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

The Weather Station Announces Headline Melbourne Show

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Canadian indie-folk singer The Weather Station is heading back to Australia this May to support Marlon Williams on his national tour.

And as an extra special treat The Weather Station has just announced a very special headline show in Melbourne in addition to her sold out show with Williams at the Forum.

The show will take place at The Northcote Social Club on the 11th May with support from special guests Grand Salvo and James Kenyon. The full details of all of The Weather Station’s shows, including the tour with Marlon Williams, are below:

Friday 11th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 14th May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 15th May – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly Announce Co-Headline Tour

Alex and Stella
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Two of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly, have announced plans for a co-headline tour this April.

Both Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly defined their 2017 with the powerful anthems “Not Worth Hiding” and “Boys Will Be Boys” respectively and seeing both of them come together is somewhat of a dream come true.

The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 12th April – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th April – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th April – Commonwealth Games Arts Forecourt, Southbank, QLD
Sunday 15th April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 19th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st April – The River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 22nd April – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 24th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 28th April – Tap House, Bendigo, VIC

Watch the New Video From The Low Anthem “Give My Body Back”

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I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am by The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea, the new album from American indie-folk quartet The Low Anthem.

Since its release at the end of February The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea has been on high rotation in the Timber and Steel bullpen – it’s truly a beautiful piece of work.

The latest single from the album is “Give My Body Back” which comes with an eerie new video – check it out here:

Vance Joy Announces Australian Tour Dates Plus New Video “Call If You Need Me”

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Indie-folk singer-songwriter Vance Joy released his highly anticipated new album Nation of Two last week and the early reviews have so far been very positive.

To coincide with the release Vance Joy revealed a huge world tour which includes a bunch of Australian dates around September. Supporting him on the tour will be up and coming singer-songwriter Didirri. Check out the full list of shows here:

Friday 14 September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Vance Joy also just released his brand new video “Call If You Need Me”, a beautifully stripped back single that we’re really digging. Watch the video here:

Elephant Sessions Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions are heading our way for festival season and they’ve just announced a bunch of headline shows while they’re in the country.

Known for the high energy shows and ability to blend traditional and modern indie-folk sounds, Elephant Sessions are gearing up to be one of the most talked about bands at this year’s folk festivals.

Having already been announced for WOMADelaide, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Bluesfest and The National Folk Festival, Elephant Sessions have a raft of other dates around the country – check out the full list of shows and their new video “Doofer” below:

Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 28th March – The Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th to Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

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

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

Vance Joy
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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

Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour

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Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single “Walking In Your Sleep”.

The track is taken from Husky’s highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year.

“”Walking in Your Sleep” is a song I wrote during a period of intense dreaming brought on by the meticulous recording of my dreams,” frontman Husky Gawenda explained. “I became obsessed with the possibilities of the dream realm – lucid dreaming, self-exploration, unlocking the unconscious – and how that would affect my waking life and perhaps more so, my writing. The more I slipped in and out of this dream realm, the less I knew the difference between dream and reality and the more they mirrored each other. If I listen back to the song now, I hear an exploration of longing that in my waking life I was trying to escape, but was wrestling with every night in my sleep.”

Husky will be hitting the road this April with shows planned in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle – check out the full dates plus a stream of “Walking In Your Sleep” below:

Friday 13th April – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

The Low Anthem Announce New Album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea

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Indie-folk favourites The Low Anthem have announced plans to release their brand new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea on the 23rd February.

The concept album was birthed following a tour van crash which wiped out band member Jeff Prystowsky for several weeks and wreaking a bunch of of the band’s gear and instruments.

“One second you’re dozing off in the passenger seat on the way to a gig, and the next, there’s fire and hell flames and black smoke and your face is bleeding and you can’t see, and you can’t process information, and you think it’s all over,” Prystowsky explained.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is in part inspired by John Cage’s biography Where The Heart Beats, by Kay Larsen. Ben Knox Miller from the band became transfixed by the salt doll fable he came across in the book which tells the story of a doll that wants to know itself, and what it’s made of. A teacher tells it, “salt comes from the ocean,” so it goes to the sea. When the doll puts its toe in, it knows something, but loses its toe. Then it puts its foot in, knows even more but loses its foot … and so on, until it’s completely dissolved, never to return to the shore.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is a concept album with a story arc weaving through the songs like a constellation,” Jeff Prystowsky said. “It’s an underwater circular journey to the bottom of the sea following the salt doll who, attempting to measure the sea (and thus, know its true origins), in the end, becomes part of it. Along the way this non-human, conscious chemical compound, encounters all kinds of fantastical oceanic things.”

Below is a track listing for The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea along with a really sweet album trailer:

1. Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird
2. River Brine
3. Give My Body Back
4. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls
5. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song
6. Toowee Toowee
7. Coral Crescent
8. Dotwav
9. Cy Twombly By Campfire
10. Gondwanaland
11. To Get Over Only One Side
12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella

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