Popstrangers’ Get Visual with ‘What Else Could They Do?’ February 13th 2013 By brooke

Popstrangers’ Get Visual with ‘What Else Could They Do?’

Popstrangers nail the striking mix of industrial energy and lush visual story that’s come to define Auckland music with their new video for ‘What Else Could They Do?’. Does anyone else watch this clip and immediately get that great sense of New Zealand art? It’s lifted from the band’s debut record, Antipodes – out on Friday March 1, to be followed up with Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne dates the next week. Read about those here.

Merchandise Announce New LP, ‘Totale Nite’ February 13th 2013 By brooke

Merchandise Announce New LP, ‘Totale Nite’

Florida’s Merchandise have played with punk, noise and Brit-pop across their discography, though finally settle on textured, densely layered rock that lifts elements from all three on their new release, Totale Nite. Formed of five long-form cuts, Totale Night will see the trio lap the world in 2013 – fingers crossed for an Australian tour. Here’s its first song – the buoyant, industrial ‘Anxiety’s Door’. Read more about Merchandise here.

Jim James Stars in ‘A New Life’ February 12th 2013 By brooke

Jim James Stars in ‘A New Life’

It’s an affirming take from Jim James first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, and now ‘A New Life’ has received the visual treatment: a dance in the desert, suited perfectly to Regions’ soulful, orchestral details. Find Regions… on iTunes here.

Kieran Ryan Announces Debut Solo Album February 6th 2013 By brooke

Kieran Ryan Announces Debut Solo Album

Singer & songwriter to the celebrated Melbourne duo Kid Sam, Kieran Ryan will soon release his first collection of solo songs – today announcing his self-titled debut LP, due for release on Friday April 5. A full band album recorded with a string of incredible musicians, Kieran’s new music feels bigger, deeper and more expansive in sound – tapping into gorgeous Australiana across the record’s nine songs. Stream ‘What Matters’ below, and read more about the album here.

Akron/Family Return With ‘Sub Verses’ February 5th 2013 By brooke

Akron/Family Return With ‘Sub Verses’

Akron/Family, explorers of psych’s outer limits and one of our truly favourite live bands, will release a new full-length, Sub Verses on Friday April 26. Inspired by the elements – “Dust, Stone, Sky, Earth; the Desert, that ancient ocean floor” - the band’s seventh studio album is indeed a grand work; stream its first cut, the epic ‘No-Room’ below.

She & Him Announce New LP, ‘Volume 3′ February 4th 2013 By brooke

She & Him Announce New LP, ‘Volume 3′

She & Him, the special project of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, will release their third full-length record – Volume 3 – on Friday May 3. Composed of 11 Deschanel originals & three covers, Volume 3  grows the duo’s retro palate with flourishes of horns and strings, recorded across L.A, Portland and New York in 2012. Read all about Volume 3 here, and stay tuned for some new music from this pair very soon.

Jim James’ Debut Solo LP, Out Today January 31st 2013 By brooke

Jim James’ Debut Solo LP, Out Today

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James has adventured an incredible breadth of musical styles over his fifteen year career. Regions of Light and Sound of God is the first solo LP under his own name – a soulful album that was written, produced, recorded and performed by Jim in his home studio. Released today, find Regions… on iTunes here, and stream a handful of songs from the record below.

Laneway Sideshows Start This Week! January 27th 2013 By brooke

Laneway Sideshows Start This Week!

Here for Laneway Festival, The Men, Yeasayer & Julia Holter break away for a handful of sideshows that start this week. On Weds 30, catch The Men’s legendary live show, with Royal Headache no less beside them, at Goodgod Small Club & on Thurs 31, Yeasayer’s return to The Metro with a new LP, Fragrant World.
Weds Feb 6 sees Julia Holter headline The Toff, Yeasayer Melbourne’s Hi-Fi and The Men the Northcote Social Club. On Thurs Feb 7, Julia headlines an ethereal Spunk Family Night with Kieran Ryan and Dear Time’s Waste at Sydney’s York St Church.