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SOJA Announces New Album ‘Live in Virginia’ Out on September 30th Submitted to Cashbox Canada

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Reggae stars SOJA have announced the September 30th release of their first-ever live album "Live in Virginia". Following a three-month summer amphitheatre tour across the U.S. with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA will tour Europe throughout October.

"Live in Virginia" finds the Arlington, VA band performing in their favourite hometown venue Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts. The live album features electrifying performances from the band's early classics to hits from their recent GRAMMY-nominated album "Amid the Noise and Haste" as well as the debut of a brand new track "Morning."

SOJA was originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has since built a massive, dedicated global fan base. In the years following, SOJA has headlined shows in over 25 countries around the world, generated over 4.5 million Facebook fans, and 300+ million YouTube views.

The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals like Bonnaroo where they have attracted a Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

Eric Andersen: The Beat Goes On

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Submitted by Don Graham

Photo Credit: Pål M. Smørvik

Eric Andersen, singer/songwriter, poet, philosopher, renaissance man and Americana ambassador is on the road again. That in itself is not newsworthy, Eric Andersen NOT on the road would be more newsworthy, but it’s how he goes on the road that is always unique. Eric goes out in different configurations, as a single, duo, or a band which sometimes includes his beautiful and talented wife, Inge.

Roll Out The Carpet – The Carpet Frogs

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Submitted by Pat Blythe
Photo Credits: Pat Blythe, A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker"
Photo at right: Jeff Jones and Michael Zweig

The Canadian music industry's best kept secret. A famous? unknown? band. I first heard mention of The Carpet Frogs about a year ago. I just nodded, figuring they were a new band I should know about and then whispered to someone at the table, "who the hell are The Carpet Frogs". A very odd name for a band (I thought). ....and so it began.

During the ensuing months The Carpet Frogs name was tossed around in many, many conversations. Why is it when you hear a new word or phrase or song or, in this case, a new name, suddenly it seems to be everywhere? Almost like an earworm (but not quite). However, it was during all those discussions I began to learn more about this popular, high-low profile band. Of course the names Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman would catch anybody's attention so that certainly piqued my interest. But....still not a band I was driven to see and, quite frankly, I never seemed to hear or read about any concerts or shows they were performing at....and they did "covers". I eventually found out their primary gigs were private, or corporate, events (both of which are really private right?) so that pretty much dropped them from my radar of "go see" bands at local clubs and concerts. That was until I met their bass player at a show I work on. But I digress..... 

....a little history

BTW- Entire Cities, Victoria + Jean, Braids, Crystal Shawanda, Andy Shauf, CMW Roundup, Danny Marks

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Just out from Entire Cities, a Toronto-based musician/art collective, a visual accompaniment for their EP Rock Chapel . The video clocks in just under 20 minutes and showcases all six tracks from the EP with plenty of visual elements to keep your drawn to the melodies and affecting songs. It's a self-described "visual journey through the six-song release that stars Aragoza dancing by fires, through forests and in fields. Animated illustrations are superimposed atop the performance footage, adding an additional layer of motion to the already movement-filled clip."

Entire Cities are a Canadian indie art party that's been going on for ten years. Formed as a loose collective in Toronto a decade ago, the band has included or collaborated with 50+ dancers, singers, musicians and artists, putting on live concerts that explode with confetti, streamers, feathers & light shows whether playing big stages like Lee’s Palace, or a house party in St. John.

Tom Paley

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Submitted by Iain Patience

When Veteran musician Tom Paley took to the stage at New York's Carnegie Hall in February 2016, he was in reality completing an extraordinary musical circle, a journey that has taken him from his native New York to London via Scandinavia and Sweden but which in a way was significantly symbolized by his return to that New York stage as a leading part of the Lead Belly Festival.

Also on the New York bill in February was Eric Burden, a guy with a firm footing in the music; likewise another elder statesman of the blues, Buddy Guy. Both musicians with a blues pedigree and impressive history to match.

But with Paley, you had the real deal. Now eighty-eight years old, Paley actually played with Lead Belly himself, and was the sole performer who had such a claim to fame, being the last remaining musician alive to have actually played with the legendary, towering twelve-string bluesman,Huddie Ledbetter. Few, if any, could stake a greater claim to take the stage given this remarkable fact.

BTW-Little Scream, Lab Coat, Gracie, Avery Raquel, Jules, Jeremy de Freitas, Walrus, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, Chris Velan, Baroness, Strumbellas, The Sheepdogs, Fat White Family, Dilly Dally

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Montreal based twisted pop act Little Scream has dropped “Dark Dance”, latest track from her forthcoming second album, Cult Following, available May 6 in Canada. Alongside previously released “”, “Dark Dance” marks one of the album's most overtly pop moments: an '80s-influenced dance song vaguely inspired by Leonard Cohen's “I Can't Forget” and Margaret Atwood.

Describing the track's origins to , Laurel Sprengelmeyer (aka Little Scream), says, "One night I found myself dancing alone down an alleyway, singing in the dark. The further I walked down it, the further I sunk into my memory until I felt like I might actually step into my past when I emerged on the other side. This song was born there, it starts in the present and each verse moves further into the past. The main loop in the song is from an iPhone recording I made -- it's a very lo-fi gentle thing that I got really attached to, everything else was built around it."

