April 2018

Brian Hutson Anything Can Happen

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Submitted by Charles Hatton
Photo Credit Angela Talley

"Anything Can Happen" joins the fine string of single releases that have characterized Brian Hutson's career thus far. The lone exception, his late 2017 EP release Midnight Sessions, underlined the fact that he's one of the blossoming talents in popular music today. There is a dearth of vocal interpreters both emotionally aware and technically capable, but Brian Hutson fits the role. Hutson's first single, released in 2015, resulted from a chance meeting with famed producer Joe Vulpis who soon whisked Hutson away into a studio for his first recording, "Let It Ride". His natural talents were quite apparent and he couples movie star looks with it to make for an overall winning package. This new release shows Hutson is far from content from resting on whatever laurels he's earned so far and, instead, searches for new musical worlds to conquer. He finds one with "Anything Can Happen" and his presence in the performance is powerful.

Audiotree North Launch Video Project at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 11 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

As part of Audiotree North's launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto; including PUP, Lido Pimienta, Casper Skulls, Pony, Magic Giant, and Begonia. Today, they share the live performance video for Begonia's track, Out Of My Head.

"I wrote Out Of My Head at a pretty desperate time in my life," says Begonia, of the song. "I had just found the courage to separate from a very toxic relationship but wasn't fully prepared for how hard the fall out would be. I felt haunted by all the memories and had trouble seeing things clearly. When I wrote the lyrics, I kind of pictured myself yelling at...myself. I was begging myself to move on and rise above the darkness that I felt was following me, while also trying to take stock of how far I had come by simply leaving that relationship behind in the first place. I knew I just had to keep moving forward even if it didn't feel easy. The main message is basically just to trust your instincts and that sometimes even in your darkest moments you have more power than you think. Power from family, from a community, but most importantly power from inside yourself."

Pete Townshend Who Came First

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Who Came First’ is the debut solo record by Pete Townshend, first released in 1972. The album collected together tracks from Townshend's private pressings of his tributes to Meher Baba, Happy Birthday and I Am, as well as demos from the unrealized concept album Lifehouse, part of which became The Who's classic Who's Next album.

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary, the album will be released as a 2 CD-expanded version, featuring eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions and live performances. Also included in the eight-panel digipak are new sleeve notes provided by Townshend himself, the original poster from the 1972 release and a 24-page booklet which contains rare images of Meher Baba and Townshend in his recording studio. The cover photo of Townshend, taken by Graham Hughes (who also shot the cover of The Who's Quadrophenia), has been updated for this release.

Sour Bruthers EP

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Submitted by Jason Hillenburg

The Chicago based group debuts with a self-titled EP effort illustrating a remarkable understanding of traditional music and the needed imagination to transform it. Their transformation gives this EP release a distinctively individual quality unlike what we hear from many Americana themed acts today. It’s a tricky balance to maintain fidelity to a particular form while still bringing something of yourself to it that doesn’t move it too far from its roots. Sour Bruthers realizes that ambition straight out of the gate with this self-titled studio release and polishes off the collection with robust production capturing the spirit of these songs and rendering the band’s approach with clarity and balance. Sour Bruthers enter a crowded field, this style of music proving increasingly popular once again and sustaining a niche musical community within popular culture, but they obviously possess the talent to stand out from the pack and claim a spot as theirs alone.

Lord Nelson - Through the Night

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Submitted by William Elgin

The second album from Virginia quintet Lord Nelson, Through the Night, is a ten song outing expanding on the brilliant results they achieved with their 2015 debut The County and fleshing out the marvelously varied sound they adopted for that first collection. Lord Nelson’s 2012 formation began with brothers Kai and Bram Crowe-Getty and soon blossomed into its current iteration. They’ve earned a considerable live reputation thanks to an impressive live schedule clearly showing them off as a working band, sleeves rolled up, putting in their time on the road to build a grass roots following. It’s paid off for them by earning plum billings at respected festivals like Lockn’ and such appearances are illustrative of the ambition that’s increasingly sure to carry Lord Nelson to heights hitherto unimaginable for these young Virginians. Their invigorating, broad based sound is quite unlike anything else on the scene today and only improving with each new album and show.