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BTW-Astrocolor, Yoke Lore, Leif Hall, The Tiki Collective, Slow Leaves

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Victoria-BC’s six-piece electronica group, Astrocolor drops their new EP, Astrocolor III, April 6 th via eOne. The album follows Astrocolor II, a stunning beat-and-pulse driven record of techno, house and funk, blended with intricate strings and jazzy percussion. Astrocolor III, the third release in a trilogy of EPs on Softtone/eOne, sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals ( A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings", and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Book of Ryan Royce 5’9” Due Out on May 4, 2018

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Detroit rapper, Royce 5’9”, releases a new video for his single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole today and announces his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) on May 4, 2018. J. Cole also directed the video for the track.

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single on Friday. On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue-collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”

And the Winner is….Juno Awards 2018

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The JUNO Awards has evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. The JUNO Week events include JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more! The JUNO Awards were created to celebrate and promote Canadian music and artists.The Juno Awards of 2018 were presented in Vancouver, British Columbia during the weekend of 24–25 March 2018. The primary telecast ceremonies were held at Rogers Arena. The following are the nominees and winners of the Junos 2018.

Juno Fan Choice Award
Alessia Cara
Arkells
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Winner: Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off the Earth

Single of the Year
Alessia Cara, "How Far I'll Go"
Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"
Arkells, "Knocking at the Door"
The Weeknd, "I Feel it Coming"
Winner: Shawn Mendes, "There's Nothing Holdin' me Back"

International Album of the Year
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Taylor Swift, Reputation

BTW-Five Alarm Funk, Friendly Rich, Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Excuses Excuses, Frigs

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Hard knockin' Vancouver-based groove masters Five Alarm Funk have released their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Wheels On The Bus .

Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels

“Moments I’ll Remember Best from SXSW”

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Toronto-based jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan made his SXSW debut last weekend, accompanied by Nathan Hiltz on guitar and Brandi Disterheft on bass. The only Canadian jazz artist selected this year, Dagan played a set of standards and originals to a standing-room-only crowd at popular Austin jazz haunt, The Elephant Room. Dagan received support for his March 17 midnight showcase from FACTOR and the SOCAN Foundation.

Michael Peterson Drink Swear Steal and Lie

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Submitted by Don Graham

Michael Peterson has a list of accomplishments in country music as long as your arm. Beginning in 1998 he has sold over a million records, been nominated for a Grammy, had  songs on the charts with 'Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie' hitting #3 and From Here to Eternity being his first #1 as well as being listed as  the fourth most popular Country wedding song of all time and in the top forty of all time country love songs. He has written songs for Travis Tritt, Timothy B. Schmitt of The Eagles and Pop Superstar Deniece Williams, to name a few. Heck, he even contributed to the #1 New York Times bestselling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series. He has also received numerous distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.

Anti-Records Re-Releases Tom Waits 1970’s Elektra Asylum Catalogue

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Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s are now available digitally and will be available on CD HERE. All seven titles – many of which have been long out of print – are to be re-released on hi-quality 180-gram vinyl throughout 2018. The time-honoured and critically acclaimed debut album Closing Time can be purchased on vinyl HERE and the six additional titles – “Heart of Saturday Night”, “Nighthawks at the Diner”, “Small Change”, “Foreign Affairs”, “Blue Valentine” and “Heartattack and Vine”. Additionally, the Tom Waits Web Store will exclusively offer limited editions of 1000 clear 180-gram vinyl per title in the US and 1000 180-gram moss green vinyl in Europe.

To coincide with all these catalogue re-releases, Waits has personally curated a 76-song playlist spanning his entire career. You can now explore Waits’ many styles of storytelling and heartbreaking melodies via Spotify and Apple Music. On Record Store Day 2018 Waits will debut his 2006 certified gold triple album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards which will be available as individual vinyl pieces for the first time ever on red, blue and grey 180-gram limited edition vinyl exclusively on April 21 in record stores across the United States and Canada.

BTW Tara Beier, Rich Aucoin, Lucy Rose, Major Love, Ought, Liza Anne, Nagata Shachu/ Ken Yoshioka/ Julian Fauth

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L.A.-based, Vancouver-born singer-songwriter Tara Beier has released a new single, "Forgiveness," on her own Red Raven Records, a song with a message she hopes will take hold within our current political and social climate. Musically, "Forgiveness" builds on the power pop sound that defined Beier's acclaimed 2017 EP California 1970, which Popmatters described as, "one-of-a-kind Canadian indie rock," and Spill Magazine said, "firmly establishes a powerful new voice." As with California 1970, Beier produced "Forgiveness" at L.A.'s The Village Studios utilizing some of the city's top-notch musicians, including drummer Tripp Beam (Moby) who, Beier explains, played a crucial role in the song's creation. " Tripp joined me last summer when I played Riverfest [in Elora ON] and during that time, he introduced me to a book called The Missing Link by Sydney Banks.

"It made me realize that I really needed to let go of the anger I've felt for many years toward certain people in my life. I wrote the lyrics right after I got back to L.A., and set them to music I had already that had come to me in a dream. Everything was recorded, mixed and mastered in the space of about a month. It was a pretty magical experience overall that I want to share with everyone."

Pennywise Release Never Gonna Die

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On April 20, Pennywise will release their new album Never Gonna Die. The legendary punk band’s twelfth full-length, Never Gonna Die is the first full album of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade.

Today, Pennywise have shared Never Gonna Die’s title track: a thrashing and furious look into “the seemingly immortal practice of handing down our ancient biases, prejudice, and religious dogma from each generation to the next,” according to Lindberg.

“The goal of the song is to try and get young people to finally say enough, and that the system isn’t working,” Lindberg adds. “It’s going to take a massive evolutionary shift in consciousness to change it, starting with the youth, because unless we do, we’ll just have more of the same carnage we’ve seen happening all over the world reincarnated with every new generation.”

Produced by longtime Pennywise collaborator Cameron Webb (Motörhead, NOFX, Alkaline Trio), Never Gonna Die came to life in the same space where the band penned classic songs with late bassist Jason Thirsk. With their quintessential power to merge the subversive and the celebratory, Pennywise have built the album on fast-paced anthems expertly engineered to inspire radical change, personal empowerment, relentless hijinks, and reckless fast times.

Myles Goodwyn Friends of the Blues

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Submitted by Don Graham

April Wine is, of course, a household name with their string of hit records and 20 albums, many written by founding member and lead singer Myles Goodwyn.

Now the aforementioned Myles Goodwyn is making a good case for becoming a household name as a solo artist with Goodwyn’s much anticipated new CD. Myles last solo recording was 30 years ago so this has been a long time coming. Friends of the Blues just landed on my desk and it blew me away. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it would be a good album but I had no idea how good. Often when a lead singer of a band puts out a solo album it really just sounds like the band without using the name of the band. But Myles’ album is a completely different animal than April Wine and is, in my opinion, a brilliant piece of work. We caught up with Myles at his winter getaway in the Dominican Republic to discuss the new record and its genesis. “I’ve always been a lover of the blues and blues guitarists, B.B King. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. So when I was writing songs I would often write in that style, knowing they weren’t April Wine songs but knowing that someday, with any luck, I would record them on a solo project. I took a long time making this record but I knew what I wanted and I’m proud of how it turned out.”

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