The Budos Band | Burnt Offering Australian Tour 2015

With the appearances at PERTH INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL and MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS already announced it is with great pleasure that THE BUDOS BAND announce two special club dates in Melbourne and Sydney.

For those unaware – THE BUDOS BAND are the most dangerous and sleazy band on the world famous Daptone ‘House of Soul’ label from Brooklyn. THE BUDOS BAND’s first three albums channel the best bits of afrobeat, soul, funk and rock into huge, hypnotic and cinematic soundscapes that take you on a wild ride to places where burning holes in dancefloors or drowning in your own sweat seems like the only option.

And if that wasn’t enough they’ve increased the sleaze and intensity on their latest album to even greater heights. The new album ‘BURNT OFFERING’ is dripping with the psychedelic sounds of early heavy metal fused with the tight-knit propulsion of Fela Kuti and the deep body shaking grooves and life changing horn lines that can only be conjured by the hedonistic brotherhood that is THE BUDOS BAND from Staten Island, New York.

THE BUDOS BAND brought their loud, rowdy parties to venues and festivals across the globe, and their music has been featured everywhere from skate videos to video games (MLB The Show), TV (Entourage), and film (New York, I Love You) but it has taken four albums for the band to finally give Perth and Melbourne crowds their first taste of this excellence in February 2015. Sydney of course saw them rule the Domain as part of the Daptone Soul Revue for the opening night of the Sydney Festival 2013 (as well as nearly melt Good God with their incendiary after party show).

Their album covers so far feature a volcano, a scorpion, a cobra and a sorcerer which only go some way to hinting at the sheer danger presented by this band in a live setting. This is utterly great stuff not be missed.

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Augie March| Australian Tour 2015

“At Last!…their long-awaited return to the stage, better than ever. These songs, new and old, have a power, undiminished neither by absence nor nascence.

Any quantifiable success, past or future, is arbitrary. Augie March are important, plain and simple. It’s very good to have them back.” Lachlan Kanoniuk FASTER LOUDER (Live Review. HOWLER) In June 2014, one of Australia’s finest and most-loved bands Augie March announced their return from a six-year hiatus.

This very welcome news was swiftly followed by the announcement that the band had quietly been creating a fifth studio album, Havens Dumb, in Hobart and Melbourne over the preceding three years. The band’s return to the live stage came in the form of playing at Howler, a few streets away from the scene of their first-ever show sixteen years earlier, in Brunswick Victoria.

They ended up doing five nights in a row by popular demand. It was indeed a triumphant return, with the band in best-ever form, playing better than ever, and enjoying themselves for the first time in a long time.

Fans around the country and indeed the world have been hoping the band would decide to play some more shows and it is with the greatest pleasure that Augie March announce a national tour in some of the finest performances spaces the nation has to offer, from the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre to Hobart’s Mona to the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide and the Astor Theatre in Perth. They also play Brisbane’s great new live space The Triffid, the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo and Tanks Art Centre in Cairns.

Augie March – Glenn Richards, Kiernan Box, Edmondo Ammendola, Adam Donovan and Dave Williams, plus a horn section – will play these special concerts featuring songs from throughout their 17-year career.

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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Hot on the heels of announcements on prestigious arts and music events next February and March including PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, GOLDEN PLAINS and MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS, our favourite songwriting genius, the man who defined an era of music with his band PAVEMENT, Stephen Malkmus, and his band the Jicks are very pleased to announce a bunch of club dates which will add Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Wollongong and Sydney to their 2015 Australian tour.

As always, the work of Malkmus is consistently and casually brilliant and the most recent album WIG OUT AT JAGBAGS is no exception – playful, intelligent indie rock/pop music with a lyrical sophistication and depth that is unmatched in modern music.

For an artist to be so effortlessly cool and so reliably excellent across such an extensive body of work is a treat to behold and utterly refreshing in a world where viral things wrongly get all the attention. In the world of Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks quality and music actually prevail which is great for all of us.

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Angel Olsen

It is with great excitement that we are able to announce that the much anticipated visit to Australia and NZ of ANGEL OLSEN on the 2015 Laneway Festival tour will also include the opportunity to see her perform with her band at intimate headline club dates in Melbourne and Sydney.

These shows at Howler in Melbourne and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney will allow fans to feel the full effect of Missouri-born singer’s personal, powerful and spellbinding performances which will include songs from her recently released and outstanding second album BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

After receiving international praise for their performances at New York's CMJ Music Conference just last week, Melbourne's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard release their 5th LP in the space of two and a half years last Friday. I'm In Your Mind Fuzz is available digitally & on CD in Australia now and is also triple j's feature album this week.
To celebrate King Gizz are stoked to announce the I'm In Your Mind Fuzz Australian Tour which will mark the bands return home after touring extensively throughout America, the UK & Europe for nearly two months.

The December tour will see the band play shows in Melbourne at Howler on Saturday 6th December, Sydney at Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 11th December and Roller Den on Friday 12th December. They'll then finish the run of shows in Western Australia at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on Saturday 13th December and Mojo's in Fremantle on Sunday 14th December.

Flightless label mates and enchanters of Broccoli laced forests The Babe Rainbow will join King Gizzard for all dates on the I'm In Your Mind Fuzz Tour.

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys return to Australia off the back of their successful 8th full-length album Turn Blue.

As part of the Turn Blue World Tour, the band will perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. They will also headline Bluesfest and will be the first artists to play at the inaugural Rolling Green events, from A Day On The Green promoter Roundhouse Entertainment, at wineries in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley NSW.

The tour celebrates the duo’s success with Turn Blue, which debuted on both the Billboard 200 and ARIA Charts at Number 1 and is the band’s highest charting album to date internationally. The album debuted in Top 5 and Top 10 charts worldwide with the first single “Fever” sitting at the top of radio lists. Their latest single “Gotta Get Away” can currently be heard on the airwaves.

The album was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Turn Blue follows the critically and commercially acclaimed album El Camino which is now certified double platinum in Australia. El Camino spawned the huge hits “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling” and also saw the band take home three Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.

Of the album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:

A: Suffocation
B: Sadness
C: Numbness from extreme cold
D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above

Carney also adds, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”

This will be the 8th tour to Australia for The Black Keys who first graced our shores in 2003. Don’t miss the all new live show from one of the world’s hottest rock n roll bands!

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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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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.

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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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