Even More Free Downloads From Joe Pug

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Yesterday we published an article offering free downloads of Joe Pug and Strand Of Oaks covering each-other, and today, Joe Pug has backed it up again with a free 4 track sampler of his back-catalogue. Joe Pug has been all about sharing his music from day one- he even used to send out free CD samplers in the post to anyone that asked for one. He’s also had an EP called In The Meantime up for free download on his website for ages, which is well worth a listen. So if you’ve heard people talking about Joe Pug, but you can’t quite yet justify taking the chance and purchasing his music, this is a great opportunity to test the water. You’ll love it. Trust me. The links to the pages with his downloads are below:

Gum Ball Interview: Lanie Lane

Lanie Lane
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One of the artists we’re most excited about at this year’s Gum Ball festival is genre defying chanteuse Lanie Lane. A lot has been happening for Lane since we first featured her on Timber and Steel at the start of the year including an appearance at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the coveted support slot with Justin Townes Earle’s recent national tour. Evan Hughes sat down with Lanie Lane to talk about her experiences from that tour, the differences between playing solo and with a band and her excitement about being on the Gum Ball Lineup

Evans Hughes: You’ve just come off a massive tour supporting Justin Townes Earle yeah – how was that?
Lanie Lane: It was awesome. He’s a really interesting dude to hang out with and I love his music. It’s good to go on tour with someone when you’re not going to get sick of the music every night. I really dug it. I’m actually missing listening to him sing every night – you get to know the songs and really connect with them. It was a really good audience for me because it was a really good listening audience, I found, everywhere we went. I think it’s just his crowd that are there to listen and not scream and talk over everyone. I had a really good tour – it was fun.
EH: Was it almost like playing a headline gig where people are actually there early and paying attention?
LL: Yeah most of the time it felt like that. There were a couple of shows where it was a bit weird. Like in WA I found those two shows were a bit harder in that respect. But a lot of the other shows up to eighty percent of the crowd were there already for me. I think also in WA because I actually opened and Joe Pug went on second. He did three shows so it was much quieter [for me] but for the rest of the shows it almost felt like headlining. Like The Annandale and the The Basement in Sydney were chockas and everyone was dead silent.
EH: I caught Justin Townes Earl at the Blue Mountains Music Festival and from talking to the crowd it seemed like a lot of his audience were musicians or music lovers.
LL: Yeah, a definite cross between musicologists and younger people that are into playing music or into country music or whatever. I liked the audience.
EH: Our contributor Thom Miles said in the review of your Adelaide show that while you and Justin Townes Earle have different styles you did really compliment each other. There enough similarities that the people that were there for Justin were digging your music too.
LL: Yeah. There’s moments in my set where I think “this song is really fitting in with his style”. Not that I’m trying to fit in with his style but maybe some of my slower country stuff would be more along the vein that he’s going down. It’s nice to have the contrast obviously but we would probably enjoy listening to the same music. I thought it was very complimentary. It was a nice variation but not too crazy different. So I liked it.
EH: We’re primarily focused on folk music at Timber and Steel, including all of it’s different genre strands, and one of the reasons we cover your music is because you have that country element. But your style is really a mix of genres. What would you say your influences are?
LL: It’s everyone you listen to really. Whether you take it on board musically or not I think you’re influenced by everything you hear. I mean you must be, whether it be negatively or positively. Even just going on tour with someone like Justin [Townes Earle] I might get something from that, there might be something brewing there that I might not feel yet and then next time I go and write a song I might have something come out a bit different. And that might be from that influence, you just never know where it’s going to come from. I think it’s just what you expose yourself to. I don’t think about it too much, where it comes from. There’s obviously influences there which is not hard to pick once you hear what write. I just haven’t thought about that stuff too much. The only time I think about it is when someone asks me, which is obviously on a daily basis. I love all music.
EH: So you’re playing The Gum Ball up in the Hunter Valley in April. Are you looking forward to that?
LL: Super! It’s going to be great. Is it near winery’s and stuff?
EH: It’s on a property up there.
LL: Yay! That sounds awesome. And CW [Stoneking]’s playing so that’s really cool. Hopefully I’ll get to meet him again. I met him at one of his gigs and I gave a live CD of mine and I told him that one of the songs, “Jungle Man”, is about him. I got an e-mail from him about that but I haven’t seen him sense then so that will be cool. And I hope we’re playing on the same day so I can watch him. It’ll be great fun – I think I’m doing that show solo actually
EH: Do you sometimes play with a band?
LL: Yeah, I’ve been playing more and more with a band. It’s really fun. I’ve done so many hundreds of shows solo so it’s nice to play in a band. Even the other night I played in a duo with Aidan [Roberts] who plays guitar – he plays in Belles Will Ring as well – and he has so much energy in his playing, he just brings so much to the music. Even just the two of us playing a gig was super fun. It’s just so nice when we’ve got the full thing – we’ve got double bass, drums, two guitars and we bring out the ukulele a few times. I love it. My band are just such beautiful people and they just love the music, we all just have so much fun. We kind of had this disaster gig the other day though.
EH: Tell us about that.
LL: We were playing this outdoor thing – I won’t tell you what gig it was – and for us it was really difficult because we were in the middle of this field on this outdoor festival stage and the sun was just absolutely beating down on us. All our guitars and double basses and everything are old so everything was going out of tune. By the end of each song I was like “dammit, I have to tune again”. My tuner broke and then Aidan broke a string and I just couldn’t hear. It was just such a horrible gig – just technically difficult. When you play with a band it can get more complicated, but it’s worth it I reckon.
EH: So Gum Ball will be solo Lanie?
LL: Yeah
EH: Do you change your set much to match whether you’re solo or with a band?
LL: I think mostly the songs are the same. It just gives me flexibility if I play solo because I can just suddenly, if I felt like not playing a song, I can do something else. The band know most of the songs but there might be songs that we haven’t rehearsed or something. It would probably fine if I just went “let’s just play this and it will be these chords” and they’d work it out but obviously they don’t want to do that too much. But yeah, mostly the same set.
EH: And then post-Gum Ball, what’s the plan for the rest of the year?
LL: I’m going to make a video this month for the new single [“Like Me Meaner”]. And the album will come out probably June/July-ish. i don’t exactly know what date. And then hopefully do another couple of tours and stuff. Just keep going I guess, having fun.
EH: Thank you so much for chatting with us today Lanie. It’s been a pleasure.
LL: No problems.

