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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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.”
Fall N.A. tour includes stops in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver
“Backed by off-tempo drumbeats and pared-down keys, this is the perfect album for a wide variety of things: staring out the window on a rainy day, drinking a Corona on a beach or spending all day in bed with a special someone.” — Max Jones, Quip
After two sold-out club shows in Toronto and Vancouver at the start of the summer to mark the release of his full-length Downtown/MapleMusic Recordings debut album ‘Built On Glass,’ Australian electro-soul sensation Chet Faker returns to Canada this fall with a schedule that clearly reflects his rapidly expanding audience.
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday Sept. 12 — Montreal QC — Olympia (Venue changed – formerly SAT)
Saturday Sept. 13 — Toronto ON — Danforth Music Hall
Wednesday Sept. 17 — Winnipeg MB — Union Sound Hall
Friday Sept. 19 — Edmonton AB — Starlite Room
Saturday Sept. 20 — Calgary AB — The Republik
Monday Sept. 22 — Vancouver BC — Commodore Ballroom
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.
Emma-Lee set for Aug. residency at Toronto’s Cameron House
‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’ on iTunes
It may be premature to say “mission accomplished,” but Emma-Lee has at least achieved her primary goal having her new single, “What Would Tom Petty Do?” reach the ears of the man himself.
In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Petty comments on the song during his Q&A with David Fricke. When asked about his influence on the current generation of singer-songwriters, Petty specifically mentions Emma-Lee’s single, adding, “I don’t know what Tom Petty would do. But thanks for asking.”
More About ‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’:
The catalyst for this project occurred in 2012 during a group writing session in Los Angeles. As Emma-Lee and her collaborators Karen Kosowski and Justin Gray searched for a spark to get their creative juices flowing, somebody asked “what would Tom Petty do,” and the song came together almost immediately as a charming and clever tribute to the man and his music.
After raising money in large part though a Kapipal crowd-funding campaign, Emma-Lee recorded the track in Toronto with renowned producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent). She then returned to L.A. to shoot a video, which puts her own twist on some of the well-loved clips TP made in the 1990s. Together, she says, the single and video are her best shot at attaining her ultimate goal of writing a song with the artist who has inspired her most.
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.
“Reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflection…” – Billboard
“The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…” -- Relix
New LP from Washington D.C. reggae unit features guests Michael Franti and Damian Marley
‘Amid The Noise And Haste,’ released Aug. 12 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings, was produced by multiple Grammy award-winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to SOJA’s critically acclaimed ‘Strength To Survive,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 40. ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.
The album’s cover art was designed by the British artist Steven Wilson from original wood carvings.
SOJA originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fan base around the world since. SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.3 million Facebook fans, and 183+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.
SOJA’s Soulshine summer tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall kicked off in California and continues in amphitheaters across the country throughout August.
‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Track List:
1. Tear It Down
2. Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4. Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6. Once Upon A Time
7. Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)
Full-length debut ‘No Moon At All’ out Aug. 5
“They return with driving beats and lilting harmonies, adding in a celestial touch and crispness. The first single, ‘Hero,’ hints at a group of musicians who haven’t forgotten their roots, but simply choose to expand the ceiling of their growth.” — Paste
Wildcat! Wildcat!‘s debut full-length, ‘No Moon At All,’ out Aug. 5 on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, ties the trio’s indie-pop anthems into a cohesive widescreen vision. Packed with the Los Angeles-based band’s uplifting musicality and angelic harmonies, the ten-track album, which features production from M83′s Morgan Kibby, represents both a major artistic leap and the culmination of the group’s rise since ‘Mr. Quiche’ and their initial run of buzzy singles.
Featuring longtime friends Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums), Wildcat! Wildcat! officially formed in 2012. Their early tracks, available as blog downloads and a single from the tastemaker label Neon Gold, led to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut EP on Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings, which received critical acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon, Paste, Huffington Post and more.
In early 2013, Wildcat! Wildcat! was the subject of the Sam Jones-directed documentary Hello Everywhere – a feature that depicted the band’s journey from LA to SXSW for a massive concert with Passion Pit. The group has also toured with Alt-J, Portugal. The Man and MS MR.
On ‘No Moon At All,’ Wildcat! Wildcat! achieve full headliner status. Its sweeping arc and range create an emotionally-rousing world for the band’s infectious underdog anthems. ‘Tower’ sets the tone with a dreamy build and explosive low-end, while lead single ‘Hero’ mixes the group’s innovative harmonies with dance production and an earworm chorus. ‘Holloway (Hey, Love),’ with its skyrocketing emotions, is sure to play over many-a-movie’s end credits, and ‘End Of The World Everyday’ is a slinky, bold ballad.
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.
Andrew Austin’s reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic singer/songwriters keeps growing. Having recently wowed audiences in Toronto with two Canadian Music Week showcases, and reached living rooms coast to coast on Canada AM, Austin has produced a timely video for ‘To Love Like This Again,’ the lead-off track from his acclaimed debut album ‘While It’s Still Light Out.’
The song lent itself perfectly to Austin’s idea to pay tribute to fathers, especially those like him who are taking a more active role in raising their children. “The gender norm is changing and it’s awesome,” Austin says. “More and more, real world fathers are engaged, involved, and doting. They’re taking paternity leave and taking over more domestic duties. They are involved in their kids’ lives and proud of it. Everyone’s lives are enriched by this.”
Austin adds that his goal with the video is to put some of these images in the mainstream media to show that modern dads are more than just caring playmates. They can attend to a child’s needs just as well as Mom. The opening frame is a photo of Andrew as a baby with his father, which segues into a shot of Andrew with his child. From there, many more young dads are featured.
Thursday June 5 — Toronto ON — Drake Hotel 8:30PM (w/ Scarlett Jane)
Saturday June 28 — Sarnia ON — Sarnia Centennial Celebration 2PM