Missy Higgins Announces Album Launch Tour This May

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If you’ve been anywhere near a radio recently you’ve no doubt heard Missy Higgins’ catchy new single “Futon Couch”. This is the first taster of Higgins’ upcoming fifth studio album Solastalgia, due in on the 4th May, and a definite evolution of her sound.

“Futon Couch” also has a new video directed by Josh Harris

“I think this was the most fun I’ve had filming a music video,” Missy Higgins explained. “I never thought I’d catch myself doing choreographed dancing in one of my film clips but if there’s any song I’ll ever do it for, it’s “Futon Couch”! I’m excited for people to see this, it’s very different for me!”

Check out the video for “Futon Couch” here:

To celebrate the release of Solastalgia Missy Higgins is heading out on a national tour this May, with support from singer-songwriter Gordi.

“I’m so excited to finally road-test my new tunes in all these beautiful venues across the country,” Higgins said. “This album is really different from anything I’ve done before, I think people will be really surprised, but I think the songs will fit nicely alongside my old material, too. There are a lot of female harmonies in the new material so I’m glad we’re gonna have four amazing women on stage belting them out!”

Missy Higgins will be touring with Ed Sheeran this March before her headline tour in May. Check out the full list of dates here:

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 21st March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD

Missy Higgins w/ Gordi
Sunday 8th April – Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA
Friday 4th May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th May – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 8th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th May – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 13 May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise Announces New Album and Tour Dates

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Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has announced plans to release her highly anticipated third album Winter Sun on the 6th April.

The album was produced and recorded by Nick Huggins at his studio in Point Lonsdale and features guest appearances from some of the best in the business including Justin Bernasconi, Rowena Wise, John Flanagan, Justin Olsson, Mischa Herman and Isaac Gunnoo.

The first taste of Winter Sun is the Appalachian inspired single “Solid Ground” – check out the official video here:

To celebrate the album Lucy Wise has a string of dates through Victoria, New South Wales and ACT throughout May with her trio made up of Holly Downes (bass) and Mischa Herman (accordion). The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Selby Community House, Selby, VIC
Wednesday 9th May – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Camperdown Courthouse, Camperdown, VIC
Friday 11th May – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Under the Sun, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 13th May – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 15th May – Yackandandah Courthouse, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 19th May – House Concert, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th May – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW
Thursday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th May – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 30th May – Karbeethong Lodge, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 31st May Briagolong Hotel, Briagolong, VIC
Saturday 2nd June – Stratford Courthouse, Stratford, VIC
Sunday 3rd June – Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, Tyers, VIC

Imogen Clark Releases New Single “Your Anything At All”, Announces New Album and Tour Dates

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Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Imogen Clark has had a huge week of announcements, revealing plans to release her new album Collide on the 27th April, dropping her catchy new single and video “Your Anything At All” and listing so many tour dates it’s impossible not to get out and see her.

Collide is Imogen Clark’s second album and was produced by Australian music legend Mark Lizotte (Diesel).

“I’ve largely been working in the alternative country scene up until now, so on this record I wanted to work with someone who understood that genre, but also had knowledge in plenty of other areas,” Clark explained. “Mark was the perfect person to help me achieve this broad, cross-over record which reflected the multitude of my musical influences. We captured everything I love to play and listen to, from country to folk and rock, and as such the album really represents the sort of singer/songwriter I want to be. It was a pleasure working with such a legend.”

The full tracklisting for Collide is here:

1. Collide
2. Late Night Girl
3. Too Late
4. You Got The World Fooled
5. Strike A Pose
6. Left Behind
7. Tear It Down
8. High Tide
9. Your Anything At All
10. Play It Safe
11. Oblivion

For the new single and video “Your Anything At All” Imogen Clark roped in the many talents of director Jeremy Dylan who she’s collaborated with on all her music video releases to date.

“I wrote “Your Anything At All” in my head while on stage at one of my gigs,” says Clark. “The song covers defiance and confidence in the face of self-doubt, and rebelling with strength against someone who’s made you feel worthless. There’s vulnerability but also sass in the song.”

Check out “Your Anything At All” here:

Imogen Clark has also announced a bunch of upcoming tour dates supporting Diesel all around the country over the coming months before she jets off to Europe. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW
Friday 23rd February – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Saturday 24th February – Lone Star Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd March – Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Macs Hotel, Melton, VIC
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd March – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 24th March – Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Friday 6th April – Nelson Bay Diggers, Nelson Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th April – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 13th April – Blue Cattle Dog, St Clair, NSW
Saturday 14th April – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellieville Ridge, NSW
Friday 20th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th May – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Matthew Flinders Hotel, Chadstone, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Slug and Lettuce, Parafield Gardens, SA
Friday 11th May – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 12th May – Victoria Hotel, O’Halloran, SA
Friday 18th May – Shoalhaven Bowls, Shoalhaven, NSW
Saturday 19th May – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 25th May – Central Hotel, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 26th May – Young Ex Services, Young, NSW

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Announce New Album No Mercy in This Land

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Grammy award winning, roots music legends Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are coming together again with the announcement of their new duo album No Mercy in This Land, due for release on the 30th March.

This will be the pair’s first release since their hugely successful 2013 release Get Up!.

Charlie Musselwhite is that very rare and hallowed place where blues past, present and future collide,” Ben Harper explained. “He transforms notes into emotions that feel both hauntingly familiar and brand new, as if hearing them for the first time every time. He is a living legend whose harmonica playing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.”

