Before getting back with his Smith Street Band chums, Wil Wagner will embark on an extensive solo tour next month.
This will be Wil’s furthest reaching tour to date and one of his most gruelling, with just one day off over the space of two weeks. But touring doesn’t seem like hard work when you’re doing it with friends, so Wil has enlisted some of his best international mates to come along for the ride. America’s Laura Stevenson will play all New South Wales, Queensland, and Victorian shows, while fellow countryman Ian Graham and the UK’s Iona Cairns will play all shows.
Tickets are on sale for these talent-packed events now.
15 February 2017 – The Zoo, Brisbane
16 February 2017 – The Northern, Byron Bay
17 February 2017 – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
18 February 2017 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
19 February 2017 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
21-23 February 2017 – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne
24 February 2017 – Badlands, Perth
25 February 2017 – Mojos, Fremantle
26 February 2017 – Ed Castle, Adelaide
The beautiful songs from Love is a Dog just keep coming with the release of Tinpan Orange’s latest single, “See You In the Water.”
This is such a stunning song, with ethereal vocals and delicate strings. I definitely recommend taking a moment to stop what you’re doing and just listening to it, without distractions.
The Aussie trio has spent months touring, but they’re not done yet. Check out the following shows in Australia and abroad.
14 & 15 January 2017 – Illawarra Folk Festival, Wollongong
26 January 2017 – The Rocks Australia Day Festival, Sydney (FREE)
20 February 2017 – Haldern Pop, Haldern
21 February 2017 – Prinzenbar, Hamburg
22 February 2017 – Wohngemeinschaft, Köln
23 February 2017 – L’alimentation générale, Paris
25 February 2017 – Hafen 2, Offenbach/Frankfurt
26 February 2017 – Wohnzimmer Matinee, Dresden
27 February 2017 – Lido, Berlin
3 March 2017 – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
4 & 5 March 2017 – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup
11 & 12 March 2017 – A Festival Called Panama, Golconda
24 & 25th March 2017 – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah
26 March 2017 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (matinee show 2pm)
After spending a year in Berlin, Melbourne band Husky is back on our shores and back with a brand new single “Late Night Store.”
“Late Night Store” is the first track lifted from Husky’s third album, which will drop later this year. It’s got such a striking blend of guitars and keys, with a steady groove that keeps the listener engaged right to the end. I also love the poetry of the lyrics.
In a couple of days Husky will hit the road for their first national tour since 2014. If you’ve been hanging out for a Husky gig, make sure you don’t miss one of these shows.
17 November 2016 – Artbar Art Gallery of WA, Perth
19 November 2016 – Lighthouse Folk Festival, Norah Head
3 December 2016 – The Foundry, Fortitude Valley
7 December 2016 – Newtown Social Club, Newtown
8 December 2016 – Fat Controller, Adelaide
15 December 2016 – Howler, Brunswick
Image used with permission from Guerilla Music Promotion
It seems Subsonic won’t be the last we’ll see of Shapeshifter. The soulful Kiwi drum and bass act will return to our shores early next year to headline shows celebrating the recent release of album number six, Stars.
The album features the single “Her” and 10 other tracks which push the band’s stadium-sized sound to new heights. You can hear its tracks and plenty of old favourites at the following shows.
31 March 2017 – Metro City, Perth
1 April 2017 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
5 April 2017 – Parkwood, Gold Coast
6 April 2017 – Triffid, Brisbane
7 April 2017 – 170 Russell, Melbourne
8 April 2017 – Manning Bar, Sydney
When I wrote about HOLY HOLY’s killer new single “Darwinism” last month, I noted a tour wouldn’t be too far away. Now the Aussie act has announced some dates, and released a video for the single, I thought it only fair to put them on your radar.
Exciting stuff always happens when this band — which has members based in Launceston, Brisbane, and Melbourne — get together. Experience the magic for yourselves at the following shows. I Know Leopard and Alex L’Estrange will serve as supports except in Western Australia where Dream Rimmy will take I Know Leopard’s place.
3 November 2016 – Fat Controller, Adelaide
4 November 2016 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
5 November 2016 – Amplifier, Perth
6 November 2016 – Mojos, Fremantle
11 November 2016 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
12 November 2016 – The Workers Club, Geelong
13 November 2016 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
17 November 2016 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
18 November 2016 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
19 November 2016 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
20 November 2016 – The Basement, Canberra
24 November 2016 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
25 November 2016 – Solbar, Sunshine Coast
26 November 2016 – The Triffid, Brisbane
Outstanding American indie-folk songstress Angel Olsen is visiting our shores later this year to promote her brand new album My Woman. She’ll play some of the country’s most respected festivals and headline her own shows in key locations around the country.
The tour announcement coincides with the release of Angel’s brand new single “Sister.” It’s an epic ballad with a beautiful clip filmed at Joshua Tree National Park.
If you like what you hear, make sure you don’t miss Angel Olsen on her Aussie tour.
26 November 2016 – Grand Poobah, Hobart
28 November 2016 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
1 December 2016 – Lismore City Hall, Lismore
2 December 2016 – Brightside, Brisbane
2 & 3 December 2016 – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry
5 December 2016 – Sydney Opera House Studio, Sydney
7 December 2016 – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
8 December 2016 – Badlands, Perth
9-11 December 2016 – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith
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.”
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
After a late night glued to the discus finals and with a cold that’s lingering, I’m struggling to get moving even more than usual this Hump Day. Koi Child’s latest single “Touch Em” is just what I needed to get my butt into gear.
“Touch Em” is a magnificent fireball of brassy energy that showcases the unique funky sound of this Western Australian quartet. Its laidback vid was filmed in Koi Child’s hometown of Fremantle at the legendary Mojos Bar and surrounds.
“Touch Em” comes from Koi Child’s self-titled debut album, which is in stores now. The band will play “Touch Em” and other album tracks on their Aussie tour which kicks off in Mandurah this week.
19 August 2016 – ‘Hooch’ Players Bar, Mandurah
20 & 21 August 2016 – Mojos Bar, Fremantle
26 August 2016 – Volumes Festival @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
27 August 2016 – Howler, Melbourne
Corey Harris is one of the great unsung talents of the blues genre. He doesn’t have the global profile of a BB King or a Buddy Guy, two of the many artists he’s toured with, but he deserves it. Something tells me he doesn’t mind his lack of superstar status. The unassuming performer can quietly go about what he does, creating music which blends blues with soul, rock, reggae, and more.
Corey Harris hasn’t been to Australia in 16 years, but in a couple of weeks he’ll be back playing shows for local audiences. If you want an indication of what you’ll see at the show, check out this video which features performances from the North Sea Jazz Festival in April.
Here are all the places you can catch Corey playing while he’s in Oz.
19 August 2016 – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne
20 August 2016 – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine
21 August 2016 – Lizotte’s, Newcastle
23 August 2016 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
24 August 2016 – Harmonie-German Club, Canberra
25 August 2016 – The Basement, Sydney
26-28 August 2016 – Gympie Muster, Gympie
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.