New Releases – The Bright Light Social Hour ‘Space Is Still The Place’ & Sun K ‘Northern Lies’

Austin’s The Bright Light Social Hour have released ‘Space Is Still The Place’ the follow up to their 2012 self-titled debut. On the new album the band fully embrace their jam band roots creating a psych rock epic based around the concept of a future south. Watch their kaleidoscopic video for the lead single ‘Infinite Cities’. Toronto-based 5 piece Sun K have released their first studio album ‘Northern Lies’ featuring ‘Sweet Marie’ from their 2014 vinyl 7″ single and ‘New York City Blues’. Produced by Cone McCaslin of Sum 41, the album sees front-man Kristian Montano’s songs fully fleshed out with the full band in countless practice sessions and Dakota Tavern residencies. The band are on tour across Canada now, see the full tour schedule and grab tickets here.

The Bright Light Social Hour ‘Space Is Still the Place’ Digital CD Vinyl
Sun K ’Northern Lies’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Other Lives Announce North American Spring Tour New Release Date For ‘Rituals’ Now May 4th

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Other Lives have announced a 26-date North American tour starting May 7th in Los Angeles with stops in Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Austin and more. Complete list of dates below. The tour is in support of their forthcoming album ‘Rituals‘, due out May 4th on tbd Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

North American Dates – Canadian Dates Are In Bold
5/06 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
5/07 – Club Bahia – Los Angeles, CA
5/09 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
5/11 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
5/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
5/13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
5/16 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
5/18 – recordBar – Kansas City, MO
5/19 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
5/21 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/22 – Metro – Chicago, IL
5/23 – The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
5/25 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
5/26 – Fairmont Theatre – Montreal, QC
5/27 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/29 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
5/30 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
6/01 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
6/02 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
6/03 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
6/05 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
6/06 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
6/10 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
6/11 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
6/12 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
6/13 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
6/16 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

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Bop English – AKA White Denim’s James Petralli – Debuts New Single ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ Announces Spring Tour & Album Pre-order

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Pre-Order ‘Constant Bop’ Via iTunes HERE

Today marks the release of ‘Sentimental Wilderness‘, the second single from Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli. ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ picks up right where ‘Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)‘ leaves off, a rollicking track that features thoughtful guitar leads and melodic synths that fit seamlessly over a soundscape that is very much timelessly rock & roll-oriented. Bop English also made the pre-order for their highly anticipated debut album ‘Constant Bop‘ (due out April 14th via Downtown Records and Fontana North) live today and announced the dates for their first North American tour.

The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Despite the fact that Constant Bop is full of disparate influences, under the spell of James Petralli it all makes for an incredibly coherent album. It’s a rich and diverse record that’s teeming with pop classicism and zippy rock ‘n’ roll. There are layers upon layers to explore on Constant Bop, with a serious attention to detail being applied to every track. Scrupulous and ever diligent, there’s a ton to unwrap on ‘Constant Bop,’ a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ’60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly James Petralli.

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Alabama Shakes Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

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Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE 

Alabama Shakes will kick off the second leg of their North American tour on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The run will include shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, MN (May 30) and Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Art Festival  (June 6). Opening acts will include Father John MistyStrand of Oaks, and Courtney Barnett.

The GRAMMY®-nominated band will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, March 9, and play a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12.  They gave their new single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” its network television premiere on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. They also performed ”Gimme All Your Love,” another track from the band’s new album’Sound & Color’ which ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release on April 21.

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The Bright Light Social Hour Unveils Full Album ‘Space Is Still the Place’ on Yahoo!

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Listen To ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via Yahoo! HERE

Pre-Order ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via iTunes HERE

Austin psych rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour has premiered their new album ‘Space Is Still the Place‘ in full on Yahoo! Music. To accompany the stream, the band has designed a long animated video to illustrate the 10-track album, out on March 10th via MapleMusic Recordings and Frenchkiss Records.

The band will celebrate the album release on March 5th and 6th with shows at Mercury Lounge in New York. Their full Spring tour kicks off March 31 in New Orleans and will make stops in Atlanta, Tampa, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal and more.

‘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.

Praise for ‘Space Is Still The Place’:

No matter how much research you put into figuring out who will be the hottest new artists of each year, another act comes into your vision with an output that absolutely blows you away.” - The Huffington Post

“‘Slipstream’, is a lush, space-western odyssey. Rolling in with a plodding bass line and restrained drumming, the track builds slowly before a hypnotic guitar riff oozes into the mix.’” - Consequence of Sound

This band brings a live rawness that masterfully bleeds into their records. It’s an unmatched je ne sais quoi that makes their sound relatable to the listener and devoid of condescension.- Life + Times

The once psych-rock track [Infinite Cities (Francis Preve Remix)] has a whole new sound that may surprise you, as it has taken on a house beat to carry you straight onto the dance floor.- Earmilk

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New Releases – Brandi Carlile ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’, ‘Thomas D’Arcy ‘Fooled You Twice’ & Gill Landry ‘Gill Landry’

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.

Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter Digital CD Vinyl
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JUNO-Nominated Singer Songwriter Peter Katz Announces Spring 2015 International and Canadian Tour

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.

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Taylor Knox Announces Debut Solo EP ‘Lines’

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PRE-ORDER LINES TODAY VIA iTUNES HERE
LISTEN TO “FIRE” NOW ON SPOTIFY HERE

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.”

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Penguin Prison Releases “Never Gets Old” Remixes and Premieres Songs From “Lost In New York”

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Sophomore Album ‘Lost In New York” To Be Released May 5 – Pre-order on iTunes HERE
Buy the ‘Never Gets Old Remix’ EP on iTunes HERE

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.”

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

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CROSS CANADA TOUR THIS MARCH AND APRIL

 PRE-ORDER ‘NORTHERN LIES’ ON ITUNES

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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Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE

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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