Stream the New Patrick James Single “Fight With Me” featuring Olympia

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Patrick James is about to head out on tour and to get ready he’s released the latest single from his Broken Lines EP, “Fight With Me”. The alt-country leaning track features vocals from Olympia who was added to the mix by producer Wayne Connolly pretty late in the game.

“Wayne saw the potential to make the most of the lyrical content, in that it is very conversational and almost like dialogue between two people,” Patrick James explains. “Once Olympia had laid down her part I think everyone involved in the project thought that the meaning and intensity of the song had been captured. It was a last minute idea that I’m really happy made it on to the EP.”

Check out “Fight With Me” below:

Patrick James’ upcoming tour with Winterbourne in support kicks off next week. The full list of dates are here:

Friday 29th August – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 30th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 4th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 26th September – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Missy Higgins Announces Tour and New Video

Missy Higgins
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With her new covers album OZ due for release on the 19th September it was inevitable that we’d also see a tour from Missy Higgins. And that tour kicks off this September with dates all around the country, including a huge amount of regional shows. Check out the dates below:

Saturday 20th September – Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – TECC, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 24th September – MECC – Plenary Halls A&B, Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 27th September – BCEC – Great Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 30th September – GCAC – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 1st October – Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium, Lismore, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 6th October – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW
Tuesday 7th October – Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall, Penrith, NSW
Thursday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th October – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th October – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 16th October – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th October – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 19th October – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
Wednesday 22nd October – Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 25th October – AEC – Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 29th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

To get you ready for the album and the tour Missy Higgins has just released the new video for her stunning version of “Shark Fin Blues”. Check it out here:

Yuko Nishiyama Releases Debut Album and Announces Tour

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Melbourne singer-songwriter Yuko Nishiyama has just released her debut album Parade and has been playing a bunch of shows to launch it. Parade has already been getting a plenty of praise from artists and media around the country.

Take a listen to the title single below along with the remaining dates for Yuko Nishiyama’s launch shows:

Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Olivers Army Announce Album Launch Tour

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Having announced plans to release their debut album Nothing Ever Really Stays The Same on the 29th August, newly Melbournised five piece Olivers Army will hit the road for a launch tour.

The tour is set to take in shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Ballarat and their original home town of Adelaide. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 29th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 20th September – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Hozier Announces Self Titled Album

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So the other night I was watching the US version of So You Think You Can Dance (don’t judge me!) and I was taken aback by a beautiful folk song that one of the couples were dancing to.

Using the trusty internet I quickly discovered that the track I’d heard was called “Like Real People Do” by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier. Take a listen here:

“Like Real People Do” is taken from the upcoming self titled album from Hozier which is due for release on the 3rd October. Given what we’ve heard so far we’re pretty excited to hear what else Hozier has on offer.

And that performance from So You Think You Can Dance? Check it out here:

Jack Carty Announces Details of His New Album Esk

Jack Carty
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Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty has finally announced the details of his highly anticipated new alum Esk. This will be Jack Carty’s first full length album since 2012’s Break Your Own Heart and is due to hit stores in the next few months.

Esk will feature the two new tracks we’ve already heard from Carty – the Katie Noonan featuring “The Universe” and the Josh Pyke co-written “The Joneses”.

“I wanted this record to be more collaborative from the start, whether that was in the writing of the songs, or the way we approached the recording sessions,” Jack Carty explains. “Josh invited me to his man-cave (that’s a space, not a euphemism) and we wrote “The Joneses” in a day. I think you can really hear both of us in there.”

We can’t wait to hear more from Esk before its release – and stay tuned for the inevitable tour announcement.

The Mullum Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Harry James Angus
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The other big festival announcement this week comes from our friends at The Mullum Music Festival. Held in Mullumbimby in northern New South Wales from the 20th to the 23rd November, the Mullum Music Festival has a reputation as one of the best events on the calendar.

The headliners this year are The Church, but it’s the rest of the lineup that we’re excited about.

Firstly none other than Cat Empire frontman and singer-songwriter Harry James Angus (above) has been announced as the festival patron, taking over from Mama Kin.

“Every year Mullum Music Festival shows me wonderful artists I haven’t seen before, and the artists that I have seen before doing things they don’t usually do – playing in the street parade, spinning out spontaneous collaborations, singing with the local choir. I’m proud to be the patron of a festival that does such a great job getting its artists out of the industry and into the community, where music belongs,” Harry James Angus said of the role.

