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Wondagurl and Rich Kidd's "Cooking Beats" demo Part of IMSTA FESTA Toronto Celebration of Music Technology September 6 2014

From a media release:

WONDAGURL AND RICH KIDD’S “COOKING BEATS” DEMONSTRATION ANNOUNCED FOR IMSTA FESTA TORONTO
IMSTA FESTA - A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

• Admission is free with registration at: www.imsta.org

TORONTO:
Toronto’s finest beat-making duo, WondaGurl and Rich Kidd are announced as industry panelists for IMSTA FESTA Toronto on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. Hosted by The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and in partnership with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the annual celebration of music technology event will take place at the Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre.

Providing an environment where top Musical Instrument Technology companies can interact with music makers face-to-face, IMSTA presents five educational and interactive panels featuring music industry experts. As part of the IMSTA FESTA Professional Panel Series, WondaGurl and Rich Kidd will inspire, inform and entertain those att…

Monday Nights & Bloody Family at the Theatre Centre Toronto Through September 2014

From a media release:

The Theatre Centre announces upcoming programming at its live arts hub and incubator
6th Man Collective's Monday Nights - September 5 to 20, 2014
Philip McKee and Tanja Jacobs’ Bloody Family - September 26 to October 5 2014

• Check out both shows on their website

Toronto, ON –
To celebrate the first six months in their permanent home, The Theatre Centre today revealed 2014 programming highlights. Two productions developed in residency will animate the live arts hub and incubator: 6th Man Collective’s immersive basketball experience, Monday Nights, and Philip McKee and Tanja Jacobs’ interpretation of a classic Greek tragedy, Bloody Family.

Development of new artists and their work has always been an integral part of The Theatre Centre’s mandate, whether it’s through providing space, subsidy or mentorship within the cultural sector. Since opening their permanent home, The Theatre Centre is delighted to be able to highlight a selection of their residency partnership…

New Grunge: The Lost Poets' Insubordia (Independent, April 27, 2014)

Recently Released:
The Lost Poets
Insubordia (Independent, April 27, 2014)
David Rosengren (Vocals, guitar) and Petter Ossian Strömberg (drums, bass)

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From Stockholm, Sweden, The Lost Poets released their debut EP earlier this year, featuring five tracks that establish them firmly in the New Grunge movement.

The lead single is Ode to K, and according to vocalist/guitarist David Rosengren, the song tells a story. "Ode to K" was one of those songs that just came out of nowhere. It's essentially about a man selling his soul to the devil and how his life was before and after he died. It's also an homage to the love of his life for trying to help him. It's all very suggestive and the inspiration, as always, comes from my own life in a twisted sort of way."

When I stand at the gates of hell
That's when I know what I was ready to sell




The five tracks offer more of the same - grungy atmospheric rock with a dystopian, down the rabbit hole view of the w…

Japan Society New York City Announces 2014-15 Performing Arts Season with Music, Dance,Theater & More

From a media release:

JAPAN SOCIETY NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCES
2014-2015 PERFORMING ARTS SEASON
FEATURING EVENTS IN MUSIC, DANCE, THEATER & BEYOND

New York, NY -
Japan Society announces its 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season, featuring works by visionary artists in music, dance and theater. In this season, the Performing Arts Program proudly presents two large-scale series of events: in music, The Shamisen Sessions in Fall 2014; and in Spring 2015, Stories from the War: Reflecting on WWII through Theater, a series of theater events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII; in addition to long-running programs such as the Contemporary Dance Showcase, Annual Play Reading Series, a commission premiere and related events.

The season commences in September with The Shamisen Sessions, four distinct music events centered on Japan's unique centuries-old three-stringed instrument, from modern and experimental interpretations to world-class traditional explorations. The Shamisen Sessions,…

The best in Canadian Dance: Harbourfront Centre announces NextSteps 2014/15 Season

From a media release:

The best in Canadian Dance: 
Harbourfront Centre announces NextSteps 2014/15 Season
Check it out online

TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the lineup for the NextSteps 2014-15 dance season, September 2014 – June 2015. From explosive movement to evocative compositions, this season continues the 40-year legacy of dance at Harbourfront Centre.

Championing and cultivating dance in Canada has been a priority for Harbourfront Centre, making NextSteps one of Canada’s largest and most respected dance seasons. The 2014-15 programme features a stunning array of emerging, established, national and international dance talent. From Can-Asian to flamenco, contemporary to kathak – the 2014/15 season encourages audiences to experience, explore and connect with a vast spectrum of cultures, aesthetic and styles.

