BTW JP Maurice, The Red Cannons, SUSTO, Sarah Beatty, Abigail Lapell, Danny Michel

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

After dealing with some serious adversity in his life over the last few years, Vancouver musician/producer JP Maurice is working towards a prosperous 2017 with the release of some brand new music. The Ferryesque Maurice recently releaseD new EP Girls January 13th and celebrated with a release party at The Biltmore Cabaret on January 14th.

After touring across Canada and Europe, and then taking home 2nd place in the PEAK Performance Project radio contest in 2015, a loss in the family turned Maurice mostly inwards and he focused on channeling his emotions into his art. He made the decision to invest in his own studio (Blue Light Studio), which allowed for late night collaborations, producing other artists, and creating endless song ideas. The result is the Girls EP, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir into slinky neo-soul, all tied together with Maurice's powerfully emotive vocals. It's a modern sound that capture timeless sentiments - love, loss, and the twists and turns in between.

The Girls EP is the follow up to JP Maurice's 2013 full-length album The Arborist , which marked his official debut as a solo artist after getting caught in major label red tape with his previous band that went simply by Maurice. The EP features a number of collaborators including producers Russell Broom and Ted Gowans , and it continues where The Arborist left off taking the listener straight back into sexy pop-noir territory.

"I do think I have settled or delved into that sound more," said JP Maurice. "But Girls also sees me sounding a little more optimistic with a song like 'Go' or rockier with 'Goodbye'. The songs were all mostly written or built using the piano as the fundamental instrument which differs from the past when I was using the guitar in that way. There is very little electric guitar on Girls."

JP Maurice will play a handful of BC tour dates and release the video for 'Shapeshifter' in the upcoming weeks. He plans to release his 2nd full length album entitled Boys later this year. The Girls EP will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers/streaming services on Friday, January 13th. For more info, check:

January 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Release Show w/ Peach Pit, Emily Rowed)
January 27 - Kelowna, BC @ Doc Willoughby's w/ Northcote
January 28 - Kamloops, BC @ The Dirty Jersey w/ Northcote
January 29 - Kelowna, BC @ BNA Brewing Co. (Fireside Session)
February 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Blue Light Studio (Blue Light Session)

The Red CannonsThe Red CannonsAnother Western talent on the come-up, Alberta rockers The Red Cannons, are releasing their 2nd EP Always Something on January 27th and are celebrating with an Edmonton Release Show at The Rec Room on January 28th. The first single, title track 'Always Something' , is going for adds now at Canadian Active Rock Radio.

The Red Cannons is a collaboration between three multi-talented brothers - Evan, Braden and Landon Boechler - from Stony Plain, AB and their long-time friend Jen Perry, from the neighbouring community of Spruce Grove. Since starting out in early 2012, the band's become a rising force in their local music scene and across Canada. In September 2012, they released debut EP Underneath The Floorboards which garnered 2 singles 'Underneath the Floorboards' and 'Sheepdog'. Both singles received plenty of airplay on numerous radio stations across Canada and The Red Cannons supported their commercial radio exposure with multiple festival performances, sharing the stage with: The Glorious Sons, One Bad Son, The Tea Party, and many more.

The group kept the momentum going over the next few years and quickly became known for a style reflecting strong blues-rock roots, often striking comparisons to groups like The Black Keys and The Glorious Sons. They were catapulted into the spotlight with a feature in Classic Rock Magazine in the UK in 2013, and were nominated for Group of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year at the 2014 and 2015 Edmonton Music Awards.

And now with the release of their new EP Always Something on January 27th, it looks like the best is yet to come for The Red Cannons. The group will be looking at performing at select music industry conferences across North America in 2017, along with Festival bookings and currently have a Canadian tour in the works.

"We are all about building momentum, embracing our fan base and relentlessly performing," said lead vocalist Evan Boecher. "We're willing to do whatever it takes, so we plan to spend much of 2017 on the road playing shows."

January 12 - Edson, AB @ Sit n Bull
January 13 - Edson, AB @ Sit n Bull
January 28 - Edmonton, AB @ The Rec Room (EP Release Show)

SUSTOSUSTOCharleston-based SUSTO's new album & I'm Fine Today premiered on Consequence of Sound, who proclaim, "The Charleston five-piece covers vast sonic ground on their new album...swaying between country-tinged rock ("Cosmic Cowboy"), contemplative pop ballads ("Mountain Top"), and any number of other genres that exist somewhere within the expansive fabric of Southern music." The highly anticipated LP is out January 13 via Missing Piece/Caroline. In addition, the band debuts their new live video of "Hard Drugs" from their performance at Charleston's Royal American.

