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BTW The Shuffle Demons, Bernice, Emilie Mover, Danny Michel, Joey Landreth, Lauria, Goldilox

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

What do you get when you cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey that spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience? The Shuffle Demons, that’s what!!!

The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce a kinetic show. A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians. Therefore, in the teeth of the summer's heat, the contrarian Demons are checking into Hugh's Room Live to go mano a mano with the club's AC system Fri. Jul. 6, showtime 8.30 pm.

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Photo Credit Claire Harvie

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

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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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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.”

BTW Cari Burdett, Jim James, King Princess, Heavyweights Brass Band, Amanda Rheaume, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Folly & The Hunter

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World music fusion artist Cari Burdett is bringing her exotic fusion of jazz, art song, folk and opera eastward this June, including dates at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Toronto's Burdock Music Hall, and Montreal's Upstairs Jazz B. She'll be accompanied by members of her 4Tet who are also featured in the new video for "De Cara a la Pared," written and originally performed by the late great Lhasa de Sela. The video premiered exclusively at Roots Music Canada.

Burdett's interpretation of the song exemplifies the raw, passionate power of her sultry mezzo vocals and ability to enchant audiences with a timeless theatrical flair. It also demonstrates Burdett's sensuous multilingual repertoire that includes songs by Mercedes Sosa, Pink Martini, Joni Mitchell and many others. Burdett is currently working on the follow-up release to her 2015 debut full-length album Magnolia, which earned a nomination for Best World Album at the Western Canada Music Awards. Magnolia was recorded with Grammy and Juno winner Joby Baker who was named Producer of the Year, along with winning Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMA).

Juno Award Winner Emilie Mover Releases 6th Studio Album “Night Owl”

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After a 3-year hiatus, Emilie Mover returns with a brand-new album of original songs. Emilie delivers a mesmerizing performance, with a sound often likened to Billie Holiday, Cat Power and songwriting in the vein of classic American songbook meets Bob Dylan and Harry Nilsson. Her sixth studio album, Night Owl showcases the beauty in her simple and wise-beyond-her-times approach to songwriting. Mover’s vocals are both captivating and calming, leading the listener through a range of ups, downs, and arounds on the 12-track release. Taking on a multifaceted role, Emilie also co-produced the album alongside fellow musicians Blake Mackay and Andrew Furman. Jesse MacMillan, Anna Sudac, Noel Bryant and Sean Dean (The Sadies) and Christine Bougie (Bahamas) make up the rest of the talent heard on Night Owl (with a token guest appearance from renowned saxophonist Bob Mover, Emilie’s father, of course), which was recorded at Bathouse Studio in Kingston, ON.

Texas Sensation Cody Jinks To Release New Album Lifers His Rounder Records Debut

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Hailed as "a real deal country singer" and songwriter who pens "old-school country [songs] about love, loss, vices, God, friendships and navigating it all the best that you can" (Omaha World-Herald), Cody Jinks will issue what Rolling Stone touts as "his much-anticipated album," Lifers, on July 27. It's the first release under his recently-inked deal with Rounder Records by a genuine independent music phenomenon who boasts a quarter-million records sold, millions of streams and strings of sold-out shows packed with avid fans. Lifers is now available for pre-order here.

He precedes the 11-track album with its first single, Must Be the Whiskey, a spirited number in the grand drinking song tradition that just released last week on June 15. It's a boozy yet wise rumination on how "these thoughts in my head are a whirlwind of a world of regrets/All the things I should've done or things I should've said/All the pain that comes with making a mess of yourself."

BTW- Frazey Ford, The Ault Sisters, Megan Bonnell, Andrés Sierra, Howard Gladstone, Ditches, Major Love

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Taking a break from the famed Be Good Tanyas, founder member Frazey Ford has dropped a cover of the Funkadelic classic “Can You Get To That”. This song accompanies her cover of D’Angelo's “When We Get By”, released last year. Together, these tracks are the first new music since 2014’s critically acclaimed Indian Ocean. Frazey’s version of “Can You Get To That”, varies wildly from the original. Frazey brings her distinctive voice which complements the organic instrumentation. The arrangement strips the song down to its core and builds it back up into Frazey’s singular folk-soul style. "I first heard this Funkadelic track years ago while planting trees on a mountainside in intense heat,” says Frazey. “That moment of hard work, sweat and deep funk has always stayed with me."

LISTEN AND SHARE “CAN YOU GET TO THAT” (FUNKADELIC COVER) HERE

BTW Dennis Ellsworth, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Jordan Officer, Terra Lightfoot, Yukon Blonde, Jonas Tomalty, The Greasemarks

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The change has come for Dennis Ellsworth. It's in the title and in the grooves of fifth solo album Things Change, which finds Ellswort embracing a dynamic new power pop sound, as opposed to the roots rock approach he has previously been known for.

The Prince Edward Island native's currently taking it to the people on a national ticking all the major boxes. The approach can be credited in part to Ellsworth teaming up with Joel Plaskett, who assumed production duties and enlisted compadres Charles Austin (Superfriendz) and Dave Marsh (longtime drummer in Plaskett’s backing band the Emergency), to participate. The results on Things Change are a brilliant convergence of his irresistible songwriting chops with Plaskett and co.’s trademark vintage guitar-driven sound.

Cordovas Make Their Ato Record Debut with That Santa Fe Channel

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Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters. The album is timely - and timeless - blurring the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music. It's highlighted by unbelievable harmonies, loose-yet-masterful musicianship and undeniable songwriting chops.

Years before Cordovas' formation, bandleader Joe Firstman travelled the country as a solo musician. Raised in North Carolina, he moved to Hollywood as a determined 20-year-old, signing a major-label deal with Atlantic Records. When a dizzying blur of acclaimed shows - including opening dates for Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson - weren't enough to satisfy the expectations of a big-budget record label, Firstman lost his contract and took a new job as music director on Last Call with Carson Daly. It was good work, with Firstman performing nightly alongside first-rate musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington.

BTW Century Thief, Lief Hall, CARLO, Dee & The Grand Brothers, NXNE, Trent Severn, Betty Moon, Excuses, Excuses, Tara Shannon

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Here's a genre-defying crew with a lot of reach and some neat riffing.

For starters, check the ever-expanding orchestral folk-pop of ''Deaf Beneath The Waves" here: https://soundcloud.com/century-thief/sets/deaf-beneath-the-waves
Bandcamp: https://centurythief.bandcamp.com/album/deaf-beneath-the-waves
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Hg8Z90V37E4uuDj6cvd62?si=rTRxh3oeSoulYxXv__ytBw

Century Thief is a six-piece band based in Toronto, ON. They bring a blend of introspection and energy, sometimes soft, sometimes noisy experimental indie rock featuring brass, woodwinds, keys, guitars, bass, drums and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

Their favourite description comes from a sound engineer in Montreal, who described the band as trash lounge folk prog rock. Drawing on influences like Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Wilco, and Elliott Smith, it seems pretty apt. They are noisy and melodic, with a touch of salty nostalgia.

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