"Harbourfront Centre has supported dance from the beginning, over 40 years ago, before the site even had buildings. There have been so many perform…

EDM Recently Released: Geiko - Aggressive (Waving Alien Records - July 2, 2014)

EDM Recently Released:
Geiko - Aggressive (Waving Alien Records - July 2, 2014)

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Aggressive is the debut full-length release of Geiko, the solo project of Amaris Wenzel, a Swiss musician/singer/producer & co-owner of Waving Alien Records, Switzerland. She takes a fresh approach to EDM - an over-crowded genre - and makes it her own with a dark edge and a kind of post-modern girl-power message that takes it for granted.

The album is interesting and listenable because she achieves something a little different on each track. There's a real sense of inventiveness in what is often a repetitive genre. She uses a wide range of electronic sounds from buzzy to orchestral with a nice sense of drama and theatricality that plays into the darker, gothy edge of her songs.

The trippy, psychadelic The Mushroom Dance is a highlight, with its surreal sensibility. It's excellent dance material, just made for the accompaniment of flashing lights and lots of warm bodies on the dance…

The NFB at TIFF 2014 September 4 to 14, 2014

From a media release:

National Film Board of Canada
The NFB at TIFF 2014
September 4 to 14, 2014

TORONTO -
From an Aboriginal uprising and fugitive cows to the latest film from an Oscar® winner and restored gems by an animation pioneer, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) presents a diverse lineup of stellar titles at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (September 4–14).

The most recent documentary from Canada’s pre-eminent First Nations filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, is featured in the Masters Program: Trick or Treaty? examines the current-day discussion around a controversial 1905 land rights agreement, set against the backdrop of the recent Idle No More movement. Veteran documentarian Paul Cowan teams up with Palestinian animator Amer Shomali to co-direct the Intuitive Pictures/NFB co-production The Wanted 18, which artfully recreates the efforts of the town of Beit Sahour to establish an independent dairy industry during the First Intifada. The Wanted 18 screens in the TIFF…

The Touré-Raichel Collective: New Album (The Paris Session) September 30 2014 on Cumbancha - North American Tour

From a media release:

THE TOURÉ-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE, ACCLAIMED COLLABORATION BETWEEN ISRAELI POP STAR IDAN RAICHEL AND RENOWNED MALIAN MUSICIAN VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ, RELEASES THE PARIS SESSION SEPTEMBER 30 ON CUMBANCHA

New Album Follows Runaway Success of 2012 Debut, The Tel Aviv Session


Stay in touch via their website - available to pre-order soon

The formation and success of The Touré-Raichel Collective, the band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré—icons in their own countries and abroad—is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences. As a follow up to their acclaimed 2012 debut, The Tel Aviv Session, the group will release a new album, The Paris Session, September 30 on the Cumbancha label. The Touré-Raichel Collective will tour the U.S. this fall; please see below for an itinerary.

Although a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and a Malian Muslim has unavoidable poli…

Ghanaian Star Rocky Dawuni Releases New Single "African Thriller"

From a media release:

GHANAIAN STAR ROCKY DAWUNI RELEASES NEW SINGLE "AFRICAN THRILLER"

Remixed by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, "African Thriller" is the first single from the African star's new album Branches of the Same Tree, which will be released in early 2015 on Cumbancha.

BUY NOW AT THE CUMBANCHA STORE

"African Thriller", the first single from African music star Rocky Dawuni's forthcoming album Branches of the Same Tree, has been launched today worldwide. The single announces the Ghanaian star's new signing to Cumbancha, which will be releasing Rocky Dawuni's new album in early 2015. Dawuni will be appearing LIVE on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today at 11am PST to publicly launch the single. Live streaming is available worldwide at kcrw.com. A new music video for the track will be premiered later this summer.

"African Thriller" embodies Rocky Dawuni's unique "Afro-Roots" sound, a funky blend of soul, pop, Afrob…

Recently Released: Keith Alan Mitchell - This Clumsy World (Independent - June 20, 2014)

Recently Released:
Keith Alan Mitchell - This Clumsy World
(Independent - June 20, 2014)


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This Clumsy World, a new release by Keith Alan Mitchell, is an enjoyable trek into Americana vérité - the world of the 99% put to guitar in an alt-country/rock/folk mode. He's now based in San Francisco but his Ohio roots show in his anti-glamourous take on the world.

"All the songs have to do with breaking free in some way; escaping, moving on, even disappearing. That can be a good thing, like breaking out of old patterns or old disagreements, but it can also mean people moving away from each other, being adrift and not grounded," says Mitchell.

