Indie Alt. Southern Rockers the Ian Abel Band Recall Big “20’s Magic” in New Single & Track That Started It All

Fri Apr 17, 2020

Indie alt southern rock outfit from Los Angels, the Ian Abel Band bring their big guitars, big drums, and even bigger hooks to create “20’s Magic” — their newest single, available now!

Watch and listen to “20’s Magic”  here

“This is the song that started it all,” namesake frontman, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Ian Abel shares of the track. “We were toying with the notion of going into a studio to record five or six new songs, but we weren’t ready.

“In talking about it with Kenny, he threw out the idea of slowing it down and pre-producing everything in our lock-out space.

“I agreed pretty reluctantly, but thank God I did!”

Abel is referring to drummer Kenny Schwartz; the band also includes Westray Tackett and Karthik Suresh.

Canadian Alt Rock Outfit My Oldest Friend Pulls The Sheet Off Its Newest Single “Ghost”

Fri Apr 17, 2020

The nom de plume for Vancouver-based multi-faceted artist Jacob Richter, My Oldest Friend first landed in 2017; it features back-up vocals and keys from Melinda Richter, Jacob’s sister, and drums from Kurt Dahle. 

“The name comes from the title of one of my previous songs that dealt with nostalgia, sadness, and existentialism,” Richter explains of My Oldest Friend as a whole. “This project started when I moved from Toronto to Vancouver, and in wanting to combine my love for music and acting into one creative expression.

“For ’Ghost’ specifically, it’s an exploration of coping with abandonment,” he continues. 

Watch and listen to ‘Ghost’ here on Vimeo:

Ghost: My Oldest Friend from J Peter Jones on Vimeo.

Grunge Trap / Alt Hip Hop Rocker Krosst Out Issues “Funerals” for Former Self

Fri Apr 17, 2020

Canadian grunge trap and alt hip hop rocker Krosst Out marks the end of his former self with the symbolic unleashing of new single, “Funerals”.

Watch “Funerals” here:

The track lands ahead of his forthcoming album, Phone Calls With Ghosts, a project that has the Toronto-based artist squaring away with his small-town upbringing; the LP is set for release June 26, 2020.

“Some kids treat piano lessons like a chore, but I treated them like a lifeline,” Krosst Out — nee Aaron Siebenga — offers. “They were my way out.”

The sentiment — and its translation into “Funerals” and Phone Calls With Ghosts — are in reference to his upbringing in the small Northumberland County town of Campbellford, Ontario, population 3,500.

It’s Self Quarantine, Rock ’n Roll-style with Eric Schenkman’s “Locked In The House All Day”

Fri Apr 10, 2020

When Spin Doctors mega music man Eric Schenkman penned his newest single “Locked In The House All Day” for his latest solo album Who Shot John?, little did he know it’d become the shared experience for so many of us.

Little did any of us, really.

“I’ve been hunkered down in Toronto, not working live — which is basically what I do,” Schenkman says of how he’s personally wrangling social distancing and self-quarantine. “Still playing music at home, though!”

The video for “Locked In The House All Day” splashes city streets with graffiti alleys before they emptied entirely, and Canadians were called to change old routines into new normals — Schenkman included.

Watch and listen to “Locked In The House All Day” here:

“My mom is in an old folks home a mile from where I am,” he shares of another way his day to day has changed. “They actually have active COVID-19 cases, which is scary. I can only visit her at her window, which is kind of a miracle in itself since her room happens to have an accessible window.”

“I’m thankful for that!”

Toronto-Based Pop Singer/Songwriter Jadyn Lamb Is Better Off As “Friends”

Fri Apr 03, 2020

Canadian alt pop singer/songwriter Jadyn Lamb is all about lessons learned when it comes to relationship dynamics in her newest single, “Friends” — available now!

“I dug deep when writing this one,” the Toronto-area artist says, looking back. “This is everything I wanted to say when I was younger, but kept inside.”

It all comes down to gossip, egoism, and a genuine lack of experience, she says. “That’s what ruined my love life in high school. The inspiration for this song comes from years of stifling feelings of being discontent in romantic relationships, and not communicating it.”

“It wasn’t for lack of trying”, she adds.

“I would practice the words over and over in my head, but when the moment came to tell the truth, my voice would always tremble. It was hard to tell people ‘no’ or how I felt.” 'One such instance — and the modern-day muse for this track — came when Lamb grew highly disenchanted with the direction the relationship was heading. “One thing became very clear to me,” she recalls. “We were better off as ‘Friends.’”

