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SET MO ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 29

Posted on February 27, 2018
Described by i-D magazine as “Australia’s most optimistic band… they love what they do and it shows,” Set Mo is an electronic music duo from Sydney. Bonding over a fondness for burgers, pho, sneakers and beer (not necessarily consumed simultaneously — and in the case of the kicks, certainly not taken orally), Nick Drabble and Stu Turner first came together as a DJ combo in 2012 and soon progressed into producing tunes.

 

The guys share a love of Basement Jaxx, Booka Shade, Brian Eno, The Chemical Brothers, classic late-1980s house, old-school disco, Groove Armada, Jamie xx and Moby— influences that are as apparent in their music as hints of pepper, plum and blackcurrant are on the nose of a good pinot.

 

Their best-known release to date is the blissed out, sunset-on-the-beach house beauty “White Dress” (featuring Deutsch Duke), which was big all over when it broke in 2014 and has been played a good 18 million times on Spotify since. But they’ve made numerous equally lovely tunes you’d be well advised to give an exploratory spin. Try “I Belong Here” or “Nightmares” for a start. Goes great with a burger and a frosty beverage. (Side serve of Adidas is optional.)

 
 

Thursday, March 29

Tickets: $20.39 + BF – here.

FRENZAL RHOMB ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 31

Posted on February 26, 2018

Frenzal Rhomb, the most hospitalised band in the world (Seriously, everything from broken drumming arms and detached guitar-playing retinas to an actual pig-borne tapeworm in the lead singer’s brain), have a continuing run of shows in 2018 to keep the Hi-Vis High Tea Boom alive! In case you’ve been living down a mine shaft, Hi-Vis High Tea is Frenzal Rhomb’s ninth full-length punk rock record. And just like a ninth child to a religious family, they’re really getting good at it. Recorded once again by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, Hi-Vis High Tea is a concept album about a whole bunch of different concepts. 20 songs clocking in at just over 30 minutes, but what they lack in length they make up for in brevity.

And it sounds fucken rad. But don’t take my word for it, I’m just a computer-generated bio-writing algorithm Frenzal Rhomb downloaded from the darknet; you should just listen to the album… and attend the shows!

No longer satisfied with blending in to the background, Frenzal Rhomb have announced additional shows on their Hi-Vis High Tea tour, in full compliance with Australian Government guidelines.

Many fans have attended shows dressed in their own Hi-Vis work gear, and some have completed post show tasks in or near the venues, including plumbing connections, tree planting and pruning, unloading vehicles, repairing roads and so forth.

If you too wish to start 2018 in full compliance with Australian Government guidelines, you can buy your own Hi-Vis Frenzal Rhomb garments online or at selected shows, which also offer great visibility to the wearer in complex backgrounds and through a full range of body movements.

 

Saturday, March 31

Tickets: $30.00 + BF – here.

CROOKED COLOURS ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 19

Posted on February 26, 2018

Following the announcement of their highly-anticipated debut album Vera on June 23 via Sweat it Out and SOLD OUT national tour in August, Crooked Colours announce their PERFECT RUN TOUR in Australia throughout April.

The forthcoming dates will be the final time the band tours their VERA live show before taking a long break to write and record their sophomore album.

Crooked Colours burst onto the scene in 2013 with breakout singles Come Down, Capricious and Another Way, earning three consecutive #1’s on Hype Machine and gaining a solid fanbase around the world from the outset. The result of a patient approach from an act determined to create a timeless debut, new album Vera demonstrates diverse and layered productions from a breed proving themselves as one of Australia’s hottest rising acts in electronic music today. Hit singles ‘Flow’, ’I Hope You Get It and ‘Come Back To You’ have been picked up by radio stations and press around the world such as Radio 1, Eins Live, triple j, Majestic Casual to name a few. To date the band has had over 20 million streams of their new record and have released award winning music videos for all previously released singles.

Recently invited to perform as special guests for Crystal Castles on their Australian and New Zealand tour, the band has also supported R F S and San Cisco, in addition to many festival performances in Australia and recent sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Berlin, Zurich, Paris & London.

