BTW with Lenny Stoute Chad Van Gaalen, Daptone Gold, Paul Reddick & The Sidemen, The Boxcar Boys, Destroyer, Terry Gomes

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
At right: Chad VanGaalen

Calgarian wild child Chad VanGaalen kicks off his Western Canadian tour tonight in Calgary's Assembly Hall. Tour opening gigs are always special and this one is so on account of being his first indoor show there in over three years. The tour also includes an appearance at Bermuda Fest in Edmonton. For the west coast dates, VanGaalen will be joined by Samantha Savage Smith, and for a few dates, indie-folk mainstay Hayden.

These shows will also see the debut of Chad’s new backing band, Bleach Wipes, made up of Ryan Bourne (Sleepkit, Ghostkeeper) and Chris Dadge (Lab Coast, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith). This hugely talented pair brings Chad’s kaleidoscopic musical world to life onstage.

Chad VanGaalen’s Calgary fans in particular are in for a treat with this announcement. Since 2012, the singer-songwriter has only played his hometown twice: at a surprise outdoor show at Tomkins Square last May, and a few months later at the 2014 Calgary Folk Music Festival. Fans of his music know that VanGaalen’s sonic universe knows no bounds, covering everything from country-folk laments and garage-psych ragers to indie pop gems and free-form electronic outbursts. To accommodate and accentuate this range of musical offerings, Chad will be performing in Calgary over two nights at two strikingly different venues.

Shrink Dust, Chad VanGaalen’s fifth and latest album, from 2014, garnered some of the best reviews of his career, with praise from the likes of Magnet, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, BLURT, FILTER, NME, Loud & Quiet, Exclaim, Relix, NOW, Music OMH, and more. In the world of radio, Shrink Dust spent three weeks in the Top 10 of the CMJ albums chart.

Tour Dates
Fri.Sept. 1 Calgary, AB Festival Hall
Sat. Sept. 12 Edmonton, AB Denizen Hall (Bermuda Fest)
Wed. Sept. 16 Canmore Communitea
Thu. Sept. 17 Kelowna Habitat
Sat, Sep 19 Vancouver Imperial
Sun, Sep 20 Nelson Spirit Bar
Thu, Sep 24 Regina The Exchange
Fri, Sep 25 Winnipeg WECC
Sat, Sep 26 Saskatoon The Capitol

Sharon JonesSharon JonesSix years after the acclaimed release of greatest hits and rarities collection 'Daptone Gold,' Daptone Records and Fontana North has announced the release 'Daptone Gold II' on September 18, 2015. Just as the original put a spotlight on Daptone's unique sonic mission, 'Daptone Gold II' reveals just how far things have come, packed with favorites from the last six years, along with tracks previously unavailable or only obtainable via 45. The release also follows Daptone's 2014 Super Soul Revue where their entire roster performed together, selling out three nights at The World Famous Apollo Theater. This new double album brings fans up to date with the Brooklyn label that has become a premier source of new soulful music and a model for independent labels.

Featuring some of the most popular songs ever released by Daptone, the album includes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' 'Better Things' (from the 2010 album 'I Learned the Hard Way'), 'Inspiration Information,' (a Shuggie Otis cover from 'Soul Time!') and 'Retreat' from their latest album 'Give the People What They Want.' Other favorites include Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens' 2014 tracks 'Sinner' and 'Strictly Reserved For You' - and 'Heartaches and Pain,' by Charles Bradley; 'Hot Shot' by 2015 breakouts Saun & Starr, 'Dirty Money' by Antibalas, and 'Got To Get Back To My Baby' by The Sugarman 3, as well as many others.

Songs previously only available on 45 include 'Luv Jones,' a duet by Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson, 'Little Boys With Shiny Toys' by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and 'Out Of The Wilderness' by The Como Mamas. Previously unreleased songs include the instrumental 'Thunderclap' by The Dap-Kings and 'You Got To Move' performed by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.

A must have for fans of any kinda soul.

Paul ReddickPaul ReddickOne of Canada’s most beloved and legendary blues bands, Paul Reddick & The Sidemen will reunite for one night only on September 19th at The Dakota Tavern. Formed in 1990, The Sidemen quickly gained a loyal following throughout North America, selling out venues from coast-to-coast with their high-energy performances and innovative blues-rock.

