March 2017

Flagship's The Electric Man Out via Bright Antenna Records

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North Carolina duo Flagship has announced the release of their album The Electric Man via Bright Antenna Records.

Of the album the band explains "The Electric Man is a very special record for us. We really put pieces of ourselves into every single track and there isn't a single track that suffers from a lack of energy or heart. We truly feel that this is our best music to date and stand behind this record as an audible representation of our growth and hard work up to this point."

The new album, The Electric Man was produced by Joey Waronker, known for his work as the drummer for Beck, REM, Brandon Flowers, Atoms for Peace, Walt Mink, and many others.

The band released their debut EP, blackbush, on Bright Antenna in 2012 followed by a self titled full-length in 2013, which was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out)."Life Underwater"from Flagship reached No. 17 on Sirius XM Alt Nation and the Love Thy Brother remix of the song hit No. 10 on Hype Machine Remix and No. 30 on HypeMachine. "Life Underwater" has also garnered nearly 2 million plays on Spotify and 200,000+ views on YouTube.

BTW Empty Lungs, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Calcedon, Locomotive Ghost, Ian Kelly, Overcoats, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Slaves UK

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Empty Lung has just released our new single “Don’t Get It” for streaming on Soundcloud .

"The song is basically a 'fuck you' to a culture that warps young people into thinking that self-image and selfishness are the core values of our modern society. Those kinds of attitudes create an atmosphere that alienates anyone that doesn’t fit the mould. The youth culture that we love revolves around tolerance, art, activism and social change. Unfortunately these aren’t the dreams being sold to many of us.

"It definitely hasn’t been an easy road so far, but grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in us. We all grew up in Belfast, Ireland at the tail end of a divisive 35 year conflict. So after losing members, losing jobs, and a near death experience, our energy and loyalty to the band was only bolstered.

"When we recorded the songs on our ‘Don’t Get It’ EP, it seemed like a re-birth for the band. Our second guitarist of 3 years had just left but the three of us are like a family unit after everything we’ve been through together and I think that shines through in the songs.

Montreal’s Dawn Tyler Watson Wins The 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge

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On February 22, 2017 Dawn Tyler Watson walked away with the highest honours in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC). Competing in the band category, Dawn was one of over 260 blues acts from around the globe that came to Memphis earlier this month to compete in the annual 6-day event hosted by The Blues Foundation. Dawn is the first Canadian artist ever to win the prestigious award and she is also the first woman in a quarter century to take home the IBC.

Last October, Dawn Tyler Watson, backed by members of The Ben Racine Band, earned the right to represent the Province of Quebec in competitions sponsored by The Montreal Blues Society. Soon after her victory in the provincial competition, it became uncertain if Dawn would be able to go to Memphis at all, when she found out that she needed triple heart bypass surgery right away.

Following the successful surgery in November, Dawn took a few months to recover and to make sure she could bring her A-game to the IBC.

Dawn appeared the first night of the IBC competition in the international showcase that features acts from outside the US. It marked only her second public performance since recovering from her surgery. Judges and fans alike agreed that she was better than ever as she rose through the ranks, making her way to the quarter finals, then the semi-finals to earn one of the eight coveted spots in the finals to be held on the last night of the competition at the legendary Orpheum Theater.

"Turbo Twang" Singer Songwriter Wayne Warner Gets "Wasted" On New Country Single Release

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Wayne Warner's songwriting is distinctive, timeless, and loves to flirt with many different genres. The former Atlantic Records artist, best know for his 2006 hit, "Turbo Twang," Warner has been joined on his records by some of the most established country artists of the eighties and nineties, as well as a pop icon, and a current superstar. From Bryan White and Mark Collie, to Bonnie Tyler and Taylor Swift, his peers have come to hold Warner in great esteem as an "artists' artist". His hooks, so fresh, so powerful, that Warner has been deemed as a genius by many in the field, receiving praise from the likes of Billboard and Music City News. His appearance is as interestingly unique as his sound, and he speaks in overtones that only a well crafted artist could. And yet, in many ways, Warner is almost a well kept secret.

And now, the secret is out... MTS Management Group is happy to announce the radio release of Wayne Warner's new single, "Wasted" (B-Venturous/MTS). MTS will handle secondary and international radio promotion for the song. "Wasted" is available for radio download via Airplay Access. Mp3s can also be requested directly from MTS at michael@mtsmanagementgroup.com.

"We're so excited to be working with such an incredible talent," said Michael Stover, head of MTS Management Group. "Wayne has a one-of-a-kind sound and approach, that is instantly recognizable in this usually cookie-cutter world. I know radio will welcome Wayne back to their airwaves. Let's all get 'Wasted!"

The Strumbellas - Hope!

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On March 3, 2017 The Strumbellas brought their infectious energy to TBS’ Conan, with a debut performance of their vibrant new single, Young & Wild. The band also dropped an impassioned live music video for the track, which showcases their breakout 2016 year; capturing scenes from sold out shows across the globe including the massive crowds from their debut sets at Lollapalooza and ACL, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, The Danforth Music Hall, and many more.

2016 saw The Strumbellas release their third album, Hope, and trail-blaze their way through the year with their chart-topping single, Spirits. The track reach #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart in Canada and America, and the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, went double platinum in Italy, platinum in Canada, and gold in America and Germany, and is one of the top 10 most streamed Rock songs of 2016 worldwide, establishing The Strumbellas as one of the biggest breakout Alternative Rock acts of the year. This has undeniably carried into 2017 as the band has been nominated for three JUNO Awards – Group of the Year, Single of the Year (Spirits), and Fan Choice – and will be performing at the award show broadcast. They have also not only been nominated for iHeartRadio’s Alternative Rock Artist of the Year, but they’ve already won Best New Rock / Alternative Rock Artist, making them finalists for Best New Artist at this Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.