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Nicky Jam Releases X (Spanish Version) with J Balvin

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Nicky Jam, a pioneer of the Urban Latin movement and a globally recognized music icon, is today releasing a special Spanglish version of his hit, featuring Colombian singer, J Balvin.

The original of X already sits as one of 2018’s most lauded and universally adored anthems - boasting over 600m YouTube views, sitting at #1 in 10 countries on Apple Music, at #1 on the Top 100 Global Shazam charts and even reaching #9 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

It’s also responsible for an international viral campaign named the X Challenge, with millions of people (including celebrities such as Will Smith) getting involved in the trend to reenact the choreographed dance featured in the music video.

Also featured is Colombian musician, J Balvin, who recently collaborated with Liam Payne for Familiar, and joined Beyoncé on stage at Coachella to perform their track, Mi Gente.

BTW The Beat Escape, Nightseeker, Frigs, The Long War, Lev Snowe, Felix Cartal, Harry Manx

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Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a long journey at a university video class. "We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream," said Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27 th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer's Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forwarding motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

BTW Jonas Bonnetta, The Stanfields, Okkervil River, Jeremy Dutcher, Hugh's Room Live One Year In Celebration, KNASH, Len Mizzoni, Brent Haynes, Brenda Lewis

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Over the past few years, Jonas Bonnetta has used the time in between touring and performing as Evening Hymns to record his first full-length ambient album, All This Here. The record began as the score to the documentary film Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island which follows the story and construction of the Fogo Island Inn and a series of artist studios on the island designed by architect Todd Saunders. "I was given a bunch of footage from the production company to put music to and was really drawn to that desolate landscape and Saunders' architecture," says Bonnetta, "It still feels like a dream project to me. Getting these images from the filmmakers and being totally free as far as music goes. I'd put the landscape footage on loop and just play with sounds in my studio, trying to match the pace of that place. I wanted the music to float. There was so much water footage in the film and I really wanted to have some connection to that."

The Honest Heart Collective Releases Separate Ways

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On April 20, 2018, The Honest Heart Collective released their second single, Separate Ways, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Grief Rights. Have a listen to Separate Ways on Apple Music, Spotify and pre-order Grief Rights here.

" These songs capture that everyday fight you have with who you are and who you want to be, " says lead singer, Ryan MacDonald. " A year and a half ago, I was an anxious mess. I started to see a therapist who really made me dig deeper into myself. After a few sessions, he told me that the root of my anxiety was that I wasn't giving my grief rights. It's a period of time when it was okay to not be okay. It was a strange concept to me and not knowing what to do, I dove into books about my idols and revisited some of my favourite Springsteen records. The phrase 'Grief Rights' has stuck with me since that session, and honestly, it changed my life ."

Tom Ghent 2018 Rhode Island Hall of Fame Inductee

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Tom Ghent, the music pioneer, is about to be recognized and enshrined for his everlasting contribution to folk music from the 1960s to present day. After 50 plus years of performing, Tom is being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame on April 27, 2018. We caught up with Tom in New York City.

“I’m in my old stomping grounds in New York where I cut my musical teeth so many years ago. I just did an incredible show at The Old Stone House just south of Prospect Park. Great acoustics and a warm receptive crowd.” I asked about his Hall of Fame nod, “I’m originally from Rhode Island and was invited back there to take part in a songwriting seminar kind of deal that went really well. About four months later, I was back home in Nashville and got the call that I was being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible honour.”

BTW Dave Allen, Hearing Trees, Sc Mira, The Damned, Allen Stone, Derek "Spinal Tap' Smalls, Brenda Lewis

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On the heels of his song "Plainview" being featured in the CBC television drama Burden Of Proof, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen will be heading west with dates throughout May in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. "Plainview" is the opening track on Allen's debut solo album, When The Demons Come, now available to purchase at Zunior.com.

When The Demons Come has drawn critical acclaim for Allen's approach that blends a wide range of country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Recorded at various locations around Ontario over a year, the album gathers a decade's worth of material not used with his previous band Stonetrotter. A common thread of sin and redemption connects all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and rewarding listening experience.

