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Jett Jenkins Dives into Grief with New Single “Joyride”

Indie-pop artist Jett Jenkins just released her moody new single “Joyride” to introduce her upcoming summer EP Through My Eyes.

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Indie-pop artist Jett Jenkins just released her moody new single “Joyride” to introduce her upcoming summer EP Through My Eyes. Written by Jenkins, the single touches on the trivial life events that deeply impacted the singer’s outlook on the past, present and future. Experiencing the loss of her father, while also losing friends, Jenkins plunged into a sea of sadness. “Joyride” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching diary entry for this young woman’s most emotional and trying times. “This song is very dear to me and represents my deepest and inner feelings,” says Jenkins. “It truly means so much to me.”

Jenkins is no stranger to using her music as an outlet for grief, mental health, and the other battles of being human. “After, this is how it feels,” she sings. “Blankness, numbness, nothing.” Listeners can sink into the raw feelings of grief as Jenkins’ delicate vocals lead them through an emotional process of realizing their reality. Fans should expect more songs like this on Jett Jenkins’ upcoming EP Through My Eyes, to be released in April.

Cover art for “Joyride” by Jett Jenkins

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The Western Civilization – ‘Fractions of a Whole’ [Album Review]

The Western Civilization delivers expressive vocals and a wealth of stylistic aromas with an existential richness on ‘Fractions of a Whole.’

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The Western Civilization ‘Fractions of a Whole’ album artwork

It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Applied to Texas-based indie-rock outfit The Western Civilization, the adage refers to the chemistry between Rachel Hansbro and Reggie O’Farrell, a chemistry on display in their recently released album, Fractions of a Whole.

Speaking about the album, Hansbro says, “The new songs were inspired by the amazing people who are part of my chosen family. Reggie has always been good at reminding me of the positive things. (He is) another voice saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay.’”

Reggie O’Farrell and Rachel Hansbro first met while playing in separate bands. A friendship developed, resulting in two albums and performances at the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, and, most importantly, an artistic alliance that survived a variety of obstacles.

Revolving around Hansbro and O’Farrell, The Western Civilization is a collaborative project with a rotating cast of musicians and collaborators who expose the actuality of Aristotle’s dictum.

The album opens with “Noctambulism,” a floating, folk-rock song with hints of Americana flowing through it. Driven by a sparkling piano topped by the voices of Hansbro and O’Farrell merging, the melody wafts and undulates like drifting clouds across the sky.

High points embrace “Bible Verses for Kids,” which reveals elusive Celtic flavors, a bit like The Cranberries. A rolling snare gives the rhythm a galloping motion as layered harmonies infuse the lyrics with choir-like textures verging on grandness.

A personal favorite because of Hansbro’s deliciously casual vocals, “Fool” resembles a child’s nursery rhyme reimagined as indie-rock – dreamy, drawling, almost discordant vocals riding over loose, garage rock harmonics. The imperfect, raggedy feel of the tune makes it wondrously genuine and gratifying.

Proselytism,” the closing track, travels on light, migrant surfaces as Hansbro’s soft, breathy vocals imbue the lyrics with subtle, eccentric whimsy, a kind of didactic reflection.

Expressive vocals, along with a wealth of stylistic aromas, invest Fractions of a Whole with an existential richness.

The Western Civilization in 2022, photo by Jack Potts

The Western Civilization in 2022, photo by Jack Potts

Fractions of a Whole Track Listing:

1. Noctambulism
2. Stitches (read our song review)
3. Bible Verses for Kids
4. She’s by the Sea
5. If You’re Lucky
6. Fool
7. My Mess
8. The Snake and The Saint
9. The Ocean’s on the Rise
10. Proselytism

Run Time: 42:18
Release Date: February 16, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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Chali 2na & DJ Shub Join Forces for Debut Canadian Tour

Chali 2na, will hit the road with none other than the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub.

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Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla
Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla

For the first time, one of the most iconic voices in hip-hop, the verbal Herman Munster, Chali 2na, will hit the road with the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub. Together, they’ll embark on their first-ever Canadian tour, performing in nine cities across three provinces, marking a historic collaboration between the artists.

On the decks, DJ Shub will provide a dynamic backdrop for Chali’s unmistakable baritone voice as he delivers an electrifying performance of his solo hits and beloved Jurassic 5 classics. Individually, these two artists boast incredible resumes – having performed at some of the most iconic venues and festivals across North America (Coachella, Outside Lands, Osheaga). Now, the two of them are teaming up to deliver one of this summer’s most sought-after events.

DJ Shub, a two-time DMC World DJ champion and Red Bull Thre3style champion, expressed his excitement about the tour:

“For me, backing up Chali 2na on tour is mind-blowing considering I’ve been a long-time fan. Magic happens when legends join forces.”

Fans have been dreaming of this collaboration since 2017, when the two artists first performed together at a workshop at the Winnipeg Folk Festival – offering a glimpse of what could be. Now, the wait is finally over, as they embark on a tour that promises to mesmerize audiences and provide a captivating blend of old-school hip-hop and DJ prowess.

Tickets for this must-see tour go on sale on February 22. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their spot at what promises to be an unforgettable series of performances.

Chali 2na & DJ Shub Tour Dates:

May 2 – Calgary, AB – Modern Love
May 3 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
May 4 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
May 5 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
May 6 – Banff, AB – Melissa’s MisSteak
May 8 – Fernie, BC – The Northern
May 9 – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill & Bar
May 10 – Vernon, BC – Status Nightclub
May 11 – Kelowna, BC – Red Bird Brewing

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Frank Viele Releases His Brand New Single “Sleepless Nights Alone”

Singer-songwriter Frank Viele has released his brand new single “Sleepless Nights Alone” from his upcoming ‘The Trouble With Desire’ album.

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Frank Viele, photo by Donato Biceglia
Frank Viele, photo by Donato Biceglia

Milford, CT native and current Hamden, CT resident Frank Viele is prepping to release a brand new album entitled The Trouble With Desire, which is set to exhibit the musician’s exceptional storytelling and strong roots in a wide range of genres from heartland rock and blues to folk and country.

To further introduce the project, Viele returns today with his newest cut from the forthcoming LP, “Sleepless Nights Alone,” along with an accompanying lyric video.

2023 was a big year for Frank Viele, as he became the first Connecticut artist to win the prestigious award for ‘Act of The Year’ at the 2023 New England Music Awards. Viele thus follows in the footsteps of previous award winners, including Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Dwight & Nicole, Ryan Montbleau, Air Traffic Controller, Sarah Barrios, Deer Tick, Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Liz Longley, Chris Trapper, Adam Ezra Group, The Mallet Brothers, and more.

Earlier this year, Viele shared another new single entitled “Mountains We Can Climb.” Previously, 2023 found him sharing an additional handful of singles — “Hearts We Left Behind,” “The Trouble With Desire,” “Claws,” and “Trying To Raise A Man” — which were recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This is the town that launched the careers of legends such as Aretha Franklin, The Allman Brothers, and Wilson Pickett. It is also the place where The Rolling Stones recorded “Wild Horses” and which boasts the roots of modern greats such as Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and The Alabama Shakes.

Received with glowing reviews, these four songs made their way onto outlets across the industry, including American Songwriter, Boston’s Country 102.5, and NPR. He additionally toured nationally as both a headline act and also as a support act for rock legend John Waite, Season 9 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, and folk rock troubadour Jeffrey Gaines.

Frank Viele’s newest single, “Sleepless Nights Alone,” is out now via all DSPs. Stay tuned for more information on his forthcoming full-length LP, arriving later this year.

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