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Press Release Roundup: September 8

posted September 10th, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

POP Montreal

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The festival is in a few weeks and today we are adding more than 200 bands. We are getting ready to bring the party to THE MILE END and all adjacent neighborhoods. We are adding Ty Segall solo acoustic for an intimate concert and rapper Havoc, the co-founder of legendary hip hop group Mobb Deep. We are really excited to be bringing the Seattle-based KEXP Radio to Canada for the very first time! They will be filming 12 live sessions from Breakglass Studios, featuring performances by Samito, The Luyas, Tess Roby, The Barr Brothers, and more! We’re also honoured to be partaking in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the opening night of POP.

Speaking of celebrations, we’re highlighting Montreal’s 375th year by putting on a day of FREE events on Saturday, September 16th, as part of Sessions 375. The daytime programming will take place at POP Quarters (3450 St-Urbain) and feature music by local favourites Orkestar Kriminal, Klô Pelgag, Aba &Preach, Bonjay, Lunice and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville. After night falls, the action will move up to the Rialto Theatre Complex (5719-5723 Ave. du Parc), where 5 venues will open their doors for a night of more FREE shows. From RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, to Aldous Harding, Lido Pimienta, Laura Sauvage and Think About Life, the public will be invited to venture through the 4-floor complex, and discover new art and sounds from 7pm to 3am!

POP Quarters will also be hosting all the FREE POP Symposium talks, with festival artists such as Yves Tumor, Moor Mother, Royal Trux, William Basinski, a cooking beats workshop with Lunice, as well as panels by Women in Music Montreal and a discussion on how cultural communities can support Indigenous resurgence. The Record Fair is also moving to POP Quarters this year and will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring live music, DJs and a listening lounge with complimentary Auchentoshan scotch cocktails inspired by selected festival artists.

We’re also putting on a stellar year of film programming through our Film POP segment, with a slew of International, North American, and Canadian premieres, with films programmed from festivals as varied as Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW, and CPH: DOX. The world premiere of A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017) will open the fest, featuring an all-star cast of Montreal-based musicians, including Alex Zhang Hungtai (Love Theme, ex-Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro, and Alexis O’Hara, followed by a musical performance by the bands featured in the film later that night at the Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night).

It will also be a big year for Art POP with over 15 events and 30 participating artists. Highlights include a video installation and performance by Maya Stovall, one of the selected artists of this year’s Whitney Biennial; an artist talk and performance by a New York artist Baseera Khan; and a Céline Bureau Artist Residency that will take over an entire floor of POP Quarters, featuring artists such as the internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sirois and painter Peggy Kouroumalos.

To get tix, click HERE!

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The Sighs – Wait On Another Day

posted September 8th, 2017 by JasonHillenburg | Filed under: Introducing | 0

Western Massachusetts based The Sighs just released their latest CD entitled “Wait On Another Day” (2017). The Sighs are definitely a great throwback to the heydays of Rock N’ Roll. Wait On Another Day captures the energy and foundations of these particular eras, and by “these” I mean the early 60s and 90s. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because according to our sources, most of them have been kept in an old box for quite some time. Songs such as “Lift Me Up” & “Summertime Roses” have hooky vocals, catchy, melodic beats and crunchy guitar that will make you dance, sing, and beg for more.

I get the impression it was ultimately songwriting that captured these guys hearts and imagination. The Sighs (feat Tom Borawski (drums) / Matt Cullen (lead guitar, vocals) / Robert LaRoche (lead vocals, guitar) / Tommy Pluta (bass, vocals)) does not only have great vocals, songwriting skills, but they are what I would call musical method actors. They embody their influences as any other band out there, and somehow while it sounds very familiar, it also sounds somewhat original. Track 1, “It’s Real” is indeed a festive listen. That’s apparent from the opening few tracks this is a surprisingly easy CD to just groove to and get delighted. The sharp edge collection of songs is very compatible with the persona and personality of these 4 guys which will indulge many. Personally, the “nostalgia” quality struck me as I was listening to it. Getting back to the clean comment – some listeners might think that their rock approach is a little too “clean.” I wish there were a few more hard rock pieces on the CD, and rather spread through the record instead of just locate them pretty much at the very beginning and then over at the end. My top picks are “Love From Lisa”, “Into The New Light” and “Think About Soul”. One all tracks you will hear guitar, drums, bass, and phenomenal vocals as well as decent but highly appreciated amount of soloing. As “Wait On Another Day” breathed wildly out of my speakers, it captivated me and inspired me to write down my thoughts and feelings. Feeling I had about life from day to day, from moment to moment. Perhaps this is the same approach The Sighs had when writing this CD. Yes I played it in the background while I was working out as well. This is the perfect music for these types of background activities. “Wait On Another Day” delivers several superb performances from all four members and the best songs are the ones that delve into extended play territory.

