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Valley Last Birthday The After Party EP Art via Capitol Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

Valley – The After Party

Following a whirlwind 2021, JUNO nominated, alternative-pop band Valley kicked off the new year with the release of a three-track EP, The After Party, out now via Capitol Records.

The After Party is released as an extension of the band’s previous EP, Last Birthday (October 2021) and as lead singer, Rob Laska notes “our most personal songs we’ve ever written as a band to date.” The three new songs mirror the upbeat energy of the previous EP, taking a more somber approach to the music and lyrics. “Last Birthday” is a standout track on this latest project which Valley worked on over the past two years and signifies the final release of the Last Birthday era. “The song really explains what we’ve been trying to put into words for a long time,” the band explains, “in a way it feels like the first song we’re singing directly to ourselves and our fans.” To illustrate the significance of “Last Birthday,” the band shared a Song Stories video explaining the process of writing and creating the new song. Watch the Song Story for “Last Birthday” HERE.

Last year was nonstop for Valley with a steady release schedule, each song capturing the feeling of relatable moments in time while being perfectly danceable. The explosive first single of 2021, “Like 1999” whose genesis traces back to a viral TikTok post that drove the band to finish the track in under 48 hours and went on to push their catalog to over 280 million global streams. The band performed “Like 1999” for the 2021 MYX Awards in the Philippines. Back at home, Valley was selected as Apple Music’s Up Next artist for Canada in September, joining the vast Up Next roster of past Canadian talent including Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, and Tate McRae.

Valley burst back into playing live last year, reconnecting with fans across North America. The band played their first American festivals over the summer and recently sold out shows with COIN on a 17-date North American tour. The band finished the year with two epic hometown shows at The Opera House in Toronto. Valley is gearing up for the ‘I’ll Be With You Tour,’ the band’s first-ever headlining tour with 30 dates across North America. The tour is almost entirely sold out with tickets and details available on Valley’s website.

THE AFTER PARTY EP Tracklisting

  1. Last Birthday
  2. 7 Stories
  3. Paper Cup (sorry for myself)

‘I’ll Be with You’ North American Tour Dates 

February 16 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair SOLD OUT

February 18 New York, NY Irving Plaza

February 19 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at the Fillmore SOLD OUT

February 20 Washington, DC Songbyrd SOLD OUT

February 22 Nashville, TN Basement East SOLD OUT

February 23 Atlanta, GA The Loft

February 25 Austin, TX Antones SOLD OUT

February 26 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room @ House of Blues SOLD OUT

March 1 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge SOLD OUT

March 3 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT

March 4 San Francisco, CA Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop

March 5 Santa Cruz, CA The Atrium @ Catalyst

March 8 Portland, OR Holocene

March 9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile Second Stage SOLD OUT

March 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Grand @ The Complex SOLD OUT

March 12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

March 15 Chicago, IL Subterranean SOLD OUT

March 16 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry SOLD OUT

March 18 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre

March 19 Saskatoon, SK Amigos

March 22 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom

March 23 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret

March 25 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room

March 26 Calgary, AB Commonwealth

April 14 St Catharines, ON Warehouse

April 15 London, ON Rum Runners

April 16 Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s

About Valley

Valley, comprised of Rob Laska, Karah James, Mickey Brandolino, and Alex DiMauro, has spent the past two years developing organic buzz through a personal and intimate connection with their fans. Valley put together alternative pop with the care, adventurousness, and personal touch of a handmade burned CD. Cycling through moods like your favorite throwback Pinterest board, the Toronto quartet amplify sticky hooks through eloquent songcraft that’s cognizant of what came before, yet ready for the future. In 2016, Valley formed by accident when a local studio double booked them. During high school, Mike and Karah played in one band, while Rob and Alex played in another. They introduced themselves with self-written, self-produced releases, including the EP This Room Is White (2016), the full-length debut MAYBE (2019) and their EP sucks to see you doing better (2020). They joined Lennon Stella and The Band CAMINO on sold out tours across North America and even picked up a 2020 JUNO Award nomination in the category ofBreakthrough Group of the Year.” Most recently, the band released their latest EP Last Birthday via Capitol Records and joined COIN for a North American tour.

Rottet Studio Wins Awards

Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, has been honored for the Artis Chair from the Rottet Collection by the Chicago Athenaeum 2021 GOOD DESIGN® and the New York Product Design Awards.

