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Bick Bassy Plans Spring North American Tour Supporting LP ‘Madíbá’

Blick Bassy returns in April & May to North America for an extensive spring tour of the United States and Canada, supporting ‘Madíbá.’

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In support of his critically acclaimed album Madíbá (May ’23), Blick Bassy returns this April & May to North America for an extensive spring tour of the United States and Canada. The new performance artistically reinterprets the various tracks from Madíbá, which saw Blick experiment with electronic production to support his iconic voice and composition style for the first time.

In his own words, Blick comments on the upcoming tour:

“I love playing in the US, a country where artistic appreciation is deeply rooted. I enjoy strolling along the vast roads that connect cities and provide a unique opportunity to admire the magnificent landscape of this country.”

Musically, Madíbá takes Blick in a new direction, spurred by a love of James Blake and Bon Iver to relocate his voice in electronic textures with more spare instrumentation. The album (recorded between Paris, Biarritz, and Quimper and produced/composed with Romain Jovion) lets Bassy’s voice dominate, carried by delicate guitar, synthesizer, bassoon, and brass. The cuts are diaphanous and nevertheless modernist and testify to a contemporary and poetic Africanity at the crossroads of soul, folk, and electro.

Blick Bassy North American Tour Dates:

Thursday, April 4: Portsmouth, NH @ Press Room
Friday, April 5: Troy, NY @ No Fun
Saturday, April 6: New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Sunday, April 7: Montreal, QC @ Le Ministère
Wednesday, April 10: Brooklyn, NY @ Public Records
Friday, April 12: Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
Saturday, April 13: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar
Tuesday, May 7: Seattle, WA @ The Sunset – TICKETS
Thursday, May 9: Boise, ID @ Neurolux – TICKETS
Friday, May 10: Portland, OR @ Jack London Revue
Saturday, May 11: Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Wednesday, May 15: San Francisco, CA @ The Battery
Thursday, May 16: Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers
Sunday, May 19: Denver, CO @ Skylark
Monday, May 20: Fort Collins, CO @ Lyric
Wednesday, May 22: Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
Saturday, May 25: Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records

Bick Bassy 2024 tour poster

Bick Bassy 2024 tour poster

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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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Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.

The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.

Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

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Record Store Day Canada Announces 2024 List

Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of independent record stores, takes place this year on April 20, 2024.

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Record Store Day 2024

Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of independent record stores, takes place this year on April 20, 2024, as it has annually for the last 17 years. Once again, the moment has arrived to unveil the remarkable lineup of titles awaiting enthusiasts during the cherished annual celebration of independent record stores worldwide. This year’s Record Store Day raises the bar yet again with its unparalleled magnitude, artistry, and diverse array of releases. Visit the official website for more information, logos, full list and participating stores!

Says Ryan Kerr, VP of Operations, Record Store Day Canada:

“One of the most exciting moments of the year is unleashing the Record Store Day Canada List. We work diligently behind the scenes with artists, record labels and distributors to bring fans the music they love and are willing to flock to independent stores in droves on Record Store Day.”

The Tragically Hip are proud to be announced as the Record Store Day Canada 2024 Canadian Ambassadors, releasing an exclusive standalone live album, Live at CBGB’s, on Record Store Day. Live At CBGB’s features nine live songs that were originally recorded on January 14, 1993, from the legendary New York venue CBGB’s as The Tragically Hip launched their third studio album, Fully Completely, in America with a private event from the intimate space. The band performed the record in full, omitting a few tracks that didn’t fit the bill. This concert recording will be available on April 20 for the first time as a 12″ Pink Vinyl with a limited run of Pink Cassettes at participating record stores in Canada and the US.

Past Canadian Ambassadors include Triumph, The Sheepdogs, Our Lady Peace and globally, Taylor Swift and Pearl Jam have held the title, among others.

As for other notable releases, beloved multi-platinum rockers Barenaked Ladies’ offering this year is pure eye candy. The BNL x RSD Canada limited edition features two 12-inch 180 gram Vinyl Picture Discs in a gatefold double die-cut jacket along with a four-colour insert with lyrics. The vinyl is individually numbered and includes a bonus postcard hand-signed by the band. The vinyl includes two songs not available on their 2023 In Flight CD, but only available on limited In Flight vinyl released in October 2023.

Canada’s favourite pop punk-rock outfit Sum 41 is back with a vengeance, with a very special Limited Edition Fluorescent Pink Vinyl titled Half Hour Of Power. The compilation covers the band’s releases from 2000 to 2008, an exciting era for the band in which they won multiple JUNO Awards, released multiple platinum-selling albums, and toured with Blink-182, The Offspring, and Good Charlotte.

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