Has it really been 10 years since Lior released Autumn Flow? Every time I spot an anniversary tour announcement like this I become incredibly conscious of my age! It really does seem like only yesterday that I first heard “This Old Love” and became instantly besotted.
If that clip’s got you feeling nostalgic, you’ll be interested to know that Lior will rerelease his debut album with previously unreleased tracks to mark the milestone. He’s also announced a string of theatre shows where he’ll play Autumn Flow from start to finish as well as other choice cuts from his back catalogue.
The Jensens are loading up the tour bus and preparing to play shows all around the country with good mates Morning Harvey.
While Morning Harvey are the headliners, the tour comes at the perfect time for The Jensens who’ve just released “Fears” and the awesome garage rock song “A New Hope.” This is such good honest rock and roll, I imagine it’s going to go off in the live arena.
The Jensens have earned rave reviews for their shows all around Brisbane, so make sure you turn up early enough at these Morning Harvey gigs to catch their set.
4 July 2015 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore
10 July 2015 – Great Northern, Byron Bay
11 July 2015 – The Elephant, Brisbane
17 July 2015 – Shebeen, Melbourne
18 July 2015 – OAF Gallery, Sydney
Sydney indie pop act Nova and the Experience have really caught my attention with their new single “Whole Body.” I love the gutsy vocals from Anna Buckingham and the way they pair so beautifully with the Ed Sheeran-esque rhymes from James Buckingham. It’s really cool stuff.
The members of this quartet quit their day jobs at the start of the year to really focus on the music thing, and they really deserve your support. They’re heading to the United States in September to play the college and university circuit, but before then you can catch them at the following shows supporting the release of “Whole Body.”
10 July 2015 – Saloon Bar, Traralgon
12 July 2015 – Warrnambool Hotel, Warrnambool
17 July 2015 – Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo
18 July 2015 – Shebeen, Melbourne
24 July 2015 – Captain’s @ Mariners, Batemans Bay
25 July 2015 – Polish Club, Canberra
31 July 2015 – The Aztec, Forster
1 August 2015 – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
8 August 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
14 August 2015 – The Brewery, Wollongong
20 August 2015 – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin
21 August 2015 – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen
22 August 2015 – Yamba Pacific Hotel, Yamba
28 August 2015 – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane
29 August 2015 – The Pier, Port Macquarie
I just love Josh Pyke. And after listening to “There’s a Line,” the first song lifted from Josh’s fifth studio album But for all These Shrinking Hearts, I think I love him just a little more. And I love that he loves his fans. His social media followers were the first to clamp eyes on the video for the track, and to get a live link to pre-order the new album.
The fans-first album pre-orders get a deluxe edition of the album plus two exclusive tracks, a collector’s lyric magnet set, and a ticket to one of his special fans first shows. These gigs aren’t ticketed and they’re only available to people who pre-order the package.
“Writing and making this record has been one of the most pleasurable and creatively challenging things I’ve done, and I bloody well love the end result,” Josh explained. “After the making of the record, it’s pretty much up to you guys whether it travels and is shared and becomes part of people’s lives, so please share the news, the music, your thoughts. As always I owe any kind of continued success to you all, so thank you!”
If you’re not pre-ordering, you can get your hands on But for all These Shrinking Hearts on July 31. But seriously, why wouldn’t you pre-order when it’ll get you in to one of these shows?
29 July 2015 – The Soda Factory, Sydney
5 August 2015 – Bella Union, Melbourne
6 August 2015 – Grace Emily, Adelaide
12 August 2015 – The Foundry, Brisbane
Melbourne rock act Palace of the King take me back to the 70s with their new track “Another Thing Coming.” It’s got a great classic rock feel, with chunky guitars and a chorus that just begs you to sing along.
The song comes from the band’s debut album White Bird/Burn the Sky, which was released today. They’re currently touring it around the country before they head to Europe for shows in October. Those international dates are yet to be finalised, so keep your ear to the ground if you’re living abroad!