Listen to Lanie Lane’s new track “Like Me Meaner” on her MySpace now. Info about The Gum Ball can be found on the official site.

Watch New Video for “Changes” by Stars (but not in-front of your boss/librarian/grandma)

Image courtesy of Pitchfork

Despite what you may have heard, Timber & Steel is not adverse to the odd dose of boob- but only under certain conditions:

  1. Nudity must be contrasted by controversial exploration of contemporary religion and its relevance in today’s society
  2. Said boob must be in some way incorporated in an interpretive dance
  3. Said nude interpretive dance must embellish the classical architecture of a famous theatre
  4. The video must vaguely and confusingly hint at some form of human/animal morphology
  5. The entire thing must be sound-tracked by a Canadian indie-folk/pop song from a 2010 album called The Five Ghosts

Please note that these conditions are subject to bi-daily review.

Free Download: New Vetiver Song “Can’t You Tell” (+ New Album Details)

Image courtesy of Sub Pop

I can’t believe we hadn’t posted about this upcoming release yet, or about Vetiver at all! We should probably do an artist profile at some stage, but to give you an idea for now, Vetiver belong to that freak-folk crowd from the New Weird America movement– think Akron/Family, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Castanets, Grizzly Bear, etc.

The Errant Charm will be their 5th studio album and will be released on the 14th of June by one of the biggest indie labels out there- Sub Pop. We’re going to have to send you to the Pitchfork article (via this link) for the free “Can’t You Tell” download because WordPress doesn’t support embedding these kind of Flash widgets. Sigh. Track listing for the album is below.

1. It’s Beyond Me
2. Worse for Wear
3. Can’t You Tell
4. Hard to Break
5. Fog Emotion
6. Right Away
7. Wonder Why
8. Ride Ride Ride
9. Faint Praise
10. Soft Glass

The Middle East Announce National Tour

The Middle East
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In what is gearing up to be a year of highly anticipated releases one album that seems to be on the top of a lot of people’s “must have” lists is the debut from Queensland’s The Middle East, I Want That You Are Always Happy. And with the album’s release mere days away (that’s the 8th April people) it was inevitable that The Middle East would follow up with a tour of some sorts.

Well the band haven’t disappointed announcing a huge raft of dates this June all over our great country. I’m going to stop wasting your time with my verbosity and let you get straight to the dates but I do need to say this – you have to see The Middle East Live, no excuses.:

Friday 3rd June – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Saturday 4th June – Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville
Wednesday 8th June – Fly by Night Club, Fremantle
Friday 10th June – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Saturday 11th June – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Monday 13th June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Wednesday 15th June – Old Museum, Brisbane
Thursday 16th June – Joe’s Waterhole, Sunshine Coast
Friday 17th June – The Metro, Sydney
Sunday 19th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Fleet Foxes’ “Grown Ocean” Video and Track Listing

Fleet Foxes
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Fleet Foxes have just released what looks like the first clip from their forthcoming album Helplessness Blues. The video, for the track “Grown Ocean”, features documentary style footage of the band recording and messing about outdoors. Take a look at it below and tell us what you think:

And because we don’t seem to have printed it yet, here’s the track listing for Helplessness Blues (we gave you the cover art here):

1. Montezuma
2. Bedouin Dress
3. Sim Sala Bim
4. Battery Kinzie
5. The Plains/Bitter Dancer
6. Helplessness Blues
7. The Cascades
8. Lorelai
9. Someone You’d Admire
10. The Shrine/An Argument
11. Blue Spotted Tail
12. Grown Ocean

Interview: The Little Stevies

The Little Stevies
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Evan Hughes spent a very rainy and wet Blue Mountains Music Festival unsuccessfully trying to see Melbourne pop-folksters The Little Stevies due to packed out venues and clashing appearance times. While this wasn’t great for Evan it’s got to be great for the band who have just released their sophomore album to glowing reviews and are at the beginning of a massive national tour. Luckily Evan did manage to pin down Sibylla Stephen, Beth Stephen and Robin Geradts-Gill from The Little Stevies for long enough between packed shows to chat to them about their experiences in the USA, their struggle with the term “folk” and their plans for the rest of the year.

