Watch the New Aldous Harding Video “No Peace”

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If you’re a fan of antipodean alt-country then you’ll have no doubt stumbled across Aldous Harding. The New Zealand singer-songwriter has been making waves throughout 2014 with her self titled album and is definitely an artist to watch.

Aldous Harding’s new video is “No Peace” which was directed by Martin Sagadin. Check it out below:

Watch the New Emmy The Great Video “Swimming Pool”

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Emmy The Great’s fantastic new single “Swimming Pool” now has an eery new video, described as “A hologram’s final interaction with its owner”. The track is the first new Emmy The Great song in a while and is taken from her January 26th EP S.

Check out the video for “Swimming Pool” below:

Listen to the New Bear’s Den Single “Think of England”

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UK trio Bear’s Den have released the latest single from their album Islands, “Think of England”, to stream online this week. The track is a little more rock focused than a lot of their recent offerings but still has that distinct Bear’s Den sound.

Listen to “Think of England” below:

The Morrisons and Lost Highway Announce Christmas & Inner Western

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Strap on the tinsel and jingle the bells, Christmas and Inner Western is coming to town. Sydney’s regular alt-country and Americana night Country and Inner Western have announced their final show of the year at GoodGod Small Club on Wednesday the 10th December and it’s going to be Christmas themed

Joining Country and Inner Western’s “house band” The Morrisons this time around will be local alt-country legends Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. The music kicks off at 8pm with tickets just $10 on the door.

For more information on the night check out the official Facebook invite here.

Listen to The Lumineer’s Penned “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games

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If you’ve seen the latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 you’ll have noticed two things about the music:

  1. There’s almost no music from the Lorde curated “soundtrack” other than the track “Yellow Flicker Beat” over the closing credits
  2. The one song that does feature heavily in the film, “The Hanging Tree”, has a distinctly folky flavour reminiscent of the T Bone Burnett produced soundtrack to the first film

The fact that “The Hanging Tree” sounds folky is no accident. The lyrics for the song were written by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins as a “traditional” and have been put to music by Timber and Steel folk favourites The Lumineers. The song itself is used as a rabble-rousing chorus in the movie, not unlike many traditional folk songs before it.

If you haven’t heard it yet check out “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, performed by Jennifer Lawrence, below:

Little Bastard Announce 2015 Tour and New Video “Desert Roller”

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Sydney alt-country-rock band Little Bastard have been off the road for the last few months and they’re itching to get back out there. Little Bastard have announced a national tour for February and March next year before they start work on their next album.

The tour kicks off in Sydney and then makes it’s way through the country, finished up in Fremantle. Check out the full list of dates below as well as their brand new video “Desert Roller”:

Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Party In The Paddock Festival, TAS
Thursday 5th March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 6th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 7th March – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Paolo Nutini Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

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Paolo Nutini is an artist that will not be confined by genre. A quick search on Youtube for the Scottish singer-songwriter will reveal a career peppered with rock, pop, blues, Americana, folk and trad. When he’s in the country for Bluesfest next year he’ll be touring his soul and funk infused album Caustic Love – but don’t be surprised if you hear a little bit of everything in his live show.

While he’s in the country for Bluesfest Paolo Nutini has also announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 31st March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Slow Club Announce Australian Tour Dates

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When we first started writing Timber and Steel almost five years ago now UK duo Slow Club were the new darlings on the UK nu-folk scene. In the years since they’ve moved away from the folk side of music to a more electronic and rock sound, but at their core has always been the amazing harmonies that first attracted our attention.

Slow Club are heading back to Australia this January and while they may not be “folk” enough for Timber and Steel anymore we’re still going to recommend heading out and seeing them. Check out the full list of dates and their new video “Everything is New” below:

Thursday 15th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Announces Debut Solo Album

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Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens has announced plans to release her debut solo album early next year. The album is Tomorrow Is My Turn and was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett who Giddens also worked with on The New Basement Tapes project.

“I had already started putting together a list of songs that didn’t really fit into the Chocolate Drops world,” Giddens explained. “At the top was “Tomorrow Is My Turn” [immortalized by Nina Simone]. Seeing Nina do it on YouTube was revelatory. I knew she’d gone through a lot of hard times, as so many people did in that time period. Watching her sing this song, with the words “tomorrow is my turn,” I began to think about the struggle of her and women like her.”

Tomorrow Is My Turn is due for release on the 10th February. Check out the full tracklist below along with audio from the tracks “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind” and “Shake Sugaree”:

1. Last Kind Words (Geeshie Wiley, arr. Rhiannon Giddens)
2. Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind (Dolly Parton)
3. Waterboy (Jacques Wolfe)
4. She’s Got You (Hank Cochran)
5. Up Above My Head (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
6. Tomorrow Is My Turn (Charles Aznavour/Marcel Stellman/Yves Stéphane)
7. Black Is the Color (Traditional, arr. Rhiannon Giddens)
8. Round About the Mountain (Traditional, arr. Roland Hayes)
9. Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten)
10. O Love Is Teasin’ (Traditional, arr. Rhiannon Giddens)
11. Angel City (Rhiannon Giddens)


Watch the New Ben Howard Video “I Forget Where We Were”

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For his latest video UK singer-songwriter Ben Howard has stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. The video is for the song “I Forget Where We Were”, the title track from his brand new new album.

Check out “I Forget Where We Were” below:

Ben Howard will be back in Australia for Bluesfest next year and has a sideshow planned at the Sydney Opera House on the 29th March.

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