The Good Ship wowed me with the unique pirate rock of their debut album Avast! Wretched Sea. Now two years later they’re back with a brand new batch of music.

“Seven Seas” is the first single to come from the Brisbane’s band’s second album, which will finally hit stores in the middle of the year. It gets inside the head of a sea loving man serving time for murder and craving his beloved ocean.

To make amends for the extended delay in The Good Ship goodness, the band’s giving away the single, and a cover of Ween’s “Object,” through their website. And they’re also hitting the East Coast for a long awaited tour. Here are all the places you can catch them singing their modern sea shanties in the coming months.

13 April 2012 – The Vanguard, Sydney
14 April 2012 – The Grace Darling, Melbourne
20 April 2012 – Beetle Bar, Brisbane
28 April 2012 – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
3 May 2012 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore

Image source: The Good Ship Bandcamp page

Following acclaimed sets at Woodford Folk, Big Day Out, Laneways, and other leading festivals, Brisbane based rock act The Medics have announced a string of headlining shows.

The band will play major capitals next month to support the release of “Joshua,” a highlight of their live sets and the second cut from their forthcoming debut album. Triple J has earmarked The Medics as one of the acts to watch this year. See why at the following shows.

5 April 2012 – Hot Cross Buns @ Amplifier Bar, Perth
13 April 2012 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
14 April 2012 – Plus One @ Ed Castle, Adelaide
20 April 2012 – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
21 April 2012 – The Zoo, Brisbane

N’Fa Jones has blown my mind with the video for his new single “March On.”

The clip sees the former 1200 Techniques frontman singing along some cute little cartoon critters. The Grizzly Brothers worked on the clip which was shot live using stop-motion animation techniques. There’s right, there was no post-production to clean it up. Impressive stuff indeed!

The cool clip is just what N’Fa needs to promote his new EP Babylon, which hits music stores everywhere on April 6. To celebrate its release N’Fa will play the following launch shows around the country. Tickets are on sale from Moshtix now.

30 March 2012 – The Manor, Leederville (with DJ Charlie Bucket)
12 April 2012 – The Factory Floor, Marrickville (with Tom Showtime)
13 April 2012 – The Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle (with Tom Showtime)
19 April 2012 – The Grace Darling, Collingwood (with Remi Kolawole & Tom Showtime)

The Perch Creek Family Jugband takes us back to a simpler time with their latest album Tall Tales.

Against a modern music landscape their unusual sound is a real revelation. It borrows elements of country, jazz, folk, and blues and blends them together in an exciting cacophony of sound. The instrumentation is lush and organic, with a harmonica, fiddles, piano, banjo, mandolin, and even the saw and xylophone working together in unexpected harmony.

The instruments give The Perch Creek Family Jugband’s music a great old-timey base, but the vocals and quirky lyrics provide a little modern flair. I love the way the family shares around the vocal duties. All the voices are so capable, and their various tones give the songs unique flavours. The individual vocals are strong, but when they combine on numbers like “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “Goodnight Irene” the harmonies are sublime.

At 15 tracks Tall Tales is a fairly lengthy album, but the variety of the songs ensures it never drags. Despite their wild differences there’s not a bad one amongst them. The upbeat singalong qualities of “The Good Old Mountain Dew” put a particularly wide smile on my face, and who could resist their stellar rendition of Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher”? The gentle strains of the final song “Matilda’s Lullaby” puts the album to bed nicely.

Tall Tales is 15 tracks of fabulous fun. The Perch Creek Family Jugband are taking the musical path less travelled, but when they produce an album of such quality it’s hard to argue with their unique approach.

The Jezabels are getting us all excited for their upcoming Australian shows with the release of a gorgeous new music video for their latest single “Rosebud.”

The atmospheric clip is the perfect accompaniment for this gorgeous new song, which comes from the band’s breakthrough debut album Prisoner. The LP is set to sell a few more copies as it’s just been released on old school vinyl. “Rosebud” will also be released as a 7-inch vinyl single for the upcoming Record Store Day. What a great way to mark the occasion which celebrates physical music!

As a reminder, here are all the places you can catch The Jezabels when they return home.

1 June 2012 – Festival Hall, Melbourne (all ages)
2 June 2012 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (all ages)
5 June 2012 – Metro City, Perth (18+)
7 June 2012 – Convention Centre, Brisbane (all ages)
9 June 2012 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (all ages)

Dawes are releasing a special tour edition of their latest album Nothing is Wrong to coincide with their upcoming Australian shows.

The Californian band are clearly excited about their first Australian appearances, which include supporting duties for My Morning Jacket and Justin Townes Earle and slots at the East Coast Blues and Roots and Boogie festivals.

The tour edition is a great introduction for newcomers to the band, as it comes packaged with their debut album North Hills. Look for the special limited edition version of Nothing is Wrong in stores tomorrow, and catch Dawes at the following shows.

3 April 2012 – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney (with My Morning Jacket)
4 April 2012 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne (with My Morning Jacket)
5 April 2012 – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan (with Justin Townes Earle)
6 April 2012 – Boogie, Tallarook
7 & 9 April 2012 – East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Byron Bay
11 April 2012 – Toff in Town, Melbourne

Image used with permission from Warner Music Australia

With their debut album Young Man Old Man hitting stores today, the time is right for Canberra’s Hoodlum Shouts to hit the road.

