Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings 2014 Australian Tour

Billions Australia is chuffed to announce that Sharon Jones is back – better than ever – and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are coming back to Australia with the most monumental and explosive soul live show they have ever toured.

Last year, Daptone Records had just announced the August release of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Give the People What They Want album when Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer. The scheduled release and touring were immediately put on hold and all efforts were quickly shifted to her treatment and recovery.
Thanks to an extremely gifted medical staff, several months of recovery and the infinite love and support from friends, family and fans, Sharon is back, and was ready to once again join her Dap-Kings as they share their music with people around the globe. “My fans are what kept me fighting, and kept me focused on getting better”, Jones says. “Everything I love can be summed up by the moment I get on stage, and start giving the people what they want. That’s real love. That’s real music.”

The explosive new album came out to a frenzy of acclaim in early 2014 and now with the global touring schedule well underway it is clear that this tight and deep Daptone soul community from Brooklyn has bounced off this difficult time and come out closer and stronger and are delivering the most incredible shows of their illustrious career. For over a decade, the band has travelled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings.

While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans.

In short, people want great music played right and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are giving the people what they want! On this tour they’ll play some very special old school dancehall type shows in iconic theatres and town halls in major cities across the country where there’ll be some electrifying soul, deep dating and heavy gyrating on the dance floors with seats upstairs for those who like to watch.

To make things even sweeter and to bring more heat to the dance floor the national tour will also feature Bollywood/Surf/Soul/Funk big band The Bombay Royale direct from Melbourne celebrating their new LP release “The Island of Dr Electrico” and right before the main act and with the aid of the Dap-Kings the debut Australian appearances for dynamic Dapettes soul duo Saun & Starr celebrating the release of their new 7” 45rpm single “Hot Shot b/w Gonna Make Time” out now on Daptone.

Feel free to dress funky and/or formal and be ready to get down at each and every one of these shows.

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Tiny Ruins announces Australian tour

Tiny Ruins second album, Brightly Painted One, is out now. The album is their first since signing with Bella Union in the UK/Europe.

Click HERE to listen to the beguiling opening track and first single, 'Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens'.

Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.

While continuing to be based in their native New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, Europe & the US, opening for artists such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Handsome Family and Calexico.

Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, the songs roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues that Fullbrook has drawn on in the past, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary. Yet there is more of an expansive approach to this album - where debut Some Were Meant for Sea presented a host of characterful vignettes, Brightly Painted One follows a journey, cyclical and whole, with tones falling between dream pop and folk-blues. While still retaining a minimalist approach, this sophomore release is layered and shaped with an array of brass, percussion and strings.The arrangements are lush and fully-realized, with the warm fuzz of hammond and rhodes keyboards, subtle string parts and electric guitar jangles and thrums.

Brightly Painted One was recorded with engineer Tom Healy over several months in an underground warren of passageways and small rooms known as 'The Lab', in Auckland, the band's hometown. The writing of these songs spans roughly three years, growing out of Fullbrook's varied life of touring, working when home, relationships and everyday observation.

From the mountain walks of She'll Be Coming 'Round , the roof-tops of White Sheet Lightning and the street corners of Reasonable Man, the songs document the stasis and the movement of life; of persevering its humour and mystery.

 

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Karnivool Groove In the Moo Side Shows!

Perth prog rock titans Karnivool are pleased to announce some Australian headline shows in addition to their appearance on the Groovin the Moo festival, as well as a full European tour to follow.

Karnivool have been keeping a low profile since their epic team up with Dead Letter Circus on the Polymorphism tour in January 2014, but things are about to get busy once more. The headline shows are limited to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, including a repeat appearance at the Palace in Melbourne because hell, it was so much fun last time and there is still some work to be done saving the old girl.

Expect a set full of Karnivool highlights and a surprise or two. Needless to say the band are champing at the bit! Sydney 4-piece Born Lion will be along the ride for all four shows.

Not long after the dust settles in Australia Karnivool hop on the plane again and head to Europe for the summer, playing an extensive run of festival appearances and headline shows including some new territories for the band.

Karnivool are very happy to be messing up the stage and testing the bottom end at such festivals as Rock am Ring and Rock im Park (Germany), Sonisphere (UK), Volt Festival (Hungary), Provinssirock (Finland) and Novarock (Austria) with many more shows to be announced. Cant wait for that one either!