 

Thursday, April 19

Tickets: $25.00 + BF – here.

BLEEDING KNEES CLUB ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 6

Posted on February 26, 2018

Brace yourself for a beaster of an Easter, as local garage-rock brawlers Bleeding Knees Club team up with LA titans Together Pangea for a national Australian tour you’ll never forget!

Off the back of 2017’s triumphant “Chew The Gum” EP and recent crackerjack single “Case”, Bleeding Knees Club are psyched to hit the road before their new album drops later this year.

“Chew The Gum” saw the ex-Gold Coast outfit relocated to Sydney via frontman Alex Wall, and with a freshly-configured line-up. The band completed a frenzied national tour to launch the EP that included one broken jaw and one broken ankle, and The Brag gushed “Bleeding Knees Club’s chaotic Sydney comeback show proved punk is not dead”. After carving out circle pits at festivals including Stonecutters (Adelaide), Sounds Of The Suburbs (Sydney) and Valley Fiesta (Brisbane), the foursome saw out 2017 with their set-your-desk-on-fire anthem “Case”, which AAA Backstage frothed “This track is itching for summer like it can’t get a hold of its dealer on a comedown day … if I didn’t know any better, I’d be looking on an American Pie soundtrack for this jammer”.

Vocalist Alex Wall says, “Together Pangea have been one of my favourite LA punk bands since I first heard ‘Living Dummy’ in 2011. I met the guys when I was living in the States and started going to a bunch of their shows, and they just kill it every night. Their songs are so good and they’re insane live. I went to a couple of the dates on their current USA tour in New York and LA and they destroyed it. I can’t wait for everyone in Australia to lose it over them when to come out to tour with us!”

Hot on the heels of 2017’s barrelling “Bulls & Roosters” album, Together Pangea are finally touring our shores for the first time ever.

Formed in Los Angeles nearly a decade ago out of the fertile CalArts campus scene, the foursome blazed a trail via rowdy early records on tastemaker label Burger, and rambunctious live shows with The Black Lips, The Replacements, Twin Peaks and others. “Bulls & Roosters” saw Stitched Sound declare “they blew this record out of the water”, and its Buzzcocks-indebted lead single “Better Find Out” had Earbuddy vibe “it paws up some dust with a ground tearing riff”. Together Pangea’s live rep is legendary, with LA Record summing up a recent triumphant hometown gig as “the kind of high-octane, gasoline-soaked rock that hits all your pleasure centers with sticky melodies, power riffs, and break-neck speed”.

Frontman William Keegan says “We’ve been dying to tour Australia for a long time. We’ve heard it’s a great place to play because everyone just wants to have fun, mosh and stage dive. Also from The Saints to Eddy Current Suppression Ring so much incredible rock ‘n’ roll has come out of Australia, and we want to see what it’s all about. We’re also very stoked to play some shows with our brother Alex Wall and his band Bleeding Knees Club on their home turf”.

Bleeding Knees Club and Together Pangea, tearing up Australia together with White Blanks.

 

Friday, April 6

Tickets: $20.00 + BF – here.

THE SMITH STREET BAND ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 22

Posted on February 26, 2018

Last week The Smith Street Band announced the first round of artist for the inaugural Pool House Party and today the band announce they are also heading off around the country on their first headline tour in nearly a year. It is their biggest and furthest reaching tour yet, taking in every state and territory of Australia and will include a bunch of all ages and under 18 only shows.

 

This will be The Smith Street Band’s first Australian headline tour since the release of More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, which debuted at #3 on the ARIA Album chart and saw the band sell out huge shows across the country, including two sold out home town shows at Melbourne’s iconic Forum Theatre. 2017 also saw the band tour America and Europe multiple times, play Groovin The Moo, triple j’s One Night Stand in Mt Isa, Splendour in the Grass, support Midnight Oil in Melbourne and LA and wind up the year with four massive shows at Falls Festival.

 

Forever on the road, 2018 will first see The Smith Street Band return to Europe for a 16 date tour with old friends The Front Bottoms. When the band return home they kick off the run of Australian dates with one enormous show, Pool House Party at Coburg Velodrome, featuring two stages and 18 of their favourite bands.

