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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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.
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!
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.
Los Angeles’ indie pop trio Wildcat! Wildcat! return with their debut full-length album ‘No Moon At All.’ Following up on their self-titled EP the band bring underdog anthems and dreamy builds to the new record that explode with skyrocketing emotions. Watch the lyric video for the lead single ‘Hero.’ Catch the band on tour right now, they play Toronto’s Drake Underground tonight and La Vitrola in Montreal tomorrow.
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.
Legendary jam band Phish have returned with their 12th studio album ‘Fuego’. Originally reuniting out of genuinely wanting t hang out, eventually the band sat down to try to write in a way they never had before. Listen to guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell talk about writing the songs across 5 notepads via NPR. Of course the only real way to experience Phish is live, check out their tour dates here to see if they hit your town. Vacationer return with their highly anticipated follow-up record ‘Relief’. The Philly-based group, consisting of The Starting Line’s Kenny Vasoli along with Body Language’s Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, refine their months on the road into tighter and more powerful tracks. Watch the recently released video for the infectiously sunny ‘The Wild Life’. Cleveland alt-rock group SomeKindaWonderful have released their self-titled debut album. Watch the video for the slightly-disorienting hit song ‘Reverse’ on their Vevo Channel or stream the full album on their YouTube with the SKW Visualizer. A short string of US dates has already been announced with a full tour in the works.
Royal Wood released his third full length ‘The Burning Bright’ this March and it is now available pressed on vinyl! Watch him perform the album track ‘White Flag’ live for CBC. Toronto’s Kristen Cudmore made her MMR debut earlier this year with Language Arts‘ album ‘Wonderkind’ which is also available now on vinyl. Watch the music video for the record’s title track here.
Dexter Tortoriello of Houses has followed up 2011′s ‘Blow’ EP with his debut solo LP ‘Still Life’ under the moniker Dawn Golden. The Fader premiered the video for lead single ‘All I Want’ about which Dexter said: ”We wanted to show the beauty and despair and impossible realities that might exist behind those moments of mania and delusion.” Dexter will head out on a North American tour in support of the record this Summer with dates to be announced soon. Stream the full album via Hype Machine here or on Rdio here.
Dawn Golden ‘Still Life’ Digital CD Vinyl
Rodrigo y Gabriela play face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention on their new album ’9 Dead Alive’. Their first record in 5 years celebrates individuals whose contributions to human rights, literature, and philosophy are still felt in the 21st century. Watch them play Somnium (inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 1651 – 1695) and Torito (inspired by animals and nature) live at Red Rocks. Americana legends Old 97′s return with their new album ‘Most Messed Up’ featuring guest appearances from Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel. The record is a raucous 12-track meditation on 20 years in music which, through Rhett Miller’s lyrics, dives into deep wounds and emotional scars. See their Summer North American tour dates here.
Cold War Kids‘ much loved breakout debut album ‘Robbers & Cowards’ is being reissued on vinyl after being out of print for 5 years. The 2006 record will be pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, includes a digital download and extra artwork not included on the original pressing. Take at trip back to the late 00′s and watch the video for ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’. Brooklyn producer Mas Ysa dropped his debut ‘Worth EP’ earlier this year and it’s now available on vinyl. Watch the video for his Best New Track‘d lead single ‘Why’. Mas Ysa will return to Canada for the first time since releasing the EP in June for Toronto’s NXNE Festival.
New Releases – Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’, Thought Beneath Film ‘Cartographers’ & Jessica Lea Mayfield ‘Make My Head Sing’
Chet Faker‘s highly anticipated debut LP ‘Built On Glass’ delivers as the follow up to his acclaimed 2012 EP ‘Thinking In Textures’. Chet first teased the release with the stop motion video for lead single ‘Talk Is Cheap’ on Noisey along with his upcoming North American dates. See the full dates including Toronto’s The Hoxton on May 19th here. Thought Beneath Film release their anticipated debut full length ‘Cartographers’. Mixed and mastered by Grammy winners Tom Lord-Alge and Bob Ludwig respectively, and approved by Toronto legend Alan Cross, the Hamilton band has some heavy hitting names behind it. Watch the video for the title track here and watch for them on AuxTV’s upcoming show ‘Under The Influence’. Kent, Ohio’s Jessica Lea Mayfield makes her MMR debut with ‘Make My Head Sing’ her self-proclaimed real rock record. Stereogum premiered her song ‘I Wanna Love You’ in February calling it “a grunge-era deadpan with gnarly leftfield roots music in service of haunting, smoldering rock ’n’ roll.” Catch Jessica on tour as she comes through Toronto’s The Garrison April 23rd and Montreal’s Divan Orange April 24th.