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard- Oddments Tour 2014

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shocked the pants off fans & the music industry in January when they announced that they would release their fourth long-player in just 18 months.

The release of the new album called “Oddments” would not be complete without a suitably fruity collection of dates to match and so it is with great pleasure we announce the “Oddments” national tour.

The Oddments Tour which will see the band play an array of different sized venues & festivals across the country and will also feature acts such as GUM, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, The Silents, Mt Mountain and more. The 17 date tour will include an odd collection of shows including a run that is bordering on insane in Melbourne that sees the band play five nights in a row in five of the cities greatest live music venues.

These will be the last Australian dates before King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard head off to tour the US until September with dates including the legendary Psychfest in Austin featuring act like Primal Scream, The Horrors, Black Angels in 2014.

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Neko Case - Australia & New Zealand Tour 2014

Anti- released Neko Case’s first album in over four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You to wide critical acclaim in September 2013. The Worse Things Get is Neko’s most precise, urgent record to date, marked by a melodic immediacy, a loving embrace of the big rock gesture, and a lyrical frankness typified by first single Man, in which she warns “I’m a man…you’ll deal with me directly.”

"My brain wilderness is more dense and dangerous than I thought,” says Case. “It was an embarrassing and hilarious march, but I now feel like a more streamlined being. It's a good feeling. Four years of my life took ten years hostage, then gave me back twelve."

Case’s 2009 album Middle Cyclone was the best-reviewed and fastest-selling of her career to date. It debuted at #3 on US Billboard Top 200 and earned two Grammy nominations. NPR hailed Case as “one of the most memorable and seductive voices in music” while The New York Times Magazine said “her voice is a force of nature” and Rolling Stone USA called her “indie’s greatest singer.”

With all these accolades, an incredible new album and a career with such reliably stunning output it is always with much anticipation and delight that we announce that NEKO CASE will be touring Australia and New Zealand.

The tour features a signature headline performance at the iconic SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE and various special events and headline performances and will run from February 27th to March 14th 2014. Neko last toured here in January 2010 so it’s been a long wait.

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Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires Victim of Love 2014 Tour!

Swooping across Australia the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley is back to mesmerise audiences with His Extraordinaires, to celebrate his second album Victim Of Love.

Already a hero and a favourite of Australian and NZ audiences, Daptone/Dunham alumni Charles Bradley and his all-star band (comprising of members of The Dap Kings, The Menahan St Band, Budos Band and others) will blow away audiences in both live music clubs and festival settings across the country with their super-charged soul sweetness.

Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabe Roth.

The year following the release of the incredible long player No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, SPIN, GQ, Paste and more. Victim of Love is a continuation of that story, moving past the 'heartache and pain' and closer to the promise of hope.

Where the last record opened with the apocalyptic "The World (is Going Up in Flames), Victim begins with the “Strictly Reserved for You,” a track where Bradley grabs his girl, jumps in a car and hits the highway for a romantic getaway. "You Put The Flame on It" sees Bradley backed by a horn chart that sounds like it was lifted from a lost Four Tops single. And on “Victim of Love,” the track that lent the album its name, Bradley sings over a gentle acoustic guitar, "I woke up this morning, I felt your love beside me.” Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow," notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, and after sell-out performances at the beginning of 2013, Charles Bradley and his band are set to bring back the love across Summer 2014 once again.

Charles in recent times has performed at Glastonbury, Bumbershoot, Vienna Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and was last seen in Australia at the triumphant Sydney Festival opening night Daptone Super Soul Revue.

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Colin Stetson - Australian Tour 2014

This January Colin Stetson makes a solo trip to Australia to perform his critically acclaimed and ground breaking show in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Perth including special appearances at internationally acclaimed arts festivals MONA FOMA and SYDNEY FESTIVAL.

Colin Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player, working extensively live and in studio with a wide range of acts including Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Bon Iver, David Byrne, The National and Laurie Anderson to name a few.

Meanwhile he has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist, principally on saxophones and clarinets, his intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter. Stetson commands his saxophones (usually a bass saxophone) using a combination of circular breathing, key tapping, over-blowing and vocalizations that are recorded with multiple microphones.


