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Album News Weekly: 15th July 2015

In This Issue: We're keeping it mellow this week as the winter chills have been setting in all over the country, we have Josh Pyke celebrating his fans, the new one from The Maccabees, and compelling tributes from Gurrumul Yunupingu and WE LOST THE SEA.

the AU interview: Josh Pyke (Sydney) talks new music, collaborations and influences.

Ahead of the release of his fifth album But For All These Shrinking Hearts and the Fans First tour, Josh Pyke talked to the AU’s Aidan Hogg about his new music, writing on the road and his shows with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This in depth interview also covers his solo tour, playing smaller venues and what has influenced his songwriting. Click through for the full interview.

Tour Updates: Damon Albarn, KUČKA, Luluc and more!

In this issue: Hand of Mercy announce Aussie support acts on their tour, Gyroscope sells out in Perth, Damon Albarn is joined by Melbourne Artist Fraser A. Gorman for upcoming show and KUČKA prepares for debut national tour. Also, Luluc have announced their supporting acts, unfortunately Confession has had to pull out of upcoming tour,and Josh Pyke adds another show in Newcastle!

Josh Pyke announces 'The Last of the Lone Wolf Tour' for November and December!

Josh Pyke has revealed details of the third leg of his national Lone Wolf Tour, adding more dates to the November/December run across regional venues in Victoria and NSW. The tour, which has kept Pyke touring solo for much of 2014, has seen him sell out shows in capital cities and having to add more shows on to the end of the originally scheduled bills due to popular demand. It's no surprise that Pyke continues to be one of Australia's most endearing and popular musicians, with his live show experiences only getting better with each tour - these upcoming dates will be the last chance fans will have to see Pyke perform these Lone Wolf sets solo, as he reaches the end of the touring cycle for The Beginning and The End of Everything.

The Australian music industry rallies behind Support Act and the launch of the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive!

Launched officially at Allans Billy Hyde's Melbourne store was the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive by Support Act. The crowd funding appeal run via Pozible aims to raise $100,000 for Australian music industry charity. Support Act, which provides financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or other life crises, has helped members in all different fields from singers, songwriters, roadies, techies and more. Helping launch 'BANDWAGON' in Melbourne today were Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Hannah Findlay (Stonefield), Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley (The Seekers).

Gig Announcements: ACT & WA - 19th June 2014

In this issue: 360's debut album Utopia brings him to Canberra and Perth, Husband releases single 'Caught' at The Odd Fellow, The White Album Concert adds more dates to their Australian tour and Taylor Henderson hits up Canberra to release his debut single "When You Were Mine".

The Gympie Muster announces new community initiatives for 2014 festival!

As the Gympie Music Muster enters its 33rd year, the country music festival organisers have announced some exciting new initiatives for the local community as well as have a greater emphasis on home-grown talent than ever before.

Feature: Josh Pyke, Winston McCall and Leanne de Souza talk Feedback at VIVID Ideas!

Ahead of the FEEDBACK music conference in Sydney on Monday, three members of the rather esteemed list of guest speakers let us know how they got into this crazy industry of ours and offer small nuggets of advice for those of you looking to gain entry into music as well.

Tour Updates: SASKWATCH, Eagle And The Worm, Things Of Stone And Wood and more!

In this issue: SASKWATCH announce additional shows + supports, Eagle and The Worm announce support bands for upcoming East Coast tour, Things Of Stone And Wood sell out Melbourne show + add another, Anberlin add Melbourne show, Josh Pyke adds more shows to regional tour, SAFIA take Akouo on the road, The Audreys add more shows to "Til' My Tears Roll Away" tour, Peabody celebrate 20th anniversary with some special guests, APES join Band Of Skulls on the road + more.

the AU interview: Josh Pyke (Sydney) talks touring, The Beatles, and more

There isn't much in this world quite as reassuring as seeing a musician's wholehearted dedication and appreciation to their fans. And for Josh Pyke that dedication and appreciation is worn just as visibly as the beard on his face. After a successful run of shows on his recent national leg of The Lone Wolf Tour, Pyke has liberally decided to extend the tour into regional Australia, from Montrose to Milton. And on top of that has been announced in the return of The White Album Tour, a tribute to The Beatles - an announcement that has had tongues wagging and tickets selling from the get go. But, before he throws himself into the midst of touring we caught up with the man himself to get the low-down all the exciting happenings in the bustling life of Pyke.

Josh Pyke to bring his Lone Wolf tour to regional Australia with Jack Carty.

Josh Pyke is back with a string of tour dates in regional Australia! Josh will kick start the tour on June 6th and power through till June 22nd. Indie/folk musician Jack Carty will join Josh on the road for all shows except Darwin and Brisbane.

Live Review: Josh Pyke + Thelma Plum - The Melbourne Zoo Twilights (28.02.14)

The bonus of watching live music at the Zoo is seeing the animals before hand and being later in the day and more temperate, the animals are less likely to be avoiding the heat of the day, lying comatose where you can’t see them. Lively lemurs, with their black and white striped, long tails, a grumpy gorilla, hefty hippo, bright coloured butterflies, tempestuous tiger, and eager baby elephant are a few of the animals that the punters not scrambling for grass space are fortunate to see.

Live Review: Josh Pyke + Jackson McLaren - The Factory Theatre (22.02.14)

Maneuvering my way through a sold-out Factory Theatre proved quite a mission as an abundant sea of all ages punters gathered in buzzing anticipation. If you hadn’t yet cracked the code, The Lone Wolf Tour sees Josh Pyke embarking on a extensive regional solo run, commemorating the success of his most recent 2013 release The Beginning and The End Of Everything.

the AU interview: Josh Pyke (Sydney) on touring and playing the Melbourne Zoo Twilights!

Everyone loves a little bit of Josh Pyke, I think that's safe to say. The Sydneysider is going to be in Melbourne this weekend performing at the Melbourne Zoo as part of the Melbourne Zoo Twilights series, which has proven to be a huge success thus far. Whenever he's come through Adelaide, Pyke's taken to some pretty interesting venues that have still brought the crowds out in the masses (as he has nationwide), so now that I had him on the phone finally, I wanted to find out more behind this approach to touring.

Top 40 Albums of 2013: Part Four - The Top Ten!

And here we have it... the top ten albums of 2013, kicking things off with Australia's own Josh Pyke. If you'd like to look back on the rest of the top 40 albums, Part One is HERE, Part Two HERE and Part Three HERE. After you read the list, feel free to sound off on our Facebook Page with your thoughts on our fifth annual list!