The hardworking folks at Sydney boutique PR agency and management firm Rare Finds are celebrating their Sydney club night’s second birthday next month.
Hey Geronimo and Major Leagues will head up the bill which also features Bad Pony, Mookhi, Nocturnal Tapes and heaps more.
Rare Finds is passionate about giving outstanding local talent a strong local platform, so it’s a business worth getting behind. You can show your support at the 2nd birthday show on April 29 at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst. Get your tickets for just $20 from Moshtix.
Sea N Sound has gotten bigger and better for its second year, with an amazing line-up of local musical talent including Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel, and heaps more.
Add in some impressive local seafood and top-notch craft beer and you’ve got a great recipe for a day out. Last year 2,000 people turned out so event organisers have upgraded the space to hold 3,000. You can expect it to sell out, so don’t delay getting your tickets.
It all happens outside The Wharf Tavern in Mooloolaba on Saturday June 10. Tickets are on sale now through Moshtix.
Local urban artist Mike Waters has teamed up with American pop act Max Frost for an exciting new track “Drowning.”
“Drowning,” which Mike says is “about becoming completely consumed and overwhelmed by the pressure you put on yourself to succeed,” is such a catchy track. I can hear so many influences in it, yet the way it’s put together is totally unique. It’s so clever. I’ve listened to it several times this morning and I’m still hearing different things.
Mike will launch the single on April 7 at Melbourne’s Wesley Anne before joining Lewis Watson for his national tour in June.
The always exceptional Dustin Tebbutt has contributed a new original song, “Atlas In Your Eye,” to the latest Aussie cinematic masterpiece Jasper Jones.
I love the look of this movie and Dustin’s gentle folk song seems to match this tale of small-town intrigue beautifully.
“It was such an honour to work on this project, as the team involved are really incredible. When I was asked to come in and see the film and perhaps try to write a song for the closing scene, it really struck a chord with me,” Dustin explained.
“As I was driving home after the screening, the chorus came into my head. There was just so much in the story to pull from, that the rest came pretty quickly after that. I was also trying to capture the essence of some of the folk music of the 60′s in which the film was set, and also balance the light and dark that is woven throughout the novel.”
Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq and Bec Stevens, two of the country’s best young female talents, are joining forces for a short East Coast capitals tour kicking off next week.
The twosome has bonded over music, of course, but a shared love of vegan cheese toasties and The X-Files cemented their friendship. Separately, they’re both superb musicians. But put them together and you can expect some incredible harmonies and a lot of laughs, as this video shows.
Join in on the fun at the following shows.
30 March 2017 – Crowbar, Brisbane
31 March 2017 – The Record Crate, Sydney
2 April 2017 – The Rev, Melbourne
I’ve had one of my very rare days where I listened to a whole lot of music and nothing seemed to rev me. I wrote the article about Droplet last week, you see, and I’ve been attempting to find something else worth sharing with you for hours. I was starting to think perhaps I was being too picky. I was starting to worry I might end up letting my standards slip because I was just so keen to share something, anything, with you. But then I heard “Gaff’s Song,” the latest track from The Jensens, and it was like a shining light.
Literally, as it so happens, because this song makes me think of summer road trips down the coast. It’s got a great carefree vibe that I’m really responding too. My local area has been plagued by gloomy weather lately, and this track takes me back to the days that were a bit warmer. While it has a relaxed feel, there’s also a deeper meaning too, as the band explained in the press release.
“It’s about wilfully denying yourself of something instinctual, as well as the magnetism of desire. An internal argument of wanting love, but having no more time you’re prepared to give. It’s about sex being both a vital shared experience and a temporary distraction of a life otherwise lived at existential breaking point. And how pursuing that experience, is to enter a world of sacrifice and convention. It’s about appreciating the fact that your mind has been trained to feed you the notion of significance, by way of the libido, but ultimately questioning the necessity of all of it.”
“Gaff’s Song” comes from The Jensens’ sophomore EP Sexless, which drops on March 31.
Image used with permission from Secret Service Public Relations
If you love the unbridled passion and electronic experimentation of Bjork, you’re going to adore Droplet. This Melbourne artist has just released her self-titled debut EP which features the single “High.”
Self-titling a debut EP is par for the course, but especially appropriate when you took the ownership of Droplet. She wrote all the songs and produced them as well, ensuring her stamp runs through the release.
It’s rare to hear electronic tracks as raw as “High.” Droplet wrote the track from the perspective of a vulnerable woman, desperate for acceptance and searching for it in the wrong places rather than looking within. It sounds so different, perhaps due to Droplet’s unique musical upbringing.
