Violent Soho announce Australian Tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

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“We sit around on couches, buying what we think makes us who we are, like a hungry ghost”, it was these words from Kalle Lasn’s book ‘Culture Jam’ that resonated with Violent Soho’s Luke Boerdam and acted as a major influence on him while penning the Mansfield (4122) band’s highly acclaimed third record, Hungry Ghost, which has subsequently lead to ‘Soho’ (as their loyal fans refer to them as) enjoying a whirlwind of success over the last nine months. Today we’re very psyched to announce that rather than slowing down, Violent Soho will be heading out on their biggest national tour to date this July and taking Melbourne’s ‘The Smith Street Band’ with them as special guest supports – a tour that promises to wow crowds all over the country and have kids jumping from everything in sight.

Violent Soho Headline Tour
w/ The Smith Street Band

JULY 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 4th of April. All tickets available from www.violentsoho.com

Thu 3 July The Bakery| Perth (18+ only)

Fri 4 July The Gov | Adelaide (Lic AA)

Sat 5 July The Hi-Fi | Melbourne (18+ only)

Fri 11 July Manning Bar | Sydney (18+ only)

Sat 12 July The Hi-Fi | Brisbane (18+ only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotify launches Emerge in Australia & New Zealand to surface best new music

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Spotify, in collaboration with our mates at HP, has launched its Emerge program in an Australia and New Zealand first, putting the spotlight on upcoming local artists.

Emerge uses technology to offer a unique insight into what could be the next big thing in music, by using Spotify’s vast array of data to pinpoint ten emerging artists from the region, based on their vitality (increase in streams and shares week on week). It is then put in your hands – through listening, liking, voting, and sharing – to determine who should win.

The ten bands vying for Emerge supremacy are The Aston Shuffle (AU), MT (AU), Tom Lark (NZ), Gang of Youths (AU), Max & Bianca (AU), Miracle (AU), Gossling (AU), Chance Waters (AU), The Acid (AU), Smashproof (NZ). They’ll join a prestigious list of past bands to be involved in past Emerge programs overseas, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, alt-j and Lorde.

Head to http://www.spotify-emerge.com.au to find out more about the bands and VOTE for who you think should be the next Emerge victor.

Follow the official Emerge playlist here.

 

DZ Deathrays Annouce ‘Black Rat’ album tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

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DZ Deathrays have always been known as a live band, first and foremost. It’s he reason why they’ve been caught listing their occupation as “professional face melters” in the past. Now, with the release of their highly anticipated second record ‘Black Rat’ due on 2nd of May, they’ll be entering their element and celebrating the release with a national tour of Australia.

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BLACK RAT ALBUM TOUR
MAY 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 7 March

Thu 8 May Elsewhere | Gold Coast, QLD (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Fri 9 May The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545

Sat 10 May Spotted Cow | Toowoomba, QLD (18+)

Free Entry

Thu 15 May Karova Lounge | Ballarat, VIC (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Fri 16 May Corner Hotel | Melbourne, VIC (18+)

http://www.cornerhotel.com.au | 1300 724 867

Sat 17 May Jive | Adelaide, SA (18+)

http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX

Thu 22 May Prince of Wales | Bunbury, WA (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au |1300 762 545

Fri 23 May The Indi Bar | Scarborough, WA (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Sat 24 May Amplifier | Perth, WA (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Sun 25 May Newport | Fremantle, WA (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Thu 29 May Transit Bar | Canberra, ACT (18+)

http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX

Fri 30 May Rad | Wollongong, NSW (18+)

http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Sat 31 May Oxford Art Factory | Sydney, NSW (18+)

http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX

 

Band of Skulls Australian tour- proudly presented by Spotify!

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After smashing Splendour In The Grass 2012 and playing shows to critical acclaim around the country, this June, Southampton rock trio Band Of Skulls are returning to Australia in support of their upcoming LP ‘Himalayan’.  With their last album ‘Sweet Sour‘ hitting the the ARIA album charts at #35 and spawning a stream of killer singles including,  “The Devil Takes Care Of his Own” and “Sweet Sour”, the burning blues riffs and master melodies of Band of Skulls are gladly back on their upcoming album (produced by Nick Launay of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire fame).                                                             

Sharing stages with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Black Keys, Band of Skulls are no newbies to the live setting. Make sure you catch the grit-rock force of three at their upcoming shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Vance Joy Australian tour- proudly presented by Spotify!

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Having just finished touring nationally with Laneway Festival, embarked on dates around the UK and oh, scored the number one spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 with his knockout single ‘Riptide’, Vance Joy really is the man of the hour. 

It doesn’t stop there though. Vance Joy has just announced a tour presented by Spotify to align with his Groovin The Moo festival dates, hitting venues in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. With supports from Gossling and Teeth & Tongue, there’s no doubt that these shows will sell out quickly.

Thu Apr 24 – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA (All Ages)
www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

Tue May 6  - The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
www.thehifi.com.au  | 1300 THE HIFI (1300 843 443) and all Oztix outlets

Thu May 8 – The Bakery, Perth, WA (18+)
www.nowbaking.com.au  | 08 9227 6288

Fri May 16 - The Metro, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
www.ticketek.com.au  | 132 849

Fri May 23 – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100

 

Ball Park Music announce new single, album and Australian tour- proudly presented by Spotify!