The GOOD DESIGN® awards recognize the top new products bestowed annually by The Chicago Athenaeum in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies. Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN® is the oldest and most respected program awarding design excellence worldwide. This year, the museum received a record number of submissions from an international roster of top manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing 50 countries.

“We are honored to receive these accolades for our work–a real measure of excellence–and we thank the distinguished judges and the design community as a whole,” said Lauren Rottet when referencing the Artis Chair, a sculptural swivel chair that exemplifies function and relaxation. 

The Dichroic Table, Powerful Table Collection, Montauk Upholstered Guest, and Wood Float Chair and Sofa were also celebrated by the New York Product Design Awards. Rottet’s continued exploration of light, color, and reflection is highlighted with her Dichroic Table while her Powerful Table Collection elegantly promotes both beauty and function. The Montauk Upholstered Guest Chair embodies stability and comfort with a lively twist while the Wood Float Chair and Sofa explore the amalgam of solid walnut and clear acrylic.

About Lauren Rottet

Lauren Rottet is the Founding Principal and President of Rottet Studio, an international architecture and interior design firm, which has been recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World. The firm has an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential, and maritime projects for the worlds leading companies and brands, including Goldman Sachs, Disney, BGC3, New York Stock Exchange, Target, Four Seasons, Langham, Dorchester Collection, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, Belmond, Naftali Group, Extell Developments Central Park Tower, Viking Ocean Cruises, and more.  I am not sure I have seen someone who is as skilled in such a wide vernacular of design styles from contemporary minimal to elegantly traditional in such an authentic manner,” said critic Paul Goldberger. Rottet’s product designs have earned many accolades, including Interior Designs Best of Year, four gold medals for Best of NeoCon, and seven Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Awards.

A Very Harry Winter

BY POPULAR DEMAND, REPLAY LINCOLN PARK EXTENDS “A VERY HARRY CHRISTMAS” TO “A VERY HARRY WINTER” This high-demand pop up invites all witches, wizards, and muggles alike to celebrate the wonderful wizarding world of Hogwarts throughout the month of January, featuring new photo opportunities at Diagon Alley, Hog’s Head Inn, Honeydukes Candy Shop, and more! Get out your time-turners! Replay Lincoln Park is expanding their limited-time pop-up, A Very Harry Christmas, to A Very Harry Winter. Take to the skies with broomstick in hand to head to Chicago’s favorite pop-up bar, Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, for their latest pop-up installment now running through the month of January. This pop-up has expanded into the upper bar, featuring new custom artwork and several fun photo opportunities with iconic destinations, characters and objects from the popular series. There are also some hidden Easter eggs that only Harry Potter mega-fans will spot, like Dobby looming somewhere in the distance. This event and all of the games are free, with no reservations, tickets, or tokens required. This limited time pop-up, which Replay first hosted back in 2019, features spectacular homages to fan favorite moments from the series such as the Chamber of Secrets, The Whomping Willow, Umbridge’s Cat Office and Molly Weasel’s, along with Hagrid’s House, the Burrow Spoon Clock, and more.  Expanding to the upper level, new featured moments like Diagon Alley, the iconic 9 3/4 platform, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes Candy Shop, and Hog’s Head Inn will help fans get even more immersed in the wizarding world.  The themed pop-up will also feature a cosplay costume pageant for fanatics to dress as their favorite wizard, plus magic shows throughout the month, trivia, and more. An extensive specialty cocktail menu is also available for the duration of the pop-up, featuring concoctions such as the Dementor’s Kiss, Pumpkin Juice, Polyjuice Potion, Rowena’s Diadem, shots of Voldemalort, and much more.  “We were blown away by the support we received for A Very Harry Christmas,” says Mark Kwiatkowski, owner of Replay. “Extended by popular demand, this pop-up will continue to be a delight for Chicagoans and Harry Potter fans alike through the end of January, so everyone can have an opportunity to come by and enjoy.” The A Very Harry Winter inspired pop-up is 21+ and is reservation free. Covid-19 restrictions will be practiced, and protocols will be strictly observed to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Please note, this is not an official event sanctioned by Warner Bros. Advance tickets are available to purchase for $20 each which include two cocktails and a fast-pass entry.  ABOUT REPLAY LINCOLN PARKReplay Lincoln Park features over 60+ free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey, skeeball, and more. With no cover or tokens needed, Replay Lincoln Park invites guests for great fun from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Bo + Tee

Bo + Tee Christmas Soiree

Oh Polly, the brand that has been sweeping the internet and part of every major influencer’s wardrobe, is now redefining the women’s athleisure space with their sister company Bo+Tee. The UK based brand debuted their latest collection at The Bonaventure Brewing Company on December 15th, 2021.

