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Interview: All Cows Eat Grass

posted March 10, 2015, 10:43 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Cover Credit: Corey Davis

As a music listener who appreciates bold visuals, an eye-catching cover consistently sways my decision to press “Play”. When viewing the ATL Pasture collective ACEG’s (All Cows Eat Grass) Kool Collection LP cover recently, it made me double take and lured me in. Funk, disco and future electro R&B delightfully hit my ears. Curious about the three individuals within ACEG (Jeff Cohran, Reneeka Rae and Terrence Brown) who musically direct and handle production for Janelle Monáe’s phenomenal stage shows, they’ve also worked with Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa and Carlos Santana.

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Introducing: Jade Naraine

posted March 9, 2015, 8:00 am by Kevin Sellers | Filed Under Introducing, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment


Now so more than ever, pop music is an industrial workplace. The room for creativity and personality is narrowed by the individuals who you never see on a stage, hear on a record or pin a poster of on your wall. There are formulas, statistics, and those people aforementioned who quite simply ‘know better’. jadenaraine1Rules to follow, a market to target, a niche to fill. Little wonder that those who do break through are those whose personalities seem to rise above the soulless machinations of the suits.

For most of her life, Jade Naraine was determined to be one of the few.

I was very independent, very young and I had a lot of people who did not agree with making music a career, a lot of people telling me what I should do. I didn’t have too much discipline so I was really on my own, the sole believer in myself and with that I built a strength to never give up on my dreams and learned to be self disciplined.

To her, music isn’t so much a choice as it is a part of who she is. It’s always been that way.

“I just love music. Its my favourite thing in the world. I always wanted to be a popstar growing up. I was fascinated by all the popstars I would see on tv.”

One star in particular seemed to grab Jade’s attention. Read more

Press Release Roundup: March 9

posted March 9, 2015, 7:24 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Kurt Cobain

While the movie isn’t due to be aired until 5/4/15, the trailer for what is reportedly the end-all-be-all of Kurt Cobain documentaries is here…

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Interview: Kuf Knotz

posted March 4, 2015, 12:39 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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In these challenging days and times, we know it’s easy to go off-center, wallow in misery and forget about the good in the world. Philly/BK artist Kuf Knotz’s latest sophomore album offering, ‘A Positive Light’ provides a dope reminder all is not lost. Blending R&B, reggae and rap, Kuf, who draws his name from Kufie which is a West African derived word for “spiritual warrior” and his dreads, aims to bring artistic healing to the world again when it drops March 24th. Sharing several stages with The Wailers, Robert Glasper, Lauryn Hill, Bruce Springsteen and Oscar winner Common, his journey to “get free” has taken him very interesting places.

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Press Release Roundup: March 2

posted March 2, 2015, 8:35 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Nimbus and Universal Music Canada

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MIX CONTEST OFFERS $100,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS, GIVING ASPIRING CANADIAN PRODUCERS THE CHANCE TO GET HEARD BY INDUSTRY LEGENDS

Universal Music Canada recording artists Mother Mother, Wes Mack and SonReal providing tracks for 3rd annual Nimbus Mix Contest, giving Canadian students & adults the opportunity to show their skills for a chance at a $25,0000 scholarship

In its third year, the annual Nimbus Mix Contest opens up to include two categories: one for adults and one for high school students, with over $100,000 in scholarship prizes. Aspiring Canadian producers will be able to create their own mix (or remix) of tracks from Mother Mother, Wes Mack, and SonReal for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship to attend Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC. Competitors will be able to download the stems on April 1, 2015 and create their own unique mixes to be uploaded for public voting. The resulting mixes must be submitted online by May 1, 2015, with the winners announced on or before June 1, 2015.

Mixes will be judged by Nimbus co-founders Bob Ezrin and GGGarth Richardson, and Shawn Marino, Vice President of Universal Music Publishing Group Canada. The student and adult creating the winning mix in each category will receive a $25,000 scholarship to attend Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC. The second prize in each category is a $10,000 scholarship and the third prize is a $5,000 scholarship to Nimbus. A popular vote prize of a $10,000 scholarship to Nimbus is also awarded in each category to the mix receiving the most public votes.

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Artist Update: Faith No More

posted March 2, 2015, 7:26 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


The long-long (really long) awaited follow up to Faith No More’s “Album of the Year” is almost upon us. Due to drop 5/19/2015, “Sol Invictus,” here is the first single “Superhero”.

Interview: Fly Away Hero’s Dalton Rapattoni

posted March 1, 2015, 10:49 am by Carlita | Filed Under Interviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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When considering the pop phenomenon of boybands over the decades, many constants remain. Talented cute boys? Check. Rabid fanbase? Check. Invited to audition for and ultimately join such a group, IM5, Dalton Rapattoni expanded his worldwide appeal and learned a lot about the music biz behind the scenes, working with established tour producers and music vets. Returning back to his alt rock roots recently, Dallas based Dalton’s started the year on a high note, debuting on the Billboard Heatseeker charts with foursome Fly Away Hero’s latest EP, ‘Lost and Found’.

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Interview: Jade Naraine

posted March 1, 2015, 9:41 am by Kevin Sellers | Filed Under Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


I recently had the privilege of interviewing pop newcomer Jade Naraine, whose recently released single and upcoming album are causing a stir here at Music Emissions. As you’ll read, Jade is very forthcoming, honest and open about herself, her passion for music and a variety of other topics.

Music Emissions writer Kevin Sellers: First off, something I like to ask every musician I talk with: What makes you want to be a musician? I’m sure many of us want it, but more specifically, what has inspired and driven you to actively pursue it? Your bio states that you’ve been singing and writing for a long time now, since you were a child. What inspired you towards music then and what does now?

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I just love music. Its my favourite thing in the world. I always wanted to be a popstar growing up. I was fascinated by all the popstars I would see on tv. I would put on shows with my little brother all the time. I would watch old musicals and movies like Josie and the Pussycats. I started doing musical theatre, which then led to singing at weddings, banquettes, galas and talent competitions. I always planned on going on Canadian Idol but it was cancelled. I started writing songs every day and looking for producers. I got 2 full time jobs and started working on my album. I know a lot of artists have back up plans if they don’t become a successful artist but don’t think I could do anything else. I am music. And I always believed in pursuing something 100%

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Live: Kiesza in Milan!

posted February 26, 2015, 8:08 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment



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Here in Italy this summer, Kiesza conquered ears and hearts with her “Hideaway”, whose video went viral all over the world. Kiesa Rae Ellestad, better known as Kiesza, is a 26 years old Canadian musician from Calgary, who has most recently worked in New York City and London. On the 11th of February, her tour arrived in Milan and was an amazing night. Music, dance, lights and energy came together and everyone was infected by her enthusiasm on stage.She took the songs you find in “Sound Of A Woman” to another level. She talked a lot with her fans too, thanking them for everything they did for her.

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Interview: Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez

posted February 24, 2015, 11:39 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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As soon as I heard “Itotiani” by LA based band Chicano Batman, I needed to hear more. Retro psych surf pop with tinges of soul and bossanova, it’s as if I saw their sign in the cielo and immediately transported to days gone by. Mixing genres, languages and decades, they’ve carved a new lane for Latinos (Nosotros) who don’t linger in boundaries, seeking variety. Always keeping my eye on them in the local LA scene over the past couple of years, they’ve gained new audiences recently opening for Jack White’s sold out tour and will play Coachella in April. It’s obvious “cool blessings” fill the agenda for 2015.

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