 

Then, March to May will see The Smith Street Band visit every corner of Australia with Bec Sandridge and Melbourne newcomers Press Club are along for the ride. Late last year Sandridge released her most unapologetic and meatiest work to date in single ‘I’ll Never Want A BF’ and toured Australia, UK and Europe. While Press Club launched on to the scene in 2017 with debut single ‘Headwreck’ which saw them nab supports with the likes of Ceres, Polish Club, Japandroids and Joyce Manor as well as play Bigsound, Falls Marion Bay, Festival of the Sun and Fairgrounds.

 

Thursday, March 22

Tickets: $40.00 + BF – here.

STRAWBERRY BOOGIE RETURNS FT. TINY LITTLE HOUSES

Posted on February 26, 2018

To celebrate the recent announcement of their debut album Idiot Proverbs, set for release on Friday 12 January, Tiny Little Houses are thrilled to reveal both the music video for their current single ‘Entitled Generation’ and their highly anticipated national album tour dates, scheduled for Feb/March 2018. The run of shows, presented by triple j, will see the band perform in Ballarat, Melbourne, Hobart, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

“We’ve been working on a bunch of songs very important to us, which have made our new album. We can’t wait to play the record live in full, especially since you would have had the chance to hear them all by the time we tour! Thanks for the on-going support and interest in our music, hopefully see you at these shows soon.” – Tiny Little Houses

Tiny Little Houses have spent the last three years winning hearts and minds around Australia thanks to a succession of finely-crafted indie pop gems including ‘Milo Tin’, ‘Song Despite Apathy’ ‘Easy’, ‘Soon We Won’t Exist’, ‘Garbage Bin’ and most recently, ‘Entitled Generation’.

The follow-up to the four-piece’s first two EPs – You Tore Out My Heart (2015) and Snow Globe (2016) – Idiot Proverbs finds Tiny Little Houses growing up and getting more confident with where they can push their sound. As well as being the band’s most raucous collection of tunes so far, the album highlights the discernible progress of Karvountzis as a songwriter. Indeed, Idiot Proverbs presents wry reflections on growing up, finding your place amongst the chaos and falling short of your own (and others’) expectations.

The album finds Tiny Little Houses continuing their relationship with producer Schram (also known for his work with Paul Kelly, San Cisco and Loon Lake among many others) who was also behind the controls for most of the band’s previous efforts.

 

Thursday, March 8

Tickets: $15.00 + BF – here.

TIRED LION ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 1

Posted on February 26, 2018
After having a massive breakout year that included releasing their critically-acclaimed debut album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion keep the good times rolling through 2017 today with the release of a brand-new video for the album’s title track, and the announcement of a run of regional tour dates in 2018.

 

‘Dumb Days’ was the third single to be released from the record that earned them a Triple J Feature Album, and the video for it is composed of footage from throughout their stellar 2017, including scenes from the recording of the record in Perth with Violent Soho frontman and Dumb Days producer Luke Boerdam, along with raucous footage from the Dumb Days national headline tour they embarked on earlier this year. The video was filmed and directed by renowned rock photographer, Matsu.
Tired Lion will be hitting the road in early 2018, bringing the chaotic scenes in the Dumb Days’ video to regional towns and cities throughout WA, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW.

 

Since their humble beginnings, when they first began uploading early songs inspired by Sonic Youth, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins online, Tired Lion has already achieved a list of accomplishments most bands would be utterly envious of.

 

Two successful EPs, an Unearthed J Award, huge singles Not My Friends’ and Agoraphobia,’ multiple WA Music Awards, tour after tour after tour, and spots on some of the biggest music festivals on the planet, including Splendour In The Grass, Primavera, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and the Great Escape. And this year the band finally released the LP they’d always dreamed of.

 

Recorded over four weeks at the beginning of 2017 in Blackbird Studios in their hometown of Perth, Dumb Days is an album about growing up, and it’s safe to say that through all that build up, the band songwriter and frontwoman Hopes, Matt Tanner (lead guitar), Nick Vasey (bass) and Darnell (drums) have done a whole lot of growing up.

