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Christos Reflects on Becoming a “stranger” with His New Single Premiere

Brisbane, Australia, singer-songwriter Christos illustrates the many sides to him as an artist with his new single ‘stranger.’

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Christos, photo by CJ Cannon (@cjcannonphotography)
Christos, photo by CJ Cannon (@cjcannonphotography)

As a songwriter and a musician, Christos is the rare artist who can seamlessly navigate between genres. He does so extremely effectively on his latest single, “stranger,” which he unveils today. Taken from his upcoming all fades to dust record, the song is a nice slice of modern and vintage pop, alternative and indie rock. There’s also an ’80s pop radio element to the song, with its driving beat and electronic components.

In life, people grow close to us, but sometimes, those people are the ones who drift the furthest away. That’s kind of what Christos is talking about in “stranger.” We can’t do much to control the way people change, and with that can come great individual pain. It’s particularly painstaking when that person essentially begins to fade away. They become someone who shares very little in common with that individual you once felt such a connection with.

Discussing the song and how it fits into the EP, Christos states:

“‘stranger’ is a track I wrote about watching somebody you once loved slowly turn into someone you don’t know anymore. It plays a massive part of the storyline of my upcoming EP all fades to dust, a project I crafted around the narrative of watching what you had with an important person slowly fade into nothingness right before your eyes. This song speaks on the healing process that comes after this loss, plus trying to find yourself again and mend what’s been broken. It’s also the final taste before the full EP on the 22nd of February.”

Situated in Brisbane, Australia, Christos really began to emerge over the last year. He began to garner more listeners through international radio and Apple Music playlists. He also began to define himself as a live act, performing several shows across Australia. This past October, he headlined his first hometown show at The Valley Loft, playing with his live band for the very first time. One of the highlights of Christos’ 2023 was his collaboration with Paris Shadows on the song “wrote u a letter.” Shadows is a rising star in his own right, an LA-based hip-hop artist with a rapidly growing audience. Christos has accomplished a lot in recent months, but it’s quite clear he is only scratching the surface of what’s upcoming.

Christos ‘all fades to dust’ album artwork

Christos ‘all fades to dust’ album artwork

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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 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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