It’s a big year for Britpop, what with the 20-year anniversary of Blur’s Parklife and Oasis’ Definitely Maybe and all that. While nostalgia is at a high, the BBC announced that they will be releasing the three-disc set Britpop at the BBC this month. One CD will feature previously unreleased material recorded for Radio 1’s The Evening Session while the other two discs will feature a collection of Evening Session-curated Britpop singles.
It’s hard to go a day without hearing Sheppard’s ‘Geronimo’. The single has been everywhere and has brought the band a whole new level of attention. Well, there is more to them than that. ‘Something’s Missing’ is the name of their latest single and they are keen to show it off. The Hi-Fi – August 1. * The band will perform an U18 show in the afternoon, followed by an 18+ gig at night.
It’s been over one year since we have heard anything new out of the Willow Beats camp but judging by its reception ‘Merewif’ has well been worth the wait. The uncle-niece duo of Narayana Johnson and Kalyani Mumtaz has been receiving glowing reviews from all corners for their latest track, which serves as a taste of their forthcoming album. Check it out online now. Better yet, check it out in a live setting. NSC – August 16.
Britain and Australia will unite in a tour featuring You Me at Six and Tonight Alive, and both parties are buzzing. You Me at Six: “Australia! We cannot wait to come back this September. Our time Down Under with Paramore earlier on this year was unforgettable. Hope to see as many of you at the shows as possible, and am looking forward to hitting the road with our friends in Tonight Alive.” The Hi-Fi – September 9 (U18) and September 10 (18+).
We all know about Seattle’s rich music history, and while Damien Jurado’s name may not be as familiar as some from the city, his name is still held in high esteem. Jurado has been releasing music since the mid-nineties, his latest release being Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. The album is the third in a trilogy produced by Richard Swift (The Shins). NSC – September 19. This marks his first headlining tour Down Under.
The sequel to Pacific Rim has got a release date, though it’s not happening any time soon. We have already heard whispers that director Guillermo del Toro is writing a script for the film with Zak Penn, but now it has been revealed that the film will drop in April 2017. According to an interview del Toro gave with BuzzFeeds, the favourite characters from the first film will return. An animated TV series is also in the works.
When Snow White and the Huntsman was released in 2012, it seemed a safe bet that another film would follow. While a sequel is not in the works, a spin-off is. Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile) is currently in talks to direct The Huntsman, a film that will focus on Chris Hemsworth’s character. At best, Kristen Stewart will return in a cameo role only. Charlize Theron, however, will reprise her role.
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.