Colin's astounding physical engagement with his instruments produces emotionally rich and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like.

Stetson is equally at home in the avant jazz tradition of players who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument through circular breathing, embouchure, etc. (i.e. Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson) and at the nexus of noise/drone/minimalist music that encompasses genres like dark metal, post-rock and contemporary electronics (i.e. Tim Hecker, Ben Frost – both of whom have mixed or remixed Stetson recordings). Expect nothing less than a sonic, conceptual, compositional and technical tour de force.

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Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes - 2013 Australian Tour!

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes are currently setting off on their third USA tour in the space of a year with a run of shows that range from a Halloween Costume Ball at an LA Art Gallery, to a residency in a casino in Vegas and playing the legendary venue, the House of Blues in New Orleans.

Through November CBBR will be settling in to Nashville, Tennessee to work on their next album with producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Clear Plastic Masks) before returning to Australia for the summer to test run some of these new sounds on audiences around the country.

Rounding out what has been a huge year for the band, they will hit the ground running with a string of shows across Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne as well as stopping in at Meredith Music Festival!

Joining them in support are Miles and Simone, an unlikely country duo from Melbourne. Miles O’Neil - tall with a steady baritone punctuates their stories with the occasional plunk of a banjo and Simone Page Jones – a blonde vision, provides super sweet harmonies, her crystal clear tones bringing it all to life.

Live Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes are a choreographed machine driven by the engines of drums, brass, soulful vocals, shimmering harmonies and handclaps. Becoming known the world over for their mix of old soul and r’n’b, new and old.

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Lee Fields & the Expressions - 2014 Australian & NZ Tour!

There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969; Lee Fields, however, is one such artist—or maybe he’s better labelled a phenomenon. Billions Australia in conjunction with Sydney Festival, Niche, Adelaide Festival Centre, Fremantle Arts Centre and Much More.

Music NZ is proud to announce the first ever Australia & NZ tour for soul legend Lee Fields and his band The Expressions. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalogue of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal.

With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it's mind-blowing that the music he's making today with Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions--Truth & Soul's house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group's sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their first full-length together, My World, released in June 2009 on Truth & Soul, was called "one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record" and a "throwback done right" by Pitchfork.

While drawing comparisons to groups like The Moments, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and--of course--James Brown, My World has been able to create a space of its own due to the group's desire to interpret and further the formulas of good soul music rather than parrot and imitate them. "In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man," so said music writer, scholar, and DJ Oliver Wang about Fields in a piece for NPR in July 2009.

The latest LP from Lee Fields and The Expressions, titled Faithful Man, is the next step towards this perfection. A step that may find Fields & The Expressions, finally being bestowed the contemporary soul music crown. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an extraordinary tour of both contemporary and throwback soul, as Lee Fields & The Expressions play Australia & NZ for the first time

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Karnivool & Dead Letter Circus announce their Polymorphism Tour for January 2014!

Some pairings just make sense: Summer and Beer. Chocolate and Banana. Hall and Oates. Rock and Roll, you just don’t need to even think about whether it’s right or not. Here at Karnivool HQ we are pleased to announce what is surely to be one of the tours of the summer, and will make the fans of both bands more than happy.

A pair of artists that toured together years ago which was a shitload of fun, and makes even more sense today when both bands have journeyed a long way from their original “sharing a van” roots. Karnivool are BEYOND pleased to announce the “Polymorphism” tour 2014, teaming up with their old friends AND sparring partners Dead Letter Circus to tread the boards, visit some old hunting grounds and move some air in the best way possible, soaring guitars and a giant bottom end.

It speaks volumes of each bands journey that as this press release is written Karnivool are playing a sold out show in Munich while Dead Letter Circus are playing a sold out show in San Francisco.

Both bands released albums worldwide this year which debuted high on the ARIA charts (1 And 2 respectively). Both have been touring the world a lot of this year without enough time spent at home with friends and family. This tour is all about friends and family, as well as fans as the question most asked of both bands is “when are you dudes going to tour together again?”