Based in Toronto, Paul Reddick & The Sidemen are singer-songwriter and harmonica player Paul Reddick, Kyle Ferguson, Vince Maccarone and Greg Marshak. Fronted by Reddick’s deep, urgent voice and his complementary harmonica playing, the support musicians give the songs a depth that is unusual, not only in traditional American music but in popular music as a whole. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA. One of the tracks from Rattlebag, the gritty “I’m A Criminal”, was used in the popular Coca-Cola "Sip Stealing" television commercial that aired during the Superbowl. “A certain magic occurs when some bands play - we all feel it when the sidemen get on the stage”, says Reddick. “We are very excited to be rocking the tunes extra hard at the ever cool Dakota Tavern”. You know they're looking to knock it out of the park as local talk has it the band's thinking soon reunion.

A good un' for live shows in the T.Dot and one of the more raucous is bound to be The Boxcar Boys at Burdock Music Hall. The Toronto based six piece is clarinetist John Williams, violinist Laura C. Bates, trombonist Karl Silveira, accordionist Kelsey McNulty, sousaphonist Rob Teehan and washboard player Justin Ruppel. The band’s close-knit dynamic is clear on their third full length album, Cicada Ball which will waltz you across genres with whimsy and humour and dip you back in time. Boxcar BoysBoxcar BoysThe title track of the album is a sonic interpretation of Cicadas giving up their tireless singing in the heat of the summer to instead throw down and party. In the spirit of celebration, the Boxcar Boys included some talented friends on selected tracks throughout the album including Lotus Wight on vocals and cello banjo (Sheesham and Lotus), Adrian Gross on mandolin (The Slocan Ramblers) and Michael Eckert on dobro (The Double Cuts).

Put 'em all together and they create a create distinct, energetic and at times nostalgic sound by weaving together a captivating bevy of folk traditions, Dixieland jazz and Klezmer performed with a good ole time New Orleans spirit. Their presence on the Canadian music scene over the last 5 years, including 2 full length albums Don’t Be Blue (2011) and Rye Whiskey (2012) has earned them a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as well as a place on EJazzNews list of Best Canadian Jazz Bands.

The album launch and official release party will be marked by a hoedown and concert at the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on September 11th. Canadian bluegrass super-band, The Slocan Ramblers will ready the stage and warm up the dancers. The Boxcar Boys will follow this release with an east coast tour in mid-late September including a performance at the notorious Deep Roots Music Fes

Tour Dates
Sept.11 Burdock Music Hall Toronto ON
Sept. 19 Boscawen Inn Lunenburg, NS
Sept. 20 Parrsboro Music Hall Parrsboro ON
Sept. 22 Baba's Lounge Charlottetown PEI
Sept. 23 Red Herring Pub Saint Andrews, NB
Sept. 24 Cafe Cempoal (Halifax, NS)
Sept. 25 -27 Deep Roots Music Fest (Wolfville, NS)
Sept. 28 All City Music Program (Halifax, NS)
Sept. 29 The Townhouse (Antigonish, NS)
Sept. 30 House Concert (Cape Breton ON)

Daniel Bejar: DestroyerDaniel Bejar: DestroyerDestroyer's Dan Bejar is one of indie rock's most inventive wild cards. His last album, 2011's excellent Kaputt, was an absurdist take on early-Eighties yacht pop. His latest, Poison Season, is themed on: What if the David Bowie of Space Oddity and the Bruce Springsteen of The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle were the same person? Bejar stacks rainy-New York sax magic, sad-astronaut strings and neosoul grooves to make songs that are as wryly hilarious as they are strangely incisive. The peak is "Times Square," a New York serenade that strangely incisive. This is a grand, glam-gritty album, musically lush and lyrically dynamic, Along with the new full-length, Poison Season, a two-song 12-inch that includes a remix of album track “Forces From Above” and the orchestral version of “Times Square, Poison Season” will be released as a bonus.

Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He’s a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters—Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack—simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record—first as swaying, saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie.

“The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet,” explains their author. “I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn’t really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle.”

Bejar has a strong instinct for pulling off the changeups, while maintaing something distinct in the overall arc.No two records sound the same, but they’re always unmistakably Bejar. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness.

Terry GomesTerry GomesOttawa composer/guitarist Terry Gomes is back on the airwaves with his latest collection of smooth jazz and Latin inflected tunes."Blue. Green. Aquamarine." Gomes smooth picking, mellow flowing style's made him a CBC fave and won him a significant fan base in Germany. The 5-track EP can sampled at the link below, where Gomes had also posted some very interesting clips of rehearsal footage, giving an intimate look at the man and his creative process. The little something extra in Gomes work derives from his ancestry. Born in the South American country of Guyana, the man's superbly crafted instrumentals resonate with the sounds of Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean, all in the service of a smooth music with flair that goes down real easy.