The infamous brewery located on the fourth floor of The Westin in DTLA was the perfect venue to host their first event. Immediately walking in, guests are greeted with a DJ playing hits from Drake to Megan the Stallion, and with a bar serving drinks from red wine to hot chocolate spiked with Baileys. Finger foods were served throughout the evening including chicken skewers, cheese burgers, and a stand with churros and cotton candy for those sweet lovers. 

Christmas came early this year! Attendees picked a set of their choosing from the latest collection. The articles of clothing were displayed in the back of the venue for guests to admire, while walking away with free Bo+Tee. We continued to canvas the floor deck of the venue, eventually stumbling upon a screen printing booth giving out special tote bags.

To end the night, fragrance brand Sarah Horowitz Parfums set up a station to concoct your own custom perfume. The process started with questions asking about one’s favorite citrus and favorite foods. In only fifteen minutes, the team constructed the scent of your dreams based on your answers. 

The Bo + Tee’s capsule collection consists of five different pieces. This includes different variations of contemporary colored crop tops and seamless leggings. The pieces from the latest drop range from $30-$40. The collection can be available for purchase on us.ohpolly.com

More on Bo+Tee:

Bo+Tee is the sister company of Oh Polly, selling activewear and fitness accessories globally. Bo+Tee was first launched in 2020 and since then has grown online at an impressive rate, with the official Instagram account boasting over 1 million followers. Their mission statement is to make people look and feel their best through form fitting activewear which combines innovation, style and function. Bo+Tee is one of the few UK activewear brands which designs and produces its own garments. As a result, they combine both exceptional quality (which they carefully control) with unique trends and performance driven styles.

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Juice WRLD × Fighting Demons

December 9 marks the inaugural Juice WRLD Day in Chicago, IL. The Live Free 999 Fund, which honors the legacy of Juice WRLD through giving support to young individuals in their own personal battles, will bring people together to commemorate his life and music. Juice WRLD Day will see his closest family, friends, collaborators and fans come together to celebrate and continue on his legacy.

For more information on the Live Free 999 Fund see HERE.

Viewers can experience Juice WRLD Day no matter where they are by live streaming on the Amazon Music app and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch at 8PM CT/ 9PM ET on Thursday, December 9.

Juice WRLD Day precedes the release of the new Juice WRLD album Fighting Demons. The cover and track list of Fighting Demons has just been released, and tracks include collaborations with artists like Justin Bieber, Polo G, Trippie Redd and SUGA of BTS.

Pre-save Fighting Demons (Grade A/ Interscope) HERE.

Fighting Demons TRACKLIST

1.) Burn

2.) Already Dead

3.) You Wouldn’t Understand

4.) Wandered To LA (with Justin Bieber)

5.) Eminem Speaks

6.) Rockstar In His Prime

7.) Doom

8.) Go Hard

9.) Juice WRLD Speaks

10.) Not Enough

11.) Feline (with Polo G & Trippie Redd)

12.) Relocate

13.) Juice WRLD Speaks 2

14.) Until The Plug Comes Back Around

15.) From My Window

16.) Girl Of My Dreams (feat. SUGA of BTS)

17.) Feel Alone

18.) My Life In A Nutshell

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Frida: Immersive Dream

Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking experiential art exhibits, and Impact Museums announce their newest immersive art installation, FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM. On the heels of their critically acclaimed blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh (now on-view in 15 cities), Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums have set their sights on the art and life of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the beloved 20th century Mexican artist best known for compelling self-portraits and radiant pieces inspired by her life in her native country of Mexico. The exhibition features some of the artist’s best-known works “brought to life” by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, again accompanied by composer Luca Longobardi’s resonant score. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director. A brilliant, bold and uncompromising painter, Kahlo’s work is globally recognized for its raw emotional vitality, vibrant color work and unflinching intimacy.

FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM arrives at Lighthouse Artspace Los Angeles (6400 Sunset Boulevard) March 31 through June 11, 2022. Ticket prices start at $39.99 with timed and flexible options available. As the Official Card Sponsor of FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM in Los Angeles, American Express® Card Members can purchase exclusive PRIME tickets by clicking HERE.

