6.18-19
Amos Lee “No More Darkness, No More Light” (Dualtone)
Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches
Get Us Out Of Fearland (Independent)
Billy Raffoul
“Forever” (Interscope)
Caitlyn Smith “Contact High” (Independent)
Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning (Latent)
Coyote Poets Of The Universe
Strange Lullaby (Independent)
Eva G Kane
Ain’t I Clever (Independent)
Lissie “Castles” (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Mikaela Davis
“Other Lover” (Rounder/CMG) Click Hear for audio sample of MikaelaDavis-OtherLover
Phantastic Ferniture “Gap Year” (Polyvinyl)
Rebel Hearts
“Hero’s” (Independent)
Spencer Lee Band “Kissing Tree” (Republic)
The Sea The Sea
Title From The Light (Independent)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
“Hunnybee” (Jagjaguwar)
Vincent Poag Heros (Independent)
War & Treaty
“Healing Tide” (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Click Hear for audio sample of TheWarAndTreaty-HealingTide
Worry Dolls Go Get Gone (Independent)

Boulder: Even More Artists
The lineup for the 2018 FMQB Triple A Conference, August 8-11 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO finds Spencer Lee and Wilderado newly announced!  They join a roster already including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Allen Stone, Blue Water Highway, Brandi Carlile, Caroline Rose, Dr. Dog, Elle King, Freya Ridings, Greta Van Fleet, Katie Toupin, Lewis Capaldi, Lissie, Matt Costa, Mikaela Davis, Moon Taxi, Naked Giants, Nalani & Sarina, Parker Millsap, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Rayland Baxter, Rich Krueger, Sam Morrow, Snail Mail, Thad Cockrell, The Devil Makes Three, The Mother Hips, The War & Treaty and Worth.  Also, there is less than a week to vote for 2018 Triple A Awards, check your email for the ballot, or go to http://bit.ly/2018fmqbballots to cast your vote; one ballot per person, please. You can vote through June 15 and winners will be announced at the Triple A Awards Brunch on Saturday, August 11. Discount Registration is only $379 through June 15 at registration.fmqb.com, and you can still take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at only $239/night, by going to stjulien.com and using group code GRPFMQ or calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.

Johnson Rejoins KINK
Cort Johnson, a 20-plus-year broadcast veteran, will rejoin the staff of KINK/Portland as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive host. Johnson’s first on-air shift in his new role will be June 18. Johnson started his radio career at his high school radio station. He then attended Brigham Young University, followed by a stint in the promotions department for Citadel Salt Lake City’s KENZ. At KENZ, he rose to the role of morning show host and APD. In 2011, Johnson moved to Portland, OR, where he worked on Alpha Media stations KINK (morning show host) and FM News 101 KXL (reporter/anchor). Most recently, Cort worked on Alpha Media’s corporate digital content team.

Johnson commented, “I’m thrilled for this opportunity. KINK is a true Portland institution, as unique as the city itself. The opportunity to work alongside Ronnie Stanton, Lisa Decker and Scott Mahalick makes it even better.”

Ronnie Stanton, KINK’s Content Director, commented “I am so thrilled to work beside a talent like Cort who brings local knowledge, on air and digital skills to the table and already understands and loves the intricacies of the KINK brand.”

Alpha Media Portland Market Manager/SVP Lisa Decker remarked, “Cort has been a part of KINK for years. We are thrilled to expand his responsibilities. His talent, leadership, and creativity make him an excellent fit for KINK and the KINK team.”

Scott Mahalick, Alpha Media’s EVP of Content, commented “It is always a proud moment to promote from within Alpha, and Cort is a star whose time has come to shine.”

 

AWAL Acquires In2une
AWAL
, Kobalt’s recording company, has announced it has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music. The acquisition of in2une Music will upgrade AWAL’s global marketing and promotion capabilities for its roster of independent artists. At the same time, in2une Music will maintain its autonomy to serve both existing and prospective clients in the marketplace, regardless of whether they use AWAL’s other services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dale (Connone) and his team have done an amazing job over the past 10-years; their client success speaks for itself,” said Kobalt Founder and CEO, Willard Ahdritz. “AWAL is committed to providing the best services for our artists and this was a natural next step to bolster AWAL’s global marketing and promotion capabilities. In2une was the perfect addition.”

In2une Music will continue to operate independently and provide services to AWAL along with their existing client base. In addition, AWAL will provide resources to in2une Music to build a more robust worldwide team to support global curation, social/digital strategy and campus/lifestyle marketing.

“Investing in services for independent-minded artists, managers and labels has been the number one focus for us,” said CEO of AWAL, Lonny Olinick. “With in2une’s unparalleled track record in radio promotion, we took an important step forward in cementing AWAL as a comprehensive alternative to the label system. The in2une team will be stronger than ever to serve existing and future clients. And AWAL artists will now have all the key services at their disposal to reach new fans around the globe, across different platforms, while owning their music and career.”

“Having worked with Kobalt and AWAL for over four years, this is a natural evolution,” said in2une CEO, Dale Connone. “We share the same vision for independent artists and the services business along with integrity and transparency.  We look forward to contributing to the growth of in2une and AWAL as we continue to build the future model of our industry. I want to thank Willard Ahdritz, Lonny Olinick and Ron Cerrito for sharing their belief and passion in crafting this unique deal.”

New Prince Release Coming
The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, has announced the release of the Piano & A Microphone 1983 album on what would have been the late music icon’s 60th birthday. The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983.

“This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016,” said Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter. “The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano.”

The private rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince’s creative process as he worked through songs which include “17 Days” and “Purple Rain” (neither of which would be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You,” “Strange Relationship” (not released until 1987 on Sign O’ The Times) and “International Lover,” The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which will be featured during the end credits of Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman. For fans of Prince’s spontaneous live medleys, tracks 1-7 of the album are presented in that same format as they were originally recorded.

The Deluxe CD+LP format will include a 12″ booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then-engineer Don Batts, as well as candid shots of Prince including never-before-seen images. Fans who pre-order the album via digital download will immediately receive an instant download of “Mary Don’t You Weep.”

Updated: 5.13.18

1)

Dave Matthews Band
Come Tomorrow
RCA
33

2)

Dawes
Passwords
HUB
23

3)

Florence & The Machine
High As Hope
Republic
17

4)

Rayland Baxter
Wide Awake (Rayland Baxter)
ATO
15

5)

Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Domino
13

Updated: 5.13.18

1)

Nathaniel Rateliff &…
Tearing At The Seams
Stax/CMG

2)

Leon Bridges
Good Thing
Columbia

3)

Lake Street Dive
Free Yourself Up
Nonesuch

4)

Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl
Capitol

5)

Neko Case
Hell-On
Anti-

6)

Ray LaMontagne
Part Of The Light
RCA

7)

Dr. Dog
Critical Equation
Independent/Thirty Tigers

8)

Father John Misty
God's Favorite Customer
Sub Pop

9)

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Mom + Pop

10)

Record Company
All Of This Life
Concord/CMG