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PORTLAND, Maine – Bull Moose has announced its lineup of in-store performances for this year’s Record Store Day (RSD), Saturday, April 21, at all of the company’s locations. Originally conceived by Bull Moose employee Chris Brown, Record Store Day is a worldwide celebration that takes place every year on the third Saturday in April. Now in its 5th year, Record Store Day celebrates independent record stores across the globe for their role in local music scenes and their ongoing support of indie artists. It has become a highly anticipated event by independent musicians as well as industry giants, both of whom seize the day to release special editions, archival recordings, and other collectables.
Record Store Day is now one of the biggest release days of the year. Collectors and music fans flock to stores early to find limited-edition releases (one per customer and not all are available in every market), to take advantage of special offers, and revel in free in-store performances from their favorite local artists. Stores across the country participate in various aspects of RSD, all in honor of the unique and invaluable niche these stores fill in their communities.
As a prominent player in the local independent music scene, as well as the genius behind Record Store Day, Bull Moose will again celebrate the event with free in-store performances in every Bull Moose store. All shows will feature local musicians who hail from across Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, many of whom will release special RSD albums. Bull Moose continues to make it possible for artists to make a name for themselves beyond the foundations of hometown support, and their local celebrations are in keeping with the indie-spirit behind Record Store Day.
The performances are free, open to the public, and take place Saturday, April 21. All will be acoustic, apart from Too Late the Hero’s show in Sanford.
The Bull Moose Bangor, ME store will host Chris Ross (http://chrisross.net), a native of Hancock County, at 3 p.m. His most recent album The Steady Stumble exemplifies the kind of acoustic folk-rock appeal that has put him on the map as a soulful and talented singer-songwriter. The album was released last April, and he is currently working on a new record that should be available for pre-order by RSD. 683 Hogan Rd., Bangor.
Portland locals Tricky Britches (http://trickybritches.com/) will perform in the Bull Moose Brunswick, ME store at 2 p.m. Members Tyler Lienhard, Seth Doyle, Jed Bresette, Ryan “Bear” Wilkinson and Nick Wallace fuse country rock, classic bluegrass, and folk rock to create their unique sound. They released their newest CD Hard Fought Day this past August, and have captivated audiences across the US and Europe with their originality and enthusiasm. 151 Maine St., Brunswick.
New Hampshire’s Old Abode (http://www.old-abode.com/_/Home.html) will perform music from their November album Before the Day at 3 p.m. at the Bull Moose store in Lewiston, ME. Shea Ellis, Graham Duval, Glen Coburn, and Adam Kelly make up the band, together creating vibrant indie tracks that feature a unique combination of sounds through violin, mandolin, and banjo to accompany electric guitars. Lewiston Mall, 20 East Ave., Lewiston.
The North Windham, ME Bull Moose will host Portland’s Whitcomb, (http://www.whitcomb-band.com) a local band known for their exciting live performances. They deliver a heavy yet harmonious rock sound with the refreshing vocals of Brant Dadaleares. He, along with guitarists Sean Libby and Andy Beavis, drummer Mark Sayer and bassist Ryan Fleming, will give their first acoustic performance in-store at 3 p.m. Whitcomb will release their new album that day in celebration of Record Store Day. Details on the release will be provided as soon as they are available. 771 Roosevelt Trail, Windham.
Bull Moose’s Portland, ME location will hold two performances on April 21. Joe Gallant http://joegallantmusic.com/ will play at 1 p.m. and Dean Ford http://www.facebook.com/DeanFordMusic at 6 p.m. Solo singer and guitarist Gallant hails from Portland and delivers hopeful melodies with his lyrics and soothing vocals. His album, My Own Divide, was released this past November. Dean Ford is a Portland native and previously led the pop-rock band The Goodnight Process. He released his 6 Song EP titled CTRL on March 13, an album detailing honest experiences with dark troubles, love, and the intersection of both. 151 Middle St., Portland.
