Adelaide indie folk act Traveller & Fortune made my ears prick up from the opening notes of their new single “Letter to Japan.” With winter temperatures still hanging around, this sweet song made me feel all warm and cozy. I love the lush organic instrumentation and lead singer Tom’s effortless, easy vocals. Has it charmed you?
Husky are riding high on the international acclaim for their album Forever So. They’re enjoying their status as the first Aussies signed up to Seattle’s prestigious Sub Pop label. That opportunity’s seen them book shows in America, the United Kingdom, and across Europe.
But they’re just about ready to return home.
Of course those international dates are really just a warm-up for the local shows celebrating the release of the single “Tidal Wave.” They’ll play some headlining dates and join Mumford and Sons, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, and other big names at the sold-out Gentlemen of the Road show in Dungog.
Welcome Husky home at the following shows.
11 October 2012 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
12 October 2012 – The Republic Bar, Hobart
14 October 2012 – Uni Bar, Adelaide
18 October 2012 – Old Museum, Brisbane
20 October 2012 – Gentlemen of the Road
21 October 2012 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Image used with permission from Riot House Publicity
Kylie Auldist first came to my attention as the sassy frontwoman of funk act The Bamboos. But apparently when she’s not strutting her stuff with the band, she makes her own solo music. Today she releases the single “Counting on You,” our first taste of her third album Still Life.
Due to drop on October 15, Still Life promises to be the album that sees Kylie truly make her mark as a solo album. It was co-written with her Bamboos bandmate Lance Ferguson, who helped her plum universally timeless themes like love and loss.
“Counting on You” is available now ahead of Still Life’s release.
Local indie pop act Voltaire Twins are known for pushing the envelope with their music videos. Their clip for “Anamalia” well and truly freaked me out last August, and now around a year later they’re making waves again with the video for their new single “Solaris.”
This isn’t the clip to go playing at work, or around your uptight parents. It’s full of artsy nudity, and that saw it yanked from YouTube after just six hours. Thankfully Vimeo’s down with exposing pink bits for the sake of your craft.
No doubt all the buzz around the clip will attract more people to Voltaire Twins third EP Apollo, and the national tour they’ve announced to celebrate its release. You can see the Voltaire Twins, who will likely be fully clothed, at the following shows.
8 September 2012 – Plus One @ Ed Castle, Adelaide
13 September 2012 – Big Sound @ Bakery Lane, Brisbane
14 September 2012 – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
15 September 2012 – Kittens @ Spectrum, Sydney
Dan Sultan will headline a series of shows in November to highlight the need for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution.
Rock for Recognition will touch down in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Fremantle. At each show he’ll be joined by other indigenous acts. Yabu Band, Leah Flanagan, and Ken Eavel have been announced so far, but more artists are expected to join the events as the concert gains momentum.
As a proud Gurindji man, Dan Sultan promises to raise the roof at these shows. Changing the constitution is likely to prove much harder, as any amendments require a successful referendum, but these awareness raising concerts are a step in the right direction.
Learn more about constitutional change and see Dan Sultan Rock for Recognition at the following shows. Pre-booked tickets cost $30, or you can pay $35 at the door.
8 November 2012 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (Dan Sultan, Leah Flanagan, and DJ Ken Eavel)
9 November 2012 – The Factory Theatre, Sydney (Dan Sultan and Leah Flanagan)
10 November 2012 – Bakery Artrage, Perth (Dan Sultan, Leah Flanagan and Yabu Band)
11 November 2012 – Fly By Night, Fremantle (Dan Sultan and Leah Flanagan)
With The Oyster Murders’ debut album Winter of the Electric Sun hitting record stores tomorrow, it feels like the right time to bring you the beautiful clip from the current single “It Might Be Real.”
British filmmaker Anna Humphries has created a whimsical stop motion sand animation to accompany the dreamy single. The fairytale like imagery is perfect for a band inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This is one of the most gorgeous music videos I’ve seen in some time. What do you think of it?