Since debuting at #1 on the ARIA chart in July with their 3rd album Asymmetry, Karnivool have been hard at it. Now a major international draw, they’ve already appeared at a string of major European festivals this year including Sonisphere France (80, 000 people), Download UK (130, 000 people) and Hurricane Germany (60, 000 people). Karnivool are currently amidst their second European tour, this time headlining 25 shows throughout October and November including sold out shows in London, Brussels, Munich and Paris. Their European tour concludes in November with a sold out London show and recording a coveted Radio One Rock session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in the UK. Asymmetry is Karnivool’s first number one album on the ARIA charts and the first time an Australian singer has had two #1 albums in the same calendar year with two different groups (singer Ian Kenny also fronts Birds of Tokyo). Asymmetry joins previous albums Themata (2005) and Sound Awake (2009) being certified gold – this time it only took 10 days! Karnivool’s new single ‘Eidolon’ has started to infiltrate Australian airwaves and is set for release on the 1st November. It’s the 2nd single from the much-lauded album Asymmetry.

With their sophomore album The Catalyst Fire landing Dead Letter Circus their second #2 ARIA Chart Position and incredible reviews worldwide, Dead Letter Circus are currently on The Catalyst Fire World Tour debuting their highly anticipated new material to fans across the globe. After sold out shows in Australia, last month Dead Letter Circus grabbed their round the world tickets and headlined Krank’d Up Festival in South Africa, toured the UK and Europe on a co-headline run with Monuments, played Euroblast Festival in Germany, and are now in California on their North American tour with Periphery. Returning to home shores for a heavily requested tour with great friends Karnivool over summer, vocalist Kim Benzie said “This is a lineup that has been talked about for years that no-one thought would ever be possible. We can’t wait!” Ian Kenny from Karnivool adds, “Karnivool are teaming up with Dead Letter Circus this coming January. With both bands having new records in hand this shit is going to be fresher than Jay-Z's sneaker closet.

Don't miss it!” Australia’s finest instrumental musclemen sleepmakeswaves who only recently came back from touring Europe themselves complete the line-up for the Polymorphism tour which kicks off on January 8th in Melbourne and takes in other capital cities and some major regional areas. Tickets are on sale next Monday 4th November, best be getting in quick to secure tickets to the behemoth that is the Polymorphism Tour!

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Arcade Fire - Special Side Shows 2014

Big Day Out 2014 headliners ARCADE FIRE will be performing two very special sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne this January.
Having just released their fourth studio album Reflektor, ARCADE FIRE, have spent the better part of this year under a shroud of mystery, performing pop--‐up shows around the world as The Reflektors.

Three years since their Grammy Award winning Album of the Year The Suburbs, ARCADE FIRE have been making waves with Reflektor debuting at the top of charts around the world.

“Reflektor is closer to turning point classics such as U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A – a thrilling act of risk and renewal…and a greater fear of the average, of merely being liked.” – Rolling Stone

You don’t want to miss out on ARCADE FIRE’s ethereal performances this Summer.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Australian Tour 2013

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds announced in December that they were bringing their renowned live show to Australia in February and March 2013.

Tickets are sold out for the 3 Sydney Opera House shows, Enmore Theatre and Thebarton Theatre and tickets are selling fast for all shows with a couple more dates about to sell out. There will be no further shows added to the schedule.

On this tour the band will bring music from right across their fifteen studio albums including the rich inquisitiveness of their beautiful new long player ‘Push The Sky Away’ (released tomorrow Feb 15 2013). Always powerful and engaging, the current touring line up of Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Barry Adamson, Martyn Casey, Ed Kuepper and Conway Savage will take to the stage in Australia’s most majestic and beautiful venues with the grandest production of their career.

In great news the support for all the Australian shows except the Opera House will be none other than MARK LANEGAN. Not a man to mince words or unnecessarily use them, Mark’s only gravelly comment about the dates was “I’m opening”.

As if these spectacular shows could get any better It is also with great pleasure we also announce that the band will now also include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chamber Strings at the Myer Music Bowl and string players from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the Brisbane Riverstage in addition to a 12 piece choir in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Also In a unique offer, fans have the choice to pre-order all the physical versions of the album with tickets for these shows:
• SHOW ONLY
• SHOW plus CD ALBUM PRE-ORDER
• SHOW plus VINYL ALBUM PRE-ORDER
• SHOW plus DELUXE CD/DVD PRE-ORDER

“We No Who U R", the first track from the album is available now as a download, and also with every pre-order album purchase via nickcave.com, iTunes or JB HiFi Online.

