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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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Kaiser Chiefs Announce New North American Tour Dates

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Listen To New Single ‘Falling Awake’ via Pop Matters HERE | Purchase on iTunes HERE

After more than ten years, four albums, platinum record sales, a volley of top ten singles and three Brit Awards, it would have been simple for Kaiser Chiefs to sit back and coast a while, to enjoy the warm glow of being one of Britain’s most cherished bands.

But in late 2012 there came a change: the departure of founding member and drummer Nick Hodgson, and thus the album Education, Education, Education & War began out of frustration. But in the days that followed, the sense of neutered creativity gave way to something thrilling and unleashed. By the end of that week, Rix recalls, they had “Nineteen or 20 ideas for songs.” And more importantly, Wilson says, “We had the spark that gave us hope.”

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New Release – Two Gallants ‘We Are Undone’ & Butch Walker ‘Afraid of Ghosts’

Two Gallants’ Adam Stephens (guitar, harmonica, keyboard and vocals) and Tyson Vogel (drums, guitar and vocals) spent one month recording their 5th album ‘We Are Undone’ with Karl Derfler (Tom Waits) at Panoramic House in Northern California. The duo is set to play four Canadian dates this April, full tour dates and tickets can be found here. ‘Afraid of Ghosts’ the latest release from Georgia native Butch Walker comes four years after  his last album ‘Spade’. Watch the video for his latest single ‘Bed On Fire’ here.

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The Bright Light Social Hour New Album ‘Space Is Still the Place’ Out March 10

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Pre-Order ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via iTunes HERE
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Austin psychedelic rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour announces the release of their sophomore album, Space Is Still the Place on March 10, 2015 via MapleMusic Recordings and Frenchkiss Records. The 10-track collection was written, performed, produced and engineered by the band at their home studio in Austin, TX, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV On The Radio, Future Islands).

The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien attended graduated school together at the University of Texas in Austin. Following graduation, they released their first self-titled LP in 2010. In the months and years that followed, their songs won over their hometown, and they scored an unprecedented six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards.

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. While on the road, the band usually stayed with people in various cities instead of hotels and gained a new perspective on the struggle young Americans faced after experiencing it first-hand.

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Chet Faker Starts Off 2015 On A High Note With A Star-Making Turn On The Ellen Degeneres Show

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Chet Faker made his U.S. daytime television debut last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen introduced the Australian singer & producer as one of her “favorite new artists,” and Idolator called it “brilliant” and a “star-making performance.” Faker performed his hit single ”Gold“ with a full band including Dave Harrington (Darkside) on bass, Kirk Schoenherr on guitar and Sam Hirschfelder playing drums.

Watch The Performance HERE

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The Brooklyn-based musician has a number of big shows lined up for 2015. He’ll headline New York City’s Terminal 5 on April 8 with special guest XXYYXX, before heading to the California desert to perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Faker is also set to perform to his largest audiences to-date in Australia, and has headline shows and festival appearances set throughout Asia, Europe & South America including performances at the Laneway Festival in Singapore, Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina and the UK’s Field Day. See his current tour dates below and look for additional 2015 performances to be announced soon.

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Benjamin Booker Returning To Canada In 2015

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New Orleans rocker plays Lee’s Palace in Toronto March 31 and Corona Theatre in Montreal April 1

“A flashback to the days when wild-eyed young guitar-slingers made the most dangerous dance music around.” – Rolling Stone

Following his first ever headline tour, Benjamin Booker has confirmed a run of North American dates this Spring, playing even larger venues. The tour stops in Toronto March 31 at Lee’s Palace and in Montreal on April 1 at the Corona Theatre. Full dates are below, and all will go on sale Friday Nov 14.

Benjamin Booker 2015 Tour Dates
03/26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/27 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
03/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
03/30 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
03/31 – Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
04/01 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
04/03 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY

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Vacationer Canadian Tour Dates Set For November

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Vacationer, the collaborative effort from Philadelphia-based vocalist/producer Kenny Vasoli and his production partners Grant Wheeler and Matthew Young (Body Language), today premiered the video for ‘Go Anywhere’ at Paste.com.

‘Go Anywhere’ is the second single from Vacationer’s acclaimed sophomore album ‘Relief,’ released earlier this year on Downtown Records/Fontana North. The video was shot in Glenmoore, PA by director/producer Matt Albasi, who wanted to capture Vacationer’s dreamy, escapist vibes. The idea was simple: put the band in a hot air balloon and film it. It was a perfect fit.

Vacationer is currently on a North American tour, which makes stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto in November. See full dates below for details.

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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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Hurray For The Riff Raff Launches ‘The Body Electric Fund Via Indiegogo

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Indiegogo campaign aims to fight hate and violence
New song ‘Everybody Knows (For Trayvon Martin)’ premieres at Time.com

Hurray For The Riff Raff has just launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo for The Body Electric Fund which will raise money for organizations combatting violent crime and the degradation of marginalized communities.

Donations to the Indiegogo campaign, running through October 22, will support both the creation of a video for ‘The Body Electric,’ from the group’s acclaimed 2014 debut album Small Town Heroes, that will raise awareness of violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups and a variety of organizations working to promote peace for those in these communities, including The Third Wave Fund and The Trayvon Martin Foundation. See more on the campaign at Indiegogo.

“The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” says Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change. I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures.”

The band hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of ‘The Body Electric’ video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of a music video to shed light on violence among not only women but also minorities and the LGBT community. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.

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New Release – Mapei ‘Hey Hey’

Mapei was too soulful for music class and poured that into her debut full-length ‘Hey Hey.’ Fusing her natural flair for R&B and rapping with influences from growing up in Sweden into timeless pop hit like the debut single ‘Don’t Wait.’ Catch her live at Toronto’s Kool Haus next week opening for former roommate Lykke Li.

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Taylor Knox Signs to MapleMusic Recordings & Announces Tour Dates with Zeus and The Golden Dogs

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Toronto singer-songwriter will preview tracks from new EP set for early 2015 release

Taylor Knox, part of the new and exciting crop of signings to MapleMusic Recordings, will join his compadres Zeus and The Golden Dogs for a three-week run of dates in Ontario and Quebec that promises power-pop perfection.

Knox will be previewing material from his debut MapleMusic Recordings release, an as-yet-untitled EP slated for an early 2015 release.

The upcoming tour will be a reunion of sorts, as Knox began his musical career as a member of The Golden Dogs, which over the course of his tenure included three of the four future members of Zeus. The young multi-instrumentalist has also performed with Rich Aucoin, Hayden, Jason Collett, and Luke Doucet, as well as produced records for artists such as Jane’s Party and Wax Atlantic. Knox’s own new material will feature contributions from Sloan’s Andrew Scott and other associates.

“My plan was always to put out my own music, but these opportunities kept coming up to play with my favourite musicians,” Knox says. “I ended up moving into an apartment above Zeus’ Ill Eagle studio, which allowed me to really start making some good recordings. I’d ask over friends like Andrew to help out and it feels really good to have these songs start to be heard.”

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