Watch “Friends” here:

CBC and Netflix actor Kyle Meagher releases new single “Just Talkin’”

Fri Apr 03, 2020

Kyle Meagher is a Canadian musician and actor. Kyle’s EP, “Beats in a Bagel Shop” had over 800,000 plays across Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, including “Nowhere”, which received much acclaim across U.S. radio, including play on 20+ stations in California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah and Vermont. With a total audience of over 1.5 million, “Nowhere” charted #3 on Radio Disney and #58 on Mediabase Charts for the U.S. Top 40 radio. His acting credits include a recurring role in all three seasons of the CBC and Netflix series, Anne with an E,which won the prestigious Canadian Screen Award for best drama series, as well as numerous TV commercials for companies such as Black Diamond and Walmart, and TV shows such as the Odd Squad and Murdoch Mysteries. Meagher has made numerous media appearances including interviews with etalk, iHeartRadio, The Kid Kraddic Morning Show and Global News. He has performed on stages across the US, opening for some of the biggest names in music including Austin Mahone, Mike Posner, Why Don’t We, Madison Beer, Bryce Vine and NF.

Oliver James Brooks Has “Set Free” His New Single

Fri Mar 27, 2020

Fresh off last year’s breakout debut release, Canadian alt indie folk rocker Oliver James Brooks has “Set Free” a new message for the masses with his latest single — available now.

“This song was written in response to the current state of our planet,” he shares of the track and its origins. “The turmoil in which we live has reached an unfathomable level… Some days it becomes unbearable to even exist.

“It was on one of those very days that ‘Set Free’ was written.”

Watch the video of ‘Set Free’ here:

“Set Free” is the second new single for Brooks since his 2019 take-notice debut, A Turn in the Bend. Written and mostly recorded while living in Brooklyn, New York, the eight-track LP quickly cemented the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist's ability to capture and creatively express nuance in an intuitive, layered and carefully considered way.

The Spoons - It’s a "New Day, New World"

Fri Mar 27, 2020

Sandy Horne ( bass, vocals) and Gord Deppe ( guitar vocals) are two of the most under-rated and best players in Canadian music history.

The 1980's Spoons
The 1980's Spoons

Being the only band in Canada that Nile Rogers chose to produce an album and EP is history-making enough but to continue a 40-year career by releasing a new record that speaks to their growth as musicians and a band; still relevant to their fans and making new fans worldwide is pretty cool.

I am from Montreal, where while at Chom-FM, I played every Spoons record ever made and the Quebec audience loved them. The latest offering from The Spoons features their best collection of songs since "Arias and Symphony".

Full of hooks, cool fun tunes and great production by Sandy's husband Jeff, if you were ever a Spoons fan you will not be disappointed but pleasantly surprised by the songs and production.

Raina Krangle Beautiful Release with “My Beautiful Dear”

Fri Mar 27, 2020

Canadian folk singer/songwriter Raina Krangle shares a song straight from her dreams in “My Beautiful Dear” — available now!

The track was recently selected as a finalist in the 2020 Blues & Roots Radio’s International Song Contest, and is the premiere single off her forthcoming album, Headbangers - A Musical Recovery From Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

On the surface, Krangle’s inspiration for “My Beautiful Dear” is endearing in itself; the storytelling lyricist draws on her parent’s 54-year long love story and her childhood in a house where Bruce Cockburn’s “All the Diamonds” was the harmonized lullaby of choice.

But to understand why “My Beautiful Dream” is even more poignant to Krangle, it’s to know it stems from her recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) just under a year ago.

“The injury happened while I was at work as an educator,” she says of the accident. “From there, my road to recovery included lots of yoga, nature walks, photography, meditation, and journaling.

Pop Artist Jont Issues Positive Challenge around New Single “I Think It Could Be Possible”

Fri Mar 27, 2020

Halifax-based folk and dance-pop artist Jont is encouraging that “all of us together can change the way the world works.”

And so goes the call to action in his new single, “I Think It Could Be Possible” — and resulting cover song invitation. 

“So many people seem to think things are so bad right now and are giving up hope that we can have any positive impact on our world,” he says. “I say, don’t get swept away by disempowering goals of changing the collective chaos caused by humanity. 