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It is said that all good things come in threes and today Ball Park Music made a triple announcement that is guaranteed to excite their fans: a new single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”, a National album tour, and the release date for their third album ‘Puddinghead’.

‘Puddinghead’ will be released on Friday 4th April 2014 via Stop Start and Intertia. This new record is the follow up to their 2012 sophomore release, ‘Museum’.

Unlike the band’s first two albums, which were penned and recorded in between a relentless touring schedule, 2013 provided the first opportunity for the band to write and record in a controlled environment. The result is ‘Puddinghead’, the band’s third album in 24 months, and without doubt their most accomplished to date.

They say the word “puddinghead” is a Shakespearean insult offered to “someone who manages to mess up even the most basic tasks…”

Determined to leave their own print, Ball Park Music opted to self-produce and take the recording of ‘Puddinghead’ into their own hands. Renting a dirt-cheap property in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, they endured the overwhelming heat of their 70s fibro shack, scooped the mud from the doorway, smashed in the broken door, cleaned away the rotten food and insects and recorded to the sweet backdrop of leaky taps, magpies and main roads. It was far from the comforts of a professional recording studio, but somehow it worked.

The first taste of the band’s new material is the lead single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”. It’s also the opening track on the record and sets the tone for an album that celebrates their underdog leanings and rejoices in the love, loss and banalities of suburban Australian life. The track and album was mixed by Grammy nominated Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, Phoenix, Air, and M83).

This new and exciting chapter for Ball Park Music comes off the back of an incredible three years that’s seen them secure two J Award album nominations for previous albums ‘Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs’ and ‘Museum’, a top 10 ARIA debut for ‘Museum’, numerous sold out headline tours alongside becoming one of Australia’s most loved festival bands via performances at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, Homebake and Big Day Out.

To celebrate the release of ‘Puddinghead’, Ball Park Music is hitting the road for a national tour. The tour will be supported by triple j and Spotify and they will be joined by special guests Papa vs Pretty, Holy Holy (NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC) and Jesse Davidson (TAS, WA, NT, SA).

Tickets on sale Wednesday 12th

TOUR DATES
Saturday 15th March – Mountain Sounds Festival
Thursday 3rd April – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 4th April – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra
Saturday 5th April – Metro Theatre, Sydney *ALL AGES
Wednesday 9th April – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Thursday 10th April – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Friday 11th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday 12th April – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
Sunday 13th April – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane *Under 18s Daytime
Thursday 17th April – Hotel New York, Launceston
Friday 18th April – Butter Factory, Burnie
Saturday 19th April & Sunday 20th April – Republic Bar, Hobart
Thursday 24th April – Astor Theatre, Perth
Friday 25th April – Studio 146, Albany
Saturday 26th April – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Sunday 27th April – Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Wednesday 30th April – Railway Club, Darwin
Friday 2nd May – The Gov, Adelaide * ALL AGES
Saturday 3rd May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne *Under 18s Daytime
Saturday 3rd May & Sunday 4th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

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For further information visit:

www.ballparkmusic.com/

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Loon Lake announce The Good Times tour- Proudly presented by Spotify

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Melbourne’s Loon Lake have had  a busy couple of years: claiming a spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100′s, relentlessly touring their debut album Gloamer to sold out audiences, and smashing a bunch of festivals along the way, including New Year on the Hill and Big Day Out.

This march Loon Lake are embarking on their “The  Good Times” tour, playing some of the largest venues they’ve ever headlined in Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. Big venues, big crowds, big party.

Along with the support of Jeremy Neale (except in Adelaide) The Good Times tour will be hitting Adelaide (all ages),  Hobart , Melbourne, Sydney and finally Brisbane. Head on down!

Friday 28 March | UniBar, Adelaide (All Ages)*
with special guest TBC

Saturday 29 March | Republic Bar, Hobart*
with special guest The Middle Names

Thursday 3 April | The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
with special guest Jeremy Neale

Friday 4 April | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
with special guest Jeremy Neale

Saturday 5 April | The Zoo, Brisbane
with special guest Jeremy Neale

Tickets to all shows available NOW via: http://www.loonlake.com.au

Our Interview with Warpaint

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

When you think of Los Angeles, generally images of beaches, bikini’s, and the Hollywood elite come to mind.  Warpaint are the antidote to all of this. Based in LA, Warpaint are a unique force of four, delivering the deep, dark and mesmerizing sounds of swampy bass and ethereal vocal hooks. Having been on tour since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘ The Fool‘, Warpaint have returned this year with their self titled follow up. In writing and recording the album, members Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa, rented a house up in desert oasis of Joshua Tree National Park. There they continually jammed, which happened to result in a visit from the police as local residents had complained that music was making them nauseous. Of course, the offending (or brilliantly woozy) song, Disco // Very is on the album.

We had a quick chat with bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg about their influences and the what makes their music tick.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?

