The Staves Announce Australian Tour

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UK trio The Staves have been flirting with an Australian tour for so long now.

Originally due to make their debut on our shores back in 2014, The Staves had to pull out of the tour at the last minute. They returned in 2016 to support Bon Iver on his VIVID Sydney dates but still fans were waiting for a headline tour.

Well now fans of The Staves can rejoice – the trio are bringing their harmonic brand of indie-folk music for a series of shows next February including a spot on the lineup of the brand new festival Sydney City Limits. They’ll also be touring their new The Way Is Read due on the 24th November.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 22nd February – Perth Festival, Perth, WA
Saturday 24th February – Sydney City Limits, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th February – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Staves Announce New Collaborative Album The Way Is Read with yMusic

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English indie-folk trio The Staves have just announced plans to release their brand new album The Way Is Read on the 24th November.

The album is a unique collaboration with New York City-based chamber ensemble yMusic. The collaboration was originally commisioned by Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival back in 2016 and goes beyond yMusic just providing classical backing to The Staves – instead the two groups approached the project a number of ways, using The Staves’ voices as extra instruments for yMusic’s existing work, chopping up and rearranging tracks from The Staves and taking traditional songs and making them abstract.

Check out the full track listing plus the video for the first single “Trouble On My Mind” below:

1. Hopeless
2. Take Me Home
3. Trouble on My Mind
4. Bladed Stance
5. All My Life
6. Silent Side
7. Year of the Dog
8. Courting Is A Pleasure
9. All The Times You Prayed
10. Appetite
11. Sprig of Thyme
12. The Way Is Read

The Staves have been announced for the new Sydney City Limits festival on the 24th February – we’re looking forward to seeing if they’re doing any more dates while they’re in the country.

The Waifs Announce Ironbark 25th Anniversary Regional Tour

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The Waifs round out their massive 25th anniversary year with the announcement of a bunch of regional dates through November and December.

It’s already been a huge year for The Waifs having released their new album Ironbark and performing at a bunch of headline and festival shows.

The regional tour kicks off mid-November and will take The Waifs right around the country – check out the full list of dates here:

Sunday 19th November – Moruya High School, Moruya, NSW
Monday 20th November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Young Town Hall, Young, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 28th November – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Wednesday 29th November – The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 30th November – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – Mossvale Park Summer Series, Mossvale, VIC
Sunday 3rd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 5th December – The Gov Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 6th December – The Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 9th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Listen to “John My Beloved iPhone Demo” from Sufjan Stevens

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On the 24th November Sufjan Stevens released The Greatest Gift, a mix tape of outtakes, demos and remixes of tracks from his most recent album Carrie & Lowell.

If you haven’t picked it up yet here’s another taster from The Greatest Gift, “John My Beloved iPhone Demo”, which is a beautiful stripped back version of one of our favourite songs from Carrie & Lowell. Take a listen below:

Lucy Rose Announces Headline Sydney and Melbourne Shows

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Brittish indie-folk songstress Lucy Rose will be making her debut visit to our shores next year having been announced as the support on Ben Folds’ upcoming Paper Aeroplane Request tour.

And even more excitingly Rose has just added her own headline dates in Melbourne and Sydney in addition to the Ben Folds shows.

The dates and venues for Lucy Rose’s headline dates are as follows:

Monday 5th February – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

And the shows with Ben Folds are as below:

Friday 2nd February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 7th February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 13th February – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 14th February – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Friday 16th February – Zoo Twilights at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Zoo Twilights at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC

Father John Misty Announces Laneway Sideshows

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While he’s no stranger to our shores the announcement of a Father John Misty tour never fails to cause excitement.

Having already been announced for next year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival tour, we can now reveal that Father John Misty will also be performing headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Joining him in support at these shows will be Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 31st January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – Laneway Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Laneway Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 11th February – Laneway Festival, Fremantle, WA

Watch the New Video from The Northern Folk, “Get On”

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Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk have just released the video for their jazzy new single “Get On”.

“The clip tells the story of a hermit frustrated with the world and going to some absurd lengths to escape it all, egged on by the band,” The Northern Folk explained. “We brainstormed the idea with director extraordinaire Callum Goodes, a housemate of some friends of ours with exactly the right amount of prop-making enthusiasm and scone-eating flair, who, together with his brother Ben (actor and owner of amazing hair), brought it to life in the sunny suburbia of Clifton Hill.”

Check out the video here:

The Northern Folk are currently on a huge tour – the full list of remaining dates are below:

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Angus & Julia Stone Announce 2018 Australian Tour

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Angus & Julia Stone have announced plans to take their latest record Snow on the road again in 2018 with new dates in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

The 2017 Australian dates for Angus & Julia Stone sold out in record time so don’t be surprised if these do to. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 28th April – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Sufjan Stevens Announces The Greatest Gift Mixtape

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On the 24th November Sufjan Stevens has announced plans to release The Greatest Gift.

The release is a mixtape of outtakes, remixes and demos of Stevens’ 2015 album Carrie & Lowell.

One of the never heard before tracks from the mixtape is “Wallowa Lake Monster” which you can listen to here:

The full track listing for The Greatest Gift is below:

1. Wallowa Lake Monster
2. Drawn to the Blood (Sufjan Stevens Remix)
3. Death with Dignity (Helado Negro Remix)
4. John My Beloved (iPhone Demo)
5. Drawn to the Blood (Fingerpicking Remix)
6. The Greatest Gift
7. Exploding Whale (Doveman Remix)
8. All of Me Wants All of You (Helado Negro Remix)
9. Fourth of July (900X Remix)
10. The Hidden River of My Life
11. City of Roses

José González Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

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Swedish indie-folk singer-songwriter José González has this week announced headline shows when he’s in Australia for Bluesfest next year.

Along with his Bluesfest appearance González has also added shows in Canberra, Sydney and two in Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 29th March – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 31st March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

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