- Ab-Soul - "Huey Knew" (ft. Da$H)
- Fake Palms - "Holiday" (video)
- Carried Away - "Glass" (video)
- Dan Edmonds - 'Ladies on the Corner' (album stream)
- Kings of Leon - "Around the World"
- Solange - 'A Seat at the Table' (album stream)
- Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - 'Kings and Kings' (album stream)
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 10:49 AM PDT
In a year that has already seen releases from Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad, it seems Ab-Soul is the next Top Dawg Entertainment member to come off the bench with some new material.
Late last night (September 29), the MC delivered the Willie B.-produced single "Huey Knew" alongside Da$H, marking his first release in two years. Ab-Soul's last LP, These Days, arrived in 2014. The MC has been teasing his forthcoming effort on Twitter as '#DWTW,' which some users have interpreted as an acronym for Do What Thou Will.
While we await further details of Ab-Soul's next release, hear the team-up with Da$H on "Huey Knew" in the player below.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 09:59 AM PDT
Toronto crew Fake Palms release their Heavy Paranoia EP today (September 30), and to mark its arrival, the band have unveiled a sweet new video for "Holiday."
The clip is essentially a toothache waiting to happen, with mounds of cotton candy, jawbreakers, suckers, jellybeans, chocolate bunnies, gummy bears, marshmallows, ice cream and straight up sugar getting eaten, thrown around, smeared on faces and melted down into a colourful sticky mess.
Indulge in the gooey, chewy clip below.
Heavy Paranoia is out on Buzz Records now.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Toronto pop-punks Carried Away are ready to unleash a brand new video, and Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive first watch.
The band released their debut EP Intrepid earlier this year, but they're already working on the follow-up and set to show off some new material in the latest clip. "Glass" is a heavy, high-energy cut that pairs Madison Crombie's soft, melodic vocals with crunchy guitars and a harsh but upbeat rhythm section.
"'Glass' is a song about the numbness you feel after something tough happens in your life you were not ready for," the band tell Exclaim! "After initial shock and sadness of it wears off you are left not knowing how to feel, what to do with yourself, and you shut yourself down. You see things not as clearly as before (through the glass)."
The new clip showcases that sentiment, following the group from a dark, dingey basement performance space into the great outdoors.
"The video portrays a person's journey through that time, which is not always easy, towards the final freedom and acceptance of change," they add. "Things are always gonna be okay at the end, even if they are not right now. Just give it time."
You can check it out for yourself in the player below.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Hamilton folk-rock troupe Harlan Pepper called it quits last summer, but the band members haven't abandoned music entirely. In fact, singer/guitarist Dan Edmonds is set to unveil a brand new album titled Ladies on the Corner on October 7, and Exclaim! is giving you an advanced listen.
For help on his debut solo full-length, Edmonds enlisted some familiar Cancon faces including members of Cuff the Duke, Elliott Brood, Del Bel and Bry Webb. It hears the young singer-songwriter embracing rootsy, retro vibes — right down to the 8-track machine he used to record the album.
"I was really limited in that sense, but I loved the challenge," he said in a statement. "It was almost like trying to make the perfect demo. To me, demos always sound better than the final product in most cases."
It's unsurprising then that the new songs opt for an endearingly lo-fi sound rather than any move into the left field of polished pop music. Stream-of-consciousness lyrics get paired with gentle, rootsy instrumentation, though Edmonds shies away from the Americana label that was frequently attached to his past project.
"I feel like these new songs show off a different side of all the old country and folk music I still love," he explained. "My hope is that people will come to this album with fresh ears and appreciate it for what it is."
Scroll past Edmonds's upcoming gigs and hit play to give it a chance in the player below right now.
08/26 Hamilton, ON - Toast Wine Bar ^
09/04 Hamilton, ON - Gage Park ^
10/07 Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern *
10/16 Saskatoon, SK - Village Guitar and Amp Co. *
10/17 Edmonton, AB - The Aviary *
10/18 Jasper, AB - Whistle Stop Pub *
10/19 Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall *
10/20 Nelson, BC - The Royal On Baker *
10/21 Twin Butte, AB - Twin Butte General Store *
10/22 Wayne, AB - Last Chance Saloon *
10/23 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood Stage And Grill *
10/24 Lethbridge, AB - Owl Acoustic *
10/25 Regina, SK - Creative City Centre *
10/26 Winnipeg, MB - Times Change(d) High And Lonesome Club *
10/27 Kenora, ON - The Bijou *
10/28 Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo *
10/29 Sault Ste Marie, ON - Lop Lops *
11/4 Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn *
11/05 Picton, ON - Acoustic Grill *
11/11 Guelph, ON - eBAR ^
11/12 Sudbury, ON - TBA *
11/19 Hamilton, ON - This Aint Hollywood *
* with Zachary Lucky
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:54 AM PDT
Kings of Leon will drop a new album titled Walls in a couple of weeks, but before the full-length effort arrives, the band have offered another sampling of new material.
Following up lead single "Waste a Moment," the group have unveiled "Around the World." It's a jaunty number, piling twanging, jangling guitars and even some synths atop a quick, percussive backbone, while frontman Caleb Followhill croons in his signature southern drawl.
Listen to "Around the World" below. Walls is out October 14 through RCA.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:10 AM PDT
As promised, Solange has delivered a brand new album titled A Seat at the Table today (September 30) — and you can stream the whole thing right now.
Her sister Beyoncé may be the master of the surprise album rollout, but the younger Knowles' latest effort is no small-scale affair. It features a fancy guestlist that includes Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange), Sampha, Q-Tip, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Moses Sumney and Kelela, as well as Canadian popsmith Sean Nicholas Savage.
A Seat at the Table is out now via Saint Records/Columbia. Listen to it via Apple Music below.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Five years on from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' issuing their Kings and Queens collaborative release, the Canadian roots crew are ready to drop the script-flipping follow-up, Kings and Kings. While the Rodeo Kings won't have their latest set out until October 7, you can hear them crooning along with Dallas Green, Rodney Crowell and more right now via an exclusive stream with Exclaim!
As previously reported, 2011's Kings and Queens had the band's Tom Wilson, Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing reaching out to Roseanne Cash and Lucinda Williams for a little help. This time around, they're extending the invitation to a number of male contemporaries. This includes City and Colour leader Dallas Green, whose gentle tone was heard complementing Wilson's familiarly gravelly croon on previously teased album track "Beautiful Scars."
Elsewhere, Rodney Crowell hops on bittersweet country stomp "Live by the Song," a track about life on the road, while power-pop great Nick Lowe kicks up dust with the Rodeo Kings on the strummed and shuffled "Secret of a Long Lasting Love." Other artists tapped include Bruce Cockburn, Vince Gill, Eric Church and Raul Malo.
You'll find a full album stream below, while Kings and Kings will be ready to rule the roost October 7 via File: Under Music.
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