On July 1 songbird Tracy McNeil will release her new album, Nobody Ever Leaves. The album is one which fuses two worlds – that of her homeland, Canada, and her now permanent Australian residency. Tracy said hello to Melbourne’s music world as one-half of alt-country-folk duo Fireside Bellows; the other half being Jordie Lane.
The short-lived series Freaks and Geeks lives on in the hearts of an ever-growing fan base. Featuring names including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, the show centred on a bunch of students at a high school during the early 1980s. Late last month indie Australian DVD label Via Vision announced it would be releasing the series on DVD. Extra material includes bonus footage and commentary.
Playing music that nourishes the soul, Grace Barbé is an artist whose music has been compared to Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba. While the Seychelles islander’s music is filled with the cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage, touches of modern reggae, pop and soul dance playfully within her sound.
D at Sea is set to release a new EP next month. The stage name of songman Doyle Perez, D at Sea found his following through his acoustic covers of hardcore and metal tracks. However, he has showed us he has a few tricks in his bag. Titled Anchors & Diamonds, the EP is said to be a more polished, layered effort. It also features a full backing band. D at Sea recently wrapped up a tour with Gabrielle Aplin.
Mike Perry is Paces, a guy on the DJ watchlist. Mixing influences from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage, Paces released his debut EP, The Pact, last year. He released the EP on Kastles’ US label Symbols, being their first Australian release. At the beginning of the year he followed it up with Julian. The EP featured the vocal talents of Erin Marshall on the title track. It also found its share of love, with triple j, London’s XFM and New Zealand’s George FM all giving the EP a working.
If you were to ask someone to rattle off some of the most iconic punk bands of all time, you would hope they would mention The Vibrators. The original incarnation of the band – comprised of Ian “Knox” Carnochan, Pat Collier, John Ellis and John “Eddie” Edwards – formed in 1976.
Clare Bowditch has sent out the invite to Adalita to join her on her fourth annual Winter Secrets run, an invitation that was warmly accepted. Bowditch on Winter Secrets: “Winter Secrets is not your typical ‘performer on stage and audience below’ style of affair, and loathe as I am to use the term ‘Interactive Co-Creative Transformative Absurd Joyful Experiences between Audience and Performer’, that’s Winter Secrets in a nutshell.” The Corner – July 18.
You have probably heard about 360’s Utopia tour. And if you have heard of the tour, and even if you haven’t, you have probably heard about the massive fan packages he is offering (the packages have copped some backlash, chiefly from idiots). Anyway, the tour coincides with the release of Utopia, his third effort. It also marks his first headlining tour in two years. Festival Hall – September 12.
Next to the AFL Grand Final, the Reclink Community Cup is arguably the greatest game of footy you’re likely to see, pitting the might of the Rockdogs against the dogged determination of the Triple R 102.7FM & PBS 106.7FM Megahertz team. Painters and Dockers, The Smith Street Band, Saskwatch, Fraser A. Gorman, and David Bridie will all perform. Elsternwick Park – June 22. It’s on!
It seems the lads of Dead Letter Circus are in an acoustic sort of mood of late. The Brisbane-based five-piece recently took to triple j’s ‘Like a Version’ to serve up an acoustic cover of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ (well worth a listen, by the way). They also released an acoustic rendition of ‘Lodestar’ last year. Next up is a small number of acoustic shows a little later in the year. The Toff – September 6.