In support of the new release, the band will headline twenty-four winter tour dates in the U.S. followed by a 17-city North American tour in support of The Lumineers. The five-piece band has made a name for themselves in recent years playing high profile festivals including Stagecoach, Austin City Limits and AmericanaFest along with opening slots with Shovels and Rope, Band of Horses,Iron & Wine, Shakey GravesLanghorne Slim, Futurebirds and Heartless Bastards. This past fall, SUSTO performed on a Facebook live-streamed session for NPR Music's Night Owl series.

& I'm Fine Today was recorded at The Space in Charleston, SC. Of the record, founder and frontman Justin Osborne says, "Something to take away from it is just understanding and appreciating when you're not always fine. This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling okay with your place in the universe."

SUSTO is comprised of Osborne (vocals, guitar),Dries Vandenberg (guitar), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass) and Corey Campbell (guitar, keys). The band name derives from a medical syndrome specific to Latin American culture that roughly translates as "panic attack."

The band released their self-titled debut in April 2014, which Charleston City Paper describes as "Southern Gothic country through and through." The following year SUSTO recorded a live album featuring Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses and later went on to be the support act for Bridwell and Iron & Wine on their fall 2015 tour. Daytrotter, via Paste, described the live performance as "breathtaking."

* with The Lumineers

January 24-New York, NY-Mercury Lounge
January 25-Allston, MA-Great Scott
January 26-Portland, ME-One Longfellow Square
January 27-South Burlington, VT- Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
January 28-Northampton, MA-The Parlor Room
January 30-Toronto, ON-The Drake Hotel
February 9-Denver, CO-Lost Lake Lounge
February 11-Kansas City, MO-Record Bar
February 12-St. Louis, MO-Off Broadway
February 17-Asheville, NC-Grey Eagle Tavern
March 18-Montreal, QC-Bell Centre*
March 19-Quebec City, QC-Videotron Centre*
March 21-Ottawa, ON-Canadian Tire Centre*
March 22-London, ON-RBC Theatre, Budweiser Gardens*
March 24-Des Moines, IA-Wells Fargo Arena*
March 25-Milwaukee, WI-BMO Harris Bradley Center*
March 28-Winnipeg, SK-MTS Centre*
March 30-Saskatoon, SK-SaskTel Centre*
March 31-Edmonton, AB-Rogers Place*

Sarah BeattySarah BeattyQuirky album of the week arrives courtesy of Hamilton's Sarah Beatty, a striking maship of psychroots and left field countryfolk. Check the title track from upcoming sophomore release Bandit Queen on Soundcloud, out February 3.

Over to you Sarah:"Bandit Queen is a folk fabled concept album that began with a 19th century horse thief named Belle Starr.The title track "Bandit Queen" documents the creative transition from concision, which was central to my first album Black Gramophone , towards a supersonic mythological expansion that happens in my new album. There are all kinds of mythologies telling people who they are and who they aren't. With this song, I wanted to invite the dark parts into the storyline and inspire listeners to be their whole, real, bodacious, outlawed selves." Yeehaw, girl can tell it.

"Bandit Queen really came into existence in the 19th century through the historical account of an exceptional and flawed woman. When I read about Belle Starr, the fabled bank heist mastermind turned horse thief, she grabbed my attention immediately. And from that original inspiration, I began imagining and contemplating all kinds of stories that rarely get told about women, even in the 21st century. Each of the songs on this record tells a different story, and as a collection they become the spine of a whole other adventure."

Tour dates should be announced in a couple of weeks, and having recently streamed the full album, can't wait to see this go down live.

