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Bumpin Uglies Announce Summer/Fall Tour Dates; Drop Live Acoustic EP

Revered road warriors Bumpin Uglies have released ‘Live at Sugarshack Sessions Vol. 2,’ another live acoustic EP of material recorded at the Sugarshack in Western Florida.

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Bumpin Uglies in 2022, photo by Kyle Edwards

Revered road warriors Bumpin Uglies have released Live at Sugarshack Sessions Vol. 2, another live acoustic EP of material recorded at the Sugarshack in Western Florida.

Featuring three songs from their recently released album, Mid-Atlantic Dub (“Wild Girls,” “Make It Through The Day,” “You Don’t Gotta Die”), one track each from 2019’s Buzz EP (“Serving”) and 2011’s Free Candy full-length (“Lie to Me”) plus a spirited cover of “Cover Me Up,” the Jason Isbell staple from his Southeastern opus, the band sound loose and confident, focused and ebullient.

Returning to the Sugarshack in Bonita Springs, FL, just north of Naples, the Maryland-based band welcomed the opportunity to do another visual EP with some trusted comrades, a follow-on to their well-received collection recorded at the same venue in May 2020.

Bumpin Uglies founder and vocalist Brandon Hardesty explains:

“Sugarshack has been a staple in our scene for almost 10 years, and we’ve done a lot of work with them. We ended our fall tour in southern Florida so we really wanted to make a session work to record some of these new songs. It was honestly a pretty low stress situation because the Sugarshack guys are such pros and we’d been playing those songs for months, so we had them tight and ready to go. The caliber of their work is so top notch, we knew if we got a good take they would crush the mix and the video, which they did. I really feel like we captured lightning in a bottle, I’m very proud of it.”

Joining Hardesty were band members Dave “Wolfie” Wolf (bass, vocals), T.J. Haslett (drums), Ethan Lichtenberger (keys) and Will Lopez (tenor saxophone) and regular collaborators, Nick Reider (trumpet) and Ben Bays (conga/percussion). Also partaking were special guests Joey Harkum (harmony vocals on “Lie to Me”) and violinist Liz McBryde, who’s worked with The Who, Sting, and Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), on an intimate, yet spirited take on a love song written for Amanda Shires by the former Drive-By Trucker.

Bumpin Uglies Tour Dates:

4/21 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
4/22 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
4/23 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/04 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club w/ Joey Harkum & Higher Education
5/05 – Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents w/ Joey Harkum
5/06 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met w/ Crooked Coast
5/07 – Syracuse, NY – Funk ‘n Waffles w/ Crooked Coast
5/11 – Raleigh, NC – Bowstring Pizza & Brewyard w/ Joint Operation
5/12 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer w/ Doze & the Drift
5/13 – Charlotte, NC – Music Yard w/ Joint Operation
6/8-11 – Bedford, PA – Weekend At Wolfies
6/14 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Made w/ Mike Pinto
6/15 – Hampton, NH – Bernie’s Beach Bar w/ Mike Pinto
6/16 – Albany, NY – Lark Hall w/ Mike Pinto
6/17 – Fairfield, CT – The Lot @ FTC w/ Mike Pinto
7/05 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets Nightclub w/ The Grilled Lincolns
7/14 – Youngstown, OH – Westside Bowl w/ C Level & Joint Operation
7/22 – Olympic Valley, CA – Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival
7/29 – Portland, ME – Bayside Bowl
8/3-5 – Thornville, OH – Everwild Music Fest w/ Pepper, Tropidelic, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
8/10 – Virginia Beach, VA – New Realm Brewing Co.
8/11 – Kill Devil Hills, NC – Outer Banks Brewing Station
8/12 – Roanoke, VA – Black Dog Salvage w/ Lazy Man Dub Band
8/13 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Boathouse
8/25 – Bethlehem, PA – Levitt SteelStacks
9/08 – Lolo Hot Springs, MT – Montana Hempfest
10/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Reggae Rise Up Vegas

Live at Sugarshack Sessions Vol. 2 Track Listing:

1. Wild Girls – https://youtu.be/t8wLxKJREwY
2. Lie to Me (ft. Joey Harkum) – https://youtu.be/oLFNU3A6DHM
3. Serving – https://youtu.be/3hfV86boDHg
4. Make It Through The Day – https://youtu.be/41Iz3Vmk6ok
5. You Don’t Gotta Die – https://youtu.be/BuzmhRTucIg
6. Cover Me Up (Jason Isbell cover) – https://youtu.be/W-VjmN3O1YE

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Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’

Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

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Slightest Clue

Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.

Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.

Commenting on the album, the band states:

“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”

Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

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Craft Recordings Thrilled to Announce Titles for Record Store Day 2024

Craft Recordings announces their titles for Record Store Day 2024 available at participating independent music retailers on April 20th.

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Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot
Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot

Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce its titles for Record Store Day 2024. This year’s lineup—available at participating independent music retailers on April 20—includes eight exclusive releases that span a variety of genres—from chilling cult-classic soundtracks and long-sought-after alt-rock reissues to jazz, new age, and beyond.

Among the offerings is a 25th anniversary pressing of Collective Soul’s Platinum-selling fourth album, Dosage (featuring the mega-hit “Heavy”), At The Drive-In’s electrifying sophomore album, in/CASINO/OUT, and the first-ever vinyl pressing of Filter’s The Very Best Things collection. Also making its debut on wax is the chart-topping Inner World album from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—a first-of-its-kind release from the Tibetan spiritual leader, which blends his spoken-word meditations with music from a renowned collective of artists, including Anoushka Shankar.

Other highlights include a sought-after mono edition of Everybody Digs Bill Evans on 180-gram vinyl, while film buffs will delight over the return of two cult-classic soundtracks, 1972’s Black Girl and 1977’s Orca. Finally, the acclaimed Jazz Dispensary Series returns with The Freedom Sound! The People Arise—an empowering setlist of deep cuts by Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Azar Lawrence, among others.

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

A full list of participating Record Store Day retailers and more information can be found here.

#1 At The Drive-In – in/CASINO/OUT (1-LP, Purple & Green Smoke Vinyl)

#2 Bill Evans Trio – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1-LP, Mono, 180-gram Vinyl)

#3 Collective Soul – Dosage (1-LP, Translucent Lemonade Vinyl)

#4 Dalai Lama – Inner World (1-LP, Gold Vinyl)

#5 Filter – The Very Best Things: 1995-2008 (2-LP, Mercury Swirl Vinyl)

#6 Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise (1-LP, Freedom Blue Swirl Vinyl)

#7 Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise

#8 Various Artists – Black Girl – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Reel Cut Series] (1-LP, 180-Gram Clear Black Swirl Vinyl)

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Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’

Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.

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Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography
Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography

Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.

Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.

Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.

A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.

Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

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