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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore announces the release of his new album, Anatomy of a Love Song, on April 14, 2015 on Sincere Soul Records/eOne Music.

Lattimore’s first single, “Love Me Back” impacted at Urban AC radio last week and was the most added song at that format.  The song is available on iTunes beginning today. Listen to the track here.

Lattimore’s music reflects the best of all worlds as it combines the timeless sounds of traditional R&B with a unique contemporary flair to create a universal sound that transcends boundaries and appeals to audiences of all ages, races and genres. His body of work, which includes hits such as “Never Too Busy” and the Grammy nominated “For You,” has garnered two Gold-selling albums, the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist, and nominations for Soul Train Awards and Stellar Awards.

In addition to Kanye West sampling Lattimore’s “Lately” in his song “I’m In It,” from his #1 album Yeezus, a diverse array of artists including Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Ray J, Nancy Wilson, Heather B, Michael Lington and Brian Culbertson, have sought out his talents for their own projects. He performed the duet “Love Will Find A Way” with Heather Headley for Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. He and singer Chante Moore recorded the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet “You’re All I Need To Get By,” which was selected as the theme song for the BET show The Family Crews.

“Love Me Back” can be purchased here.

Current tour dates:

March 6 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Java Jazz Festival 2015
March 7 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Java Jazz Festival 2015
March 8 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Java Jazz Festival 2015
March 28 – Washington, D.C. – The Howard Theater
April 19 – Las Vegas, NV – City of Lights Jazz and R&B Fest
May 9 – Elkhart Lake, WI – Jazz on the Vine
June 12 – Napa, CA – Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
June 13 – Napa, CA – Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
Oct. 24 – San Juan, PR – 9th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise

One of my all-time fave bands – The Charlatans UK – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – release their twelfth album, Modern Nature on BMG Chrysalis on April 21st in North America.

MODERN NATURE features eleven new tracks, including the limited edition 7” singles and 6 Music A List records “Talking In Tones” and “So Oh”, as well as the single “Come Home Baby”. The album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers – Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA’s avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bush’s backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O’ Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys’ Big Jim Paterson.

Q have already described the album as “ one the finest of their career”, while the Guardian have called it “a triumph”.

The album comes after a difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. The band were determined to carry on with the making of the album to honor Brookes’ memory.

Modern Nature will be available on cd, vinyl, deluxe cd and download. The tracklisting for the album is as follows; Talking In Tones/So Oh/Come Home Baby/Keep Enough/Tall Grass/Emilie/Let The Good Times Be Never Ending/Need You To Know/Lean In/Trouble Understanding/Lot To Say

The live shows in March will be The Charlatans’ first full UK tour since 2010. Pete Salisbury (The Verve) who plays on much of the album will be drumming on the dates.

Let’s leave the last word with The Quietus……

“In Modern Nature, The Charlatans have achieved that rare feat of making a gigantic step forward without losing what made them so special in the first place.”

Tour Dates:
Mar 03 Bristol, UK @ Academy Bristol
Mar 05 Manchester, UK @ The Albert Hall SOLD OUT
Mar 06 Manchester, UK @ The Albert Hall SOLD OUT
Mar 07 Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds SOLD OUT
Mar 09 Hull, UK @ Hull University
Mar 10 Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Barrowlands SOLD OUT
Mar 11 Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Barrowlands
Mar 13 Wolverhampton, UK @ Woverhampton Civic Hall
Mar 14 Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester SOLD OUT
Mar 15 Worthing, UK @ Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Mar 16 London, UK @ London Roundhouse SOLD OUT
Mar 19 Tokyo, Japan @ O-East Tokyo
Mar 22 Taipei, Taiwan @ Neo Studio
Mar 25 Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
Jul 24 Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines Festival

Digital Assets:
“Talking In Tones” Video:

“So Oh” Video:
“Come Home Baby” Video:

Continuing his ever soaring creative peak, Paul Weller releases his 12th studio album “Saturns Pattern” on May 11th on his new label Parlophone.

The follow up to 2012’s No. 1 album “Sonik Kicks”, Paul continues to push the boundaries with another kaleidoscopic tour de force delivered with a verve and ambition to shame his contemporaries as he continues to adapt and evolve to stay one step ahead of the pack.

Written and recorded at de facto HQ, Black Barn Studios in Surrey, “Saturns Pattern” was produced by Jan “Stan” Kybert and Paul himself.

