Mt. Joy Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

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February 7, 2018, Mt. Joy announced that NPR Music has selected them as the Slingshot Artist Spotlight for February. Mt. Joy will be featured on NPR partner stations throughout the month. The band has also announced a headlining spring tour, including Canadian dates in Vancouver and Toronto (full dates below). Mt. Joy’s self-titled debut album will be released on March 2nd via Dualtone, an Entertainment One company.

In little more than a year as a band, the LA-via-Philadelphia band has racked up over 15 million streams on Spotify, toured with The Shins, Whitney, The Head And The Heart and The Lone Bellow, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Made In America and Lollapalooza. Mt. Joy just wrapped up a North American tour with Neko Case, and they're set for highly anticipated appearances at SXSW, Shaky Knees, BottleRock, and more come spring.

BTW Ryan Hicks, The Olympic Symphonium, Rhye, Willie P. Bennett Tribute, The Coronas, Kim Doolittle, Lori Cullen

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Regina-based singer/songwriter Ryan Hicks is set to release his 2nd full-length album February 9th, Video for the first single and title track 'Pulsing Colours’ is premiering exclusively on Live in Limbo.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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"Hey Mama" the latest track from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.The song appears on the band’s highly anticipated new album, Tearing at the Seams, out March 9th, 2018 on Stax Records. The record is available for pre-order here.

Recently, the band released their single, You Worry Me, to critical praise—Rolling Stone proclaims, “The first single from his forthcoming LP adds Southern-rock bite and weary longing to make for his most urgent song yet.”

The band has also added dates to their extensive North American tour. Tickets for the shows are on sale now at See below for complete details.

Initial writing and recording sessions for Tearing at the Seams took place in Rodeo, New Mexico where Rateliff & The Night Sweats re-established their dynamic off the stage and in the studio. “For the first record I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” says Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.”

BTW- Cloud Castle Lake, The Confabulation, Cadence Weapon, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Mayhemingways, Rose Cousins

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Dublin neo folk rockers Cloud Castle Lake have a new video for their rousing single "Twins". Described by Stereogum, who premiered the video, as "heavy-hearted euphoria," "Twins" is perfectly complimented by the atmospheric and beautifully shot video, directed by Irish filmmaker Kenny Leigh in collaboration with the band.

"Nearly all of it was shot outdoors at Russborough House just as a hurricane was approaching, so towards the end of the day the weather got pretty hairy," explains the band's Brendan Jenkinson on the making of the video. "It was very unpleasant at the time but ended up working really well with the arc of the video. We wanted to capture the same mood and feel of dream sequences in 50s/60s European films. We found that, in a kind of counter-intuitive way, it really suited the music and gave a new dimension to the lyrics."

On Monday, January 29th, Cloud Castle Lake will be making their way to North America for a 5-city tour, starting in Los Angeles at the Hotel Cafe. The band will make stops in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston before finishing with a show in New York City on February 6th.

Leonard Cohen Honoured in Art of Time Ensemble Feb 22-24 Concert

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Art of Time Ensemble is proud to present A Singer Must Die, a concert in tribute to the legendary literary and musical icon Leonard Cohen. Running February 22 - 24 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, this sublime concert features a range of acclaimed singers, authors and musicians in a program that focuses on both Cohen's music and his writings. Readings, anecdotes, and arrangements of his music in the signature Art of Time Ensemble style will make for an evening to remember.

Such celebrated writers as Giller Prize winners Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Ian Brown, Barbara Gowdy, Christopher Dewdney, Marnie Jackson, David Macfarlane, Karen Solie, and more are some of the literary lions who will rotate throughout the three evenings to give readings of personal favourite passages, or share personal anecdotes of their encounters with Cohen and his writings.

Stellar singers such as Steven Page (recently announced as an inductee into the Canadian Hall of Fame), Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Sarah Harmer and Gregory Hoskins perform Cohen's beautiful songs nightly in all-new arrangements by top Canadian arrangers.

