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BTW Nature Boy, Little Miss Higgins, Rufus John, Paul Cherry, Ellevator, Lowell, Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

All over the map or fiercely inclusive? That's Opia, the recently released, inaugural musical statement from Nature Boy a.k.a. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Vincent Bertucci.

Opia is the album Bertucci has been striving towards his entire life. And he’s got the extraordinary backstory to prove it. Featuring 10 dazzling original songs – all written or co-written by Bertucci on guitar and piano alongside a marquee group of long-time collaborators — Opia explores life, death, and love (and raising the odd glass) via jazz-informed pop and soft-rock.

Consider Opia’s head-spinning instrumental roster which includes glockenspiel, Hammond B-3 and Rhodes organ, various synths, drums, percussion, guitars and… wait for it… manmade “whale sounds” and Tibetan singing bowls, correctly listed in the liner notes as being “wicked.” Opia’s songs soar… even the candlelit ones. Check the iridescent, keyboard-guided slow burn of “10 Past 9.” The album’s fearlessly knock-kneed first single juxtaposes an urgent message of desire against a languid vocal delivery. The track gets extra oomph from a kooky (also bitingly sad/funny) accompanying video chronicling the exploits of a furry blue mascot trying to snag his costumed crush’s attention.

Get 'Loosey Goosey' with The Noolands

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Noolands are a four piece alt. rock group from Barrie, Ontario a bedroom city of Toronto just up the 400 Highway. “We’re close enough to the big city to make ourselves accessible but far enough away to still get a smaller city vibe,” says co-founder Brandon Davenport.

The band consists of Davenport, Aaron Casey and twin brothers James and Jon Laxton. Says Brandon, “We have been together for about four years now and are having a blast. Aaron and I started out as songwriters for other people and enjoyed playing with James and Jon but just for our friends. But people really enjoyed our energy on stage and there was a demand to see us live so we got serious about putting the band together and here we are.” And where they are is in a great position to take that next step forward on their musical journey with a new single, ‘Loosey Goosey’ and a new EP, "Us On A Bus" to promote their first single.

‘High School T-Shirt’ was released in 2014 and was recorded in Barrie at Unity Market Café and Studio. It got some traction and allowed the boys to get a couple of dozen formative live shows under their belts. They went back to the studio with friend and producer Joshua Doerksen (also known as Papa Nooland) to create a five-song EP title Generation Why. This EP was an important link in the ‘Chain of Nooland’ they were forging, drawing all the influences they grew up with and melding them together to form their sound. This record also got them some local radio airplay on Rock 95.

Tribe Royal Release New Single ‘My Kind of Girl’

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The talented band from Ottawa, Tribe Royal, have released a new single from their debut album, ‘Colours of the Sun’ with a video collage of live and studio scenes, showing the charismatic foursome at their best.

Following on the heels of the single “Wasting Time”, Tribe Royal’s latest offering with “My Kind of Girl” is a crossover of A/C and Hot A/C with a focus on strong harmonies and vocals with a clean, crisp production.

Tribe Royal broke out last year, with college and secondary radio, building a loyal fan base in the Ottawa area, and setting their summer goals to tour across Canada and Europe in 2019. Notable appearances to date have been RBC Bluesfest 2017, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Ottawa CityFolk/Marvest, Para Pan-Am Games, Canadian Tulip Festival, TD Union Summer, Steam Whistle Brewery, CTV Morning Live, Octopus’s Garden Shediac Park Market Tribe Royal onstage with Sam Roberts Band, RBC Bluesfest 2017, Canada Day 150 at Petrie Island and CBC Radio 'Fresh Air' to name a few.