19 June 2015 – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide
4 July 2015 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
12 July 2015 – Frankies Pizza, Sydney
Local electronic prodigy Japanese Wallpaper will release his self-titled debut EP tomorrow. It’s a celebration of the incredible music he’s produced over the last 18 months, including the dreamy recent single “Forces ft. Airling.”
Japanese Wallpaper will mark the EP’s release with a string of shows to warm up for his big Splendour in the Grass slot. These will be his last shows for the year as he hits the books and prepares for his final exams.
2 July 2015 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
4 July 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (18+)
5 July 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (ALL AGES)
11 July 2015 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (18+)
12 July 2015 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (ALL AGES)
24 July 2015 – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay
Sex on Toast take us way back to the days of pastel dinner jackets and warm vintage keys with their latest single “Oh Loretta!”
It feels like it’s come from a cheesy lounge club, but I can’t imagine the lyrics going down to well in that kind of environment! This single’s just so much fun, I can’t help wondering whether there’s more like this on the band’s Ready EP, which will hit stores later this year.
Sex on Toast will launch the single with a show at Sydney’s Good God Small Club on 19 June and another at Melbourne’s The Toff the following night.
Stonefield have always been influenced by the music of the 60s, but their latest single “Golden Dream” is much more psychedelic than their previous efforts. There’s still the rock edge that first endeared the Findlay sisters to us, but its trippiness is brand new.
“The song has a real sense of female strength. It thrives on the energy of a man longing for her to come back to him,” explained Amy Findlay. “It’s a woman’s perspective of the classic masculine band-on-the-road story – reassuring their partner back home that they’ll come back to them. I love that the strength of the female presence is contrasted by the more delicate vocal.”
Stonefield are hitting the road this month to support the release of “Golden Dream” and give fans a taste of the new material they’ll hear on album number two, due out later this year.
26 June 2015 – Shadow Electric, Melbourne
2 July 2015 – The Brightside, Brisbane
3 July 2015 – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney
4 July 2015 – SS&A, Albury (FREE SHOW)
5 July 2015 – Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga
10 July 2015 – CATS @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
11 July 2015 – Four5Nine @ Rosemount Hotel, Perth
12 July 2015 – Mojo’s, Fremantle
Sunshine is in short supply at the moment, but The Lulu Raes are spreading it with their summery new single “Swing Me on a Vine of Sunshine.” This is such simple, feel good stuff. I ended up listening to it three times in a row with a big smile plastered on my face.
The Brisbane band will take the single to the East Coast capitals this winter. Catch The Lulu Raes at the following venues.
26 June 2015 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
3 July 2015 – Shebeen, Melbourne
4 July 2015 – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Christine Anu made a splash on the local music scene with her debut album Stylin’ Up? Featuring the hit singles “Party” and “Island Home,” it introduced Australia to one of its most enduring singers.
Christine is celebrating the milestone with a brand new live album, Restylin’ Up 20 Years, due for release on June 19. It features the tracks from that first release plus two extra songs, “Island Home’s” B-side “Kulbay Yaday” and another bonus track, “Ocean of Regret.”
Christine is currently taking music lovers back to the 90s with her Stylin’ Up 20th Anniversary tour. Here are the remaining dates.
13 June 2015 – The Street Theatre, Canberra
14 August 2015 – Lizotte’s, Newcastle
15 August 2015 – The Basement, Sydney
21 August 2015 – The Bean Bar, Taree
22 August 2015 – The Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour
11 September 2015 – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
12 September 2015 – Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford
24 October 2015 – The Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains
Lauren Katulka cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her life. Raised on an eclectic diet of Van Morrison, The Eagles, Cold Chisel, and Barbra Streisand, she remembers saving all her pocket money for weeks so she could buy cassettes featuring her favourite singers. At the tender age of 11 she saw her first live concert when Jimmy Barnes took his Soul Deep tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre. There was no looking back.
Today Lauren is a happily married freelance writer living on the New South Wales Central Coast. When she's not obsessing about the latest band, or some old favourite, she loves to roller-skate, experiment with new recipes, watch indie films, and cuddle her Devon Rex cat Gizmo. She's also a writer for Hipmunk, currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.