Abigail LapellAbigail LapellToronto-via-Montreal singer/songwriterAbigail Lapell's new album Hide Nor Hair is streaming exclusively beginning today at Exclaim!, one week ahead of its official release on January 20 through Coax Records/Outside Distribution. Lapell launched the album with tour dates in Ontario and eastern Canada, starting January 17 at Montreal's Casa del Popolo
Hide Nor Hair was produced by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Snowblink) at Union Sound in Toronto and features drummer (and whistle soloist) Benjamin Hermann, Rachael Cardiello on viola, Joe Ernewein on bass, longtime collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals, and Mike Eckert on pedal steel. With a sound perhaps best described as "folk noir," Abigail Lapell is a fluid lyricist and multi-instrumentalist who draws freely from indie, folk-roots and punk rock traditions, carried by the sound of her wintry voice, harmonica, piano and finger-style guitar. Lapell's spirit is consummately DIY; a veteran of Montreal's indie-folk scene, she's shared stages with tUne-yArdS, First Aid Kit, Rae Spoon, The Lowest of the Low, Greg MacPherson and Andy Shauf. She's also toured across North America and Europe, appearing at festivals such as North By Northeast, Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest and In The Dead of Winter.

Even more impressive, she has completed two tours entirely by bicycle and two tours by canoe, as well as a cross-Canada tour by train. Her acclaimed, Earshot!-charting 2011 debut Great Survivor was recorded in a bedroom by Heather Kirby (Ohbijou) and hand-assembled from letterpress covers by Trip Print Press. Lapell is the recipient of the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for the song "Jordan," which is included on Hide Nor Hair.


January 21 :: St Catharines ON :: Mahtay Lounge (w/ DRFTR)
January 22 :: Peterborough ON :: The Garnet (w/ Bobby Dove)
January 23 :: Hamilton ON :: The Casbah (w/ Secretary City)
January 27 :: Orillia ON :: The Brownstone (w/ Shawn William Clarke)
January 28 :: Belleville ON :: Capers
January 29 :: Guelph ON :: Cornerstone (w/ Nate Coles)
February 3 :: Sackville NB :: Thunder & Lightning
February 4 :: Halifax NS :: Timber Lounge(w/ Blue Lobelia, Willie Stratton)
February 15-19 :: Kansas City MO :: Folk Alliance International Conference

Danny MichelDanny MichelRegarding Danny Michel's upcoming album, Khlebnikov, the CBC Music is treating listeners with a stream of the full record. Written and recorded while aboard the Russian icebreaker, Khlebnikov, with Col. Chris Hadfield as part of Generator Arctic , the album's goal was to capture that experience and share it with the rest of the world. Danny will be taking the album on tour throughout Canada beginning on January 20.

Audiences in Toronto can experience the album first hand on February 24 at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre with a performance of Danny Michel'sKhlebnikov - an evening of stories, science, and song - where the album will be performed in its entirety along with a chamber orchestra, arranged and conducted by Rob Carli (Murdoch Mysteries). Special guests for the evening will also include Col. Chris Hadfield and past captain of the Khlebnikov Petr Golikov.

Earlier this year, Danny Michel returned from the trip of a lifetime on an expedition traversing the Arctic Ocean with scientists, photographers, writers, videographers. His goal was to record an album entirely inspired by the immediate surroundings and record that album aboard the ship using a makeshift studio in his cabin comprised of camera tripods, hair ties, and gaffing tape. The result of that time spent writing and recording in the middle of the Arctic Ocean is Danny's upcoming album, Khlebnikov, which is set for release on January 20 . The album itself breaks new ground, or ice, for Danny and is quite literally explorational. For the finished record think a classically informed Tom Waits meets Tim Burton feel.

During his 18 days aboard the Khlebnikov, Danny recorded in his tiny cabin and invited some guests to cram into the 'studio' to share their talents, including Col. Hadfield (singing in Russian), and the dishwasher from the Khlebnikov kitchen. The tracks captured there made their way back to Canada to begin collaboration with composer Rob Carli who, aside from being a member of Danny's band, is one of Canada's most in-demand composers with 15 Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations, 5 Gemini Awards and 2 Canadian Screen Awards and 3 SOCAN Awards for domestic television.


Jan 21 - Regina, SK - Artesian on 13th
Jan 23 - Waterloo, ON - The Jazz Room, School Night Mondays
Jan 30 - Waterloo, ON - The Jazz Room, School Night Mondays
Feb 24 - Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre
Mar 24, 25 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre


Shows you'll want to see this week include South Carolina AltGoth rockers SUSTO at The Drake Jan.30 showing off new album & I'm Fine Today and Cleveland Ohio indie foursome Cloud Nothings currently made up of lead singer/guitarist Dylan Baldi , drummer Jayson Gerycz , bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown. They'll be working current album Life Without Sound Jan.27, Lee's Palace.