Nonpoint Announces New Live Dates

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Nonpoint will head back out on the road later this summer for a full-length tour

The band made the announcement Friday. It will launch what it has dubbed the “I’m About to Explode Part I” Tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Tempe, AZ and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; Green Bay WI and Destin, FL.

Front man Elias Soriano was upbeat as he talked during a recent interview, about getting back on the road.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic swinging!,” he said. “The bands and the shows will leave fans talking for weeks.. Production is new, show is BRAND NEW, deep cuts from our catalog and our most Ruthless Setlist ever. ITS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, Part 1 is the swing of the bat and first contact”

The band had previously announced a handful of live dates for this month and September, as well as the schedule for its 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked Cruise. It makes this announcement the band’s first big tour announcement of the year.

Dropout Kings, Saul, and Any Given Sunday will serve as support throughout much of the tour. Joining the band for other dates are the likes of Tetrach, Seether, Atreyu, and Plush.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Wicked Woman’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Blacktop Mojo is continuing to build anticipation for its next album.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Wicked Woman’ Wednesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album, which is scheduled for release Aug. 13. Pre-orders are open.

The 12-song record is the band’s fourth record and will come approximately two years after the release of the band’s third album, Under The Sun. Additionally, it will come more than a year after the release of the band’s EP, Static.

The premiere of ‘Wicked Woman’ was preceded by that of the album’s lead single, ‘Tail Light‘ and its video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wicked Woman’ is the polar opposite of that featured in ‘Tail Light.’ Where ‘Tail Light’ is a gentle, contemplative composition, ‘Wicked Woman’ is a heavy, bluesy work that even incorporates a little bit of metal influence in the song’s bridge.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was presented in the press release distributed about the video’s premiere. However, the song’s title, lyrical content and video makes clear that the song is about a man trying to get away from a very bad woman.

In the case of the video, one of the band members is trying to get away from a couple of the men who have been put under the evil woman’s spell. It should be stressed here that due to some visual content and language this video is borderline NSFW.

In related news, Blacktop Mojo announced this week, the dates for the next leg of its tour in support of its new album. The second leg of the band’s tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 24 in Ft. Worth, TX and to run through Nov. 6 in Texarkana, AR. The second leg features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Marietta, OH and Syracuse, NY.

The band is in the midst of the tour’s first leg of its tour. The band’s upcoming dates, including those for the second leg of the tour, are noted below.

BLACK TOP MOJO ON TOUR:
7/24 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade (Purgatory)
7/25 — Huntsville, AL — Sidetracks Music Hall 
7/27 — Jackson, MS — Hal & Mal’s Red Room
7/28 — Leesville, LA — Shooters Bar & Billiards
7/30 — Chickasha, OK — Legends Pub House
7/31 — Kansas City, MO — Headlights Bar & Grill
8/1 — Des Moines, IA — Leftys 
8/3 — Minot, ND — The ‘O’ Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze 
8/6 — Sheboygan, WI — Kiwanis Park
8/7 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverfestFM
8/8 — Madison, WI — The Annex   
8/10 — Cleveland, OH — The Winchester
8/11 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern   
8/13 — Port Byron, IL — Port Byron Great River Tug Fest
8/14 — Bristol, IN — Abate SummerFest
8/15 — Joliet, IL — The Forge 
8/17 — Nashville, TN — The End
8/18 — Memphis, TN — Growlers
8/20 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag
8/21 — Hutchinson, KS — The Red Shed
8/22 — Lubbock, TX — Jakes
9/24 — Fort Worth, TX — Rail Club
9/25 — Enid, OK — Fling At The Springs
9/26 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live
9/30 — Biloxi, MS — The Cannery Bar & Grill
10/2 — Destin, FL — Club LA w/ Nonpoint
10/3 — Lake City, FL — Halpatter Brewing Company
10/5 — Orlando, FL — Soundbar
10/7 — Charlotte, NC — Amos
10/8 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
10/9 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans Music Hall
10/10 — Virginia Beach, VA — Elevation 27
10/12 — Brooklyn, NY — Kingsland
10/13 — Syracuse, NY — Lost Horizon
10/15 — Marietta, OH — Adelphia Music Hall
10/16 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC
10/21 — Providence, RI — Alchemy
10/22 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wallys
10/23 — Hartford, CT — Webster Underground
10/24 — Albany, NY — Empire Underground
10/26 — Buffalo, NY — Mohawk Place
10/28 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
10/29 — Indianapolis, IN — Emerson Theater
10/30 — Battle Creek, MI — Music Factory
10/31 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
11/3 — West Dundee, IL — Rockhaus
11/4 — Peoria, IL — Crusens
11/5 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live
11/6 — Texarkana, AR — Crossties