After fronting bands in Cali and Ohio, this is his first solo release. Keith's voice is perfect for the idiom - full, expressive and fluid, sensitive. In the song Every Every he shows a really nice control and range. His lyrics are romantic, observant, with social commentary at ground level rather from a lofty position above th…

New Single: Latimer House - Birdcage Walk/Until Then (Honk Records - July 7, 2014 - Vinyl August 11)

New Single:
Latimer House - Birdcage Walk/Until Then
Honk Records - July 7, 2014

Buy the single (digital now, 7" red vinyl available August 11)


From Prague to the world, Latimer House continue down the road of upbeat pop with a literate mindset with the release of Birdcage Walk. It's the latest single from their full-length CD All The Rage, released last February on the band's Honk Records label.

The summer-friendly single Splash is available to stream at the link below. There's a tip of the hat to Beach Boys style harmonies in the chorus, watery lyrics on good days the dolphin smiles..  and a cool electronic piano line underneath the pop guitar. The lyrics play with pop cliches.

Buy the album All The Rage & stream the single Splash

While the four members of Latimer met in Prague, where they are now based, they bring influences from across the globe. Drummer and percussionist Jiri (George) Kominek hails from Toronto while guitarist/vocalist Joe Cook comes from Lo…

Catherine Filloux's Latest Play Selma '65 World Premiere September 26 2014 at La MaMa New York City

From the playwright's blog

LA MAMA PRESENTS:
SELMA ‘65
A NEW PLAY BY CATHERINE FILLOUX
STARRING MARIETTA HEDGES
DIRECTED BY ELEANOR HOLDRIDGE

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Movement, Selma ‘65 explores the virtually unknown stories, and double lives, of Viola Liuzzo and Tommy Rowe.

World Premiere September 26th, 2014 at the
La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (74A E 4th St)


SELMA ‘65 – a new solo play from award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux – is set to make its world-premiere at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (74A E 4th St.) on Friday, September 26th, 2014. Based on true events, SELMA ‘65 stars Marietta Hedges and is directed by Eleanor Holdridge.

Performances of SELMA ‘65 will be held Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm with a matinee on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Beginning on Friday, September 26th, SELMA ‘65 will play its final performance on Sunday, October 12th, 2014.

In anticipation of the upcoming 50th anniversary of th…

Upcoming release: Leonino (aka Jorge Gonzalez) CD: Naked Tunes Hueso Records (September 15, 2014)

Upcoming release:
Leonino (aka Jorge Gonzalez)
CD: Naked Tunes
Hueso Records (September 15, 2014)

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Leonino is the newest incarnatino of Jorge González, leader/vocalist of Los Prisioneros, an iconic Chilean rock band who were front-runners of the musical resistance to Pinochet's dictatorship that burst through in the mid 80's. Jorge González became idol and voice for an entire generation of oppressed youth, reaching the pinnacle of fame not only in Chile but throughout Latin America.

He was heavily involved in the electronic scene in Santiago in the early 90's, featuresd in several releases progressively exploring into dance music (Gonzalo Martínez y Sus Congas Pensantes, Los Updates, Los Sampler...) and eventually moved to Germany in the 00's, where he has continued working in close circle with a group of musicians from Chile and beyond.

As Leonino, the release features an eclectic sound that blends Latin rhythms, …

TIFF 2014 News: Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures’ films The Imitation Game and Nightcrawler to premiere

From a media release:

Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures’ films
The Imitation Game and Nightcrawler
to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival


Toronto, ON - Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures is pleased to be a part of the premiere lineup, today announced at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) press conference. Elevation Pictures’ films include the Canadian premiere of The Imitation Game and the world premiere of Nightcrawler.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist, who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the allies win WWII. The film also stars Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, Allen Leach, and Mark Strong. Directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore, the film was produced by Elevation Pictures’ partner Black Bear Pictures and will be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the U.S.



Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenh…

New Release & VIdeo: El Mató a un Policía Motorizado’s USA Debut Album La Dinastía Scorpio (Nacional Records - July 29 2014)

From a media release:

El Mató a un Policía Motorizado’s USA Debut Album
La Dinastía Scorpio Is Released Digitally Today (July 29, 2014)
via Nacional Records, With Vinyl Edition

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LOS ANGELES - July 29, 2014 - Today, indie rockers El Mató a un Policía Motorizado released their USA debut album La Dinastía Scorpio and premiered their new video “Mas o Menos Bien”. 

With an artfully sweet lo-fi sound, El Mató a un Policía Motorizado conjures rock reminiscent of Pavement, Pixes and Guided by Voices. The band was recently featured at Seattle’s tastemaker independent radio station KEXP, where they performed a raucous in-studio live set.

El Mató a un Policía Motorizado recently made their US debut at New York’s LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference), where they won the prestigious ‘Artist Discovery Award’ which has previously been given to then up-and-coming artists like Carla Morrison, Kinky, Los Rakas and Astro.

La Dinastía Scorpio maintains the band’s characteristic charm while…