Musicians on the album feature some of the touring band faithful: Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier and Steve Pilgrim plus an illustrious roll-call of guest musicians who include The Strypes’ Josh McClorey and Paul’s old mate from Woking Steve Brookes who was guitarist in the original line-up of The Jam. Paul also brought in members of his favourite new band Syd Arthur to add to the proceedings.

Passion, progression, languid grooves and, as ever, spine-tingling rock’n’roll – Paul Weller has, yet again, delivered another masterpiece.

“Saturns Pattern” tracklist:

White Sky
Saturns Pattern
Going My Way
Long Time
Pick It Up
I’m Where I Should Be
Phoenix
In The Car…
These City Streets

“Saturns Pattern” will be available to download from the usual places and is also released on the following physical formats:

Standard CD. Special edition CD/DVD. Heavyweight 12” vinyl LP (+ download card). Deluxe Box Set containing heavyweight 12” – exclusive – coloured vinyl LP, CD (plus bonus tracks), DVD, expanded artwork booklet and poster.

“White Sky” is available as an ‘Instant Grat’ track with pre-orders of the Deluxe Digital formats (where available). Watch the video to “White Sky” here:

Following his sold out 14-date UK tour in March, Paul has just announced one of his biggest ever arena tours with dates at the following venues:

November
Fri 20 – Brighton – Centre
Sat 21 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Sun 22 – Bournemouth – BIC
Tue 24 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
Wed 25 – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
Fri 27 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
Sat 28 – Manchester – Arena
Sun 29 – Leeds – First Direct Arena

December
Fri 4 – London – Eventim Apollo
Sat 5 – London – Eventim Apollo

Boz Scaggs has announced that he will release his new studio album “A Fool To Care” on March 31, 2015, via 429 Records. You can listen to the first track off the album “Last Tango on 16th Street” at Rolling Stone.com here.

Another spellbinding album in a prolific career, this new collection of songs boasts Scaggs’ pioneering blend of rock, soul, jazz and R&B taken to new heights “A Fool To Care” is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2013 album “Memphis”, which Rolling Stone described as ‘sublime’ and hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Blues Chart and the Top 20 on the Billboard 200.

“A Fool To Care” showcases the patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album…and sees Scaggs letting loose and having some fun. You can hear that sense of fun, as well as his ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout the albums twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of the album lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility, but they venture forth boldly from there. Scaggs brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li’l Millet and the Creoles’ “Rich Woman” and an elegant delicacy to the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud”. He easily negotiates the Latin flavouring of “Last Tango on 16th Street” and “I Want to See You” both written by San Francisco bluesman (and longtime Scaggs compatriot) Jack Walroth. Horns, strings, soulful background vocalists and guests like guitarist Reggie Young and steel guitarist Paul Franklin lift the album into the stratosphere.

Produced by Steve Jordan (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and recorded over four days at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, “A Fool To Care” features two very special guests – Bonnie Raitt contributes slide guitar and sassy vocals on the original song “Hell To Pay” and Lucinda Williams trades vocal lines with Scaggs as a kind of prayer for deliverance on The Band’s “Whispering Pines”. The core band joining Boz on “A Fool To Care” is Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Jim Cox (keyboard) and Steve Jordan (drums).

Raised in Texas with an abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music, William Royce “Boz” Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording Boz. After cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller and honing his rock and R&B chops with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman, Scaggs achieved multi-platinum success with Silk Degrees in 1976. He has continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey to the present day. With a trademark voice, a rich catalogue and many accolades, Scaggs continues to establish himself as one of music’s most creative and original artists.

A Fool To Care Track listing:
1. Rich Woman
2. I’m A Fool To Care
3. Hell To Pay
4. Small Town Talk
5. Last Tango on 16th Street
6. There’s A Storm A’ Comin’
7. I’m So Proud
8. I Want To See You
9. High Blood Pressure
10. Full Of Fire
11. Love Don’t Love Nobody
12. Whispering Pines

“If you want to make something that’s like nothing you’ve made before, then you have to shake yourself up, go beyond what’s comfortable and known and let yourself feel disoriented, overwhelmed, even intimidated. Those moments, where you lose your bearings, where you’re forced to sink or swim, are the moments where you have an opportunity to rise to the occasion, to surprise yourself, to do the things you didn’t know you could do. That’s what making this album was for me, I’m so proud of the process, and I’m so proud of the result.” – Peter Katz

=JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz, who recently signed a label deal with Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North, announced today the March 31st release of his brand new album “We Are The Reckoning”. Katz announced the release in addition to the premiere of the albums lead single and video “Brother”. Featuring long-time friend and multi-talented Canadian artist Royal Wood, the track is a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to relationships built and bonds forged. “We Are The Reckoning” is available now to pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of the single “Brother” (ft. Royal Wood).