Insofar as Marketability and Radio – airplay I recommend Too Bad push “Lift Me Up” and maybe “Thinking About Soul.” The CD also allowed me to indulge into memories of my childhood when I used to listen to The Church and The Clash. The Sighs provided the escape I was looking for, while all 11 tracks washed over me. While I’m definitely pleased with the smooth, easy-to-digest sounds of this release, it’s easy to see that not everyone will be won over by it. “Wait On Another Day” by The Sighs are an impressive talented band within their own right. It’s witty, it’s gritty, it’s infectious, it’s like a powerful ecstasy – it makes you sigh.

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Ryan King

Introducing: Samantha Ronson

posted August 24th, 2017 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Introducing | 0

Samantha Ronson And Nicole Richie photosNow one of the biggest DJs in the world, Samantha Ronson has led a privileged life and been surrounded by music since an early age. A friendship with Lindsay Lohan saw her propelled into the public eye more than a decade ago, but just where did Samantha Ronson come from, and what is she up to now? Read more…

Press Release Roundup: August 19

posted August 23rd, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Red Bull Music Academy Fest Los Angeles

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Check out the lineup above and get more details HERE!
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Press Release Roundup: August 11

posted August 11th, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Cloak and Dagger Fest

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Peep the lineup above and to get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: July 29

posted July 31st, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Kaaboo Fest

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KAABOO DEL MAR CULTIVATES A CURATED CULINARY AND BEVERAGE EXPERIENCE WITHIN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIER LIVE MUSIC + ART FESTIVAL

Celebrity chef and Food Network host Robert Irvine; Top Chef all-star Richard Blais; and R&B-Pop singer turned restaurateur Kelis are just a few of the featured chefs appearing at KAABOO Del Mar

In Its Third Year, KAABOO’s PALATE Programming Brings Together Culinary Talent From San Diego, Los Angeles, And Across The Country For Demos, Tastings, And More

Southern California’s premier live music and multi-sensory experience, KAABOO Del Mar, is pleased to announce its culinary and beverage programing, including PALATE, which will take place during the three-day extravaganza from September 15-17. PALATE represents the most upscale culinary environment at any music festival, where guests can sample local and regional delicacies and small-batch specialties from a variety of carefully selected culinary artisans. Gourmet delectables will go hand-in-hand with dozens of limited production wines, craft beer, and cocktails.

In addition to enjoying the culinary and craft beverage offerings, guests will be able to immerse themselves in a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the country’s most esteemed chef talent. While headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Muse, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers play on the music stages, chef and cocktail talents leading the culinary stage include Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, Robert Irvine, Richard Blais, Michael Voltaggio, and Kelis. Additional demos on the main culinary stage will include Kevin Gillespie, Julio Cabrera, and Chris Adams. The finals of the KAABOO Rock ‘N Chef Competition, presented in partnership with Chef’s Roll, will be returning to the PALATE stage following the satellite competitions held in Los Angeles and San Diego.

PALATE food vendors include: Bling Bling Dumplings; BuddhaRito; Crab Hut; Dang Brother Pizza; Davanti; La Pousserie Beignets + Coffee; Little Fatty; Mallow Mallow; Mariposa Ice Cream; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Pinpoint Café; Poseidon Del Mar; Puesto; Searsucker; So Rich! Chocolates; STK; Sweetfin Poke; The Baked Bear; The Dirty Cookie; The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Voodoo Lounge; Wicked Maine Lobster.

PALATE beverage vendors include: Angel City Brewery; Arta Tequila; Ballast Point; Bluecoat Gin; Buzzbox; Charles Smith; Clos Du Bois; Crystal Head Vodka; Dark Horse; Do Good Distillery; Double Cross Vodka; FEW Bourbon; Gran Centenario; If You See Kay Wine; Josh Cellars; La Marca Prosecco; Latitude 33; Legacy Brewing; Magic Hat; Mark West; Moet; New Amsterdam; Nomadica; ONEHOPE; Prophecy; Ravage; RumChata; Saint Archer; San Agustin Vineyards; Sapporo; Small Town Brewery; Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Tequila Fortaleza; Uinta Brewing Co.; Wyder’s Hard Cider.

“Now in its 3rd year, KAABOO has truly found its niche in the festival world, offering the best in music, food and entertainment,” said Bryan Gordon, Founder + CEO. “Our guests have grown to expect a refined experience at each of our multi-sensory activations, so we have hand-selected our culinary and beverage partners to provide highly desirous food and beverage options, reflective of the KAABOO ethos.”
AMPLIFLY guests, (HANG FIVE and HANG TEN 3-day pass holders), will be able to get a preview of the PALATE / ARTWORK experiences at the Thursday Night AMPLIFY party featuring The Barenaked Ladies and The Dan Band. There is a limited number of 3-day HANG FIVE passes remaining.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Press Release Roundup: July 14

posted July 20th, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

POP Montreal

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POP Montreal is very pleased to make a second line-up announcement in anticipation for the upcoming #SWEET16 edition of the festival. Highlights include experimental Argentinian songwriter Juana Molina, the avant-garde composer William Basinski, darling of the electro-pop underground John Maus, and one of the most devastating live performers on earth, Moor Mother, all of whom will also appear in conversation as part of the POP Symposium. Some of the newer acts not to be missed include Dirty Beaches frontman Alex Zhang Hungtai’s new project Love Theme, Polaris long lister and art pop warrior Lido Pimienta, as well Aba & Preach, the hilarious and phenomenal social commentators who have been keeping all of us Montrealers entertained and awake. Finally, hometown hero and LuckyMe recording artist Lunice will put on the party of the year and also partake in a special interactive beatmaking workshop that’s guaranteed to leave the audience inspired.

