hideaway‘ on August 21 via MapleMusic Recordings. Recorded in Winnipeg, the 10-track record was produced by Dana Matyas (Imaginary Cities), mastered by João Carvalho (City & Colour, Serena Ryder, Sloan) and features Andy Stochanksy as co-writer on four tracks – including the first single ‘Beautifully Crazy.‘
The record follows Hoe’s highly praised ‘Mannequin‘, which was released in 2012. In fact, three songs from that album have been re-recorded and are available on the digital deluxe version of ‘Hideaway.’ Of the album, the six time Western Canadian Music Award nominated Hoe comments, “I loved making this record, from the song-writing to the final master. Some of these songs have such a profound meaning to me, I can still get lost in them when played live. I sincerely hope they connect with people as much as they were intended to.”
Hoe has an exceptional gift for crafting songs and his generous, spacious voice showcases his raw talent. He has spent hundreds of days on the road, playing gigs all over the world – and the constant consistent is how he connects with audiences via his down-to-earth unpretentious charm.
JP Hoe – Upcoming Tour Dates
06/18 – Manitoba Music NXNE Showcase @ The Rivoli, Toronto ON
06/24 – The Forks Festival Stage, Winnipeg MB
09/18 – Park Theatre, Winnipeg MB
*more dates to be announced shortly
Sc Mira showcases savory instrumentation, vocals and poetry in ‘Waiting Room Baby’ and features the legendary Buck 65 – a poet in his own right. Watch their puppet-filled video here. Singer/Songwriter JP Hoe brings us his new single ‘Beautifully Crazy’ off the upcoming full length album ‘Hideaway’ – available for pre-order now. Mas Ysa has released ‘Gun,’ the third cutting-edge single from the album ‘Seraph’ featuring Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters.
Mas Ysa today shares ‘Gun‘ — a new track from his highly anticipated debut album’ Seraph,’ out July 24th via MapleMusic Recordings and Downtown Records. Mas Ysa, the creation of musician Thomas Arsenault, embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to his traditional song-writing skills. It is the entirety of this spectrum that is apparent on ‘Seraph.’ His new single ‘Gun’ features Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters. Of the track, Arsenault says “Gun’s a duet. I wanted the other side of the story told and not just mine. I’d written it originally with just the male perspective and it felt a bit unsatisfying, so I brought the subject into the song. That was cathartic.”
Canadian Dates In BC and Alberta – Festival Stops At NXNE And Osheaga
“…a bigger, bolder and, yes, even better album than San Fermin’s debut…a glorious second effort…” – CBC Music
“Under the careful stewardship of mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Brooklyn’s San Fermin has become a ferocious, precise vessel…His predilection for marrying sublime pop melodies to bombastic arrangements laced with classical avant-garde flourishes has reached a new level of focus, and, resultantly, potency, on Jackrabbit.” – Exclaim
San Fermin have expanded their 2015 North American tour with dates supporting alt-J this July and fall. The 8-piece band, led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, will perform songs off their sophomore album Jackrabbit (out now, Downtown Records / Fontana North), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and earned praise by NPR Music for its “grittier energy”. Rolling Stone called the band “masters of highbrow chamber pop” and praised “tag-team singers Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate [who] flaunt killer instruments.” Of San Fermin’s recent sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show, The Village Voice raved, “Behold the new Arcade Fire: They are San Fermin.”
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
6/18: Toronto, ON – NXNE @ Adelaide Hall
6/19: Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen
6/20: Dennis, MA – Cape Cinema
7/17: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
7/17: Lousiville, KY – Forecastle After Show at Headliners Music Hall^
7/28: Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Concert Cove at Harrah’s*
7/29: Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater*
7/31: Madison, WI – Live on King Street
8/2: Montreal, QC – Osheaga
8/6: Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre^
8/7: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
8/21: Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
9/12: Burnaby, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park*
9/14: Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre*
9/15: Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral*
9/17: St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
9/18: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/19: Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
9/21: Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend*
9/22: Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Music Festival*
9/23: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory*
9/25: Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing*
9/26: Pittsburgh, PA – Thrival Festival
9/29: Charlotte, NC – The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory*
9/30: Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live*
10/1: Miami, FL – Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park*
10/2-10/4: Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
10/7: New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*
10/8: Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
10/9: Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
10/10-10/11: Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
10/13: San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
10/14: Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*
10/15: Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
10/17: Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum*
10/18: Seattle, WA – Key Arena*
* with alt-J
^ with Lord Huron
Listen To New Track ‘Yellow Eyes’ Via NPR HERE
Pre-Order ‘Imaginary Man’ via iTunes HERE
Rayland Baxter will be releasing his anticipated new full-length album ‘Imaginary Man‘ on August 14 via MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records. 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.
Chet Faker has released 5 new remix versions of the highly dance-able Built On Glass single ‘1998’. The digital only ‘1998 Melbourne Edition’ EP kicks off with Nick’s own rework followed by an Aussie-leaning cast of Andras Morning, Roland Tings, Otologic and Amateur Dance all putting their own spin on the track. DJ and electronic producer Goldroom pairs with George Maple, Nikki Segal, Kayslee Collins and Chela on his new 4-track EP ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away’. Vibe with both artists live at this summer’s Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.