Sun K Set To Release Debut Album ‘Northern Lies’ On March 10

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CROSS CANADA TOUR THIS MARCH AND APRIL

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Blues, dirty rock and roll, thrown in a folk blender with just the right amount of spit and shine and you’ve got the debut album, Northern Lies, by Toronto’s Sun K. Out March 10 on MapleMusic Recordings, the album features the first single, piano-driven rave-up, New York City Blues. Fans can stream the track now on Soundcloud and Spotify. It will also be available as an instant grat with the pre-order.

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 make up Northern Lies will be the first statement from a band eager to make its mark straight out of the gate. Sun K will celebrate the release with a hometown residency at The Dakota, followed by dates in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, before setting off on a full Western Canada tour (dates listed below).

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JUNO-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Peter Katz Announces March 31 Release For ‘We Are The Reckoning’

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“If you want to make something that’s like nothing you’ve made before, then you have to shake yourself up, go beyond what’s comfortable and known and let yourself feel disoriented, overwhelmed, even intimidated.  Those moments, where you lose your bearings, where you’re forced to sink or swim, are the moments where you have an opportunity to rise to the occasion, to surprise yourself, to do the things you didn’t know you could do. That’s what making this album was for me, I’m so proud of the process, and I’m so proud of the result.”Peter Katz

JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz, who recently signed a label deal with Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North, announced today the March 31 release of his brand new album “We Are The Reckoning”.  Katz announced the release in addition to the premiere of the albums lead single and video “Brother”.  Featuring long-time friend and multi-talented Canadian artist Royal Wood, the track is a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to relationships built and bonds forged.  “We Are The Reckoning” is available now to pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of the single “Brother” (ft. Royal Wood).

Three years in the making “We Are The Reckoning” follows 2012’s “Still Mind Still” which paved the way for three successful national and international tours.  The new album, documents the evolution of Katz’s artistic vision and the realization that he needed to make a change and progress creatively in order to be heard with fresh ears, for the ‘first time’ – again.

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‘Sound & Color’ Alabama Shakes’ New Album Set For Release On April 21

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Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY® nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist – will be released on April 21 by ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by Alabama Shakes since the release of 2012′s Boys & Girls. 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.

“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs.”

Sound & Color was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio. The band co-produced the album with Blake Mills - a young guitar wizard who has helmed sessions by Sara Watkins and Sky Ferreira, and played alongside everyone from Norah Jones and The Dixie Chicks to Lana Del Ray and Kid Rock.

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Kaiser Chiefs Announce New North American Tour Dates

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After more than ten years, four albums, platinum record sales, a volley of top ten singles and three Brit Awards, it would have been simple for Kaiser Chiefs to sit back and coast a while, to enjoy the warm glow of being one of Britain’s most cherished bands.

But in late 2012 there came a change: the departure of founding member and drummer Nick Hodgson, and thus the album Education, Education, Education & War began out of frustration. But in the days that followed, the sense of neutered creativity gave way to something thrilling and unleashed. By the end of that week, Rix recalls, they had “Nineteen or 20 ideas for songs.” And more importantly, Wilson says, “We had the spark that gave us hope.”

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Other Lives Announce New Record ‘Rituals’ To Be Released On May 5

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Other Lives are returning with ‘Rituals‘ via MapleMusic Recordings and tbd records on May 5th. The 14-song LP is their most lush, layered, and striking musical creation to date, as well as the band’s third full-length album.

Other Lives is comprised of Josh Onstott, Jonathon Mooney and Jesse Tabish. Rituals is a pure encapsulation of the band’s relentless drive for precision. The trio relocated to Portland, Oregon from their hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma to record the album. Tabish says the relocation had a direct influence that can be heard throughout Rituals.

“There was a spirit of change,” Tabish offers. “We had done [2011's second LP] Tamer Animals, which was very close to us and about our home. So the next record was about the spontaneity of travel and being isolated. For the first times in our lives we were moving off on our own away from our families and kind of coming into our own. I wanted the songs to reflect that new spirit.”

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Royal Wood Announces February 10th Release Date For Live Concert DVD “Royal Wood Live At The Grand”

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JUNO Award nominated and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood announced today the February 10th release of “Royal Wood Live At The Grand” – a live concert DVD via Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North. Filmed on location at The Grand Theatre in London, ON, the DVD features Wood, one of Canada’s most accomplished and celebrated artists, at the forefront of the pop genre – widely noted for both his rich and ambitious vocals as well as his musical flexibility.

Produced by Wood and directed and edited by Mitch Fillion (Live At Massey Hall, Southern Souls), “Royal Wood Live At The Grand” encompasses a timeless collection of songs spanning Wood’s career – capturing his truest and most confident vocals to date. Packed with breathtakingly poignant moments, the DVD includes songs from Wood’s newest album “The Burning Bright” and new songs and arrangements from the companion album “I Wish You Well” both of which Wood says “are some of the most connected and personal creations of my life.”

As compelling as he is infectious, Wood recently released the music video for his third single – the melodic and lyrical “I’m Afraid”, and will return to the road later this month for a handful of dates throughout the prairies including Saskatoon and St Albert in addition to Nanaimo on March 1st (see below for full list of dates).

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New Release – Two Gallants ‘We Are Undone’ & Butch Walker ‘Afraid of Ghosts’

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.

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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

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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 MapleMusic.com.

“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

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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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