Lead single "Oak," "Plainview" and "Saint John" sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson.

Pete Townshend Who Came First

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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.

BTW Nature Boy, Little Miss Higgins, Rufus John, Paul Cherry, Ellevator, Lowell, Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny

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All over the map or fiercely inclusive? That's Opia, the recently released, inaugural musical statement from Nature Boy a.k.a. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Vincent Bertucci.

Opia is the album Bertucci has been striving towards his entire life. And he’s got the extraordinary backstory to prove it. Featuring 10 dazzling original songs – all written or co-written by Bertucci on guitar and piano alongside a marquee group of long-time collaborators — Opia explores life, death, and love (and raising the odd glass) via jazz-informed pop and soft-rock.

Consider Opia’s head-spinning instrumental roster which includes glockenspiel, Hammond B-3 and Rhodes organ, various synths, drums, percussion, guitars and… wait for it… manmade “whale sounds” and Tibetan singing bowls, correctly listed in the liner notes as being “wicked.” Opia’s songs soar… even the candlelit ones. Check the iridescent, keyboard-guided slow burn of “10 Past 9.” The album’s fearlessly knock-kneed first single juxtaposes an urgent message of desire against a languid vocal delivery. The track gets extra oomph from a kooky (also bitingly sad/funny) accompanying video chronicling the exploits of a furry blue mascot trying to snag his costumed crush’s attention.

Get 'Loosey Goosey' with The Noolands

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The Noolands are a four piece alt. rock group from Barrie, Ontario a bedroom city of Toronto just up the 400 Highway. “We’re close enough to the big city to make ourselves accessible but far enough away to still get a smaller city vibe,” says co-founder Brandon Davenport.

The band consists of Davenport, Aaron Casey and twin brothers James and Jon Laxton. Says Brandon, “We have been together for about four years now and are having a blast. Aaron and I started out as songwriters for other people and enjoyed playing with James and Jon but just for our friends. But people really enjoyed our energy on stage and there was a demand to see us live so we got serious about putting the band together and here we are.” And where they are is in a great position to take that next step forward on their musical journey with a new single, ‘Loosey Goosey’ and a new EP, "Us On A Bus" to promote their first single.

‘High School T-Shirt’ was released in 2014 and was recorded in Barrie at Unity Market Café and Studio. It got some traction and allowed the boys to get a couple of dozen formative live shows under their belts. They went back to the studio with friend and producer Joshua Doerksen (also known as Papa Nooland) to create a five-song EP title Generation Why. This EP was an important link in the ‘Chain of Nooland’ they were forging, drawing all the influences they grew up with and melding them together to form their sound. This record also got them some local radio airplay on Rock 95.

Tribe Royal Release New Single ‘My Kind of Girl’

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The talented band from Ottawa, Tribe Royal, have released a new single from their debut album, ‘Colours of the Sun’ with a video collage of live and studio scenes, showing the charismatic foursome at their best.

Following on the heels of the single “Wasting Time”, Tribe Royal’s latest offering with “My Kind of Girl” is a crossover of A/C and Hot A/C with a focus on strong harmonies and vocals with a clean, crisp production.

Tribe Royal broke out last year, with college and secondary radio, building a loyal fan base in the Ottawa area, and setting their summer goals to tour across Canada and Europe in 2019. Notable appearances to date have been RBC Bluesfest 2017, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Ottawa CityFolk/Marvest, Para Pan-Am Games, Canadian Tulip Festival, TD Union Summer, Steam Whistle Brewery, CTV Morning Live, Octopus’s Garden Shediac Park Market Tribe Royal onstage with Sam Roberts Band, RBC Bluesfest 2017, Canada Day 150 at Petrie Island and CBC Radio 'Fresh Air' to name a few.

This latest release is just a teaser of what is yet to come, when this Canadian band heads south of the border late April 2018 to record with legendary producer Norbert Putnam at The NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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Watch ‘My Kind of Girl’ by Tribe Royal here:
youtube.com/watch?v=v8w1MAstLi4&feature=youtu.be

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