Three years in the making “We Are The Reckoning” follows 2012’s “Still Mind Still” which paved the way for three successful national and international tours. The new album, documents the evolution of Katz’s artistic vision and the realization that he needed to make a change and progress creatively in order to be heard with fresh ears, for the ‘first time’ – again.

“With this record, I took my time; I shook myself up, threw myself into unfamiliar territory and took some big risks,” says Katz. I had to make better art and I had to stop being so good at answering emails and updating my website and get better at writing songs and push myself creatively. I kind of abandoned my email for months on end, slowed down my touring, and worked on music. I wrote songs like a maniac, I put myself in rooms to write with all kinds of people that intimidated me, I studied the masters, and I put the music first, with no deadline.”

Katz spent more than two years writing well over 50 new songs – some with an impressive list of co-writers – all the more remarkable since Katz typically writes alone. His profound determination paid off, attracting the attention of co-producers Royal Wood (Meesha Brueggergosman) and Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers), who signed on to help Katz create his most sonically-rich album to date – unlike anything he’s produced before.

“I’m in a different place than I was when I started ten years ago,” says Katz. “Now I know what this thing is, I know the relentlessness that’s required, I know it’s not a race, and I know that the music has to come first. Now that I’m on the other side of it, I can see why it was the right thing to do and I’m more excited than ever to share what we made.”

“We Are The Reckoning is a striking 11-song collection that boasts an impressive guest list of collaborators including rising Scottish star Rachel Sermanni, legendary lap steel player Ben Peeler (Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Cliff, Wallflowers) and Felicity Williams (Bahamas) to name a few.

Katz is no stranger to the music business, a business he’s called home for the last decade. He’s celebrated #1 album debuts on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Charts, toured all over the world, often playing to capacity crowds and has shared the stage and studio with notable artists including Academy Award winner Glen Hansard (Once, The Swell Season), The Good Lovelies, Melissa McCelland (Whitehorse), Joel Plaskett, Dan Mangan, Royal Wood and the legendary Garth Hudson (The Band).

Named “Best Male Vocalist” in the popular NOW Magazine “Best Of Toronto” 2014 reader’s poll, nominated for a 2012 JUNO Award for Music DVD of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, Katz has built an impressive fan-base of loyal listeners and industry tastemakers alike. With the release of “We Are The Reckoning” and the promise of a full band national Canadian and international tour, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the artist whose work Chart Attack called “lyric and vocal virtuosity”.

For more information on Peter Katz visit:

@peterkatzmusic
www.facebook.com/peterkatzmusic

WE ARE THE RECKONING Track Listing:
1. We Are The Reckoning (Katz/Glasco)
2. Lay It On Me (Katz/Kosowski/Delila)
3. Brother (ft. Royal Wood) (Katz/Wood)
4. When The Day Is Done (Katz/Orso)
5. Dark (ft. Rachel Sermanni) (Katz)
6. Follow The Way (Katz/Wood/Lefler)
7. Driving A Dream (Katz/Wood/Lefler)
8. We Won’t Mind (Katz/Ray)
9. No Natural (Katz/Rollo)
10. Beacon (Katz)
11. Story You Forgot (Katz/Bursk)

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The first volume in The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records collection was called “spectacular” (New York Times), “unprecedented” (Rolling Stone), “breathtaking” (Boing Boing), and “a cabinet of wonder, indeed” (Pitchfork).

On November 18, Third Man and Revenant proudly released you The Rise & Fall of Paramount, Volume Two – already being hailed by Wired as “the ultimate box set of iconic American music.”

Volume One (1917-27) chronicled Paramount’s improbable rise from also-ran to jazz-blues juggernaut, launching the recording careers of giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Fats Waller. Order Volume One here.

