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.

Image used with permission from Secret Service Public Relations

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

After performing a free guerrilla gig in Sydney’s Hyde Park last month, British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson is preparing to treat the rest of the country to his romantic pop-folk sounds.

Lewis will tour the country to promote his second album midnight, which drops on March 24 and features the dreamy single “Forever.”

Tickets are available now for the following shows.

15 June 2017 – The Factory Theatre, Sydney (ALL AGES)
16 June 2017 – The Triffid, Brisbane (ALL AGES)
17 June 2017 – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
18 June 2017 – The Evelyn Hotel Melbourne (ALL AGES 2 pm matinee)
21 June 2017 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide (ALL AGES)
22 June 2017 – Astor Theatre Lounge, Perth (ALL AGES)

There was arguably no better time to be a music fan in Australia than the late 70s, the 80s, and the early 90s. Pub rock was at its peak, with bands like Cold Chisel, The Angels, Men at Work, Australian Crawl, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Mental as Anything, Rose Tattoo, and stacks more playing around the traps. That heady period is celebrated in the upcoming album The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock, Volume 2.

Despite this being the second Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock release, the series has lost no steam. There are 4 CDs here all jam-packed with killer cuts from the period. In addition to the songs you get new cover artwork by Ian McCausland, detailed liner notes (remember when you read through liner notes?), and some great images.

Travel back to a time when our pubs hosted some of the finest acts you’d find anywhere with The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock, which will hit all good music stores on February 24.

Image used with permission from Warner Music Australia

The Clouds were such a force in the ‘90s, fronted by the vocal talents of Jodi Phillis and Patricia Young. But they went their separate ways after releasing just three top 50 albums.

When they reformed in 2014 to tour the nation, fans all wondered whether it was about nostalgia or the desire to create something new. Now we have the answer.

On February 14, The Clouds will release the EP Zaffre, the first new material from the band in 20 years. The awesome lead single “Mabel’s Bookshop” gives you a tiny taste of what’s in store.

The Clouds will launch the EP at Newtown Social Club on 31 March 2017. If you’ve had withdrawals Sydney, it’s time to get your fix.

You know those voices that you just stop you in your tracks because they are so beautiful? You’re about to hear one.

This is Asha, a Central Coast songbird with skills beyond her 18 years. She’s been playing shows in Newcastle and Sydney and even scored supporting gigs with Alex Lloyd and Diesel. Now with the release of her debut single “Drowning,” she sure to step out of the shadows.

Her voice is divine, but she backs it up with some fierce songwriting skills. Asha wrote “Drowning” about a toxic relationship and then worked with producer Rod McCormack to create a sound which fused Asha’s love of acoustic music with modern electronica.

“This is the music that I want to keep creating. I’d love to keep evolving within this genre. But at the same time I’m not going to limit myself to anything,” Asha states. “Drowning was a song that I wrote and then forgot about. It wasn’t even going to make the EP. One day I was reminded of the song, and we ended up recording it and it even superseded the title track of the EP Illusions, as we chose it to be my debut single.”

You can hear more from Asha when Illusions drops on February 3.

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