On the Art POP front, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Never Apart art space to present G.R.O.S.S., an all-female multimedia group show featuring artists Tricia Middleton, Nadine Faraj, Rebecca Storm and Jana Sterbak. The exhibit opens July 13th and will run throughout the festival, reveling in the guck, ooze, rot, leaks, and stray hairs and exploring the balance between revulsion and attraction.

To get tix, click HERE!

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Introducing: Ghostly Beard

posted July 18th, 2017 by CharlesMartel | Filed under: Introducing | 0

In today’s world, it is easy to overlook the fact that what we now take as the norm was, not so very long ago, regarded as exotic. Patrick Talbot, who is Ghostly Beard, is an example of that. Born and brought up in the French Riviera of Franco-Italian background, he now lives in Montreal and is a Canadian citizen married to a British born woman. If there was an example of multi-culturalism in action then Talbot is surely it.

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Talbot’s association with music began, as so often happens, with listening to what his family were listening to, in Talbot’s case, rock music listened to by his elder brothers. That early association led to a study of music. With no formal training, he admits to difficulty in reading music and largely taught himself. However, with limited opportunities in his native region, his musical journey could almost have died before it was born. Like many of us, there were local projects with unknown bands with big ideas but that was the sum of it. And then, again like so many of us, career, marriage and life in general got in the way and Talbot entered into a musical hiatus where, he freely confesses, there was a lot going wrong in his life. It was not until some fifteen years later that he began to move back to music. By this time, living in Canada, the opportunities were greater and Talbot once again began to write songs and record them. Read more…

Press Release Roundup: June 30

posted July 1st, 2017 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Northern Nights Music Fest

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Returning to the historic Cook’s Valley Campground, just 3 hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area from July 14-16, 2017, Northern Nights Music Festival is celebrating its 5th year of bringing incredible beats, river swims and positive vibes to the Emerald Triangle! NNMF is humbled and excited to announce that last year’s beloved and trailblazing Medical Marijuana Zone will not only be returning but is expanding into a full state-of-the-art “Tree Lounge” – an exclusive, innovative and educational oasis in the center of the festival. Smoke a bowl in the main bowl to headlining artists such as notorious Hip Hop collective Living Legends, Jai Wolf, Cherub, Big Wild, G Jones, Dirtwire, Random Rab,Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage, and 90+ more amazing acts and experience the magic of music, swimming and dancing amidst one of the most sought out destinations in the world – the California Redwoods.

The game is changing for how festivals will approach cannabis use in the future and Northern Nights is continuing their pioneering efforts to remove the stigma around Cannabis use, enhance the experience, and honor the incredibly rich Cannabis history of the festival’s region. The Cannabis Tree Lounge highlights Humboldt, Mendocino and Northern California cultivators that have been perfecting their trade behind the Redwood curtain for generations who are coming forward at the end of cannabis prohibition. The Tree Lounge will also include education, sampling, interactive installations, refreshments, meet-and-greets with headliners plus performances throughout the day and night on the Royal Gold Tree Stage!

While not everyone can glamp – NNMF is showcasing the importance of self care for everyone with an exclusive “Yoga in the Grove” program curated by Bloom Farms. Sustainably farmed and responsibly made Bloom Farms seek to bring safe and enjoyable medicine to patients who use medical cannabis as part of a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. Also available in the Tree Lounge will be North Bay Nectar providing cannabis infused and hemp infused massage oil for 6,000 massages with their innovative premiere cannabis infused body products made with organic ingredients.

Don’t have a medical marijuana card? From the comfort of your own home, attendees can get a cannabis recommendation online from PrestoDoctor at a discounted rate for NN ticket holders. Just email info@northernnights.org for your code. Or PrestoDoctor will be onsite to provide recommendations at regular rates. Arriving with a current card also has the advantage of expedited entry into the lounge.

Outside of the relaxing oasis of the Tree Lounge, the 5th Annual Northern Nights has curated exceptional experiential offerings including a new “Purple Nights” Art Gallery showcasing the works of the finest borosilicate glass artists from around the world. Beachside dance parties, afternoon river swims, a diverse lineup of internationally renowned and breakout musical and mural artists, and world class production in an intimate setting make NNMF the perfect destination for city revelers to experience farm to fest. NNMF encourages all participants (18+) to activate their souls and smiles for three unforgettable days – no matter the path, you’ll find a home for the weekend in the majestic forests of NorCal.

To get tix, click HERE!

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