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Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd.

Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd. There’s a triangle of the Western Hemisphere that holds the key to the sound that master producer Daniel Lanois brings to the records he writes. It begins in Eastern Canada where Lanois grew up, a bilingual environment that bred the archetypal...

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Consciousness Amid Crisis: Elaquent’s ‘Forever is a Pretty Long Time’ and the Superiority of the Arts in Our Lives

Consciousness Amid Crisis: Elaquent’s ‘Forever is a Pretty Long Time’ and the Superiority of the Arts in Our Lives by Jessica Brant Our longest days are barely over. What feels like a sci-fi feature set in a distant, dystopian future is the current reality for millions of Americans that were forced into home confinement for...

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Little Sway Crissi Cochrane Album Cover on the Independent Music Promotions Blog

Girl from the North steps into the sun on “Little Sway”

Little Sway, the newest album from Crissi Cochrane, could be named after the movement of early budding flowers in spring’s first breezes. The music is bright and eloquent, splashed with the colors of a botanical garden. It mixes modern American jazz with pop music structures in line with Nora Jones or Corinne Bailey Rae. “Sleep In The...

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Indie rapper J Jives releases “You Could Have It”

J Jives is a rapper born and raised in Jamaica, currently looking to take over the hip hop scene in Etobicoke, Ontario. I have to say, this guy’s promo shot is one of the coolest I’ve seen. Why don’t more artists take shots of themselves leaning against imposingly big speakers while wearing sunglasses? Ice cold,...

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