When I was a youngen’ there was a lot of Hall and Oates, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Madonna, lots of pop, and old school r&b/soul…
What was the first record you fell in love with?
The Cure ‘Staring At The Sea ‘.. it was the first album I loved absolutely every song..
 
Who made you want to make music?
Not any person really..I loved the feeling I felt whilst listening to music. I wanted to make music that made me feel like that!!
It was an experiment really,  and i fell instantly in love. The passion and inspiration that came along with writing music was like nothing I had ever experienced.
 
What were you listening to whilst recording?
Lots of us!!! hahaha. My ears were pretty spent at that point, anytime I could listen to nothing, I would relish in those moments..
 
What five records couldn’t you live without? hmmmmm.. off the top o my head..
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epeche Mode ‘Violator’, Brian Eno ‘Another Green World’, Siouxie and the Banshees ‘Ju Ju’, Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’, and…. the best of The Beegees!!!  Also, my favorite are mix tapes made by friends, I love a collection of everything.
 
What are you listening to at the moment?
This internet radio station called Soma, its basically ambient noise, and is on a heavy rotation at my house everyday.

Does the perfect song exist?

Disco meets hardcore meets melody and harmony with some drone in there? S
omething with all of those ingredients and I think you would have a pretty damn good song!!!!
 
Finally, what’s your favourite noise?
I have always loved the sound of water running through a faucet. There’s something very soothing and noisey about it!! It sounds really good recorded as well!!!

Pigeon announce ‘Settle In’ EP Tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

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Positively charged with a thrilling electro‐pop sound, Pigeon have evolved their latest offering, melding together sexy brass, raw piano, electric bass and anethemic velvety vocals, to form their sophomore EP, ‘Settle In’, due out 24th January 2014.

Hailing from Brisbane, the first single off the EP, ‘Curtain Call’ has won this five‐piece acclaim from the discerning taste afficionados at Triple J, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk and more, while the intricate layering in the second single, ‘Two Moon Love’ has garnered them over 22,000 Soundcloud plays in under a month as well as charting on Hype Machine.

Tastefully blending a unique cocktail of European electronica with nods to the likes of Sebastien Tellier and Royksopp, with the distinctly homebrew throwback to an era dominated by Cut Copy and The Presets, Pigeon have merged continents to create a truly unique sound.

The virality of their intelligently crafted Daft Punk medley coupled with the success of The Kite String Tangle (frontman Danny Harley’s solo project) has propelled them onto the stages of Australia’s most notable festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Parklife, BigSound, Fat As Butter and Peats Ridge.

Completely self produced, mixed, mastered and recorded, Pigeon have harnessed the sunshine of their northern state with a European flair, bringing the best of both worlds to a dancefloor near you.

PIGEON ‘SETTLE IN’ EP TOUR

Thurs 6 Feb -­‐ CANBERRA
@ The Transit Bar
With BACK BACK FORWARD PUNCH & WALLFLOWER

Fri 7 Feb -­‐ SYDNEY
@ Brighton Up Bar
With BACK BACK FORWARD PUNCH & Special Guests

Sat 8 Feb -­‐ BRISBANE
@ Alhambra Lounge
With BACK BACK FORWARD PUNCH & Zaped

Thurs 27 Feb -­‐ MELBOURNE
@ Boney
With BACK BACK FORWARD PUNCH & 8 BIT LOVE

Fri 28 Feb -­‐ ADELAIDE
@ Rocket Bar With Special Guests

 

Boy & Bear Announce Regional Harlequin Dream Tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

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Having just completed a national tour of Australia last month and only recently announcing a thirty-two date tour of Europe and America for February/March/April (including SXSW), Australia’s own Boy & Bear are thrilled to inform their fans of an extensive thirty-date regional tour of Australia. They’ll be kick starting in Mackay (QLD) in mid-April, moving through the NT, WA, VIC and the ACT, finishing off in Dubbo (NSW) at the end of May.

“This will be the most extensive regional tour the band has done and we are very much looking forward to it,” enthuses singer and songwriter Dave Hosking. “We love the idea of playing to new people in new and exciting parts of the country.”

Boy & Bear have already celebrated a #1 debut on the ARIA Album Chart and now their critically acclaimed second album, Harlequin Dream is officially certified Gold in Australia, selling in excess of 35,000 copies since its release in August. Harlequin Dream is the follow up album to the band’s platinum selling debut album, Moonfire and was co-produced by Boy & Bear and Wayne Connelly.

And in other exciting news, Harlequin Dream has appeared at number seven on Triple J’s listener poll for Top Ten Favourite Albums, with Boy & Bear being the only Australian band to make the list.

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The band have also unveiled the brand new video for single and album title track, Harlequin Dream, filmed by acclaimed director Kris Moyes (Sia, Beck, The Presets) on location in Palawan in the Philippines just fourteen days prior to the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan. The people and locations that were filmed are safe due to the surrounding mountains, but donations are still welcomed to help those whose lives have been affected. Donations can be made via the following organisations: UNICEF, OXFAM, AUSTRALIAN REDCROSS, SAVE THE CHILDREN AUSTRALIA..