There is no slowing down the powerhouse that is Sharon King – not even cancer. Her diagnosis meant that album Give the People What They Want had to be put on hold (it was scheduled for release last year), but following an operation and on-going treatment, Sharon and the Dap-Kings dropped the album earlier in the year. Now they’re making their return to our shores. Town Hall, Meeniyan – September 17 & Town Hall, Melbourne – September 19.
Prog-rock icons Yes have released 21 albums over their time, but when they head to Australia shortly their focus will be on two of them – 1971’s Fragile and 1972’s Close to the Edge. Fragile, the band’s fourth album, became the band’s greatest commercial success at the time of its release. The album features the track ‘Roundabout’, one of the band’s most familiar tracks. The Palais – November 18.
It can be a pretty thankless world at times, but next month The Thin Green Line Foundation is honouring the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in order to protect the planet. Green Line Grooves for World Ranger Day will welcome Gotye, Tex Perkins and Nicky Bomba for a showcase of their most loved tunes, as well as the odd cover or two. Melbourne Town Hall – August 1.
Clearly we all love the sweet tunes of Angus & Julia Stone, with their Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane shows all selling out. Luckily, the duo are giving fans another chance to see them perform with second shows added in each city. The second Melbourne show will be on Thursday September 25 at The Palais Theatre. The shows are to support their upcoming release, and third album, due in stores August 1.
Fans of Daft Punk have something to look forward to in 2015 with news that French subscription channel Canal Plus have commissioned BBC Worldwide Production France to create a one-hour doco about the electro duo. Given how elusive Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are, it could be interesting to see what discoveries are made. The doco will chart the duo’s 20-year history.
There has been a lot happen since 2012, but one thing that has not happened is a Husky tour. Fortunately that is all about to change, with the Melbourne band hitting the road this month. Not only will fans get to rediscover their gem of an album in Forever So, but they will also get to hear new material including single ‘I’m Not Coming Back’. The band is also eyeing a new album before the year closes. NSC – July 18.
Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, struck gold with her third album, Visions. Among the accolades it received was the #2 spot on NME’s 50 Best Albums of 2012 list. We’ve waited a couple of years for new material and she has finally delivered with single ‘Go’. Originally written for Rihanna, the track was produced by Blood Diamonds.
Following ten years in the game, things are really starting to happen for Violent Soho. Admittedly we’ve known about their goodness for some time, but in a fickle industry they continue to grow. You see, the band’s third album, Hungry Ghost, is being released in the States through iconic punk label Side One Dummy (Gaslight Anthem, MxPx). The band has also sold out their 14-date Australian tour.
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.