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Cold War Kids Return Oct. 21 With 5th LP ‘Hold My Home’

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Ten years have come and gone since Cold War Kids first took to the stage in their homegrown Southern California scene. Time is typically unkind to indie rock bands. So how is it that Cold War Kids are still here in 2014, selling out tours and releasing their fifth album in a decade, Hold My Home,‘ amidst these 40 seasons of torrential fate winds, while so many of their peers have vanished?

“We worked really fucking hard, that’s the answer,” says vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Willett. “We worked really hard and we were successful, which is freakishly impossible, and we should embrace it. That’s our story.”

From his post at the front, Willett — along with the band’s bassist and visual director Matt Maust — has led Cold War Kids through the tricky 21st century rock and roll landscape, soaring over the peaks and facing the valleys head-on while carving out a place of the band’s own. Reaping sky-high praise from a mid-2000s blogosphere then growing wings as a live show juggernaut, they stand now as both a different animal and an unaltered beast all at once.

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Primus Return Oct. 21 With ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory’

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The definitive Primus line-up - Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander - is back together and set to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years, ‘Primus & the Chocolate Factory,’ due out on ATO Records / MapleMusic Recordings on October 21.

“The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.” Listen to classic track ‘Pure Imagination’ re-imagined, which Rolling Stone premiered in July

It felt so good, in fact, Claypool decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of ‘The Candy Man’ – a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets. “Hell, I’ve been doing the line from the boat ride on stage since the ’80′s,” then Les sings, “There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”

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Butch Walker On Tour With Ryan Adams

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Walker’s new Ryan Adams-produced album ‘Afraid Of Ghosts’ out Feb. 3 2015
Listen to ‘Chrissie Hynde’ premiered by Entertainment Weekly

Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album ‘Afraid Of Ghosts,’ out February 3 via Dangerbird Records/MapleMusic Recordings. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker’s new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in L.A., and features friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, ‘Afraid Of Ghosts’ weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.

Butch Walker Tour Dates w/Ryan Adams:
10/6: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Centre
10/10: Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.
10/12: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
10/14: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
10/16: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/18: Ames, IA @ Iowa State Center
10/19: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
10/20: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/6: Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
11/8: Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
11/9: Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
11/11: Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre @ Playhouse Square
11/12: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
11/15: New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
11/17: New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
11/18: Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre
11/19: Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/20: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
11/22: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
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Jess Reimer To Release ‘The Nightjar And The Garden’ Oct. 7

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Manitoba singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP produced by Bob Wiseman, with guest vocals from Ron Sexsmith
“She plays alt-country as it should be: Original, engaging, low on the affectation and high on the musicianship, vocals, and songs.” – Sarah Greene, NOW

Pre-order ‘The Nightjar And The Garden’ on iTunes

There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is at the heart of Jess Reimer‘s work. She has been one of the Winnipeg roots music scene’s best-kept secrets for several years, but with her new album, The Nightjar and The Garden, released Oct. 7 on Pipe & Hat/MapleMusic Recordings, Jess is set to have the wider world embrace her.

With a voice that combines the grittiness of Lucinda Williams with the pure power of Neko Case, it’s hardly a surprise that Jess attracted the attention of legendary Blue Rodeo founding keyboardist (and Manitoba native) Bob Wiseman, who produced The Nightjar and The Garden. Wiseman’s fondness of vintage sounds and a live approach in the studio emphasizes the raw beauty of Jess’ vocals, as well as the wide range of emotions in her songwriting, from the hard twang of ‘Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang)’ to the gospel-infused ‘I Want To Believe.’

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New Release – Slow Magic ‘How To Run Away’

Slow Magic creates cosmic electronic music oozing both otherworldly beauty and a mastery of production that come together on his second album ‘How To Run Away.’ Featuring the handcrafted samples of debut single ‘Girls’ and elastic organs and jazz piano of follow up ‘Hold Still.’ Catch Slow Magic supporting the album on tour with dates in Montreal and Toronto in September, as well as Victoria and Vancouver in October.

