Mahalia Barnes has one of the most soulful voices in the country. So I was pretty sure that when she lent her vocals to “Black Cloud,” the new single from Palace of the King, I was going to love it.

This track is so funky, an irresistible combination of blues, soul, and straight-up rock and roll. It comes from Palace of the King’s sophomore album Valles Marineris.

Fresh from supporting the Baby Animals, Palace of the King will play shows around the country kicking off in Young tonight. Once these dates wrap up, the band will head to Los Angeles to showcase at MUSEXPO.

24 March 2017 – Young Services Club, Young (with The Angels)
25 March 2017 – Home Tavern Wagga Wagga (with The Angels)
29 March 2017 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne (with Nik Oliveri)
30 March 2017 – Peli Bar, Frankston (with Nik Oliveri)
31 March 2017 – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast (with The Angels)
1 April 2017 – Racehourse Hotel, Ipswich (with The Angels)
6 April 2017 – Frankies Pizza, Sydney
7 April 2017 – York on Lilydale, Melbourne (with The Angels)
8 April 2017 – Gateway Hotel, Geelong (with The Angels)
13 April 2017 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
15 April 2017 – Baha, Rye
16 April 2017 – Barwon Club, Geelong (with Endless Boogie)
21 April 2017 – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
22 April 2017 – Whalers, Warrnambool

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Local urban artist Mike Waters has teamed up with American pop act Max Frost for an exciting new track “Drowning.”

“Drowning,” which Mike says is “about becoming completely consumed and overwhelmed by the pressure you put on yourself to succeed,” is such a catchy track. I can hear so many influences in it, yet the way it’s put together is totally unique. It’s so clever. I’ve listened to it several times this morning and I’m still hearing different things.

Mike will launch the single on April 7 at Melbourne’s Wesley Anne before joining Lewis Watson for his national tour in June.

The always exceptional Dustin Tebbutt has contributed a new original song, “Atlas In Your Eye,” to the latest Aussie cinematic masterpiece Jasper Jones.

I love the look of this movie and Dustin’s gentle folk song seems to match this tale of small-town intrigue beautifully.

“It was such an honour to work on this project, as the team involved are really incredible. When I was asked to come in and see the film and perhaps try to write a song for the closing scene, it really struck a chord with me,” Dustin explained.

“As I was driving home after the screening, the chorus came into my head. There was just so much in the story to pull from, that the rest came pretty quickly after that. I was also trying to capture the essence of some of the folk music of the 60′s in which the film was set, and also balance the light and dark that is woven throughout the novel.”

Are you into this song as much as I am?

I’ve had one of my very rare days where I listened to a whole lot of music and nothing seemed to rev me. I wrote the article about Droplet last week, you see, and I’ve been attempting to find something else worth sharing with you for hours. I was starting to think perhaps I was being too picky. I was starting to worry I might end up letting my standards slip because I was just so keen to share something, anything, with you. But then I heard “Gaff’s Song,” the latest track from The Jensens, and it was like a shining light.

Literally, as it so happens, because this song makes me think of summer road trips down the coast. It’s got a great carefree vibe that I’m really responding too. My local area has been plagued by gloomy weather lately, and this track takes me back to the days that were a bit warmer. While it has a relaxed feel, there’s also a deeper meaning too, as the band explained in the press release.

“It’s about wilfully denying yourself of something instinctual, as well as the magnetism of desire. An internal argument of wanting love, but having no more time you’re prepared to give. It’s about sex being both a vital shared experience and a temporary distraction of a life otherwise lived at existential breaking point. And how pursuing that experience, is to enter a world of sacrifice and convention. It’s about appreciating the fact that your mind has been trained to feed you the notion of significance, by way of the libido, but ultimately questioning the necessity of all of it.”

“Gaff’s Song” comes from The Jensens’ sophomore EP Sexless, which drops on March 31.

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If you love the unbridled passion and electronic experimentation of Bjork, you’re going to adore Droplet. This Melbourne artist has just released her self-titled debut EP which features the single “High.”

Self-titling a debut EP is par for the course, but especially appropriate when you took the ownership of Droplet. She wrote all the songs and produced them as well, ensuring her stamp runs through the release.

It’s rare to hear electronic tracks as raw as “High.” Droplet wrote the track from the perspective of a vulnerable woman, desperate for acceptance and searching for it in the wrong places rather than looking within. It sounds so different, perhaps due to Droplet’s unique musical upbringing.

“I was instinctively and subconsciously nurtured by music since the day I was born, sound was an integral part of my household,” she explained. “My father introduced me to many different styles of music – traditional Greek, classical, jazz, progressive rock – that although I had no direct interest in as a child, slowly made its imprint as I began to learn more and create when I was older.”

With her single, Droplet shows she’s a fascinating artist to keep an eye on.

