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To celebrate Record Store Day 2017, Def Leppard have re-released the original Def Leppard EP This will be a 12-inch 45rpm version complete with duplicate artwork available in select cities.

According to the recordstore day website

The very first EP released by Def Leppard, originally printed, glued and assembled by Joe Elliott and his mother in 1976 and sold by the band at their first shows.

The EP has not been available on vinyl since a 1989 UK fan club reissue, its newly remastered and released for the first time on a 45 RPM 12″ for Record Store Day 2017.

SIDE A: 01 Ride Into The Sun 02 Getcha Rocks Off (Single Version) SIDE B: 02 The Overture

Martin Harley, slide guitar player extraordinaire will be bringing his sound on a short tour of Canada in May.  The tour, which will help to promote his newly released Static in the Wires will kick off at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver on May 5th, making stops across BC and Alberta for a whistlestop 8 days.

According to Martin’s website, Static in the Wires , recorded in Nashville Tennessee over four days, is Martin’s seventh album and second with Bassist Daniel Kimbro is rooted in Blues and Americana. Their ‘less is more’ approach delivers accomplished slide guitar playing and memorable, timeless songwriting. The album features 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).

Static in the Wires’ follows the highly acclaimed 2015 ‘Live At Southern Ground’ A

Spellbinding 50 minutes’

The Observer

Slide guitar master. Martin Harley is the business”.

Roots magazine.

Martin’s fan base continues to grow with worldwide touring and festival appearances throughout 2017.

Folk Singer Songwriter icon Arlo Guthrie will be appearing at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on April 30th.  Following on the success of the Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, the Running Down the Road Tour will showcase many of the too numerous to mention classics that exist in Guthrie’s back catalogue, as well as songs from other icons of he 60’s, including father Woody and Bob Dylan.

Feedback from the tour has been positive, and Arlo as a consummate performer, is sure to provide great entertainment.

Guthrie and his father before him are long time political activists, and folk performers.  Arlo came to prominence as a result of his 18min + epic Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, and biting lampoon of the Vietnam War draft. ( and one of my favourite tunes from my childhood in the 70’s incidently ).  He has continued to deliver new music on a regular basis, and is regularly joined on stage by many of music’s iconic figures.

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Canadian favourites, The New Pornographers, are headed out on a Canadian Tour kicking off at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Orilla on July 7th.  The band, promoting their new Album “Whiteout Conditions”, will be playing the Commodore Ballroom on September 29th.

The new album, the band’s seventh, is the first on their own label, Collected Works Records, and follows on from the highly successful 2014 outing Brill Bruisers.

The New Pornographers are A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, Joe Seiders, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, and Todd Fancey.

Canadian Tour Dates

07-09 July – Orilla, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival
28 Sep – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
29 Sep – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
30 Sep – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
01 Oct – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
02 Oct – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
04 Oct – Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
05 Oct – Saskatoon, KS – O’Brians Event Centre
06 Oct – Regina, SK – The Exchange
07 Oct – Winnipeg, MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre
11 Oct – London, ON – London Music Hall
12 Oct – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre Theatre
14 Oct – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

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Less than a week after the launch the Gorrilaz app the band, both virtual and physical have announced a tour in support of their upcoming album “Humanz”.

Damon and gang will be hitting North America, with shows in both the US and Canada starting July 8th in Chicago, and wrapping up in Miami on October 15th.  Sadly there is no date for Vancouver on this go around.  Fans will have to make the trek south of the border of the  Key Arena show on September 30th.

This will be first time in seven years that the band has hit venues across North America.

Humanz will hit stores later this month, April 28th, although those who have downloaded the app will get a chance to hear the album before the release date. The album features contributions from Grace Jones Jehnny Beth, of Savages, rapper D.R.A.M. and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.

North America Tour Dates:

07-08 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
07-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
07-12 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07-13 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07-15 Québec City, Québec – Festival d’Été International de Québec
07-17 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-28-30 Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock 2017
08-11/13 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09-15/17 New York, NY – The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
09-18 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
09-20 St. Paul, MN -Roy Wilkins Auditorium
09-22 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
09-24 Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
09-26 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09-30 Seattle, WA – KeyArena at Seattle Center
10-05 Inglewood, CA – The Forum
10-11 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
10-13-15 Miami, FL – III Points Festival

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Heralded by their number one radio hit “The Drugs,” today Mother Mother release their sixth studio album NO CULTURE which features via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

With the world roiled by fear and division borne out of politics, economic uncertainty, and terrorism, perhaps there is no better time for the arrival of music underpinned by the belief that love wins. Into the maw of anxiety comes Mother Mother with NO CULTURE, which posits that society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism, and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown. “NO CULTURE is about something that a lot of us wrestle with in isolation — identity. It’s from each other that we learn the most about ourselves, which is why we’re excited to set this album free. By letting our fans in on the conversation, we discover what the songs mean to them, and how their stories connect with and expand upon ours. It’s this process of shared interpretation that breathes new life, energy and wisdom into our music” says Mother Mother’s frontman, guitarist, and lyricist Ryan Guldemond. The album was co-produced by Brian Howes, Guldemond and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen.

