Chet Faker ‘Talk Is Cheap’ Video Premieres on Noisey – Full-Length Debut ‘Built On Glass’ Due April 15;

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Chet Faker is set to release his debut album ’Built on Glass’ April 15th via MapleMusic Recordings and Downtown. Two years in the making it brings together all his influences from house to R&B and fuses it together with his smokey vocals. ‘Built on Glass’ will surely further cement Chet Faker as one of the most unique artists of 2014.

In 2011, Nicholas Murphy recorded a cover of ‘No Diggity’ late one night just for his friends. Shared by a handful of people, the song spread like wildfire until reaching #1 on the indie blog charts Hype Machine, and so the Chet Faker identity was born — a nod to Chet Baker’s singing style but incorporating influences from a youth spent producing house and disco.

Upcoming Dates:
May 19 — Toronto ON — The Hoxton

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Rival Boys Release ‘Ice Storm’ EP Feb. 25 Recorded In A Single-Day Session In Jan. 2014

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ICE STORM RELEASE SHOW Friday, Feb. 28 @ The Silver Dollar, Toronto 9PM 

The title of Rival Boys‘ new EP is self-explanatory.

Recorded in a single live-off-the-floor session on Jan. 8, 2014 – as their hometown of Toronto was still recovering from a paralyzing winter blast - Ice Storm‘s five tracks showcase the band’s raw power and set the stage for the release of the full-length LP, animal instincts, this May.

Rival Boys features the sister/brother pairing of Lee and Graeme Rose, backed by the propulsive drumming of Sam Sholdice. The group’s distinctive sound revolves around the dynamic chemistry the three members have developed in an incredibly short space of time. The Rose siblings’ shared lead vocals create a consistent level of glorious tension within the songs, while on stage Lee’s ability to simultaneously sing and play both bass and electric violin (in tandem with bass pedals), offers a sonic range few trios can match.

Rival Boys’ full-length ‘animal instincts’ due out in May 

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New Release – Hurray For The Riff Raff ‘Small Town Heroes’

New Orleans-based Hurray For The Riff Raff make their MapleMusic Recordings debut with ‘Small Town Heroes’. Originally from Brooklyn, HFTRR’s Alynda Lee Segarra train-hopped her way south where she formed the band along with Sam Doores and Dan Cutler of the Deslondes, among others. “Segarra’s clear-eyed, street-level portrait of her city demonstrates exactly what’s most valuable and remarkable about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music: its commitment to truth-telling.” NPR said of the record in their First Listen coverage. Watch her full set recorded in October performing live on KEXP.

Hurray For The Riff Raff ‘Small Town Heroes’ Digital CD Vinyl
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Drive-By Truckers Share New Track From ‘English Oceans’ Released March 4th

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LISTEN to ‘Made Up English Oceans’ and WATCH exclusive acoustic performance via WSJ Speakeasy HERE

Alabama’s legendary roots rockers Drive-By Truckers return on March 4 with ‘English Oceans,’ their 10th studio album, and first since 2011′s ‘Go-Go Boots.’

The record’s 13 tracks show an almost equal split of writing credits between co-front men Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, with the first song to be shared, ‘Made Up English Oceans,’ composed by the latter.

The band recently filmed an acoustic performance of ‘Made Up English Oceans’ at the currently-under-renovation Lyric Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. “As it is, it’s like a time capsule offering an example of the beauty of a bygone era, and the ugliness of the segregated society it was part of,” Cooley told Speakeasy. “I thought it made a perfect setting for a song about how using beliefs, fears and prejudices to acquire power still works as well as ever.”

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Jessica Lea Mayfield Shares New Track ‘Oblivious’ – Third LP ‘Make My Head Sing…’ Out April 15

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MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are excited to share this preview of Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s latest LP, ‘Make My Head Sing…’ set for release April 15th.

As the trippy, distorted sound of ‘Oblivious’ displays, the singer/guitarist consciously takes a heavier turn on the new album, which she co-produced at Nashville’s Club Roar Studio with bassist, collaborator, and husband, Jesse Newport.

“My guitar amps were so loud when we recorded this that it made me feel nauseous,” is how Mayfield recently described ‘Oblivious’ to Rolling Stone. “Bands are so big these days. I wanted to get the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.”

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New Releases – Mas Ysa ‘Worth’ EP & Duo De Twang ‘Four Foot Shack’

Montreal-born producer Thomas Arsenault makes his MapleMusic Recordings debut as Mas Ysa with his ‘Worth’ EP. The album’s first single ‘Why’ received Best New Track from Pitchfork ahead of the hockey-themed & self-directed video featuring his brother Nicholas Arsenault. Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa) will head out on a West Coast tour with Lawrence Rothman in February and comes to Toronto for NXNE in June.