Evan Hughes: It’s been a very rainy Blue Mountains Music Festival so far. Have you been enjoying yourselves?
Sibylla Stephen: Yeah very much so. It has been really rainy – it’s full on. Robin’s been complaining the whole time about his feet being wet and that’s been quite annoying.
EH: The wet feet or the complaining?
SS: Well, both.
Robin Geradts-Gill: Someone went home early because of the rain last night. And it wasn’t me.
SS: I just don’t have the stamina anymore. I love a couple of glasses of wine more than anyone, especially with good friends, some food or whatever. But more than that just makes me sleepy. I no longer have the stamina to stay out late or do anything. It’s tragic – because I planned to do that last night. I planned a big night. Anyway, whatever. Robin did, he got back at 5am.
RGG: Yeah it was a good night
EH: Does that mean it will be an interesting performance this afternoon?
RGG: I think I’ll be right. I think some food will put me right. I’m hoping.
EH: You guys are friends with quite a few bands at the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Is it like coming out and catching up with old mate?
Beth Stephen: It is fun having people that you know when you go away. And there is quite bunch of people here. It’s kind of nice just to walk into The Clarendon and go “oh hey, how are you?” and have a little chat.
SS: I haven’t seen Sal the whole time. I don’t know where Sal Kimber’s staying
BS: It’s funny how many people you do end up knowing at a festival that you go to that you don’t end up talking to.
SS: Or you just know by face.
BS: Just because you don’t spend that much time actually watching stuff anyway.
SS: It’s crazy how much time you don’t spend watching music at a music festival when you’re playing at it. Well for me anyway. Like, y’know, my hair and beauty routine is just so full on (laughs). In the lead up and then taking it off after – it takes me forever.
EH: Because there seems to be lots of Melbourne bands here.
SS: Yeah, there’s TiPan [Orange]. Sal Kimber and the Rolling Wheel – we’ve been recommending them to everyone, making sure people go and see them. Who else is from Melbourne?
EH: Band of Brothers?
SS: Oh yeah [Robin] went to school with one of them
RGG: I watched them last night. I’ve known Leonard [Grigoryan] since school. In fact we were at school for years and years, he was the year below me, but I’ve never actually gone and watched him perform with Slava [Grigoryan] – I did last night, it was great.
SS: Were they amazing?
RGG: Yeah, yeah. Pretty freaky.
EH: Yeah they’re amazing. Top guitarists.
SS: Wow
EH: I’ve seen you guys a couple of times and on stage you talk about this experience you had when you went over to the States and you played, like, folk festivals where you showcased stuff?
RGG: It was the Folk Alliance Conference. It’s like a showcase conference.
EH: And you were dong showcases in hotel rooms? From what you’ve said on stage it was a fairly surreal, almost uncomfortable experience.
BS: It’s kind of like a folk festival confined in the space of three levels of hotel rooms. And as you can imagine the hotel rooms are tiny so if there’s more than fifteen people in there it’s so uncomfortably jam-packed.
SS: And if there’s only one person in there it’s so uncomfortable.
BS: People are sort of roaming around the hallways and it’s completely packed. And it happens between 10pm and 3am which are the weirdest hours for it.
RGG: But pretty cool though.
BS: It does feel like this massive folk party. It’s weird
SS: It’s awesome but totally weird as well. There’s a smattering of really amazing stuff, which is awesome and you go “Whoa, that’s incredible”
BS: “I can’t believe I saw this in a hotel room.”
SS: Then there’s a bunch of pretty mediocre stuff and then there’s also, because of the thing it is, there’s also a bunch of really tragic people just playing in their hotel room to one person the whole time. You get the vibe they’ve been there year after year. Good on them – that takes confidence to keep going back.
RGG: It took them years to get to that point