In addition, FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM arrives Spring 2022 in the following cities:

  1. Dallas, Feb. 3 through April 17, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas, 507 S. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Co-produced with Impact Museums 

  1. Boston, Feb. 10 through May 8, 2022

Lighthouse ArtsSpace at the Castle, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Co-produced with Maestro Immersive Art

  1. Houston, Feb. 17 through April 17, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston, 1314 Britmoore Road, Houston, TX 77043

Co-produced with Impact Museums

  1. Chicago, Feb. 24 through May 28, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago IL 60610

Co-produced with Maestro Immersive Art

  1. Denver, March 3 through May 30, 2022

Lighthouse ArtsSpace Denver, 3900 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80216

  1. Toronto: March 31 through May 29, 2022

1 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1W7

“The success of Immersive Van Gogh has demonstrated that audiences are excited to experience art in a new way. Our Italian creative team are experts at digitally exploring masterworks in such a way that viewers are not merely passive observers. They obtain an even richer understanding of the artist by seeing the work as its creator might have,” said Lighthouse Immersive Producer Corey Ross. “That said, Siccardi presents Kahlo’s works in a format very distinct from that which he utilized in examining Van Gogh’s. He does not try to unify the many styles Kahlo used in her lifetime, but instead, presents them to us as a series of kinetic tableaus that may initially contradict–but eventually illuminate–each other.”

Frida Kahlo’s work is uniquely suited to be explored in an immersive environment and her life story is equally fascinating,” added Lighthouse Immersive Producer Svetlana Dvoretsky. “Kahlo lived her life as one giant journey of exploration, and her art mirrored that journey. Our goal is to give our viewers more than an examination of her work; we also hope they will leave with a richer understanding of the smart, complex woman who created these timeless masterpieces.”

“In this piece, we will chase Frida’s world, always in motion,” adds Siccardi. “We will discover her tenderness and hostilities by taking in her observations and fantasies. Our hope is that viewers will let themselves be penetrated by Frida’s stories, and in so doing, live vicariously through her.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the producing team bringing the amazing work of Frida Kahlo to Los Angeles,” said Vito Iaia, Co-Producer and Co-Founder of Impact Museums. “Following on the incredible response to the Immersive Van Gogh show, we are confident that FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM will take fans on another groundbreaking journey through the mind of one of the world’s most celebrated artists.”

Kahlo’s work bridges surrealist and magic realism traditions–blending authentic depictions of her life with fantastical elements reflecting her inner thoughts and struggles. Folk art, mysticism, surrealism, magic realism and a notably revealing series of self-portraits are all included in the projections. Among the works featured in the piece are The Two Fridas (1939), The Wounded Deer (1946), and Diego and I (1946), intermingled with an assortment of photographs, drawings and iconography. Alongside her paintings, Siccardi’s piece also includes photos of Kahlo at various ages and images of figures from Kahlo’s life that influenced her worldview. The projections are shown on Lighthouse Immersive’s massive architectural canvas, using state-of-the-art projectors for a crisp image and high-quality sound systems that heighten the mood-setting score.

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Rose Hotel Offers New Package

Tis the season to be merry and bright! The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest hotel to Chicago O’Hare International Airport located at 5200 Pearl Street, is inviting families of all ages to get in the holiday spirit by offering an exclusive Amaze Light Festival Package, which includes a trip to Impact Field to enjoy the limited time installment of The Amaze Light Show, one of the largest holiday lighting events in the country, located across the street from the hotel. The package includes two adult and two child tickets to the light show, along with two light-up holiday toys to commemorate the light fun back in the room or at home, along with breakfast for two adults and two children, and overnight parking for one vehicle. The package is available now beginning at $185.  

“The Amaze Light Festival Package is the perfect way to kick off this holiday season,” said Micaela Haas, General Manager of The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “This may be the first time many are seeing their relatives since the beginning of the pandemic or taking a little trip away from home, so we are ecstatic to help shape new, wonderful memories that will help make these holidays a little more bright.” 

