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The Shanks, Frankie Chavez and The Weatherman play Reeperbahn Festival

Canada’s THE SHANKS are international guests at the ATLANTIC LINK CONNECTION showcase, organized and presented by AMAEI in partnership with Reeperbahn Festival and Broken Silence Distribution.

Sep. 19th, Pooca Bar: reception at 19h00, music starts at 20h00.

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Primitive Reason perform at MMVV 2014

Primitive Reason will perform at the legendary Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic festival, in Vic, Catalunia, September 19th:

Following the release of the band’s 6th album, “Power to the People”, Primitive Reason head to Spain – Guillermo de Llera’s birth place! – to re-introduce Primitive Reason to the Spanish public and pros at the long-established Merca de Musica Viva de Vic, going on to its 26th edition.

You can follow Primitive Reason on Facebook to keep up with the Summer festivals in Portugal:



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AMAEI & Broken Silence Showcase @ Reeperbahn

AMAEI, the Portuguese Independent Music Association, and BROKEN SILENCE Distribution present:
Featuring: The Weatherman (PT), Frankie Chavez (PT), The Shanks (CA)
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The Shanks at CMW 2014: May 8th, Cherry Cola’s, late night / early morning!

SHANKS CMW 2014 Showcase – “German Heavy Metal Girl” Video Premiere Event
Celebrating the German release of The Shanks’ “Surfing the Lexicon” album, out on Phratry Records US and distributed in German by Broken Silence Distribution. 

Cherry Cola’s Rocknroll Cabaret
200 Bathurst St. Toronto
Thursday May 8, 3 AM

Canada’s “Grand Viziers of Rock Annihilation” the SHANKS present the world premiere screening of the video for the Squirtgun Records release of the new single track “GERMAN HEAVY METAL GIRL”. An epic Polish buffet rendered in the “Grand Style” will remain in place for the duration of the show, fully fortified as long as the supply lines can be maintained.

The show is also going to be broadcast live to the internet so our friends in the EU can tune in.

“Hard rock/indie like Motorhead and Two Gallants, also classic 70s
arena rock. Clear songs with dirty attitude. Final summary : GOOD” 3/4
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE (German Language Edition)

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SCL at Eurosonic and Midem 2014

SCL will be present at Eurosonic and Midem 2014.

First off, Portugal’s The Weatherman will be performing at Eurosonic. The Weatherman is part of our Fabulous Generation booking roster, and his newest, self-titled album will be released in the Netherlands this month. MOJO agency will be taking care of additional bookings, and Hand Broere has been hired to take care of PR. We recommend you visit The Weatherman’s website to find out about some of the best portpop this side of the channel!

 SCL’s Nuno Saraiva will also be attending MIDEM, as founder of the brand new MMF Portugal – Music Managers Forum Portugal, connecting new Portuguese managers to the IMMF – International Music Managers’ Forum.

Midem will also host meetings from the European and Worldwide Independent sector associations, WIN – World Independent Network and IMPALA. Saraiva will be present representing the Portuguese Independent Music Association, the AMAEI, as President (see

Via its La Maquina agency roster, SCL is also proud to represent Mick Harvey’s “Intoxicated Man: Mick Harvey performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg” 2014 European tour. These very special shows will follow MUTE Records’ re-issues of both “Intoxicated Man” and “Pink Elephants”, Harvey’s translated Gainsbourg albums, originally released in the 90’s to great critical acclaim. Get in touch now if you are a festival booker and/or venue booker with a local string section!


Also via La Maquina, we are very happy to be consulting on the international development of Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito – after touring the world as a performance artist, with pit stops in several top-notch galleries and art events, Nástio releases an album entitled “Se Eu Fosse Angolano”, which translates to, “If I was Angolan”. A songwriters’ double-album that comes complete with S.E.F.A. Fast Food (a remix record), Nástio effectively answers the age-old question “What’s he gotta say, then?” put forth by Bob Dylan himself – here is a true artist with a lot to say. Find out more at


Last but not least, SCL is involved in the Westway VIVA Lisboa project, which aims to host, in Lisbon, Portugal’s first Professional Music Event, in April 2015. The Westway VIVA Lisboa will also be preceded by the Westway LAB festival in the city of Guimarães in 2014. More details coming soon via the facebook page


See you at the trade fairs and a happy new year to all!

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peixe : avião with new self-titled album

Braga’s peixe : avião, founders of the PAD Artist Collective, present us with their third, self-titled album, peixe : avião, this September. Two release parties will celebrate the album’s release, first at Theatro Circo in their hometown of Braga, and second at the CCB in Lisbon with Long Way to Alaska opening.

Below is their new single / video, Avesso:

For those wanting to brush up on their Portuguese, here are a few rave reviews identifying this album as one of the year’s best alternative / indie Portuguese releases:

“Magnífico cúmulo de percurso – coeso, fechado, assertivo, atacando cada pedaço de música como uma construção de final inesperado -, peixe:avião soa a preciosa peça de refinaria, que limpa o motor do grupo, elimina impurezas e o devolve a uma posição em que quase tudo volta a ser possível.”

Gonçalo Frota, Ipsilon

“Aparentemente estas duas cores são suficientes, a banda de Braga avança lentamente ao longo de nove músicas para um dos melhores discos portugueses do ano.”

Luís de Freitas Branco, Jornal i

“Mas nunca as coisas soaram de forma tão perfeitamente integrada. Fruto do novo método de composição, os peixe:avião já são mais do que a soma das partes: em vez de se juntarem para encaixar as peças, com este disco criaram uma massa sónica em uníssono.”