To commemorate the album release, Mother Mother are hosting a listening party on their official Twitter account today at 2:15PM PST. Fans will be able to listen along with the band as they share their thoughts and the creative process behind each track. The band is also treating fans to the release of the “Baby Boy” studio session video. The clip is now premiering on Atwood Magazine and will be streaming on Mother Mother’s official YouTube channel.

On the cover, adeptly reflecting NO CULTURE’s visceral themes, you’ll find a painted-white baby doll dabbling in black paint, depicting the immediate imprint society makes on us once we enter the world. And you can hear this struggle to free oneself from this “stamp” chronicled in the anthemic and upbeat “Love Stuck”, where Guldemond bemoans a condition of emotional paralysis by virtue of over thinking (“I’ve got my love stuck in my head… I’ve got my love stuck in my throat”). With tracks like “Baby Boy”, Guldemond treats the verses as a confessional box, admitting his penchant for self-destruction, deceit, and diehard adolescence, while Molly Guldemond (his sister, fellow founding member, and designer of all of the band’s album art) takes the lead with a melodic intervention, “baby boy, baby brother, we’re losing you to the gutter”. “The Drugs”, the band’s driving first single is an address to a lover, deeming her the ultimate high and antidepressant, while “Letter”, Mother Mother’s first piano ballad, nostalgically recruits the age old theme of unrequited love by way of handwritten loneliness.

In support of the release of the album, the band will be embarking on a Canadian headlining tour, which will kick off in Moncton on February 23. The tour will see Mother Mother hitting twenty-five cities and travelling from coast-to-coast with their final dates being in their hometown of Vancouver with five nights at the historic Commodore Ballroom. Tickets for the tour are available for purchase now.

Mother Mother Tour Dates:
02/23 – Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Ballroom
02/24 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
02/25 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
02/28 – Peterborough, ON @ The Venue
03/02 – Kingston, ON @ The Ale House
03/03 – Ottawa, ON @ The National Arts Centre, Southam Hall
03/04 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
03/06 – Oshawa, ON @ The Music Hall
03/07 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
03/09 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre
03/10 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
03/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
03/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
03/15 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
03/16 – Edmonton, AB @ The Shaw Conference Centre
03/17 – Grande Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred’s
03/18 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar & Grill
03/20 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/21 – Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar At The Hume Hotel
03/22 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre
03/24 – Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
03/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Grammy award-winning global electronic soul funk superstars, Jamiroquai, announce their return with their eight studio album, Automaton. Written and self- produced by Jay Kay and Jamiroquai keyboard-maestro Matt Johnson, Automaton will be available for release on 31 March via Virgin EMI/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Pre-order the album and receive Automaton as an Instant-Grat track now.

Causing a swarm of excitement from fans across the globe, after the release of ‘Automaton Transmission 001’ last Monday, Jamiroquai release the full length video for the album’s title track, available to watch here. A slice of neo-noir science fiction, the video was directed by Charlie Lightening (Arcade Fire, Bjork) with creative direction from front man Jay Kay. This is the latest visual to be released from the band, who were responsible for such game-changing videos as ‘Canned Heat’, ‘Little L’ & four-time MTV Video Music Award winner ‘Virtual Insanity’.

On Automaton Jay Kay comments, “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings.”

Founded in 1992 by Jay Kay, Jamiroquai have become one of the most successful acts on the planet since the release of their debut album Emergency on Planet Earth. With famous fans including the likes of Chance the Rapper, The Black Madonna, Anderson.Paak, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman, Stevie Wonder & The Internet, Jamiroquai have consistently proven themselves as one of the most influential musical innovators of their time. With over seven albums reaching the UK Top 10 (and three reaching #1), the Grammy Award winning band have sold over 26 million albums worldwide and hold the Guinness Book of World Records record for best-selling funk album of all time.

Jamiroquai also announce a unique intimate headline show at The London Roundhouse on the day of album release, 31st of March, preceded by their first live show in six years at Pleyel in Paris on the 28th of March. Previously announced, Jamiroquai will also be performing at a string of international headline festival dates.