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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Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli who has released his solo debut Constant Bop today. The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Check out his upcoming tour dates 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.
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.
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.
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.
The entire MMR team couldn’t be more excited to launch the debut album from one of Toronto’s finest outfits! CAIRO worked with producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Mother Mother) crafting ‘A History Of Reasons’ and have translated their captivating and expansive live sound perfectly onto record. Experience the album in person when their Canadian tour beings in early spring. Watch the video for the title track directed by Czlowiek Kamera on YouTube here. Pick up the vinyl edition on 180 gram wax or the iTunes version to get the exclusive bonus track “Nothing”
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.’
Drive-By Truckers have released the Black Ice Vérité deluxe edition accompaniment to their most acclaimed album in years English Oceans. Featuring an additional 8 tracks with a trio of acoustic recordings from their Bannaroo performance along with new, old, and recreated tracks from this years HeAthens Homecoming Weekend at the 40 Watt Club in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA. The DVD contains footage from their 40 Watt Club performance. Vinyl copies of Black Ice Vérité are pressed on white vinyl and packaged with new artwork, seen below.
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.
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.
Pulled from the band’s past seven odd years of writing, recording and releasing records, Lost Loves is a career‐spanning album for Minus the Bear. The black sheep that didn’t quite fit in with Planet of Ice, OMNI, and Infinity Overhead these hard to let go songs fit seamlessly together on this new record. Available on smoky black/yellow swirl coloured vinyl below, listen to ‘The Lucky Ones’ on Soundcloud. Recorded in the harsh winters of rural Manitoba comes Jess Reimer‘s new album ‘The Nightjar and the Garden.’ Produced by Blue Rodeo keyboardist Bob Wiseman, Nightjar displays an artist with many facets, unwaveringly connected to the soul of North American music. Listen to the raw beauty of her vocals on lead single‘Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang).’