Press & Photo Recap: SXSW | The Resist Tour

There was national attention around our official SXSW showcase last month: ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists representing the diaspora of the 7 countries targeted by the US immigration ban. This recap organizes 25+ outlets that featured us between our album release, tour dates, and SXSW - including Al Jazeera, BBC, Daytrotter, Huffington Post, Noisey (Vice), PRI, Reuters, and Yahoo Music to name a few. Photos from our showcase, panel discussion, and tour dates are here as well!

Press Clippings


Photo & Social

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Syrian Heart. Chicago Soul.

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Live Sessions: Paste Magazine + NowThis

We had the pleasure of filming live sessions with both Paste Magazine & NowThis in NYC ahead of our refugee benefit show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC - all in the same day!

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WATCH: Live Session & Interview @ Paste Magazine

WATCH: Live Session & Interview @ NowThis

Bassel & The Supernaturals: Live @ Paste Magazine in NYC

Bassel & The Supernaturals: Live @ Paste Magazine in NYC


Sincere love and thanks to our families, friends, and fans for an unforgettable year! Here's a look at the key highlights of our biggest year to date.

::: NEW MUSIC :::

::: PR :::

::: LIVE ::: 

  • 60+ shows in 35 cities including performances at South by Southwest (SXSW), The Kennedy Center / Millennium Stage, Millennium Park, Summerfest, Summer Camp Music Festival, Taste of Randolph, Wicker Park Fest, and many others

  • Featured in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: Music Unites featuring artists from the diaspora of countries targeted by the travel ban

  • Produced and launched #AmplifyPeace in partnership with the Syrian American Medical Society.

::: OTHER :::

  • Raised $11,000 during the Elements preorder campaign. Donated over 25% for humanitarian aid for Syria.

  • Shared stages with amazing artists near & far -

    Youssou N'Dour, Sinkane, Escort, JC Brooks, Omar Offendum, Kayem, Ronnie Malley, DJ Bella Loki, Emancipator, Pokey LaFarge, Whitney, San Fermin, Charley Bliss, Jerry Folk, Henna Roso, Googie, Erin Willett, Molehill, The Maytags, Willy Dynomite, The Candymakers, Vox Sambou, Faarow, Mamak Khadem, Mohsen Namjoo, Dena El Saffar, The Admirables, Gretchen Pleuss, Nat Baldwin, CoLab, Friday's Foolery, On The Sun, and many others!

Noisey | Vice: Elements Premiere!

Noisey (VICE) premiered our new album, Elements!

Bassel and The Supernaturals Face Syria's Urgent Crisis with Timeless Soul

The album release show was in Chicago on Friday, 2/24 @ Logan Square Auditorium (recap) followed by over 15 shows across the US in March & April (recap). We are thrilled to share this album with you, and to have a voice for the Syrian people as such an important time. Stand with us, spread the word, and make a difference with us today.


Purchase: 12" Vinyl | CD | USB

Stream: Spotify | Bandcamp | Soundcloud

The Resist Tour & SXSW 2017



Friday, 3/17 @ Palm Door; 8:00-8:25pm
Panel Discussion @ Convention Center 10B; 5:00-6:00pm
* Wristband/Badge only


SXSW: Bassel & The Supernaturals
Reuters | Al Jazeera |  Huffington Post | CBS Austin | Daily Dot | Full Press Recap



Friday, 3/10
Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
9pm / 21+ / $8

Saturday, 3/11
Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
w/ The Maytags, The Candymakers
8pm / 21+ / $8-10

Sunday, 3/12
Wichita, KS @ First UMC
7pm /  All Ages / Free

Monday, 3/13
Norman, OK @ The Deli
w/ Taylor Graham & Friends
10pm / 21+ / $5

Tuesday, 3/14
Deep Ellum, TX @ Three Links
w/ Friday's Foolery, CoLab
9pm / 21+ / Free

Thursday, 3/16
RedGorilla Fest
Austin, TX @ Parlor & Yard (on 6th)
5pm / Free / No Badge Needed

Friday, 3/17
ContraBanned: #MusicUnites @ SXSW
Austin, TX @ Palm Door
8-8:25pm / 21+ / Badges Only

