Bootleg Rascal could just be our next big thing. The Sydney indie-dub trio recently toured their new single “With You” to capacity crowds around the country. And next month they’re set to bring their show to music lovers across North America.

The band has also just dropped its new music video, which is a real visual spectacular.

“Rather than stick to a conventional and cohesive narrative, we wanted the clip to be completely incongruous; jumping from scene-to-scene erratically to accentuate the dream-like experience for viewers,” guitarist Jimmy Young explained. “It’s a collection of intriguing standalone shots, which loosely connect in a more underlying and haunting type feel.”

Bootleg Rascal is currently working on a second album with longtime collaborator Ian Pritchett. Fans abroad should get the chance to hear some of the new material at the following shows. Tickets are on sale now from the venues.

6 June 2017 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz
8 June 2017 – Barboza, Seattle
10 June 2017 – Venue, Vancouver
11 June 2017 – GLC, Whistler
14 June 2017 – Milk Bar, San Francisco
15 June 2017 – Observatory (Constellation Room), Santa Ana
16 June 2017 – Hotel Café, Los Angeles

I meant to write this post a couple of times but instead I found myself falling down a rabbit hole of Pierce Brothers music. The first time I found myself going back through the Melbourne folk-pop duo’s back catalogue, and time got away. Then I received an advance stream of the very EP I meant to write about and listening to it put this article on the back burner again.

That EP, The Records Were Ours, is wonderful by the way. The lead single and opening track “Take Me Out” is a swampy foot stomper, but it shows just one side of this talented duo. There are more sombre moments in “Only One” and “Rhodes.” “Keep in Mind” is the real standout for me. What a song. Alongside the studio tracks there are two live numbers: “Take a Shot” recorded on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt” and “Brother” captured at Paradiso in Amsterdam. Listening to the crowds heaping so much love on the Melbourne siblings is a reminder of the global reach of this phenomenally talented pair.

The Records Were Ours is the first in a trilogy of Pierce Brothers EPs. It drops on May 19, the day after the brothers launch their Australian tour. After that they’re off to Europe and the United Kingdom before winging their way to North America to support Tash Sultana. No matter where in the world you are, there should be a show near you.

18 May 2017 – Metro Lair, Sydney
20 May 2017 – Lorne Hotel, Lorne
25 May 2017 – The Academy, Canberra
26 May 2017 – The Croxton, Melbourne
27 May 2017 – Big Pineapple Fest, Sunshine Coast
3 June 2017 – Pinkpop Festival 2017, Landgraaf
4 June 2017 – Melkwege Oude Zaal, Amsterdam
5 June 2017 – Prinzenbar, Hamburg
6 June 2017 – Feierwerk/Kranhalle, Munich
7 June 2017 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
9 June 2017 – The Garage, London
8 July 2017 – Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire
9 July 2017 – Linton Music Festival, Ross-on-Wye
10 July 2017 – Thekla, Bristol
11 July 2017 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
13 July 2017 – Studio 2, Liverpool
14 July 2017 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
15 July 2017 – Zwarte Cross 2017, Lichtenvoorde
16 July 2017 – 4 Daagse, Nijmegen
22 July 2017 – Colours of Ostrava 2017, Ostrava
27 July 2017 – Dr Koncerthuset, Copenhagen
29 July 2019 – Stonerock Festival 2017, Bad Bentheim
6 August 2017 – Festival Esperanzah! 2017, Floreffe
11 August 2017 – Fairports Cropready Convention 2017, Banbury
28 September 2017 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
29 September 2017 – Metropolis, Montreal
30 September 2017 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston
2 October 2017 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York
3 October 2017 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
5 October 2017 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia
6 October 2017 – 9:30 Club, Washington
7 October 2017 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus
9 October 2017 – Thalia Hall, Chicago
10 October 2017 – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
11 October 2017 – The recordBar, Kansas City
16 October 2017 – Ogden Theater, Denver
18 October 2017 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
20 October 2017 – Fonda Theater, Hollywood
21 October 2017 – The Fillmore, San Francisco
23 October 2017 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland
24 October 2017 – Neptune Theater, Seattle
25 October 2017 – Commodore Theater, Vancouver

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

Owen Rabbit has just dropped his brand new single “Oh My God,” and it’s really something special.

