Armed with their new album Volition, Canada’s Protest the Hero are set to return to our shores shortly. Volition, their fourth effort, was released last year and was entirely funded by their fans through an Indiegogo campaign. The album features Lamb of God’s Chris Adler on drums, following the departure of founding member Moe Carlson. The band started life as Happy Go Lucky in 2001. The Hi-Fi – September 6.
Can The Preatures top the year they had in 2013? A year which saw their single ‘Is This How You Feel?’ find love everywhere? Which saw the same single land an ARIA nomination and a ‘Song of the Year’ gong from Sydney’s FBi? Yeah, I reckon they can. The band is thrilled to welcome new single ‘Two Tone Melody’ – and they’re itching to take it on the road. The Corner – July 12.
Norwegian pop outfit Highasakite will play a couple of shows on what will be their debut tour of Australia a little later in the year. Fronted by Ingrid Helene Håvik, who has drawn comparisons to Björk and Lykke Li, Highasakite was personally invited by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to tour with the band after he caught a live performance. The band has released two albums, with Silent Treatment their latest. Howler – September 20.
HBO has confirmed that the network has ordered 18 episodes of Vice Principals, the new baby of Jody Hill and Danny McBride, the pair behind Eastbound & Down. As you may have guessed, the new show focuses on a US high school through the eyes of its vice principal. In a chat with Splitsider, Jody said that the show is based on a movie script he and McBride wrote a long time ago.
Guns N’ Roses are joining the 3D world with Appetite for Democracy 3D: Live from the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas. Released early next month, the DVD captures their November 21, 2012 performance at the Las Vegas venue as part of 25th anniversary celebrations of Appetite for Destruction. It is the band’s first official concert movie since 1992’s Use Your Illusion, recorded at Japan’s Tokyo Dome.
Sydney trio Tin Sparrow have been spending their time writing and enjoying overseas adventures in recent times but are now back to give us new single, ‘Echoes in the Dark’. From the press release: “Echoes in the Dark taps into the notion of memory, and the small pieces of someone that get left behind that, whether we like it or not, remind us of them.” It is lifted from the band’s forthcoming new EP, The Shoelace Ring. Grace Darling – June 21.
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.
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!