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Dallas Old 97's Release Their 11th Studio Album Graveyard Whistling

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Dallas four-piece Old 97's is a pioneer ofthe alt-country movement. Years of hard work has earnedthem respect and veneration, yet they still retain theraucous energy, deceptive cleverness, and knockabout spiritthat first distinguished them from the pack. This attitude continues on their 11th studio album,Graveyard Whistling, out today.

Today the band released its music video for rollickingsingle "Good with God". Directed by Lee Kirk, the video isa parody of MTV's '120 Minutes' featuring an interview andlive-tracked performance with Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Late Night With Seth Meyers) andJenna Fischer (The Office). "Good with God" has also been a breakout at radio and is inside the top 20 on the AAA Chart.

"Lee Kirk and his team had written a great script andarranged for what would have been a very cool video when wediscovered at the last minute that our drummer would not beable to take part in the filming," explained lead singerand songwriter Rhett Miller. "Thank god that Fred Armisenis a world-class drummer in addition to being literally thefunniest man on the planet. What we wound up with wasunexpected and amazing. This video could have been an hourlong given all of the hilarious improv that Jenna and Freddid."

Forgotten Rebels Lee's Palace Toronto

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(Editor's note: We sent a next generation punk appreciator to see how an iconic punk act from the way past stacks up with the young uns.)

Go to a punk show for the music, stay for the ritual. A fan climbed onstage during the middle of a song (don't remember which one, possibly A.I.D.S.) and declared her eternal love for lead singer Mickey DeSadist. He allowed her to come on stage and dance around for a bit, whilst cautioning her to "please not show everybody in the crowd your boobs like you always do."

The house was packed, the average age was probably about 40, but there was still a strong contingent of younger people, mostly making themselves noticed by smashing against each other in the mosh pit while all except the most hardcore older folk stood by the sidelines. The Kensington Market veterans were all in attendance, with Steve Goof (of TheBunchOfFuckingGoofs) and his entourage of refugees from the 1980’s frequently parading to the bar and returning to the pit with 4 beers each.

Mickey was wearing a shiny golden Mad Hatter's costume from some alternate universe version of Alice in Wonderland as imagined by David Bowie. His stage presence was on point, soaking up the crowd's delight and stopping to make sarcastic commentary when appropriate. His beer gut emerged from the shimmering suit vest in a way that me and my friends concluded was in fact proud. Rather than concealing his middle aged girth behind a veil of glam rock influenced sexuality he had integrated it into the performance.

Rory Block – The Lady with the Blues

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Where do you start with Rory Block?  Something of an acoustic blues legend these days, she's a lady who has played with the greats, sat at their feet absorbing their multi-hued styles and tones while always striving to open new boxes with her sassy, savvy driving vocals and strident, percussive fretwork. For over fifty years, Block has thrown down the blues gauntlet, pushing herself to the limit at times, known for her bleeding, scarred and torn fingertips and her refusal to compromise her music in any way.

It's only fitting that she has most recently centred her focus on the old generation of pickers, the guys that influenced, inspired and instructed her in the music, legendary names that every blues-fan both knows and reveres. Guys who were her blues buddies, sharing their own evident love of the music with her, as she honed her craft and powered her way along the care-worn, blues highway.

Currently riding a well-deserved wave of popularity, Block's stunning, Stony Plain  'Mentor Series' of recent releases have not only reacquainted many with the traditional roots of the music but also showcased her own, startlingly colourful mastery of a range of different and divergent styles of playing. This is a lady who doesn't just play the blues - she pretty much is the blues incarnate.

BTW This Week- King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Old 97's, Danny Michel, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Louie Louie, Ruthless Ones

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Hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the most compelling collectives of art-rock experimentalists in recent years, exploring a mix of high-concept musical odysseys that range from AM bubblegum to kaleidoscopic acid tests," Australian psychedelic seven-piece King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have expanded minds yet again with their latest song "Sleep Drifter".

"Sleep Drifter" is featured on the new album Flying Microtonal Banana, out February 24th via ATO Records. This album is King Gizzard's first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves.

"Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu," further explained drummer Eric Moore. "The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a Turkish horn called a Zurna."

To say the King Gizzard crew is averse to comfort zones is an understatement.