Everyone’s favourite story-teller Les Claypool has paired with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as Duo De Twang to release their debut record ‘Four Foot Shack’. Featuring covers ranging from the best of the Primus catalogue (‘Jerry Was A Racecar Driver’ & ‘Winona’s Big Brown Beaver’) to Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Alice In Chains ‘Man in The Box’ all recorded in the signature foot-stomping Americana style. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.” Duo De Twang tour the U.S. in March along with a stop at the SXSW festival that month.

Mas Ysa ‘Worth EP’ iTunes
Duo De Twang ‘Four Foot Shack’ iTunes CD Vinyl

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‘BOB DYLAN IN THE 80s: VOLUME ONE’ To Be Released March 25th

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Charity tribute album features Glen Hansard, Blitzen Trapper, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and more
Liner notes by author Jonathan Lethem

MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are excited to announce the release of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One on March 25. The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that have long gone ignored, covering the period starting with 1980′s Saved and ending with 1990′s Under The Red Sky (including unreleased material — the “80s Basement Tapes” — and The Traveling Wilburys).

Album contributors include: Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Perkins and more.

Listen to Built To Spill’s ‘Jokerman’ via Rolling Stone HERE

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Rodrigo y Gabriela To Release ’9 Dead Alive’ on April 29 – First All-Original Album in Five Years

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ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the April 29 release of acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s new studio album 9 Dead Alive, the band’s first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles.

9 Dead Alive sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. The album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians locked in together; perfectly distilled into nine new songs teeming with desire, elegance and gusto.

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San Fermin Set For Canadian Dates in February & Appearing on CBC Radio’s Q Feb. 14

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San Fermin‘s current tour in support of their latest release, ’Live From The Advent Lutheran Church NYC‘ EP and self-titled debut, will bring them to Canada in February. The Brooklyn-based baroque rockers will play Casa del Popolo in Montreal on Feb. 14, The Garrison in Toronto on Feb. 15, and the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on Feb. 28. In addition on Feb. 14, the band will perform live on CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

Formed by composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone in 2011, San Fermin’s self-titled 2013 album — recorded at the Banff Centre in Alberta — was called “…a jarringly accomplished debut” by NPR, while Pitchfork described the album’s first single, ‘Sonsick,’ as “deliriously infectious.”

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New Release – Bo Keeney ‘Versus’ EP

UK-based producer Bo Keeney dropped the ‘Versus’ EP on his home soil late last year and it’s now available in Canada via MapleMusic Recordings. His second EP features remixes of his tracks by exciting emerging producers Bobby Tank, Spectrasoul, My Nu Leng, and Throwing Snow. The closing track is Bo’s own ‘Versus’ mix of his track ‘Jump the Gun’. The full EP can be streamed on Bo’s Soundcloud and you can watch the video for the Spectrasoul remix of ‘Up In Smoke’ here.

Bo Keeney ‘Versus’ EP  iTunes

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Versus Tracklist
1. Jump The Gun (Bobby Tank Mix)
2. Up In Smoke (Spectrasoul Mix)
3. I Got A Letter (My Nu Leng Mix)
4. Golden Telephone (Throwing Snow Mix)
5. Jump The Gun (Bo Keeney Vs Mix)

Silversun Pickups to Release ‘The Singles Collection’ February 25 2014

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Pre-Order the 7″ Vinyl Box Set at SilversunPickups.com

Dangerbird Records/MapleMusic Recordings is excited to announce that Silversun Pickups will release The Singles Collection, featuring all of the band’s singles throughout their career plus the brand new song ‘Cannibal,’ on February 25th, 2014 as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl boxed set. It also includes the vinyl-exclusive track ‘Devil’s Cup,’ a previously-unreleased song from the Swoon sessions.

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Kaiser Chiefs Share ‘Bows & Arrows’ New Track from ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ Out April 1st

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“Menacing, post-punk riff” Rolling Stone

Kaiser Chiefs have revealed another song from their upcoming album, Education, Education, Education & War, scheduled for release on April 1, 2014 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The ten-track collection was written in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, recorded at The Maze Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay) with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter).

Kaiser Chiefs announced the album before the Christmas holiday with the song ‘Misery Company’ which has gained instant popularity in the UK with playlist support from BBC 6Music and XFM Daytime. The new collection shows an evolution in maturity of songwriting and sound, and deftly executes a wide array of the band’s influences.

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