“Instead,” he continues, “affect positive change on the world around you right now by changing how you relate to the world… By addressing the inequality you see every day around you… By healing the wounded parts of you that stop you from being as loving and kind as happy as you would like to be… 

“If everyone did that, imagine what our world would be like.” 

Crystal Shawanda Channels Spirit And Strength Of Blues Pioneers On New True North Records

Fri Mar 27, 2020

For her second album on True North Records, Nashville-based singer Crystal Shawanda has channelled the spirit and strength of blues greats such as Etta James and Koko Taylor, paired with a contemporary delivery that makes the 10 tracks on Church House Blues a rousing testament to her powerful vocal and songwriting abilities.  

 Recorded at several Nashville area studios, Crystal Shawanda says that the recording sessions for Church House blues allowed her to express herself without feeling like anyone was looking over her shoulder. “This is the most I’ve ever loved an album out of everything I’ve ever done,” she offers. “This is really who I am. It’s my most definitive album yet. All these songs reflect different aspects of who I am. It’s putting a finger on that definitively. I’m not trying to prove anything. I’m just being me. I’m done with trying to fit in.”

Autopilot Release New Video Afterglow

Fri Mar 20, 2020

Ahead of their US tour, Saskatoon, SK’s indie/alternative rock trio, has shared a new music video for the title track of their latest album Afterglow.

Over the last few years, Canadian alternative rock band Autopilot has become a staple in the Saskatoon indie music scene. Known for their thoughtful lyrics, powerful hooks, dynamic stage show, and obsessive hard work, they somehow seem to effortlessly walk the line between passionate art and massive appeal. Over the course of 3 full-length records, and one EP, they’ve become road warriors, touring relentlessly across Canada and the US. They’ve been praised for their tireless work ethic by publications like Canadian Musician Magazine, who called them “quite possibly one of the hardest working bands in the country.” 

Parisian indie art pop artist Bizar releases new video for his latest single, “Goudja”

Fri Mar 20, 2020

With the video by Paul Abderrahim, the track itself was produced by Bizar and POG (Bon Enfant Production, Shawondasee), with the mix by POG and mastering by Benjamin Joubert.

First formed in the mid-2010s, Bizar embodied one — and just one — singular, overarching goal for frontman Alexis.

“Hit music only,” he recalls.

From there, he dedicated himself to “1000 hours” of looking for the perfect chorus, crafting creative paths between pop and every genre possible. His love for puns is on full display within many of the French lyrics, and, on his latest and sophomore EP, 2019’s Greatest Hits II, there’s even a tribute to the six months he spent in Brazil with the Portuguese lyrics of “Eu Ela.”

“Making a song always starts in my bedroom, focusing on melodies with a guitar or synth,” Alexis shares. “Once I’ve got a decent demo, I visit POG to make it shiny and add weird noises.

Watch Bizar – Goudja here

Blacklite District Has Released His Latest Single And Minecraft-Created Video “Falling”

Fri Mar 20, 2020

Produced by Young Kxge and with visuals by Wifey, the track is Blacklite District’s second to be released in 2020 — with “Over This” landing before it. With songs stacking over 250 million streams across across all platforms, “Falling” adds to the music man’s growing roster of previous projects, including mixtapes Souled Out (2019), Through the Ages (2018), Instant Gratification (2017), and To Whom It May Concern (2016). His first official album is set for release later this year.

“I make songs from real life experiences, and based on the real things I’ve been through” says the artist of the track and his creative direction at large. “I feel like I’m writing the best music of my career so far, and the music is really developing into a defined sound.

“Falling” is a great example of where I want to be in terms of sound and feeling,” he continues. “The song is real, raw, and emotional.
“I’ll let the music do the talking.”

Watch “‘Falling” here:

Romanian Electric Quartet Amadeus Reaches Their Fans Via The Internet

Fri Mar 20, 2020

This week was supposed to be a busy one for Amadeus. They were booked to play in front of music business professionals from around the world at the Mastering the Music Business Conference and Showcase Festival. Like almost all other events, it got cancelled. So Amadeus decided to have their concert online, from their rehearsal room, for the whole world to enjoy. 

Amadeus has been working hard for more than a month. Xenti Runceanu, the band's composer, and producer finished writing and arranging the songs. Andreea, Patricia, Bianca, and Laura rehearsed daily. Amadeus' showcase at MMB was supposed to be a big step in the quartet's artistic evolution. They were ready to showcase their brand new, never heard before songs from their future album.