“I was instinctively and subconsciously nurtured by music since the day I was born, sound was an integral part of my household,” she explained. “My father introduced me to many different styles of music – traditional Greek, classical, jazz, progressive rock – that although I had no direct interest in as a child, slowly made its imprint as I began to learn more and create when I was older.”
With her single, Droplet shows she’s a fascinating artist to keep an eye on.
I love grey, gloomy weather, but I must admit that the weeks of relentless rain in New South Wales are even starting to take their toll on me. If you need to bust those bad weather blues, take a listen to the summery electro-pop sounds of Selahphonic’s single “Had Our Heaven.”
The shimmery track comes from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut EP Therapy. With its retro synth sounds and singalong chorus, just see if you won’t be humming this song for the next week. It’s just that catchy. If you like it, make sure you head to Selahphonic’s website, where you can download it for free for a limited time.
Selahphonic will introduce fans to their EP with the following East Coast shows in April.
8 April 2017 – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast
13 April 2017 – Rare Finds @ Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
27 April 2017 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
28 April 2017 – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
12 May 2017 – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
With Sera’s brand new EP Call Me Up now available, it seemed the perfect time to introduce you to this awesome Brisbane pop-rock band.
“Doctor” is the lead single from the EP, and it takes me right back to the angry girl music of the ‘90s. I wasn’t at all surprised to see the band citing Killing Heidi and Garbage as influences. It still feels fresh though.
Sera will play the following shows around their home town to celebrate the EP’s launch. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the band travels to see fans around the rest of the country.
22 March 2017 – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
6 April 2017 – Milk Factory, South Brisbane
15 April 2017 – Milk Factory, South Brisbane
With some time to myself today it seemed the perfect moment to actually sit down and write about the exceptional concert I saw in Sydney last Friday night. No, not Adele. You wouldn’t know it judging by all the media hype, but Sydney actually welcomed two more international stars that night: Jewel and Don Henley.
As a woman of a certain age, I was pretty excited about seeing folk songbird live. Sadly a dinner that ran overtime and some unexpectedly long lines outside the new ICC Sydney Theatre meant we were a little late, but what I caught was just what I’d hoped it would be. Just Jewel, who looks like she hasn’t aged a day since the ‘90s, her acoustic guitar, and that sublime voice of hers. I loved hearing hits from Pieces of You as stripped back as they were on that original album. “Foolish Games” had me welling up. I also developed a new appreciation for “Intuition,” a song I’d always hated because it seemed so overproduced. The acoustic mode really let its cutting lyrics shine. A special moment between Jewel and her young son, dueting on a song sung for generations in her family, tugged at the heart strings. She really made the most of her all-too-brief time on stage, sharing stories and songs with such warmth. There was even yodelling! I really hope to see her back in Australia soon, because she was superb.
After seeing The Eagles a couple of times before Glenn Frey’s untimely death, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Don’s solo show. I knew the songs would be good, but I wondered whether the Eagles’ tracks would seem a little lacking without the other Eagles voices in the mix. But Don knows what he’s doing. He assembled one of the tightest bands I’ve seen in some time, including three superb backup singers my husband recognised from The Voice US. He opened with a song from her latest album Cass County, “Seven Bridges Road,” a stripped back country number which really showcased the vocal talents of all on stage.
While this show was about touring Cass County, Don knows what fans want to hear. He promised us he’d do the occasional song for him, but plenty of songs for us, and he did. The set drew heavily from his days with The Eagles; wisely he stuck to those tracks where he originally sang lead vocals, ensuring they sounded just right to our ears. I was especially thrilled to hear “The Last Resort,” a song that Don admitted he hadn’t played for decades before embarking on these solo shows. Tracks from the ‘80s were also celebrated. Despite their advancing years they sounded so fresh, especially “The End of the Innocence” with its lyrics so resonant in the time of Trump. There were surprises too; I’m not sure anyone expected Don Henley to launch into “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
It took until the second encore for Don to address the elephant in the room and chat about Glenn Frey, his longtime collaborator who we so sadly lost last year. He told us how he missed him before launching into two of the songs they penned together: “Wasted Time” and “Desperado.” Such painful songs made more poignant under the circumstances. We took a moment, remembered, and then danced. It’s what Glenn would have wanted I think. “All She Wants to Do is Dance” was the perfect closer for Don Henley’s show, a performance that was about nostalgia but also celebrating an artist that continues to be at the top of his game.
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.