In other news, Blacktop Mojo’s album will feature in NASCAR’s annual Brickyard 400 race this year. The race is scheduled to broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET Aug 15 on NBC with pre-race coverage scheduled to start at 11:05 a.m. ET. The No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports car, driven by Kyle Tilley, will feature the cover art for the band’s new album.

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new album, single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.blacktopmojo.com

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Dr. Mike Bogle’s Latest LP Is An Interesting Addition To This Year’s Field Of New Jazz Albums

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Never judge a book (or an album) by its cover.  That is the lesson to be learned from Let There Be Light, the latest album from jazz artist Dr. Mike Bogle.  Released July 1 through MBP/Groove!, the six song record is in direct contrast to the picture of Bogle on the record’s cover.  His long, blonde locks and menacing look makes him look more like a mad metal scientist than jazz artist, but the content featured in this 45-minute record proves otherwise.  That content is at the heart of the album’s success and will be discussed shortly.  While the content does much to make this record worth hearing, the album (his seventh overall) is not perfect.  It lacks any liner notes to help explain the songs’ inspiration and creation.  As active as the songs are, it certainly would have been nice to know what was Bogle’s mindset as he created each song.  Instead, this aspect detracts from the record’s presentation.  It is not enough to make the album a failure, but certainly would have gone a long way toward making the album more engaging and entertaining.  The album’s production works with the arrangements themselves to make this album an interesting presentation that is worth hearing occasionally.

Dr. Mike Bogle’s recently released album, Let There Be Light is an interesting addition to this year’s field of new jazz albums.  Its interest is centered mainly on its featured arrangements.  The arrangements present a wide array of sounds and stylistic approaches from one to the next.  ‘Positano’ for instance, is a light, lounge-type composition.  Its mix of keyboards, guitar, steel drums, and bass however, gives that familiar stylistic approach and sound such a unique identity that replaces the typically cheesy sound of such arrangements and makes it far more appealing.  By comparison, the album’s title track, which clocks in at more than six-and-a-half minutes, is more of a fusion type work.  That is evidenced through the combination of Bogle’s stylized vocals (which sound kind of like scatting), and keyboards against the subtle work of drummer Harrell Bosarge and bassist Buddy Mohmed.  The production here deserves the credit what with the way that it modulated the vocals and accented the instrumentation.  On yet another note, Bogle and company’s take on Pee Wee Ellis’ ‘The Chicken’ (the album’s only cover tune) does stay true to its source material, but at the same time, gives it a new identity here.  Instead of just copying and pasting, the group opens the song with a bit of a gospel influence what with the use of the organ, bass, and drums.  One can almost see the choir standing there singing (even though this is fully instrumental) before the group changes things again and moves in a more funky tropical vibe.  Not only is this a stark change in stylistic approach from the original song, but it is just as much a departure from the other songs featured in the album.  It shows once more, the diversity in the arrangements.  Between the songs examined here and the album’s three remaining songs, the whole of the record’s musical content shows that it has much to offer audiences.