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But just as it seemed Paramount might be losing steam, it began a second act that threatened to dwarf its first. This astonishing second act is the subject of The Rise & Fall of Paramount, Volume Two (1928-32), the final chapter in our commemoration of America’s greatest record label.

In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarked on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues recordings and issuing some of the most coveted records in the history of wax – a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Jaydee Short, George “Bullet” Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Louise Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, The Mississippi Sheiks. and hundreds of other artists.

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Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first enterprise of any kind to capture what America really sounded like in the 1920s and ’30s – on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, it was profit-minded Paramount – not a preservationist body like the Library of Congress – that inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation’s greatest art form.

Six LPs, 800 digital tracks, two definitive large-format books. All housed in a polished aluminum case evoking the era’s high art deco stylings and America’s own Machine Age take on modernist design.

A joint release by Third Man and Revenant, co-produced by leading Paramount scholar Alex van der Tuuk, with all Paramount masters issued under license agreement with GHB Jazz Foundation.

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Contents:
* 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 175 artists. View digital track list.
* 90+ fully-restored original 1920s-30s Paramount ads from The Chicago Defender
* 6 x 180g LPs pressed on label-less alabaster-white vinyl, each side with its own hand-etched numeral and holographic image. View complete LP track list.
* 250 pg. large-format clothbound hardcover book featuring original Paramount art and the label’s curious tale
* 400 pg. encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist bios & portraits and full Paramount discography
* First-of-its-kind music and image player app containing all tracks and ads, housed on custom metal USB drive
* Polished aluminum and stainless steel “Machine Age” cabinet, upholstered in sapphire blue velvet

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Oscar Nominee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell documented his final tour while struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease in the Critics’ Choice nominated film GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME. Music from the documentary’s soundtrack will be released on February 17 on Big Machine Records.

The soundtrack will feature the Oscar and GRAMMY nominated song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which was co-written by Campbell and producer Julian Raymond. The song, in collaboration with the famed Wrecking Crew, is the last one Campbell ever recorded.

Said Rolling Stone of the soundtrack’s hit single, “Glen Campbell has recorded his final song and the result, ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ is a poignant, confessional tune that serves as a stunningly personal coda to a career spent entertaining millions throughout the world.”

“…heartbreakingly demonstrates the man’s profound understanding of the disease, something that does not always come across in the filmed footage,” added Variety of the song.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is an epic human drama that intimately showcases the man and his music throughout Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Chronicling the story of love, laughter, resilience and power of song, this film shows how against all odds, America’s greatest country star would not give up. It was directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day).

The soundtrack is also composed of songs that capture the myriad facets of an Arkansas traveller who became a first call Los Angeles session player, toured with the Beach Boys and recorded one of ASCAP’s Most Played Songs – “Gentle on My Mind” – of all time. Whether it was his “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” which ran for four seasons, “True Grit,” also starring John Wayne, or his collaborations with Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”), the maple-coated tenor has broken ground and maintained a sense of artistry regardless of the medium he was working in.

For the soundtrack to GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME the translational reality of his music is evident in various representations of the songs that have become a part of the American musical lexicon. The 10 track compilation is a witness to how music transcends moments, time and limitations – and exists in the hearts of all who embrace it.

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is the heart-breaking final song of a career that’s spanned pop, country and adult contemporary. A heart-tugging portrait of what it means to recede into Alzheimer’s, buoyed by the Beach Boys’ harmonies and anchored by the echo-of-time piano chords, is an acknowledgement of the reality to come. Unflinching in its recognition of what’s lost, an elegiac dignity to being honest about the numb fills the void of memory.

“Gentle On My Mind” finds break-out young superstars The Band Perry considering the tug of being gone that colours John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind.” Kimberly Perry’s smoky alto – breathy over a finger-banjo and the bend of a steel guitar — balances the yearning for what’s gone with the lure of what’s beyond the next horizon to reflect Campbell’s own innocent grasp of love and rambling that defined a generation almost a half century ago.

“Home Again” finds Campbell’s daughter Ashley comfortably filling her father’s place as a reassuring presence, weaving acoustic instruments with a vocal warmth that is acceptance of life on its terms and the embrace of the good things found along the way. Her brightness suggests the same sense of being present in the moment that made her father the voice of people coming into their own during the turbulent ‘70s and into the ‘80s.

