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SEX, LOVE AND THE LIVES OF CONSENTING ADULTS: WHITEHORSE DELVES INTO BODY POLITICS ON PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE, OUT 7/7/17.

NEW VIDEO FOR “NIGHTHAWKS” OUT NOW.


Watch a new video for “Nighthawks” now, directed Tim Donnelly.

Retro psychedelic pop bubbles up on “Nighthawks,” a new song out now from Panther In The Dollhouse that questions the constructs of perpetrator and victim on the streets. “Nighthawks” is a companion piece to the slow-burner “Evangelina,” (from the album Leave No Bridge Unburned), in which the namesake character is a sex worker superhero, in celebration of those who challenged Canada’s prostitution laws at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013.

“Nighthawks” is one example of Panther In The Dollhouse’s deep dive into body politics. Throughout the album, Whitehorse explores issues of consent, self-determination and, ultimately, freedom, largely from the perspective of women. Alongside “Boys Like You,” the grindhouse ballad of “Die Alone” and the peroxide burn of “Trophy Wife,” Panther In The Dollhouse paints a conflicted picture of domesticity and adulthood. Seedy, slinky and suggestive, the characters that populate Panther In The Dollhouse do what they can, what they must and – often – what they really shouldn’t (but can’t resist).

As genre chameleons, Whitehorse’s brazen sonic breadth encompasses psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness. Panther In The Dollhouse brings another twist to Whitehorse’s studio approach with the addition of beats and bleeps from NYC hip-hop production duo Like Minds (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg), as well as the return of Gus Van Go and Werner F as producers/engineers.

Whitehorse recently was announced as part of a group of artists set to perform as part of the upcoming Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction of Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage and Stephane Venne. Further details of Whitehorse’s role in this ceremony will be released soon. Currently on tour in the USA, Whitehorse will return for select summer shows in Canada, including Montreal Jazz Festival, Northern Lights Festival and at the Ottawa marathon, where Luke – the fastest musician in recent marathon history – is planning to run the half-marathon before the set.

Panther In The Dollhouse will be released July 7, 2017.

WHITEHORSE DEBUTS BRAND NEW FULL BAND FOR CBC FIRST PLAY LIVE.

Watch the first batch of videos below.

Watch Whitehorse and a brand new band (Ryan Gavel, Gregory Macdonald, Johnny Obercian) perform songs from Panther In The Dollhouse, including “Boys Like You” and “Nighthawks,” as part of CBC’s First Play Live series.

TOUR DATES:

ITHACA, NY: The Dock, May 18
BUFFALO, NY: Leopard Lounge, May 19
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Room, May 22
ALBANY, NY: The Hollow, May 24
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT: Higher Ground, May 25
OTTAWA, ON: Festival Plaza, May 27
PEC, ON: Hayloft Dancehall, June 16
MONTREAL, QC: Metropolis, July 6
ORILLIA, ON: Mariposa, July 8
SUDBURY, ON: Northern Lights Festival, July 9
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON: Jackson-Triggs, July 22
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Aug 17
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Nov 21

More tour dates to come.

‘”A Wild West vixen blazes a trail of theft and seduction in Sam Outlaw’s new video for “Trouble.”‘ – Rolling Stone

Read Rolling Stone’s full review of Sam Outlaw’s new video for “Trouble” here.

“Sam Outlaw sounds almost happy to know he’s possibly being deceived on “Say It to Me,” a breezy number from the Los Angeles-based performer’s latest album Tenderheart. “I don’t think it’s true but it sounds like you believe it / I like the way you say it to me,” he sings, assuming a fair amount of risk over a relationship that sounds like someone’s imagination running wild after one polite conversation.” – Rolling Stone

Sam Outlaw teams up with LR Baggs on his latest live video for “Say It To Me.” Watch it below.

SPIRITS HITS DOUBLE PLATINUM IN CANADA.

Major congratulations to The Strumbellas! Their hit single, Spirits, has officially reached DOUBLE PLATINUM status in Canada. Listen to Spirits on Spotify below.

LIMITED EDITION SEAL CUFF + RETRIBUTION LP BUNDLE AVAILABLE NOW.

We are thrilled to support National Seal Products Day by offering a limited edition Retribution bundle.

The offer comes with a Retribution LP + one hand-made seal fur cuff in your choice of three colours. These fur cuffs are made by Snowfly – the same woman who made the cuffs Tanya wore at the Polaris gala in 2014. #eatsealwearseal

Visit our store to order.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF AN ACTIVIST.

“It may not surprise you to learn that I was a youth activist. Following the well laid footpath of my sister, who followed the well laid footpath of our father, who followed his heart, and a community-driven sense of social justice.”

Read Amelia’s entire essay via Indie88 here.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG REVEALS FULL 2017 LINEUP.

ONE WORD: WOW.

MORE WORDS: INTERSTELLAR RODEO IS THRILLED TO BRING MAJOR ARTISTS BECK, FATHER JOHN MISTY, ALOE BLACC AND MORE TO WINNIPEG FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

WEEKEND PASSES ON SALE WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 @ 10am CT.