I love grey, gloomy weather, but I must admit that the weeks of relentless rain in New South Wales are even starting to take their toll on me. If you need to bust those bad weather blues, take a listen to the summery electro-pop sounds of Selahphonic’s single “Had Our Heaven.”

The shimmery track comes from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut EP Therapy. With its retro synth sounds and singalong chorus, just see if you won’t be humming this song for the next week. It’s just that catchy. If you like it, make sure you head to Selahphonic’s website, where you can download it for free for a limited time.

Selahphonic will introduce fans to their EP with the following East Coast shows in April.

8 April 2017 – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast
13 April 2017 – Rare Finds @ Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
27 April 2017 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
28 April 2017 – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
12 May 2017 – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne

Image used with permission from Rare Finds

With Sera’s brand new EP Call Me Up now available, it seemed the perfect time to introduce you to this awesome Brisbane pop-rock band.

“Doctor” is the lead single from the EP, and it takes me right back to the angry girl music of the ‘90s. I wasn’t at all surprised to see the band citing Killing Heidi and Garbage as influences. It still feels fresh though.

Sera will play the following shows around their home town to celebrate the EP’s launch. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the band travels to see fans around the rest of the country.

22 March 2017 – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
6 April 2017 – Milk Factory, South Brisbane
15 April 2017 – Milk Factory, South Brisbane

For the first day this week I’ve had a cruisy day. A day where I don’t have any deadlines, where I can work on things at my leisure, get to do a bit of blogging and listening to some smooth, soulful jazz. “Put It Down,” the new single from Melbourne independent artist Zoe K totally fits the bill.

Zoe recorded this gorgeous track in New Orleans with a host of talented musicians including Mister Goldfinger from The Roots. It comes from Zoe’s album It’s Just What I Like, which will drop in April.

Zoe K will play the following shows to promote her album’s release.

15 April 2017 – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
5 May 2017 – Lazy Bones Lounge, Sydney
6 May 2017 – Small Ballroom, Newcastle

It’s so hard to get into the groove of things on a Wednesday, but it’s made that much easier with cool tunes like “Deep End” by Melbourne’s Vincent Sole.

This song is just so cool, floating along with a gentle electronic groove and Vincent’s mellow vocals.

“["Deep End"] tells a story about freestyling the rest of my teen years and taking a leap of faith, to lead my life into something much bigger,” Vincent explained.

With two singles under his belt now, the time is right for Vincent to take his music to the masses. Catch him on his debut live performances at World Bar in Sydney on April 7 and Gasometer in Melbourne on April 8.

Sydney pop-punk act With Confidence showcase a softer side with the release of new single “Long Night.” It’s a beautiful piano ballad that really tugs at the heartstrings.

“We filmed this video spontaneously in LA whilst staying at our A&R rep’s house,” said lead vocalist Jayden Seeley. “He saw me playing the song on his old upright piano and knew we needed to film it. This song is a pretty sentimental one, and I’m excited to see people connect with it in the same way.”

“Long Night” comes from With Confidence’s latest album Better Weather, which also features the singles “Voldemort,” “Keeper,” and “We’ll Be Okay.” The band is currently treating fans around the globe to their live show. Hopefully we’ll see them back in Oz really soon. Until then, international fans can catch them at the following gigs.

14 March 2017 – Legend Club, Milano
15 March 2017 – Schuur, Lucerne
16 March 2017 – L’EspaceB, Paris
17 March 2017 – Charlatan, Gent
18 March 2017 – Dynamo Basement, Eindhoven
7 April 2017 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom, Cleveland
8 April 2017 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit
9 April 2017 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago
11 April 2017 – Wooly’s, Des Moines
12 April 2017 – The Ready Room, St Louis
14 April 2017 – Summit Music Hall, Denver
15 April 2017 – The Complex, Salt Lake City
17 April 2017 – The Showbox, Seattle
18 April 2017 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland
19 April 2017 – The UC Theatre, Berkeley
20 April 2017 – The Observatory, Santa Ana
21 April 2017 – The Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles (SOLD OUT)
23 April 2017 – Observatory North Park, San Diego
25 April 2017 – Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
26 April 2017 – The Pressroom, Phoenix
28 April 2017 – Emo’s, Austin
29 April 2017 – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas
30 April 2017 – Warehouse Live, Houston
2 May 2017 – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville
3 May 2017 – The Masquerade, Atlanta
5 May 2017 – Beacham Theater, Orlando
6 May 2017 – Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte
7 May 2017 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore
9 May 2017 – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
11 May 2017 – Irving Plaza, New York (SOLD OUT)
12 May 2017 – Irving Plaza, New York
13 May 2017 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
14 May 2017 – Royale, Boston
25 June 2017 – Bazooka Rocks, Manila