These are songs that express the current personalities of the four Amadeus members like no other songs have done it before: strong, independent women in love with playing music together, on their instruments.

Canadian Singer/Songwriter Craig Dougan Finds a New Muse in Nunavut for New Single, “Iqaluit”

Fri Mar 13, 2020

Ontario-based indie rock singer/songwriter Craig Dougan harkens the daily experience of some 7,000 people who call Nunavut’s remote capital home in his newly minted single, “Iqaluit” — available now!

“The music was done first, and the lyrics came after,” he recalls of the songwriting process. “The video essentially became a storyboard for the song.”

Inspiration and the songwriting process was almost meditative in its origins for Dougan this time around, with the subject matter coming to him with a sense of ease — eyes closed, quiet on his couch. “I went into a deep concentration and kept asking myself, ‘what should I write about?’” he shares. “A few minutes later, the word ‘Nunavut’ popped into my head.”

From there, the song started to spring to life, taking on the feeling of a research project as he dove headfirst into learning the lighter side of day-to-day life for the residents of Canada’s northernmost capital city.

Kendal Thompson Goes Classic Fantastic in New Video for “Not UR Girl”

Fri Mar 13, 2020

Canadian alt. wave, art pop indie artist Kendal Thompson (literally) exercises her acting chops in this, her latest video for “Not UR Girl”.

Watch “Not UR Girl” here:

“The song was born from a place of gaining back my power,” she shares. “It helped me understand that my happiness relied on belonging to no one other than myself.”

“Not UR Girl” is Thompson’s latest from her most recent album, Ok Cool. The deeply personal collection of songs picks up where previous single, “Human Feel” — and its exploration of universal love and acceptance of both one’s self and others — leaves off, and serves as a welcome follow-up to her take-notice debut EP, One, and feature in John Orpheus’ song, “BUTTAHFLY.”

Simon Alexander Releases New Single "Home"

Fri Mar 13, 2020

The new single "Home" by the acclaimed Swedish folk/Singer-Songwriter Simon Alexander has been released today and added to Spotify New Music today in Germany, Switzerland, Norway,Denmark & Iceland as well as Spotify editorial playlists "Hangover Friendly" and "New Talent"

Alexander has had mentions in  Influential blogs as TONSPION.DE - - altitude - dansendeberen - - Gas Mask Magazine - CashBox Canada

On the heels of his successful EP "In The Rust”, the single “Home” is sure to make new airwaves happen for this singer/songwriter sensation.

Watch “Home” here:

Simon Alexander, a Swedish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Alexander emerged in 2017 with the self-released debut EP ’Won't Be Found’, breathing new air into the modern folk scene.

The Vignatis are gearing up for Release of "Red, White & Blue - Gypsybilly Vol. 4"

Fri Mar 13, 2020

What happens when you mix the passion for Roots, Rockabilly and Gypsy music with the love for Americana, Country and Jazz music? You get a whole new genre called "Gypsybilly" created by THE VIGNATIS. This aurally and visually colourful Los Angeles based Franco-American duo is dynamic, with performances that charter audiences on a journey from nostalgic times to the unknown future. They defy classification yet cover a gamut of genres forming a unique musical alloy of Neo Roots Alt. Americana Swing. They innovatively fuse American/European traditions, musicianship and a sense of humour cleverly expressed in the music and lyrics of their songs. 

The Vignatis are gearing up for a new 4th album release of their Gypsybilly originals slated for May 15, 2020, entitled "Red, White & Blue - Gypsybilly Vol. 4". This album is sure to get anyone excited to load up the car complete with a picnic basket, cooler, blankets and hit the highway for that long summer road trip.

Ajaye Jardine Releases New Video for “Fill It Up Again”

Fri Mar 06, 2020

Award-winning BC Country Music Female Artist of the Year Ajaye Jardine has released a new video for her good vibe track, “Fill It Up Again”.

Watch “Fill It Up Again” here:

With over 100,000 streams and counting, the song is the latest to shine off the Richmond, BC-based country/roots/pop artist’s award-nominated debut album, Midnight & Bourbon.

A finalist for the 2016 Ole on The Spot via Anthem Entertainment (previously Ole Publishing), Jardine was nominated for both Record of the Year at the Tennessee Songwriter Association International Awards and multiple BC Country Music Award nominations — in addition to her 2019 win for Female Artist of the Year.