March 2018

Monsieur Job Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow

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Submitted by Bradley Johnson

South American based act Monsieur Job has released a memorable single “Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow” certain to be an enormous hit with Latino listeners, but the quality is so high that’s safe to say this song has a lot of crossover potential begging to be realized. The power of this release is twofold – it lies in the mix of Caribbean/Latino influences with the urban beats now so common in EDM and hip-hop, but given an additional spike in Monsieur Jobs’ hands. The second factor is in how the band’s four members bring a cross-section of influences. Songwriters Toby Holguin and Stan Kolev, alongside other members Charlie Illera and Leo Jaramillo, are well schooled in both DJ style and live music that enables them to bring organic qualities to bear on the largely electronica nature of the music. This is one of the year’s most compelling singles thus far and will likely finish as such. It’s also coupled with a powerful remixed version that will enjoy many admirers as well.

Noble Son Joy of Violence

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Submitted by Laura Dodero

Canadian singer/songwriter Noble Son (aka Adam Kirschner) unleashes his debut album Joy in Violence, a follow-up to the three prior EPs that he released since 2011. It’s been a long journey for the musicians who found himself face to face with his own personal demons and mental struggles in 2017 which kicked off a dedicated songwriting spree that resulted in 8 pieces all of which would be recorded for Joy in Violence. This record is an alien trip through the bleakest, blackest recesses of the human mind as it battle to fight against its own sinister urges and the music on this LP truly gives off that eerie, ethereal vibration.

“Moments I’ll Remember Best from SXSW”

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Submitted by Ori Dagan
Photo Credits Andrew Bennett

Toronto-based jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan made his SXSW debut last weekend, accompanied by Nathan Hiltz on guitar and Brandi Disterheft on bass. The only Canadian jazz artist selected this year, Dagan played a set of standards and originals to a standing-room-only crowd at popular Austin jazz haunt, The Elephant Room. Dagan received support for his March 17 midnight showcase from FACTOR and the SOCAN Foundation.

BTW-Five Alarm Funk, Friendly Rich, Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Excuses Excuses, Frigs

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Hard knockin' Vancouver-based groove masters Five Alarm Funk have released their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Wheels On The Bus .

Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels

Michael Peterson Drink Swear Steal and Lie

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Submitted by Don Graham

Michael Peterson has a list of accomplishments in country music as long as your arm. Beginning in 1998 he has sold over a million records, been nominated for a Grammy, had  songs on the charts with 'Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie' hitting #3 and From Here to Eternity being his first #1 as well as being listed as  the fourth most popular Country wedding song of all time and in the top forty of all time country love songs. He has written songs for Travis Tritt, Timothy B. Schmitt of The Eagles and Pop Superstar Deniece Williams, to name a few. Heck, he even contributed to the #1 New York Times bestselling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series. He has also received numerous distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.