One of this country’s finest blues singers, Jeff Lang, is ready to unleash a brand new album and he’s going to tour the country to celebrate it. Alone in Bad Company drops on February 24, roughly a month before this extensive tour kicks off.
This video for the lead single “Burnside” gives you a good indication of what you’re in for on this album and the tour. It really shows off his unparalleled guitar prowess and the album’s very organic, rootsy sound.
Tickets are on sale now for the following shows. There’s so many, there’s bound to be one near you!
17 March 2017 – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong
18 March 2017 – Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick
24 March 2017 – Golden Vine, Bendigo
25 March 2017 – Suttons, Ballarat
31 March 2017 – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
1 April 2017 – Lefties, Whyalla
6 April 2017 – Royal Oak, Launceston
7 April 2017 – Republic Bar, Hobart
15 & 17 April 2017 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay
5 May 2017 – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi
6 May 2017 – Music By The Sea, Sandgate
11 May 2017 – The Oxley, Cowra
12 May 2017 – The Agrestic, Orange
13 May 2017 – The Gearin, Katoomba
18 May 2017 – Lizottes, Newcastle
19 May 2017 – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay
20 May 2017 – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope
21 May 2017 – 5 Church St, Bellingen
26 May 2017 – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral
27 May 2017 – The Basement, Sydney
28 May 2017 – Thirroul Village Hall, Thirroul
9 June 2017 – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood
10 June 2017 – Fly By Night, Fremantle
16 June 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra
17 June 2017 – Murrah Hall, Murrah
After touring the country with Kingswood this month, My Echo are ready to do it all again as the headliners. The Melbourne rockers will hit the road later this month to support the release of their long awaited debut album Brothers, which drops on March 3. It features the raucous new single “Meet You There.”
The name Brothers resonates with this band of surrogate siblings who showed their mateship when they rallied around lead singer Brenton Perry during a critical illness.
“We banded together and put everything with music on hold and focused our energy to supporting Brenton and letting him deal with his illness,” explained drummer Henry Hollingsworth. “I’m relieved beyond belief to say that he got back to full health.’”
The album is a tribute to My Echo’s bond and resilience. See them in all their glory at the following venues.
24 Feb 2017 – Ed Castle, Adelaide
3 March 2017 – Yah Yahs, Melbourne
4 March 2017 – Workers Club, Geelong
11 & 12 March 2017 – Sydney Tattoo Expo, Sydney
16 March 2017 – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
17 March 2017 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
18 March 2017 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
23 March 2017 – Trainspotters @ Woolly Mammoth Front Bar, Brisbane
24 March 2017 – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast
I’m thrilled to see Kasey Chambers’ excellent new album Dragonfly sitting at the top of the ARIA charts this week. Dragonfly is the first Aussie album to score the coveted number one possie and Kasey’s fifth number one album, after Barricades & Brickwalls (#1 in February ’02), Wayward Angel (#1 June ’04), Carnival (#1 June ’04) and her collaboration with Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones (#1 April ’08).
The influence of the Tamworth Country Music Festival has no doubt influenced this week’s charts, with Kasey keeping company in the top 10 with some other notable Aussie country acts. The McClymonts are at number six with Endless, while the perennially popular Ripcord by Keith Urban is at number 10.
Our dance acts are dominating over on the singles charts. “Chameleon” by Pnau sits at number 7 while Starley rounds out the top 10 with “Call On Me – Ryan Riback Remix.”
Top 10 Albums
1. Dragonfly – Kasey Chambers
2. Trolls – Soundtrack
3. Sing – Soundtrack
4. Moana – Soundtrack
5. 25 – Adele
6. Endless – The McClymonts
7. I See You – The XX
8. La La Land – Soundtrack
9. Blue and Lonesome – The Rolling Stones
10. Ripcord – Keith Urban
Top 10 Singles
1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
2. “Castle on the Hill” – Ed Sheeran
3. “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie
4. “Paris” – The Chainsmokers
5. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” – Zayn and Taylor Swift
6. “Fresh Eyes” – Andy Grammer
7. “Chameleon” – Pnau
8. “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
9. “Starboy” – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
10. “Call On Me – Ryan Riback Remix” – Starley
It’s taken British rock band Thunder 27 years to make a trip Down Under. The band has released 20 Top 50 singles in their native UK, but this isn’t just a nostalgia tour. The band has a brand new single called “Rip It Up” and a new album with the same name set to drop on February 10.
You can expect Thunder to make it up to those Aussie fans who’ve been waiting since the late 80s for this tour. Tickets are on sale now.
7 March 2017 – Factory, Sydney
8 March 2017 – The Corner, Melbourne
10 March 2017 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
11 March 2017 – Capitol, Perth
Deer Prudence proves it can do no wrong with the release of a brand new single “Judgement Call.” The follow-up to “Sam’s Lament,” this is another sublime slice of country-folk with a message that resonates.
“Inspired by the happenings in the world around us, ‘Judgement Call’ is a song singing of our disappointment in the justice system and politics; an ode to all the embittered businessmen out there who’ve lost touch with the rest of us,” the Melbourne duo explained in a press release.
“Judgement Call” comes from Deer Prudence’s self-titled EP, which will drop on February 17. The band will launch the EP with two Victorian shows.
19 February 2017 – Goldmines, Bendigo (FREE)
25 February 2017 – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
In honour of the band’s 40-year anniversary, a brand new box set called Icehouse – The Complete Collection, drops on February 17. The 10-album set features every Icehouse album ever release, from Flowers to Icehouse – In Concert. You can get a digital copy but any real fan is going to want the digipack CDs in the deluxe slipcase. You can pre-order them now from the Icehouse online store.