I must admit, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Owen Rabbit’s music. I always admire his ambition, but when you take as many musical risks as he does the results won’t always resonate. He’s certainly got it right with his new single though, which infuses Owen’s iconic electronic soundscapes with real heart.

It’s given me high hopes for Owen’s long-awaited debut EP One, which is scheduled for a late November 2016 release. Owen Rabbit will tour the EP with shows in Europe and here at home.

29 November 2016 – Popanz, Cologne
3 December 2016 – FTT, Düsseldorf
4 December 2016 – Auster Club, Berlin
6 December 2016 – München, Feierwerk
7 December 2016 – Singerhaus, Basel
8 December 2016 – Wintercamp Festival, Bordeaux
9 December 2016 – Wintercamp Festival, Paris
14 December 2016 – Amboss Rampe, Zürich
30 December 2016 – Jimmys Den, Perth
25 January 2017 – The Milkbar, Brisbane
27 January 2017 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
28 January 2017 – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle
3 February 2017 – The Workers Club, Melbourne

With her debut album The Ocean of Everything set for release later this month, Melbourne songstress Phia has given us another teaser of what’s to come with the release of the poppy new single “Open/Closed.”

Pop is a bit of a dirty word on the modern musical landscape, but this song is a world away from the manufactured music that gave the genre that bad reputation. “Open/Closed” is everything good music should be, catchy as hell with real charm. I also love the music video which Phia shot in the Australian outback.

The Ocean of Everything drops on August 26. Phia will support its worldwide release with some shows abroad. Hopefully it’s not too long before she treats local fans to some dates too!

19 August 2016 – Artlake Festival, Lichterfeld
25 August 2016 – The Gladstone, Brighton
27 August 2016 – The George Tavern, London
28 August 2016 – Hagglers Corner, Sheffield
30 August 2016 – The New Adelphi, Hull
13 September 2016 – Blue Shell, Cologne
14 September 2016 – Objekt 5, Halle
15 September 2016 – Gruene Zitadella, Magdeburg
16 September 2016 – Privatclub, Berlin
20 September 2016 – Ostpol, Dresden
22 September 2016 – Noch Besser Leben, Leipzig
23 September 2016 – Forty One, Saalfeld
24 September 2016 –Wandertheater Festival, Radebeul

Local alt-folk act The Paper Kites have just released the final video in their “midnight” trilogy for the new single “Renegade.”

Again, the clip depicts the happenings of people between 12 and 4 am, a reference to the band’s stellar 2015 album TwelveFour. This time around it follows a group of kids who break into an aquatic cinema in the wee small hours of the morning.

To celebrate the conclusion of the midnight trilogy, The Paper Kites will play some intimate shows in capital cities across Australia. They’re in fine form after playing shows across Europe in January and February. After that it’s off to Canada and the United States for more shows. Whether you’re here or stateside, make sure you don’t miss one of these gigs.

23 June 2016 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (ALL AGES)
24 June 2016 – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (ALL AGES)
25 June 2016 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (Under 18s permitted with parent/guardian)
1 July 2016 – Astor Theatre, Perth (Under 18s permitted with parent/guardian)
2 July 2016 – Norwood Town Hall, Adelaide (ALL AGES)
9 & 10 July 2016 – Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg
11 July 2016 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis
12 July 2016 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee
13 July 2016 – The Shelter, Detroit
14 July 2016 – Rum Runners, London
16 July 2016 – Ottawa Blues, Ottawa
17 July 2016 – Parc de la Francophonie @ Festival D’ete, Quebec City
19 July 2016 – Showcase Room @ Higher Ground, Burlington
20 July 2016 – The Studio at Waiting Room, Buffalo
21 July 2016 – Club Café, Pittsburgh
22 July 2016 –  Bogart’s, Cincinnati
23 July 2016 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
24 July 2016 – Wayhome Music Festival, Oro-Medonte
27 July 2016 –  StageOne, Fairfield
28 July 2016 – Cape Cinema, Dennis
29 July 2016 – Port City Musical Hall, Portland
31 July 2016 – Osheaga, Montreal

With Sarah Blasko’s tour just around the corner, it’s worth taking at a look at the most recent single from her sixth studio album Eternal Return.