Luke Nicholson Releases New Product on April 14

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Toronto singer/songwriter Luke Nicholson's new album Shape And Sound, out April 14 on Maggie's Room Records/Fontana North, displays once again the melodic gifts and poignant storytelling that has led him to be regarded as one of Canada's true songwriting craftsmen. The album also marks a sonic departure from Nicholson's previous work, drawing inspiration from the likes of The Lumineers and City & Colour.

Shape And Sound 's two-year journey following his previous release Frantic City not only led Nicholson to find his true artistic identity, it also encouraged him to firmly take the reins of his creative process. Nicholson worked closely with Marty Skrzypczyk, and between them they played every instrument while co-producing all the tracks from the beds up. Mixing was handled by Howie Beck, with Joao Carvalho applying his usual excellent mastering skills.

Midnight Oil Announce "The Great Circle 2017" World Tour Plus Major Archival Releases

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Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil today announced their first World Tour in over two decades including a stop in Toronto on May 20 at the Danforth Music Hall and in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on June 2. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called "The Overflow Tank" which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.

"The Great Circle 2017" World Tour will see the group's classic lineup literally circle around our overheating planet for 6 months, starting and ending with gigs in Sydney. Appropriately for a band forged in their hometown's sweat-drenched beer barns, the tour will begin in mid-April with an intimate local pub gig (details to be announced closer to the date). Midnight Oil will then perform 30 gigs around the world during the northern summer, playing iconic venues from Sao Paulo's Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in L.A. to London's Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years. This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts through October and November, 2017.

BTW This Week- Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Danny Marks, Royal Tusk, Andrea Ramolo, Alejandra Ribera, Kobo Town, The TUNS

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The 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 17-19, 2017, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at five venues and six stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the festival, schedule and for updates, please visit www.winterfolk.com .

BTW -DISCOVERIES, Chris Gostling & The Tempo, Denielle Bassels, Jupiter Hollow, Laughed The Boy, Robbie Lane and The Disciples

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It's time again for DISCOVERIES, a showcase series that brings four artists together, have each one work to bring out as many family members, friends and fans as they are able and then the room fills up to give each of the four artists attention and support. This year's lineup:
Ezra Jordan
started piano lessons at five, and drums at nine. He shifted focus to singing and writing songs while studying music at the University of Guelph, and while playing keyboards in Warner Bros. artist Scott Helmans band. He continued his studies at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Independent Artist Program. He is now working on writing and recording his first solo project, which is a blend of Alt. Pop and R&B. Ezra can currently be seen playing with his band in clubs around Toronto. 

Murray McLauchlan to release 19th studio album, ‘Love Can’t Tell Time’

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Ever since Murray began writing songs and performing them in his late teens before moving on to famed venues like The Riverboat in Toronto and The Bitter End in New York, his astonishing status in Canada and around the world as a sturdy and beloved musician has been long settled.

Back in the day, before Murray had actually recorded an album of his own, his riveting magnificent “Child’s Song” was already making the rounds after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush. Live versions of his song “Honky Red” were performed by Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Bobby Neuwirth, adding to his growing and committed following. He received early song boosts from country music star George Hamilton IV.

Now, with his 19th (!!!) album, ”Love Can’t Tell Time,” Murray answers the question, what more can he bring to his legion of fans? “I guess the most notable thing about this record is the songs. They are a great collection of songs I love to play when I have no other agenda than just to enjoy playing music.”

A mix of original material and a fair old-kicking to some much-admired chestnuts Pick Yourself Up, Hey There and Come Fly With Me, Murray says, “They’ve been around for quite a while but they are my songs, in so much as I have made them my own. They’ve seen me through some dark times and helped me celebrate seeing the clouds from the other side.

BTW- Begonia, Gabrielle Giguère, Hypoluxo, Alejandra Ribera, Allbut6ix

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Even though Begonia, aka Alexa Dirks, didn’t officially release a collection of music last year, 2016 was still a big one for the Winnipeg-based musician. Known for her voice in the JUNO Award winning, harmony-driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks was recently featured on CBC’s National Canada 150 New Year’s Eve broadcast, performing live with The Bros. Landreth. Also, NPR listed her as one of the Ten Canadian Artists You Need To Know, CBC Music called Begonia one of the Best New Bands of 2016, Line Of Best Fit included her in their 50 Best Deep Cuts of 2016 list, and “Juniper” reached #1 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20.

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