Emma Russack’s ‘Tonight’ Video April 18th 2012 By brooke

Emma Russack’s ‘Tonight’ Video

Emma Russack’s debut album Sounds of Our City opens with ‘Tonight’: a very honest, striking track – all pedal steel guitar and heartbreaking vocal. Emma has just finished a music video for the song, filmed by her bandmate Alec Marshall, and starring Emma and Jessica Venables, of Jessica Says. You can grab the album digitally on iTunes now.

Glen Hansard solo album out June 15 April 17th 2012 By Aaron

Glen Hansard solo album out June 15

Over 20 years in the making, singer songwriter Glen Hansard will release his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Friday June 15. Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard’s first album of new material since his 2009 release, Strict Joy with The Swell Season. Here’s the first cut from the album, ‘Philander’.

Julia Holter’s ‘Ekstasis’ – Out Now April 15th 2012 By brooke

Julia Holter’s ‘Ekstasis’ – Out Now

Julia Holter’s new album, Ekstasis is hard to pin down – as thoughtful and complex as it is flat-out gorgeous. Mixing pop and ambient beats with bedroom produced synths and almost medieval vocal arrangements, it draws from many influences to sound completely of its own design. Below, she performs the album’s songs live in NYC for NPR. Read more about the making of this gorgeous record here, which is out now in Aus/NZ.

Ty Segall & White Fence’s ‘HAIR’ April 11th 2012 By brooke

Ty Segall & White Fence’s ‘HAIR’

We love Ty Segall – a master of the Californian garage scene & an incredible live performer. Following last year’s Goodbye Bread Ty recently recorded a collaborative album with friend White Fence titled HAIR, with the intent to “bring the guitar solo back to rock’n’roll.” Indeed. We’ll release the eight track HAIR on Friday May 25. Stream ‘I Am Not A Game’ below, & read more about the LP here at Spin.

Out Now: M. Ward’s ‘A Wasteland Companion’ April 6th 2012 By brooke

Out Now: M. Ward’s ‘A Wasteland Companion’

M. Ward’s new full-length, A Wasteland Companion is out now in Aus/NZ: available here on iTunes & here from JB HiFi. Stream the album, recorded over a year’s time with a net of excellent collaborators, via The Music. Here, the band perform ‘Primitive Girl’ live on Conan O’Brien. Read Paste Magazine’s excellent interview with the man himself here.

The Men’s ‘Open Your Heart’ – Coming Soon April 4th 2012 By brooke

The Men’s ‘Open Your Heart’ – Coming Soon

We’re very excited to be working with NY four piece The Men, whose new album Open Your Heart we’ll release on Friday May 25. Elementally, it’s an excellent rock record that is also a lot of fun – recalling a really classic mix of guitar styles, layered with a diversity, punch & pace that are telling of how impressive this band are in live format.  Here’s its title track – one of the album’s ten huge songs. Read more about The Men here

Spunk Artists Touring This Week April 3rd 2012 By brooke

Spunk Artists Touring This Week

We’ve bands from far & wide on the road this week – from the incredible My Morning Jacket who perform tonight, Tuesday 3 at the Enmore Theatre, tomorrow – Wednesday 4 at Melbourne’s Palace & on the weekend at Byron Bluesfest, to Bearhug – who launch Bill, Dance, Shiner at Melbourne’s Workers Club this Friday night. On Friday in Sydney, Emma Russack launches Sounds of Our City at FBi Social; joined by the excellent Rohin Jones, Caitlin Park & Jessica Says.

Julia Holter’s ‘Moni Mon Amie’ March 28th 2012 By brooke

Julia Holter’s ‘Moni Mon Amie’

Much has been said of Julia Holter’s ability to craft her world in her music. The LA composer’s clip for ‘Moni Mon Amie’ from new album Ekstasis is as layered and dream-like as her songs, which wear her influences – ’80s electronica, medieval and baroque pop – on their sleeve. Ekstasis is gorgeously crafted, and reveals so many new textures with each listen. It’s out now digitally, & available in record stores on Friday April 13.