Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls - demonstrates 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.
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MapleMusic Recordings are thrilled to announce the signing of the incredibly talented singer/songwriter from Winnipeg - JP Hoe. Described by The Times & Transcript as having “sharp, charming songs with a voice as earnest as some of pop’s finest heroes” - his style is both stripped-down and soaring.
The six time Western Canadian Music Award nominated artist has a tremendous gift for writing songs and he will be putting that gift to use again this coming Summer when he’ll be releasing his sixth full length record on MMR. Expect an extraordinary collection of cinematic epics that will be both infectious and completely memorable.
Hoe’s generous, blue-sky voice is the product of hundreds of days on the road, playing gigs all over the world, connecting with audiences via his unguarded lyrics, and his down-to-earth unpretentious charm. There’s a reason his annual home-town concert, The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, is a perennially sold out December tradition; the guy knows a thing or two about showmanship.
Album announcement and tour dates to come soon.
MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST TAYLOR KNOX CELEBRATES TODAY’S RELEASE OF LINES EP WITH A NEW VIDEO FOR “MY BACKYARD” GETS A FEW REVIEWS FROM FRIENDS
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
BUY LINES ON CD OR VINYL HERE
‘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.
Purchase ‘Falling Awake’ Via iTunes HERE
In their new video for ‘Falling Awake,’ the Kaiser Chiefs give viewers a first-hand look at what it is like to perform your heart out to an arena-sized crowd, sign autographs for fans, dance backstage or even pose with the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue in Rio de Janeiro. The band’s friend Danny North filmed the video during their recent South American Stadium tour with the Foo Fighters and the band’s UK arena tour in January and February, including sold out shows at London’s O2 and First Direct Arena in Leeds.
‘Falling Awake’, now released as a digital single, was written during sessions for the band’s last album ‘Education, Education, Education & War,’ recorded at Sarm Studios in London on October 2014. Produced by Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley). In April, the band will return to North America for a headline tour with a run of Festival and outdoor shows planned for the summer.
Austin’s The Bright Light Social Hour have released ‘Space Is Still The Place’ the follow up to their 2012 self-titled debut. On the new album the band fully embrace their jam band roots creating a psych rock epic based around the concept of a future south. Watch their kaleidoscopic video for the lead single ‘Infinite Cities’. Toronto-based 5 piece Sun K have released their first studio album ‘Northern Lies’ featuring ‘Sweet Marie’ from their 2014 vinyl 7″ single and ‘New York City Blues’. Produced by Cone McCaslin of Sum 41, the album sees front-man Kristian Montano’s songs fully fleshed out with the full band in countless practice sessions and Dakota Tavern residencies. The band are on tour across Canada now, see the full tour schedule and grab tickets here.
Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE
Alabama Shakes will kick off the second leg of their North American tour on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The run will include shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, MN (May 30) and Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Art Festival (June 6). Opening acts will include Father John Misty, Strand of Oaks, and Courtney Barnett.
The GRAMMY®-nominated band will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, March 9, and play a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12. They gave their new single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” its network television premiere on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. They also performed ”Gimme All Your Love,” another track from the band’s new album’Sound & Color’ which ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release on April 21.
Listen To ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via Yahoo! HERE
Pre-Order ‘Space Is Still The Place’ Via iTunes HERE
Austin psych rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour has premiered their new album ‘Space Is Still the Place‘ in full on Yahoo! Music. To accompany the stream, the band has designed a long animated video to illustrate the 10-track album, out on March 10th via MapleMusic Recordings and Frenchkiss Records.
The band will celebrate the album release on March 5th and 6th with shows at Mercury Lounge in New York. Their full Spring tour kicks off March 31 in New Orleans and will make stops in Atlanta, Tampa, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal and more.
‘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.
Praise for ‘Space Is Still The Place’:
“No matter how much research you put into figuring out who will be the hottest new artists of each year, another act comes into your vision with an output that absolutely blows you away.” - The Huffington Post
“‘Slipstream’, is a lush, space-western odyssey. Rolling in with a plodding bass line and restrained drumming, the track builds slowly before a hypnotic guitar riff oozes into the mix.’” - Consequence of Sound
“This band brings a live rawness that masterfully bleeds into their records. It’s an unmatched je ne sais quoi that makes their sound relatable to the listener and devoid of condescension.” - Life + Times
“The once psych-rock track [Infinite Cities (Francis Preve Remix)] has a whole new sound that may surprise you, as it has taken on a house beat to carry you straight onto the dance floor.” - Earmilk
New Releases – Brandi Carlile ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’, ‘Thomas D’Arcy ‘Fooled You Twice’ & Gill Landry ‘Gill Landry’
Brandi Carlile is making her MMR & ATO debut with The Firewatcher’s Daughter her first album since 2012′s Billboard Top 10 hit Bear Creek. Get an insider look at what inspired the songs and stories of the record with her curated Spotify playlist. Watch Brandi and her songwriting partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) in the understated performance video for ‘The Eye’. Acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one seventh of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gill Landry has released his self-titled solo record. Recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” the album featuring contributions from songstress Laura Marling, guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes.
PRE-ORDER “WE ARE THE RECKONING” ON ITUNES – AVAILABLE MARCH 31
Hot off the heels of his brand new album announcement, “We Are The Reckoning” (3/31), JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz has revealed a slew of national and international tour dates to launch this spring. Katz, who recently signed a label deal with Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North, will take his full band show to Europe for the month of April before embarking on a national headline Canadian tour that includes stops in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
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).
With over 55,000 views in just under two weeks, the video for lead single “Brother” features long-time friend and multi-talented Canadian artist Royal Wood. Currently sitting at #5 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 and growing rapidly in popularity, the song is a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to relationships built and bonds forged.
“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.
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.