James Kenyon Announces New Album Imagine You Are Driving

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Adelaide based singer-songwriter James Kenyon has announced plans to release his brand new album Imagine You Are Driving on the 2nd September this year. The album is a followup to Kenyon’s amazing 2012 debut The North Pole.

“I pitched the idea for the album to [producer] Nick Huggins whist kicking a footy around,” James Kenyon explained. “I wanted to make a soundtrack to an unmade film. The “film” was really just a shifting set of images and songs I’d been thinking about over the past few years – a collection of loosely connected narratives based around a small town or an outer suburban area that reverberated through the songs. It didn’t matter that the plot for the “film” wasn’t locked down, what mattered was that we had an idea of the textures, colours and landscape of the film; enough information to inform the music.”

James Kenyon released the first single from the album, “The Motorbike Song”, back on May and is currently touring it throughout the country – check out the full list of dates and the video for “The Motorbike Song” below:

Thursday 28th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th July – Cellar Door Sessions, Mclaren Vale, SA
Saturday 30th July – Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield, SA
Sunday 31st July – The Border Inn, Apsley, VIC
Wednesday 10th August – Queen Vic Night Market, VIC
Thursday 11th August – Porchlight Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – The Hinton Hotel, Hinton, NSW
Saturday 13th August – House Concert, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 14th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Watch Julia Jacklin New Video “Leadlight” Plus Details of Her Debut Album

Julia Jacklin
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When she’s not staring in her friend’s music videos Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin produces some pretty special music.

Jacklin’s latest single is “Leadlight”, the video to which was filmed in her old high school hall.

“A lot of the shots focus on the stage where I performed in the chorus for Grease and Fiddler on the Roof and the unfortunate time I chose to sing “Wonderwall” to a backing CD for a senior assembly,” Julia Jacklin explained. “I went back there recently and saw the hall in a whole new light. When I was at school I never really thought about it, it was just a boring school hall that I was forced to sit in for long assemblies and exams. Now I think it’s a really beautiful space.”

Check out the video for “Leadlight” here:

“Leadlight” is the latest taste of Julia Jacklin’s upcoming debut album. Titled Don’t Let The Kids Win the album is due for release on the 7th October. Here’s the full tracklist:

Pool Party
Coming of Age
Small Talk
LA Dream
Sweet Step
Same Airport
Hay Plain
Don’t Let the Kids Win

Julia Jacklin has shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne at the end of the month:

Wednesday 27th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Listen to the New Colin Jones & The Delta Revue Single “Mama Don’t Weep”

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If you’ve been down to regular Sydney night Folkswagon (Wednesday’s at Cafe Lounge) over the last six months there’s a very good chance you’ve been blown away by their amazing house band Colin Jones & The Delta Revue.

The dirty blues band fronted by the enigmatic, gravelly voiced Colin Jones, get rave reviews wherever ever they go and now their delighting their fans with a brand new single “Mama Don’t Weep”.

“It’s a song that has stuck with me,” Jones said of the track. “It’s a song about evolution, a song about rebirth. You’ll get it when you hear it.”

Check out “Mama Don’t Weep” below:

To celebrate the release of “Mama Don’t Weep” Colin Jones & The Delta Revue have a bunch of launch shows in NSW over the next couple of weeks. Full list of dates are here:

Thursday 14th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 17th July – The White Horse, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th July – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Watch the New Lazy Colts Video “Twenty Two”

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Sydney based indie-folk band Lazy Colts (previously known as Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts) have just released their brand new video “Twenty Two”. The track is taken from Lazy Colts’ upcoming debut album Trojan which is set for release on the 5th August.

“Essentially, “Twenty Two” is about the grand undying sentiments that hallmark your first cracks at a serious relationship,” lead singer Lacey Cole explains. “It’s about perspective, initially, the lack of it, and then the revelation that the reason you’re in your situation – however great or bad it is – is also the reason you will get through it: you’re only 22 years old.”

Check out the video here:

Lazy Colts will be touring Trojan with a series of shows in August – check out all the dates below:

Saturday 6th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th August – Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th August – Sancho’s Dirty Laundry, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th August – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 28th August – The Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Dead Maggies Announce NSW and QLD Tour Dates

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Tasmanian convict-punk five piece The Dead Maggies are heading out on tour again with a whole bunch of dates through New South Wales and Queensland. These are the last dates before The Dead Maggies head over to South East Asia to spread the folk love to our closest neighbours.

