Can you believe it’s been three years since Mumford & Sons treated us to their breakthrough album Sigh No More? The Brits will finally unleash their sophomore effort in September, and they’re wasting little time in bringing the music to Aussie fans.

Mumford & Sons will play 10 shows around the country in October including some often forgotten capitals and unusual regional centres. They’re also bringing some choice international acts along for the ride. American indie-folksters Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes will play all but the final Queensland shows, while fellow Yank Willy Mason will appear at all 10 gigs.

Tickets will go on sale from the usual outlets on Monday July 9, which gives us all a little time to save the cash!

Mumford and Sons13 October 2012 – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth
15 October 2012 – Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
17 October 2012 – Riverstage, Brisbane
18 October 2012 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney
23 October 2012 – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
25 October 2012 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
26 October 2012 – Royal Theatre, Canberra
28 October 2012 – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns
29 October 2012 – Convention Centre, Townsville
31 October 2012 – Convention Centre, Gold Coast

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With their debut album Foundations receiving critical acclaim and a top 30 debut, far North Queensland breakout act The Medics are taking their music on the road.

The Medics have received rave reviews for their slots at Groovin’ The Moo, Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour, and Big Day Out, and they’re sure to bring the same energy to these headliner shows.

Fans can catch The Medics playing their new single “Griffin” and plenty more at the following shows.

6 July 2012 – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney
29 July 2012 – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay
4 August 2012 – Four Walls Festival @ Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Brisbane (All Ages)
11 August 2012 – National Indigenous Music Awards @ Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin
17 August 2012 – Brothers League’s Club, Cairns (Licensed 15+)
18 August 2012 – The Uni Club, Townsville
31 August 2012 – Hotel New York, Launceston
1 September 2012 – Waratah Hotel, Hobart
6 September 2012 – The Loft, Warrnambool
7 September 2012 – Jive, Adelaide
8 September 2012 – Amplifier, Perth
12 September 2012 – Spectrum, Darlinghurst
14 September 2012 – The National, Geelong
15 September 2012 – The Toff In Town, Melbourne
27 September 2012 – Transit Bar, Canberra
28 September 2012 – The Patch, Fairy Meadow
29 September 2012 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
5 October 2012 – Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay

Fat as Butter is back with one of its most eclectic line-ups yet. Good Charlotte headline the bill along with local success stories Grinspoon and 360.

When we start scrolling down the lists things get really interesting though. We’ve got Wheatus. And if that wasn’t bizarre enough, there’ll be N-Trance. And Eiffel 65. Who knows what they’ll do once they bust out “Blue”!

It’s not all lacking about taking a trip down memory lane though. I’m particularly excited by the inclusion of Hungry Kids of Hungary, Urthboy, Hunting Grounds, and Yellowcard.

It all happens on Newcastle Foreshore on September 22. Tickets are on sale from June 28.

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Ordinarily when I write about the ARIA Charts the local successes are all about the albums. We tend to produce quality product, but the downloading public flocks to the international smash songs that saturate the airwaves. But the tide has turned this week, and it’s all thanks to The Voice.

After her big win, I expected we might find Karise Eden’s name cropping up, but I didn’t expect she’d claim four of the top five spots. Her cover of “Stay With Me Baby” came out on top, but her version of “Hallelujah” showed it had real staying power, maintaining its number two possie.

Even more startling about this week’s chart is that the remaining top five position was nabbed by her Voice comrade Sarah De Bono. Darren Percival also made his mark, with his outstanding original “Damage Down” sitting at number eight.

These results really show the power of this program. We’ve seen reality shows encouraging us to download the live performances before, but by making this action part of the voting process it actually compelled us to do it.

Justin Bieber predictably rocketed to the top of the album charts with his newie Believe, but Keith Urban did a great job to clinch the number two spot. His greatest hits album The Story So Far jumped from number four, and should hold steady with his national tour approaching. That’s seen Missy Higgins slip to number three with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.

Click below to see this week’s top tens.

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With their new single “Flaws” enjoying plenty of radio love, Hunting Grounds figure the time is right to take their life show to the people. The Victorian indie rock act will play a string of gigs this August for what will be their first headline tour in more than two years.

The tour will celebrate the release of the single and Hunting Grounds’ new album In Hindsight, which hits stores on July 6. The album is already generating some major buzz. If you believe Hunting Grounds’ Facebook page (and you probably shouldn’t), even Oprah Winfrey’s a fan!

If you are too you can see Hunting Grounds at the following venues in August.

