Explosions In The Sky – Touring Now! December 5th 2011 By brooke

Explosions In The Sky – Touring Now!

Explosions In The Sky are finally here! They play a sold-out show at Melbourne’s Forum tomorrow night, before Meredith Music Festival on Friday, and a sold-out Sydney Metro on Sunday. Tix are still available for Brisbane’s HiFi date, next Tuesday 13. Their new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care  is gorgeous, orchestral and out of this world, with melodies that were made to be amplified. Watch the vid for ‘Be Comfortable Creature’ below.

UMO In Australia, This Week! December 5th 2011 By brooke

UMO In Australia, This Week!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are in town, and their live show is earning them some fast friends. Following Homebake on Saturday, they perform Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory tomorrow (Weds 7), Melbourne’s Toff In Town on Thursday, and after Meredith on Friday, wrap it all up with a show at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday. Stream a few of the stand-out tracks from their debut record, released July, below.

Download Spunk’s 2011 Sampler – Free! December 1st 2011 By brooke

Download Spunk’s 2011 Sampler – Free!

December is here! Feels like a good time to glance back and recap with our 2011 Spunk Sampler. Featuring Youth Lagoon, Leader Cheetah, AA Bondy, Active Child, The Middle East, Emma Russack & Holly Throsby, we’ve compiled a free collection of our favourite songs this year. Many of these guys are touring this summer, and have incredible new albums out now. You can grab Spunk’s brand new 12 track sampler here. Hear its opener, AA Bondy’s gorgeous ‘Surfer King’.

She & Him Do ‘The Christmas Waltz’ For Leno November 29th 2011 By brooke

She & Him Do ‘The Christmas Waltz’ For Leno

She & Him, Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, have just released a holiday album - A Very She & Him Christmas. This week they stopped by Jay Leno’s show to perform its opener, ‘The Christmas Waltz’ live in studio – a classic acoustic version, which is paired with big band numbers and sweet duets on the record. We’ve packaged the album with a free 2011 Spunk Sampler – available in all good music retailers now.

Youth Lagoon Does ‘July’, Live In Studio November 29th 2011 By brooke

Youth Lagoon Does ‘July’, Live In Studio

Youth Lagoon’s debut album, The Year of Hibernation is made of grainy, dreamy vocals and melodic, nostalgic synthesizers and guitars. Here, Trevor Powers and his band perform album track ‘July’ – originally recorded during album sessions held over Trevors’ university holidays – live in studio for Pitchfork Media.

Wagons win big! November 24th 2011 By Aaron

Wagons win big!

From the SMH. GOTYE (aka Wally De Backer) and Wagons dominated The Age EG Awards 2011 on Wednesday night at the Prince Bandroom. Gotye scooped three trophies, including best male, song of the year forSomebody That I Used To Know featuring Kimbra and a new award presented by Music Victoria for achievement of the year. Wagons took out best band and best album for Rumble, Shake & Tumble. There were 81,904 votes cast across the eight reader-voted categories this year, making these the largest public voted awards in Australia. The Age photographer Rebecca Hallas attended the night to capture all the color. http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/entertainment/music/eg-awards-20111124-1nwdo.html

EMA + Yuck Announce Summer Dates November 21st 2011 By brooke

EMA + Yuck Announce Summer Dates

Wherever she plays, Erika M. Anderson has people talking about how incredible her band is live. Performing as EMA, they’re headed to Aus this January for Laneway Festival, and two sideshow performances with London’s Yuck – playing Melbourne’s East Brunswick Club on Friday February 3, and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 9. Tickets are available here, and Step Panther will support both dates.

Lambchop Announce New Album, ‘Mr. M’ November 17th 2011 By brooke

Lambchop Announce New Album, ‘Mr. M’

Visiting Australia for January’s Sydney Festival, we’re pleased to be releasing Lambchop’s new album Mr. M on February 24 – a string filled, soulful record dedicated to Kurt Wagner’s dear friend and collaborator Vic Chestnutt. It’s such a beautifully weighted album – so personal and delicate in acoustics, but rich with string swells and southern guitars. You can read all about the album here, and stream its opening song below.
Lambchop – ‘If Not I’ll Just Die’