Read More at nickcave.com

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Buke & Gase 2013 Australian Tour

Brooklyn-based BUKE (byook) & GASE (gace) are Arone Dyer on her "buke" (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation).

They unplug their Brooklyn warehouse and bring their DIY instruments and fiercely independent approach to music to Australia for the first time this summer for performances at Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival.

It is with great pleasure that Billions Australia announce two special sideshows in SYDNEY and MELBOURNE at the best showcase venues in those cities the VANGUARD (Sydney) and the TOFF IN TOWN (Melbourne). Some things are cool. Some things are interesting. Some things are good. Buke and Gase are cool and interesting and good!

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The Tallest Man On Earth 2013 Australian Tour

In just over a week, The Tallest Man On Earth will be gracing Australian shores, in what is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated tours for 2013. Joining TTMOE for his Brisbane, Canberra and sold out Melbourne Recital Hall show is the newest oriental disco heathen goddess Chela, while Ben Wells (solo) will take the coveted support position in Tasmania.
The Tallest Man On Earth Sydney Opera House debut performance is also totally sold out.

Up and coming Australian artist, Chela is a one man woman, emerging from the bleak black backstreets of Armidale, Wadonga, Chela has been on an introspective journey, channeling the spirits and concocting spellbinding music that has cultivated into synth-pop trinkets to tame dragons and seduce unicorns, as well as audiences around the country.

Tasmanian locals and JJJ Unearthed favourites, Ben Wells + The Middle Names have had an eventful year, since their 2012 EP release, ‘Bear In A Birdcage’. The band won the JJJ Unearthed stage position at Falls Festival two years in a row and have relentlessly toured the country, building a reputation as ‘ones to watch’ in 2013. Ben Wells will perform a special solo performance for the Tasmania support.

Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man on Earth, is 29-year-old songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. He first made himself known back in 2006 after an incredibly successful tour of the USA with Bon Iver. He remained one of those “talked about” artists who kept himself just a little under the radar, completely DIY yet vigorously touring & building his loyal fan base. In 2010 he signed with US label Dead Oceans and released his sophomore album “The Wild Hunt’. A record rooted in song writing and a deep folk tradition, with Matsson’s wordplay and deft guitar work at the centre.

Praises for the Tallest Man on Earth continued to build and he sold out venues like Webster Hall and Town Hall in New York City, The Fillmore and Fox Theatre in San Francisco, Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and took the stage at festivals like Coachella, Green Man, Roskilde, Pitchfork and Sasquatch.

Matsson then returned to his home in Dalarna, Sweden, and spent the winter months of late 2011 and early 2012, recording “There’s No Leaving Now”, his third full-length album. After enormous praise from fans and industry alike he then embarked on a worldwide tour starting with a headline a show at legendary New York venue Town Hall.

The Tallest Man on Earth is one of those artists you simply can’t miss, his incredible guitar skills and beautiful vocal combination will leave you utterly…. Breathless.

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Daptone Super Soul Review

THE DOMAIN. FEATURING SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, CHARLES BRADLEY, THE BUDOS BAND, MENAHAN STREET BAND AND SUGARMAN 3

When day turns to night, it's time to party in the park, Sydney Festival style.

In The Domain from 7.30pm, join 60,000 of your closest friends for the Daptone Super Soul Revue; a huge outdoor dance party featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band and Sugarman 3, with the super cool Binky Griptite from the Dap-Kings as MC for the evening.

From the House of Soul to the Domain stage, the Daptone Super Soul Revue is a nonstop 3-hour show starring a red hot selection of artists from the infamous Brooklyn label Daptone Records, the indie label which has delivered delectable nuggets of Soul, Funk, Gospel and Afrobeat to the world for the last decade. Musician-owned and run, the Brooklyn-based family of soul-drenched talent channels the spirits of bygone powerhouses like Stax and Motown into gilded moments of movement and joy. We dare you not to dance!

Sharon Jones returns to Sydney Festival with her 10-piece backing band The Dap-Kings. Known for her relentless energy and soulful voice, Jones and her awesome band are the perfect choice to celebrate the return of summer and Sydney Festival!