An energetic and edgy boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel features 165 stylish guest rooms and suites, all curated through the contributions of DLR, Getty’s Group, and Janko Group. Visually stimulating art, thoughtfully woven throughout the design of each room, creates an elegant and innovative ambiance, perfect for all families to enjoy. Each guest room is equipped with all down alternative bedding, triple-pane windows to eliminate airplane noise and a pillow menu, offering a personalized sleep experience. Single rooms include a king size bed, and each double room comes complete with two queen size beds. To keep all guests feeling comfortable travelling again, The Rose Hotel, in partnership with RB, maker of Lysol & Dettol, have developed and implemented Hilton CleanStay, a program committed to enhance training for Team Members, increase cleaning of public areas, fully flexible booking options, modified services and amenities, face mask requirements in all indoor public areas of the hotel, and much more to keep each guests’ safety and peace of mind at the utmost importance. 

The Amaze Light Festival Package is available now to book for the upcoming holiday season. For more information or to book this special offering, please visit the hotel’s website.

About The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 

Owned by Janko Group and managed by Janko Hospitality, The Rose Hotel is centrally located at 5200 Pearl St. Situated in Rosemont’s recently developed Pearl District and adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, The Rose offers an upscale experience by providing a fine art inspired lobby design, highly personalized service, the finest amenities, and a quintessential destination for those shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located just moments away. The property holds 165 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, their signature restaurant and bar Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. . For more information, visit www.the-rose-hotel.com.

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Benee – New World Tour

Today, New Zealand’s platinum sensation BENEE announces her first foray out into the world since the pandemic struck with her 2022 headline world tour. The North American leg kicks off on May 31st in Montreal and makes stops in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more—see the full list of dates below and HERE The 21-year-old artist broke through with “Supalonely,” her global hit with nearly 4 billion streams, and like many artists has had to wait for a chance to tour outside of her home country again. Next year’s tour will be BENEE’s first time playing shows in North America since 2019.

Tickets will go on sale this week, beginning with a fan pre-sale tomorrow, November 16th at 9AM local time, Spotify pre-sale on Wednesday, November 17th at 9AM local time, promoter pre-sale on Thursday, November 18th at 9AM local time, and general on-sale on Friday, November 19th at 9AM local time.

“I am beyond excited to announce that my WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF next year!!!!!!!!!,” says BENEE. “It’s been such a long time coming & we’ve lived through a lot in these weird times but shows starting up again has rly got everyone sosososodo happyyy!!!! I can’t wait to get back out there & meet all of u and play a bunch of new musiiiiiicccc!!”

“I AM SO READY TO TOUR!!,” she exclaims. “Doing shows with my band is the best thing and I have missed it so badly this year. Waiting, rescheduling, waiting again has been incredibly difficult.”

BENEE recently made a momentous return with her new single “Doesn’t Matter,” her first new music since 2020’s debut album Hey u x. The song is a deeply revealing track that reflects the singer’s journey through the emotional clatter of 2021. The track is off to a flying start, streaming over 1 million times in its first week and receiving praise from the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Tonight, Ones To Watch, PAPER Magazine, Stereogum, UPROXX, V Magazine, and many more.

BENEE’s dreamy alt-pop mixes her deeply heartfelt reflections on life in suburban Auckland, New Zealand with offbeat and often whimsical lyrical encounters with zombies and snails, all produced with a technicolor ear for cooked beats and unpredictable hooks. Hey u x is a vibrant musical world with guests ranging from Grimes and Lily Allen to Gus Dapperton and Muroki (another New Zealand teen BENEE has since signed to her own label, Olive). It was listed as one of Billboard’s “25 Best Pop Albums of 2020,” noting that BENEE “contemplates the woes of Gen Z with a keen ear for choruses and arrangements that oscillate between indie rock and hyperpop.” Stereogum praised its “quirky but impeccably produced pop music” and Vogue called it “13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop.”

A forthcoming EP release leads into plans for 2022 with the thing that excites BENEE the most—a hefty touring schedule that will bring her live show to adoring fans around the world at last.