SS: It’s full on. And it’s so raw as well. It’s like watching someone in their lounge room or in a smaller version of their lounge room, just playing in the corner.
BS: There’s nothing to hide behind. Everything shows.
EH: Was it a positive experience for you guys?
SS: For us it was great. It was great from the start for us because we did so much work before we got there. All the festival bookers and, I don’t know…
BS: Booking agents
SS: Yeah, booking agents and stuff go to this thing along with heaps and heaps of artists and also the odd person who’d just paid for a ticket I think. We’d done lots of work before we got there so our first show was packed. And that meant it would just have a flow on effect with the rest of our shows. Which is good – it would have been tough if you went there and no one knew you. So it was kind of like Beth said – a mini version of a folk festival. If you see something that’s good you go and tell your mate and they all go to the next show.
BS: Everyone walks around with name tags constantly for the three or four days. So you get into the lift and everyone checks what’s on your name tag.
EH: Was it the name of the band as well as your names?
BS: Yeah
SS: We amped it up as well because we had these tote bags made up as merch things with this huge Little Stevies sign on it. We just walked around with marketing all over us (laughs). We were like walking billboards.
EH: Was that the same American trip that you were doing video tour diaries as well?
SS: Yeah.
RGG: Yeah, we did them for both trips.
EH: That’s really using social media and new technology to your advantage. There’s a lot of bands that don’t do that very well but you guys seem to be on top of it.
BS: I really like the idea of having videos because when there’s a band that I love, and I’m becoming obsessive about for a little while, once you’ve looked at all their video clips on YouTube that you can see anywhere, on Rage, on Video Hits, you like to find out about the band and what they’re like. You like to feel like you know them personally a bit. I guess that’s where [the video diaries] come into play.
RGG: There’s obviously a few hundred people that think that as well (laughs)
SS: Any new fans of The Little Stevies have got at least three hours worth of internet content to watch through.
EH: Going back to folk festivals – I get the impression being labeled “folk” doesn’t always sit well with you guys. You’re obviously playing at folk festivals, you have folk-type instruments in your band, your bio calls you pop-folk, we call you pop-folk as well. Do you think of yourselves as folk musicians?
SS: Not at all really (laughs). That’s not to say we’re not very grateful to be able to fit into that spectrum because it means we do, like you say, get to come and play at these festivals which are perfect for really because they’re full of music loving individuals who want to hear great music and want to buy your CDs. It’s funny – we set out to make a really great pop album with [Attention Shoppers], the word “folk” didn’t even come into it. Except for when we were recording “Last Summer Day”, the last song on the album, we definitely wanted that to sound like an old time folk song. But with most of the other stuff our intentions weren’t to make any type of folk album. But it’s funny once you get put in that box, what ever it might be. Reviews of the album have come out and they talk about “Accidentally”, the first track on the album, and go “a great folk-pop gem”. And I’m like “what is folk about that? There’s nothing folk about that!” (Editor’s note: We’re pretty sure Sibylla is talking about our review). But that’s cool.
EH: At Timber and Steel we think that if you’ve got an acoustic guitar or a banjo or a ukulele in your band then you’re folk enough for us.
SS: Absolutely. And there’s so many of these festivals where there’s so many bands who aren’t strictly folk – and how boring would it be if you just literally went to a music festival all based on this one tiny genre? It’s so great that there’s such a huge realm I think. It makes it interesting for everyone.
