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Sun K Announces Western Skies Summer Tour

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Band Releases New Southern Souls Session Featuring Teaser Pt. II, Sweet Marie and Cowboys + Drugs From Their Debut Album Northern Lies

Fresh off the release of their well received debut album, Northern Lies, Toronto folk n’ roll rockers, Sun K, are ready to get back on the road for their WESTERN SKIES TOUR. Kicking off in Winnipeg on June 24th, the tour will see the band head across the country. Before they dust off their suitcases, the group will tear up the NXNE scene, including performances @ The Bellwoods Great Hearts Festival and the MMR/Pipe&Hat showcase @ The Rivoli on Saturday, June 20th. To get everyone in the mood for their tour, they have released a 3 song live video session with Southern Souls that taped at Porcelain Records.

June 20 – The Live In Bellwoods – Great Heart Festival
June 20 – Rivoli (NXNE) – MMR/Pipe & Hat Showcase @ 2am ET
June 21 – The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE) w/ The Sadies @ 2pm ET

June 24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club
June 26 – Brandon @ The Double Decker Tavern
June 27/28 – Dauphin, MB @ Countryfest
June 29 – Regina, SK @ Artful Dodger Café & Music Emporium
June 30 – Calgary, AB @ Ironwood
July 1 – Fernie, BC – Canada Day
July 4 – Hay River NT @ Hay Days Festival
July 6 – Red Deer, AB @ Fratters Speakeasy
July 8 – Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
July 11 – Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
*more dates to be announced soon

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 made up Northern Lies caught the attention of media across the country.  Beatroute Magazine said: ““There are equal parts of previous decades here while vocally some more recent acts come to mind. Nowhere is this more apparent on “New York City Blues” which showcases everything Sun K is capable of. While the members of the band are relatively young, they must have access to good record collections. In a niche fraught with fraudsters, they come across honestly.”  While Toronto Star’s Chris Young said, “…off a couple listens there’s much to like, including Kristian Montano’s husky baritone, the organ swirls of Stuart Retallack, and the band’s sure touch and dynamics on Montano’s carefully constructed songs that go from pensive to rousing and recall Lou Reed, Joel Plaskett and the Gaslight Anthem.”

Sun K’s line-up features a sonically dynamic group of guys, including front man Kristian Montano, keyboardist Stuart Retallack who also plays horns, guitarist and fiddler Kevin Michael Butler, bassist JuHang Sin and a new addition to the group is drummer Scott Tiller.

Be sure to catch them this summer!

“The band bring together a gritty blend of rock, blues and folk, led by vocalist Kristian Montano. Going for a vocal delivery in the vein of Julian Casablancas and Lou Reed, he pairs his singing chops with a guitar sound “honed directly through the Neil Young songbook.”” - EXCLAIM

“Even though this is only a debut album, you’ll want to keep your eye on this band for more because they’re surely going places.” CANADIAN BEATS

“Sun K may be just the next big rock act to emerge out of Toronto, and if Northern Lies proves anything, it’s that sometimes, in order to keep moving forward, we need to look back for inspiration.” HEAVY PRESS

Alabama Shakes Announce Canadian Arena Tour

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Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE

Watch Their Recent Performance Of ‘Over My Head’ On The Tonight Show HERE

Alabama Shakes‘ have announced a headlining Canadian arena tour starting on September 23 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.  They will follow that up with a stop in Ottawa on September 24 (TD Place) and Montreal on September 26 (MRCY Festival).

Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates *Canadian dates have been bolded
6/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/9 – Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/12 – Auchterarder, UK @ T In The Park
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
9/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/19 – Forest Hills, Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
9/23 – Toronto, ON @ The Air Canada Centre
9/24 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
9/26 – Montreal, QC @ MRCY Festival
11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

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JP Hoe Set To Release New Album ‘Hideaway’ On August 21

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Pre-Order ‘Hideaway’ Via iTunes HERE
Listen To New Single ‘Beautifully Crazy’ Via Rdio And Spotify 

JP Hoe will be releasing his anticipated new full-length album ‘Hideaway‘ on August 21 via MapleMusic Recordings.  Recorded in Winnipeg, the 10-track record was produced by Dana Matyas (Imaginary Cities), mastered by João Carvalho (City & Colour, Serena Ryder, Sloan) and features Andy Stochanksy as co-writer on four tracks – including the first single ‘Beautifully Crazy.

The record follows Hoe’s highly praised ‘Mannequin‘, which was released in 2012.  In fact, three songs from that album have been re-recorded and are available on the digital deluxe version of ‘Hideaway.’ Of the album, the six time Western Canadian Music Award nominated Hoe comments, ”I loved making this record, from the song-writing to the final master. Some of these songs have such a profound meaning to me, I can still get lost in them when played live. I sincerely hope they connect with people as much as they were intended to.”

Hoe has an exceptional gift for crafting songs and his generous, spacious voice showcases his raw talent.  He has spent hundreds of days on the road, playing gigs all over the world – and the constant consistent is how he connects with audiences via his down-to-earth unpretentious charm.