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New Release – Hurray For The Riff Raff & Benjamin Booker ‘Newport Folk Festival 7″ Vol. 1′

Newport Folk Festival and ATO Records have created a partnership to release a series of limited 7″ singles to celebrate the vast talent the labels artists have showcased at the fest. The first features two unreleased recordings: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Daniella” will appear on the A‐side backed with a live version of Benjamin Booker’s “Violent Shiver. MapleMusic Recordings is proud to bring the singles series to Canada.

Hurray For The Riff Raff / Benjamin Booker ‘Newport Folk Festival 7″ Vol. 1′ Vinyl

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New Release – Benjamin Booker ‘Benjamin Booker’

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has released his debut self-titled record and it is one fiery blues frenzy. The 25-year-old guitar player learned from greats like The Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson along with contemporaries like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and paired that with his raw, soulful vocals. Watch the raucous lead single ‘Violent Shiver’ performed on Letterman or get lost in the sheer energy of ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ performed on Conan and turn it up!

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New Release – SOJA ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’

SOJA continue a streak of albums calling for unity and change on their fifth studio record ‘Amid The Noise And Haste.’ Produced by Grammy-winning Supa Dups and featuring guest appearances from Michael Franti and Nahko on the hit single ‘I Believe,’ as well as Damian Marley, Collie Buddz, and more, this is their most focused record to date. The vinyl edition comes pressed on translucent gold discs in a double gatefold package. Listen to a sampler of ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ here.

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SOJA Returns August 12th With ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’

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“Reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflection…” – Billboard 

“The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…” -- Relix

New LP from Washington D.C. reggae unit features guests Michael Franti and Damian Marley

‘Amid The Noise And Haste,’ released Aug. 12 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings, was produced by multiple Grammy award-winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to SOJA’s critically acclaimed ‘Strength To Survive,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 40. ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

The album’s cover art was designed by the British artist Steven Wilson from original wood carvings.

SOJA originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fan base around the world since. SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.3 million Facebook fans, and 183+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

SOJA’s Soulshine summer tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall kicked off in California and continues in amphitheaters across the country throughout August.

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‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Track List:
1. Tear It Down
2. Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4. Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6. Once Upon A Time
7. Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8. Signature
9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)

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Minus The Bear Announces ‘Lost Loves’ Out Oct. 7

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Fall U.S. Club Tour Announced

Minus The Bear will release its latest LP, ‘Lost Loves,’ on October 7th via Dangerbird Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The seasoned Seattle, WA five-piece will embark on a club tour this fall in support of the new album as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, ‘They Make Beer Commercials Like This.’

For a band that routinely sells out 1000+ capacity venues across the country, the small rooms scheduled for the coming dates will provide an intimate setting for fans to experience the new album. Joining Minus The Bear on the road at various points are O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions, and on September 20th they perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival’s main stage. Upcoming tour dates and album track list below.

The follow up to ‘Infinity Overhead,’ which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 as Minus The Bear’s highest charting album to date, ‘Lost Loves’ lives up to its title quite literally as a collection of hard-to-let-go songs pulled from the band’s past seven-odd years of writing, recording and releasing records.

“Inevitably, some of your favourite songs are going to be cut in the necessity of creating the right sequence for that particular time,” bassist Cory Murchy says. “Regardless of the reason they weren’t included, it wasn’t for lack of love and appreciation of the songs themselves.” Somewhat by chance the black sheep that didn’t quite fit in with previous albums ‘Planet of Ice,’ ‘OMNI,’ and ‘Infinity Overhead’ coalesce among their once regretfully forsaken peers. “Perhaps it’s because they didn’t make the past albums that they fit so seamlessly together,” Murchy muses.

Over the years Minus The Bear “has made a name for itself creating music as ear-catching as it is resonant with fans of guitar athletics and progressive structures,” wrote Consequence of Sound, and ‘Lost Loves’ more than delivers on that promise. As the band began metaphorically reaching out to the “ones that got away” from past sessions, additional recording and vocals were completed for select tracks. “As a whole,” Murchy says, “this collection of songs offers as strong a package as any other album we’ve put together.”

Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear is comprised of Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). Over the past 13 years the band has cultivated a large and devoted international following, playing countless sold out venues as they tour the globe over, including North America, Europe, U.K., Japan and Australia, in addition to unforgettable performances at every high profile U.S. festival like Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. Their past three indie label full-length releases have charted in the top half of the Billboard 200 with steadily increasing success, a testament to Minus The Bear’s standing as a musically innovative and beloved group with an unyielding fanbase that continues to grow with each album.

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‘Lost Loves’ Track List:
1. Electric Rainbow
2. Surf-N-Turf
3. Broken China
4. Walk On Air
5. Patiently Waiting
6. Cat Calls & Ill Means
7. Invented Memory
8. South Side Life
9. Your Private Sky
10. The Lucky Ones

Minus The Bear Tour Dates:
SEPTEMBER
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival
OCTOBER
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe *
15 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *
16 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre *
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick #
23 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
24 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
25 – Des Moines, IA – Wolly’s #
27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
NOVEMBER
1 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile &
20 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s &
21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah &
22 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse &
23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co. &
* = w/ O’Brother
# = w/ Young Widows
& = w/ Mansions

VIP Pre-Sale Tickets Available Here
General On-Sale Date: Aug. 1/14

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Wildcat! Wildcat! In Toronto Aug. 5 & Montreal Aug. 6

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Full-length debut ‘No Moon At All’ out Aug. 5

L.A. indie-popsters WILDCAT! WILDCAT! are coming to Canada on their first headlining tour, stopping Tues. Aug. 5 in TORONTO at THE DRAKE and Wed. Aug. 6 in MONTREAL at LA VITROLA.

“They return with driving beats and lilting harmonies, adding in a celestial touch and crispness. The first single, ‘Hero,’ hints at a group of musicians who haven’t forgotten their roots, but simply choose to expand the ceiling of their growth.” — Paste

Wildcat! Wildcat!‘s debut full-length, ‘No Moon At All,’ out Aug. 5 on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, ties the trio’s indie-pop anthems into a cohesive widescreen vision. Packed with the Los Angeles-based band’s uplifting musicality and angelic harmonies, the ten-track album, which features production from M83′s Morgan Kibby, represents both a major artistic leap and the culmination of the group’s rise since ‘Mr. Quiche’ and their initial run of buzzy singles.

Featuring longtime friends Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums), Wildcat! Wildcat! officially formed in 2012. Their early tracks, available as blog downloads and a single from the tastemaker label Neon Gold, led to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut EP on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, which received critical acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon, Paste, Huffington Post and more.

In early 2013, Wildcat! Wildcat! was the subject of the Sam Jones-directed documentary Hello Everywhere – a feature that depicted the band’s journey from LA to SXSW for a massive concert with Passion Pit. The group has also toured with Alt-J, Portugal. The Man and MS MR.

On ‘No Moon At All,’ Wildcat! Wildcat! achieve full headliner status. Its sweeping arc and range create an emotionally-rousing world for the band’s infectious underdog anthems. ‘Tower’ sets the tone with a dreamy build and explosive low-end, while lead single ‘Hero’ mixes the group’s innovative harmonies with dance production and an earworm chorus. ‘Holloway (Hey, Love),’ with its skyrocketing emotions, is sure to play over many-a-movie’s end credits, and ‘End Of The World Everyday’ is a slinky, bold ballad.

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‘No Moon At All’ Track List:
1. Tower
2. Garden Grays
3. Up And Beyond
4. Hero
5. End Of The World Everyday
6. Holloway (Hey, Love)
7. Circuit Breaker
8. Nothing Below
9. Sentimental
10. Marfa

Official Site: wildcatwildcat.com
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Twitter: twitter.com/wildcatwildcat

New Release – Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’

Toronto’s very own fuzzed-out indie rock band Rival Boys have released their full-length debut ‘Animal Instincts’. The trio recorded the album at Revolution Recording Studios with Joe Dunphy who also recorded their ‘Ice Storm’ EP live off the floor earlier this year. Watch them shred ‘Fortune’ in an abandoned house in the video for the newest album single here. Exclaim! also had them perform the raucous number ‘Sober & Single’ live at The Piston in Toronto for their Exclaim! TV series, watch it here.

Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’ Digital CD Vinyl

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