RGG: The other thing that I always think is that folk music and pop music are just like German versus the Latin way of saying “music for the people”. Folk is the Germanic route of the word “people” and pop comes from “popular”, the Latin base of which means “people”. They mean exactly the same thing when you think about it. There’s no real difference except in this day and age folk has come to represent something different from what it originally was. Because popular music back in, say, the nineteenth century, the music of the common people who didn’t go to the opera or whatever, was this Celtic dance music with stringed instruments it sort of got stuck with that association. Really what it was meant to mean was music for people who may not be educated or may not be rich enough to attend operas and recitals and that sort of thing.
EH: Probably why I would identify you as folk the most, and it’s not because you play “folk” instruments – although if Robin doesn’t get an upright bass or we might have to stop covering The Little Stevies, but is more to do with the story telling aspect of your writing.
SS: I was just about to say that. Maybe that’s why we’re still on [Timber and Steel] and that’s a great thing. I hope we always write music with stories in it. That’s what excites me about writing songs.
BS: That’s what makes a song linger, sort of stay in your head. To have a really strong impression and a lot to read into rather than it being black and white and a bit boring.
EH: I really like the way you weave your storytelling through the phrasing in your songs. I don’t know if you do that on purpose. I’m thinking in particular “Sunshower”. It’s got this lovely story which is pushed forward by the fact that a sentence will meander over multiple phrases in the music. You feel like you’re going on a journey.
SS: Aww thanks. Yeah that was really deliberate (laughs).
EH: So there’s a new album out Attention Shoppers – how’s that been going for you so far?
BS: It’s going really well. It only came out two weeks ago and since then we’ve had Port Fairy Folk Festival and [the Blue Mountains Music Festival] which have both been so good in terms of getting the album out there to lots of people. We’re stoked.
EH: I love it. When I got it I just absolutely slammed it and I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
SS: Thanks!
EH: And you’ve just started a national tour?
BS: We’re going everywhere over the next two months. It basically ends at the end of May. Everywhere I think.
SS: Except for Darwin.
RGG: I’d love to get up there.
EH: And any plans after the tour?
BS: Yeah, it looks like we’re going to Canada in about June. We’re going back there for about five weeks. We’ve got a couple of festivals over there that we’re booked into because we got a booking agent from the last trip. That should be really fun. And we’ve also got, possibly, North By Northeast
SS: Which is the Canadian version of South By Southwest.
BS: So yeah, it’s really really exciting. Can’t wait.
EH: You seem to go overseas all the time. Is it surreal to be in a band and getting to travel all over the world?
BS: Yeah, it’s cool.
SS: It’s funny – when you’re doing it, like anything that you do, you don’t spend all your time going “I can’t believe I’m doing this”. But then every now and then you have a moment and go “oh yeah, that’s cool!”. It’s a lot of hard work as well, like anything that’s worthwhile in life.
BS: Money well spent
SS; (laughs) That’s right. Time well spent. Money well spent.
EH: Is there anything else you guys want to plug while you’ve got our attention?
SS: One thing that might be interesting to mention is that we’ve got an audio commentary of our whole album which is available on iTunes. It’s a funny little interesting extra thing. We had it out and it was supposed to be this extra content thing for iTunes and we just haven’t ended up making as big a deal out of it as we thought we would.
RGG: We want to make it available to [non-iTunes users] on the website at some point as well.
EH: Well we might wrap it up there guys. Thanks so much for chatting with us.
BS: Thank you.
SS: No problem