Interstellar Rodeo returns for its third year in Winnipeg with a KABOOM: today, the festival reveals its 2017 headliners are BECK, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE and FATHER JOHN MISTY (previously announced). Grammy-winner Beck, a singular force of creativity for decades, has never performed between Ontario and BC. Indie rock progenitors Broken Social Scene have new music out for the first time in seven years, and as previously announced, internationally acclaimed folk/rock provocateur Father John Misty’s appearance is also a debut in the city.

Furthering the theme of firsts, Californian R&B hit-maker Aloe Blacc, Nashville’s gothic blues newcomer Adia Victoria – who blew Interstellar’s Edmonton audience away last year – and surging British country-soul singer Yola Carter round out the impressive list of artists set to make their debuts in Winnipeg this summer. Interstellar Rodeo takes great pride in bringing the world’s best artists to the city, and this year’s lineup delivers in emphatic fashion.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG’S 2017 LINEUP INCLUDES:

BECK
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE * FATHER JOHN MISTY
RHEOSTATICS * ALOE BLACC * SHAKEY GRAVES
MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES
SARAH SLEAN * ADIA VICTORIA * YOLA CARTER
DANNY MICHEL * TERRA LIGHTFOOT * THE DEAD SOUTH
WHITNEY ROSE * LEONARD SUMNER

More to come.
Visit www.interstellarrodeo.com for festival schedule and lineup details.

Cult art-rockers Rheostatics will return to Winnipeg for the their first appearance in over a decade. For decades, Rheostatics have mined Canadian mythos on era-defining albums. Renaissance woman Sarah Slean, a recording artist, composer, producer and more, has just released her first new album in five years and is another distinguished Canadian addition to Interstellar Rodeo’s lineup. Interstellar further strengthens its Can-rock bedrock with environmentalist, pacifist and romanticist Danny Michel, another esteemed member of Canada’s songwriter pantheon.

No rodeo is complete without some mega-watt Nashville sparkle, and legend of country music Marty Stuart – who just released an excellent new album called Wild West with his Fabulous Superlatives band – will kick things off on Interstellar’s Friday night bill. Between Six Shooter label-mates Shakey Graves and Whitney Rose, Interstellar Rodeo also has the best Americana music coming from Austin, Texas more than covered. Shakey Graves, the self-proclaimed ‘Texas Gentleman,’ puts on incredibly exciting live shows. Whitney Rose originally from PEI but now based in Austin, has quickly risen in the Americana/country world in recent years.

Interstellar Rodeo is also thrilled to welcome the powerful voices of major breakouts Terra Lightfoot and Leonard Sumner, two of Canada’s brightest new songwriting lights. Lightfoot, from Hamilton, and Sumner, from Winnipeg, represent a new generation of artists that effortlessly fuse rock, blues and country traditions in exciting ways.

Interstellar Rodeo’s imaginative approach to lineup creation once again offers a lineup packed with exceptional performers, both iconic and emerging.

Weekend passes will be on sale to the general public at 9am CT on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Tickets can be purchased at store.sixshooterrecords.com

ABOUT INTERSTELLAR RODEO:

Interstellar Rodeo, now in its third year in Winnipeg, has fostered a tight-knit community of local business partners, proud volunteers and Manitoba’s strongest music champions, who have worked with festival producers Six Shooter Records to build an event driven by the team’s unofficial motto, “Just Be Awesome.” The festival’s unique concept pairs great music with fine wines.

WHITEHORSE UNVEIL ANOTHER PIECE FROM UPCOMING LP.

Whitehorse released their latest song, Nighthawks, today. Download Nighthawks when you pre-order their new record “Panther In the Dollhouse” (out July 7) on iTunes here.

HEART, SOUL AND ROCK N’ ROLL: INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON UNVEILS THIS YEAR’S LINEUP, PACKED WITH TOP-NOTCH, GENRE-BENDING SONGWRITERS.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON TAKES PLACE JULY 21-23, 2017 AT HAWRELAK PARK.

WEEKEND PASSES ON SALE SUNDAY, MAY 7 @ 9am MT.

The 2017 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton lineup is here. For its sixth year, Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton offers a feast of songwriting brilliance, featuring captivating and extraordinary performers from all corners of North America. Interstellar’s stage has quickly become a go-to destination for Edmonton’s adventurous and appreciative music lovers, and 2017’s lineup offers fire-starters, hit-makers, risk-takers and scene-makers, all on one stage, all in one weekend.