In addition, Flowers will be reissued on vinyl for the first time since its 1980 release. This landmark debut features amazing tracks like “Can’t Help Myself,” “We Can Get Together,” and “Walls.” It’s pressed on 180-gram vinyl and replicates the original layout and uncoated sleeve of the original. It’s also available for pre-order.
If you prefer streaming, you’re in lucky. Icehouse have now released their entire back catalogue to leading streaming services.
And if that’s not enough Icehouse news for you, remember the band is currently on tour! If you haven’t already organised tickets, make sure you snap some up.
28 January 2017 – Taupo Amphitheatre, Taupo
29 January 2017 – Whitianga Open Air Venue, Whitianga
1 & 2 February 2017 – Crown Theatre, Perth
9 February 2017 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
11 February 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Old Mount Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier
18 February 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Country Club, Launceston
24 February 2017 – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
25 February 2017- Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth
11 March 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Mackay Park, Bateman’s Bay
12 March 2017 – A Weekend in the Gardens, Melbourne (with James Reyne and Clare Bowditch)
17 & 18 March 2017 – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
25 March 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Roche Estate, Hunter Valley
1 April 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Harrigan’s Drift Inn, Jacob’s Well
22 April 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Bendigo Jockey Club, Bendigo
23 & 24 June 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Image used with permission from Ferris Davies PRM
Image used with permission from Ferris Dav
I can’t remember people raving about a musician’s autobiography as much as they have for Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy. My dad got a copy for Christmas and he’s barely put it down. It sold more copies in 2016 than any other adult book in the country.
The response to Jimmy’s upcoming Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs shows, where he promises to share tales of the past and some amazing tunes, has been phenomenal. So he’s just announced some new concerts to meet the demand. Regional fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
There’s a presale at 2 pm today through Frontier Music. If you miss out on that, there’s a Ticketek presale from 2 pm on Monday 30 January ahead of the general sale from 2 pm on Tuesday January 31.
14 March 2017 – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay
15 & 16 March 2017 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
18 March 2017 – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
23 March 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
24 March 2017 – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
25 March 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
7 April 2017 – Geelong Performance Arts Centre Playhouse, Geelong
8 April 2017 – Regent Theatre, Melbourne
When Sydney soul singer Josue released his first EP Bad News in 2015, I thought he was the second coming of Tevin Campbell. I loved his voice and the way he was making music that took me back to my teenage years. However, he’s decided to shake things up with his new 3-tracker, M.o.D.
Josue tells us that M.o.D can mean anything we want it to. “Mind over Distractions. Money overruns Dreams. Music over Drama” he helpfully suggests in the press release. But M.o.D is also the name of Josue’s brother and producer of this EP. His influence has taken everything I loved about Josue’s music but given it a fresh edge.
The single “Stay” is so smooth. Its instrumentation recalls an old jazz club, but the electro beats give it a more contemporary feel. “Million” is so bold, charged with energy. I love the way Josue’s soulful voice pairs with the wailing electric guitars. Josue goes out with a bang with “Erase the Sun.” He actually wrote this song when he was just 17 years old but it feels incredibly mature. It’s political, ambitious, and more than a little trippy.
As I listened to this EP I found myself thinking not of Tevin Campbell but favourite 90s act Maxwell, who took classic soul and created soundscapes around it. However, where Maxwell loved to sing about love and romance, Josue isn’t afraid to tackle grittier subject matter. He takes some real risks on M.o.D. but they all pay off.
Is there anything like a little sweet soul music on a Monday afternoon? After a busy day, I couldn’t ask for a better soundtrack to take a little “me time” than Wanderers’ new single “Loco.”
I am smitten by the vocals and that big brassy horns section. This song has such a great old school vibe, yet it somehow manages to sound fresh.
This awesome song comes from Wanderers’ forthcoming EP Something for a Distraction, which gets released on February 17. The band will promote its release with shows all over the country from March. Check them out!
9 March 2017 – Rodney’s Bait N Tackle, Mosman Park
10 March 2017 – Four5Nine, Perth
11 March 2017 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
23 March 2017 – Sonny’s, Brisbane
24 March 2017 – Miami Marketta, Miami
26 March 2017 – Triffid Americana, Brisbane
6 April 2017 – Moonshine, Manly
7 April 2017 – The Junkyard, Maitland
8 April 2017 – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle
22 April 2017 – Silver Raven Festival, Tanunda
27-30 April 2017 – VICTORIA (Venues TBA)
13May 2017 – Jive, Adelaide
Image used with permission from Little Acorn Music
Lisa Mitchell has unveiled the gorgeous new video for her latest, equally stunning single “Warhol.” This is truly an artistic release where the music and the images come together so perfectly.
“The song is slightly devastating for me, as it’s about a betrayal … I kept having visions of all these past and future ‘selves’ coming to my aid, embodying me, as I fled, to an altar hidden in the forest, where I knew I would be welcomed by the spirit of the shrine, ‘Warhol …’ For surely he would understand this madness?” Lisa said. “Back in the real world, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw a short-film of director Vanessa Gazy’s (Foal), which takes place at the edge of the forest in Australia where she grew up. I had an inkling she was the one who would direct this! I hunted her down and sure enough, she resonated so strongly with it and agreed to take the reins! All my gratitude goes to her, for taking a little seed from this wounded time and growing this two-part wilderness that became very much her own; something incredibly layered with meaning for us both.”
I can’t wait to see where this story goes in the next installment!
“Warhol” is the latest single from Lisa Mitchell’s most recent album Warriors.
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.