And then secondly there’s a lineup that boasts a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more.

For more information on the Mullum Music Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full lineup of artists is below:

The Church, Hurray For the Riff Raff (US), Harry James Angus Band, Saskwatch, Husky, The Bombay Royale, Mia Dyson, Nai Palm, Kim Churchill, Bongeziwe Mabandla (SA), Bustamento, Nahko (US), Dubmarine, Darren Percival, Frank Yamma, Fourplay String Quartet, Bobby Alu, Andy Brown (Can), Del Barber (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ), Suzannah Espie, Mojo Juju & T Bone, C.R.Avery (Can), Holy Holy, Baby et Lulu, Kristy Lee (US), Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun, Bullhorn, Jordan Rakei, Liz Stringer, Sara Tindley, Wild Marmalade feat. Paul George, Gabriel and Cecilia, Jackie Marshall, Melotonins, Siskin River, Tora, The Mae Trio, Archer, Hussy Hicks, Mario Martini, Louie and Patrick, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife, Laura Targett, Walrus and the Carpenter, SistaGurl, Potato Potato, Mr Cassidy, The Yearlings, Warren Earl Band, Tim Stokes, Hue Blanes, Guy Kachel, The Buckleys, Ilona Harker and her Occasional Gentlemen, Asha Jefferies, Weatherless, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Three Little Sisters, Comedians: Mandy Nolan, Ellen Briggs, Greg Sullivan, Mark McConville, Paul McMahon, Fiona McGary, Nick Penn, Mario Queen of the Circus, Spaghetti Circus, St John’s Singers, Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra, Fiddlestrings, Mae Wildes Rock Quiz, a c.a.s.e for adaptation, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, The Mix Tape Crew, Byron Youth theatre, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Dustyesky Male Choir, Mullumbimby High showcase and many more.

Watch the New Video From The Timbers, “Mean Streak”, Plus East Coast Tour

The Timbers
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Adelaide folk and roots four piece The Timbers have just released their brand new single “Mean Streak”, taken from their debut album Lawless. The single also has a brand new video that you can watch below:

To celebrate the release of “Mean Streak” The Timbers will be heading out on an east coast tour, after a launch show in their home town. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 29th August – The World’s End, Adelaide, SA
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Seek Stumble Listen Live Announces First Live Music Event

Fanny Lumsden
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Seek Stumble Listen Live is one of our favourite Australian music blogs so we’re super excited to hear that they’re taking the next step with the announcement of their first live music and multimedia event.

On Friday 29th August Seek Stumble Listen Live will be taking over The Corner Store in Newtown, Sydney and will be featuring four bands ane two short films.

The films will be Meaningful Touches, directed by Sarah Steel and Mathilda, directed by Matthew Chuang. On the music front will be singer-songwriter Vanessa Caspersz, electronic duo Twin Caverns, Timber and Steel favourites Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers and the indie-pop of Little Fox.

The night will kick off at 6:30pm and is just $10 presale. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

Not Much Folk and Acoustic on the First Falls and Southbound Announcements

John Butler
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Ok, we know that if you want to go and see folk music over the New Years period your best bet is head north to the Woodford Folk Festival. But we’re also big supporters of The Falls Festival and Southbound Festival as they always manage to get some big name indie-folk and acoustic names on their lineups – check out our review of last year’s Falls Festival here.

The first lineup announcement for Falls and Southbound 2014/15 hit this morning and surprisingly this year folk, acoustic and roots based musicians are pretty thin on the ground. Outside of The John Butler Trio (above), Kim Churchill and Vance Joy there’s not a lot else that’s too Timber and Steel friendly – although as fans of music of all genres the lineup does look pretty good.

We’re hoping that as more artists are added we’ll start to see more acoustic seep into the lineup. If you’re keen to head to Falls the ticket ballot is now open. Check out the full lineup so far below:

Alt-J, Big Freedia, The Black Lips, Bluejuice, Cold War Kids, DMAs, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, The Kite String Tangle, Milky Chance, Movement, The Presets, Remi, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run The Jewels, Safia, SBTRKT (Live), Spiderbait, Sticky Fingers, The Temper Trap, Tensnake, Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (Live), Tycho, Vance Joy, Wolf Alice + More To Be Announced.

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