"He might look like another one of those bearded boys with an acoustic guitar and a sensitive soul, yet the singer-songwriter's latest LP displays subtlety
that distinguishes him." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Fitzsimmons...knocks it out of the park with 'Fortune,' a cascading, mysterious
song about a moment at the crossroads." - American Songwriter
William Fitzsimmons' fifth studio album is out now. Lions was produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service, among others) at Hall of Justice in Seattle. On this record, Fitzsimmons' explores his personal changes over the years since 2011's release, Gold In The Shadow.
Leading up to the release of Lions, Fitzsimmons debuted a few tracks from the record. Late in 2013 Fitzsimmons gave listeners the first taste of the record with the premiere of an acoustic version of his track "Centralia" on Paste. He released the first single from the album, "Fortune," in January with a track premiere on American Songwriter and video premiere on The AV Club. Bringing him right up to the release date Fitzsimmons also debuted two other acoustic versions of tracks from the record with "Sister" on The Wall Street Journal and "Took" on Rolling Stone.
Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) and Bumstead Productions (Bumstead) today announced a definitive agreement under which Nettwerk has acquired the recording assets and label operations of Bumstead.
Bumstead is one of a few Canadian independent music businesses founded over 30 years ago with a strong pedigree of developing successful Canadian artists. Under the deal, Nettwerk is acquiring the copyrights to such legacy Canadian recording artists as k.d. lang, Glen Stace, Colin James and John Ford, as well as recent releases from The Trews, Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic, Yukon Blonde and Poor Young Things.
Bumstead founder Larry Wanagas will retain the name Bumstead and continue to independently run the publishing and artist management business of Bumstead under the Bumstead banner.
Nettwerk co-founder and CEO Terry McBride comments, “We are thrilled to add Bumstead’s impressive roster of influential Canadian recording artists to the Nettwerk family. As a company, we are always looking to expand our diverse roster with quality catalogue.”
Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time Grammy Nominee Morgan Page has announced a “weekend takeover” of the famed Avalon Hollywood on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1. Tickets are available HERE.
The takeover, a first of its kind, follows an incredibly successful Morgan Page PresentsTour (MPP3D), which brought groundbreaking, fully immersive 3D visuals to 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada (with 20+ sold out). In the midst of the tour, Morgan released his brand new single with Michael S. called “Against The World.” A remix package is set for release on February 18, featuring remixes from Tony Romera and Denzal Park that pack a more powerful punch than the original, melodic track.
American Songwriter Premieres "Growing Up" Acoustic Video,
Shot At Hotel Cafe During Their Sold-Out Fall Residency
LA-based sextet Run River North will celebrate the February 25th release of their self-titled debut album with a sold-out headline show at LA’s iconic Troubadour on Monday, March 3rd. The band will also play “Live At Amoeba” on Thursday, March 6 at 6:00pm. They'll head to Austin for SXSW the following week, before joining the Goo Goo Dolls on their acoustic spring tour.
“Little Mix storm US iTunes chart with new song 'Stand Down'” - Digital Spy
“Little Mix touched down in the U.S. last year with surprising force, scoring the highest-ever chart debut for a British girl group's first album” – LA Times
UK pop girl group Little Mix’s sophomore album Salute (Syco/Columbia) is proving to be a cross-over with its #1 debut on the US iTunes chart. Acclaimed Nettwerk One writer Shaznay Lewis contributed three tracks to Salute: “These Four Walls,” “Stand Down,” and “About A Boy.”
Lewis first worked with Little Mix on their 2012 debut DNA, which holds the record for highest-charting debut by a UK girl group in America at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The track Lewis penned, “How Ya Doin” feat. Missy Elliot, became Little Mix’s fifth consecutive top 20 hit in the UK.
Passenger’s smash single “Let Her Go” grabs the #1 chart position at Hot AC radio this week and climbs back to its peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 at #6. This follows a major week for Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger), who saw “Let Her Go” become the new soundtrack to Budweiser’s 2014 television ad, titled “Puppy Love,” which aired during the big game last Sunday and today boasts more than 43 Million YouTube views. The official video for “Let Her Go” is also just shy of 200 Million YouTube views.
Watch Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” Featuring “Let Her Go”:
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.