They'll be joined by 60-something brilliant soul singer Charles Bradley, who was discovered late in a very difficult life. A fateful encounter with Daptone Records transported Bradley from an uncertain future to the release of his debut album in 2011 and playing to sold-out audiences around the world. Come see for yourself why he's nicknamed the "Screaming Eagle of Soul"!

With three full-length albums and one EP under their belts, The Budos Band finally make their Australian debut. The sound of the Budos has taken several turns, from the Afrofunk-inspired sonic lava and venomous Ethiopian jazz of their first two records to the Black Sabbath and Pentagram influences that began on Budos III and continue into the preparation of the fourth. Expect all of this at their show, where one might see b-boys break dancing to the band's funk and hip-hop beats; record junkies nodding their heads to the soul-infused melodies; and metal heads thrashing to the dark and ominous guitar and bass riffs. Simply put, the Budos kill it live.

The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from The Dap-Kings, Antibalas and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of the members' other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, and even Ennio Morricone, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental sound that is as raw as it is lush.

Saxophonist and founder of Daptone Records Neal Sugarman is behind The Sugarman 3, an organ-driven soul machine who quickly defined its sound as a break from the academics of typical soul-jazz by focusing on the soulful funk element of organ music and avoiding the affectations and clichés which too often alienate jazz musicians from the dancefloor.

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KARNIVOOL announce final shows of the year - before
recording the third album in early 2013

Ladies and Gentleman, a moment of your time please, this won’t take long. Australia’s most enigmatic band of the heavier persuasion have awoken from their slumber. Yes, that’s right, the rarest of things, some Karnivool shows have been announced only in NSW in the lead up to Pyramid Festival. It’s the only chance fans have to see the bottom heavy beast before the band enter the recording studio at the start of January.

Yes, you read that correctly, recording of the elusive and much anticipated 3rd Karnivool album is now locked in. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Drew, Kenny, Mark, Jon and Steve have been locked in a rehearsal room of dubious hygiene and challenged ventilation in an industrial wasteland in Perth, having a little resources boom of their own. That’s if people cared about riffs and 7/4 time signatures as much as they seem to about iron ore.

It’s taken a long time, as these things do in camp Karnivool, but we promise it will be worth the wait. Karnivool’s Melodious Frescas tour earlier in the year was sold out nationwide, and they have only just returned from their second tour of India where they have developed a rabid following. Highlights included headlining a 15000 capacity stage at NH7 Weekender festival in Pune (fire cannon anyone?) and a particularly terrifying night drive from Mumbai to Pune. You can read a little about how the band fare in the far east here rollingstoneindia!

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LOS CORONAS (Spain)
Australian Tour 2012/2013

THE TOUR:
Direct from Madrid, Spain, the legendary LOS CORONAS are very pleased to announce their first tour of Australia in the summer of post Armageddon/shift in consciousness love of 2012/2013. The wild ride will take in major festivals and events such as Woodford Folk Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival, Sydney Festival, Mona Foma and the Fremantle Arts Centre New Years Day concert as well as shows headline shows in hotspots like Melbourne, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Westernport and Adelaide.

THE BAND:
LOS CORONAS are a national treasure in Spain and play one of the most reliably awesome live shows you’ll ever see.
Independently seeping into the ears of r'n'r lovers, 50s and 60s instrumental fans, filmmakers and tastemakers, Los Coronas have forged a name for themselves with their distinctive blend of surf-tinged atmospheric twang and their own Spanish musical heritage.
Los Coronas are widely recognized as Spain's best instrumental surf band. Their sound is a mix of Spanish melodies, raw r'n'r intensity and their own vision of the 60s Californian surf sound, blended with a heavy dose of Spaghetti Western echoes. Formed in Madrid in 1991, they have since released four albums, two compilations, and toured Spain, Europe and Mexico several times.
Los Coronas music is featured in Spanish films like "Airbag" and "Abre Los Ojos", as well as in several TV commercials.

QUOTE:
“Oh, man!!! Stellar material from very together players. The writing is really good, from straight ahead surf rants to amazing Spanish flamenco and pasodoble excursions all reverbed out. Some tracks are entirely unique, unlike anything you've ever heard before. Their writing is immediately identifiable, yet always fresh. This is the mark of a great band. Brilliant guitaristry supported by the trademark excellence of the best rhythm section in surf music." Dan Electro, Surf's Up Magazine.