Ana Patrícia Silva, Time Out Lisboa

“Ao terceiro disco os peixe : avião reinventam-se de forma admirável e acrescentam ao seu som uma densidade e atração pelo risco que beneficia em muito o resultado final”

Sérgio Almeida, Jornal de Notícias

“No terceiro álbum, os bracarenses peixe : avião soltaram as amarras e deram um passo em frente.”

Mário Rui Vieira, Blitz

“Com um instrumental rico (há pormenores que vão desde o post-rock de Tortoise até à riqueza folk/pop de uns Chromatics) e com a voz marcante de Ronaldo Fonseca, peixe:avião revela-se um trabalho de bom gosto, que presta especial atenção ao detalhe.”

Ana Rodrigues, Vice Magazine

“O novo álbum é homónimo e faz jus a isso mesmo: é um disco feito à sua imagem e som e um exemplo da modernidade musical em Portugal como em poucos casos se ouve por cá.”

Carlos Montês, Rua de Baixo

Backstage Photo Sessions from the Braga release party at Theatro Circo:

Also be sure to visit PAD online: 

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Primitive Reason release “Power to the People”

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PRIMITIVE REASON are an alternative cross-over rock band based in Portugal, with Guillermo de Llera (voice), Abel Beja (guitar), Luis Pereira (bass), Rui Travasso (Saxophone) and Tino Dias (drums). Known for their musical experimentalism and fusion, they are one of the main alternative acts in the Portuguese musical scene,with a strong fan base in the country, as well as in Spain and in the U.S.A. (where they lived from 1998 to2000).

In 2013, the band celebrate their 20th year with the release of 6th studio album, POWER TO THE PEOPLE. “What is Power but the ability to decide independently and act accordingly to one’s very own decisions as to what is best for one’s self? “Power to the People” might as well read: power tothe people to become free thinkers; power for the people to decide for themselves, or even power for the people to become independent and not subject to any leadership or government that does not suit their beliefs”, writes Guillermo de Llera:

“The real revolution has to come from within. We cannot allow ourselves to be herded into compliance and passive participation, we do not have todo as we are told, for we are free to do as we will it. The shackles that hold us back are in our own minds and they are invisible and strong but there is no prison that can hold a free mind. Our strength is in our numbers. If we all cease to ‘buy in’ then there is no business for the peddlers that have led us here in the first place. Within the crisis in this changing world, we can create the opportunity to plant the seeds for a better tomorrow. Through non-violence and non-participation we can peacefully force new ways to be forged. The decision is ultimately ours.”

The album was tracked in Portugal at drummer Tino Dias’ studio, mixed in NYC by multiple-Grammy winning mixer / producer Bob Brockmann (The Fugees, TLC, Notorious B.I.G., Mary J Blige, Usher, Dylan, etc.) and mastered out in California by vinyl expert John Golden. It is a Kaminari Records release (the bands’ own independent label), distributed internationally via several partners (Finetunes for digital distro, Broken Silence GSA, and others).

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Management: Nuno Saraiva 

Booking: La Maquina (worldwide), Tunesisters (GSA, Italy) |

Label: Kaminari

PR: Sara Espirito Santo |


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Erica Buettner in London!

ERICA BUETTNER’s “True Love and Water” in the UK

Erica Buettner’s debut album True Love and Water, produced in Paris by Pierre Faa is now out in the UK via Peppermoon Music and Proper distribution.  Erica will be in London for a couple of shows in April.

London Shows:

– April 6th: In-Store at ROUGH TRADE WESTLondon, 5 PM:

– April 8th, The Slaughtered Lamb, London, presented by Pull up the Roots:

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Frankie Chavez at Eurosonic 2013

Happy new year!

Following his several festival appearances last year (CMW, Reeperbahn, Medimex, etc.) Portugal’s singer/songwriter folk-blues revelation, Frankie Chavez, takes a plethora of guitars with him to the Netherlands for a Paradiso debut show as well as three Eurosonic shows. Get in touch to arrange a meeting with our representative to join Frankie’s professional team in your country!




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The Shanks with new video and vinyl release announcement!

Canadian Rock n Rollers, The SHANKS Return to the Dark Night of the 1979 Cincinnati Who Tragedy with Release of New Single and Song Video “Feel the Holes”:

Mono, Ontario– Canada’s self-styled “Grand Viziers of Rock Annihilation”, the SHANKS open up sensitive new veins in a creative new video shot in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Nov. 23rd European release of the new EP “Feel the Holes” through Broken Silence Distribution. Bassist and vocalist Ian Starkey discovered while on tour in the US that there was no monument at Riverfront Coliseum for the eleven young people who perished that December night in 1979. In response, he wrote a song as a memorial that dealt with the tragedy in a visual and architectural sense hoping that it would lead to healing and closure not only for the family and friends of the victims but ultimately also for the authorities and the musicians involved. US director Dave Markey of Cincinnati understood the message of the song and moved forward with Starkey to create an artistically analogous song video to go with it.

Ian “Pistolwhip von Shankenstein” Starkey and Jody “Colonel Crankshaft” Brumell, the two indefatigable, bass and drum heavyweights perhaps best known at home for their crushing and theatrical brand of rock performance, bring the circus to Germany for their first dates on the Continent at the end of Nov. 2012. With a turbulent, harmonically restless bass hook thickly layered with fast pounding beats, the new single’s lyrics paint the tragedy in reverent dramatic tones, perhaps somewhat in contrast to the duo’s reputation for absurdity, neo-political costume changes, as well as gastronomic and vinous excess.

Produced by Sir Ian Blurton (Weakerthans, Change of Heart, and other Canadian indie rock classics) in an agricultural shed, the EP single release “Feel the Holes’ paves the way for a Spring 2013 release of a full-length record tentatively titled “Coliseum”.

Hear hear.