Andrew Bird’s ‘Break It Yourself’, Out March 2 January 16th 2012 By brooke

Andrew Bird’s ‘Break It Yourself’, Out March 2

Chicago based musician Andrew Bird will release a new album, Break It Yourself on Friday March 2. Recorded in his barn-come-studio, Andrew says the record has “a rough, unfussy honesty”. We think it has all the hallmarks of Andrew’s best work – gorgeous violins, thoughtful tidbits on our eyes and cells and hearts, and impeccable instrumentation from his three-piece band. Pre-order from http://shop.spunk.com.au/

AA Bondy – In Australia This Week! January 15th 2012 By brooke

AA Bondy – In Australia This Week!

Sydney Festival have created a new addition to the Festival Garden – the Jaegermeister Hunting Lodge, where AA Bondy will perform a free show this Wednesday night. It precedes his Thursday & Friday Spiegeltent shows, taking place in Parramatta. Then it’s on to Melbourne, for Saturday & Sunday night at the Toff, followed by one Brisbane date – on Monday at the Powerhouse Museum.  Bondy’s new album, Believers is all pedal-steel guitar and gorgeous imagery, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear this band play live. Stream Believers‘ ‘Surfer King’ below.

Watch Wild Flag Do ‘Short Version’ On Fallon January 12th 2012 By brooke

Watch Wild Flag Do ‘Short Version’ On Fallon

The incredible Wild Flag stopped by Fallon last week to perform ‘Short Version’, and remind everyone why they’re one of the most electric live acts out there. We’re so excited that the band will visit Australia this March, performing Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth dates, plus the always epic Golden Plains Festival. Check out their full dates here.

Tiny Ruins & The Vietnam War Play Aus Dates January 11th 2012 By brooke

Tiny Ruins & The Vietnam War Play Aus Dates

We proudly signed our first NZ acts last year – Tiny Ruins, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and The Vietnam War. While UMO had an Aussie summer, Tiny Ruins & The Vietnam War will visit in March: playing Thurs 22 at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club, Fri 23 at Sydney’s Vanguard + on Sun 25 at Wollongong’s Yours & Owls. Tiny Ruins’ debut had a phenomenal reception in the UK, where she joins CW Stoneking for a string of February dates. The Vietnam War make us think Feelies, Chills and Neil Young all at once: stream some of  their debut here. Tix are on sale Wednesday through the venues (Yours & Owls is door sales only).

Youth Lagoon’s ‘July’ Clip, + February Dates January 9th 2012 By brooke

Youth Lagoon’s ‘July’ Clip, + February Dates

Like his clip for ‘Montana‘, Youth Lagoon’s video for Year of Hibernation cut ‘July’ is gorgeous and eerie – both were created by young director Tyler T. Williams in their local Boise, Idaho. Youth Lagoon play two Australian dates next month: on Wednesday Feb 15 at Melbourne’s Toff In Town and Thursday 16 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. Tix are moving quickly, and special guest to both dates is the excellent Oliver Tank.

EMA Announce Melbourne Headline Show January 8th 2012 By brooke

EMA Announce Melbourne Headline Show

On Saturday February 4, EMA will perform a headline show at Melbourne’s Tote – a chance to see the band’s mind-blowing live show unabridged, following their Laneway appearances and guest supports to London’s Yuck. We’re beyond excited about EMA’s first Aus visit with their debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints. At their only Aus headline they’ll be joined by Teeth & Tongue and New War, with tix on sale now via Oztix, Polyester + the venue. This one is not to be missed!

Holly Throsby, Tiny Ruins + Jordan Ireland Announce UK & European Tour for February January 5th 2012 By brooke

Holly Throsby, Tiny Ruins + Jordan Ireland Announce UK & European Tour for February

Three of our most impressive performers, Holly ThrosbyTiny Ruins and Jordan Ireland will tour Europe and the UK next month, performing London, Bristol, Brighton, Belgium, Newcastle, the Netherlands, Manchester and Glasgow shows. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Bree van Reyk, it’s Holly Throsby’s first visit with her gorgeous Team, and Tiny Ruins’ first with her debut album Some Were Meant For Sea. Jordan will perform some brand new songs, and we think they’ll make a perfect night in from the cold EU winter. Find the full dates + ticketing info for this special tour here.

Bearhug’s Brand New ‘Angeline’ Clip January 4th 2012 By brooke

Bearhug’s Brand New ‘Angeline’ Clip

‘Angeline’ is the first single from Bearhug’s debut album – a gorgeous guitar record that’s an excellent match to all the perfect summer weather hanging around lately. Its new music video comes courtesy of old driver education videos and dated TV commercials, cut together by the band over the Christmas break. We’ll be announcing full details for the album’s release very soon. Follow Bearhug on Facebook here for all the news.