It can feel pretty good to be number one. It looks as though Aussies are going to be the first (or at least among the first) to hear some new tunes from the partnership of Detroit-based Guilty Simpson and Sydney-bred Katalyst. The two have previously worked together on the Quakers EP, but a very hush-hush full-length album has been in the works. That one is due next year. Laundry Bar – August 8.
Step aside The Voice, as another music competition has rejoined the ranks and are about to splash around some great prizes. The Melbourne Music Bank is back for another year, thanks to the folks at the Bank of Melbourne. If you’re a Victorian songwriter or musician, all you have to do is submit an original piece of music inspired by Melbourne before September 7.
Not only has Sydney band Gangs of Youth secured a support gig with Foster the People on their Splendour sideshows, but they have also announced a mini headline tour. The tour supports the release of the video for ‘Poison Drum’, the latest single from the lads which is doing all sorts of good on triple j. Talk about a tough job, with the band taking to L.A. to shoot the video. NSC – August 14.
Despite blockbusters around us, there remain other films causing just as much talk. One such being the Michel Keaton project Birdman. Described as a “meta dark comedy”, Birdman stars Keaton as a washed-up actor who once played the iconic superhero of the film’s title. Variety has reported that the film is set to open the Venice Film Festival. A clip is available online if you are curious.
In what will be their first headlining run since 2010, British metalcore outfit Architects have lined up a handful of dates that kick off at the end of next month. Dubbed the Let the Ocean Take Me tour, the run of shows will cast an eye on their recent album, Lost Forever // Lost Together. The album is the band’s sixth studio release since their formation in 2004. Not a bad effort at all. Festival Hall – August 31 & The Corner – September 1.
Six years after the release of Acid Tongue, former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis has returned with her new album, The Voyager. Co-produced by Ryan Adams, and featuring three tracks produced by Beck and her partner Jonathan Rice, the album was inspired by the death of her father. Lewis, who suffered a severe bout of insomnia following the release of Acid Tongue, calls The Voyager “the hardest one I ever made”.
Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm have at least faint hope that there will be more awkward times ahead. During a HBO summer press tour, programming president Michael Lombardo revealed a recent conversation between himself and series creator Larry David. Michael: “I said, ‘So, David, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ And he goes, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ … As long as he’s thinking about it, we still have a place for it.” Here’s hoping.
Andy Bull has been performing in Sydney for over a decade and gained enough attention early on that he supported Norah Jones on her 2007 tour. That opportunity came before he even released a single. His debut, ‘Small Town Girl’, would not be released until August 2008. He has since released two albums, including this year’s Sea of Approval. And approval it has received. The Corner – September 27.
Melbourne-based songwoman Ree Nay has a few dates lined up next month as the warmness of her EP Seen You Before continues to be felt. Recorded with James Kempster, the EP was released late 2013. With country as its heart and folk as its soul, the EP tells stories of life growing up in Darwin. Ree Nay is inspired by artists including Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor and Dolly Parton. Whole Lotta Love – August 9.
Ryan Adams has released ‘Gimme Something Good’, the first taste of his forthcoming new album. Adams has kept busy since the release of 2011’s Ashes & Fire. Not only has he produced an EP for Fall Out Boy, but he also started a heavy metal side-project called Pornography with Make Out singer Leah Hennessy and singer-songwriter Johnny T. Yerington. His new album is looking at a September release.