If you recently caught Eddi Reader’s shows in Melbourne and Sydney, you hopefully arrived early enough to see the support act. And if you did, you’ve probably been raving about her. Because Alana Wilkinson is pretty special.

Delivering a quirky mix of folk, pop, and punk, this Melbourne singer-songwriter has wowed me with her track “Show You Mine.” There’ll be more music soon, with Alan planning on writing, performing, filming, and uploading new music as she embarks on a road trip across Australia. She’ll busk and play parlour gigs and both scheduled and impromptu performances in bars and café, so keep your ear to the ground for them.

“I wanted to do something different”, she explained in a press release. “I decided that 2017 was going to be the year where I really focused on music, so I’ve quit my retail job and I’m going to follow my feet for a few months.”

The songs she writes on her upcoming adventures will join an already massive repertoire of originals, She’ll handpick the best to feature on her debut album once she returns home. And before all THAT happens, Alana will return to Melbourne to play shows with Bob Evans. If you’ve got tickets to his shows, make sure you arrive early for Alana’s set!

1 June 2017 – Baha, Rye (with Bob Evans)
2 June 2017 – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne (with Bob Evans)
3 June 2017 – The Workers Club, Geelong (with Bob Evans)

Image used with permission from RiSH Publicity

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It’s been around nine months since I heard anything from Gold Coast band Leopold’s Treat, but I’m glad to have them back on my radar with their brand new video “Don’t Give Up On Love.” It’s such a feel-good song, relaxing and rejuvenating, perfect for your Sunday. The good news is, there’s more on the way, with another clip set to drop next month.

“We are very excited to have some new material to share with our friends, family and supporters and are totally stoked about our upcoming shows, which will no doubt be great platforms for expanding our reach and getting our music further out into the world!” lead singer Kate Leopold said in a press release.

Listening to Leopold’s Treat puts me in such a good mood. I can’t wait to hear more!

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I have fallen for the raw, unbridled passion of “Shapes,” the latest single from Victorian band Mount Defiance. The track sings about friendships and relationships coming together on a packed dance floor.

“Shapes” comes from Mount Defiance’s forthcoming second EP Yankee Flat, which is scheduled for release later this year. It’s set to feature happy songs, sad songs, and intimate musical yarns recorded in the beautiful regional town of Mount Helen.

Image used with permission from Maths & Magic

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If you like your music loud, dirty, and in your face, then let me introduce you to Midnight Alibi. The Albury band has just released a brand new single “Ego Tripper,” and it’s the ideal introduction to their infectiously raw sound.

We should see this track on Midnight Alibi’s debut album Just Like You Want It, which should be available in the first half of the year.

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My first introduction to Kevin Mitchell was as the larrikin frontman of ‘90s punk act Jebediah. At that time I could never have imagined he’d be making the kind of folky acoustic music I really dig under the alias Bob Evans. Or the way that fans would take to his softer alter ego. Yet roughly 15 years after unveiling Bob Evans, Kevin Mitchell’s laidback music is still going strong. This video of “My Matilda” should give you some indication as to why.

For more music like that, make sure you check out Bob Evans on his very extensive Aussie tour over the next few months. He’ll visit capital cities and regional centres, and as an added bonus offer a few six-track EP Zeroes to Heroes to anyone that purchases a ticket from his website or online outlets.

20 April 2017 – Front Bar, Canberra
21 April 2017 – Lizotte’s, New Lambton
22 April 2017 – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay
3 May 2017 – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
5 May 2017 – Camelot Lounge, Sydney
6 May 2017 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
7 May 2017 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
11 May 2017 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
12 May 2017 – 5 Church St, Bellingen
13 May 2017 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
1 June 2017 – Baha, Rye
2 June 2017 – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne
3 June 2017 – Workers Club, Geelong
8 June 2017 – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
9 June 2017 – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

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Mahalia Barnes has one of the most soulful voices in the country. So I was pretty sure that when she lent her vocals to “Black Cloud,” the new single from Palace of the King, I was going to love it.

This track is so funky, an irresistible combination of blues, soul, and straight-up rock and roll. It comes from Palace of the King’s sophomore album Valles Marineris.

Fresh from supporting the Baby Animals, Palace of the King will play shows around the country kicking off in Young tonight. Once these dates wrap up, the band will head to Los Angeles to showcase at MUSEXPO.

24 March 2017 – Young Services Club, Young (with The Angels)
25 March 2017 – Home Tavern Wagga Wagga (with The Angels)
29 March 2017 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne (with Nik Oliveri)
30 March 2017 – Peli Bar, Frankston (with Nik Oliveri)
31 March 2017 – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast (with The Angels)
1 April 2017 – Racehourse Hotel, Ipswich (with The Angels)
6 April 2017 – Frankies Pizza, Sydney
7 April 2017 – York on Lilydale, Melbourne (with The Angels)
8 April 2017 – Gateway Hotel, Geelong (with The Angels)
13 April 2017 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
15 April 2017 – Baha, Rye
16 April 2017 – Barwon Club, Geelong (with Endless Boogie)
21 April 2017 – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
22 April 2017 – Whalers, Warrnambool

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Sublime Melbourne folk duo Deer Prudence kicks off a Victorian tour tonight. Limited tickets are still available for the club gigs and festivals.

If you were on the fence about whether to see these women in action, this video might help sway you. Here they perform “Winter Song” on board a Cambridge Style Punt in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens. And yes, it’s every bit as dreamy as it sounds.

Catch Deer Prudence at the following venues.

24 March 2017 – Baha, Rye (supporting Little Georgia)
25 & 26 March 2017 – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah
7 April 2017 – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave (FREE)
8 April 2017 – Bordello Wine Bar, Echuca (FREE)
21-23 April 2017 – St Albans Folk Festival, St Albans
28 April 2017 – Old Church Hill, Bendigo (supporting The Northern Folk)

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The hardworking folks at Sydney boutique PR agency and management firm Rare Finds are celebrating their Sydney club night’s second birthday next month.

Hey Geronimo and Major Leagues will head up the bill which also features Bad Pony, Mookhi, Nocturnal Tapes and heaps more.

Rare Finds is passionate about giving outstanding local talent a strong local platform, so it’s a business worth getting behind. You can show your support at the 2nd birthday show on April 29 at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst. Get your tickets for just $20 from Moshtix.

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Sea N Sound has gotten bigger and better for its second year, with an amazing line-up of local musical talent including Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel, and heaps more.

Add in some impressive local seafood and top-notch craft beer and you’ve got a great recipe for a day out. Last year 2,000 people turned out so event organisers have upgraded the space to hold 3,000. You can expect it to sell out, so don’t delay getting your tickets.

It all happens outside The Wharf Tavern in Mooloolaba on Saturday June 10. Tickets are on sale now through Moshtix.

Image used with permission from Call & Response

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Local urban artist Mike Waters has teamed up with American pop act Max Frost for an exciting new track “Drowning.”

“Drowning,” which Mike says is “about becoming completely consumed and overwhelmed by the pressure you put on yourself to succeed,” is such a catchy track. I can hear so many influences in it, yet the way it’s put together is totally unique. It’s so clever. I’ve listened to it several times this morning and I’m still hearing different things.

Mike will launch the single on April 7 at Melbourne’s Wesley Anne before joining Lewis Watson for his national tour in June.

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