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Joseph Luca Announces New EP; Releases “My Best Dancing Shoes” Single

Pop singer-songwriter Joseph Luca has revealed his new single, “My Best Dancing Shoes,” from his latest EP ‘PART 2: Ouroboros (Death).’

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Joseph Luca, photo by Ryan Berry
Joseph Luca, photo by Ryan Berry

Raised in Ojai, CA, Joseph Luca is a progressive artist and songwriter. His music examines love, vulnerability, sexual fluidity, and one’s internal sense of freedom against the will of a repressive society. For fans of Prince, Jeff Buckley, and Miguel, Joseph Luca brings sensual and vulnerable narratives with Pop sensibility to Alternative Soul. Having headlined and sold out the Troubadour, performing with Mike Posner and Haley Reinhart, all the way to performing with Mak J at EDC, Joseph Luca’s stage presence and energy is electric and leaves his fans feeling euphoric and free.

Late last year, Luca unveiled the first new EP in his upcoming three-part EP series: PART 1: Ouroboros (Life). Now, Luca announces details on the next entry in the series: PART 2: Ouroboros (Death), arriving February 16 via ONErpm. Today, Luca also introduces the forthcoming five-track project with its first single, “My Best Dancing Shoes.”

Speaking on the track, Luca writes:

“‘My Best Dancing Shoes’ is a poignant musical narrative that encapsulates the intricacy of an unrequited love story. It weaves the tale of an individual grappling with the acceptance of their authentic self, compelled by a love that remains unreciprocated. The song beautifully metaphorizes dancing shoes as a symbol of embracing one’s purest and most genuine identity despite facing adversity. It speaks of patiently waiting for a kindred spirit to arrive, a partner willing to join in the dance of life as true equals.”

In his upcoming EP, Luca embarks on an introspective odyssey, navigating a profound shift from idealism to realism amidst the intricate realms of love, loss, life, and death. This segment unfurls as a deeply personal expedition, charting Joseph’s inner struggles and triumphs within a complex tapestry of emotions and experiences.

At the core of Luca’s journey lies a series of poignant moments, where the collision of his ideals with life’s stark truths serves as the beginning catalyst for deep self-reflection. His once unyielding idealistic perspective begins to fracture when confronted with the profound depths of life’s challenges.

It’s a journey steeped in introspection. Joseph confronts deep-seated fears, insecurities, and long-held beliefs, leading him toward an unburdened and authentic self. Ultimately, ‘Ego death’ surfaces as a central theme in PART 2: Ouroboros (Death). Luca undergoes a profound shedding of outdated perceptions and attachments, cultivating a newfound resilience rooted in the acceptance of life’s impermanence. This theme highlights the intricate dance between upheaval and personal growth, emphasizing the immense capacity within individuals not just to endure, but ideally, to evolve.

Stay tuned for the full-length EP, arriving February 16th via ONErpm. Listen to the new track “My Best Dancing Shoes” via all DSPs.

PART 2: Ouroboros (Death) Track Listing:

1. I Can Pull You Up
2. Peter
3. Just Go
4. Dirty Laundry
5. My Best Dancing Shoes

Joseph Luca ‘PART 2: Ouroboros (Death)’ album artwork

Joseph Luca ‘PART 2: Ouroboros (Death)’ 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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