Check out the tour dates for The Little Stevies here – but get in quick so you don’t miss out!

Review: The Timbers “Greet The Sun EP” (+ Aus Tour Dates)

Image courtesy of The Timbers

We’ve been eagerly anticipating this Greet The Sun EP from The Timbers at Timber & Steel. I mentioned it in the profile I published on them in December last year, so it’s been quite a while coming for the 4 piece South Australian folk act, who have been whetting our appetites with constant gigging throughout Adelaide in particular.

When I opened the package that I received in the mail containing my copy of the CD, I was immediately excited by what confronted me. The front cover, simple though it is, is perfectly suitable, but when I flipped it over and found the track listing, memories came flooding back to me of all these great songs I’ve seen live but haven’t been able to take home with me.

Sometimes when I want to write about a release, I’ll put it on repeat for a couple of hours, or until I get sick of it. Sure, it’s a fairly hefty method, but I figure if you know something well enough to get sick of it, you know it well enough to write about it. Then I publish the article, give the CD a rest for a while, and soon I’ll be ready to continue listening to it whenever. I did this for Greet The Sun and iTunes has my play-count at 17 for each track, which when added together, nearly totals 6 hours of listening over the last 2 days. The only thing is; I’m not sick of it yet.

The EP begins with the longest track on the release, “Creeping Shade”. Like the majority of The Timbers‘ songs, this one has un underlying traditional Irish sound, but penetrating through it, to a much greater extent than usual, is an element of distinctly Australian-folk. This song would not be out of place on a Paul Kelly album, and its thoughtful lyricism is a welcome contrast to some more light-hearted songs, such as the next one- “Let Your Hair Down”. The song is about exactly what it sounds like- letting loose, and boasts a fantastically fitting composition for the subject. This song has always been a particular favourite of mine. The powerful short, sharp blasts of chords throughout the verses, the quick moving guitar picking and vocal delivery leading into the chorus, and then the tandem acoustic guitar and violin riff throughout it all culminates into a brilliant crowd-mover. It’s laced with little features like articulated percussion flares, the harmonious group chorus, and of course the short reprise, that just add that touch of class to take the track past the quality that you would realistically expect from a local act.

