June 2018

BTW- Wax Mannequin, Dan Mangan, The Hearts, John Orpheus, Lucy Rose, Church of Trees, Cordovas, Julian Taylor Band

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

The oft enigmatic Wax Mannequin (aka Hamilton, Ontario's Christopher Adeney) dropped his seventh album, Have A New Name, on June 22 through Coax Records/Outside Music The album was launched with Wax Mannequin's June 23 show at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton, followed by a full Canadian tour that kicks off July 14 at The Rivoli in Toronto.

As Wax Mannequin, Adeney has established himself as a profound lyricist and songsmith, as well as a self-effacing showman. His music also reveals him to be a student of the human psyche, constantly finding fresh and interesting ways to frame the people we are and the things we encounter. All of that is gloriously displayed on Have A New Name, the result of Adeney reuniting with producer Edwin Burnett, with whom he made some of the first Wax Mannequin recordings in the early 2000s.

Have A New Name’s eight songs were crafted out of semi-impromptu sessions that eventually expanded with the addition of grand piano, gamba da viola, double bass and a 12 piece choir. The end product is the most sonically ambitious Wax Mannequin album to date, and also arguably the most powerful.

Sons of Daughters Can’t Find Love in a Bar

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

CCMA Discovery group and gritty breakout duo, Sons of Daughters have been busy writing and collaborating with some of the biggest names in country music, and playing some of the best venues possible in Nashville (iconic Blue Bird Café, The Listening Room, and Nashville’s favourite Monday night party, Whiskey Jam) over the course of several years. All roads lead to their first-ever release since signing with RGK Entertainment, with the digital release of “Can’t Find Love in a Bar” out across all digital platforms on June 29.

To listen to the single, click here.

Sons of Daughters are a modern, gritty, country duo comprised of Jimmy Thow and Chrystal Leigh, hailing from Vancouver, BC, now based in Nashville, Tennessee. They recently recorded 3 tracks with Grammy and CMA nominated producer Brad Hill (Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris). Their first digital single, “Can’t Find Love in a Bar”, features writing credits from the duo, alongside Jennifer Kennard, as well as a production credit from Thow. According to Chrystal Leigh, the song was inspired by “our own individual experiences with falling in love, heartbreak and getting back on your feet.”

Scott Smith I Will Love You

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Submitted by Thomas Patton, III

“Let me take you to a place that’s true, let me show you where it is, leave your thoughts behind, whatever’s on your mind, let me take you there” Scott Smith sings to us in “I Will Love You,” alerting us to the impending sonic and lyrical journey that he’s taking us on in this captivating new ballad from the California-based singer/songwriter. With an uplifting, gentle rhythm that recalls some of the shinier gems in 1960’s folk/pop, “I Will Love You” is one of the cheerier songs I’ve reviewed this year, and it’s a stark contrast from much of the dreary and frim content on Top 40 radio right now.

Scott Smith isn’t singing about sex and drugs or fame and excess, he’s singing about being in love, making the life that we want, and living every day like it’s our last. And I have got to say, this is probably the most important message that needs to get out to the American masses this summer. How tumultuous of a year has this been for our country, and moreover, our culture? We’ve seen such an outpouring of hatred, discord and division among what a lot of us once believed to be an unbreakable strong nation. There is so much violence and disruption to our everyday attempts to live in peace, and now more than ever we need something from the stronger members of our artistic community to get us through all of this mayhem and into much better days ahead.

Cat Dail Fight For Love

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

Human beings have a way of overly complicating their interpersonal relationships the same way that a lot of artists and music snobs have a way of over-complicating something as simple and divine as a song. Sometimes when we’re in love, we forget how to just shut up and enjoy each other’s little looks and come hither gestures that brought us together in the first place. And sometimes when a performer goes into the studio, for whatever reason, they forget that they’re doing something that they’re passionate about, that they’d ultimately do for free, instead of a job. Critics like myself are so ridiculously removed from the realities of the art world that our ridiculing seems a little trite when you juxtapose it with the blood and sweat that goes into actually creating something. Cat Dail is committed to breaking through all of the jabbering back and forth between the talking heads that act like a steel jacket over the ever-spirited freewheeling nature of the musicians themselves. Her new record Fight For Love throws a big middle finger to those in the indie media who have suggested that you can’t merge harmonies from R&B, folk and rock to create something fresh without inevitably coming off like a cheap hybrid. This record is for the haters, but more importantly, it’s for an audience that just might be ready to take in her aesthetic in its fully realized form.

Brendan McMahon About Joe

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Submitted by Thomas Patton, III

Lately some of my friends who aren’t in the music industry have been asking me why some music feels so much better suited to alternative formats of radio, i.e. college radio, specialty, satellite, online etc. over what standard commercial FM stations play, and for the most part I’ve been giving them the same answer: corporate nonsense. Well, I use a word other than nonsense but my publisher probably wouldn’t print it. The point is, through college radio and similarly independent means, blue collar, grassroots indie artists are given a platform to express heartfelt music that doesn’t fit into the big label boxes and marketing expectations created by an A&R department. Because it’s all about the music, not the endorsements or sponsored content that gets attached to it in the mainstream.

One of the best examples of a college radio superstar is Australian rocker Brendan McMahon, who is currently on a massive campaign to dominate both sides of the Pacific rim indie scene with his hot new extended play, About Joe, which is available everywhere music is sold this summer. McMahon might be a stranger to casual music fans who rarely venture left of the dial, but in the underground, he’s quickly becoming one of the most revered names and faces in the game, and making a strong case for breaking through to a more widespread audience and tackling all of the stresses and pressures that come with it.