Introducing NZ’s The Vietnam War September 1st 2011 By brooke

Introducing NZ’s The Vietnam War

Auckland 5 piece The Vietnam War set up shop in their Aroha Avenue loungeroom to record their debut album. It was before they had a label, so the rich analogue vibe and twisting guitars were perfected with no small amount of self satisfaction. We are really excited to announce that Spunk will release the album in Australia on October 14: twelve harmonic pop songs with low-fi glow and surfie charm.  The Vietnam War perform on Friday September 9 at Melbourne’s Old Bar with Harry Howard & His NDE and the Holy Soul, and on Saturday 10 at The Gasometer with Radiant Living & Street Chant. Stream album opener, ‘High Window’ below.

Explosions In The Sky’s December Tour August 30th 2011 By brooke

Explosions In The Sky’s December Tour

Texan geniuses Explosions In The Sky have just announced three sideshows to their Meredith Music Festival performance this December. The quartet will perform Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Thursday December 8, Sydney’s Metro on Sunday 11, and Brisbane’s HiFi on Tuesday 13. Full info & tickets are available via Handsome Tours, and the band’gorgeous new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is out now.

EMA Covers Nirvana’s ‘Endless Nameless’ August 29th 2011 By brooke

EMA Covers Nirvana’s ‘Endless Nameless’

Nirvana’s Nevermind recently turned 20. To celebrate, SPIN chose 13 musicians to cover the album for the Newermind tribute.’Endless Nameless’ was its secret track, one which EMA & band have taken on with real soul“[‘Endless Nameless’ is] about destruction, it’s about feedback, it’s about down-tuning,” Anderson told SPIN. The cover was shot on VHS tape before being digitized. “It’s a performative thing they’d do at the end of a show to break shit. I can get into that.” Watch EMA’s indepth video discussion on the song + album now, via SPIN Magazine.

Out Today: Active Child’s ‘You Are All I See’ August 25th 2011 By brooke

Out Today: Active Child’s ‘You Are All I See’

Over Active Child’s recent residency at L.A’s The Echo, he’s received some incredible reviews as to the emotion and originality of his music. His debut album You Are All I See combines harp, electronica and elements of pop and r’n’b with choir boy vocals – an unlikely combo, unified by Grossi’s ear for melody and sleight of hand on production. Released today in Aus/NZ, you can learn more about him here, and stream the gorgeous ‘Hanging On’ below.

Leader Cheetah Touring ‘Lotus Skies’ Now August 24th 2011 By brooke

Leader Cheetah Touring ‘Lotus Skies’ Now

This week Leader Cheetah start their lap of the country, touring Lotus Skies nationally with special guests Belles Will Ring. Currently on the west coast, you’ll catch them at the Prince of Wales, Bunbury tonight, Perth’s Amplifier Bar on Friday and Mojo’s in Fremantle on Saturday. For full dates + tix visit LeaderCheetah.com, and take a listen to the dreamy Belles Will Ring here.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Live For 4Eyes August 21st 2011 By brooke

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Live For 4Eyes

Unknown Mortal Orchestra perform ‘Little Blu House’ live for 4Eyes. The trio is visiting Aus for Meredith, Homebake, Falls + Southbound Festivals, and their self-titled debut record is out now.

Out today: Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks’ ‘Mirror Traffic’ August 18th 2011 By brooke

Out today: Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks’ ‘Mirror Traffic’

Stephen Malkmus spent the better part of last year making dreams come true on the Pavement reunion tour. All the while, he was plotting away at new material with co-conspirator Beck – who produced + recorded Mirror Traffic between his home studio, and the Sunset Studios of LA. Described by Malkmus as ‘relatively approachable’, its 15 songs are measured and melodic, and ‘Senator’ is 2011’s best take on rugged ’90s riffage. Put it on in the car and play it front to back. It’s out today in Aus/NZ.

Jens Lekman Returns With New Single & EP August 16th 2011 By brooke

Jens Lekman Returns With New Single & EP

An Argument With Myself, the new single + EP’s namesake, finds Jens Lekman VS Jens Lekman in a serious series of conversations (with himself) on the late night streets of his beloved Melbourne. The five-track EP will be released on Friday September 30, and precedes a brand new album which the Swedish musician is currently working on. You can download the single now for free, via Stereogum.