AA Bondy – Touring This Month! January 2nd 2012 By brooke

AA Bondy – Touring This Month!

Happy New Year, everyone! Making January even more gorgeous, AA Bondy will grace Australia with his first tour this month – three albums deep, and following his recent Believers. He performs Sydney Festival’s Parramatta Spiegeltent on Thurs 19 & Fri 20, Melbourne’s Toff In Town on Sat 21 & Sun 22 and a show at Brisbane’s Powerhouse Museum on Mon 23. Listen to NPR’s recent chat with Bondy here, and watch a studio cut of ‘When The Devil’s Loose’ below.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Full Aus Tourdates December 19th 2011 By brooke

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Full Aus Tourdates

It’s been a series of timely reveals, so with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s full Australian tour announced we thought we’d share the official dates. Joined by the Cairo Gang, you’ll catch Bonnie Prince in Perth, Eumundi, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Castlemaine and Meredith when the band hit our shores in February through March. Full tour info is available here, and the band will perform from Bonnie’s incredible catalogue of music, including new album, Wolfroy Goes To Town. Drag City has Bonnie’s newest clip here.

She & Him Rock Around The Christmas Tree December 19th 2011 By brooke

She & Him Rock Around The Christmas Tree

With six sleeps and counting, She & Him rang in Christmas with Ellen, performing ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ live to air. The duo’s holiday album A Very She & Him Christmas is out now - and spans sweet ’50s duets and warm band numbers, trademarked by M.Ward’s impeccable guitar work and Zooey’s doe eyed lead. A big Merry Christmas to all out there, from us at Spunk!

Arcade Fire’s Clever New ‘Sprawl II’ Clips December 18th 2011 By brooke

Arcade Fire’s Clever New ‘Sprawl II’ Clips

Arcade Fire has done much to challenge the music video experience since releasing The Suburbs. Their newest collaboration with director Vincent Morisset for album cut ‘Sprawl II (Moutnains Beyond Mountains)’ includes a traditional clip – stream it below – and a webcam driven version, where your own movements shape the clip you see. So good! The Grammy award winning album is of course out now.

My Morning Jacket’s New Christmas EP December 13th 2011 By brooke

My Morning Jacket’s New Christmas EP

We’re in the spirit thanks to She & Him and now, long time devotees to the Christmas carol My Morning Jacket have released a new holiday EP. Among its songs are the re-worked ‘Wonderful’ and holiday standard, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. The iTunes only EP is available now, and precedes the band’s April tour of Australia – performing Bluesfest, Sydney’s Enmore (April 3) and Melbourne’s Palace Theatre (April 4) with the very special Circuital.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. The Head and the Heart)

Wild Flag’s Debut Album Tops Best Of Lists December 13th 2011 By brooke

Wild Flag’s Debut Album Tops Best Of Lists

Punk super-group Wild Flag were born in late 2010. By March ’11, they were road testing songs across the US and by April, recording a debut album. Now, that record is appearing right across the Best Of lists – including US Rolling StonePitchfork MediaPrefix and SPIN. It really is a huge first album, indebted to the girls’ shared histories in Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders & Stephen Malkmus’s Jicks. Stream album opener ‘Romance’ below, before the band tours Australia in March next year. Wild Flag – Romance

Bearhug Return With New Single, ‘Angeline’ December 11th 2011 By brooke

Bearhug Return With New Single, ‘Angeline’

Since 2010′s To Anything, Bearhug have been busy – writing and rehearsing at Hibernian House, and recording their debut album at Sydney’s Big Jesus Burger studios this spring. “At a basic level, we wanted to write a warm, pop album,” say the band. Mastered by Roger Seibel (Bill Callahan, Pavement, Broken Social Scene), the record is lush – full with classic, melodic guitars, effortless rhythm and just the right amount of fuzz. We’ll release it early ’12. Stream first single, the gorgeous ‘Angeline’ below.

‘Cold Feet’ Gets Mess & Noise’s #1 Song December 7th 2011 By brooke

‘Cold Feet’ Gets Mess & Noise’s #1 Song

The lead single from HURTSVILLE, Jack Ladder’s ‘Cold Feet’ has scored Mess & Noise’s # 1 Song of The Year. They said, – “In a year of pastiche, throwbacks, and tongues-in-cheek, ‘Cold Feet’ stood out as a proper, big, ambitious rock song, unafraid and unashamed.” We totally agree! ‘Cold Feet’ is available as a digital single via iTunes. HURTSVILLE is out now.