This latest release is just a teaser of what is yet to come, when this Canadian band heads south of the border late April 2018 to record with legendary producer Norbert Putnam at The NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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Watch ‘My Kind of Girl’ by Tribe Royal here:
youtube.com/watch?v=v8w1MAstLi4&feature=youtu.be

BTW-Astrocolor, Yoke Lore, Leif Hall, The Tiki Collective, Slow Leaves

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Victoria-BC’s six-piece electronica group, Astrocolor drops their new EP, Astrocolor III, April 6 th via eOne. The album follows Astrocolor II, a stunning beat-and-pulse driven record of techno, house and funk, blended with intricate strings and jazzy percussion. Astrocolor III, the third release in a trilogy of EPs on Softtone/eOne, sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals ( A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings", and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Book of Ryan Royce 5’9” Due Out on May 4, 2018

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Detroit rapper, Royce 5’9”, releases a new video for his single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole today and announces his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) on May 4, 2018. J. Cole also directed the video for the track.

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single on Friday. On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue-collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”

And the Winner is….Juno Awards 2018

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The JUNO Awards has evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. The JUNO Week events include JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more! The JUNO Awards were created to celebrate and promote Canadian music and artists.The Juno Awards of 2018 were presented in Vancouver, British Columbia during the weekend of 24–25 March 2018. The primary telecast ceremonies were held at Rogers Arena. The following are the nominees and winners of the Junos 2018.

Juno Fan Choice Award
Alessia Cara
Arkells
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Winner: Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off the Earth

Single of the Year
Alessia Cara, "How Far I'll Go"
Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"
Arkells, "Knocking at the Door"
The Weeknd, "I Feel it Coming"
Winner: Shawn Mendes, "There's Nothing Holdin' me Back"

International Album of the Year
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Taylor Swift, Reputation

BTW-Five Alarm Funk, Friendly Rich, Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Excuses Excuses, Frigs

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Hard knockin' Vancouver-based groove masters Five Alarm Funk have released their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Wheels On The Bus .

Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels

“Moments I’ll Remember Best from SXSW”

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Toronto-based jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan made his SXSW debut last weekend, accompanied by Nathan Hiltz on guitar and Brandi Disterheft on bass. The only Canadian jazz artist selected this year, Dagan played a set of standards and originals to a standing-room-only crowd at popular Austin jazz haunt, The Elephant Room. Dagan received support for his March 17 midnight showcase from FACTOR and the SOCAN Foundation.

Michael Peterson Drink Swear Steal and Lie

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Submitted by Don Graham

Michael Peterson has a list of accomplishments in country music as long as your arm. Beginning in 1998 he has sold over a million records, been nominated for a Grammy, had  songs on the charts with 'Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie' hitting #3 and From Here to Eternity being his first #1 as well as being listed as  the fourth most popular Country wedding song of all time and in the top forty of all time country love songs. He has written songs for Travis Tritt, Timothy B. Schmitt of The Eagles and Pop Superstar Deniece Williams, to name a few. Heck, he even contributed to the #1 New York Times bestselling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series. He has also received numerous distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.

Anti-Records Re-Releases Tom Waits 1970’s Elektra Asylum Catalogue

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Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s are now available digitally and will be available on CD HERE. All seven titles – many of which have been long out of print – are to be re-released on hi-quality 180-gram vinyl throughout 2018. The time-honoured and critically acclaimed debut album Closing Time can be purchased on vinyl HERE and the six additional titles – “Heart of Saturday Night”, “Nighthawks at the Diner”, “Small Change”, “Foreign Affairs”, “Blue Valentine” and “Heartattack and Vine”. Additionally, the Tom Waits Web Store will exclusively offer limited editions of 1000 clear 180-gram vinyl per title in the US and 1000 180-gram moss green vinyl in Europe.

To coincide with all these catalogue re-releases, Waits has personally curated a 76-song playlist spanning his entire career. You can now explore Waits’ many styles of storytelling and heartbreaking melodies via Spotify and Apple Music. On Record Store Day 2018 Waits will debut his 2006 certified gold triple album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards which will be available as individual vinyl pieces for the first time ever on red, blue and grey 180-gram limited edition vinyl exclusively on April 21 in record stores across the United States and Canada.

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