The Dirty Earth are releasing their debut album Autonomic and they are touring in August to share it all with us. They are no strangers to the Australian Indie music scene, having toured numerous times before sharing their catchy rock 70's inspired tunes with their audiences. Catch them as they play some of our loved smaller venues around the country.
This year's nominees for the National Indigenous Music Awards have been released and by all looks, the August Darwin ceremony is going to be one for the books! The musicians announced to be in contention for the awards this year have all been recipients of ARIA awards - or at least have been nominated - in previous years and have cracked the mainstream in their own way. From the pop stylings of Jessica Mauboy to the widespread international appeal Gurrumul, the artists vying for NIMA's love this year are all incredibly talented and diverse.
Following his turns in 22 Jump Street and Ride Along this year, you might be forgiven in forgetting that Ice Cube is still actively making music. But sure enough, the legend has announced his tenth solo album Everythangs Corrupt - his first since 2010's I Am The West - set for release on October 21st. And this week we got the first single, "Drop Girl" featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz. And now we have a December Australian tour to get excited about, too.
Elbow will be returning to Australia this October for a run of exclusive east coast shows! Touring off the back of their latest album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, the British legends have already completed a UK arena tour, as well as a couple of huge festival spots in Europe. For this Australian tour, they will be stopping by the Sydney Opera House for what promises to be a magical show, while their headline dates in Melbourne and Brisbane each stand to deliver the memorable type of gig Elbow have become renowned for.
Meg Mac is definitely a name on the rise and come September, there's no doubt she will have well and truly made her mark. The 23 year old Melbournian has announced her debut EP MEGMAC, will be released on September 12th and to showcase the record, including the "Roll Up Your Sleeves" single, she will be touring around the country!
Partnering up again for 2014, triple J Unearthed and the National Indigenous Music Awards were on the look out for the best unsigned Indigenous act in the country as part of their annual NIMA Competition. Today, the 2014 winner was announced! 22 year old Mildura rapper Philly won the same title that talented and successful artists Thelma Plum and Robbie Miller have taken out in previous years and will now be hooked up with one sweet show - performing in Darwin next month at the NIMA's ceremony alongside the likes of Dan Sultan, Briggs and Jimblah.
The brains behind Mythbusters are going to be bringing the chaos fans love to Australian stages next month! Both Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be presenting 'Mythbusters: Behind the Myths' - an evening of on stage experiments, audience involvement and a cool behind the scenes look at the smash hit show! Touring Australia for the first time, this is sure to be a popular one for fans to be involved in - don't miss out!
Byron Bay's Luke Morris will be hitting up Splendour in the Grass this weekend but for those of you who have been following and are not headed to the festival, good news! The alternative folk artist has got some dates coming up through August for you to get around. Successfully releasing the single "Mexico", Morris will be showcasing not only this song, but what we can be expecting from his forthcoming debut album, Sugarcane Road, due for a late 2014 release.
Singer-songwriter Damien Leith has announced a run of 'encore' shows for September and October, due to massive demand. The 'Without a Fight' tour has already seen Leith perform sold out shows around the country and with these additions being unveiled, we're sure fans will be flocking to these dates just as strongly. Leith will be showcasing his current album, Chapter Seven, as well as other tracks fans know and love.
Making their way to Australia for the first time this November will be US metal act, Prong. They've been establishing and maintaining a successful recording and touring career since 1986, but 2014 will be the first ever time the trio will be venturing down this way! Prong will bring their new album Ruining Lives down under, the fitting follow up to 2012's Carved Into Stone, ready to be showcased and rocked out to.
Perth rockers The Love Junkies are heading out on tour. Yep, again. The trio have been working hard through 2014, as of now, having toured the country four times and have even ventured abroad to bring their tunes to audiences overseas. Having recently released their new single in "Television", featured on the upcoming Blowing on the Devil's Strumpet album, The Love Junkies have announced a national album tour to celebrate and show off their new material.
Brisbane's Babaganouj are keeping the good momentum going, by announcing a run of tour dates for next month to promote their new single "Bluff". Hot off the heels of the success of their tune "Too Late For Love", the talent four-piece already have your next fave tune out of the Sunshine State in "Bluff". They'll be hitting up the venues in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne next month with some great support acts you must see as well - be sure to note them down!
Perth's Emperors have announced a slew of tour dates which will see them heading around the country with their new tune, "Shooting From the Bell Tower"! The band's first new release since their debut album Stay Frosty was released back in 2012, the video for "Shooting From the Bell Tower" sees Emperors call on some mates from the likes of Violent Soho, The Love Junkies, Papa vs Pretty and more, in making for a great clip.
Get ready for all the feels - The War on Drugs have announced a short run of sideshows to accompany their appearance at Meredith this year. The Philly-based band have sustained a healthy and popular presence in Australia, with this trip only adding to the now growing list of Australian festivals they've played in recent years.
In this issue: REMi added to national Rise tour, the 1975 announce their support acts, Cannibal Corpse immerse fans with a series of competitions, Thy Art is Murder surprise fans with another support act on their national tour, Reece Mastin adds extra shows to his sold out national tour, John Garcia pleases fans with signing and meet & greet at each show, support acts announced from 360's UTOPIA National Tour, and Jones Jr is set to support Kelis for her Splendor in the Grass sideshows.