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Bop English – AKA White Denim’s James Petralli – To Release Debut Album ‘Constant Bop’ April 14, 2015!

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Bop English, the recording name of White Denim front-man James Petralli as announced a debut record titled ‘Constant Bop‘ that will be released April 14 on Fontana North and Downtown Records.  In the making for over four years, Constant Bop is a widely collaborative project which features production from Jim Vollentine, 5th Street Studio’s Ryan Joseph and Nick Joswick, as well as Matt Oliver of Big Orange Studios and the band TV Torso. Constant Bop is the result of years of persistence and determination, having been created in the same period of time that it took Petralli to finish two White Denim records. It is an album born of real studio magic; dozens of musicians contribute to its ten tracks including White Denim’s drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkins and bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schneider.

For this record, James Petralli didn’t want to be James Petralli. Not in a self-­loathing, melodramatic way, but in the same way that Vanilla Ice probably didn’t want to be Robert Matthew Van Winkle. The name Bop English stems from a series of events earlier in James’ life, when he befriended Andy Pickett, a drifter he played music with. After James had left for college in Nacogdoches in the summer of ’99, he heard through a friend back home that Andy was struggling with employment. James drove home, found Andy and offered to share his college room with him. Andy ended up writing a book, and what Andy dictated, James typed. The end result was ‘The Chaperito Street Metaphor’, which Andy dedicated to Bop English. When James asked who Bop English was, Andy’s response was “that’s you man!”

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Thomas D’Arcy To Release ‘Fooled You Twice’ March 3


Acclaimed pop auteur Thomas D’Arcy returns March 3 with his second solo album, the cheekily titled Fooled You Twice, released on MapleMusic Recordings.

D’Arcy produced, engineered and mixed the 10-track collection at his Toronto studio, Taurus Recording, with musical assistance from a host of his well-known friends including Sloan’s Andrew Scott, Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff and The Stills’ Tim Fletcher and Liam O’Neil.

The album’s first single, “All Over Your Face,” premiered January 20 on CBC’s SiriusXM channel SONICA, the same day the album pre-sale launched at iTunes and at

“All Over Your Face” is an infectious example of D’Arcy’s exceptional melodic skills, honed over the past decade through his previous bands, Small Sins and The Carnations.

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The Bright Light Social Hour New Album ‘Space Is Still the Place’ Out March 10

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Austin psychedelic rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour announces the release of their sophomore album, Space Is Still the Place on March 10, 2015 via MapleMusic Recordings and Frenchkiss Records. The 10-track collection was written, performed, produced and engineered by the band at their home studio in Austin, TX, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV On The Radio, Future Islands).

The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien attended graduated school together at the University of Texas in Austin. Following graduation, they released their first self-titled LP in 2010. In the months and years that followed, their songs won over their hometown, and they scored an unprecedented six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards.

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. While on the road, the band usually stayed with people in various cities instead of hotels and gained a new perspective on the struggle young Americans faced after experiencing it first-hand.

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New Release – CAIRO ‘A History Of Reasons’

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”

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Chet Faker Starts Off 2015 On A High Note With A Star-Making Turn On The Ellen Degeneres Show


Chet Faker made his U.S. daytime television debut last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen introduced the Australian singer & producer as one of her “favorite new artists,” and Idolator called it “brilliant” and a “star-making performance.” Faker performed his hit single ”Gold“ with a full band including Dave Harrington (Darkside) on bass, Kirk Schoenherr on guitar and Sam Hirschfelder playing drums.

Watch The Performance HERE

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The Brooklyn-based musician has a number of big shows lined up for 2015. He’ll headline New York City’s Terminal 5 on April 8 with special guest XXYYXX, before heading to the California desert to perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Faker is also set to perform to his largest audiences to-date in Australia, and has headline shows and festival appearances set throughout Asia, Europe & South America including performances at the Laneway Festival in Singapore, Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina and the UK’s Field Day. See his current tour dates below and look for additional 2015 performances to be announced soon.

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Stream CAIRO’s Debut ‘A History of Reasons’ Now on Exclaim!

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Toronto’s CAIRO are making their full-length debut next week with ‘A History of Reasons’. The album is set for release on digital, CD and vinyl formats January 20, 2015. The publication praised several cuts from the album:

“Sparkling indie pop numbers like “With You” are juxtaposed with quieter, folk-inspired numbers like “Render,” “Starry Eyes” and “Seventeen.” Others like “Kingdoms” and “Extinguishing Fires” lean towards good, old-fashioned rock’n'roll, making for an album that delivers a seamless blend of different sounds.”