“On stage or in the studio – working with Ben Harper holds the same excitement I experienced working with Chicago blues legends back in the day,” says Charlie Musselwhite. “I think it is safe to say that Ben has reinvented the Blues in a great way: playing modern while preserving the feel. I am honored and privileged to be a participant in this project.”

The full track listing for No Mercy in This Land along with a trailer for the album is below:

1. When I Go
2. Bad Habits
3. Love And Trust
4. The Bottle Wins Again
5. Found The One
6. When Love Is Not Enough
7. Trust You To Dig My Grave
8. No Mercy In This Land
9. Movin’ On
10. Nothing At All

Australian Tour Dates Announced For Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

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Award winning English folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have announced plans to tour Australia this March. The duo will also be releasing their new album Seedlings All on the 23rd March while they’re in the country.

“For the first time I’m out there alone with a bunch of songs that expose my insecurities, fears of failure and inflated pride,” Josienne Clarke explained of the the album. “They deal with my own specific thoughts and feelings about the reality of pursuing this kind of career, the cost to personal relationships, circumstance and lifestyle, and asking the question – “Is this still worth it?” They’re about trying to find an inner balance in an environment that doesn’t provide any balance or certainty. Where one day everything is brilliant and the next day it could all be over. Where one night ends in a standing ovation and the next starts by playing to an empty room.”

Check out Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s new single “Chicago”:

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have been announced for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival as well as a headline date in Melbourne. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Decemberists Announce New Album I’ll Be Your Girl

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After making our favourite album of 2017, The Queen of Hearts, as part of the Offa Rex project, The Decemberists have kicked off their 2018 with a huge announcement that we can expect another record from them this year.

The album is titled I’ll Be Your Girl and is due for release on the 16th March. I’ll Be Your Girl was recorded with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey, Wye Oak, Angel Olsen, Swans) and promises to be full of songs that “tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things”.

The Decemberists are also hinting at a world tour this year that may include Australia if they can make it work. The first single from I’ll Be Your Girl is the 80s sounding “Severed” – check out the track listing for the album and a stream of “Severed” below:

1. Once In My Life
2. Cutting Stone
3. Severed
4. Starwatcher
5. Tripping Along
6. Your Ghost
7. Everything Is Awful
8. Sucker’s Prayer
9. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl

Courtney Marie Andrews Announces New Album May Your Kindness Remain

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Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has announced plans to release her next full length album May Your Kindness Remain on the 23rd March.

Courtney Marie Andrews has gained a number of fans in Australia following her recent tours here with Joe Pug, Sam Outlaw and Big Thief. May Your Kindness Remain was produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits) and was recorded over eight days in LA.

“The people that I’ve met on the road these past few years got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family,” Andrews explained. “It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues. People are constantly chasing that bigger life. A lot of people are poor in America—and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or sad, or depressed or unfulfilled. A lot of people—myself included at some point in my life—are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.”

The first single from the album is also the title track. Check out a stream of “May Your Kindness Remain” plus the full album track listing below:

1. May Your Kindness Remain
2. Lift The Lonely From My Heart
3. Two Cold Nights In Buffalo
4. Rough Around The Edges
5. Border
6. Took You Up
7. This House
8. Kindness Of Strangers
9. I’ve Hurt Worse
10. Long Road Back To You

Newton Faulkner Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

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English roots singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner has just announced a bunch of Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest this March and April.

Faulkner will be releasing his new album Hit The Ground Running on the 2nd February so fans can expect to hear the new material when he hits our shores.

The first track from Hit The Ground Running is also the title track.

“In the past I have mainly focused on pushing my guitar playing, on this album and particularly the first single, I decided to focus on my voice,” Newton Faulkner explained of the track. “On the last few albums, there were quite a few co-writes but on this one my brother forced me to write mostly on my own and this song is one of the ones that came out of that. It’s about messing things up but keeping moving forwards. I happen to have a reasonable amount of experience in both.”

Check out the video for “Hit The Ground Running” here:

When Newton Faulkner is in Australia in March and April he has headline shows planned in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 29 and Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 1st April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 4th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 8th April – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce New Album Tearing at the Seams

Nathanial Rateliff
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American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Tearing at the Seams on the 9th March this year.

The album is the follow up to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ highly successful self-titled debut.

“For the first record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” said Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.

“I want — and I need — everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

The first taster of Tearing at the Seams is the track “You Worry Me”. Check out the video below:

Watch The New Vance Joy Video “We’re Going Home” Plus Details of Upcoming Album

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Vance Joy this week released his epic new, banjo driven single and video “We’re Going Home”. The track is the latest helping from Vance Joy’s upcoming album Nation of Two which is due for release on the 23rd February.

“We’re Going Home” is a typical Vance Joy anthem with a cinematic video directed by previous Vance Joy collaborator Mimi Cave – check it out here:

Nation of Two is set to feature 13 new tracks from Vance Joy.

Nation of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they’re together,” Vance Joy explained. “The idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life.”

The full track listing for Nation of Two is below:

1. Call If You Need Me
2. Lay It On Me
3. We’re Going Home
4. Saturday Sun
5. Take Your Time
6. I’m With You
7. Like Gold
8. Alone With Me
9. Crashing Into You
10. One Of These Days
11. Little Boy
12. Bonnie & Clyde
13. Where We Start

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