 

You can hear it all across Dumb Days. From the dissatisfaction with the mundane of everyday life of an album opener Japan,’ to the yearning for idyllic, simpler times of childhood on the driving title track, through to the existential pondering of the quirkily titled but heavy rocking Cilantro.’

 

Produced by Boerdam, along with the band’s long-time collaborator, WA legend and engineer extraordinaire, Dave Parkin, who combined to elevate the band’s capabilities, while also allowing them to discover new sides of themselves as musicians, songwriters and as a band.

 

“Boerdam’s effortless approach to producing and songwriting has led me to believe that he is in fact some sort of wizard,” admits Hopes.

 

But it wasn’t all studio wizardry, as the producer pushed and prodded Hopes to discuss and deconstruct songs to get the right intensity in the studio.

 

“Some of these tracks are extremely personal and I’ve never even discussed them with anyone prior,” she says. It was scary but it all managed to play a part in creating the perfect balance of sonic ear candy we were after with those added intense feels’ we were hoping to deliver.

 

Now Dumb Days is done and dusted. Tired Lion, always a scintillating live prospect, are readying to take these songs back on the road to some of their favourite regional and country venues, as well as some special capital city show dates.

 

Thursday, March 1

Tickets: $20.00 + BF – here.

TURNOVER ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH TURNSTILE – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 9

Posted on February 26, 2018

Turnover have been leading the charge in the emotionally driven shoegaze world since their 2015 releasePeripheral Vision, solidifying this acclaim with their critically acclaimed 2017 release Good Nature; wowing crowds the world over with their intricate song stylings and lyrical storytelling. Now Australian fans have the chance to experience Turnover’s Good Nature as they announce their return to our shores for a run of shows across both sides of the country.

The AU Review summed up the band’s most recent visit to Australia nicely, saying “Turnover were just perfection. The entire set was mellow – not in the sense that they didn’t want to be there, but in the sense that each member was enveloped in the music.” While Blunt Magazine were a little more… Blunt. “It makes sense that Turnover frontman Austin Getz looks like Jesus, because his voice is fucking holy.”

As for their latest album, vocalist and songwriter Austin Getz doesn’t blink when asked to sum up Good Nature.“Learning” he replies. “This whole record is about learning. Opening your eyes to new things, going outside of your comfort zone, and learning to grow into something new.”

Joining Turnover on this run of Australian shows is Baltimore outfit Turnstile, which Noisey recently commented on saying “…(Turnstile) has positively exploded, moving from exciting prospect to one of the most talked about bands in hardcore”Turnstile recently released their new single Real Thing, which as frontman Brendan Yates explains, “’Real Thing’ is about the idea of happiness being made up in the imagination. The way you imagine perfection from your past can blind you to real beauty and life right in front of you, resulting in a circle of discontent.”

Between Turnstile‘s raw energy, and Turnover‘s powerful emotion, this is a show that fans won’t want to miss.

 

Friday, March 9

Tickets: $46.50 + BF – here.

John Butler Trio, Bernard Fanning & Guests Announce Wollongong Mini Festival – Stuart Park, March 24

Posted on December 1, 2017

YOURS & OWLS TEAM UP WITH SUMMERSALT TO BRING WOLLONGONG TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S FINEST

SummerSalt – the newly launched concert event continues to deliver cream of the crop artists to the great Australian outdoors as it announces two of Australia’s finest artists – John Butler Trio and Bernard Fanning as well as Mama Kin Spender & Oh Pep!  SummerSalt takes place in some of the most picturesque locations around the country.  On top of showcasing the best of home-grown and international bands, it also brings cultural attractions, placing a very heavy emphasis on local community and sustainability.   This is a first of its kind.  The inaugural SummerSalt series of concerts launched with some of Australia’s best loved bands & artists.

With sun, salt air, and sweet music to wash over the Australian coast, SummerSalt will create the perfect setting to dance the afternoon away with your friends or chill on the beach.  New South Wales audiences will be able to soak up some classic seaside charm under the spell of John Butler Trio, Bernard Fanning, Mama Kin Spender & Oh Pep! on the shores of Wollongong & Bondi Beach.

