Asta partners up with Yeo on her debut EP

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Tasmanian native Asta was just 17 years of age when she took out triple j’s Unearthed High back in 2012, winning hearts with her acoustic debut single, My Heart is On Fire.

Since then she’s released a string of singles including two triple j Hottest 100 charting hits, had multiple festival spots and toured with the likes of pop sensation Ellie Goulding. Now, at 22, Asta’s long awaited debut EP is finally going to be released on February 17 and it is said to be brimming with her distinctive sunny alt-pop sound.

Her new collaboration with Melbourne based Yeo, and an emerging songwriter named Aurelia, has allowed the songstress to flip her original brooding acoustic pop vibe on its head. Displaying a self-assurance well beyond her years, the first single off the EP, Shine is a prismatic funk-pop gem. Filled with ringing pianos and a booming bass, Asta has crafted a brighter, bubblier natural progression than what we’ve been accustomed to before, but it’s this development which buzzes with confidence and life.

As if news of her impending EP wasn’t enough to get you hyped, fans will be able to see her live when she embarks on her massive national tour, where she will hit up five states and two territories across the country. All tickets are available at astaworld.com.au

TOUR DATES

 FRI 17 FEB | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 18 FEB | HYPERFEST, MIDLAND, WA
THU 23 FEB | ANU BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 24 FEB | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY
SAT 25 FEB | SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE
THU 02 MAR | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG
FRI 03 MAR | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE
SAT 04 MAR | THE TOFF, MELBOURNE
THU 09 MAR | SOL BAR, MAROOCHYDORE
FRI 10 MAR | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY
SAT 11 MAR | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
SUN 12 MAR | COOLANGATTA HOTEL, COOLANGATTA
FRI 17 MAR | REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART
SAT 18 MAR | CLUB 54, LAUNCESTON

Sia pays tribute to Orlando shooting victims with ‘The Greatest’

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After a week of teasing and none too subtle hints about the release of a new song, Australia’s very own eccentric songstress Sia Furler, in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, have dropped new track The Greatest. 

It’s accompanying music video stars talented 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler, who has become Sia’s stage alter-ego and honours victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Sia or her people regarding the nature of her video and the tragedy in Orlando, dancer Matt Moseley, who features as one of the 49 dancers, has publicly confirmed the intent on one of his Instagram posts, including the hashtag #WeAreYourChildren

The video itself is a visually stunning and a haunting tribute to the victims, at one point Ziegler is shown to wipe rainbow tears down her cheeks, whilst the camera pans around the dancers bodies which have been piled atop of each other.

The song delivers a powerful message about overcoming tragedy and being stronger because of it, no doubt something we can all get behind and support.

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Morrissey returns to Australia, leaves Brisbane out in the cold

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If you haven’t heard, British legend Morrissey has announced a run of Australian headline shows set for October. Cities he and his band will be visiting include: Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle.

That’s right, Brisbane is officially a no-go zone. The indie rock legend, who first rose to prominence as the front-man for The Smiths, has blacklisted the entire state due to being “heckled” the last time he visited.

In an exclusive interview with Courier MailMorrissey revealed:

“I didn’t want to return to Brisbane because I’ve played there twice and on both nights I was heckled, which doesn’t bother me that much, but even if I reply with something snazzy, the heckler always wins because the night has been soured and we no longer feel welcome. That’s life.”

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Sydney has also been snubbed but that’s no doubt due to the fact Morrissey‘s last visit down under was four Sydney-only shows for last year’s Vivid Festival. He’s insisted, however, that he wants to make his way through different locations and venues rather than sticking to the East Coast.

“I suppose there are people who think of Australia only in terms of Sydney and Melbourne, but I’m not one of them,” he said.

It’s okay Moz, we forgive you.

Just like his Vivid Sydney gigs, all venues the iconic singer-songwriter will be playing at this year have also agreed to serve meat-free food – that’s including backstage catering and food on sale to the public. So if you’re a tad peckish maybe hit up a Maccas before you head in.

A pre-sale for Frontier Touring members ends today, August 4. General public tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th at 10am.

MORRISSEY AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Saturday, 22nd October 2016

Festival Hall, Melbourne

Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Friday, 28th October 2016
Royal Theatre, Canberra

Saturday, 29th October 2016
WIN Centre, Wollongong

Monday, 31st October 2016
Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Keep Calm and Bring On The Panic!

