Caiti Baker seems to be one of those artists that defies genre. The press release accompanying her debut single “Heavy on My Heart” calls her a soul/hip hop act, but there’s a strong spirit of blues and gospel running through the tune. It’s gorgeously rhythmic, with handclaps and brass flourishes driving things along. The clip, featuring old Super 8 footage of Caiti’s folks, is also really special.

With influences ranging from Big Mama Thornton to Missy Elliot, Caiti Baker is making the kind of music we don’t hear enough of it. If you want more, make sure you catch her at one of her single launch shows.

3 September 2016 – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen
4 September 2016 – Pacific Hotel, Yamba
17 September 2016 – Headland Café, Valla Beach
18 September 2016 – Flow Bar, Old Bar
2 October 2016 – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
5 October 2016 – Elements Bar, Coffs Harbour
7 October 2016 – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle
8 October 2016 – Six Strings Brewery, Central Coast

Kav Temperley continues his musical evolution with the release of his first solo EP, Hope St, on September 9. The EP features the brand new single “Dancin’,” a quirky romantic number that’s put a big smile on my face.

Kav says the EP is as honest as he gets.

“It’s terrifying! But it’s also liberating. There was no censoring – no towing a particular line,” he explained. “I suppose you could say Hope St is me burying my 20s and elegantly dancing into my late 30s. It’s about finding a new way.”

Hope St is actually the first of four EPs Kav has in the works.

“They all form a complete narrative,” he explained. “They take us full cycle. I wanted to present these songs in a unique format, in a different paradigm – it was an artistic challenge. Each EP tells a different part of the same story – each is a part of the whole.”

The lead single from Hope St, “Dancin’” features guest vocals from Lucy Peach who will join Kav at all but the Brisbane Festival show. Catch them both at the following venues.

3 September 2016 – FAC Gallery Sessions, Fremantle
11 September 2016 – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
15 September 2016 – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh
16 September 2016 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
17 September 2016 – The Basement, Sydney
18 September 2016 – Front Bar, Canberra
23 September 2016 – Jimmy’s Den, Perth
24 September 2016 – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Hayes Carll will visit Australia in October for two intimate shows in the major capitals.

The Texas native might not be a household name in this country, but he was nominated for a Grammy for best country song this year. His warm vocals tell moving stories from America’s South.
“The Magic Kid,” one of the songs from his new album Lovers and Leavers, gives you an insight into what this talented country-folk artist is all about.

See Hayes Carll at the following Australian shows.

14 October 2016 – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
16 October 2016 – Factory Theatre, Sydney

The Delta Riggs’ brand new album Active Galactic hits stores today. Featuring the funky single “Never Seen This Before,” the album is a collection of songs guaranteed to get any party started. It was recorded in just nine days to capture the spontaneous energy of these tunes.

The Gold Coast musos will bring their new songs and some old favourites to venues all around the country over the coming months. Catch them at the following pubs and clubs.

23 September 2016 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
24 September 2016 – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
29 September 2016 – The Whalers Hotel, Warranambool
30 September 2016 – The Gov, Adelaide
1 October 2016 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
3 October 2016 – SSA Club, Albury
6 October 2016 – Kay St, Traralgon
7 October 2016 – The Grand Hotel, Mornington
8 October 2016 – Westernport Hotel, Phillip Island
19 October 2016 – Academy Night Club, Canberra
21 October 2016 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
22 October 2016 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay
27 October 2016 – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong
28 October 2016 – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
29 October 2016 – Banana Field Music and Arts Festival, Coffs Harbour
4 November 2016 – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay
5 November 2016 – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale
10 November 2016 – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
11 November 2016 – The Triffid, Brisbane
12 November 2016 – SOLBAR, Sunshine Coast

When you’ve got guys like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Gibbons singing your praises, you know you’re doing things right. Australia will get the chance to see why the music industry is raving about Ana Popovic when she brings her Trilogy tour to Australia next month.

These intimate shows will showcase Ana’s blend of funk, soul, and blues. Her killer vocals are only matched by her guitar prowess. Born in Belgrade but now based in Memphis, Ana worked with Grammy Award winners Warren Riker and Tom Hambridge on Trilogy, her most ambitious album to date.

Hear songs from this album and others when Ana touches down in Australia next month. Tickets are on sale from the venues.

17 September 2016 – Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest, Kandanga
18 September 2016 – Beaches Hotel Thirroul
21 September 2016 – The Basement Sydney
23 September 2016 – Corner Hotel Melbourne

Stop what you’re doing a take a little moment to watch the video for Tom Lee-Richards’ new single “Madness.” This is the sort of song and clip that deserve much more than the background for your workday or household chores. It demands your attention.