3 August 2012 – Elsewhere Bar, Gold Coast
4 August 2012 – X and Y Bar, Brisbane
5 August 2012 – The Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay (Free)
8 August 2012 – Plantation, Coffs Harbour (Free)
9 August 2012 – Yours and Owls, Wollongong
10 August 2012 – Good God Small Club, Sydney
11 August 2012 – Transit Bar, Canberra
16 August 2012 – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury (Free)
17 August 2012 – Amplifier, Perth
18 August 2012 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
24 August 2012 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
25 August 2012 – The Toff in Town, Melbourne

Sophie Koh wowed me with her most recent single “I Understand,” so I’m thrilled to see its album and accompanying tour aren’t too far away.

Oh My Garden, Sophie’s third record, will hit stores on July 6. It saw Sophie stepping away from her guitar and exploring new musical terrain through recording sessions with Brad Wood and Ben Lee in Los Angeles. The singles “Lo-Fi” and “I Understand” have been so strong that I expect big things from this release.

Sophie will celebrate Oh My Garden’s birth by playing some of her favourite venues over the next few months.

13 July 2012 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
21 July 2012 – WheatSheaf Hotel, Adelaide
2 August 2012 – FBi Social, Sydney
12 August 2012 – Powerhouse, Brisbane
8 September 2012 – Alice Springs Festival, Alice Springs

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Sydney folk-pop duo The Rescue Ships have well and truly charmed me with their new single “City Life.”

The track speaks of the ironic isolation so many city dwellers feel. They’re surrounded by crowds, yet they’re still searching for real connection. Despite the dark subject matter the song is a so catchy and sweet that you can’t help but smile in spite of it!

“City Life” comes from The Rescue Ships forthcoming debut album, which they’re currently recording with friends in their Newtown studio. They’ll treat fans to the single and other new tunes at the following “City Life” launch shows:

5 July 2012 – Beavs Bar, Geelong (Free)
6 July 2012 – The Grace Darling, Collingwood
13 July 2012 – The Red Rattler, Marrickville
18 July 2012 – The Lass O’Gowrie, Wickham
20 July 2012 – 5 Church Street, Bellingen
26 July 2012 – The Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
3 August 2012 – The Front Bar, Lyneham
11 August 2012 – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba

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I love getting in to bands on the ground floor. Of course it’s great to hear music that’s had the spit and polish of the music industry, but there’s nothing like the exhilaration of discovering a diamond in the rough. So when Melbourne band Honey Badgers sent me their new single “Fifteen,” I could look past its rawness and see something pretty special.

The production values are pretty low. It sounds like it was recorded in someone’s garage on a tape deck. But there’s an infectious energy that cuts through all that. The Honey Badgers just played their first show, and if they can inject a set with the same spirit I hear on the recording it’s not likely to be their last.

Look out for the Honey Badgers in your local gig guide; they might just be the next big thing.

With a name like Fun Machine, I knew the Canberra trio behind the new single “Ready for the Fight” would serve up good vibes. But I wasn’t quite prepared for how much I’d love the song.

This cheerful ditty is the perfect remedy for the winter blues. It’s got delicious harmonies and the sort of sparse instrumentation that really allows the song to sing. I love a band that understands that often less is more. The resourceful act created beats using car hubcaps and metal handles, and laid down the piano track after sneaking their recording equipment into their local university’s concert hall! “Ready for the Fight” has pop leanings, but it’s much more unique than anything they’re playing on commercial radio.

Fun Machine will spread some sunshine along the East Coast this winter at the following shows:

29 June 2012 –Burdekin Bar, Darlinghurst (Free)
6 July 2012 –The Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra
7 July 2012 – SYDNEY: De Ja Vu, Marrickville (Free)
13 July 2012 – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle (Free)
14 July 2012 – Good Jelly, Wollongong
20 July 2012 – Bar Open, Melbourne (Free)

Dubmarine have served up a really special music video to accompany their new single “Point the Bone.” The Brisbane dance act’s new clip features some clever stop-motion animation and an epic battle between robot and octopus!

I’ve got no idea what the imagery has to do with the song, but it matters not. It calls to mind those old Japanese monster movies, but it’s got much more colour. It also took animator Debbie Steer some 200 hours to put together, so I think it serves to attract a few eyeballs.

And before you tell me it’s not an octopus because it has just five legs, I know. The artistic decision is actually a nod to the work of Ray Harryhausen, who created a six-tentacled octopus for the 50s movie It Came From Beneath the Sea, just to save time!

“Point the Bone” is the second track lifted from Dubmarine’s debut album Depth of Sound. They’re currently in the studio working on its follow-up, so watch this space for details on that!