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The Black Keys 2012 Australian Tour

THE BLACK KEYS are the hottest rock and roll act on the planet right now! After selling out arenas all through the USA, Canada, UK and Europe and headlining Coachella and Lollapalooza and many other festivals they are very pleased to announce their long awaited return to Australia this October. Their latest (and seventh) album "El Camino" is selling truckloads everywhere and its infectious opening track “Lonely Boy" is a certified global smash hit single and they’ll be bringing all these tracks and more to Australian audiences with their electrifying new live show. The show features huge visuals from 20 projectors, giant mirror balls, and all the hits from their deep and consistently awesome back catalogue. The transformation of The Black Keys from a 2 piece garage band playing small clubs to being worthy headliners of arenas and festivals could not be more just or complete and proves that the pure combination of good times, great music and grit can still turn to gold. Rest assured, you haven't see a show like this before.

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Sugar Army 2012 Tour Dates

Sugar Army Hit The Road This October!

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
2012 Australian Tour


Because of diversion of the utterly fantastic PAVEMENT world tour of 2010, it is not since 2009 that we have had the pleasure of the company of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks in Australia. We have, however, had the pleasure of the 2011 release of the excellent Mirror Traffic album, a split 7” with LA Guns and other recorded delights to keep us going until now when they FINALLY pack the ultra long distance suitcases, keep the liquids in their carry-on luggage under 100ml and head to Australia for their 2012 Mirror Traffic Tour. Hooray!

THE ALBUM Mirror Traffic was recorded at LA's Sunset Sound Studios and at the home of the album's producer, Beck and has been rated by many as a career best and their most energized set to date. The 15 songs range from hard-rocking political commentary ("Senator"), to touching, winsome folk ("No One Is"), to virtuosic but melancholy and contrite kiwi pop ("Stick Figures In Love").

The lyrics are as curious as ever but more meaningful than they have been since Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. "This record," concedes Malkmus dryly, "is relatively approachable." As the first producer to work with Malkmus since Pavement, Beck has drawn out a set of performances that ring with clarity and inventiveness. Gone are the long guitar workouts and jams that marked the last couple Jicks albums, replaced with a sharply defined focus and more colorful depth of field.

With nearly half the tracks clocking in under three minutes, Mirror Traffic flashes by with a lightness of touch; a decision that band and producer found easy to take: "Beck & I were both burned out on the heavy rocking style," says Malkmus, "and playing to the strengths of a melody felt like the way to go." For someone who has occasionally enjoyed a reputation for throwing ideas into the air and seeing where they land, Mirror Traffic is a confident, heartfelt, direct record and it feels great to a genius in full flight.

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Bon Iver Australian Tour



We are pleased to announce that all Australian headline shows for BON IVER are now completely sold out.
Support for the shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth will be Sally Seltmann; the award-winning Australian songwriter behind intoxicating albums such as ‘Heart That’s Pounding’, ‘Somewhere, anywhere.’ and ‘The Last Beautiful Day’ under both her own name and her previous moniker New Buffalo.
Sally is also a member of the highly successful super-trio/collaboration featuring Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko called Seeker Lover Keeper and is the co-writer of the Grammy nominated song ‘1234’, performed by Feist.
We are very excited to have Sally on board for these magnificent shows.

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St Vincent Australian Tour



St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) has gone from strength to strength since the release of the internationally-acclaimed Strange Mercy in September. Debuting at #18 in the Billboard Top 200 in the US and being scored 9.0 by Pitchfork, the album has racked up the year-end list accolades: #7 in NME, #8 in Q, #9 in Time, #10 in the Sunday Times and #26 in Rolling Stone (US) among many others. She graced the covers of the September issue of SPIN as well as Under the Radar. Network television appearances have included The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and an upcoming shot on Conan. In February, she will be featured in the wildly popular US television series Gossip Girl.
While Annie has performed in Australia in a solo capacity at Sydney Festival, this will be the Australian debut of her new full-band show which had the Guardian raving in its 4-star review of the London show: “Pure and luscious…(sending) prickles up the spine. Clark extracts maximum fuzziness from her guitar, her plectrum technique so fierce that a woman sitting near me gasps: “She plays like a man!”

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