Portsmouth, NH will host the Winterpills http://www.winterpills.com at 4 p.m. The band is originally from Northampton, MA, but has made a name for themselves far beyond their New England roots. The Washington Post called their music “densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning… fiendishly melodic.” Their folk-pop rootsy-rock songs have been featured on several television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, and Skins. The Winterpills released All My Lovely Goners on February 14 and will release it on vinyl on Record Store Day. 82-86 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H.
The Salem, NH location will feature Darlingside http://www.darlingside.com/ from Northampton, MA at 2 p.m. The string-rock quintet includes Sam Kapala, Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner and David Senft, a group who achieves their inspired sound through a smooth blend of folk, rock, and classical music. Darlingside will debut tracks from their full length release that is due out this spring. In the meantime they will have two different 7” vinyls released leading up to that album. 356-366 So. Broadway, Salem, N.H.
Another talented group out of Portland, Maine, Too Late the Hero http://www.toolatethehero.com/
will play in Sanford, ME at 2pm. The store is proud to support the band’s guitarist, Jack Stolz, who is an employee at the Sanford Bull Moose location. With an original take on hard rock, Too Late the Hero exudes both angst and sincerity in their sound, balancing the instrumental heaviness and making it highly relatable. They released Statement of Purpose last April on ReThink Records, which was distributed by RED; the band will be plugged in to perform outside on the sidewalk for their fans. 1364 Main St., Sanford.
At the Scarborough, ME store, pop-punk rockers and Portland-based Steiner Street http://www.facebook.com/STEINERSTREETPUNK will debut their full-length album Time and Temperature. Andrew Scott, Michael Sajecki and Eric Cyr (a Scarborough Bull Moose employee) will play at 4 p.m. and their album will be released on Record Store Day. 450 Payne Rd, Scarborough.
Prospect Hill, http://prospecthillmusic.com/fr_home.cfm
an alternative pop-rock band hailing from Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts, performs at the Waterville, ME store at 2 p.m. Band members Adam Fithian, Derek Rousseau, Mark Roberge, John Roberge and Edgar Troncoso have been life-long best friends, something that gives definite charisma to their edgy vibe. Their last CD, Impact, came out December 20. 80 Elm Plaza, Waterville.
For updates to the in-store performance schedule, visit Bull Moose.
For more information about Record Store Day, visit www.recordstoreday.com. For a listing of local events and other information, visit Bull Moose at www.bullmoose.com for store locations.
About Bull Moose:
Bull Moose was started in 1989 in Brunswick, Maine by Bowdoin College junior Brett Wickard. What began as a makeshift store carrying only a few discs is now the largest retailer of new and pre-owned music, movies and video games in Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire with ten stores and more than 100 employees. Bull Moose’s pricing and selection is unsurpassed, and customers are encouraged to sell back their music, movies and games at any store location. The Bangor and Scarborough Bull Moose locations recently expanded to include books. Nearly all books are 35% off list price. The stores also carry audio/video accessories and fun inexpensive gifts. All ten stores are open past midnight every Monday and patrons can shop at Bull Moose 24 hours a day at www.bullmoose.com.
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Bull Moose Record Store Day Performances
Bangor, ME (683 Hogan Rd.):
3 p.m. Chris Ross
Brunswick, ME (151 Maine St.):
2 p.m. Tricky Britches
Lewiston, ME (Lewiston Mall, 20 East Ave.):
3 p.m. Old Abode
N. Windham, ME (771 Roosevelt Trail):
3 p.m. Whitcomb
Portland, ME (151 Middle St.):
1 p.m. Joe Gallant
6 p.m. Dean Ford
Sanford, ME (1364 Main St.):
2 p.m. Too Late the Hero
Scarborough, ME (450 Payne Rd.):
4 p.m. Steiner Street
Waterville, ME (80 Elm Plaza):
2 p.m. Prospect Hill
Portsmouth, NH (82-86 Congress St.):
4 p.m. Winterpills
Salem, NH (356-366 So. Broadway):
2 p.m. Darlingside