We don’t really do spring break the way the Americans do, but Perth’s pop-punk/hardcore act Cupidfalls and Sydney’s melodic hardcore band Pulse Mavens hope to get us into the spirit anyway with their double-header Spring Break tour.

These shows are sure to rock hard with twice the talent of your standard gigs. They’re also a great opportunity for fans of these bands and newcomers to their music to discover some brand new sounds. Cupidfalls are celebrating the recent release of their debut album Bay View and looking forward to giving East Coast music lovers a taste of their new sound. Pulse Mavens are fairly new to the music game, but the female-fronted outfit has been wowing fans with their debut EP Fight Back.

Catch these two exciting acts at the following shows.

28 August 2014 – Hot Damn, Sydney (18+)
30 August 2014 – Cage, Picton (All Ages – Cupidfalls only)
3 September 2014 – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
4 September 2014 – The Bull and Bush, Baulkham Hills (18+)
5 September 2014 – Rad Bar, Wollongong (18+)
6 September 2014 – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba (18+)

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Kasey Chambers is doing things a little differently on her tenth album. Bittersweet is her first solo record in four years, and the first she’ll create without her long-time producer and manager, brother Nash Chambers, at the helm. Instead she worked with Nick DiDia, the man behind Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and Powderfinger albums, at Studio 301 in Byron Bay.

“I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before. I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited,” she explained.

If the first single “Wheelbarrow” is any indication, the gamble’s paid off. It’s so raw and ballsy. However, an album with the talent Kasey’s assembled couldn’t possibly sound bar. Her studio band features Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning on acoustic guitar, Ashleigh Dallas on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and backing vocals, and Dan Kelly on electric and acoustic guitars and backing vocals, to name just a few.

Bittersweet will hit stores on August 29. Kasey will play the following shows to celebrate its release.

30 August 2014 – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie
2 September 2014 – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
3 September 2014 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
4 September 2014 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Today is the day Sheppard fans have been waiting for. The band’s long-awaited debut album Bombs Away is in stores now. It features the number one smash single “Geronimo,” “Let Me Down Easy,” and the band’s newest cut “Something’s Missing.”

To celebrate the release, the Brisbane band will play a series of all-ages album launch shows in the East Coast capitals later this month.

“This year has been such a whirlwind and it was important to us that we take the time to get out there on the road and celebrate our album with the fans,” explained George Sheppard. “The release of a first album is an important milestone for any band and we’re just so happy that we can celebrate it with the people who have made it all happen for us.”

Sheppard should be in fine form after supporting Keith Urban around the country last month. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows.

25 July 2014 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
26 July 2014 – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney
1 August 2014 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Two shows: 4:30 pm under 18s; 8:30 pm over 18s)

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The Sinking Teeth offer some sage advice with the release of their rocking new single “You Can’t Build a Bike Out of Muffins.”

The song doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with baked goods, but it’s a brilliantly intense number with an infectious melodic core. It’s also the first single from The Sinking Teeth’s second EP Salt & Stitches, which hits stores on July 26. The Melbourne band will build up to that release date with a string of shows which culminate with a big gig for hometown fans to launch the EP.

19 June 2014 – Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise (FREE)
20 June 2014 – The New Tattersalls Hotel, Lismore
21 June 2014 – Crowbar, Brisbane
27 June 2014 – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith (FREE)
28 June 2014 – Blackwire Records, Sydney
4 July 2014 – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
5 July 2014 – The Pav, Launceston
18 July 2014 – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide
25 July 2014 – The Barwon Club, Geelong
26 July 2014 – The Workers Club, Melbourne

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Sydney progressive rock band Breaking Orbit are giving us our first taste of their forthcoming sophomore album with the release of the title track “Become the Light.”

This is such an intense, uplifting, epic song. Its instrumentation is lush and powerful, and the vocals every bit as strong. It sounds so good coming through my speakers, but I imagine it’d hit another level live.

We’ll find out when Breaking Orbit hit the road next month to celebrate the single release. Sydney post-rockers sleepmakeswaves will join Breaking Orbit for the following shows.

5 July 2014 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
6 July 2014 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
13 July 2014 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
18 July 2014 – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
19 July 2014 – The Zoo, Brisbane
1 August 2014 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
2 August 2014 – ANU Bar, Canberra
8 August 2014 – Amplifier Bar, Perth
9 August 2014 – Jive, Adelaide
16 August 2014 – Manning Bar, Sydney

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I thought “All Messed Up” was great fun, so I’m looking forward to hearing more from Tales in Space when they release their debut album Formula tomorrow.

The album should be just what we’d expect from the Sydney electro-pop duo. It’s bursting with imaginative, feel good gems which explore the ups and downs of love, life, and everything in between. Impressively, Formula was also recorded in Tales in Space’s own studio, although considering the lads met while studying audio engineering perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that they’ve taken the reins on this one.

Tales in Space will give Formula little time to grow on us before they support it with a national tour this July.

3 July 2014 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
11 July 2014 – Upstairs Beresford, Sydney (FREE)
17 July 2014 – The Workers Club, Melbourne
19 July 2014 – The Armidale Club, Armidale
2 August 2014 – Easy Tiger, Sydney

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Now that we’ve all had time to get to know Kate Miller-Heidke’s most recent album O Vertigo!, she’s preparing to showcase its songs on stage with an extensive national tour.

This isn’t the first time she’s brought the songs to the stage, but it is the first chance that music lovers in regional centres will have the chance to enjoy Kate’s live show in some time. It’s also the first time she’ll play them with a full band, after launching the album with an acoustic tour earlier this year.

The upcoming shows will give Kate a chance to give back to her loyal fans that helped fund the album in just three days via PledgeMusic.

“I feel like live performance has always been at the heart of what I do,” Kate explained. “Often the test of a good song is if it works in a very stripped-back, acoustic mode. I love reinventing the songs in this way. I’m looking forward to bringing the new songs, as well as a mixture of older stuff, out far beyond the
capital cities, especially places I’ve never played before.”

After these shows Kate will head to the United Kingdom for her first headlining tour before travelling to America to perform in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer, so who knows when you’ll get a chance to see her again! It’s definitely her last local tour of the year, so make sure you don’t miss it.

1 August 2014 – Astor Theatre, Perth (13-18 years olds can only attend with a parent or guardian)
2 August 2014 – Bird in Hand, Adelaide (18+)
7 August 2014 – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba (ALL AGES)
8 August 2014 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane (ALL AGES)
9 August 2014 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns (ALL AGES)
10 August 2014 – Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay (ALL AGES)
12 August 2014 – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth (ALL AGES)
13 August 2014 – Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo (ALL AGES)
14 August 2014 – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange (ALL AGES)
15 August 2014 – The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood (ALL AGES)
16 August 2014 – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith (ALL AGES)
20 August 2014 – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell (18+)
21 August 2014 – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie (ALL AGES)
22 August 2014 – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle (ALL AGES)
23 August 2014 – Canberra Theatre, Canberra (ALL AGES)
26 August 2014 – IPAC-IMB Theatre, Wollongong (ALL AGES)
28 August 2014 – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta (ALL AGES)
29 August 2014 – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne (ALL AGES)
30 August 2014 – Princess Theatre, Launceston (ALL AGES)

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After 13 years together, Welsh rock band Kids in Glass Houses are calling it a day, but not before they give us one last Aussie tour.

Kids in Glass Houses were part of the massive South Welsh rock that also included Bullet for my Valentine and Funeral for a Friend. Like their peers they rose through the ranks quickly and were soon sharing the stage with global superstars Paramore and Fall Out Boy. They released four albums, including last year’s Peace, but in February 2014 decided to call it a day.

If you’re a fan, you’ll want to get to these shows to say goodbye to one of Wales’ great modern rock bands.

21 August 2014 – Jurassic! @ Villa Nightclub, Perth (18+)
22 August 2014 – BlackMarket @ Light Hotel, Adelaide18+)
23 August 2014 – Bang! @ Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
24 August 2014 – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne (All Ages)
27 August 2014 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
28 August 2014 – Factory Theatre, Sydney (Lic All Ages)
30 August 2014 – The Brightside, Brisbane (18+)
31 August 2014 – The Lab, Brisbane (All Ages)

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Brisbane rock act Halfway have me reminiscing about the golden days of Aussie music with their new single “Dulcify.”

The song’s brand new but it feels like it could have come from decades ago thanks to its simple, catchy melody, and its incredible story expressed so eloquently through its lyrics. Don’t you just love a song like this that takes you on a journey and really says something? “Dulcify” takes its name from the champion racehorse who was euthanized after being injured in the 1979 Melbourne Cup. The story of the horse helps set up a song that also deals with life’s highs and lows.

Dulcify is the latest to come from Halfway’s acclaimed album Any Old Love. To celebrate its release, Halfway will play the following shows in the East Coast capitals this month.

7 June 2014 – The Zoo, Brisbane
14 June 2014 – Lazy Bones, Sydney
20 June 2014 – Wesley Anne, Melbourne

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The Audreys are about to kick off their national tour supporting their critically acclaimed fourth album Til My Tears Roll Away this week!

This is the first time The Audreys have toured Australia with a full band in more than three years, but it should be worth the wait. The Adelaide duo promises to play their new album in full, as well as plenty of fan favourites. To make sure you hear the songs you want, remember to send through your song requests to the band by leaving a comment on their Facebook page.

Expect the merch stand to be crowded as the band will be selling their limited edition Monsters EP exclusively at the gigs. It features all four versions of the track “Monster” plus the previously unreleased “Monster Part IV” and a gorgeous hand-pressed hand-drawn cover from multi-award winning illustrator Luke Jurevicious.

There are still tickets available for most of the following shows.

5 June 2014 – The Abbey, Canberra
6 June 2014 – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli
7 June 2014 – Lizotte’s, Newcastle
8 June 2014 – The Factory, Sydney
12 June 2014 – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
13 June 2014 – Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton
14 June 2014 – Ormond Hall, Melbourne
15 June 2014 – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo
19 June 2014 – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
20 June 2014 – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast
21 June 2014 – The Zoo, Brisbane
22 June 2014 – Sound Lounge, Gold Coast
26 June 2014 – Fresh, Launceston
27 June 2014 – Tapas Lounge Bar, Devonport
28 June 2014 – Republic Bar, Hobart
4 July 2014 – Fly By Night, Fremantle
5 July 2014 – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
11 July 2014 – The Gov, Adelaide

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