This year’s headliners include the long-awaited return of indie music progenitors Broken Social Scene, who have new music at the ready. Californian R&B/soul songwriter Aloe Blacc, a multi-talented artist with a golden touch and a heart of gold, will make his Edmonton debut on Interstellar’s stage. Powerhouse Serena Ryder, who has a spark-throwing new single in hand, is guaranteed to deliver an electrifying show.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON 2017 LINEUP:

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE * ALOE BLACC * SERENA RYDER
SUZANNE VEGA * JOHN K. SAMSON and The WINTER WHEAT
BASIA BULAT * DAN MANGAN * JD MCPHERSON
THE SUFFERS * COLD SPECKS * AMELIA CURRAN
PARKER MILLSAP * WHITNEY ROSE * BEGONIA * LEONARD SUMNER

Interstellar is excited to welcome iconic folk phenom Suzanne Vega – who hasn’t performed in Edmonton in nearly twenty years – back to Alberta. Vega expanded the very definition of ‘folk music,’ and blazed trails for generations of songwriters, including fellow Interstellar 2017 performers Basia Bulat and Amelia Curran, both artists who have pushed their sound into new realms on recent albums.

Interstellar Rodeo 2017 has a lot of soul (mixed with pop, funk, country and more). The Suffers, a 10-piece band from Houston, Texas, are bound to be one of this year’s musical discoveries with their ludicrously enjoyable live show. Cold Specks, an internationally-acclaimed songwriter from Ontario, has taken the world by storm with her ‘doom-soul’ stylings. Winnipeg’s Begonia, new to the scene but with similar promise, fuses her soul-tinged timbre with pop-minded synths and beats.

This year’s lineup also features artists who mine Midwestern allegory and identity, from the prairie philosophy of Winnipeg’s John K. Samson and The Winter Wheat to the brimstone-borne Americana of Parker Millsap and heartland pulse in the rock n’ roll of JD McPherson, both from Oklahoma.

As always, Interstellar Rodeo 2017 is a place to find artists who don’t fit easily into genre boxes. The festival is thrilled to welcome Dan Mangan, who has built an award-winning career with eccentric, experimentally-oriented indie rock. Emerging songwriter Whitney Rose is turning heads with her unique mix of classic country and vintage pop. Winnipeg’s Leonard Sumner’s poetic, fusion of hip-hop, spoken word, country and R&B is a powerful vehicle for his important perspective.

Interstellar Rodeo’s imaginative approach to lineup creation once again offers a lineup packed with exceptional performers, both iconic and emerging.

Weekend passes will be on sale to the general public at 9am MT on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Tickets can be purchased at store.sixshooterrecords.com

Visit an all-new Interstellar Rodeo website at www.interstellarrodeo.com

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ABOUT INTERSTELLAR RODEO:

Interstellar Rodeo, now in its sixth year, has fostered a tight-knit community of local business partners, proud?volunteers?and Alberta’s strongest music champions, who have worked with festival producers Six Shooter Records?to build an event driven by the team’s unofficial motto, “Just Be Awesome.” The festival’s unique concept pairs great music with fine wines.

#IRODEOWPG BRINGS SHAKEY GRAVES TO WINNIPEG.

“Unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.”

Thus proclaimed NPR Music of Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a gentleman from Texas known as Shakey Graves. The lo-fi vibe of Shakey Graves’ bluesy folk rock had him pegged as Austin’s Next Big Thing faster than you can say longhorn, and since his debut he’s been shaking things up to giant crowds across North America and beyond. Rose-Garcia is much beloved in his home state, where every February 9 is Shakey Graves Day. Six Shooter Records is the proud Canadian home of Shakey Graves’ 2014 album, And The War Came, which signalled a move towards more brashly poppy offerings and a fuller, shinier sound. Shakey Graves puts on a helluva show, with huge riffs and high kicks; his intensely entertaining sound and swagger keeps fans tuned in.

“TENDERHEART” OUT NOW.

Sam Outlaw releases his brand new record “Tenderheart” today. Get it on iTunes, Spotify, and CD + Vinyl here.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO ANNOUNCES 2017 FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINER: FATHER JOHN MISTY CONFIRMED TO MAKE HIS WINNIPEG DEBUT AT #IRodeoWPG ON AUGUST 18.

FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT COMING MAY 9, 2017 VIA PRESS CONFERENCE. DETAILS TO COME.
TICKETS ON SALE MAY 10, 2017.

Interstellar Rodeo is thrilled to bring Father John Misty to Winnipeg for the first time as one of this year’s headliners. Father John Misty will perform on Friday, August 18.

As told to the Winnipeg Free Press, festival producer Shauna de Cartier says, “Interstellar Rodeo is thrilled to be the first to present Father John Misty in Winnipeg. He is one of today’s most intriguing and entertaining artists, and is unveiling a brand new album this week. We know from his 2015 performance at Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton that his live show is second to none. Winnipeg, you are going to love this show.”

Father John Misty will release Pure Comedy, his third studio album, on Friday, April 6. Watch his recent performance of “Total Entertainment Forever” on Saturday Night Live here.

Interstellar Rodeo’s full 2017 lineup will be announced on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 via a press conference. Details to come.

ABOUT FATHER JOHN MISTY:

Since 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk,” or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape – that of a real enigma. Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer – at times bordering on freakishly prescient. Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and – at 75 minutes – there’s a veritable fuck ton of it. The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candour, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.