JOHN BUTLER TRIO

John Butler remains one of the most successful independent artists in Australia’s history.  His band, the John Butler Trio, have sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide.   John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the No. 1 most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.  Having played on countless festivals across the globe, John Butler Trio are in constant demand, after developing an earnest reputation as one of the best live blues and roots acts to this day.  Their recent ARIA award winning album, Flesh & Blood, was released globally in February 2014.  This then took them to sold out shows in Australia, Europe & North America, then remarkably saw them play their largest ever headline ticketed show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Colorado) in front of nearly 10,000 people.  John Butler Trio continues to capture their fans and take them on an organic journey.

BERNARD FANNING

Over the last two decades Bernard Fanning has become one of our most adored and celebrated singer/songwriters.  Having fronted Powderfinger, one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, we’ve all been touched by his music in some way – either by his poignant lyrics, smart songcraft or distinctive voice.  In 2005, Bernard began pursuing his solo career, when he released his debut album, Tea and Sympathy.  Since then, his career has taken him to places most musicians can only dream of.  He’s experienced countless sell-out tours, a swag of ARIA’s and accolades to his name, then this year’s acclaimed album release, Brutal Dawn, saw the second installment in a two-album series which followed last year’s ARIA award winning Civil Dusk.  Bernard Fanning is undoubtedly one of our foremost artists that delivers stand out live shows to packed audiences.

MAMA KIN SPENDER

ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender have combined their collective talents into a joyous sound of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies. Together, Mama Kin Spender have become the soulful music alliance and artistic collaboration between this blissful duo.  Their debut single, Air Between Us, was released mid this year and gave music lovers a glorious insight to what we can expect from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Golden Magnets – due for release in March 2018.  From dark to light, inward to outward, Mama Kin Spender is a bewitching collision of alchemy, harmony and percussive wizardry.

OH PEP!

Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) & Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged pop/folk adventure for your ears.  After launching into the Australian music scene with their first EP, the duo spent a week by the beach recording with ARIA-Award Winner and CMAA Producer of the Year, Shane Nicholson and have since launched their second EP, II, with a national and international tour. Oh Pep! are currently preparing to record their debut album and tour North America.

The concert event will include a dedicated SummerSalt Lounge area (for lounge tickets holders only) for those who wish to enjoy the show at their own pace & leisure.  There will also be access for concert goers to market stalls, mobile food options and activities to bring culture and community together.  These events are family friendly and welcome people of all ages.   Patrons are encouraged to check online for all ticketing information first, as each venue has different restrictions.

This is a stellar line up of Australian music and continues to be a superb concert series.

Saturday, March 24

Tickets: here.

CUT COPY ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JANUARY 19

Posted on November 20, 2017
In the past decade and a half, Cut/Copy has truly become an international act. The band has toured across the world, headlining massive sold-out shows and performing
at prime slots of prestigious festivals worldwide such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Lollapalooza in the US; Primavera Sound in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; and
Summer Sonic in Japan. They’ve released four critically praised artist albums, a curated compilation of Melbourne’s finest electronic musicians (Oceans Apart), and 2016’s
limited-edition ambient cassette January Tape. Along the way they have played more than a thousand tour dates, the great majority of which have been to sold out audiences.Each of their records have garnered great critical acclaim, and Cut/Copy’s catalog has won or been nominated for such prestigious awards as the GRAMMYs and the ARIAs.
Cut/Copy’s diversity has also landed their songs into hit movies, television shows, video games including FIFA and Madden, and ads for PlayStation, Google, Apple, Levi’s and Orange.Recently, Cut Copy returned to Australia performing at Splendour In The Grass coinciding with the release of their brilliant first new single, ‘Airborne’. Now
coinciding with the global release of their 5th studio album ‘Haiku >From Zero’ Cut Copy return for a brief Australia & New Zealand tour in January 2018.

Friday, January 19

Tickets: $30 + BF – here.