“I Wanna Be Your Man” is one of the most accessible songs Sarah’s released in some time, and I think it’s also one of her best. As a woman working in the music industry, Sarah probably knows what it feels to be marginalised because of your gender better than most. However, you don’t need to be in a male-dominated field for the lyrics to resonate. Perhaps there’s even something in this song for the lads too.

Sarah Blasko kicks off her Eternal Return tour on April 6. Here are all the Aussie and international dates. Tickets are still available for selected shows.

6 April 2016 – The Abbey, Canberra
7 April 2016 – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong
8 April 2016 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
9 April 2016 – City Hall, Newcastle
15 April 2016 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
22 April 2016 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
23 April 2016 – The Forum, Melbourne
29 April 2016 – Norwood Concert Hall, Adelaide
30 April 2016 – Astor Theatre, Perth
10 May 2016 – Union Chapel, London
12 May 2016 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
16 May 2016 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
17 May 2016 – Thekla, Bristol
19 May 2016 – Les Etoiles, Paris
21 May 2016 – Les Nuits @ Botanique, Brussels
23 May 2016 – People’s Play, Amsterdam
24 May 2016 – Grand Theatre, Groningen
26 May 2016 – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
27 May 2016 – Stadtgarten, Cologne
28 May 2016 – Zoom, Frankfurt
30 May 2016 – Kranhalle, Munich
31 May 2016 – Privatclub, Berlin

Aussie rock act Hands Like Houses are preparing to kick off their very first world tour to celebrate their upcoming third studio album Dissonants. Australia will get to see the lads first, followed by fans in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“We are unbelievably excited to announce our very first world tour! We’re hitting the roads and skies in support of our brand new album Dissonants this October-December in Australia, the US and UK,” the band’s frontman Trenton Woodley said in a statement. “Even better, we’re dragging a whole bunch of friends, old and new, along for the ride!” Those friends include British rock act Lower than Atlantis and openers Far Away Stables.

Details of the new album are still a little thin on the ground, but it will see them reuniting with producer James Paul Wisner, who worked with Hands Like Houses on their 2013 album Unimagine. Fans will get to hear the new songs at the following shows. Tickets are on sale through the Hands Like Houses website, except for the all ages shows which are available through Oztix. These drug- and alcohol-free events are a bargain for students at $10 plus booking fee.

25 September 2015 – Campbelltown Civic Hall, Campbelltown (ALL AGES)
26 September 2015 – Orange Function Centre, Orange (ALL AGES)
27 September 2015 – Scone High School, Scone (ALL AGES)
2 October 2015 – Basketball Stadium, Bateman’s Bay (ALL AGES)
3 October 2015 – St Joseph’s School Hall, Goulburn (ALL AGES)
4 October 2015 – Giant Dwarf, Sydney (ALL AGES)
9 October 2015 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (18+)
15 October 2015 – Brightside, Brisbane (18+)
16 October 2015 – The Cambridge, Newcastle (18+)
17 October 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (18+)
18 October 2015 – ANU Bar, Canberra (18+)
23 October 2015 – Soma, San Diego
24 October 2015 – Pub Rock, Scottsdale
26 October 2015 – Korova, San Antonio
27 October 2015 – Trees, Dallas
28 October 2015 – Walters, Houston
30 October 2015 – Backbooth, Orlando
31 October 2015 – Epic Problem, Tampa
2 November 2015 – Masquerade, Atlanta
3 November 2015 – Greene Street, Greensboro
4 November 2015 – Canal Club, Richmond
5 November 2015 – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, New York
6 November 2015 – Croc Rock Café, Allentown
7 November 2015 – The Palladium Upstairs, Worcester
8 November 2015 – Gamechanger World, Howell
10 November 2015 – Beachland, Cleveland
11 November 2015 – Pike Room @ Crofoot, Pontiac
12 November 2015 – Emerson Theatre, Indianapolis
13 November 2015 – Bottom Lounge, Chicago
14 November 2015 – The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee
15 November 2015 – The Firebird, St Louis
17 November 2015 – Marquis Theater, Denver
18 November 2015 – In The Venue, Salt Lake City
20 November 2015 – El Corazon, Seattle
21 November 2015 – Analog Café, Portland
23 November 2015 – The Boardwalk, Orangevale
24 November 2015 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
27 November 2015 – Glass House, Pomona
30 November 2015 – Key Club, Leeds
1 December 2015 – Think Tank, Newcastle
2 December 2015 – Cathouse, Glasgow
3 December 2015 – Sound Control, Manchester
4 December 2015 – Arts Centre Loft, Liverpool
5 December 2015 – Bodega, Nottingham
6 December 2015 – Temple @ Institute, Birmingham
8 December 2015 – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff
9 December 2015 – Fleece, Bristol
10 December 2015 – Joiners, Southhampton
11 December 2015 – Electric Ballroom, London

