August 2017

BTW with Sarah Slean, Leif Erikson, Elliot Root, Laura Rain and the Caesars, Megan Bonnell, Oh Susanna, TDotFest

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Sarah Slean Photo Credit Ivan Otis

Singer-songstress Sarah Slean has announced her upcoming Canadian fall tour in support of 9th studio album, Metaphysics. Metaphysics was released on April 7th via Cadence Music/Fontana North and features two CBC Radio 2 - Top 20 songs Sarah and Perfect Sky. This summer will see Sarah perform on Canada Day as part of the celebrations in Hamilton, as well as a performance at the Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg. On October 6th she will kick off her fall tour in Vancouver, followed by dates in Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, and Ottawa to name a few (full details below). In conjunction with the tour announcement - Sarah has released a beautiful new video, filmed on the streets of Toronto and featuring clips from PledgeMusic supporters from 5 different countries, for her song, Every Rhythm Is The Beat. "This song was inspired by my chance encounter with an extraordinary 31-year-old man on a GO Train several years ago. It ignited a two-year long correspondence," says Sarah. "And though that correspondence did not ultimately have a happy ending, it did bring into full light the incredible interconnectedness of all lives."

AristoMedia Announces Rebranding of Digital Division and Redefined Positions

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Marketing, promotions and PR firm, The AristoMedia Group has announced two redefined positions. This announcement is released in conjunction with the rebranding of AristoMedia’s digital department.

Formally known as AristoWorks, the rebranded digital department is now AristoDigital. The continued goal for AristoDigital is to provide first-class digital marketing, content promotion, influencer engagement, online advertising, SEO, building websites, and design & development services to clients.

Casey Childers has been named Brand & Creative Coordinator. Childers will focus on providing artistic direction for branding & promotion, content curation and strategy, and digital advertising. A graduate of the University of North Alabama, Childers earned a dual degree in entertainment industries and marketing. Childers interned at Bluewater Music before joining AristoMedia’s digital team in April 2016. Childers can be reached at casey@aristomedia.com.

Prophets of Rage Debut Video for Radical Eyes

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As millions across the nation gathered recently in their respective states and towns to watch the Great American Eclipse, Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord, have now debuted the music video to their song, Radical Eyes. The fiery anthem is featured on their forthcoming self-titled LP, set for release September 15th, 2017.

Says Tom Morello, “On the heels of this historic solar event let's all aim to eclipse racism.”

Burning with a razor sharp message and a deep, unrelenting groove, Radical Eyes is the third track to be unveiled from the band’s new album, following the previously released, Unfuck The World, and Living on the 110.

“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes,” explains Chuck D of the song. “Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. ‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”

At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as The Clash, KRS-One, and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: Public Enemy’s frenzied, racing textures, Rage’s jaw-melting riffs, Cypress Hill’s manically playful party energy.

www.prophetsofrage.com


New Quicksand Album Interiors To Be Released On November 10

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New York City post-hardcore band Quicksand are pleased to announce the upcoming release of Interiors, their first album in 22 years. Interiors features the band’s original (and only) lineup of drummer Alan Cage, frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels, bassist Sergio Vega, and guitarist Tom Capone. The album will be released on November 10, 2017 on Epitaph.

Quicksand have also shared a new video for the first song shared off the album titled “Illuminant,” the lead single and opening track from Interiors.With its heavy but melodic guitar lines, intense rhythms, and emotionally charged lyrics, “Illuminant” shows the scope of Quicksand’s influence on post-hardcore and indie-rock bands over the last two decades.

Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Interiors was produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth). While the album finds Quicksand embracing the cathartic, guitar-driven dynamic of their earlier work, Interiors also takes on a wider spectrum of sound.

“It was all just about being ourselves and who we were as well as who we are,” says Schreifels of the making of Interiors. “We did it for us completely.”

Pre-orders for Interiors are at: http://www.quicksandnyc.com

Sean Jones Casa Loma Toronto

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On a gorgeous August eve, in the resplendent gardens of a Gothic Revival castle, Toronto's Crown Prince of soul Sean Jones came out to play. Used to seeing Jones testifying to the downtown soul set in enticingly lit clubs like Candyland, so odds were high the set list would be verry diff for the castle crowd. While Jones solo material can upon occasion go dark, the pre show vibe was tres partee and drinkee, hotly anticipating the sound track they came for. They would not be disappointed.

Jones arrived fronting a sextet of genre heavies with backing singer Miku and glided into the vibe enhancing original "This is Love." Great response, as was generated by all of the singles, mostly notably the current “Smoke”. Having ratcheted up the tension sufficiently, Jones got the party smoothly started with Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit "Sunny." The take was a template of what was to follow, an emotional meld of sinewy tenor and sweet falsetto. This from Jones about that: "We've coined the sound "soul over rock" because my delivery still has a strong Soul influence yet ... the tracks really move ... the feel is not urban but rather a fusion of soul and R&B vocals."