November 2017

Flatt Lonesome Silence In These Walls

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Submitted by Joshua Stryde

The six members of Flatt Lonesome have grown a lot as individuals, band mates, songwriters, and musicians in the four years since they first appeared on the scene with a self-titled debut. This distinctive and retro-minded outfit has spent much of the early part of their run pay due deference to the rich history of country music, but these last four years has also found them expanding their purview to include increasingly sophisticated arrangements, more and more original material and discovering a wont for pushing the boundaries of the form while still loyally adhering to its expectations. There’s a lot of entertainment value spread out over these twelve tracks, but there’s also a feeling of life well lived that goes into these performances and they will likely strike a chord deep within listeners. Silence in These Walls is Flatt Lonesome’s best effort to date and sets the bar high for their future releases.

CMA Awards 2017

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Submitted by Don Graham

The 51st CMA Awards were held on November 8, 2017, with a spectacular show at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.It was an emotional show allowing the songs and artists to use the powerful genre to focus on unifying the country through country music during a year rampant with gun violence, hurricanes, floods and a divisive political climate.

Garth Brooks took home the night's top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his career although it was not without controversy as Brooks admitted post-show to lip-synching his performance due to a bad throat. Brooks explained, "We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync. And we decided to lip-sync it. My voice just isn't going anywhere and we wanted to represent country music the best we can." Brooks won out over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton were the night's most-awarded performers, with two wins each.

Chris Stapleton's ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ was named Album of the Year, beating out releases that included Miranda Lambert's ‘The Weight of These Wings’ and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's ‘The Nashville Sound’. Stapleton won Album of the Year in 2015 for ‘Traveller’. He also added Male Vocalist of the Year category, beating out Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett for his third consecutive win.

BTW - Nagata Shachu, Blake Reid Band , Avery Raquel, Winnie Brave, Jaymz Bee, Russell De Carle, Smut, The Dears, Slowdive, Jonathan Richman

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Pre-eminent Canadian taiko group Nagata Shachu present rhythm and music as a force for unity and solidarity and bring together diverse elements of the world's multicultural mosaic in their 19th annual concert season 'Beats Beyond Boundaries' at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

The season kicks off featuring the group's visually stunning production 'Half Cycle, Full Moon' (directed by Nagata Shachu's Aki Takahashi). They balance tradition with innovation in this collection of 15 new works, which follows the waxing moon illuminating through its various phases in this celebration of night, light and life at Fleck Dance Theatre Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Taiko master and artistic director Kiyoshi Nagata states, "Nagata Shachu's 2017-2018 season 'Beats Beyond Boundaries' is a testament to the power of rhythm and its ability to transcend cultural, political and socioeconomic boundaries. Our aim is to bring both diverse artists and audiences to this eclectic mix of concerts, which includes our visually stunning season opener featuring all new works in November, a mash-up of taiko and blues in March and a collaboration with a master shamisen player from Japan in June."

The Rubens Release New Single ‘Million Man’

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada
Photo Credit Giulia McGauhan

The Rubens return with new single, Million Man (via Ivy League Records) – a soulful, groove-fuelled track, that follows on where their now certified platinum, #1 triple j’s hottest 100 single, Hoops, left off.

The story of Million Man begins at 2013’s Laneway Music Festival, where The Rubens befriended NYC rapper, EL-P (Run The Jewels) and his band, which included his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, brothers, Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz).

After a few nights spent drinking in New York at a bar that Torbitt and Wilder co-owned, it seemed their effortless friendship could lead to a pretty interesting musical collaboration.

2017 and those musings became reality when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio, housed in a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West.

On the collaboration, keyboard/vocalist/songwriter, Elliott Margin says, “When it came time to look for a producer for this new record, we realized that they'd be the perfect guys to work with. ‘Million Man’ was the first track we worked on in the studio with the boys. It was genuinely just a fun time building the song and being creative together.”

Minor Empire Celebrate ‘Uprooted’ @ Hugh’s Room Live

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Award-winning, Turkish-Canadian world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music and modern sounds. Minor Empire’s sound is defined by the dreamy vocals of Ozgu Ozman which soar above an ambient bed of organic instrumentation to create the airy, atmospheric vibes.

Minor Empire’s newest album Uprooted was recently launched through sold-out shows in Turkey, with a Canada/US launch to follow in 2017. Produced by co-lead and guitarist Ozan Boz, the record features some of Canada’s finest musicians: Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Chris Gartner on bass, Ben Riley and Mark Kelso on drums, Patrick Graham on percussion, and Lina Allemano on trumpet.