Evermore have been out of the spotlight for the last three years, but they’re promising to remind us why we loved them so much with the release of their fourth studio album Follow The Sun on October 12.
It’s not like the band has been sitting idly during that break. They toured the world with Pink, and circled it again to collect inspiration for this recording. Then then built a full-service studio on their farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, and set about writing, recording, and producing an array of musical projects. Follow The Sun was amongst them.
The album’s already been heralded as the band’s best, and while those comments might be a bit premature the title track does sound promising. You can make up your own mind when Evermore give fans a sneak peek of the album at some intimate shows next month. If you miss out on those tickets, you can grab Follow the Sun when it hits stores on October 12.
13 September 2012 – Amplifier, Perth
14 September 2012 – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
19 September 2012 – The Zoo, Brisbane
20 September 2012 – The Standard, Sydney
27 September 2012 – The Toff, Melbourne
Image used with permission from Revolutions Per Minute
They come from different sides of the planet, but a shared love of jazz will see Aussie blues guitarist Ray Beadle and Canadian chanteuse Jill Barber staring a stage this October and November. The artists will showcase their jazz chops and some of the genre’s most beloved classics on their Come Out Swinging tour.
Ray Beadle and his band The Hightones will pay tribute to the bluesy jazz stylings of America’s west coast. Think Hollywood Fats, Junior Watson, Kim Ramos, and Lynwood Slim. Jill Barber’s long been inspired by artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, so don’t be surprised to hear songs from these great dames, as well as tunes from her own recent release Mischievous Moon.
Tickets are on sale now for the following shows.
18 October 2012 – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane
19 October 2012 – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast
20 October 2012 – Burleigh Underground Drummers, Gold Coast
24 October 2012 – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
25 October 2012 – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla
26 October 2012 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
27 & 28 October 2012 – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
31 October 2012 – The Basement, Sydney
1 November 2012 – The Abbey, Canberra
2 November 2012 – Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne
Adelaide pop trio At Sunset hope to steal a few fans away from One Direction with their debut single “This is Who I Am.”
Even if you find all their positivity and perfect pop chords a bit cloying, it’s hard to be unimpressed by their marketing skills. Brothers Harrison and Andrew and their best mate Jae have amassed an army of fans, known as the Sunsetters, without the backing of a major record label or any television appearances. They’ve got more than 11, 000 subscribers to their YouTube channel and thousands of Facebook and Twitter friends.
“This Is Who I Am” has just hit radio and iTunes in the last week. Expect this one to be big, whether you want it to or not. Resistance is futile!
Any band that takes inspiration from the works of existential author Albert Camus has enough to get me interested. The Invincible Summer takes its name from Camus’ quote “in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me … an Invincible Summer.”
The Sydney band seems to have taken the philosophy to heart, as their debut single “Runaway” delivers a healthy dose of optimism and warm weather vibes. The track comes from The Invincible Summer’s self-titled debut album, a real labour of love recorded in Sydney’s iconic Studios 301 over eighteen months.
“Runaway” is available on iTunes now. If you love it make sure you look out for The Invincible Summer’s debut album in stores in the first half of 2013.
Image used with permission from Two Fish Out of Water
Lauren Katulka cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her life. Raised on an eclectic diet of Van Morrison, The Eagles, Cold Chisel, and Barbra Streisand, she remembers saving all her pocket money for weeks so she could buy cassettes featuring her favourite singers. At the tender age of 11 she saw her first live concert when Jimmy Barnes took his Soul Deep tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre. There was no looking back.
Today Lauren is a happily married freelance writer living on the New South Wales Central Coast. When she's not obsessing about the latest band, or some old favourite, she loves to roller-skate, experiment with new recipes, watch indie films, and cuddle her Devon Rex cat Gizmo. She's also a writer for Hipmunk, currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.