The moniker makes them sound like troublemakers, but the heavy guitars are about as offensive as it gets. The lads love a hook laden melody, which they weave into the kind of songs you can raise your glass to.

Tickets for all shows are available at the venues on the night, so if you find yourself without plans make sure you check out this up and coming young act.

18 April 2012 – The Old Bar, Melbourne (18+)
19 April 2012 – Transit Bar, Canberra (18+)
20 April 2012 – Blackwire Records, Sydney (All Ages)
21 April 2012 – Baldfaced Stag, Sydney (18+)
3 May 2012 – X&Y, Brisbane (18+)
4 May 2012 – Between the Walls, Brisbane (All Ages)
5 May 2012 – The Gasometer, Melbourne (18+)

Image used with permission from Deathproof PR

The nostalgia tours just keep on coming. Reef are the latest act to dust off the cobwebs and announce an Aussie tour.

If the name doesn’t sound familiar then cast your mind back to 1997 when a little song called “Place Your Hands” zoomed up the charts. Frankly they didn’t make much of an impact other than that monster track, but that’s probably enough to see them fill the intimate venues they’ll play this June.

It seems a bit strange for a band like Reef to tour Oz, but apparently they’ve just released a box set which brings all their albums (nine in all!) and a DVD together in one neat package. Any excuse for an Aussie excursion, right?

Reef ’93-’03 Ultimate Collectors Box Set hit stores today. Reef will play the following local shows this June. Tickets are on sale from the venues now.

1 June 2012 – Metropolis, Fremantle
7 June 2012 – The HiFi, Brisbane
8 June 2012 – Billboard, Melbourne
9 June 2012 – The Metro, Sydney

Image used with permission from Two Fish Out of Water

Stonefield bowled me over in 2010 when they released their debut single “Into the Clover.” They were wee young things, but I saw such promise in their gutsy classic brand of rock. Since that time they’ve gone from strength to strength, playing Glastonbury and supporting some of the biggest acts in the country. I caught up with the band’s bassist Holly Findlay to talk about their brand new single, time in the studio, and what comes next.

You’re all so young, but your music has such a classic sound. What did you listen to when you were growing up?
We grew up listening to our Mum and Dad’s music. Everything from Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Doors to Cat Stevens and Fleetwood Mac.

I’m one of three girls, and I can’t imagine working with my sisters. How does it work for you guys being in a band together?
Being in a band with your sisters has its advantages and disadvantages. For us it’s more of an advantage because we get along really well most of the time. We do have our little tiffs but we get over it pretty easy.  We really connect with each other and help out each other with ideas.

You grew up in a country town in Victoria called Darraweit Guim, which is so small many people probably haven’t heard of it. What was that like?
It was fun growing up in a small town but it definitely got boring sometimes and that’s when we turned to playing music!

You’ve had some amazing opportunities like playing Glastonbury. What was it like to play such an iconic festival so far from home?
The experience of going over to the UK and playing Glastonbury was so surreal. It was such a great experience. It was our first overseas show let alone the biggest show we have ever played.

And you also toured the country with Cold Chisel. What did you learn from travelling with such seasoned musicians?
It was an outdoor concert that had a festival vibe. All the shows were in regional areas at wineries, which was certainly different but it was great fun and it was a real privilege to play with such an iconic Australian band.

You’re just about to release your new single “Bad Reality.” Why did you choose to unleash that song?
It’s a straight out rock song and gets straight to the point. That’s what we like about it.

The single comes from your new EP, which will hit stores in a couple of weeks. What can you tell us about it?
We recorded the EP with Lindsay Gravina who has recorded with a lot of amazing Australian artists. We are really happy with the results and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

After spending so much time on the road in the last year. What’s it been like to hibernate away in the studio?
We didn’t really hibernate in the studio; we sort of recorded in blocks because we had gigs in-between. We intend to do that with the album as well so Sarah and I don’t miss out on a lot of school and it takes off the pressure of being in the studio for such a long period of time in one big block.

Two years have passed between the release of your debut EP and this one. How have you grown as a band during that time?
We think our song writing has improved and has matured. We have experienced a lot more in the music industry in the past couple of years and it has really pushed us to improve.

Do you have anything else in the pipeline?
We’re currently writing and demoing for the album. We’re playing at Triple J’s One Night Stand as well so we’re really excited about that!

Catch Stonefield on their Bad Reality tour at the following venues.

19 April 2012 – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
20 April 2012 – The Zoo, Brisbane
21 April 2012 – Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra
22 April 2012 – The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
24 & 25 April 2012 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
26 April 2012 – The Patch, Wollongong
27 April 2012 – The Standard, Surry Hills
28 April 2012 – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Image used with permission from Shiny Entertainment

Things are on the up for Jacob Butler. Fresh from the release of his new single “Come My Way,” the X Factor and Australian Idol graduate has inked a record deal with South Africa’s The David Gresham Company, the same independent label that takes care of The Temper Trap, Placebo, Nickelback, and Bush.

The deal will expose Jacob’s work to music lovers in South Africa and its territories, including Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. “Come My Way” will hit the nation’s radio waves in the coming weeks.

“Come My Way” has also just hit radio after Munich based promoter Robert Larasser became interested in the track.

The “Come My Way” video has been viewed more than 125, 000 since its release two months ago, and it sounds like it’ll have plenty more hits in the months to come!