Exclaim! previously premiered their video for the title track which you can also watch below.

Gill Landry Of Old Crow Medicine Show Embarks On A Solo Endeavour

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The new self-titled record from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Gill Landry will be released March 3 on MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records. Landry’s illustrious career as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriting member of the Grammy-Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show includes a recent induction into the Grand Ole Opry, performances on “A Prairie Home Companion” & “Austin City Limits,” and world tours with featured stops at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.

The 10-track album was fully produced and mostly engineered by Landry and recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” Contributors include various friends and musicians Landry gathered on his non-stop travels alone and with Old Crow including songstress Laura Marling who duets on “Take This Body,” singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes. Continue reading…

ATO Records Releases Winter Sampler!

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As 2014 winds down, ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings is proud to offer you this sampler featuring tracks from ATO’s many critically acclaimed releases this year, including Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut and Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Small Town Heroes.

The sampler also includes previews from albums by Brandi Carlile and Two Gallants, which will help get the new year off to an exciting start.

Please enjoy this wonderful collection of songs. Everyone at ATO Records wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Track List:
1. Brandi Carlile — The Eye
2. Benjamin Booker — Wicked Waters
3. Fly Golden Eagle — Horse’s Mouth
4. Mariachi El Bronx — Wildfires
5. J Roddy Walston and the Business — Sweat Shock
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff — The Body Electric
7. Two Gallants — We Are Undone
8. Stars — No One Is Lost
9. SOJA — Easier (f. Anuhea & J Boog)
10. Old Crow Medicine Show — Firewater
11. Rodrigo y Gabriela — Torito
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield — Standing In The Sun
13. The Belle Brigade — Metropolis

Brandi Carlile To Release ATO/MapleMusic Debut ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ March 3

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“Some of [the songs] rattle the floorboards; others are quieter, offering beautiful harmonies or rich storytelling. But no matter what they sound like, the songs on this release feel like rock and roll.” – Ann Powers, NPR Music

Watch/Listen to ‘The Eye’ HERE 

Brandi Carlile will make her independent label debut on ATO/MapleMusic March 3, 2015 with the release of ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter.’  The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”

‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.

The result is immediate and electrifying. ‘The Eye,’ a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony.  Lead-off track and first single ‘Wherever Is Your Heart’ captures a fiery intensity.

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Language Arts’ “Old Familiar” Video Premieres on Exclaim

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“On Wonderkind, a richly layered, poppy effort that blends prog rock and classical elements, she made her electric guitar debut. You can’t help but be reminded of fellow guitar virtuoso St. Vincent’s latest release, and even neo-folkie Mutual Benefit when the languid strings kick in.”

– Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine

Watch the brand new video for ‘Old Familiar’ at EXCLAIM.CA  

Language Arts is the brainchild of Toronto-based guitarist, composer and singer Kristen Cudmore. “Language Arts’ sound is really a marriage between jazz schoolers and me, the classically trained one … I attract it without realizing it,” Cudmore says about her bandmates, drummer Neil MacIntosh, keyboardist Joel Visentin and current bassist Soren Nissen (Joe Ernewein played bass in the studio)

The group’s new full-length album ‘Wonderkind,’ recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan), brilliantly marries Cudmore’s raw emotions with a dizzying array of musical styles — indie pop, hip-hop and prog-rock among them — all drawn from her boundless imagination that has become equally innovative and uplifting.

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Ex Cops Premiere ‘White Noise’ Video With Paper Magazine

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“Impossibly cool.” — Vogue

“Arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks…

it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction.” — Consequence Of Sound

“Brilliantly catchy.” — SPIN

Ex Cops, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, recently released their sophomore LP, Daggers, and the video for its latest single, ‘White Noise,’ premiered exclusively today at Paper Magazine.

The band describes the video’s concept as, “almost like a social experiment. The song is about longing for something pure in a dark place, and about the wish to silence the noise of the world and the voices in your head. So we wanted to have teenagers in our video, because kids are more pure than most grownups. And we wanted them to just dance and fight and lose it and do whatever they felt like, while we performed the song for them.”

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CAIRO Offers First Taste of ‘A History of Reasons’

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Full-length debut album set to arrive January 20, 2015

Today, Toronto orchestral-pop quartet CAIRO is proud to reveal the initial glimpse of its breathtaking full-length debut album, ‘A History of Reasons,’ to be released Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings.

It is a haunting video for the title track, directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Czlowiek Kamera, which premiered yesterday at The director’s other Canadian credits include the video for Half Moon Run’s ‘Call Me in the Afternoon.’

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