April 2018

BTW-Astrocolor, Yoke Lore, Leif Hall, The Tiki Collective, Slow Leaves

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Victoria-BC’s six-piece electronica group, Astrocolor drops their new EP, Astrocolor III, April 6 th via eOne. The album follows Astrocolor II, a stunning beat-and-pulse driven record of techno, house and funk, blended with intricate strings and jazzy percussion. Astrocolor III, the third release in a trilogy of EPs on Softtone/eOne, sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals ( A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings", and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold Selected for Vans Warped Tour 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

2018 is off to a running start for Ontario-based rock band and Toronto Independent Music Award nominees, Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold.

January saw the powerhouse trio sharing the stage with industry vets Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Chris Ralles (Pat Benatar), Mitch Perry (The Sweet) and L7 at the legendary Whisky a Go Go’s Ultimate Jam Night in West Hollywood. In California for NAMM week promoting their new sponsorship deals with Blackstar Amplification and Mapex Canada, the ambitious Canadians also managed to snag an exclusive artist spotlight for PBS' hot new TV show, "Musicology". The excitement continued during the month of February when the Canucks returned to their home soil and confirmed they’ll be releasing their first ever ‘band’ E.P. later this year.

This March, however, the alt-rockers announced what will undoubtedly be the highlight of their summer: they’ve been hand-selected by founder Kevin Lyman himself to perform as special guests on the only Canadian date (Toronto) of the last ever Vans Warped Tour.

Founded in 1995, Vans Warped Tour is the longest running traveling music festival in North American history and its legacy boasts performances by Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Eminem, Weezer and No Doubt. Canadian Warped alum includes LIGHTS, Bif Naked, Sum41, Silverstein and Simple Plan; the latter three of which will all be returning to the Warped stage for this year’s final farewell.

Ashley J Satisfied

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 Submitted by William Elgin

Orlando born and Los Angeles based singer Ashley J is poised to make a deep impact on the pop world with her EP release Satisfied and even a cursory listen illustrates why. She’s invested tremendous emotional capital in the writing and recording of this stunning five-song collection and it doesn’t strike a false note throughout the length of the recording. Ashley made a brief stop in Nashville before relocating to the Los Angeles area and opting to pursue her musical fortunes there, but her ability to inhabit different forms testifies to the flexibility of her vocal talents. She isn’t just some pop chanteuse with a limited shelf life; instead, Ashley J’s EP Satisfied positions her to enjoy the long career deserving for a singer of her immense skills. Satisfied has immense pop appeal, but her substantive talents exhibited on these tracks are more than enough to carry her forward for years to come.

Book of Ryan Royce 5’9” Due Out on May 4, 2018

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Detroit rapper, Royce 5’9”, releases a new video for his single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole today and announces his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) on May 4, 2018. J. Cole also directed the video for the track.

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single on Friday. On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue-collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”