April 2017

Miss The 90s? New Toronto band Iduna plays Adelaide Hall May 12

Iduna

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Toronto-based alt rock band and Craigslist success story Iduna commands the attention of their listeners through exhilarating rhythms and powerfully rich harmonies and melodies, and I wanted to work with them from the very first time I heard their music. Iduna is heavily inspired by 90's alt-rock, and their debut album COUNTERPART is produced by Mark Makoway (known for his work with David Usher and Moist)! The album is being released at Iduna's May 12th show at Adelaide Hall and wanted to know if you can cover the show.

Iduna is a band bent on bringing back an edgy and mindful brand of alternative rock. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, this quartet spent their formative years playing Toronto-area festivals and the city’s many venues.

Heavily inspired by 90’s alt. rock, their music ranges from heavy and soulful to high energy rock and roll exploring a wide range of melodic flourishes and dynamic flux. With introspective lyrics in tow, sometimes wistful, sometimes fierce, Iduna delivers a unique flavour of rich harmonies, stirring melodies, and rhythms that compel you to move.

Iduna’s music explores themes of betrayal, injury, optimism and compassion. Relatable and concise without sacrificing their values, they are a band about creativity and companionship.

Magic Giant Announces New Album In The Wind

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In anticipation of the May release of their debut album, In The Wind, LA-based alt-folk trio, Magic Giant, announced their In The Wind 2017 tour with shows in San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Vancouver and more! They will also be playing at various music festivals including WayHome Music and Arts Festival, Emerge Festival, Sun Drenched Music Festival, LaureLive, Firefly Music Festival, RiSE Festival, and more. See below for complete list of tour dates. Magic Giant premiered Set On Fire live from The Bunker via Culture Collide.

The band has released two songs from In The Wind, Set On Fire and Jade.  In The Wind will be released on May 19th via Washington Square/Razor&Tie. The album was co-produced with Ben Allen (Walk the Moon, MIA, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective).

To date, Set On Fire, amassed over 4 million streams in less than one year, and reached #4 on Spotify's US Viral 50.

BTW- The New Pornographers, Youngblood, Small World Asian Music Series, The SilenceFactory, Timber Timbre, Jaymz Bee Birthday Week Celebrations, Said The Whale

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They're back and harder than ever. Critically acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers are premiering the title track off new album Whiteout Conditions today. Stream/share the song at https://youtu.be/hXwGX5Es9vM . The album dropped April 7 and is the first release on the band’s own Collected Works Records in partnership with Concord Records and damn fine rock 'n' roll.

In the wake of their headlining performance at the 2017 NPR Showcase at SXSW, The New Pornographers will also tour the U.S. and Europe this spring and summer including a run of newly added dates with Spoon . Tickets for all headlining U.S. shows include a free download of the new album. Additionally, Under the Radar is premiering a behind the scenes featurette of the filming of the video for the song “High Ticket Attractions.” Of the video, director Dan Huiting (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso) notes, “I have always wanted to wreck things in music videos, I just never thought I would get a chance to destroy an entire high school!”

Tim Williams a Man Who Has Truly Got the Blues

Tim Williams

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If there is a true mystery about Canada-based,US acoustic bluesman Tim Williams, it must surely be why he’s largely unknown and unrecognised. Williams is no new-comer, no new kid on the blues-block. This is a guy who has sure paid his dues, gigging widely and popularly across his adopted homeland in North America and turning out albums that positively zing with class and style. With his latest release, ‘So Low’, an inevitable play on words, selling well to widespread international acclaim, it’s hard not to think that just maybe his time has come.
Williams himself is a tad self-deprecating about the apparent lack of global recognition, acknowledging the difficulty faced by all bluesmen of whatever stripe and style. He chuckles when asked why he’s remained over-looked for so long, responding with typical humility and modesty: ‘Yea, it’s kinda puzzling at times. I’ve been a pro for many, many years but I guess it’s just the way it is. It can be a tough business, for sure, but I love the life and the music.’

Legendary Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul Scheduled for the TD Toronto Jazz

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The legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin brings her extraordinary voice to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, performing on Saturday, July 1 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

One of music's greatest treasures, Aretha Franklin has inspired a generation of vocalists, paving the way for all other artists who followed - from Whitney Houston to Beyonce, Alicia Keys to Adele.

Labeled the "greatest singer of all time" by Rolling Stone, Aretha has solidified her place in the popular and soul music pantheon. There is simply no one better.

For more than 60 years, Aretha has been a powerhouse vocalist rightfully claiming her place in music history. As the Queen of Soul, the passion and intensity of her music has never failed to move listeners. From soul and gospel beginnings to the Civil Rights movement to American pop music as a whole, Franklin's illustrious and storied career has been unchallenged thus far - 18 Grammy's; the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, the United States highest civilian honour. All of this justifiably earning Franklin Rolling Stone's #1 spot on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time. Now that calls for a little respect.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 5 at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Sony Centre Box Office .