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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

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

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Download ‘Reconfiguration’ instantly with pre-orders of ‘Rituals’ on iTunes 

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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Bop English – AKA White Denim’s James Petralli – To Release Debut Album ‘Constant Bop’ April 14, 2015!

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Pick Up ‘Dani’s Blues’ Via iTunes HERE

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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Stream CAIRO’s Debut ‘A History of Reasons’ Now on Exclaim!

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STREAM CAIRO’S ‘A HISTORY OF REASONS’ ON EXCLAIM! HERE

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Toronto’s CAIRO are making their full-length debut next week with ‘A History of Reasons’. The album is set for release on digital, CD and vinyl formats January 20, 2015. The publication praised several cuts from the album:

“Sparkling indie pop numbers like “With You” are juxtaposed with quieter, folk-inspired numbers like “Render,” “Starry Eyes” and “Seventeen.” Others like “Kingdoms” and “Extinguishing Fires” lean towards good, old-fashioned rock’n'roll, making for an album that delivers a seamless blend of different sounds.”

Exclaim! previously premiered their video for the title track which you can also watch below.

Gill Landry Of Old Crow Medicine Show Embarks On A Solo Endeavour

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SELF-TITLED RECORD DUE MARCH 3
PREVIEW NEW SINGLE “JUST LIKE YOU” VIA ROLLING STONE COUNTRY HERE

The new self-titled record from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Gill Landry will be released March 3 on MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records. Landry’s illustrious career as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriting member of the Grammy-Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show includes a recent induction into the Grand Ole Opry, performances on “A Prairie Home Companion” & “Austin City Limits,” and world tours with featured stops at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.

The 10-track album was fully produced and mostly engineered by Landry and recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” Contributors include various friends and musicians Landry gathered on his non-stop travels alone and with Old Crow including songstress Laura Marling who duets on “Take This Body,” singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes. Continue reading…

ATO Records Releases Winter Sampler!

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As 2014 winds down, ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings is proud to offer you this sampler featuring tracks from ATO’s many critically acclaimed releases this year, including Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut and Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Small Town Heroes.

The sampler also includes previews from albums by Brandi Carlile and Two Gallants, which will help get the new year off to an exciting start.

Please enjoy this wonderful collection of songs. Everyone at ATO Records wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Track List:
1. Brandi Carlile — The Eye
2. Benjamin Booker — Wicked Waters
3. Fly Golden Eagle — Horse’s Mouth
4. Mariachi El Bronx — Wildfires
5. J Roddy Walston and the Business — Sweat Shock
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff — The Body Electric
7. Two Gallants — We Are Undone
8. Stars — No One Is Lost
9. SOJA — Easier (f. Anuhea & J Boog)
10. Old Crow Medicine Show — Firewater
11. Rodrigo y Gabriela — Torito
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield — Standing In The Sun
13. The Belle Brigade — Metropolis

Brandi Carlile To Release ATO/MapleMusic Debut ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ March 3

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“Some of [the songs] rattle the floorboards; others are quieter, offering beautiful harmonies or rich storytelling. But no matter what they sound like, the songs on this release feel like rock and roll.” – Ann Powers, NPR Music

Watch/Listen to ‘The Eye’ HERE 

Brandi Carlile will make her independent label debut on ATO/MapleMusic March 3, 2015 with the release of ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter.’  The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”

‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.

The result is immediate and electrifying. ‘The Eye,’ a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony.  Lead-off track and first single ‘Wherever Is Your Heart’ captures a fiery intensity.

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CAIRO Offers First Taste of ‘A History of Reasons’

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Full-length debut album set to arrive January 20, 2015

Today, Toronto orchestral-pop quartet CAIRO is proud to reveal the initial glimpse of its breathtaking full-length debut album, ‘A History of Reasons,’ to be released Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings.

It is a haunting video for the title track, directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Czlowiek Kamera, which premiered yesterday at Exclaim.ca. The director’s other Canadian credits include the video for Half Moon Run’s ‘Call Me in the Afternoon.’

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Two Gallants’ Forthcoming Album ‘We Are Undone’ Out Feb 3 On ATO/MMR

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“…a healthy dose of thrash and bash to their folk-and blues-rooted tunes…” – Rolling Stone
“The two-piece carves out a distinctive, powerful identity all of its own.” – BBC Music

Stream the title track and watch the lyric video on Noisey HERE

Two Gallants‘ forthcoming fifth album, ‘We Are Undone,’ will be available worldwide February 3 on ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The title track is available as a free instant download with LP/CD album pre-orders at www.twogallants.com and iTunes.

The new LP is their second full-length release on ATO/MMR following 2012′s ‘The Bloom and The Blight.’ Two Gallants will be playing select shows at intimate venues in New York and San Francisco in February with a full European tour to follow. Additional U.S. tour dates in April to be announced soon.

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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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