I must admit, I’m a little out of the YouTube loop. I’m fascinated by the fact that people can become celebrities and amass thousands of followers because they post amateur videos, but I couldn’t tell you the handles of any of them. So when I discovered that Irish YouTube sensation BriBry was planning to tour the country, I figured I’d check him out. Apparently he’s been here twice before when he sold out shows, so it seems I might be one of the last ones to discover his genius.

I intended to watch just one video to get a taste of what he does, but I think I’ve watched around 10 clips now: original songs, cover version, and candid clips where he speaks to his future child and shows viewers his apartment. I’m thoroughly charmed, both by his music and his personality. Knowing that he donates all his YouTube revenue to charity just makes him that much sweeter. He actually founded his own non-profit #CutCakeNotWrists to help young people dealing with depression. Could he be any more wonderful?

BriBry will tour Australia with his equally talented fiancé Candice and fellow YouTube sensation Dodie Clark. Here are all the places you can see him play.

26 June 2015 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
27 June 2015 – Old Museum, Brisbane
28 June 2015 – The Lair @ Metro Theatre, Sydney
29 June 2015 – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne

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Brisbane punk band Columbus have really impressed me with the heartfelt vocals and razor-sharp lyrics showcased on their new EP Home Remedy. It seems I’m not the only one, as the band has just signed a deal with North American booking agency The Agency Group, who represent guys like Less than Jake and Anti Flag.

But before the boys take off to the States, they’ll play some local shows along the East Coast. Entry is $10 for all gigs except for Toowoomba which is free.

17 April 2015 – Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney
18 April 2015 – Small Ballroom, Newcastle
23 April 2015 – The Workers Club, Melbourne
1 May 2015 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba (FREE)
9 May 2015 – The Foundry, Brisbane

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Punk music has a rich tradition of challenging the status quo and criticising social injustices. So it’s great to see Super Best Friends taking up the baton with their latest single “Dog Whistling,” a scathing attack on xenophobia and the government’s “Stop the Boats” campaign. The vocals are more than a little rough, but the lyrics cut through.

“Dog Whistling” comes from Super Best Friends’ debut album Status Updates, which will hit stores on March 20. The band will support its release with the following local shows.

26 March 2015 – The Old Bar, Melbourne
27 March 2015 – The Bakery, Perth
28 March 2015 – 459 Bar, Perth
29 March 2015 – Hyperfest, Perth (ALL AGES)
9 April 2015 – Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney N
10 April 2015 – Transit Bar, Canberra
11 April 2015 – Rad, Wollongong
15 April 2015 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
16 April 2015 – The Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo
17 April 2015 – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
18 April 2015 – The Reverence Front Bar, Melbourne
23 April 2015 – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane
24 April 2015 – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay
25 April 2015 – 4ZZZ Punk Party, Fortitude Valley (ALL AGES)
26 April 2015 – Sounds of Sunday, Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast

Melbourne rockers Jericco are preparing to release their brand new album Machine Made the Animal on March 13, thanks to their loyal fans. Supporters donated a massive $10,500 through Pozible to help fund the album’s release. Jerrico are offering a free download of their new single “Animal” via Soundcloud and Triple J Unearthed to thank them for their generosity.

No doubt those same fans will turn out in their droves when Jerrico kick off their national tour next month.

26 April 2015 – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
14 May 2015 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
15 May 2015 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
16 May 2015 – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
23 May 2015 – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
29 May 2015 – Crowbar, Brisbane
5 Jun 2015 – The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Brad Butcher earned a place in the new songwriter category of the APRA awards with his single “Believer” late last year. Now he’s set to show everyone he’s no one-trick pony with the release of his sophomore album Jamestown.

Brad was a kid raised on classic music who spent his nights writing songs on a second-hand guitar. He loved music but listened to his head rather than his heart and pursued a career as a cabinetmaker. He later began working in the coal mines, which left plenty of time for him to focus on his true passion. Yet he kept his songs to himself for more than a decade, privately honing his craft until he released his self-titled debut album in 2012.

The recording of Jamestown took him to Shorefire Recording Studios in New Jersey. It was cut live over just seven days with musicians who’ve played with Paul McCartney, Ryan Adams, and Sheryl Crow. Most songs were recorded in the first or second take, creating that sort of spontaneous organic energy we rarely hear on studio albums any more.

That approach means that you know Brad’s going to be able to reproduce this stuff on stage. You can see for yourself when he tours the album through autumn. Jamestown will be release on March 27, the day the tour commences.

