Brandi Carlile is making her MMR & ATO debut with The Firewatcher’s Daughter her first album since 2012′s Billboard Top 10 hit Bear Creek. Get an insider look at what inspired the songs and stories of the record with her curated Spotify playlist. Watch Brandi and her songwriting partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) in the understated performance video for ‘The Eye’. Acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one seventh of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gill Landry has released his self-titled solo record. Recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” the album featuring contributions from songstress Laura Marling, guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes.
PRE-ORDER “WE ARE THE RECKONING” ON ITUNES – AVAILABLE MARCH 31
Hot off the heels of his brand new album announcement, “We Are The Reckoning” (3/31), JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz has revealed a slew of national and international tour dates to launch this spring. Katz, who recently signed a label deal with Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North, will take his full band show to Europe for the month of April before embarking on a national headline Canadian tour that includes stops in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
Three years in the making “We Are The Reckoning” is a striking 11-song collection that showcases an artistic evolution for Katz and boasts an impressive guest list of collaborators including rising Scottish star Rachel Sermanni, legendary lap steel player Ben Peeler (Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Cliff, Wallflowers) and Felicity Williams (Bahamas).
With over 55,000 views in just under two weeks, the video for lead single “Brother” features long-time friend and multi-talented Canadian artist Royal Wood. Currently sitting at #5 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 and growing rapidly in popularity, the song is a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to relationships built and bonds forged.
Ever since Pete Townshend coined the term “power pop” in 1967, fans, critics and musicians alike have clung to its principles of crunchy guitars, smooth harmonies and tales of tragic young love, in the never-ending battle to keep rock and roll’s flame burning brightly.
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Taylor Knox is poised to make a significant contribution to the cause when his debut solo EP, Lines, is released March 31 on MapleMusic Recordings. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, Lines is the perfect taste to get the unsuspecting listener permanently hooked on Knox’s irresistible sugar high. From opening track “My Backyard” to meditative closer “Good Enough” the Toronto native displays songwriting prowess far beyond his years, conjuring the magic of Big Star and Revolver-era Beatles.
Lead single “Fire” remembers to seize the day. “My friend’s restaurant burned down in a fire that started in the house next door,” says Knox. “One day everything was normal and the next day the restaurant was gone. It got me thinking about how things can change so quickly and you have to make the most of what you’ve got right now.”
New York-based producer/songwriter/DJ Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) has premiered his new single ‘Never Gets Old‘ off of his upcoming sophomore album ‘Lost In New York’ which is set to be released on May 5 via Downtown Records and Fontana North.
Co-written with Amanda Warner and Peter Wade of the electronic duo MNDR, the song “features a driving bass line that feels like you’re driving 100 MPH inside a video game with 90′s grunge distorted guitar stabs,” says Chris. “The brand new thing isn’t always better than what you’ve been using for many years. This song is dedicated to everything that never goes out of style that you can do a million times and never get tired of.”
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).
“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 – 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.
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.”
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.”
Filmed At London’s THE GRAND THEATRE
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).
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.
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!”