“Dark Dance” follows in the footsteps of the previously unveiled “” in all its emotional heft, and “”, which features a guest appearance from TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone as the voice of a Magic 8-Ball with the power to give eerily specific answers.

Prince and Soul Killing Isolation

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Submitted by Bill King

At this juncture it is difficult getting a read of what caused music pioneer Prince’s untimely passing at 57. Did he stay up 154 straight days – was he addicted to hard core opiates – I suspect we’ll get answers to this and more about the reclusive artist’s other life soon.

Much has been said about Prince’s stage fright and uneasiness around people. I’ve thought about this being a musician who has played a side role in many bands – some front line, others just common neighborhood gigs. There is a strange bubble that slowly wraps itself around those who climb up the tower of success. One top-ten recording can quickly elevate and suddenly all eyes point your way.

I remember interviewing Diana Krall in 1998 and her expressing how intimidated she felt playing in front of a large audience there to see her – a far different setting than hiding behind a piano in a hotel lounge. Suddenly, all eyes on are on you. In fact, examining your every move, the cut of your hair, the fit of your clothes, your mannerisms and possible gaffes.

Barbara Streisand waited 27 years before performing live fearful of forgetting lyrics – Sinatra dealt with the same anxiety. Cher had well placed large screen monitors for lyric security during her last world tour – I saw words scribbled all over the stage when Phil Collins played Toronto a few decades backs – this stuff is unnerving.

Jordan McIntosh: Steal Your Heart Away

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Submitted by Don Graham

Any good chef will tell you the secret to cooking a perfect meal is taking your time; low heat for a longer period of time.  It’s the same with a music career. Slow and steady wins the race. Jordan McIntosh is breaking out big time right now and it may appear to some that he is an “ overnight success” when in actuality he has been carefully making his in the complicated music world; choosing the right people, making the right moves, the right records and touring with the right acts.

Actually Jordan was “chosen” by Canadian industry heavyweight, Jim Cressman of Invictus Entertainment. “I went the Canadian Country Music Awards when they were held in Ottawa as a seat filler. My seat was right up in the front and we caught the attention of Johnny Reid, who was hosting. When Johnny saw me performing at one he mentioned seeing me to Jim Cressman at a meeting they were having. Long story short, Jim called me and offered me a slot on the roster. I believe I was the first artist Jim ever signed sight unseen. So I owe a lot to Johnny Reid.”

I actually first saw Jordan when he was attending the Canadian Music Week festivities at the Royal York in Toronto a few years ago. He was sitting in the concourse area with a couple of sidemen, singing hos songs and saying hello to passersby. “That was an album I had out on Iroc, an independent label. I’m amazed how many people say they saw me there.”

BTW Pack A.D., Royal Canoe, Brian Eno, Walrus, Skydiggers, Royal Tusk

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

They're back!! The baddest babes on da block aka power duo Pack A.D. unleashed latest single “So What” in celebration of their signing with Cadence Music. The thing's a blast of calibrated distortion, massive drums and Becky Black's rabble rousing vocals. Perfect Pack A.D. The single is expected to appear on the as yet untitled upcoming album.

The Pack A.D. is one of Canada’s “must-see” bands. Be it a massive stadium or the slightly seedy bar where everybody’s shoes stick to the carpet, the Pack A.D. have owned every spotlight and stolen every show they’ve ever played. Becky Black and Maya Miller are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of fuck-off freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex; darkly funny disclosures about depression, indictments of digital excess, grief-stricken fire bombs, sly crusades against stupidity, all the while refining their own potent brand of aggro-rock. If you haven't heard the Pack, think two UK acts, the contemporary Savages and aggro veteran P.J.Harvey.

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Roy Roberts Greensboro Bluesman

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Submitted by Iain Patience

When Greensboro, North Carolina soul-bluesman Roy Roberts was just a kid he tried piano lessons for a while but just couldn't suffer the indignity of it all: 'I'd be sitting playing and it felt sort of '……a girls thing' to me, If you know what I mean. I'd be able to hear my buddies outside in the yard playing and hollering, having a great time. So I gave that up,' he explains.
A few years later, however, the young, budding musician discovered guitar, taught himself how to play and was out on the road gigging, a jobbing musician with a hunger to learn and develop as fast as he could. 'I think I was about 18 years old when I went out on the road,' he recalls, 'playing with Stevie Wonder, then known as Little Stevie Wonder.' And Roberts was still a young guy when he first met up with a guy who was to become his professional music mentor, taking him under his wing and teaching him the musical ropes - the late Solomon Burke.

'I joined Solomon's band and he sure took good care of me. I was always, and remain, the kind of guy who plays what is wanted of me. I don't do none of that "…..I only play what I want to play stuff," like lots of the guys around these days. If they're paying, they get to call the shots,' he says, with an evident disdain for the shameless self-promotion of many younger sidemen and band-members these days.

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