Saturday, 3/18
Tulsa, OK @ Fassler Hall
10pm / 21+ / Free

Sunday, 3/19
First Plymouth Presents
Lincoln, NE @ Grata Bar & Lounge
6pm / All Ages / Free

Friday, 4/7
WXRT Presents:
 w/ JC Brooks [Album Release]
Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop
8:30pm / 21+ / $15-18

Wednesday, 4/19
SAB: B-Sides
Harrisburg, PA @ Messiah College
9pm / All Ages / Free

Thursday, 4/20
Paste Magazine Session & Interview

Facebook Live Stream

Thursday, 4/20
Get Down for Refugees: IRC Benefit
New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
w/ FutureType, Denny Love, No Wahala DJs
9:30pm / 21+ / $15

Friday, 4/21
Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
w/ The Nightbeast, 2 Birds, The Dead Licks
9:30pm / 21+

Saturday, 4/22
We Are Refugees (WAR)
Kokomo, IN @ Bind Cafe
w/ Bashiri Asad, Pale Giants
9:30pm / 21+ / $10

Bassel Resist Tour


Thrilled to announce that we're officially part of SXSW 2017! We are honored to represent Syria in this incredible showcase featuring artists from the 7 nations targeted by the immigration ban.


Friday, 3/17 @ Palm Door; 8pm-2am

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SPIN | Pitchfork | FADER

Elements Release Show: Recap & Photos

Thanks for an unforgettable night Chicago! Here are photos from our album release show at Logan Square Auditorium on Friday, 2/24. Catch us on the road from 3/10-3/19 in Lincoln, Des Moines, Wichita, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, and Austin for SXSW (more info).

Photos courtesy of Kari Terzino Photography


12" Vinyl | CD | USB

Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud

Elements Preorder: $11.5K Raised + $3K Donation for #SaveSyria

Thanks to YOU we hit an ambitious goal with our Elements preorder campaign! We raised $11,500, of which we donated $3,000 to Karam Foundation's humanitarian efforts to aid Syrian refugees. Our sincere thanks go to our 299 supporters that made this possible.

Did you miss the deadline? Have no fear! We added the individual items from our preorder campaign to the store, so reserve your copy of Elements today.

Bassel & The Supernaturals: Store

  • Digital Downloads + Donation for Syria
    • Choose your price level - everything above $10 goes straight to Karam Foundation.
  • Physcial Merchandise: inc. 20% Donation for Syria
    • 12" Vinyl Records
    • Pre-Loaded 8GB USB Cards
    • T-Shirts
    • CDs
Bassel & The Supernaturals:  Elements  (Feb. 2017)

Bassel & The Supernaturals: Elements (Feb. 2017)

Elements Release Day! Sun-Times & Noisey (Vice) Features

Friday was the official release day for Elements! Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for this wonderful feature, and again to Noisey (Vice) for premiering our album. Stream the album now on Spotify or Soundcloud, and buy the album in our online store or in virtually any digital store - iTunes, Amazon Music, Tidal, etc.

Thanks to everyone in Chicago who joined us for the release party at Logan Square Auditorium! We're hitting the road from March 10-19 with tour dates in Lincoln, Des Moines, Wichita, Tulsa, Dallas, and Austin for SXSW. 

Send us your thoughts! Drop us a line anytime at

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Chicago Sun-Times - February 24, 2017

Chicago Sun-Times - February 24, 2017

Elements Release Show (FRI, 2/24): MOVED TO LOGAN AUDITORIUM

The album release show for Elements is on Friday, 2/24. The show has officially moved to Logan Square Auditorium. Any & all tickets sold will be honored, simply provide your name when you arrive to LSA.

Our sincere thanks go to the staff at Double Door for hosting us many times over the years, and for their giant footprint on the Chicago music scene for over 20 years. Here is the latest update regarding Double Door's appeal on the recent eviction: Double Door co-owners say they will continue to appeal eviction decision

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! The date, timing, lineup, and other details have not changed. Reserve discounted tickets today and spread the word!

Bassel & The Supernaturals @ Double Door [2.14.15]

Bassel & The Supernaturals @ Double Door [2.14.15]