Hideaway – Track List
1. Beautifully Crazy
2. Save You
3. Danger
4. Run Away From Me
5. I Need You
6. My Silhouette
7. Yeah Yeah Yeah
8. That Word
9. We Try
10. Like I Did Back

JP Hoe – Upcoming Tour Dates
06/18 – Manitoba Music NXNE Showcase @ The Rivoli, Toronto ON
06/24 – The Forks Festival Stage, Winnipeg MB
09/18 – Park Theatre, Winnipeg MB
*more dates to be announced shortly


Mas Ysa Shares New Track ‘Gun’

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Pre-order his debut album ‘Seraph’ on iTunes

Mas Ysa today shares ‘Gun‘ – a new track from his highly anticipated debut album’ Seraph,’ out July 24th via MapleMusic Recordings and Downtown Records.  Mas Ysa, the creation of musician Thomas Arsenault, embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to his traditional song-writing skills.  It is the entirety of this spectrum that  is apparent on ‘Seraph.’ His new single ‘Gun’ features Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters.  Of the track, Arsenault says “Gun’s a duet. I wanted the other side of the story told and not just mine. I’d written it originally with just the male perspective and it felt a bit unsatisfying, so I brought the subject into the song. That was cathartic.”

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San Fermin Announce Tour Supporting Alt-J

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“…a bigger, bolder and, yes, even better album than San Fermin’s debut…a glorious second effort…” – CBC Music

 “Under the careful stewardship of mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Brooklyn’s San Fermin has become a ferocious, precise vessel…His predilection for marrying sublime pop melodies to bombastic arrangements laced with classical avant-garde flourishes has reached a new level of focus, and, resultantly, potency, on Jackrabbit.”Exclaim

 San Fermin have expanded their 2015 North American tour with dates supporting alt-J this July and fall. The 8-piece band, led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, will perform songs off their sophomore album Jackrabbit (out now, Downtown Records / Fontana North), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and earned praise by NPR Music for its “grittier energy”. Rolling Stone called the band “masters of highbrow chamber pop” and praised “tag-team singers Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate [who] flaunt killer instruments.” Of San Fermin’s recent sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show, The Village Voice raved, “Behold the new Arcade Fire: They are San Fermin.”


6/18: Toronto, ON – NXNE @ Adelaide Hall
6/19: Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen
6/20: Dennis, MA – Cape Cinema
7/17: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
7/17: Lousiville, KY – Forecastle After Show at Headliners Music Hall^
7/28: Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Concert Cove at Harrah’s*
7/29: Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater*
7/31: Madison, WI – Live on King Street
8/2: Montreal, QC – Osheaga
8/6: Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre^
8/7: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
8/21: Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
9/12: Burnaby, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park*
9/14: Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre*
9/15: Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral*
9/17: St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
9/18: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/19: Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
9/21: Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend*
9/22: Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Music Festival*
9/23: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory*
9/25: Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing*
9/26: Pittsburgh, PA – Thrival Festival
9/29: Charlotte, NC – The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory*
9/30: Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live*
10/1: Miami, FL – Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park*
10/2-10/4: Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
10/7: New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*
10/8: Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
10/9: Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
10/10-10/11: Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
10/13: San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
10/14: Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*
10/15: Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
10/17: Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum*
10/18: Seattle, WA – Key Arena*
* with alt-J
^ with Lord Huron

Rayland Baxter Set To Release New Album ‘Imaginary Man’ On August 14, 2015

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Listen To New Track ‘Yellow Eyes’ Via NPR HERE

Pre-Order ‘Imaginary Man’ via iTunes HERE

Rayland Baxter will be releasing his anticipated new full-length album ‘Imaginary Man‘ on August 14 via MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records. Recorded in Nashville, the 11-track album was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) and features Bucky Baxter on pedal steel as well as Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism) and Matt Vazquez (Delta Sprit) on background vocals.

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New Releases: Chet Faker ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ & Goldroom ‘It’s Like You Never Want Away’

Chet Faker has released 5 new remix versions of the highly dance-able Built On Glass single ’1998′. The digital only ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ EP kicks off with Nick’s own rework followed by  an Aussie-leaning cast of Andras Morning, Roland Tings, Otologic and Amateur Dance all putting their own spin on the track. DJ and electronic producer Goldroom pairs with George Maple, Nikki Segal, Kayslee Collins and Chela on his new 4-track EP ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away’. Vibe with both artists live at this summer’s Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.

