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Billy Woodward – “Heavy Hours” [Song Review]

Blooming Americana and folk artist Billy Woodward delivers his incredibly moving single, “Heavy Hours,” one of his proudest and most meaningful songs to date.

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Blooming Americana and folk artist Billy Woodward from Brooklyn, NY, released his incredibly moving single “Heavy Hours” on June 10th. This is his third single on his first LP, The Boy From The Bay, which releases on June 24th. In this emotionally crafted single, Billy created an outlet for his many levels of grief during the peak of the pandemic, which impacted his perspective on life as he knew it. Listeners of all backgrounds can appreciate the depth and vulnerability expressed through Billy’s cutting lyrics in “Heavy Hours.”

In Billy’s own words:

“‘Heavy Hours” is a song wrestling with the immense gravity of loss, tear-soaked pleading with God, the resilient power of community and ‘the wistful urging to hold yourself up to your own ideals.’”

From losing one of his biggest idols, John Prine, due to Covid, becoming a father in the middle of the pandemic and going through gut-wrenching loss of family, the emotions flow out of this single with the same ease in which it took Billy to put it to paper. Through remembering those he has lost and processing this grief through the power of music, Woodward has created one of his proudest and most meaningful projects to date.

The song was produced by John Jackson (The Jayhawks, Ray Davies), mixed by Grammy-award winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Margo Price) and engineered by Jeff Berner (The Jayhawks). Overall, The Boy From The Bay delivers on what Woodward describes as his “therapy record” while sounding more like the soundtrack to a great modern western flick with its pensive Americana instrumentation, alt-country sensibilities, and evocative vocals. Fans can look forward to the full album available for streaming everywhere on June 24th.

Run Time: 2:52
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Record Label: Self-Release

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Gileah Taylor Premieres Her Deep, Intimate Single “Dream Explorer”

Singer-songwriter Gileah Taylor premieres her intensely personal new single “Dream Explorer” from her upcoming album ‘Slow Parade.’

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Gileah Taylor, photo by Gileah Taylor
Gileah Taylor, photo by Gileah Taylor

With her brand new single “Dream Explorer,” Gileah Taylor is offering you a deep and intimate look into her innermost being. She’s laying it all on the line so to speak, not intimidated by what it may suggest or reveal about her. The song, off of her new record Slow Parade, due out on April 26th via Velvet Blue Music, is something of a calling out.

Despite the external shell we create for ourselves or the stiff upper lip we put on, people often hurt inside. They want to be taken notice of and at least offered some attention or a pat on the back. “Dream Explorer” is about waiting to be “found” or wanting to be comforted. The song is a useful acknowledgement that despite the love we may feel from others, we still may feel alone. Longing can take many forms, even when it seems like you shouldn’t need to be longing for anything.

Explaining more about the song and her songwriting process, Taylor tells us:

“When I write a song, one of the first things I imagine is the scenery in the song. When I wrote ‘Dream Explorer,’ it was the middle of the night and it was quite dark outside. I was in my cozy living room sitting on the sofa with my old Gibson Dove and was feeling rather lost and lonely.

“I remember closing my eyes and singing, ‘Am I out in the dark again? Face stoic heart weeping…’ I could see myself in the woods. I could feel the cold night air. The song spilled out of me in a matter of minutes. The chords are very simple, so I focused on the feeling of being out there, hoping that someone would find me.

“The choruses talk about seeing a flash at midnight, but it wasn’t in the sky. It was that sharp, clean, concentrated light that comes from a flashlight. Finally, at the end of the song, we don’t see who is holding the flashlight, but we can see the light cutting through the darkness. I don’t see myself as the dream explorer. I see the person holding the light as the explorer, finding me and bringing me hope.”

Gileah Taylor “Dream Explorer” single artwork

Gileah Taylor “Dream Explorer” single artwork

With Slow Parade, Taylor embarked on a rather expansive musical adventure. She worked closely with Nashville brothers Gideon and Gabe Klein, who produced the record and, in so doing, tried to expand upon her sound. A nice, soothing chamber pop album, the record features a string quartet led by Gideon. The North Florida-based Taylor crafted Slow Parade as an autobiographical concept album about the journey of life. From an idealized and blindly optimistic childhood to choosing happiness as an adult, this album covers a lot of ground. Exploring dichotomies of depression and hope, these songs represent much growth in Taylor as a person and a songwriter. Through these songs, she encourages you, the listener, to embrace change and grow into a better version of yourself.

Slow Parade Track Listing:

1. My Vision is Coming Back
2. Still Here
3. Watch the World Waking
4. Way Out
5. Roll Over Me
6. Summer Jubilee
7. Dream Explorer
8. You Have Been Here, Too
9. Nobody Spoke My Language
10. Sweetness Surrounding

Gileah Taylor ‘Slow Parade’ album artwork

Gileah Taylor ‘Slow Parade’ album artwork

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OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup

OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.

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OSHEAGA 2024

The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.

If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD

PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival 2024
Levitate Music & Arts Festival 2024

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.

The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.

On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.

With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival 2024 admat

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