Winnipeg, Manitoba’s six-piece ensemble, Royal Canoe, has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Alternative Album Of The Year category for their debut full-length album, Today We Are Believers. The record was released to rave reviews in the U.S., Canada and UK on September 3, 2013 via Roll Call Records. Competing against Royal Canoe for Alternative Album Of The Year is The Arcade Fire, Rah Rah, The Darcys and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Winnipeg, MB on March 30, 2014.
Up next for Royal Canoe is a U.S. tour supporting English indie rockers, Bombay Bicycle Club. See below for the full list of tour dates. Tickets are on-sale now.
Vancouver's The Pack A.D. saw a career best this week with their latest album, Do Not Engage, entering the Top 200 at #87, hitting #16 on the Alternative Albums chart and #54 on the Digital Albums chart. Meanwhile, current single “Big Shot” is #51 on the Mediabase Canada Alternative Rock Spins Chart. In the U.S., the album debuted on the Top New Artist Albums chart at #64 and the Top Alternative New Artist Album chart at #25.
Do Not Engage was produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs) and recorded in a former Motor City chicken-processing plant. To celebrate the release, The Pack has hit the road on an extensive North American tour that will see them visit both Canadian coasts and almost everywhere in between. All tour dates are listed below.
What The Media Are Saying About The Pack A.D.'s Do Not Engage:
“This is the record where the band squares its shoulders and definitively forges beyond its howling, primitivist, dirt-blooze beginnings into eerie psych, stalking stoner-rock, and “woo-ooh-woo”-ing power-pop rampages” - Toronto Star
Miller's drumming still expertly threads the needle between tribal and tasteful, and Black still destroys her guitar like nobody's business. … at the top of their game, and their timing couldn't be better.” -Exclaim!
“Maya Miller’s determined drumming and Becky Black’s fierce guitar playing and rich, at times ethereal, vocals combine for an explosive, exciting – and even accessible – release.”-The Globe and Mail
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach will release their debut album Blonde, on March 4. Perfecting their unique blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop, the duo previously shared the party-starting album single, “Miracle”. Now fans are treated to “Every Time We Touch” - a funk-infused blazer, strapped with an infectious bass line and classic house beats. Check out “Every Time We Touch” below.
The band also announced a North American tour with RAC. See below for complete dates.
UK MEDIA ARE RAVING ABOUT BOY & BEAR’S HARLEQUIN DREAM:
"Platinum-selling artists in their native Australia, Boy & Bear look to the West Coast rock classicism of Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne on their second album, given a glossy transatlantic sheen by mix engineer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty)."
-- Uncut "Ones To Watch In 2014"
" Folk-touched indie sunshine…" -- Clash
"'Southern Sun' is brimful of gleaming harmonies and sinuous guitar…"
-- The Independent
"California-dreaming stratum of 1970s rock…they've nailed the tequila-sunrise mellowness, which acts as a gateway to an album full of emollient soft rock. It's seductive stuff, pushing all the right wistfulness/optimism buttons and allowing the songs time to flow to a leisurely conclusion." -- The Guardian
In addition to their previously announced North American spring tour, critically-acclaimed Australian band Boy & Bear will return to the U.S. for Sasquatch Festival’s newly added second weekend, July 4-6, alongside such artists as New Order, Röyksopp + Robyn, Broken Bells, Rhye, Local Natives and St. Lucia.
Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go" was chosen as the soundtrack to Budweiser's heartwarming 2014 Super Bowl spot, titled "Puppy Love." The commercial premiered on the Today on January 29 and immediately went viral, gaining upwards of 15 Million views in 24 hours. Passenger, puppies, horses (and beer), oh my!
Get to know Run River North by watching their 'Spotlight' segment
on Last Call With Carson Daly above.
LA-based sextet Run River North will celebrate the February 25th release of their self-titled debut album by headlining the iconic Troubadour in Los Angeles on Monday, March 3rd. The band last played and sold-out the venue back in December of 2012, well before they signed with Nettwerk or had a full-length album recorded. Tickets are on-sale now. Following the record release show, the group will head down to Austin, TX for SXSW (showcases TBA).
Starting in April, Run River North will support the Goo Goo Dolls on their acoustic Spring tour, The Otis Midnight Sessions. The tour launches on April 7th in Syracuse and will include stops in Albany, Nashville and Chicago before wrapping up in Green Bay on the 27th (complete list of dates below). The shows will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format and both bands will perform acoustic unless noted otherwise. In the midst of these dates, Run River North will stop in New York City for their own show at the Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday, April 10.
From left to right: AJ Burton (Revelry), Jessie Jo Dillon, Melissa Emert-Hutner (Nettwerk One)
“Brandy Clark, [Kacey] Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon and Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs.” – USA Today
Grammy®-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon has extended her publishing agreement with Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group.
One of Nashville’s finest young writers, Dillon contributed three songs to Brandy Clark’s critically-acclaimed debut album 12 Stories:: “Crazy Women,” “Just Like Him,” and “Hungover.” In the past, she has also worked with such artists as George Strait, Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, LeAnn Rimes, Carly Pearce, Craig Campbell, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis.
William Fitzsimmons debuted his official video for "Fortune" on The AV Club. This is the first single off his forth-coming album, Lions, out February 18 via Nettwerk Records. The video transplants the viewer to a picturesque, serene landscape overlooking the afternoon of a group of teenagers on a journey of young love and discovery. A happier tone than the meaning of the song, which Fitzsimmons has described as "being at a crossroads of making a tough decision and not knowing if the outcome will be better or worse."
In addition to the video release William Fitzsimmons has also announced the dates for his 2014 spring tour. The tour will kick off with two New York shows on April 15 at Littlefield in Brooklyn and on April 16 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Along the way Fitzsimmons will stop in major markets like Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Chicago before ending his tour on June 15 in Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair. See below for a full list of tour dates. To purchase tickets for any of these shows please go here.
Brooklyn's Savoir Adore caught up with Esquire at Sundance over the weekend for an Esquire Live Session. The band did an acoustic cover of Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now" while riding up to the top of a mountain on a ski lift! Check out the video and full story here.
TheWall Street Journalhaspremiered a new acoustic video from William Fitzsimmons for the track “Sister” from his upcoming album, Lions, which will be released on February 18th via Nettwerk.
When asked why he kept the video acoustic, Fitzsimmons said, “It’s a personal challenge to see if the songs are good enough to stand on their own, because there’s nothing else besides my hairy face and a little parlor guitar.” Check out the full interview here.