After 13 fabulous years, it’s sad to realise that Bluejuice will kick off their final tour at the end of the month. Thankfully they’re leaving us with a tour and a greatest hits album, including the fun new single “I’ll Go Crazy,” before they depart, but it’s still a bit bittersweet.

The album Retrospectable will feature the best bits from Bluejuice’s three studio albums as well as some brand new songs. Get it on September 19, a couple of the days ahead of that farewell tour. Thankfully there are a couple of under 18s shows as well as some licensed events so everyone can bid the band adieu. Don’t expect a John Farnham style goodbye here. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

25 September 2014 – Uni Bar, Adelaide (Licensed/All Ages)
26 September 2014 – Capitol, Perth
27 September 2014 – Red Earth Arts Festival, Karratha
2 October 2014 – Hi Fi, Brisbane
3 October 2014 – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
4 October 2014 – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
10 October 2014 – Hi Fi, Melbourne
11 October 2014 – Hi Fi, Melbourne (Under 18s matinee @ midday)
11 October 2014 – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave
12 October 2014 – Barwon Club, Geelong
17 October 2014 – Waves, Wollongong
18 October 2014 – ANU Bar, Canberra
23 October 2014 – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle
24 October 2014 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (Licensed/All Ages)

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It seems crowdfunding can do anything these days, even bring a band back from a long hiatus. Thanks to the generosity of their fans, The Beautiful Girls are preparing to release their first album since 2010.

The crowdfunded Dancehall Days will hit stores on October 3. Frontman Mat McHugh said he began writing it intended for it to be a solo release, but it soon became clear that he needed to put the band back together.

“When I stood back from them I was able to see that I was being steered into a particular direction. They all sounded like ‘The Beautiful Girls’. It’s hard to explain it but I know it when I hear it,” Mat insists. “Spooky, dubby, digital dancehall tinged, rootsy, punky, reggae music mashed up with some mellow acoustic sea songs. In some ways it’s about reclaiming my musical identity”.

The Beautiful Girls will thank fans for their generosity with shows this October and November. They’re a great opportunity for music lovers to hear the new songs in the live arena as well as plenty of old favourites.

1 October 2014 – Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt
2 October 2014 – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach
3 October 2014 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
4 October 2014 – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
16 October 2014 – Wollongong Uni Bar, Gwynneville
17 October 2014 – The Metro, Sydney
18 October 2014 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West
23 October 2014 – Spirit Bar, Traralgon
24 October 2014 – 170 Russell, Melbourne
25 October 2014 – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads
7 November 2014 – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
8 November 2014 – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown

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I think Mia Dyson might be one of Australia’s most consistent musicians. She doesn’t release music to a lot of fanfare, but it’s always so solid. Her latest, “Idyllwild,” the title track from her latest album, is another fabulous showcase for this incredible songstress’ talent.

Mia explained that this rollicking single is a love song of sorts to the small town where she spent an unconventional honeymoon.

“I got hitched not that long ago at the Los Angeles county courthouse and afterwards, we found ourselves driving up into the mountains to this little town called Idyllwild, sort of laying our decision out there and celebrating in the natural world,” she said.

“It was a surreal, utopian journey and out of it came this frenetic, high-spirited song, stylistically influenced by bands from my 80s childhood like Elvis Costello & Talking Heads.”

Mia will celebrate its release with a string of intimate shows this October and November.

1 October 2014 – Lizotte’s, Kincumber
2 October 2014 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
3 October 2014 – Lizotte’s, New Lambton
4 October 2014 – Lizotte’s, Dee Why
5 October 2014 – Blues on Parade @ The Norwood Hotel, Norwood
9 October 2014 – Harvester Moon, Bellarine
10 October 2014 – Howler, Melbourne
11 October 2014 – Caravan Club, Melbourne
12 October 2014 – Old Hepburn Springs, Hepburn Springs
16 & 17 October 2014 – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin
18 October 2014 – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (with Shane Nicholson)
19 October 2014 – Beav’s Bar, Geelong
23 October 2014 – Red Hot Music, Devonport
24 October 2014 – Republic Bar, Hobart
21 November 2014 – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
22 & 23 November 2014 – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby

It might seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson want to make sure you know about their shows before your December calendar fills up. After performing two sold out gigs earlier this year, the lads are doing it all again with a more extensive nationwide Christmas tour.

I can’t imagine we’ll hear too many carols but there should be plenty of hits at these stripped back, acoustic concerts. Tickets are on sale through Oztix for all the following shows.

17 December 2014 – The Gov, Adelaide
18 December 2014 – Republic Bar, Hobart
19 December 2014 – The Corner, Melbourne
20 December 2014 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
21 December 2014 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
22 December 2014 – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay
23 December 2014 – Waves, Wollongong

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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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