Snowblink released their album Returning Current last September in Canada and now the rest of the world will be able to hear what Exclaim! calls “a blissful ride, sounds as the world does when you’re underwater: soft and calm”.
The new virtual reality video for “Feel Like A Man” saw its screen debut in Marfa, TX at the Marfa Myths Festival where Snowblink performed. The video, directed by Sam Fleischner, was made during the US election week in Brooklyn with a crew of around 30 people -90% of whom were women. When the video was made “It was a week of hate crimes and fear, where women had to stomach a misogynist taking his seat as the president elect,” says Snowblink’s Daniela Gesundheit. “Many of the women on the set were heartbroken, afraid, angry. We came together with a common purpose and created a ritual – a surrealist futuristic virtual reality séance wherein twelve dancers undergo a deep transformation over the course of a dinner banquet. With the camera positioned at the center of the banquet table, the viewer stands surrounded by these women, often encountering intense or compassionate eye contact. The piece is intimate and gives the viewer a sense of being a part of something private and transformative.”
Stony Plain Records has announced a March 31 Canadian release date for the vinyl LP edition of Time to Roll, the fifth album by award-winning Canadian blues/rock trio, MonkeyJunk.
Time to Roll is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four oftheir previous recordings with added maturity insongwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’soriginality and sound as its own. It is also progressivefor the band, as they’ve added electric bass on most of thesongs. No MonkeyJunk recording to date has included bass,but they felt that it would be a welcome addition toMonkeyJunk’s sound. In another precedent, the band alsorecorded one acoustic track for the first time on the newalbum.
Comprised of Steve Marriner on vocals, baritone guitar,bass, harmonica and organ; Tony D on lead guitar; and MattSobb on drums, MonkeyJunk is one of the hardest workingbands on the scene today, performing at venues andfestivals around the world for over eight years.Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines,the Ottawa, Ontario-based trio has added an edge to theirmusic by incorporating swampy blues and rock withthoughtful and intelligent lyrics.
BTW Latent Lounge (performances from Cowboy Junkies, Skydiggers, Lee Harvey Osmond, Jerry Leger, Harpacash & The Morals and others), Bill Plaskett and Joel Plaskett, Wild Rivers, Ninjaspy, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Snoop Dogg/ BADBADNOTGOOD , Danny Marks.
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In 1982, while living in the UK, Michael Timmins and Alan Anton, were inspired by the independent label scenethat sprung up around the English punk movement, and createdLatent Recordings. Latent subsequently released a 45rpm single of their first band Hunger Project and two albums by their second band Germinal. Upon returning to Toronto and formingCowboy Junkies, they used Latent to release the band’s first album Whites Off Earth Now!! and then, in 1987, thebands' ground breaking The Trinity Session.
Flogging Molly announces their 2017 North American Headlining Tour, which kicks off on May4th in Oakland, CA and brings the band’s adrenaline-fueled liveperformances to cities including Vancouver, Denver, New York City,Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17 th at 10:00 am local time. The tour is insupport of Flogging Molly’s long awaited new album, LIFE IS GOOD,out on June 2ndvia Vanguard Records. Fans will be excited to know that every ticket order(in select markets) will include a digital download of the new album uponrelease. For additional ticket information, visit www.floggingmolly.com, and see complete list of tour dates below.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning Joe Chiccarelli (U2, White Stripes, Beck),and recorded in Dublin, Ireland, LIFE IS GOOD marks Flogging Molly’s firststudio album in six years since 2011’s highly acclaimed Speed of Darkness, which reached #9 onBillboard’s Top 200.FoundedbyDublin-born frontman, Dave King, and fiddle-player, BridgetRegan, Flogging Molly has long been hailed for their compelling lyrics ofexile, rebellion, history and struggle told through exuberant anthems witha fierce blend of raucous punk/rock and traditional Irish music.
Self-described as “pilgrims of funk, soul ‘n’ roll,” the Julian Taylor Band makes music as eclectic and all-encompassing as its taste will allow. They move effortlessly between vintage soul, tasty funk, tender balladry, indie rock, and even the occasional foray into social comment, solo acoustic, reggae and psychedelia all done expertly. Leading the band, Taylor boasts a drop-dead killer voice, impressive guitar work and a knack for writing catchy, earworm choruses – all of which pegs him as an authentic, eclectic talent foranyone’s palate. Current opus is the stellar double album Desert Star, a self-described labour of love for Taylor and the band, clearly evident by the prolific flurry of songs that resulted from their hard work. Now they’ll be bringing the new music to fresh audiences on the upcoming 401 Tour.
After the critically acclaimed full length album E in 2014, Toronto-based pop vocalist Emilia had nowhere to go but up. So that's exactly where she's gone with new EP Up. The five song cookie finds Emilia rolling with three heavy hitter Juno winners in producer Ryan Stewart (Hedley, Carly Rae Jepson), songwriter Anjulie and engineer George Seara (Drake, Rhianna, Holly Cole) working out of Toronto's Noble Street Studios, which boasts a client list that includes Shawn Mendes, Drake, The Weeknd and Usher. From this quality team has come a high-sheen, high quality EP that arrived bringing dispatches from the front lines of progressive pop.