“Wichita Lineman” (Live from the Ryman) is a tremendous testament to the indelible place music holds in Campbell’s soul. Already well into Alzheimer’s grasp, he not only acknowledges Webb’s writing prowess, the multiple Grammy-winner brings a weathered truth to enduring the distance between where he must be and the one he loves. As the pathos of the vocal strikes listeners, Campbell’s guitar-playing rises from the tracks, stunning with an emotional twining of notes and tension on the strings that conveys even more pain than his vocal – only to finish with a soaring final profession of endurance on the song’s protestation of “I’m doing fine.”

“A Better Place” (Live From The Ryman) is the song from that historic Ryman concert that sums up Campbell’s life 2:38 minutes. A bit philosophy, a string of details, a few insights into his current state of being, the gently strummed song of fidelity to his family, the admission of his need to lean on them and the acceptance of love existing beyond traditional definitions lends a sense of the things that truly matter.

For a man who’s led a life beyond dreams, in some ways, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is a sad denouement. But to see it lived out with so much heart, so much hope, so much caring and ultimately, so much music, the documentary and accompanying soundtrack are articles of the faith that in love all abides. Do as Campbell would hope: enjoy the music and find the way to enfold the ones you love any way you can while you can… and know even when it’s not perfect, it’s perfect in what it is.

Big Machine Records is partnering with CMT US, who will stream the entire soundtrack exclusively, the week before release. From 2/10 – 2/16, fans can listen to all 10 tracks exclusively on GlenCampbell.CMT.com and on the CMT Artists App.

Big Machine Label Group CEO and President Scott Borchetta is the Executive Producer of the soundtrack.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME SOUNDTRACK will include the following tracks:

I’m Not Gonna Miss You” / Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew (2:57)
“Gentle On My Mind*” (Documentary Version) / The Band Perry (3:41)
“Remembering” / Ashley Campbell (3:59)
“All I Need Is You” / Glen Campbell (4:00)
“The Long Walk Home” / Glen Campbell (2:21)
“Wichita Lineman” (Live from Ryman Auditorium) / Glen Campbell (4:11)
“A Better Place” (Live from Ryman Auditorium) / Glen Campbell (2:19)
“Gentle On My Mind*” (Single Version) / The Band Perry (3:10)
“Home Again” / Ashley Campbell (2:55)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Single Version) / Glen Campbell (2:57)

See the trailer for the film here.

Canadian indie-alternative synth-rockers Dear Rouge, who signed a major label deal last year with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, announced today the March 30th digital release and March 31st physical release of their anticipated debut album “Black To Gold”. The Vancouver duo announced the album release in addition to a 12-date Canadian tour as direct and sole support for Hamilton rockers and JUNO Award nominees The Arkells. Earlier this month, Danielle and Drew McTaggart revealed they will perform during the 2015 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies in Prince George, BC on February 13th.

“Black To Gold” is available for pre-order on iTunes February 10th and will feature “I Heard I Had” and “Best Look Lately”, along with the brand new title track and #1 added single at Alternative Rock Radio this week, “Black To Gold”. The new album is the realization of an artistic vision that spans more than two years in the making, helmed by Drew McTaggart and producer/engineer Ryan Worsley, with input and influence from Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother) and Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent). In addition to previously released tracks, fans that pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the three featured singles, as well as two extra new songs prior to album release.

The iTunes exclusive version will include ten songs plus 1 exclusive bonus track, while the Spotify exclusive version will also feature 10 songs plus 2 exclusive bonus tracks.

With Danielle McTaggart’s unmistakable powerhouse vocals punctuated by the groups instantly recognizable blend of dynamic guitar hooks and uplifting synth layers, “Black To Gold” showcases the development and maturation of the husband and wife duo and is bolstered by the success of their introductory singles, “Best Look Lately” and “I Heard I Had” – the latter staking musical territory as the #3 most-played song at alternative radio in 2014 (behind only Kongos and Arctic Monkeys). Heading into 2015 it’s easy to see why CBCMusic named “Black To Gold” one of the 15 most anticipated Canadian indie albums of the year.

In less than two years Dear Rouge has crossed the country multiple times, sharing the stage with the likes of the Kongos, Phantogram, Dragonette and Lorde among other notable acts. With an undeniable chemistry both on and off stage, the group formed in 2012 and has since released two EP’s to increasingly enthusiastic acclaim.

