Influenced by the likes of Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton, songbird Ree Nay began writing poetry and songs at the age of seven. Though she grew up in Darwin, which helps to inspire her songs of travelling, adventure and learning, she calls Melbourne home these days. Her new EP is Seen You Before. You can check out the title track by visiting her SoundCloud page. Whole Lotta Love – August 9.
When the band was last here in 2011, they only took in part of the country. Now they’re heading back to make amends. One of the most influential and important bands of hardcore punk, Dead Kennedys remain as important today as they ever have. The Bedtime for Democracy tour is taken from the band’s 1986 album of the same name, an album which would become their last. 170 Russell – October 1.
Haim singer and guitarist Alana has revealed that she and her sisters have commenced work on their new album. Speaking with BBC 6 Music at the Glastonbury Festival, she said: “This is the first time we’ve ever written on the road. We’re going home in a month to start recording. I promise record two won’t come in six years – it’ll come very soon.” Apparently the ladies are channelling their inner Kanye West for inspiration.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest events on the music calendar is the Heart of St Kilda Concert. Now in its seventh year, the event brings live music and comedy together in support of the Sacred Heart Mission. With Brian Nankervis as your MC, guests include The Basics, Colleen Hewett, Vika & Linda Bull, Dick Diver, Ash Naylor, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Tim Rogers and many more. The Palais – August 13.
If you haven’t heard Hilltop Hoods’ new single ‘Won’t Let You Down’, then I don’t know what you are waiting for. Recorded in London earlier in the year, the track is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming new album, Walking Under Stars. And in case you are wondering what they have been up to over the past couple of years, you can find out through a series of mini-docs they have made in collaboration with Red Bull.
Baghdad-born and honourary South Australian, Motez Obaidi, who works under Motez, is a man showing that Adelaide’s music scene is far more than just hip hop. The electronic prouder has won favour for his remixes of some of RnB and pop’s biggest names, including Mark Morrison’s ‘Return of the Mack’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘I Like You’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’.
Want to spend a long winter night having a bunch of laughs? Well the Aireys Inlet Pub is hosting a free Open Mic Comedy Night on July 26. The event is a celebration of local comedy, with about a dozen amateur comedians from all over Victoria taking the stage for five or ten minutes each, while Canadian comedy star John Dore will be headlining.
10 years ago Eskimo Joe released their sophomore album, A Song Is a City. With its heart in their home city, the album has been described by frontman Kav Temperley as “about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us. It’s similar to the people in every place all over the world. For me, that’s what I’m writing about. I’m definitely not writing about New York. I’m writing about Fremantle”.
A Day on the Green delivers a local flavour in celebration of 30 of the best from one of Australia’s greatest, Jimmy Barnes. As well as a tour to mark three decades in the solo game, Barnsey is also set to release a special new album next month. Fitting for the occasion, the album is titled 30/30 Anniversary and features fifteen of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists including Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens.
Having enjoyed a nice little run with Dead Letter Circus, Brisbane-based Like Thieves will be using the rest of the month to polish their skills before heading out for a handful of shows next month. And they have a little polishing to do, with the release of their sophomore EP, Autumn’s Twilight, later this month. Even cooler, they’re welcoming a local band to open each date, with The Soulenikoes getting the honours in G-Town.