While the diverse musical arrangements featured in Let There Be Light form a strong foundation for the album, the record is not perfect.  Its one shortcoming comes as it lacks any liner notes.  This means that there is no background on any of the songs.  Considering that all six songs featured in this album are instrumental, relying solely on song titles is not enough to be able to grasp the stories behind the songs.  That might seem a minor thing, but as noted by this critic so many times, when it comes to instrumental music, such background is needed so as to fully appreciate the songs.  That is because it is possible certain songs might have some special message and/or influence at their center.  To that end, not having any background information does detract from the overall listening experience.  While it does detract from that experience, it is not enough to doom the album, but certainly would have helped that aspect. 

Considering that the impact of the lack of liner notes, there is still one more item to examine here.  That item is the album’s production.  The album’s production is important to address because of the variety in the arrangements.  Most of the arrangements are, again, relatively mid-tempo works.  Their energies and styles are so different, though.  That means that a lot of attention had to be paid to each work in order to make sure no one line stepped on the others at any point.  Those painstaking efforts paid off, too.  Each arrangement allows each musician to shine on his respective part.  The result is that from one song to the next, audiences get the full effect.  That in itself will lead to plenty of engagement and entertainment.  It is a tribute to the work put in by those behind the boards.  Keeping that in mind along with the impact of the songs’ diversity, that whole is enough to make this album worth hearing occasionally. 

Dr. Mike Bogle’s recently released album, Let There Be Light is a presentation that many jazz audiences will find mostly appealing.  That is due in large part to its musical arrangements.  The arrangements are mostly modern style compositions, and are diverse.  There is some fusion influence, some subtle big band influence, some tropical influence and more throughout the album’s 45-minute run time.  While the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements does much to appeal to audiences, the lack of background on the songs detracts from the listening experience to a point.  The negative of that shortcoming is not enough to doom the album, but it still would have been nice to have had that information to enhance the listening experience.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It brings out the best of each recording session, making sure each musician’s part is balanced in every work.  It completes the record’s presentation and shows once more why it deserves at least one chance.  All things considered, these elements make Let There Be Light worth hearing occasionally.  The album is available now through MBP/Groove!  More information on the album is available along with all of Dr. Mike Bogle’s latest news at https://www.mikebogle.com.  

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Soraia Releasing New Vinyl Double-Single Next Week

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

Soraia is opening the new year with some new music.

The band announced Thursday, it will release its new vinyl single Jan. 8 through Wicked Cool Records. The two-song single’s a-side is its new original song ‘Tight-Lipped.’ It is accompanied by Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel,’ which features the band’s Wicked Cool label mate Jesse Wagener on guest vocals.

Pre-orders are open for the single. Audiences can stream both songs through Soraia’s official Bandcamp page.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tight-Lipped’ boasts the same raw, bluesy classic rock style and sound that the band presented in its 2020 album Dig Your Roots, the band’s third album. Vocalist ZouZou Mansour’s performance pairs with that of guitarist Nick Seditious and drummer Brianna Sig to make the steady rocker an infectious work that will stick with listeners. Bassist Travis Smith adds his own touch to the song to completely flesh out the arrangement.

The lyrical theme that accompanies ‘Tight-Lipped’ comes across as a story about a person who was head over heels with someone who was clearly not right for him/her. That realization is what is presented here, and it is done with with plenty of vim and fire from the subject, with plenty of pride, basically with the song’s subject saying without saying how glad he/she is that things did not work out in hindsight. This is an easily accessible story for any listener. Together with the song’s equally strong musical arrangement, the whole makes the song a work that guitar rock purists will appreciate.

Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ is worth its own listen as it stays largely true to its source material while also giving the song a welcome update. Seditious’ guitar work is right there with that of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry while the duality in Mansour and Wagner’s vocals creates a unique vocal performance here. Rather than just re-create the airy effect of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler’s performance in the original, the duo has crafted a performance that is tighter and possibly better than that of the original.

Wagner’s performance here follows that of her recently released original holiday single ‘What Christmas Is To Me‘ and her debut album Shoes Droppin, which she released last year.

More information on Soraia’s new single is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.soraia.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/SoraiaRocks

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/soraiarocks

More information on Jesse Wagner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.jessiewagnerofficial.com

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