My first introduction to Kevin Mitchell was as the larrikin frontman of ‘90s punk act Jebediah. At that time I could never have imagined he’d be making the kind of folky acoustic music I really dig under the alias Bob Evans. Or the way that fans would take to his softer alter ego. Yet roughly 15 years after unveiling Bob Evans, Kevin Mitchell’s laidback music is still going strong. This video of “My Matilda” should give you some indication as to why.

For more music like that, make sure you check out Bob Evans on his very extensive Aussie tour over the next few months. He’ll visit capital cities and regional centres, and as an added bonus offer a few six-track EP Zeroes to Heroes to anyone that purchases a ticket from his website or online outlets.

20 April 2017 – Front Bar, Canberra
21 April 2017 – Lizotte’s, New Lambton
22 April 2017 – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay
3 May 2017 – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
5 May 2017 – Camelot Lounge, Sydney
6 May 2017 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
7 May 2017 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
11 May 2017 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
12 May 2017 – 5 Church St, Bellingen
13 May 2017 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
1 June 2017 – Baha, Rye
2 June 2017 – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne
3 June 2017 – Workers Club, Geelong
8 June 2017 – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
9 June 2017 – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

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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Sublime Melbourne folk duo Deer Prudence kicks off a Victorian tour tonight. Limited tickets are still available for the club gigs and festivals.

If you were on the fence about whether to see these women in action, this video might help sway you. Here they perform “Winter Song” on board a Cambridge Style Punt in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens. And yes, it’s every bit as dreamy as it sounds.

Catch Deer Prudence at the following venues.

24 March 2017 – Baha, Rye (supporting Little Georgia)
25 & 26 March 2017 – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah
7 April 2017 – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave (FREE)
8 April 2017 – Bordello Wine Bar, Echuca (FREE)
21-23 April 2017 – St Albans Folk Festival, St Albans
28 April 2017 – Old Church Hill, Bendigo (supporting The Northern Folk)

Sea N Sound has gotten bigger and better for its second year, with an amazing line-up of local musical talent including Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel, and heaps more.

Add in some impressive local seafood and top-notch craft beer and you’ve got a great recipe for a day out. Last year 2,000 people turned out so event organisers have upgraded the space to hold 3,000. You can expect it to sell out, so don’t delay getting your tickets.

It all happens outside The Wharf Tavern in Mooloolaba on Saturday June 10. Tickets are on sale now through Moshtix.

Image used with permission from Call & Response

Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq and Bec Stevens, two of the country’s best young female talents, are joining forces for a short East Coast capitals tour kicking off next week.

The twosome has bonded over music, of course, but a shared love of vegan cheese toasties and The X-Files cemented their friendship. Separately, they’re both superb musicians. But put them together and you can expect some incredible harmonies and a lot of laughs, as this video shows.

Join in on the fun at the following shows.

30 March 2017 – Crowbar, Brisbane
31 March 2017 – The Record Crate, Sydney
2 April 2017 – The Rev, Melbourne

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

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

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

Fresh from performances at the St. Kilda Festival and The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, Polish Club is set to rock stages across the country to promote the release of the highly anticipated debut album Alright Already.

The album, which drops on March 31, features the latest single “Come Party.” It feels like an instant pub rock classic and has a film clip that’s set to impress anyone who likes looking at beautiful women. They’re gorgeous!

Polish Club’s headlining tour mid-year is their biggest to date, so if you’re a fan there should be no excuse for missing it.

5 May 2017 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
6 May 2017 – Narara Festival, Kariong
11 May 2017 – Small Ballroom, Newcastle
12 May 2017 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
13 May 2017 – Republic Bar, Hobart
19 May 2017 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
20 May 2017 – Amplifier, Perth
25 May 2017 – The Foundry, Brisbane
26 May 2017 – Elsewhere, Gold Coast
27 May 2017 – Big Pineapple Festival, Woombye
1 June 2017 – The Transit Bar, Canberra
2 June 2017 – Workers Club, Geelong
3 June 2017 – The Corner, Melbourne

Melbourne band Jazz Party has taken me back to a 1930s speakeasy with the soulful new single “Talking In Your Sleep.”

The song is the perfect combination of soul and jazz, with on-point vocals from Loretta Miller and an irresistible old school feel. I love the way it builds from this demure little thing to a heartbreaking climax. You just try to resist this.

If you like what you hear, make sure you get out and see Jazz Party launching the single with shows around Victoria this month.

11 March 2017 – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith
24 March 2017 – Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine
31 March 2017 – Howler, Brunswick
1 April 2017 – By the Meadow, Bambra

Image used with permission from This Much Talent