BENEE 2022 WORLD TOUR

NORTH AMERICA – with special guest Dreamer Boy

May 31            Montreal, QC              Corona Theatre
June 1             Toronto, ON                Phoenix Concert Theatre
June  3            Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
June 4             Chicago, IL                 Vic Theatre
June 6             Detroit, MI                   St. Andrew’s Hall
June 7             Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall
June 8             Washington, DC         9:30 Club
June 14           Boston, MA                 House of Blues
June 15           Philadelphia, PA         Theatre of Living Arts
June 17           Atlanta, GA                 Variety Playhouse
June 21           Englewood, CO          Gothic Theatre
June 22           Salt Lake City, UT      The Depot
June 24           Seattle, WA                 The Showbox
June 25           Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom
June 26           Vancouver, BC           Vogue Theatre
June 28           San Francisco, CA     The Warfield Theatre
June 30           Los Angeles, CA         The Novo

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O’MY’S AND ALEX BANIN RELEASE NEW SINGLE

The O’My’s have linked up with Alex Banin for a raw, undeniable sound unique to the iconic cultural hub in all its beauty. With the assist from Banin, singer-guitarist Maceo Vidal-Haymes and multi-instrumentalist Nick Hennessey grapple with close relationships and learn to let go on the soulful new singleRealistic,out now via ADA / Warner Music Group.

Written within a period of isolation during the pandemic, “Realistic” is about personal growth stemming from deep and necessary introspection. Opening with gentle vocals from the crooners and soft descending chords on guitar, the song possesses an intimate and impactful sound that’s sure to resonate with anyone at odds with a past lover or friend. “Without you I’ve been changing,” they harmonize, “I’m better off without you.” It’s a blunt statement enveloped with endearing horns which offer both a sense of acceptance and comfort to listeners. 

Nick Hennessey elaborates on the track, “Our session with Alex Banin was one of, if not the last, we had before the pandemic put a pause on all in person collaborations. It was our first time ever working together and the ideas started rolling in right off the jump. By the end of that evening we had most of the lyrics and chord structure all figured out and recorded. Over the next couple months Maceo and I continued to fill out the production and arrangement and tapped in Alfonzo Jones for drums and JP Floyd for trombone. I love the way this song grabs the listener from the first words and then takes them on an sonic and emotional journey.” 

The new single follows their first release of 2021, fittingly entitled Lonely. The warm falsetto sung by Vidal-Haymes glides over a rich drum groove as tasteful brass instruments garnish the essence of the song. All these textures come together impeccably to embolden the duo’s message of community and compassion as Vidal-Haymes sings on the bridge, “You make me better than I ever was without you.” Vidal-Haymes states, “Lonely is not simply a love song but an affirmation of the healing and transformative power of relationships and love. During the pandemic we learned to depend on and make space for ourselves. The isolation allowed for us  to take away distractions and hone in on our intentions and identity. By that same token, the pandemic’s isolation forced us to not only reflect on ourselves but also on those people in our lives that bring us love, strength and compassion.” He adds, “We hope listeners take away the understanding that we cannot make it in this world alone. The work of living a good life starts within but needs companionship and community to flourish.”

The new era of music first came to fruition in 2020. They would then spend the next year creating multiple productions for the song and with each rewrite Vidal-Haymes and Hennessey pushed their boundaries to the next level. Surviving through the pandemic with the power of music, the two challenged themselves with unfiltered artistic expressions that served as a savior. Vidal-Haymes says their new music “incorporates what we have learned as growing producers, writers, and men but at its core it’s what has always made The O’My’s.” 

Their forthcoming project promises to reach new heights in light of the trials and tribulations throughout the last two years, bringing forward their refined sound of evocative soul music.

“A duo that resists genre, that can’t be easily defined…”  — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 “…a wholly original sound of gently thumping grooves, falsetto vocals, and an engagingly minimal aesthetic.— EARMILK 

“…soulful…” — THE FADER

“The O’My’s’ serene and sticky sound is built around Vidal-Haymes’ falsetto vocals, which have drawn comparisons to everyone from Curtis Mayfield to TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Hennessey’s tender keyboard / synth melodies.” — ROLLING STONE

About The O’My’s:

Channeling their experiences and perspective into soulful music, The O’My’s grabs listeners from the very first note. Made up of vocalist-guitarist Maceo Vidal-Haymes and classically trained instrumentalist Nick Hennessey, they have etched themselves into Chicago’s music scene through consistency and collaboration. Together they produce a rich tapestry of sound, pulling from a wide range of genres, decades and emotions, and have additionally linked up with a wealth of notable talent including Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba, Ab-Soul, Pink Siifu, ZZ Ward, and Carter Lang (Omar Apollo, SZA). 

Their 2018 full length album Tomorrow was formative to their launch and 2019’s EP Above Ground saw the band expanding on the sonics explored in its precursor. Ten years and tens of millions of streams later, The O’My’s have honed their one-of-a-kind sound while cultivating an impassioned fanbase and positive praise from media critics. To date, they’ve secured coverage from the likes of Billboard, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Complex, The FADER, Highsnobiety, Pitchfork, among others, and Rolling Stone dubbed them the ‘Artist[s] You Need To Know.’ 

