Sydney singer-songwriter Edward Deer is giving us our first taste of his debut album About Monsters with the new single “Washed Ashore.”

This is a really gentle piece of music that builds beautifully. It doesn’t scream loudly or have the sort of hooks that pull you in, but somehow it managed to get underneath my skin.

If you love it, just remember there’s more to come. Edward Deer’s album About Monsters will hit stores in September.

With his debut solo album Broken Brights sitting pretty in the charts and a sold-out European tour under his belt, the time seems right for Angus Stone to take his solo music on the road.

“For the people that have listened to Julia and I play for so long, I’m looking forward to handing it over to them so that they can create their own worlds and experiences with the writings,” Angus said. “To play live as my own in front of those people, it’s going to be a different trail of gravel and gold, but none the less very exciting.”

Tickets are available now for the following shows.

1 November 2012 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
2 November 2012 – Level One @ Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle
3 November 2012 – Waves, Wollongong
7 November 2012 – Great Northern, Byron Bay
9 November 2012 – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
10 November 2012 – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
11 November 2012 – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast
17 November 2012 – Perth WA (Details TBA)
21 November 2012 – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
23 November 2012 – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully
24 November 2012 – Pier Live, Frankston
28 November 2012 – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide

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Smash Mouth haven’t had a hit on the Aussie charts since their cover of “I’m a Believer” in 2001, but they’ve decided to mount a comeback with a brand new album and an Australian tour.

The band’s lead singer Steve Harwell is confident we’ll love the material from the brand new album MAGIC just as much as the old stuff.

“We’ve got so many hits on this new record it’s ridiculous,” he insisted. However something tells me most people will buy tickets to these shows to hear tracks like “All-Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun.”

Tickets went on sale today for these somewhat unexpected shows!

18 October 2012 – Waves, Wollongong (18+)
19 October 2012 –Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney (18+)
21st October 2012 –Jupiter’s, Gold Coast (18+)
25th October 2012 – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
26th October 2012 – UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)
27th October 2012 – Metropolis, Fremantle (18+)
28th October 2012 – Metropolis, Fremantle (Under 18s Afternoon Show)
31 October 2012 – The Venue, Townsville
1 November 2012 – Mackay Entertainment Convention Center, Mackay

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Karise Eden’s album My Journey doesn’t seem ready to vacate the top spot on the ARIA charts any time soon. It’s again at number one, and with a tour looming I predict it’ll stay put for a while.

Her fellow Voice finalist Darren Percival showed he’s got staying power, with his album Happy Home retaining its number three possie. The other Voice finalists have slipped quietly out of the top ten, so it’s exciting to see the final two holding their ground.

While we don’t see the same glut of local talent in the albums charts this week, Angus Stone’s still doing great things with Broken Brights which sits at number four. Missy HigginsThe Ol’ Razzle Dazzle has risen to number six, while Keith Urban’s still hanging around with The Story So Far at number ten.

Justice Crew have jumped several places this week to land at number two on the singles charts with “Boom Boom.” Can they topple fun. next week?

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Nathan Cavaleri is all grown up and fronting a brand new band Nat Col & The Kings. The guitar prodigy’s latest outfit is introducing us to their sound with a wicked new single “Coming Home” and a national tour to support its release.

We haven’t heard a lot from Nathan in recent years. He actually gave up the guitar for a while and worked as a brickie’s labourer until Steve Morse gave him a call in 2010 and encouraged him to join Deep Purple on their Aussie tour. No one’s going to say no to that sort of invitation! The tour reignited Nathan’s love of music, and after a chance meeting with former Screaming Jets drummer Col Hatchman the brand new outfit was formed.

Nat Col & The Kings marks the start of a new chapter of both artists’ journeys. So far the band has played slots at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, the Indy V8 Supercars, and the Caxton Street Music Festival. They released a couple of EPs, and have another in the pipeline. The new single “Coming Home” is our first taste of this forthcoming release. If you like what you hear, make sure you head to one of the following shows:

16 August 2012 – Port Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie (Free)
17 August 2012 – Tempo Hotel, Brisbane
18 August 2012 – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich
19 August August 2012 – Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield
30 August 2012 – The Evelyn, Fitzroy
31 August 2012 – Ruby’s, Belgrave
1 September 2012 – Bended Elbow, Geelong
7 September 2012 – The Vanguard, Sydney
8 September 2012 – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor (Free)
14 September 2012 – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland (Free)
15 September 2012 – The Heritage, Bulli

Boy in a Box and Kingswood will rock their way around the country next month on one big double headliner tour. The Split Ends shows will see the emerging bands facing it off in a musical battle for the ages.

Boy in a Box are real contenders, with a new EP under their belt and a lot of love for their catchy new single “On My Mind.” They’ve also honed their live act with support slots for Birds of Tokyo and Calling All Cars, as well as a slot at Falls.

But Kingswood will be just as eager to win the hearts of the punters. They’ve just played Splendour and enjoyed plenty of airplay for the singles “Yeah Go Die” and “Medusa.”

See Boy in a Box and Kingswood duke it out at the following shows.

23 August 2012 – Goodgod, Sydney
24 August 2012 – Northern Star, Newcastle
6 September 2012 – Ed Castle, Adelaide
7 September 2012 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
12 & 14 September 2012 – BIGSOUND Brisbane

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Roland K Smith & The Sinners are launching their long awaited album Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls with a five-week residency at Newtown’s hallowed Sandringham Hotel.

The album documents a tumultuous 18 months in the band’s history. Loved ones were lost, relationships broke down, and much wisdom was gained along the way. The universal themes are set to an intriguing soundtrack of rock and roll, bluegrass, and punk.

Roland K Smith & The Sinners will play The Sandringham Hotel every Wednesday in August, culminating with a special acoustic show on the 29th. Tickets cost just $10 for a night’s entertainment, which should leave plenty of loose change for a few schooners.

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Melbourne quintet Minibikes have put a big smile on my face with “Oh Japan,” the second track lifted from their forthcoming debut album For Woods or Trails.

I’m hearing a little Elvis Costello in this quirky pop gem, which can only be a good thing. The single should tide fans over until that album drops on September 14. Has it give your Friday a lift?

Melbourne singer-songwriter Dune is making a big impression with her debut single “Shoestring.”

Or at least, this is Dune’s first release as Dune. If she sounds seasoned, it’s because she is. Underneath all those bandages it’s the artist formerly known as Jade McRae. Remember her pop music fans?

Jade’s reinvention is about more than just a new name. “Shoestring” is a world away from the mainstream R’n’B I remember her for. It’s got a catchy pop sound, but it’s paired with some compelling tribal beats. She hasn’t relied on outside knowhow to make the song either; the whole thing’s entirely self produced.

Something tells me Dune’s going to be one of those artists we just can’t ignore. Get in on the ground up when she launches the single at two very special launch shows. She’ll play for her hometown at The Workers Club on August 30 before heading to Sydney’s Upstairs Beresford Hotel the following night.

Melbourne songstress Maxi’s giving us a taste of her musical skills with the soulful sounds of “In a Little While” her debut single and the first track lifted from her self-titled EP.

Maxi’s shaken off her musical theatre background to reveal a sound that’s incredibly sultry and sensuous. The song settles into an easy groove and doesn’t let go. It sounds more seasoned than any debut probably should, but Maxi’s no musical newcomer. While this is her first solo endeavour she’s been laying down backing vocals and collaborating with local DJs and musos for some time. She’s even played Good Vibrations and Parklife. Surely she’s due her time in the sun!

We’ll no doubt hear more of Maxi when her EP drops this September.

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