Liverpool Sound City will be celebrating its 8th birthday in 2015 with a new venues and what is looking to be a huge program lineup! The festival is set to move from its original home at Wolstenholme Square, over to the Bramley Moore Dock is a move to grow, evolve and breathe new life into the heart of the city. Along with this announcement, Liverpool Sound City have also named Belle and Sebastian as their first festival headliners!
Mike Noga has returned home for a short little while to launch a crowdfunding campaign through Pozible to help fund his new album! Noga has been spending much of 2014 in London writing and preparing what's to become the follow up to the acclaimed album The Balladeer Hunter, as well as touring with the likes of Kurt Vile and Mick Turner, but is back in Australia to bring the album home in more ways than one. The funds raised through the campaign will go towards all facets of the record's creation, from mixing and mastering and all the production.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard today release their fifth album, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, in Australia and after receiving international praise for performances at CMJ in New York, it's perfect timing for the Melbourne band to announce a run of live show dates on home turf for the end of the year! The album tour marks the band's return from what has been an extensive run of international touring bouts through America, Europe and the UK, where they've been making a solid impact on crowds in those territories. On the Australian tour, The Babe Rainbow will joining in on the fun.
They've received praise from all over the globe and collaborated with the likes of Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and most recently Ghostface Killah. Now the boys from BADBADNOTGOOD have released the latest single 'Triangle' off their third self titled album III, and are coming to the land of Oz.
Hip hop icon Nas has a proud look on his face as he humbly surprises the small group of guests at the album release party for the latest Run The Jewels album RTJ2. The acclaimed emcee joins El-P and Killer Mike on the small stage and proceeds to state how proud he is at having RTJ part of his Mass Appeal label, and that what they are doing has inspired his new material, right before he drops a brand new track that uses a jazzy beat made by the late great J Dilla. Title "The Season", our snippet of the track plays out like a classic Nas record with bravado and clever wordplay twisted over the catchy horn sample. Check the video out below, we'll have the full stream when the track is officially released.
In This Issue: we bring you the news about TEDxSydney 2015, Deezer, a special Kings Cross ARIA Week Event, plus the latest signings, the announcement of the winner of the Mercury Prize and the ARIA charts.
Mainard Larkin, the 21 year old rapper who performs under the moniker of Randa, has taken out the NZ On Air Critic' Choice Prize as part of the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Up against other finalists in Estere and Lake South, Randa performed an electric set at the King's Arms in Auckland last night to a vull venue of punters and music industry figures alike.
Harmony James, a two-time music award winning songwriter and Lachlan Bryan, a CMAA award winner will be touring together for a short run of live dates throughout November this year. They will be hitting the road as solo performers with Harmony presenting and delivering music from her new album Cautionary Tales and Lachlan featuring songs from his acclaimed album Black Coffee.
Already announced on the WOMADelaide line up, Rufus Wainright brings his broad spectrum of talents back to Australia after 3 years for a headline tour.
With over 2 million views on YouTube, over 30,000 independent album sales, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, the entire world is now discovering Canada’s talented Matt Andersen. The powerful performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence will be returning to Australia for a run of shows in January 2015 to release his new album, Weightless.
Labelled across the board as one of the best band of 20-somethings, the pretending to be The Beach Boys, Teen Sensations made up of George Browning, Yuri Johnson, Corey Herekiuha and Jeremy Neale are keeping the legay of Bobby “Boris” Pickett alive and have announced their Monster Beach Party EP and tour! The boys showed the world that surf instrumental music isn’t dead and they’re back with a Halloween release and new single Monster Beach Party.
The gloriously depressive Danish punk rock wunderkinds ICEAGE have announced their return to Australia to play Sugar Mountain Festival as well as headlining performances in Sydney and Brisbane. Still giddy from the recent release of their third LP Plowing Into The Field Of Love featuring piano, mandolin, viola, and organ, and an East Coast tour, Iceage will lend their talents to Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and Brisbane’s Alhambra Lounge. The praise is endless for these Copenhagen kids, but perhaps it was NME that said it the best… ”Be thankful for Iceage”.
Live Nation and Niche have announced today that fast-rising progressive R&B star Tinashe will embark on a three-date debut Australian tour next Feburary. The stunning 21 year old singer, songwriter, and performer will be bringing her edgy R&B to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
It was semi-confirmed earlier in the month thanks to a series of teases from Frontier Touring, but now tonight it is 100% official. The mighty Foo Fighters will be bringing their latest album Sonic Highways to Australia, supported by Rise Against for a series of dates taking them through February and March 2015.
We've taken a look at some of the shows we're going to be heading to throughout the week ahead and deliver you this guide - our national gig picks of the week!