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ROSE COUSINS – BRAVADO

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ROSE COUSINS – BRAVADO

Rose Cousins has announced she will release a new album titled Bravado on February 21 via Outside Music. For a taste, album opener "The Benefits of Being Alone" has also arrived with an accompanying music video. The record marks the follow-up to 2017's Natural Conclusion and was produced by Cousins herself. Recorded in Toronto, the album features a supporting cast including Joshua Van Tassel on drums, Robbie Grunwald on keys, Brian Kobayakawa on bass, Dean Drouillard on electric guitars and Chris Stringer as engineer. Tim Baker also co-wrote one of the songs on the album, "The Lullaby (My Oldest Love)." The album opens with "The Benefits of Being Alone" and closes with a different rendition of the same song, dubbed "The Reprise." The bookends showcase the record's duality — as a press release puts it, it's a record "for those who struggle with loneliness and those wishing they had more time alone" and "for those attempting to make their hearts go ...

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GORD SINCLAIR – TAXI DANCERS

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GORD SINCLAIR – TAXI...

The solo debut from the musician best known as bassist and songwriter with Canadian rock legends The Tragically Hip brings several firsts. Chiefly, it’s the first release from a member of the band since the passing of frontman Gord Downie in 2017, an event that united the nation. Taxi Dancers is a farewell of sorts, fearlessly exploring Sinclair’s despair about losing a lifelong friend and bandmate. But it is also a clear‐eyed survey of what’s good in the world, and a profound statement about why sorrow must be viewed in tandem with joy. Both are elemental aspects of living, and music — especially rock music, with its boundless capacity for nuance, shading, and sheer emotional heft — is perhaps life’s purest mirror. Taxi Dancers fluently moves between candlelit ballads and buoyant pop numbers to flat‐out rock scorchers and what can only be termed as a spaghetti Western‐style corker (“Take Me to the Moon” which is propelled ...

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HIGHLY SUSPECT – MCID

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HIGHLY SUSPECT – MCID

The 3X Grammy nominated trio, Highly Suspect, returns with their third studio album, MCID. The genre-transcending body of work features Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira and Conor Mason from Nothing But Thieves. MCID is a manifesto narrated by front man, Johnny Stevens. The album centers around themes of self-loathing, body image issues, a sprinkle of anti-Trump, false social media worship, heartbreak, and hope. 

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF – AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT

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"Nathaniel Rateliff has written and recorded his first solo record since the explosive debut of his work together with The Night Sweats. And It’s Still Alright is an intensely personal 10‐song album of vibrant country‐blues, badland ballads, ornate Americana and jazz‐inflected R&B. Rateliff's warm baritone, ranging from gently hushed to a guttural howl, imbues these superbly drawn character studies with raw, naked emotion. And It’s Still Alright was produced by Rateliff, Night Sweats' drummer Patrick Meese and James Barone of the indie band, Beach House and primarily recorded at National Freedom in Cottage Grove, Oregon, the studio formerly owned by the late Richard Swift (who produced both Night Sweats recordings). While Rateliff, Meese and Barone handled much of the album's instrumentation, several friends make contributions including Night Sweats' guitarist Luke Mossman; bassist Elijah Thomson (of the indie band Everest); keyboardist Daniel Creamer (of The Texas Gentlemen); steel guitarist Eric Swanson (touring musician for Israel Nash) and renowned string arranger Tom ...

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ALAN DOYLE – ROUGH SIDE OUT

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ALAN DOYLE ANNOUNCES NEW EP, ROUGH SIDE OUT Alan Doyle – one of Canada’s most treasured musicians has announced the release of a brand-new EP, Rough Side Out, coming out on February 14. The songwriter, producer, actor and author – is a 12-time JUNO Award nominee for his solo material and work with his iconic band Great Big Sea. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to the musical traditions of Newfoundland and for his commitment to numerous charitable initiatives. The album features the single “We Don’t Wanna Go Home” with country star Dean Brody, as well as an appearance by 3-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke on the track “What the Whiskey Won't Do.” Doyle will kick off a 34-date Canadian tour in February with the initiative of one dollar from each ticket sold will go to supporting the A Dollar A ...