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Little May’s song “Home” has been one of those tracks that’s stuck with me this year. So I was thrilled to read a full-length album isn’t too far away. It seems like Little May’s been on the scene for such a long time that it’s amazing to realise For the Company is actually their debut LP.

The album saw the Sydney band working with acclaimed producer Aaron Brooking Dessner. Little May are big fans of his work with The National, so were excited that he wanted to work with them.

“It was a dream of ours to work with Aaron Dessner. We are so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to make this album with him, and Jonathan Lowe, who engineered and mixed the album. Aaron captured the heart of what we are about, and we couldn’t be more thankful,” Little May said about the experience.

For the Company was recorded in the main hall of New York’s Future Past Studios, a converted 19th-century church. The unique setting helped Little May capture an intensity that’s now a key part of their sound.

For the Company will be released on October 9. Little May will celebrate its release with a tour taking in Europe, Australia, and the United States. No matter where in the world you are, here are all the places you can see them play.

28 August 2015 – Reading Festival, Reading
29 August 2015 – Leeds Festival, Wetherby
6 September 2015 – Electric Picnic, Stradbally
18 September 2015 – Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
19 September 2015 – The Foundry, Brisbane
24 September 2015 – Corner Hotel, Richmond
26 September 2015 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
5 October 2015 – Exchange, Bristol
6 October 2015 – Bush Hall, London
8 October 2015 – Gulliver’s, Manchester
10 October 2015 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
11 October 2015 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
13 October 2015 – Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam
14 October 2015 – Pop Up du Label, Paris
15 October 2015 – Blue Shell, Cologne
16 October 2015 – Botanique @ Witloof Bar, Brussels
17 October 2015 – Molotow, Hamburg
18 October 2015 – Privatclub, Berlin
20 October 2015 – Mercury Lounge, New York
21 October 2015 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn
23 October 2015 – Milkboy, Philadelphia
24 October 2015 – DC9 Nightclub, Washington D.C.
26 October 2015 – Schubas, Chicago
27 October 2015 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
29 October 2015 – Barboza, Seattle
30 October 2015 – Mississippi Studios, Portland
2 November 2015 – The Independent, San Francisco
3 November 2015 – The Echo, Los Angeles

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Brisbane duo Holy Holy have knocked my fluffy winter-ready socks off with their latest single “You Cannot Call for Love Like a Dog.” It’s got much more than just an impressive name on its side. It’s got an epic feel and driving beat that will get under your skin from the first listen.

It’s got a dark undertone though. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll soon remember love’s not all chocolates and roses.

“We try in our lives to do all kinds of things to control it and manage it and bend it to our wills, but sometimes you just wake up one day and it’s gone…and that’s that. Like ice melted,” explained lead vocalist Tim Carroll. “And the point of that is, if you do find yourself in the enviable position of being ‘in love’ and feeling love – fucking enjoy it. Treat it like a good scotch. Breathe it in deep and wash it round your mouth and take in the bath and get drunk.”

Holy Holy are set for big things, after being named on the recent Splendour in the Grass line-up and locking in dates across Europe and the United Kingdom. No doubt the music lovers abroad are going to be just as taken with this Aussie act.

14 May 2015 – The Great Escape, Brighton
17 May 2015 – London Calling Festival, Amsterdam
18 May 2015 – MTC Club, Cologne
19 May 2015 – Cafe Video, Ghent
20 May 2015 – Comet Club, Berlin
22 May 2015 – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester
23 May 2015 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool (DAY SHOW)
23 May 2015 – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol (NIGHT SHOW)
24 May 2015 – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham
26 May 2015 – Old Blue Last, London
29 May 2015 – Primavera Pro, Barcelona
30 May 2015 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona