I hear a lot of music, but I can’t remember hearing anything quite like “King of Bohemia,” the new single from Sydney duo Betty & Oswald.
It’s retro and jazzy, but also so much grungier and dirtier than anything you’d hear at a smoky speakeasy. That grittiness makes it feel completely fresh, while its classic influences make it instantly accessible.
In short, I want to hear more. If you do too, make sure you catch Betty & Oswald as they travel around the country next month in support of “King of Bohemia.”
10 April 2015 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
11 April 2015 – The Brewery, Wollongong (FREE)
17 April 2015 – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave (FREE)
18 April 2015 – The Espy, Melbourne (FREE)
22 April 2015 – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle (FREE)
23 April 2015 – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
25 April 2015 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast (FREE)
26 April 2015 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane (FREE)
After wowing crowds with their Crazy tour earlier this year, Art of Sleeping are set to do it all again with a tour to celebrate their awesome new single “Voodoo.”
Perhaps fittingly considering its title, there’s a really dark, tribal feel to this track. It perfectly captures that angst and out-of-control longing that comes with a love gone wrong.
Fans will get a sneak peek at Art of Sleeping’s forthcoming debut album at the following Voodoo shows. Tickets are on sale now.
5 June 2015 – Transit Bar, Canberra
6 June 2015 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
12 June 2015 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
13 June 2015 – Jive, Adelaide
18 June 2015 – Mojos, Fremantle
19 June 2015 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
20 June 2015 – Aplifier, Perth
26 June 2015 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore
27 June 2015 – Triffid Hanger, Brisbane
Karnivool aren’t the only ones celebrating a milestone. Jebediah have clocked up 20 years in the business, and they’re ringing in the anniversary with a retrospective album and tour.
The Twenty album features 20 tracks handpicked by the band and spanning their entire career. It’s a great chance of reminiscing, or the perfect introduction for music lovers who’ve only just discovered the band’s music. Twenty will be available in digital, double CD, or double vinyl and double CD formats tomorrow.
Jebediah will tour the country with special supports from some of their best friends in the business, including many who are reforming just for the occasion. Each show will see Jebediah performing some of their biggest hits before playing their debut album Slightly Odway in its entirety. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows from Jebediah’s website.
5 June 2015 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (with Front End Loader)
12 June 2015 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (with Screamfeeder)
19 June 2015 – The Corner Hotel, Richmond (with Fur)
25 June 2015 – HQ, Adelaide (with Red Jezebel)
26 June 2015 – Astor Theatre, Perth (with Turnstyle)
A decade ago a band from Perth put together whatever cash they could find to fund their debut album. That album became Themata, a labour of blood, sweat, and tears for Karnivool. A lot has changed since that time. They don’t have to scrounge for cash to record. They’re known throughout the world, and they can sell out shows in London as easily as they can here in Oz.
Usually Karnivool focus on looking forward, but this autumn they’re treating local fans to a special retrospective tour. They’ll play all the tracks from Themata, and some special surprises to reward the loyal people who helped them get here.
Tickets are on sale now for Karnivool’s Themata Decade shows.
30 April 2015 – University, Wollongong
1 May 2015 – Panthers, Newcastle
2 May 2015 – Metro, Sydney
7 May 2015 – The Northern, Byron Bay
8 May 2015 – The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
9 May 2015 – The Triffid, Brisbane
12 May 2015 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
15 May 2015 – Kay Street, Traralgon
16 May 2015 – Wool Exchange, Geelong
19 May 2015 – The Gov, Adelaide
21 May 2015 – Discovery, Darwin
22 May 2015 – Metro City, Perth
When I heard that Reece Mastin had signed a deal with independent Social Family Records, I was pretty excited. I really enjoyed his musical instincts on The X Factor, but I felt like his individuality kind of got beaten out of him by people who wanted him to become the next pinup boy.
Judging by this snippet of his new single “Rebel and the Reason,” the title track from his new EP (released May 1), he’s now on the right track. This is by far the most substantial song he’s released. It’s got that rock edge that I always enjoyed about him, and a real honesty in the vocals.
Reece is going to bring his new music to the masses with a string of shows in capital cities and key regional centres this June.
“I know it seems like it’s been a long time coming but hopefully the fans will agree it was worth the wait,” he said in a press release. “I can definitely say that this is completely 100 percent me and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. I’m in a really good place and can’t wait to share the new songs with everyone.”
Reece promises fans will hear his new songs as well as their old favourites at the following gigs. All shows are all ages, although parents or guardians must accompany under 18s at the Wollongong gig.
12 June 2015 – Factory Theatre, Marrickville
13 June 2015 – Waves, Wollongong
14 June 2015 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
20 June 2015 – Prince Bandroom, St Kilda
21 June 2015 – Esso BHP Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale
26 June 2015 – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane
27 June 2015 – Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra
28 June 2015 – Church Theatre, Toowoomba
He’s currently keeping Rod Stewart company on his Aussie tour, but James Reyne is already looking ahead to solo shows. Just as he’s doing on his current supporting stint, James will play a hit-filled set in capital cities around the country.
Over 90 minutes, James will take crowds on a trip down memory lane with his best known Australian Crawl hits, solo smashes, and more.
“Last year we did a run of shows playing Australian Crawl songs, had such a good time doing it, and audiences responded so enthusiastically that we thought that the only thing that could possibly be better was to play all the hits,” James explained. “I’m talking about The Crawl hits, the solo hits and even some Company Of Strangers. Yes folks, it’s nothing but hits, hits, hits – all killer no filler!”
See James Reyne on his All the Hits: Solo – Crawl – More shows at the following venues, with Pseudo Echo supporting.
14 & 15 August 2015 – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
22 August 2015 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
28 & 29 August 2015 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
5 September 2015 – The Astor, Perth
11 & 12 September 2015 – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Image used with permission by Revolutions per Minute
I was under the impression that the last time I saw Uncle Jed was part of their farewell tour. However, it seems that this talented trio are actually embarking on one more national tour to officially close this chapter in their careers. Dubbed Farewell Uncle Jed: Hello Luna Grand, the tour give fans one more chance to hear the Uncle Jed material before the band focuses on their new material.
“The rebirth as Luna Grand is not just a rebranding, but a real change in the spirit of what we do,” explained vocalist Laura Stitt. “We have had fun interpreting other people’s songs, but being able to communicate our own feelings and experiences is something we felt we could better achieve with a fresh start.”
These guys are brilliant. Enjoy one final taste of Uncle Jed at the following shows.
3 April 2015 – Yamba Bowling Club, Yamba
4 April 2015 – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
10 April 2015 – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
11 April 2015 – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast
16 April 2015 – The Grace Darling, Melbourne
18 April 2015 – Rivafest, Renmark
19 April 2015 – The Grace Emily, Adelaide
Bonjah have just released their killer new single “Burn.” Its lyrics have so much wisdom and they’re backed up beautifully by an easy guitar groove.
The Melbourne-based, Kiwi-born band is heading to Canadian Music Week in May, but they just have time to squeeze in the majority of their national tour dates to promote the single. Catch them play at the following venues.
2 April 2015 – Easter Festival, Bendigo
3 April 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
24 April 2015 – Howler, Melbourne
1 May 2015 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
2 May 2015 – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast
6-9 May 2015 – Canadian Music Week
10 May 2015 – Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast
Image used with permission from Remedy PR
It’s taken a long time for me to “get” Courtney Barnett. I’d see her kicking goals in the U.S. and people raving about her here, but couldn’t quiet see what they saw. I appreciated her quirky songwriting and musicality, but I was missing the emotional connection I need to get really invested. However, I found it with her new single “Depreston,” an ode to a bargain-priced estate sale home and the memories it holds in Preston, Victoria.
“Depreston” is the follow up to “Pedestrian At Best,” and both tracks are lifted from her long-awaited debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which hits stores tomorrow. Courtney’s playing SXSW, but she’ll be back on home soil to promote the album with a national tour in May. Teeth & Tongue will support Courtney at the following shows.
24 April 2015 – Wrestpoint, Hobart
1 May 2015 – The Gov, Adelaide
2 May 2015 – The Bakery, Perth
8 May 2015 – The Metro, Sydney
9 May 2015 – The HiFi, Brisbane
15 & 16 May 2015 – The Forum, Melbourne
Triple J Hugh School Unearthed graduate Asta is moving up to the big leagues with the release of her new single “Dynamite.”
It’s ridiculously catchy, which should come as no surprise because it was co-written by Andrew Klippel who had a hand in hits from Human Nature, Euphoria, and Lash back in the day. Andrew also worked with Chaka Khan and Earth Wind & Fire, which explains the single’s disco diva vibe.
That 80s soul influence is tempered by guest rapping from Allday. It’s an unlikely pairing, but one that works brilliantly here.
You can find out more about what Asta’s all about when she launches “Dynamite” at the following shows.
26 March 2015 – Tasmanian International Arts Festival Spiegeltent, Hobart
27 March 2015 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
28 March 2015 – The Hills are Alive, Kernot
2 April 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Newtown
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.