SoShy began her rise to fame in 2009 with the international hit “Morning After Dark” which she co-wrote and sang with Timbaland and Nelly Furtado. She performed the song live across the world, including the American Music Awards and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Her debut album Crack The Code drops this fall along with its single “Whaeva Man,” which she describes as ‘Street Pop.’
Known for remixing Diplo and A-Trak, Kid Kamillion has also collaborated with Kid Sister, Mannie Fresh, Boys Noize and Spank Rock. This young fella’s been busy! Born in New Orleans, Kid Kamillion’s experience with southern hip-hop, New Orleans bounce and electronic music clearly influences his style. His new single “Pump This Party” overflows with trap beats, quirky samples and a very danceable vibe.
Self-proclaimed ‘Mountain Man of Comedy’ K Trevor Wilson has long been a fixture in the Canadian comedy world. With his debut album SexCop FirePenis, he’s poised to reach an international audience. The former child actor has opened for comedians Todd Glass, Patton Oswalt and Louis CK. His album covers Wilson’s experience as a mugging victim, breaking his bed during an intimate moment and numerous topical references to the Muppets, Bill Cosby and Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Wilson’s unique point of view combined with his sleepy, gruff delivery (equal parts Kyle Kinane and Steven Wright) promises an unpretentious, hilarious glimpse into his life.
Remember back in the early 2000s when it was commonplace to get shushed at a freak-folk show by Devendra Banhart devotees wearing suede satchels and homemade hats? You couldn’t even turn to your friend and say, “Wow, that was great how he…” without the quiet police cutting you off with a hissing, “SHHHHHHHHH!” Although Oakland band The Range Of Light Wilderness recalls some of the more lilting songs of that era, they’ve got the kind of pulsing, organic rhythm section that keeps things just loud enough to cheer them on. Imagine if the dudes in The War On Drugs were more obsessed with ‘70s soft rock band Bread than ‘80s Springsteen – and throw in a pinch of Beachwood Sparks to smooth out the vocal edges.
The Script – No Sound Without Silence
Multi-platinum Irish rockers released their much-anticipated fourth studio album No Sound Without Silence following the success of the lead single “Superheroes.” Since the release of their eponymous debut in 2008 and singles like “Breakeven,” they have sold over 20 million records, opened for Paul McCartney in New York City and are currently on tour supporting OneRepublic. It’s no surprise they have been heralded as ‘Ireland’s biggest band since U2.’
Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Lucinda Williams taps into her Americana roots for her 12th album and debut release on her own Highway 20 Records. This two-disc collection of 20 songs begins with “Compassion,” an acoustic adaptation of the poem of the same name written by her father and the renowned poet Mitch Williams. Other noteworthy tracks include the uplifting, optimistic anthem “When I Look At The World,” and a 10-minute version of J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia.” She is joined by a range of musical guests that include Tony Joe White, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers).
Cameron Esposito – Same Sex Symbol
Cameron Esposito’s second album Same Sex Symbol comes just after former Tonight Show host Jay Leno dubbed her ‘the future of comedy,’ and it’s hard to argue with his logic. Esposito (who is openly gay) identifies her gender as “fighter pilot,” and no wonder–she expertly streaks through topics at top speed, jumping from her preference for dating women in crisis to her atheism to her sex tips for people of all genders and orientations. Her confident delivery and whip-smart writing demonstrates Esposito’s development since her debut Grab Them Aghast and promise many more hilarious releases to come.
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