June 2018

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Working Man

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro

No stranger to the stage and screen, one of The Guardians of the Galaxy", Tom Proctor will be releasing his singing/songwriting album debut entitled, "Working Man" worldwide on June 15th, 2018. The record was recorded at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studios, home of artists such as Taylor Swift and Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, amongst others. The album is a conglomerate of story-telling majesty, heart filled passion, and orgasmic drama, from a man that's lived a fast and furious life thus far.

Tom Proctor can tell you tales of his life for the next 30 years without taking a breath. He's been a stuntman, has trained horses, has been in over 250 full contact fights and aside from films has also appeared on major TV. His love for song and story began at a young age through encouragement from his grandmother Marie. Although he played the drums already, after winning a guitar in an arm wrestle he realized the calming effect of the strings. Many of his songs are written on a whim or in a dream, or through a psychic revelation. Most have a story behind the story of the song, and all are genre-defying. 

"They're not country, they're not rock then what are they? They are songs. If you're listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your time, but if you listen with your heart, you'll have a good day" (Tom Proctor)

Moe Green’s Eye: Wasted

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

In blissful sarcasm and epic riffs that draws us back to the heyday of giant grungy guitars, Moe Green’s Eye comes bursting through the noise and into center stage of the indie rock spectrum with their new single “Wasted,” out now everywhere music is sold. “Wasted” is blowing up the indie community from coast to coast, but it all started with the mammoth buzz they’ve been generating in the New York City club circuit. If you’re living on the island right now, this is probably not the first time that you’ve heard of Moe Green’s Eye, and if they keep the pace they’re setting with this latest track, it certainly won’t be the last.

BTW Dennis Ellsworth, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Jordan Officer, Terra Lightfoot, Yukon Blonde, Jonas Tomalty, The Greasemarks

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

The change has come for Dennis Ellsworth. It's in the title and in the grooves of fifth solo album Things Change, which finds Ellswort embracing a dynamic new power pop sound, as opposed to the roots rock approach he has previously been known for.

The Prince Edward Island native's currently taking it to the people on a national ticking all the major boxes. The approach can be credited in part to Ellsworth teaming up with Joel Plaskett, who assumed production duties and enlisted compadres Charles Austin (Superfriendz) and Dave Marsh (longtime drummer in Plaskett’s backing band the Emergency), to participate. The results on Things Change are a brilliant convergence of his irresistible songwriting chops with Plaskett and co.’s trademark vintage guitar-driven sound.

Cordovas Make Their Ato Record Debut with That Santa Fe Channel

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters. The album is timely - and timeless - blurring the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music. It's highlighted by unbelievable harmonies, loose-yet-masterful musicianship and undeniable songwriting chops.

Years before Cordovas' formation, bandleader Joe Firstman travelled the country as a solo musician. Raised in North Carolina, he moved to Hollywood as a determined 20-year-old, signing a major-label deal with Atlantic Records. When a dizzying blur of acclaimed shows - including opening dates for Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson - weren't enough to satisfy the expectations of a big-budget record label, Firstman lost his contract and took a new job as music director on Last Call with Carson Daly. It was good work, with Firstman performing nightly alongside first-rate musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington.

The Refusers: Disobey

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Submitted by Michael Saulman

Seattle’s The Refusers are going to make some serious waves with their third studio release Disobey. The nine-song collection is another politically inclined entry in the band’s discography since first forming in 2010, but they are better than ever before at mixing their political messaging with appealing musical arrangements crackling with rock and roll spirit. Their musical excellence will allow many to enjoy the album that might otherwise disagree with the opinions of the band’s main songwriter Michael Belkin. It’s essentially a populist message the band pumps out, but they know how to shift gears without ever sacrificing a musical identity obviously meaning a great deal to them. The production frames the package in a physical package that has equal parts intelligence and attitude bubbling up from every line in the track. This new album will further solidify the band’s position as one of the most individualistic rock acts working today.