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Album News Weekly: 4th March 2015

In This Issue: Strap in March is in full swing! A big list of releases for you this week with loads more due in later, if you were hitting a lull in finding new music then this is the month to get excited! A bunch of local and international acts are letting out the releases this week.

TV On The Radio, Courtney Barnett and more feature on NPR's SXSW showcase line up!


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NPR always has its finger on the pulse when it comes to pulling together some of the best names in music, both established and up and coming, for its SXSW line up. They've just announced the artists confirmed to perform at their opening night event at Stubb's this year and as we'd expect, the menu of music on offer is looking sweet indeed.

The first Converse Fader Fort SXSW artist announcement sees Passion Pit, Bleachers & more confirmed to perform!

And the FADER Fort line up for SXSW 2015 have begun rolling out! These parties are always incredibly popular and have some amazing and eclectic artists gracing the stage during the multi-day event and this year is no different. The Converse presented event returns to Austin from March 18th-21st and has released just some of the names confirmed to perform.

Melbourne's TRAM SESSIONS partners with Levi's; announces REMi for next session!

Melbourne's Tram Sessions have announced that they have partnered up with Levi's today, in a reveal that has also seen the group of creatives name hip-hop wunderkind REMi as their next feature artist. The sessions have been running successfully for some time now, putting a variety of artists into the intimate confines of the Melbourne tram system and filming some definite candid performances. Published online, the popularity for the Tram Sessions series has grown exponentially, with previous artists including The Basics, Vance Joy, Passenger, Shaun Kirk (pictured) and Davey Lane.

George Maple announces Australian tour dates off back of new single "Where You End And I Begin"!

The stunning George Maple has dropped a fantastic new single in "Where You End And I Begin" today, as well as a run of tour dates we're so excited to see! The Future Classic goddess crafted the track with Philadelphia rapper Grande Marshall and is sultry as all hell - a perfect track to get you hyped for Maple's upcoming tour dates.

Montogomery announces debut shows with 'Act I' dates this May!

The mysterious Montgomery, just one of I Oh You's talented roster artists, has announced her first ever live shows off the back of her debut EP New Clear War. In a music climate where seemingly nothing is deemed illusive any more, it's impressive that Montgomery has been able to construct and more importantly, maintain, this aura about herself and her music. These live shows, touted as 'Act I', will be the first time audiences will have seen Montgomery perform live and already, the anticipation is building.

Mumford & Sons announce new album Wilder Mind!

Mumford & Sons have come out of the gates with a few announcements this morning, hinting to a potential Australian visit from the Brits in the near future. First up, news of their forthcoming album, Wilder Mind. Following on from the band's sophomore release Babel, Mumford & Sons got into the studio in London to record with James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM) after writing and demo'ing with Aaron Dessner in Brooklyn and at the home of Sigh No More, Eastcote Studios in London.

Lollapalooza Berlin debuting in September, featuring Tame Impala, The Libertines & more!

Lollapalooza continues its world domination, heading to Europe for the first time this year! September sees the festival set its eyes on Berlin, with the likes of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and The Libertines set to to headline the inaugural festival at Tempelhof. Tame Impala, Little Dragon, Hot Chip and Run The Jewels have also been confirmed to appear at Lolla Berlin over the two day event, with many, many more artists still to be announced!

Marta Pacek and The Jessica Stewart Few (Canada) teaming up for east coast tour this March/April!

If some sweet alternative folk stylings are your bag, then this tour may be just the right one for you. Marta Pacek will be teaming up with The Jessica Stewart Few from Canada for a co-headline tour that will take the group down the east coast this month and through into April! It's the first time the musicians have embarked on a tour like this one, so there's no doubt some memorable moments are going to be created on the run of shows, which includes some festival appearances as well as headline shows.

Over 200 new acts - including Tigertown - added to SXSW 2015!

It's only a little over two weeks until SXSW insanity kicks off, but still the artist announcements keep rolling in. In the latest round of additions, Sydney band Tigertown get the call up - the only Australians in this round - alongside over 200 international acts. MS MR, Charles Bradley, Milky Chance, and Hamilton Leithauser all feature. An interview with Wynonna Judd has also been added to the Music Conference.

Jackson Firebird return to Australia for east coast tour this month and April!

Returning to Australia following a successful jaunt through Europe and Brazil, Jackson Firebird aren't ready to settle back into off-road life yet, announcing a run of Australian shows for March and April! The duo have recently been spending time in studio over in Austin, Texas, working with Chris 'Frenchie' Smith (The Darkness, Dandy Warhols) on some banging new rock and roll tunes, so fans can expect to hear some snippets of this new material ahead of the new Jackson Firebird album, due for release later this year!

Lenny Kravitz cancels Australian tour, including Bluesfest appearance, due to scheduling issues.

One of the feature artists for this year's Bluesfest in Lenny Kravitz, has just announced that his whole tour of Australia has been cancelled. Citing scheduling issues, Kravitz's run of Australian dates haven't been rescheduled at this stage, it's been made clear that the circumstances leading to the tour's cancellation were definitely unforseen. Kravitz was due to perform in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Byron Bay festival, not to mention dates in South East Asia and Japan as well this April.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 27th February 2015

In This Issue: we look at the relaunch of the Australian Cultural Fund, the open slots on the She Who Rocks Tour for upcoming bands, and the industry guests for FBi Radio’s Music Open Days, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Official Trailer for upcoming film "Love & Merc" Follows the life of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson

The official trailer for Love & Mercy has just been released and it’s sure to pull some heartstrings! Set against The Beach Boys’ iconic catalogue of music, the story follows the life of singer, songwriter and music legend Brian Wilson from successful highs in the band to devastating lows in his personal life.

Andy Bull announces 'Talk Too Much' tour!

Synth-pop visionary Andy Bull is embarking on a nationwide tour this April/May in support of his latest single and 2014 album Sea of Approval. The ‘Talk Too Much’ tour will see ten performances across the country, including regional stops Wollongong and Newcastle.