Fans can expect Dear Rouge to deliver their impressive live show with the same palpable energy and fervor they’ve become known for when they embark on a 12-date Canadian tour with The Arkells. The tour kicks off in Vancouver on February 20th.

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith has today announced that his new studio album, Carousel One is set to be released in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The album will be released in his home country by Warner Music Canada.

Carousel One was produced by Jim Scott and features an incredible cast of studio musicians helping to bring Ron’s songs to life including bass player Bob Glaub, whose previous clients include John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Graham Nash and hundreds of others; guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lone Justice); and keyboard player John McGinty (Dixie Chicks, Whiskeytown, Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet). The album takes its name from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered.

2014 was an incredible year for Ron Sexsmith. In March, his 2013 album Forever Endeavour won the Juno Award as Best Adult Alternative Album marking the third Juno win in Ron’s career. In April, Sir Peter Blake (the man who created the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) unveiled a mural he was commissioned to do for the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring people who have played there. Ron’s image is included alongside those of Roger Daltrey, James Brown and Janet Jackson. In May, Sexsmith was named Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. On June 3 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Brock University in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s no wonder that in July of 2014 he was in a particularly good mood entering the studio to record Carousel One.

“I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing, there’s a lot more humour,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”

Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith compositions including the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen. The CD and digital versions of the album include two bonus tracks.

“They’ve always been my favourite type of dog,” says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. “I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar, I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident.”

Carousel One tracklisting:
Sure As The Sky
Saint Bernard
Loving You
Before The Night Is Gone
Lucky Penny
Getaway Car
Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
Sun’s Coming Out
Lord Knows
All Our Tomorrows
No One
Can’t Get My Act Together
Tumbling Sky
Many Times

Bonus tracks on CD and digital album only:
The Other Side (Bonus Track)
Is Anyone Going To San Antone (Bonus Track)

Beloved Vancouver-based Limblifter have announced details for the upcoming release of Pacific Milk. Produced by Ryan Dahle at recRoom and Greenhouse Studios in East Vancouver, the band’s 4th studio LP features 13 freshly minted tracks and will be released via re-recordings/We Are Busy Bodies on April 7, 2015. Fans can get a sneak peak of the LP by way of the infectious first single ”Dopamine” here. See below for a list of just-announced Canadian tour dates.

Originally formed by talented brothers Ryan Dahle and Kurt Dahle as a side project from their main band, Age of Electric, Limblifter has managed to circumvent the pigeonhole prone music industry to prevail uncategorized with a hard-core fan base intact. With Dahle’s driving guitar lines, distinctive vocals, and poignant, sometimes uncomfortably honest, lyrics as the anchor, the continual re-invention and revolving door of some of Canada’s best musicians have kept Dahle’s vision evolving. The current line-up features Ryan (vox/guitar), Megan Bradfield, (bass), Brent Follett (drums), and Greg MacDonald (Keys).

Limblifter has provided a springboard and served as a template and inspiration to countless rock and pop bands. Current and ex-members of the band’s camp have been or are members of (in-alphabetical order): Age of Electric, Alarmbell, Attics and Cellars, The Black Halos, Black Mountain, Brundlefly, Blood Meridian, By a Thread, Change of Heart, C’mon, Fancey, A.C. Newman, The Salteens, Spanking Betty, Sparrow, The Spitfires, Matthew Good, Mounties, The New Pornographers, Small Sins and Sloan.

You can pre-order the CD here and the LP here.

Limblifter has amassed some impressive accolades since their inception, including JUNO nods for Alternative Album of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year, five top-charting Canadian radio hits including “Screwed It Up”, “Ariel vs. Lotus”, “Wake Up to the Sun”, 20+ videos, and 3 independent full-length albums. Dahle has also been a recurring collaborative force behind countless Can-music forays from songwriting with k-os and producing his BLack on BLonde double LP, to producing and songwriting with Dustin Bentall and Hot Hot Heat. More recently, Dahle’s music, songwriting, and personality are showcased as part of the chart-topping supergroup project Mounties, alongside Hawksley Workman and Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat.

UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
03.19.15 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
03.20.15 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
03.21.15 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
03.26.15 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
03.27.15 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
03.28.15 – London @ Rum Runners