If you recently caught Eddi Reader’s shows in Melbourne and Sydney, you hopefully arrived early enough to see the support act. And if you did, you’ve probably been raving about her. Because Alana Wilkinson is pretty special.

Delivering a quirky mix of folk, pop, and punk, this Melbourne singer-songwriter has wowed me with her track “Show You Mine.” There’ll be more music soon, with Alan planning on writing, performing, filming, and uploading new music as she embarks on a road trip across Australia. She’ll busk and play parlour gigs and both scheduled and impromptu performances in bars and café, so keep your ear to the ground for them.

“I wanted to do something different”, she explained in a press release. “I decided that 2017 was going to be the year where I really focused on music, so I’ve quit my retail job and I’m going to follow my feet for a few months.”

The songs she writes on her upcoming adventures will join an already massive repertoire of originals, She’ll handpick the best to feature on her debut album once she returns home. And before all THAT happens, Alana will return to Melbourne to play shows with Bob Evans. If you’ve got tickets to his shows, make sure you arrive early for Alana’s set!

1 June 2017 – Baha, Rye (with Bob Evans)
2 June 2017 – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne (with Bob Evans)
3 June 2017 – The Workers Club, Geelong (with Bob Evans)

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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)

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

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

ILUKA’s “Blue Jean Baby” was one of my favourite songs of 2016. Good news is there’s more where that came from; ILUKA’s sophomore EP Blue My Soul is out now and available through a number of channels including iTunes and Spotify. The EP was mostly self-produced and tracked to tape as a live band at Linear Recording Studios in Sydney, giving it a real spontaneous, raw feel.

ILUKA is soon ready to take all the songs from Blue My Soul to the masses with a tour around the East Coast. Check her out at the following venues.

16 March 2017 – The Pier, Port Macquarie
17 March 2017 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
18 March 2017 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane
30 March 2017 – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra
31 March 2017 – The Gasometer, Melbourne
1 April 2017 – The Workers Club, Geelong
7 April 2017 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
8 April 2017 – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney

With Ash Grunwald preparing to launch his new single “Hammer” with shows around the country, I thought it was about time that I brought it to you.

I love the rootsy, swampy, old-school bluesiness of this track. It’s like a throwback to John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters with a fresh 21st century twist.

“Hammer feels like a rebirth for me in some ways,” Ash explained. “I’m not a new artist trying to find my niche or prove myself. I don’t want to be a certain kind of artist fitting into a certain kind of box. I went in to record Hammer knowing the musical boundaries I wanted to push as well as the traditions I wanted to respect and tried to create something my fans would love… a signpost to the future in some ways, with ties to the past.”

This is our first taste of Ash’s forthcoming 10th studio album. You can hear more of his new material as well as your old favourites at the following shows.
1 March 2017 – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide
3 March 2017 – SS&A, Albury
31 March 2017 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
1 April 2017 – Bleach Festival, Coolangatta
7 April 2017 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
8 April 2017 – “Revamp the Amp” Kuranda Amphitheater, Smithfield
15 April 2017 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
16 April 2017 – Crafted Live, Wollongong
27 April 2017 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
28 April 2017 – Boston Brewery, Denmark

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