A pop project has to be led by singles, and much of the fate of the project hangs on their reception. Up's leadoff single is 'Electricity' adynamic, high energy rollick with one foot in progressive pop and the other on the dance floor, pushed there by a killer chorus, simmering synths onpoint drums and percussion and a vocal both confident and hesitant, a sonic metaphor for young love that's an instant earworm.
"My idea of a good song is one with an honesty of feeling or emotion, an honesty crafted by both the lyrics and the appropriate music. That and a really good hook," offered Emilia.
On Tuesday, April 4, Avery Raquel and her band(s) will celebrate the release of Without a Little Rain at 3030 in the Junction. Avery has been working extremely hard over the past year – nothing new for this very focused young woman who started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old – she has risen to every challenge handed to her - probably the biggest to date, has been to write original songs, and to that end there are six Avery Raquel originals on this her sophomore recording.
Her passion for singing has never wavered, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume. Avery Raquel has garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances at The Oakville, Brantford, TD Niagara, and South Coast Jazz Festivals and sharing the stage with the likes of Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, June Garber, and other prominent Canadian artists.
Adrean Farrugia, Piano, Ross Macintyre, Bass, Joel Haynes & Jackson Haynes, Drums, Greg Kavanagh, Guitar, Brandon Tse, Sax, Kaelin Murphy, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Amoy & Cecile Levy, Background Vocals, Rob Gusevs, Organ
AVERY RAQUEL WITHOUT A LITTLE RAIN CD RELEASE CONCERT IN CONCERT, TUESDAY, APRIL 4 • 6:30PM DOORS/7:30PM MUSIC • $15 ADMISSION or $20 Admission & CD @ 3030, 3030 DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO
Empty Lung has just released our new single “Don’t Get It” for streaming on Soundcloud .
"The song is basically a 'fuck you' to a culture that warps young people into thinking that self-image and selfishness are the core values of our modern society. Those kinds of attitudes create an atmosphere that alienates anyone that doesn’t fit the mould. The youth culture that we love revolves around tolerance, art, activism and social change. Unfortunately these aren’t the dreams being sold to many of us.
"It definitely hasn’t been an easy road so far, but grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in us. We all grew up in Belfast, Ireland at the tail end of a divisive 35 year conflict. So after losing members, losing jobs, and a near death experience, our energy and loyalty to the band was only bolstered.
"When we recorded the songs on our ‘Don’t Get It’ EP, it seemed like a re-birth for the band. Our second guitarist of 3 years had just left but the three of us are like a family unit after everything we’ve been through together and I think that shines through in the songs.
On March 3, 2017 The Strumbellas brought their infectious energy to TBS’ Conan, with a debut performance of their vibrant new single, Young & Wild. The band also dropped an impassioned live music video for the track, which showcases their breakout 2016 year; capturing scenes from sold out shows across the globe including the massive crowds from their debut sets at Lollapalooza and ACL, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, The Danforth Music Hall, and many more.
2016 saw The Strumbellas release their third album, Hope, and trail-blaze their way through the year with their chart-topping single, Spirits. The track reach #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart in Canada and America, and the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, went double platinum in Italy, platinum in Canada, and gold in America and Germany, and is one of the top 10 most streamed Rock songs of 2016 worldwide, establishing The Strumbellas as one of the biggest breakout Alternative Rock acts of the year. This has undeniably carried into 2017 as the band has been nominated for three JUNO Awards – Group of the Year, Single of the Year (Spirits), and Fan Choice – and will be performing at the award show broadcast. They have also not only been nominated for iHeartRadio’s Alternative Rock Artist of the Year, but they’ve already won Best New Rock / Alternative Rock Artist, making them finalists for Best New Artist at this Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Winterfolk XV was busier, punchier and way warmer than usual, all good things for the folk that swarmed over the bridge to check the annual feast of blues and roots musics of all kinds. Folkie Peter Verity opened the launch party at The Black Swan with an engrossing set largely drawn from recent album Sometimes A Journey. Accompanied by fiddle virtuoso Thomas Hamilton, Verity rolled out the haunting narratives and minor key melodies of fan faves“Blue as I Can Get”, “The Healing Rain” and “North Ontario” among others.
Next up, the bayou brewed quirkiness of Soozi Schlanger, vocals & lead fiddle and washboard, with Conny Nowe adding guitar and vocals. The pair helm Toronto's most loved Cajun dance band Swamperella, so we got some of that but Soozi focused on recent joints from her solo project soozimusic, of which the artist has said: "The songs paints a personal portrait that exposes the private world of the artist behind the scenes, the internal world...the motels and hotels, the long drives, the one night stands...witty, gutsy, vulnerable and true. Faves here were "Don't Let Go" and " Road Trip Again".