27 March 2015 – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
28 March 2015 – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast
29 March 2015 – TAPS, Mooloolooba
9 April 2015 – 12 Bar Blue, Cairns
23 April 2015 – Frankies Pizza by the Slice, Sydney
24 April 2015 – Goulburn Club, Goulburn
25 April 2015 – Smiths Alternative, Canberra
7 May 2015 – The Grace Darling, Melbourne
8 May 2015 – Babushka Bar, Ballarat
21 May 2015 – Grace Emily, Adelaide
22 May 2015 – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale
23 May 2015 – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston
24 May 2015 – The Homestead, Hobart

Queensland rockers Mass Sky Raid are ready to release their brand new single, the epic anthem “Enemy.” I love the soaring vocals on the track and those big hooky guitar riffs. It gets an official release on Thursday, but you can wrap your ears around it here.

If you love what you hear, make sure you catch Mass Sky Raid when they tour the song along the East Coast this month.

13 March 2015 – The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
19 March 2015 – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
26 March 2015 – Worker’s Club, Melbourne
27 March 2015 – Studio Six, Sutherland
28 March 2015 – Factory Floor, Sydney

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Fellow Coasties Little Earthquake have struck gold with their new single “I Am Alive.” It’s such a jubilant, positive piece of pop with lush harmonies and a beautiful synthscape.

The film clip, directed by Rob Sherwood, is pretty fabulous too. The stunning homegrown landscapes and surf footage is just the cure for whatever’s ailing you this Humpday.

Little Earthquake are currently touring the single around the country, giving fans a sneaky listen to songs from their debut album which will hit stores later this year.

20 February 2015 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
21 February 2015 – Mountain Sounds, Kariong
25 February 2015 – Newcastle Uni, Newcastle
25 February 2015 – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle
28 February 2015 – Sly Fox, Enmore
6 March 2015 – Penny Black, Melbourne
7 March 2015 – Baho Tacos, Rye
12 March 2015 – Bull and Bush, Windsor
13 March 2015 – Tattersall’s, Penrith
14 March 2015 – Good God Small Club, Sydney
18 March 2015 – Bald Faced Stag, Leichardt

I’ve been a little slow to join the Tkay Maidza party, but I’m really feeling her new single “M.O.B.” It’s got a great pop sensibility and some seriously skilled rapping, but then you start listening to the lyrics and you start to realise its genius. The song’s a letter to Tkay’s future 19-year-old self, a reminder of what she needs to do to stay true to herself and succeed.

“M.O.B.” comes from Tkay Maidza’s debut album, which is scheduled to hit stores later this year. Tkay’s got a few shows coming up including slots at Groovin the Moo and supporting Charli XCX.

21 February 2015 – Mountain Sounds, Kariong
29 April 2015 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (supporting Charli XCX)
1 May 2015 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (supporting Charli XCX)
2 May 2015 – Groovin the Moo, Bendigo
3 May 2015 – Groovin the Moo, Canberra
7 May 2015 – The Met, Brisbane (supporting Charli XCX)
9 May 2015 – Groovin the Moo, Maitland
10 May 2015 – Groovin the Moo, Townsville

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Victorian troubadour Benny Walker has spent the last year writing, recording, and touring across this wide brown land. The process helped him create Through the Forest, his forthcoming album featuring the brilliantly bluesy new single “The Fool.”

The album saw Benny reuniting with Shane O’Mara, who produced his debut album Sinners & Saints in 2012. “There’s something that comes from Shane and I working together, that makes it sound like a record,” he explained.

Benny will support Through the Forest’s release with a national tour this autumn.

7 March 2015 – Moama Bowling Club, Moama
13 March 2015 – Twilight at Taronga Zoo, Sydney (supporting Dan Sultan)
27 March 2015 – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin
28 March 2015 – The Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy
9 April 2015 – Skukum Lounge @ The Junk Bar, Brisbane
10 April 2015 – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
12 April 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
18 April 2015 – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat
19 April 2015 – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide
24-26 April 2015 – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty
1 May 2015 – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul
3 May 2015 – Rhythm Hut, Gosford
6 May 2015 – Mothers Milk, Sawtell
10 May 2015 – Redcliffe On the Murray, Pinjarra

Three of Australia’s most exciting metal acts – Perth’s Tempest Rising, Sydney’s Red Bee, and Newcastle’s Let the Number be X – have joined forces for one massive East Coast tour this autumn. The acts will bust eardrums in the capitals and key regional centres this March and April.

Take a listen to this little sampler of their music, and if you like what you hear make sure you get along to the following shows. Let the Number Be X will have to miss the New South Wales shows, but Not Another Sequel, Just Another Prequel will do a fine job filling in. Tickets are just $10 at the door except for Penrith which is free!

19 March 2015 – Barwon Club, Geelong
20 March 2015 – The Music Man Megastore, Bendigo
21 March 2015 – The Worker’s Club, Melbourne
3 April 2015 – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
4 April 2015 – Tattersalls, Penrith (FREE)
16 April 2015 – Currumbin Creek Hotel, Gold Coast
17 April 2015 – VIBE, Indoroopilly
18 April 2015- Chardons Corner Hotel, Brisbane