In sad news, Tumbleweed’s Jay Curley has died. An announcement was made through the band’s Facebook page: “It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of a great loss in the Tumbleweed family, our brother, friend and bass player Jay Curley passed away suddenly in his home yesterday.
New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! are closing in on another round of raucous shows. The noise-punk makers will be launching their new album S W I M in all the glory we have come to know and love about the band. From the presser: “S W I M is an 11 track opus formed from the wall-sweat of Europe’s best clubs, scratched off the tour van floor and from down the back of the couch-surfed accommodation.
Batucada Sound Machine, Benny Walker, Black Indie, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Bonjah, Bustamento, Finding Albert, Frank Yamma, Glenn Skuthorpe, Hailey Cramer, Leah Flanagan, Louis Baker, Marlon Williams, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mighty Duke & The Lords, Radical Son, Santa Taranta, Tha Feelstyle, The Ska Vendors and Timberwolf have joined the already impressive AWME line-up.
Pop-punk favourites New Found Glory will release their new album on October 10. Titled Resurrection, the album is number eight for the Florida lads. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Gilbert: “This is the most prepared we’ve ever been … Writing as a band now has never felt so easy.”
There have been a few artists forced to add further dates to their upcoming tours. O’shea Jackson, Ice Cube, has lined up a second date at The Forum on December 6. His December 9 show has sold out. The Eagles have added February 26 at the Rod Laver Area to their tour schedule. Their February 22 and February 24 shows have sold out. Finally, Meg Mac has added a show at Howler on October 24.
Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) and pop singer-songwriter Casey McPherson are behind the prog rock supergroup Flying Colors. Back in 2012 the band released their self-titled debut; now, they are set to release album number two, Second Nature.
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – they of The Lonely Island, responsible for singles including ‘Dick in a Box’ and ‘I’m On a Boat’ – have teamed up with Judd Apatow – he of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up – for a new untitled project. Little is known about the project other than it will be set in the world of music, which seems pretty obvious.