This song is so beautifully executed, delicate and tender, like nothing I’ve heard in some time. I love the way Tom’s velvety voice combines with that of fellow Kiwi Monique Shelford. The clip, which takes an unflinching look at life on the streets for Australia’s homeless, is also a masterstroke.

Tom Lee-Richards will take his very special songs to the people of the East Coast with a series of intimate shows next month.

4 September 2016 – The Gasometer, Melbourne
9 September 2016 – Ulverstone Live at the Wharf, Ulverstone
10 September 2016 – The Otis Room, Burnie
11 September 2016 – The Homestead, Hobart
16 September 2016 – Smiths Alternative, Canberra
17 September 2016 – Church on the Hill, Bendigo
21 September 2016 – Folkswagen, Sydney
22 September 2016 – Pier on Clarence, Port Macquarie
23 September 2016 – Treehouse, Byron Bay
24 September 2016 – 5 Church St, Bellingen
29 September 2016 – Milk Factory, Brisbane
1 October 2016 – Mandela Organic Arts Cafe, Mermaid Beach

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James is making his first visit to Australia for a string of shows next month.

Gavin has enjoyed a rapid rise since releasing his first single “Say Hello” in 2013. That track won the Meteor Choice Award for song of the year and other songs from his debut EP garnered radio in his native Ireland.
A chance meeting with Ed Sheeran in a Dublin pub the following year saw the pair jamming and drinking whisky all night. Ed tweeted that record labels were missing out if they didn’t sign James, and they listened. He soon found himself supporting Ed as well as Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. His live album Live at Whelan’s also became a hit in the United States, where its only cover, a stunning version of Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love,” became a radio staple.

“The crazy bit is that ‘Book Of Love’ wasn’t supposed to be on the album,” Gavin said. “It was just my warm-up song. But when I’d finished the encore and the crowd was leaving, for some reason, I ran back on stage, called people back in and added it to my set. It was a real ‘fate’ moment. And funny – because I said I’d quit doing covers then my only cover takes off.”

But you won’t hear Gavin complaining.“Never,” he says. “I’m loving every minute of this. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and I can’t wait to know what comes next.”

What comes next is that Aussie tour. Tickets are available from Troubadour Music for the following shows.

22 September 2016 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
23 September 2016 – Plan B, Sydney
24 September 2016 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
25 September 2016 – The Boston, Perth

The Snowdroppers are known for keeping a relentless touring schedule, but they seem to have dropped off our radars in 2016. If you’ve been yearning for a Snowdroppers show, there’s good news. The Sydney foursome will play four intimate shows in the coming months to celebrate the imminent release of their first live album/DVD/documentary.

The live stuff captures all the action from the Snowdroppers’ Gluttons for Punishment tour from February this year. This video gives you a little taste of the resulting doco.

Tickets are on sale for the upcoming Snowdroppers’ shows from the venues. They’re likely to sell out, so get in quick!

30 September 2016 – The Brightside, Brisbane
7 October 2016 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
14 October 2016 – Gasometer, Melbourne
28 October 2016 – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle

Anna Cordell has reminded me how much I love her EP These Walls with the release of one of the standout tracks from this recording, “Run Around.” It’s a song of deep yearning, with beautifully layered harmonies and lush strings. Rather than playing you the single version, I thought I’d get you in the mood for her upcoming tour with this live video.

Anna will celebrate the single’s release with a very different kind of tour. Rather than hitting the pubs and clubs, she’ll visit the homes of fans in regional Victoria as part of the Parlour gigs initiative. Click here if you’d like to host a show. All fans will get a chance to see her play when she ends the tour with a public show at the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on October 27.

After that, Anna will knuckle down on recording a brand new album for release in 2017.

The Amity Affliction will make its long-awaited return to regional Australia in early 2017. Gympie’s biggest metalcore act hasn’t toured regional centres since early 2015, but they’ll make up for it with this 13-date jaunt to celebrate the release of their fifth album This Could Be Heartbreak.

This Could Be Heartbreak shot to number one on the iTunes chart on its release. It’s been hailed their “personal-best album” by Kerrang! and scored them the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone.

Make sure you arrive early to catch the stellar supports, Hellions and Ocean Grove. These shows will likely sell out, so make sure you get your tickets soon.

2 January 2017 – HQ, Adelaide
18 January 2017 – The Jack, Cairns
19 January 2017 – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
20 January 2017 – Civic Centre, Gympie
21 January 2017 – Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast
22 January 2017 – Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast
25 January 2017 – Ex Servos, Coffs Harbour
26 January 2017 – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle
27 January 2017 – Waves, Wollongong
28 January 2017 – ANU Bar, Canberra
2 February 2017 – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Frankston
3 February 2017 – The Arena, Geelong
4 February 2017 – Hobart Uni, Hobart

Image used with permission from Warner Music Australia