Check out the full list of upcoming Australian dates below:

Friday 12th August – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD
Saturday 13th August – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th August – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Tuesday 16th August – Ponyland, Nimbin, NSW
Wednesday 17th August – New Tattersalls, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 18th August – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 26th August – Psyfari Festival, Capertree Valley, NSW
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th September – Folk By The Sea Festival, Kiama NSW
Sunday 25th September -The Swamp, Newcastle, NSW

John Flanagan Trio Announces Victorian Tour

John Flanagan
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After a successful tour with Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel earlier this year Melbourne based singer-songwriter John Flanagan is getting his trio together and hitting the road again.

The John Flanagan Trio, which also features Liz Frencham (double bass) and Dan Watkins (mandolin/guitar), will be touring throughout Victoria over the coming months before Flanagan heads over to North America later this year.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 30th July – Queenscliff Uniting Church, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 12th August – Our Little Caravan, Notting Hill, VIC
Saturday 20th August – Kelly Country Pick, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 26th August – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 3rd September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt Announces National Tour

Dustin Tebbutt
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Following the rapturous reception of his new single “First Light”, and the announcement of an album of the same name on the 5th August, Dustin Tebbutt has now revealed plans for a national tour this August.

The tour will feature special guests Robbie Miller and Woodes and tickets are on sale now.

“I really can’t wait to share these songs with people live,” Tebbutt said. “I think when I first started out, I took for granted how special playing live music can be. I was so used to working in the studio that I felt really exposed and out of my depth on stage. This time around, I’ve got an awesome band behind me, and I’ve been working hard to translate these new tunes onto the stage really convincingly. Most of all, I want these shows to be fun! There will still be plenty of quiet, intimate moments but I’ve also been writing with a more energetic and lighthearted energy lately which I think should carry through the whole show.”

Check out the full list of dates plus the video for “First Light” below:

Thursday 4th August – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 5th August – Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 12th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th August – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 19th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd September – Elsewhere The Rooftop, Newcastle, NSW

Liz Stringer Announces New Album and National Tour

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Celebrated singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has announced plans to follow up the success of her 2012 release Warm in The Darkness with her new long player All The Bridges.

Due for release this Friday 1st July, All The Bridges was recored with acclaimed producer and engineer Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Fleet Foxes, M Ward) in Portland, Oregon. The first single from the album is “Anyone” – check out the video below:

To celebrate the release of All The Bridges Liz Stringer is heading out on tour this September – the full list of dates are here:

Wednesday 31st August – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 1st September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd September – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 4th September – GYRACC, Katherine, NT
Wednesday 7th September – El Questro, Durack, WA
Thursday 8th September – Gulliver’s Tavern, Kununurra, WA
Friday 9th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Wednesday 14th September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 15th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th September – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Wednesday 21st September – Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 22nd September – Sookie Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 23rd September – Wheaty Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th September – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 25th September – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 16th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 18th December – Fremantle Arts Centre – Sunday Music, Fremantle, WA

Watch the New Video from BANFF x Caitlin Park “My Love, My Lover”

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I love it when two individually exciting artists come together and create music that is even better than the sum of it’s parts. That’s what’s happened with the new collaboration between Brisbane’s BANFF and Sydney’s Caitlin Park on their new single “My Love, My Lover”.

Check out the video for “My Love, My Lover” below and see what we mean:

As well as collaborating on the track BANFF x Caitlin Park have announced a handfull of co-headline tour dates for this August and September. The full list of dates are as follows:

Friday 12th August – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Listen to the New Leah Flanagan Single “Chills” Plus National Tour Dates

Leah Flanagan
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Sydney based roots-rock singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan has been hard at work on her forthcoming album Saudades and has just released the first single “Chills”.

I like this song a lot – it’s lyrically raw but the driving beat and rich production are just captivating. Check out “Chills” below:

To celebrate the release of “Chills” Leah Flanagan will be touring nationally this July – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 14th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July- Leaps & Bounds Festival, Richmond Theatrette, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 17th July – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 21st July – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd July – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th July – Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra, ACT

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