On the new music, Vidal-Haymes states, “In this new chapter we have pushed ourselves and our sound. We opened and built our first studio which has allowed us the time and space to experiment, learn and reflect. These songs and the songs to come are born from this growth and ever expanding world. We are not an island unto ourselves. We are connected. Humanity as we know it is based on connection and communication and on this project we’ll examine just that.”

Amber Mark – Softly

Today New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases a brand new single ‘Softly’ via PMR/Interscope Records. Sampling Craig David’s ‘Rendezvous’, the new single is the fifth preview of her long-awaited debut album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’. Due for release on January 28th, the album will be followed by huge UK, EU and US spring tours including a night at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.

Amber’s debut album arrives almost 4 years after the release of her second EP ‘Conexão’, an extended process that has proved central to its thematic development. The 17 track album can be divided into three main acts that follow the arc of Amber’s personal and musical development; WITHOUT, WITHHELD and WITHIN. Beginning by acknowledging her insecurities and anxieties before reflecting on her time in denial and spent processing them in all the wrong ways, Amber eventually widens her focus by seeking answers to the world’s negativity and trauma on a cosmic scale. Finding peace and a form of inherent spirituality in the world of astrophysics while writing the album led to a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of self. Amber’s debut album is simultaneously a profound concept album and a love letter to herself, richly intertwining messages of self-worth and reflections on the universe beneath a veneer of shimmering pop. In true Amber Mark style, ‘Three Dimensions Deep’ is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of influences and genres, drawing from funk and R&B, soul and hip-hop with international accents influenced by a nomadic childhood spent travelling the world with her late mother. View a trailer for the album HERE.
 
“Three Dimensions Deep is a musical journey of what questions you begin to ask yourself when you start looking to the universe for answers.” says Amber; “I can only go as deep as the third dimension as that’s how we see the world, but what about when you start looking to the universe within for answers.”
 
The three official singles previously released from the album ‘Worth It’, ‘Competition’ and ‘Foreign Things’ marked Amber’s first official singles since 2020’s ‘Generous’, though 2020 was still a hugely productive year for Amber. With her hometown of NYC hit hard in the first wave of the pandemic and placed under strict lockdown, Amber turned to her simple home studio to create an acclaimed series of home-produced covers and originals titled ‘Covered-19’, each accompanied by a homemade video and artworks. The series was followed by a collaboration with longtime friend Empress Of on the protest song ‘You’ve Got To Feel’, earning Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, ‘Tune Of The Week’ and a spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Earlier this year Amber was featured on legendary DJ Paul Woolford’s new piano-house track ‘HEAT’, again snagging Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and a long run across the Radio 1 and 2 playlists. Having already amassed over 300 million streams since the release of her breakout debut EP 3:33AM in 2017, Amber has built a global fanbase eager to hear her debut full length – pre-save it HERE.
 
EU/UK TOUR 2022
Sat March 5, Paris, Nouveau Casino
Sun March 6, Brussels, Botanique
Mon March 7, Munich, Strom
Wed March 9, Berlin, Frannz
Thu March 10, Cologne, Luxor
Fri March 11, Hamburg, Stage
Sun March 13, Amsterdam, Melkweg Oude Zaal
Tue March 15, Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed March 16, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Fri March 18, Dublin, Academy
Sat March 19, Glasgow, Garage
Sun March 20, Liverpool, Arts Club
Tue March 22, Leeds, Stylus
Wed March 23, Manchester, Academy 2
Thu March 24, London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
 
US TOUR 2022
Mon March 28, Boston, MA, The Sinclair
Wed March 30, Montreal, QC, Le Belmont
Thu March 31, Toronto, ON, The Garrison
Sat April 2, Detroit, MI, El Club
Sun April 3, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Tue April 5, Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Fri April 8, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
Sat April 9, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
Sun April 10, Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret
Wed April 13, San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Mon May 9, Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Thu May 12, Houston, HOB @ The Bronze Peacock
Fri May 13, Dallas, TX, HOB @ The Cambridge Room
Sun May 15, Atlanta, GA, Aisle 5
Tue May 17, Washington, DC, Union Stage
Wed May 18, Philadelphia, PA, Foundry
Fri May 20, Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg