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Language Arts’ “Old Familiar” Video Premieres on Exclaim

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“On Wonderkind, a richly layered, poppy effort that blends prog rock and classical elements, she made her electric guitar debut. You can’t help but be reminded of fellow guitar virtuoso St. Vincent’s latest release, and even neo-folkie Mutual Benefit when the languid strings kick in.”

– Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine

Watch the brand new video for ‘Old Familiar’ at EXCLAIM.CA  

Language Arts is the brainchild of Toronto-based guitarist, composer and singer Kristen Cudmore. “Language Arts’ sound is really a marriage between jazz schoolers and me, the classically trained one … I attract it without realizing it,” Cudmore says about her bandmates, drummer Neil MacIntosh, keyboardist Joel Visentin and current bassist Soren Nissen (Joe Ernewein played bass in the studio)

The group’s new full-length album ‘Wonderkind,’ recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan), brilliantly marries Cudmore’s raw emotions with a dizzying array of musical styles — indie pop, hip-hop and prog-rock among them — all drawn from her boundless imagination that has become equally innovative and uplifting.

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Ex Cops Premiere ‘White Noise’ Video With Paper Magazine

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“Impossibly cool.” — Vogue

“Arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks…

it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction.” — Consequence Of Sound

“Brilliantly catchy.” — SPIN

Ex Cops, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, recently released their sophomore LP, Daggers, and the video for its latest single, ‘White Noise,’ premiered exclusively today at Paper Magazine.

The band describes the video’s concept as, “almost like a social experiment. The song is about longing for something pure in a dark place, and about the wish to silence the noise of the world and the voices in your head. So we wanted to have teenagers in our video, because kids are more pure than most grownups. And we wanted them to just dance and fight and lose it and do whatever they felt like, while we performed the song for them.”

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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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New Releases – Ex Cops ‘Daggers’

On their sophomore effort ‘Daggers’ Ex Cops bring the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era. The duo of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding paired themselves with producers Billy Corgan and Justin Raisen in addition to co-writing with Ariel Pink to return guitar-pop to the grand stage that it deserves. Watch the official video for the first single ‘Black Soap’ or listen to the Ariel Pink-featuring ‘Tragically Alright.’

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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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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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CAIRO to Release Full-Length Debut ‘A History of Reasons’ January 20 on MapleMusic Recordings

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L-R: Dante Berardi Jr. (guitar, synth), Nate Daniels (lead vocals, guitar),
Caitlin Grieve (violin), Matt Sullivan (drums)

“It wouldn’t be hard to picture the members of CAIRO chopping up a soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky or the like.” – CMJ.com

“The love child of Gotye and Arcade Fire.” – SiriusXM Discover Music Canada

“CAIRO is a band that has impressed us not only with their musical talent, but with the savvy they have displayed in making this album.” – Coalition Music

We take because we are fragile, because we know it never really matters who we were meant to be. What matters is that we do more than just tiptoe forward. That we assemble the worn versions of the things we take into messy piles – to keep from forgetting or maybe just so we know what to forget and what to keep.

CAIRO is the soundtrack to the things we have taken and left behind. They are the soundtrack to both taking and leaving, the nuance of a 2 a.m. exhale or a pretty pair of eyes in a crowded room. They are the cadence of everyday life.

People should not get along so well. It’s strange. Unsettling, even. But they do. When one falters, the others create symmetry.

You could call it folk. Or rock. Or ambience. Or experimental. But that would be denying the parts that make a whole. It’s real! It’s personal! It is love! Yes, love! That messy gooey thing that we so desperately hope will make us whole. We can all agree on this, can we not?

It’s absurd that CAIRO works. But to understand why it does, you only need to listen to ‘A History of Reasons,’ their full-length debut album, out Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings, co-produced by the band and Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Air Marshal Landing).

Pre-order ‘A History Of Reasons’ via the band’s PledgeMusic campaign.

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New Releases – Mariachi el Bronx ‘Mariachi el Bronx (III)’

On the third self-titled album from LA hardcore outfit The Bronx‘s alter ego Mariachi el Bronx the band ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs – featuring singles ‘New Beat’ and ‘Wildfires’ - that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. Watch the day-glo-orange coloured vinyl of (III) getting pressed to match the psychedelic cover art here.

Mariachi el Bronx ‘Mariachi el Bronx (III)’ Digital CD Vinyl
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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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Cold War Kids Return Oct. 21 With 5th LP ‘Hold My Home’

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Ten years have come and gone since Cold War Kids first took to the stage in their homegrown Southern California scene. Time is typically unkind to indie rock bands. So how is it that Cold War Kids are still here in 2014, selling out tours and releasing their fifth album in a decade, Hold My Home,‘ amidst these 40 seasons of torrential fate winds, while so many of their peers have vanished?

“We worked really fucking hard, that’s the answer,” says vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Willett. “We worked really hard and we were successful, which is freakishly impossible, and we should embrace it. That’s our story.”

From his post at the front, Willett — along with the band’s bassist and visual director Matt Maust — has led Cold War Kids through the tricky 21st century rock and roll landscape, soaring over the peaks and facing the valleys head-on while carving out a place of the band’s own. Reaping sky-high praise from a mid-2000s blogosphere then growing wings as a live show juggernaut, they stand now as both a different animal and an unaltered beast all at once.

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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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Chet Faker Named Vevo DSCVR Artist

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Chet Faker‘s profile continues to rise in both North America and abroad, following the spring 2014 release of his debut full length album ‘Built On Glass’ (Downtown Records/Fontana North). He was selected as a Vevo DSCVR artist alongside Betty Who and Mary Lambert. DSCVR is Vevo’s latest series giving music fans a way to connect with some of the best new acts around via exclusive interviews and stripped-down performances.

The Brooklyn-based Australian singer & producer latest official video for ‘Gold,’ directed by Hiro Murai, has received over two million views via Vevo on YouTube and Vimeo, where it was ‘Vimeo Staff Pick.’ The mesmerizing video has also been added to Much, MTV2, MTVU, Revolt TV and the track has been added to Sirius XM’s Spectrum and AltNation.


Watch on Vevo here

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