Rosie & The Riveters Announce Sophomore Album Ms. Behave

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Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave - a 12-song collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. The Saskatoon trio is set to release the new album independently on April 6, 2018. The group is ready to engage a conversation with the lead single, "Let ‘em Talk", released on January 26, 2018. “I go high, they go low, Won’t let them run my show” - "Let ‘em Talk" draws its lyrics from years of people pleasing, holding back, and feeling small. The band will kick off their North American tour dates, ahead of the release, on March 24 in Philadelphia. Further info on the album and tour can be found at

BTW- Lindi Ortega, Bear Call, Lori Cullen, Collette Savard, Harrow Fair, Yoke Lore, Beatrice Keeler, Don Graham

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Happy New Year y'all. It's been said Lindi Ortega has ‘the pipes of Patsy Cline with the visual flair of Amy Winehouse,’ and she’s planning to kick off 2018 with a headline tour making stops across Canada and the US. With more than 30 dates on the books and additional ones sure to be added, the shows will feature a feisty, rockabilly mix “drenched in passion, heartache and country swagger,” claims Huffington Post. Additionally, fans can expect to hear new music from Ortega’s forthcoming concept LP, which was recently recorded at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville.

Lindi Ortega "has always been the sonic embodiment of the red cowboy boots she's often seen wearing: a fiery and dramatic take on modern country that's impossible to ignore” (Rolling Stone Country), and her fifth studio record Liberty is no exception. Due out March 30, Ortega wrote roughly half of the twelve tracks solo, and enlisted co-writers Aaron Raitiere, Bruce Wallace, and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) for the rest. The result is a three-part concept album reflecting loss, resurrection, and freedom.

Last Gang Records Releases Blood Album by Rhye

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Today, RHYE releases Song for You, the latest track off their highly-anticipated sophomore album, BLOOD, due out February 2, 2018, via Last Gang Records. The song is available to stream and download here. BLOOD follows RHYE’s debut album, Woman, which was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of Song for You, as well as previously released tracks, Count To Five, Taste, and Please.

“’Song for You’ was written for her. Listen to it in a way where it becomes your own,” shared RHYE frontman, Milosh. “It holds a lot of emotion and occupies a special place both in my heart and as the heart of this new album.”

Next month, RHYE will embark on a tour that will kick off on February 1st in Mexico City, and visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, and Europe going into the spring.

James Leblanc The Nature of the Beast

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If you like your singer/songwriter records to be raw, pure and rich in honest pure emotion then James Leblanc’s new release 'Nature of the Beast' is a must have for your music library. James combines the social conscience and primal messages of Steve Earle, the flair of Townes Van Zandt and the poetry of Guy Clark while still keeping it distinctly James Leblanc.

Even if you haven’t heard the name James Leblanc you’ve heard his songs, having racked up sales of over 25 million records with artists recording his tunes. The best known so far would be “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” by Travis Tritt although with a song on the new Tim McGraw /Faith Hill album that could change. Songs by Jason Aldean, “Relentless” and Gary Allen “Learning How To Bend” add to the list.

'Nature of the Beast' is Leblanc’s first effort in a decade and was worth the wait. I was fortunate to meet James when I recorded recently in Muscles Shoals at the Nutthouse Studio and James was the session guitarist. And the Nutthouse is where James, a Shreveport Louisiana native living in the Shoals area, recorded 'Nature of the Beast' with fellow Louisiana native, Grammy Winner Jimmy Nutt along with Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood and James’ son Dylan and partner Angela Hacker. Of the 12 tracks, all but two written or co-written by LeBlanc with exceptions being “Answers” written by James’ son Dylan and “Beans” the old chestnut from Shel Silverstein.

Six Questions for Terry Gomes

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Terry Gomes is a University of Ottawa music graduate, having studied classical guitar and composition. He has released six recordings altogether. The last three marked a switch into instrumental music fusing World, Latin and Smooth Jazz genres. His newest and seventh recording, “The Tropical Dream”, is a concept album tracing the stages of a tropical vacation. Written while recovering from a slow-healing back injury, it pays homage to his childhood experiences growing up in a Guyanese culture, and to the memories of traveling with his family to the Caribbean.

Cashbox Canada recently had a chance to ask Terry Gomes some questions about his career and music.

Tell us about the concept/theme of the new album.

My new album, The Tropical Dream, is an instrumental concept album outlining a tropical vacation; the anticipation/excitement about the trip, the arrival, things experienced when you are there, and the inevitable return home to cold weather. Fusing elements of World, Caribbean, Latin and Jazz, it is intended to be listened to in the privacy of your own thoughts to experience the journey. It was never meant to be performed live with all of the distractions that can bring. I intentionally released it in mid-January, a time when many Canadians (myself included), are longing to head south.

Two biggest influences?

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