Ben Gibbard’s Acoustic ‘Teardrop Windows’ November 28th 2012 By brooke

Ben Gibbard’s Acoustic ‘Teardrop Windows’

Music video blogger, Nervous Energies, has just posted a swoon-worthy video of Benjamin Gibbard performing an acoustic rendition of ‘Teardrop Windows’ taken from his debut solo album, Former Lives which is out now.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and his beautiful voice, the recorded live session shows us exactly why Ben has championed the indie music scene for over a decade.

Introducting NZ’s Popstrangers & ‘Heaven’ November 25th 2012 By brooke

Introducting NZ’s Popstrangers & ‘Heaven’

New Zealand’s Popstrangers have released a handful of singles on their legendary local imprint, Flying Nun since forming in 2009. We’re very excited to be releasing the Kiwi trio’s debut LP, Antipodes on Friday March 1 – a collection of ten psych-pop classics in waiting, with the excellent vintage jangle and spaced out melody that our neighbours do so very well. Here’s the album’s first cut, ‘Heaven’.

Dear Time’s Waste Live Performance & Shows November 21st 2012 By brooke

Dear Time’s Waste Live Performance & Shows

Next Friday November 30 will see the release of Dear Time’s Waste’s album Some Kind of Eden. Earlier this month DTW, aka Claire Duncan,  appeared on Auckland’s bFM to perform a live rendition of album cut “Heavy/High.”
February will see Dear Time’s Waste hitting the road with Spunk label mate Julia Holter, playing shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see from Dear Time’s Waste early next year.

Bored Nothing – East Coast Album Launches November 18th 2012 By brooke

Bored Nothing – East Coast Album Launches

Bored Nothing will play a handful of summer launches for their newly released record – a home-town show at The Gasometer on Friday January 5, their first Sydney headline date at FBi Social on Thursday 10 and a free show at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge on Thursday 11, before kicking off the night at Bangalow’s Spunk Tones festival on Saturday 12. Tix for the Gasometer & FBi Social shows are on now, here.

Glen Hansarad & The Frames – National Tour November 11th 2012 By brooke

Glen Hansarad & The Frames – National Tour

Visiting Australia to perform on Bluesfest, Glen Hansard and The Frames have just announced Melbourne Recital Centre & Sydney Opera House March headline dates, as well as Adelaide Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival appearances. Playing from Glen’s gorgeous solo album Rhythm and Repose as well as Once and Frames’ adored catalogue, tickets for these very special shows are on sale now. 

Benjamin Gibbard’s ‘Teardrop Windows’ Clip November 9th 2012 By brooke

Benjamin Gibbard’s ‘Teardrop Windows’ Clip

Benjamin Gibbard has just released his first solo album, Former Livesand took time out to reconsider his image for its awesome first video, ‘Teardrop Windows’. Ben wrote Former Lives across eight years, and played all of the instruments on the record himself – excepting the Mariachi parts of  ‘Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)’. Former Lives is available on iTunes, at JB HiFi and in all good record stores now.

Jens Lekman, Touring This February November 7th 2012 By brooke

Jens Lekman, Touring This February

Though he shacked up in Melbourne to write much of his new album, it’s been a long time since Jens Lekman toured Australian shores. In February, he’ll finally return – playing full-band dates in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney (which happens to be a Valentine’s Day special). This will be the first time Jens performs from I Know What Love Isn’t in Australia. Find full dates and info here – tickets are on sale now.

Andrew Bird’s ‘Hands of Glory’ – Out Now November 6th 2012 By brooke

Andrew Bird’s ‘Hands of Glory’ – Out Now

Andrew Bird’s recent album, Break It Yourself has found companionship in a new set of songs: Hands of Glory – a collection of gorgeous, warm country styled originals & covers – Andrew’s second LP this year. Streaming here at Pitchfork, Hands of Glory is available now via iTunes, JB HiFi & all excellent indies. Here’s its opener, ‘Three White Horses’.