Listen to the New Lucie Thorne Single “The Rushing Dark”

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Melbourne singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne returns with her brand new single “The Rushing Dark”. The single is taken from Thorne’s upcoming album Everything Sings Tonight, which is due for release on the 1st June.

Take a listen to “The Rushing Dark” below:

Lucie Thorne will be launching “The Rushing Dark” with a handful of shows in the coming weeks – check them out here:

Friday 27th March – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemain, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Velvet Room, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Listen to the New The New Betty & Oswald Single “King of Bohemia”

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Sydney duo Betty & Oswald recently spent time in the studio with producer Lachlan Mitchell and the result is the new single “King of Bohemia”. Take a listen to the track here:

To celebrate the release of “King of Bohemia” Betty & Oswald are heading out on an east coast tour. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 11th April – The Brewery, Wollongong NSW
Friday 17th April – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Espy, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Lass O’Growrie, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 23rd April – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Announce EP Launch Tour

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Blue Mountains based roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars will be releasing their brand new EP A Lover and a Fool this year at Byron Bay Bluesfest and they’ve just announced a tour to go along with it.

The EP showcase’s the bands onstage energy and is highly anticipated after Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars won the prestigious Bluesfest Busking competition. The tour will take in dates up and down the east coast – check them out below:

Sunday 5th April – The Juke Joint Stage, Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 6th April – The Juke Joint Stage, Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th April – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th April – The Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 11th April – The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 12th April – The Maclean Hotel, Maclean, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Spectrum, Darlinghurst, NSW
Friday 17th April – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Espy, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Ben Howard Reschedules Australian Tour, Announces Brisbane Show

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Ben Howard was due to land in Australia this coming week but has made the last minute decision to post-pone his shows and cancel appearances at Blyesfest and the Sydney Opera House. Howard had the following statement:

“Dear Australia…
We’re really sorry we’re having to reschedule the upcoming tour – it’s really not what we wanted to do and it’s been an impossible decision to come to. We’ve had to make some big changes for the greater good.
Hoping you can make the new dates. All will be well and we’ll be back soon in full force.”

Those rescheduled dates are in May and June and include a Brisbane show. Check them out below:

Cancelled dates:
Thursday 26th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st March – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

New dates:
Thursday 28th May – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 1st June – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd June – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Sufjan Stevens Announced for Vivid Live 2015

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Sydney light, music and ideas festival Vivid LIVE dropped its 2015 musical lineup and in amongst the Daniel Johns and Morrissey announcements is a name that will make Timber and Steel fans very happy: Sufjan Stevens.

Sufjan Stevens last played in Sydney for the 2012 Vivid LIVE festival but this year’s inclusion on the festival lineup promises to be a much different experience. While Stevens’ 2012 performance was a spectacle of lights, colour and synths, his set at Vivid this year is promising to be more folk driven with the upcoming release of his album Carrie & Lowell, due on the 31st March.

The full dates for Sufjan Stevens in Sydney (which are his only Australian shows) are below:

Friday 22nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding Announce April Tour

Aldous Harding
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Tour of Australia’s most exciting singer-songwriters, Laura Jean and Aldous Harding, are heading out on a mini tour together with dates announced in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney this April. Both singers have been getting quite a bit of buzz recently so getting the chance to see them together is a real treat.

Laura Jean has also announced a show in Brisbane without Harding at the end of the tour. For more information check out the official Facebook event here. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 11th April – Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Watch The New Video “My Happiness” From The Pigs

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The next classic Australian track to get the bluegrass treatment from The Pigs is the Powderfinger track “My Happiness”. And you know what? It works so well it could well and truly be a new bluegrass standard.

“My Happiness” is taken from the new album The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie Classics. Check it out below:

The Pigs are heading out on tour over the coming months. Check out the full list of dates here:

Friday 27th March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 28th March – Mallee Fire Recovery Festival, Rainbow, VIC
Friday 17th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW
Saturday 2nd May – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Friday 15th May – Street Theatre, Acton, ACT
Saturday 16th May – Kinross Woolshed Hotel, Thurgoona, NSW
Friday 22nd May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd May – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 29th May – The Spirit, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 30th May – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th June – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 13th June – Norths Leagues Club, Kallangur, QLD
Friday 19th June – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 20th June – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Varsity Lakes, QLD

Owen Pallett’s Australian Tour Dates

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Canadian composer and violinist Owen Pallett is back in the country this week, touring his latest album In Conflict. Pallett is known for his deeply layered arrangements and dynamic live show so seeing him live while he’s in the country. Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 18th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Pieta Brown Video “Flowers of Love” Feat. Justin Vernon

Pieta Brown
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American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown released her latest album Paradise Outlaw in September last year and has just released her latest single “Flowers of Love”. The track features harmony vocals from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and has a wonderfully psychedelic video directed by Mei-Ling Shaw Williams. Check it out below:

Pieta Brown will be touring Australia in May supporting Iris DeMent. The full list of dates are here:

Friday 22nd May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith Announces Album Launch Tour

Roland Kay-Smith
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After releasing his debut solo album Sailing By The Stars earlier this year Sydney singer-songwriter Roland Kay-Smith has announced plans for an East Coast tour from this week – some dates supporting Skyscraper Stan, some supporting M.E. Baird and some headlining. Roland Kay-Smith will be performing all of the shows solo and acoustic which should mean some lovely, intimate shows.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 11th March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 12th March – The End, West End, QLD
Friday 13th March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th April – The Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD

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