The Space Merchants on Tour!

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A self-proclaimed “country band traveling through space,” The Space Merchants drive, jangle, and twang their way through sweet, haunting jams, as majestic as they are minimal. Theirs is a lo-fi psych experience, befitting of interstellar exploration as well as lonely highway trucking. The Brooklyn band’s sweet, haunting songs, propelled by co-ed vocal harmonies, live in their own world where backporch Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings vibes coexist with outerspace psych-rock jamming.

Naming The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Bobbie Gentry as musical inspirations, and mining the realms of science fiction, religion and myth in their lyrics, the co-ed Brooklyn band marries backporch Americana with brain-blowing transcendence, a juxtaposition they themselves sum up as “like Johnny Cash explaining current theories in astrophysics.”

On perfectly composed songs like “One Cut Like the Moon” and “Mainline the Sun,” female and male voices intertwine in rich harmonies over bluesy guitar- and organ-driven rock. The instrumentation is classic, the song structures are tried and true. The Space Merchants follow a recipe that has been working since the birth of rock n’ roll, yet these are songs that seduce, abduct, and lead guided tours of other worlds.

The dazzling/dizzying cover art is by Braulio Amado, whose work has graced the covers of The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek.

8/28 Pittsburgh- Spirit
8/29- Cleveland – Happy Dog West
8/30- Cincinnati  – Urban Artifact
8/31- Nashville-  Turn One
9/1 Atlanta – 529 Bar
9/2 Athens – Flicker Bar
9/3 Raleigh – Slim’s
9/4 Baltimore- Reverb
9/5 Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle

Grey Lands “Another Lie” Available For Download!


Whether you want to head to Magnet Magazine’s MP3 at 3pm for a free download of Grey Lands “Another Lie” or you want to head over to Grey Lands mysterious yet beautiful website, you win! As Magnet describes them – Grey Lands is an up-and-coming group from Toronto looking to make an impression with a very ’90-influenced brand of indie and alternative rock. Their debut track, “Another Lie,” shows a lot of promise, proving the band’s competence for utilizing its strengths wisely, as well as a great vocal performance balanced perfectly by brief, Sonic Youth-style descents into guitar masses. Or you can just download it here!




We’re super psyched to be working with our pals in Toronto for the Toronto Urban Roots Festival. Heading into its third year, the festival boasts some spectacular headliners and up-and-coming talent marking its foray into one of the “must attend” festivals of the year.  Head over to the TURF website for ticket information. Media requests should be directed here.

Stay tuned for more artist announcements and the Club Bonus Series!



 First round of performers announced including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Of Monsters And Men, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, UB40, Built to Spill and Neko Case; more to come

Toronto —  Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF), downtown Toronto’s boutique summer roots music festival, returns to the city’s Historic Fort York Common with forty-six bands on three outdoor stages spanning three days and nights – September 18th-20th. This year’s headliners include Wilco, Of Monsters And Men, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers, UB40, Built to Spill, Fishbone and Neko Case.  The entire Friday line-up is now available and more artists are set to be announced.

As part of the TURF weekend, TURF will present the annual Club Bonus Series at the Horseshoe Tavern and at Lee’s Palace (celebrating 30 years of live music!) from September 16 through 21. Full weekend VIP Plus pass holders can enjoy intimate performances from TURF artists and three day pass holders will have a chance to win tickets to these special performances.

In addition to fantastic national and international bands, TURF will shine the spotlight on the Toronto-area’s amazing depth of talent throughout the weekend with it’s “ARTISTS FROM TORONTO” focus. Each stage at the festival will kick off daily with performances from artists who call Toronto home.


EARLYBIRD: 3 day REGULAR passes, 3 day FRONT OF STAGE VIP passes, 3 day VIP PLUS and FRIDAY SINGLE DAY tickets are on sale now at Ticketfly.  Tier one earlybird pricing ends Wednesday, June 10th at midnight. All event tickets can be purchased in the US through Ticketfly or at 

Regular pricing begins Thursday, June 11th at Noon. TURF Club Bonus Series shows will be announced and ticketed in early July.

Sam Roberts Band Releases New EP on Record Store Day!

Counting The Days

Sam Roberts Band are set to release Counting The Days on Record Store Day (April 18th, 2015). An EP featuring five new tracks, Counting The Days will be available on red vinyl with black and white splatter from Paper Bag Records. The title track – a sprawling, psychedilia-infused rocker clocking in at nearly eight minutes – kicks off the platter, which also includes a power-pop rave-up version of Lo-Fantasy’s “Chasing the Light” and the band’s energetic take on Norman Greenbaum’s classic “Spirit In The Sky.” Check out Counting The Days here and pick up the vinyl version at your local record store on April 18!

About Lo-Fantasy:

2014’s acclaimed Lo-Fantasy was Sam Roberts Band’s first new album in three years. Produced by Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover), whose production credits range from The Verve’s Urban Hymns to Crowded House and stints performing with Paul McCartney, The Orb and Killing Joke, Lo-Fantasy infused Sam Roberts Band’s rousing brand of rock n’ roll with elements of funk, house, electronic and African music. The result was the band’s most dynamic and inventive album to date, garnering much critical acclaim and a Rock Album of the Year nomination for Canada’s Juno Awards.

Sam Roberts Band is: Sam Roberts (lead singer, guitar), Dave Nugent (lead guitar), Eric Fares (keyboard, guitar), James Hall (bass), Josh Traeger (drums) and Chet Doxas (horns).

Counting The Days’ cover was illustrated and designed by prolific Candian artist Benjamin Nelson.

Planet Québec to Announce Full SXSW Music Line up on Monday, February 24






Stay tuned for all the details on the great bands representing Québec at SXSW 2014! We’re super excited for this year’s line up!

FOAM LAKE Add Extra Show at CMJ!

In addition to playing the SASKMusic/Alberta Music showcase HOW THE WEST WAS WON, Foam Lake will be joining the line up at the Canadian Blast showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00pm. Here’s the track “True Hearts” from their Canadian debut “Force and Matter,” which will be out in the spring in the US. The album was nominated for Best Independent Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Minnesota to play…..Minnesota!

We’re please to announce Minnesota’s first official gig as Minnesota, in Minnesota! Grand Marais is the place where Peter Himmelman and David Hollander will make it real on Mountain Stage! Head over to the Mountain Stage website for ticket information and broadcast schedule. We’re pretty excited about this one!