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

Image used with permission from SGC Media

If you love your music turned up to 11, read on. Legendary local rockers The Choirboys are currently paying tribute to another iconic Aussie act, AC/DC with a string of shows around the country.

Mark Gable and the boys promise to play High Voltage and Highway to Hell cover to cover to celebrate AC/DC’s musical legacy and the 40th anniversary of Bon Scott joining the band.

Get ready to sing along to all you favourites at the remaining shows.

24 February 2017 – Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast
25 February 2017 – Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
3 March 2017 – Astor Hotel, Goulburn
4 March 2017 – The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park
10 March 2017 – Blue Cattle Dog, St Clair
1 April 2017 – Ettamogah Hotel, Rouse Hill
8 April 2017 – Wentworthville Leagues, Wentworthville
21 April 2017 – Dee Why RSL, Dee Why
22 April 2017 – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill

Image used with permission from DWM Entertainment

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of postings lately. I recently took a cruise and made sure I had some content to drip through while I was away. But I didn’t account for my husband taking sick on the ship and all the time I’d spend at the hospital over this last week. It takes some doing to juggle that with paid work, and something has to slide. I need the music though, so I’m going to try to somehow find time for this too.

I’m easing my way into it to let you know about Katie Noonan’s latest collaboration with Karin Schaupp, Songs of the Latin Skies. The talented women last worked together on Songs of the Southern Skies in 2012, a record which saw them nominated for an ARIA. This time around they’re turning their attention to the great South American songbook with covers of iconic songs from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

“In this, our third release together, I feel like Karin and I have made our best work yet,” Katie confirmed in a press release. “Playing with Karin is like floating on a gorgeous cloud – it is such a pleasure to make music together and this new selection of beautiful songs has been our most comfortable musical home yet. We can not wait to share this music with you around the country!”

Songs of the Latin Skies is in stores now. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp will play shows around the country from March to support its release. Tickets are on sale now.

17 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Hobart
18 & 19 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide
23 March 2017 – Quarry Ampitheatre, Perth
24 March 2017 – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
11 May 2017 – City Recital Hall, Sydney
12 May 2017 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
13 May 2017 – IPAC, Wollongong
19 May 2017 – A & I Hall, Bangalow
20 May 2017 – Queensland Conservatorium @ Griffith University, Brisbane
8 June 2017 – Bendooley Estate, Berrima
9 & 10 June 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra
11 June 2017 – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith
30 June 2017 – Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne

Image used with permission from Revolutions per Minute

I’m not sure whether seeing a concert sponsored by Apia is an indication of my advancing years, but I’m hanging out for this year’s Good Times shows.

I like to think it’s more to do with the awesome line-up of Aussie talent assembled. We’ve got The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull, Colin Hay, Deborah Conway, and Mental as Anything. Just take a moment to ponder how many amazing songs these local artists have produced!

I also love that this tour doesn’t just stay in the capital cities. It’s a good thing too, because I’m already booked in for the I Love the ‘90s show the night of the Sydney gig! Along with my hometown of Newcastle, you can enjoy a Good Time with some of Australia’s most enduring talents at the following shows. General sale tickets are available from Monday 6 February at 10 am.

17 May 2017 – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
19 May 2017 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre Mode), Adelaide
20 May 2017 – Perth Concert Hall, Perth
21 May 2017 – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury (4pm matinee)
26 May 2017 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne
27 May 2017 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
28 May 2017 – Costa Hall @ Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
31 May 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
1 June 2017 – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
2 June 2017 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
3 June 2017 – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads
9 June 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Enmore
10 June 2017 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
11 June 2017 – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
16 June 2017 – Princess Theatre, Launceston
17 June 2017 – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

Nussy is back with an exciting new single “Hard as Diamonds.” I am really digging her brand of edgy synth pop. And that voice of hers is so compelling.

“Hard As Diamonds is about a person who has become jaded and built up walls to protect themselves from being hurt,” Nussy explained in the press release. “It’s about trying to unlock the beauty that is still evident within their soul.”

The Victorian talent will perform a string of shows this month and through to March to promote the new single. Catch Nussy at the following venues.

18 February 2016 – Gaytimes Festival, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
25 February 2016 – Howler, Melbourne
16 March 2017 – Marley Bar, Sydney (FREE)
17 March 2017 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (FREE)