“This Scar” is another playful track. Whilst, the song sounds like a lot of fun to play, I’m less fond of the track compared to the rest of the EP. Like the other songs- it is well recorded and mixed. I don’t know when the bar was raised with local recordings, but it seems as if more and more acts are getting it right- which The Timbers certainly did. But watching them live, you always knew they would. Even their live performance recordings on Radio Adelaide were practically studio-quality (see video below). The following track “The Traveller” is, again, simple in its idea and lyricism. Halfway through the song, you think it’s going to be a cute little fable about trust and naivety, before it slows into a group chorus of murder and revenge in true pre-war American folk fashion (“She stood me up so I’ll shoot her down”), which is then followed by an uplifting key change and tempo restoration while The Timbers unashamedly celebrate by singing “Now I stand up and she lies down, 6 feet underground. I never cried, no-more will she ride with my cash, my ticket and my pride!”

Could a folk act really release an EP without a ballad? Well, The Timbers go close. Their song “All Your Say”- a song of optimism for the New-Year- is probably the closest they come. It’s short, begins slow and moves into a quicker violin decorated arrangement, but somehow retains that ballad-like quality. The title track of the EP, and last song on the CD, “Greet The Sun”, is my favourite song from The Timbers. Like the previous song, it starts slow, but this song moves so gradually into its epic climax that you hardly notice it’s happening. The track is perfect- from the left to right vocal-fade of the verse to the continuation of the vocal melody throughout the bridge with layers of violins and guitars until it finally reaches the point where the group chorus joins, enlisting the vocal talents from locals including members of Matt Reiner & The Aunt Sallys and The Thieves.

The Timbers’ EP launch, featuring Bearded Gypsy Band and Sworn Brothers (The Thieves acoustic), at The Promethean sold out, which, for Adelaide, is quite an achievement. Like their support acts, they’ve created a reputation for themselves as coming-together of traditional and contemporary folk influences that people just can’t help but move to. The Timbers are back on the road again touring Tasmania and Victoria, so make sure you take the opportunity to see them if you’re in or around the areas they’re travelling through. Full tour dates are below.

Friday 8th April – Tapas Lounge Bar, Devonport, Tasmania
Saturday 9th April – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
Sunday 10th April Brookfield Winery, Margate, Tasmania
Tuesday 12th April – The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
Wednesday 13th April – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, Victoria
Thursday 14th April – Great Britain Hotel, Richmond, Victoria
Sunday 17th April – Old Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA

Watch Frontier Ruckus Play New Song “If The Summer”

Image courtesy of Frontier Ruckus

Frontier Ruckus have been very active with their live-session recording, which I for one, thank them for whole-heartedly. I post a lot of sessions. I just love the format. It makes our love of sharing music so easy, and gives audiences all the insight of an interview and a gig for free and from wherever they happen to be in the world. Which is handy, because who knows if Frontier Ruckus will ever come to Australia?

LansingMusic TV is another small production I’ve never heard of, but they do a good job in capturing this new and unreleased song. As explained in the video- the band is playing in the dormitory where singer Matthew Milia lived  for a couple of years, which he revisits with a song about revisiting the very same time/place. Apt indeed, Matthew.

Watch the Emily and The Woods Secret Session

Emily and The Woods
Image Courtesy of Emily and The Woods

The lovely Emily and The Woods has a brand new EP in the works and to give her fans a sneak peak at it she recorded the following video for Secret Sessions. The video showcases Emily’s new track “Eye to Eye” as well as revealing details about the EP including her collaborations with Ted Dwane from Mumford and Sons as well as Marcus Hamblett from Willkommen Collective.

And if that’s not enough you get to watch Emily and The Woods rapping. About breakfast. Seriously. Watch the clip below:

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