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TAME IMPALA – THE SLOW RUSH

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The sound of spacy, guitar‐heavy psychedelic pop has never really gone out of fashion since the Beatles brought it to the mainstream in the late '60s, with proponents like Pink Floyd and the Flaming Lips managing to make long careers out of mining its every seam. In the 2010s, there is no more popular psych‐pop group than Australia's Tame Impala. Kevin Parker (vocals/guitar) and Dominic Simper (bass) formed the band as 13‐year‐olds in Perth in 1999, sticking to bedroom recordings until 2007, when Jay Watson joined them on drums and backing vocals. Their sound was pure late '60s, but wasn't the sound of any specific band from the era. They were as likely to channel the Nazz as the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Cocooned away inside walls of psychedelic fuzz in Western Australia, they re‐created their preferred period one song at a time with the aid of gear and production techniques that sounded like they hadn't been dusted ...

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Marinol Nation – Planning My Exit Strategy

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Released on CD February 14, 2020 As posted on Eli Martin's Facebook page... Thank you to Gary Webb, aka Gary 17, and Toronto Moon Magazine for reviewing our latest album, "Planning My Exit Strategy." Another dose of Marinol unlikely to pacify you | TorontoMoon.ca 200204Tu | Shows for Tuesday, February 04, 2020 February 4, 2020 Tonight’s performance by Marinol Nation songwriter Eli Martin at Linsmore Tavern will probably be his last. Because the Sarnia-based Hard Rock and Power Pop tunesmith is “Plannnig My Exit Strategy” he tells us on the title track of his fifth new album, officially being released March 7 but now available at the gig tonight. Fortunately despite a personal history of struggles with serious medical conditions, as we told you four years ago in reviewing his third Field Of Dreams album, it appears that the “exit strategy” being referred to isn’t the one people employ for final planning. Instead, happily, it turns out ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – PERDIDA

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CELEBRATE STONE TEMPLE PILOTS MOST DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT ROCK ALBUM YET, PERDIDA A dominant force in rock music since the early ‘90s, Stone Temple Pilots proved to be one of the most accomplished and iconic bands of their generation, racking up 15 Billboard Top 10 singles - 6 of which hit #1 - and total sales in excess of 35 million albums worldwide. The California-based band went on hiatus in 2002, following the release of the critically acclaimed Shangri-La Dee Da, ultimately reuniting for a massive 2008 concert tour encompassing more than 65 dates across North America. Among their many accolades, Stone Temple Pilots received a "Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal" Grammy Award for their #1 Mainstream Rock smash, Plush. Other honors bestowed upon the band over the years include additional Grammy award nominations, two American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, two Billboard Video Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. STP’s ...

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FIRE DEUCE – LORDS OF DIESEL

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FIRE DEUCE – LORDS OF...

Fire Deuce is a side project of Travis Stever from the band Coheed and Cambria. While Coheed was on tour with the band 3 in 2004 the idea was thrown about to do a fun heavy metal project. A few weeks after the tour Stever took a trip up to to Woodstock NY to jam on some heavy metal song ideas with the members of 3. Right then and there in a drunken haze Cleveland Stever was born. In the moments that followed the music that would become the “Children of the Deuce” EP was recorded. The EP was released in 2005 and combined classic rock and heavy metal music with what some consider satire lyrics. After feeling as though he was not taken serious enough Cleveland Stever went in hiding. In this time he created demos for what would be the next record. Never being fully finished the demos were released in 2007 as the “Deep Down ...

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GREEN DAY – FATHER OF ALL…

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GREEN DAY – FATHER OF...

CELEBRATE FIVE- TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GREEN DAY’S THIRTEENTH STUDIO ALBUM, FATHER OF ALL… Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, CA, Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide. In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera American Idiot which captured the nation’s attention, selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S alone and taking home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Father Of All… is the thirteenth studio album to be released by Green Day, and the title track has already peaked at #1 in Canada and the US. In conjunction with the announcement of their new album, Father of All… the rock icons announced that they will also be embarking on a global stadium tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer titled “The Hella Mega Tour” presented by Harley- Davidson. Entertainment Weekly calls Green Day, “The most influential band ...

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