Buy Chet Faker ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ on iTunes
Stream ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ on Spotify | Rdio

Buy Goldroom It’s Like You Never Went Away’ on iTunes
Stream It’s Like You Never Went Away’ on Spotify | Rdio


Peter Katz Returns Home For A Cross Canada Tour Following A Successful Headlining Run In Europe

National Full Band Canadian Tour Kicks Off May 1st

Brand New Single “When The Day Is Done” Released To Radio

JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz returns home this week following a highly successful headline tour in Europe where he captured the heart of the continent’s vibrant music scene. This Friday (5/1), marks the first date of Katz’s national Canadian tour in support of his new album “We Are The Reckoning” which was released at the end of March via Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North.  The extensive tour will see Katz accompanied by his full band visit cities across the country including stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

Canadian Tour Dates:
May 1 – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events – Waterloo, ON
May 6 – The Slice – Lethbridge, AB
May 7 – Empress Theatre – Ft Mcleod, AB
May 8 – Communitea – Canmore, AB
May 9 – Fratters – Red Deer, AB
May 12 – Bassment – Saskatoon, SK
May 13 – Artful Dodger – Regina, SK
May 14 – WECC – Winnipeg, MB
May 15 – The Lyric Theatre – Swift Current, SK
May 17 – The Ironwood – Calgary, AB
May 18 – The Mercury Room – Edmonton, AB
May 19 – Artspace – Prince George, AB
May 20 – The Minstrel – Kelowna, BC
May 21 – Performance Works – Vancouver, BC
May 29 – Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, ON
May 30 – Blacksheep Inn – Wakefield, QC
June 4 – St Michaels HS – Stratford, ON
June 6 – Aeolian Hall – London, ON
June 19 – Fergus Grand Theatre – Fergus, ON
June 21 – Montreal Folk Festival – Montreal, QC

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).  Lead single “Brother”, “a touching tribute to the boyish bond of brotherhood” (Exclaim) features longtime friend Royal Wood, and was a top pick on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 – blazing the trail for his latest release “When The Day Is Done” available at radio now.

For more information and a full list of tour dates visit:

New Release: Alabama Shakes ‘Sound & Color’ & San Fermin ‘Jackrabbit’

Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girlsdemonstrates the tremendous strides made by the band. 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. See the Shakes live when they come up to Canada headlining Toronto’s Field Trip festival and hit the west coast for Squamish Valley Music Festival. San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote Jackrabbit by himself from start to finish, only to find that after a year testing the songs on the road the album wasn’t nearly finished. Ellis explains, “I went from being this isolated composer guy, out in the woods, to sitting in the back of a van with seven other members playing shows in rock clubs every night. When I got back, I revisited it all, ripped these holes in the middle of all the existing songs and added some new songs. I rethought everything I had been writing.” Watch the full band performing “Emily” and the “title track” live via their YouTube.

Alabama Shakes Sound & Color Digital CD Vinyl Deluxe Vinyl
San Fermin Jackrabbit Digital CD Vinyl


Taylor Knox Celebrates Debut Solo Release With New Video


Taylor Knox has contributed to the performances of some of Canada’s most well respected artists. Everyone from Rich Aucoin to Jason Collett has invited Knox and his multi-instrumental talents to the studio or stage. So to celebrate the release of Knox’ first solo EP, Lines, Knox is releasing the new video for opening track “My Backyard” and all his friends have gathered to sing his praises.

“Brings back the thrill of discovering Sloan for the first time, this is friggin awesome” - OWEN PALLETT

“Lines is like taking a DeLorean back to Canadian indie rock circa 1994 while simultaneously coming at it with a fresh perspective from 2015″ -

“Taylor Knox’s Lines EP is just what we need after this long cold winter. Great songs, impeccable performances, and very tasteful production.” - HAYDEN





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New Releases – Peter Katz ‘We Are The Reckoning’ & Taylor Knox ‘Lines’

‘We Are The Reckoning’, is a striking new collection of 11 original songs from JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter and recently crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine Best-Of-Toronto 2014 reader’s poll, Peter Katz. His first release on MMR was produced by Bill Lefler and Royal Wood, one of the label’s most respected and well known artists – watch them duet on the touching first single ‘Brother’. Peter is set to tour the new album in Europe throughout April before returning to Canada for an extensive string of dates across the country. The future of power pop is in capable hands, as Taylor Knox releases his debut solo EP Lines. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, ‘Lines’ is the perfect first taste of Knox’s irresistible melodic gifts. Taylor sat down with Noisey to discuss the origins of his solo music after backing up the likes of Hayden, Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, and The Golden Dogs. Watch the band jam out the EP’s tunes live from the studio in our YouTube playlist.

Peter Katz We Are The Reckoning Digital CD Vinyl
Taylor Knox Lines Digital CD Vinyl

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Rhett Miller Of The Old 97′s Announces New Solo Album “The Traveller”


Pre-order “The Traveller” on iTunes HERE

Rhett Miller has been playing in touring bands (most notably, The Old 97′s) for the better part of 20 years. This fact alone certainly qualifies him as someone allowed to title his latest solo album titled ‘The Traveler,’ which will be released on May 12th via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, most notably by the members of Black Prairie, a band based in Portland that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with The Decemberists. The band (Black Prairie) entered the studio with the singer (Rhett Miller) and briskly recorded the songs that make up this album (The Traveler). Additional guitar work was also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM.

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