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Here’s a little something for all you hardcore pop rock fans. Panic! At the Disco have announced a 2017 Australian tour!

Now before you’re all flooded with distant memories of a fever we all had trouble sweating out of (stay with me), the Las Vegas rockers are returning to our shores in January next year with current fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor.

It’s been waaaaaaaay over a decade since Brendon Urie and his crew first released their debut album, but they’ve grown up since (and so have we thankfully) with Urie calling an end to his bachelor days by marrying Sarah Orzechowski, which inspired some of the tracks found on the new record.

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Death of a Bachelor stands alone as a triumphant collection of songs where the band has effortlessly blended the sounds of Sinatra and Queen and made it all their own. The contemporary and old world feel of the LP will no doubt provide one hell of a live show for audiences.

With each album release the band has gone above and beyond to push the boundaries, establishing a number of unique genre bending records that have fans coming back time and time again. So it’s no wonder the news of their Australian circuit has been received well by us all.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday July 7 at 9:00am so be sure to get your hands on them fast because we predict they won’t be available for too long. For those of you who can’t wait, an exclusive fan pre-sale will begin on Tuesday July 5 from 9:00am. Fans must sign up to be eligible, so check out Select Touring for more details.

Tour Dates 2017

Wednesday 25th January, Metro City, PERTH 18+

Friday 27th January, Hordern Pavilion, SYDNEY Lic/AA

Saturday 28th January, Festival Hall, MELBOURNE Lic/AA

Tuesday 31st January, Eaton’s Hill Hotel, BRISBANE Lic/AA

Sam Rasmussen of The Paper Kites talks Midnight tour and life at home

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If you were under the assumption Melbourne’s dream folksters The Paper Kites were hardcore party animals on the road, you’d be wrong – in fact they’re quite the opposite. The band is currently living the dream though, as a result of their successful critically acclaimed LP twelvefour and that calls for a little celebration.

Just last year, the record earned them places on the ARIA charts, placing within the top 10 in one category and number one in another.We now find them smack bang in the middle of their Australian Midnight tour before they head off to North America where the quintet has previously shared the stage with the likes of City and Colour and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Bassist Sam Rasmussen took some time out to have a chat with Music Insight about life on tour, past, present and future.

“Across the board everyone’s been great, we’ve been lucky enough to tour with some great acts and perhaps the first meeting we might’ve been awestruck but we always move past that,” said Rasmussen.

Despite the excitement, Rasmussen revealed his heart can be pulled in two different directions when it comes to his family.

“We all have our partners, families and lives at home and going out on tour can be hard in that respect because we’re leaving everyone at home and sometimes for quite a long time.”

When the band isn’t playing sold-out shows Rasmussen said he can be found doing pretty ordinary things – almost like living a double life.

“At home I have kids and work, it’s just another house on the block and I love that and then we go on tour and it’s so different,” he said.

The indie rock quintet’s recent efforts with current album twelvefour ensure the band will remain in the foreminds of many fans for sometime yet. The record, which features popular tracks Electric IndigoRevelator Eyes and Renegade,was written entirely as a concept album.

“The other Sam [Bentley] did all the writing, and he is a bit of a night owl. He doesn’t normally make a habit of staying up between midnight and 4am, however for writing this album he did do that intentionally,” Rasmussen said.

The decision to move away from their original sound was a conscious one and has proved a resounding triumph for the fivesome.

“We decided after looking back at our previous records that we wanted to add a bit more fullness to the sound and the songs Sam was writing were working towards that,” he said.

When asked if he could stay up as late as his fellow band member did during the writing process, Rasmussen had one thing to say:

“I’m personally not a night owl, I fall asleep pretty early usually, I’ve got a few kids and they tend to wear me out. It’s kind of funny because that’s my life at home and then we go on tour and it’s a very different life.”

To accompany the LP, the group made another excellent judgement call to create a trilogy of distinct storytelling clips all happening around the same time of night. Working alongside Dan Huiting (Bon Iver) and his team for all three music videos, Rasmussen revealed the band was lucky to have had him on board.

“We had the idea to tell three different stories, which took place at that time of night. A lot of the inspiration and creativity came from Sam – he worked very hard on those videos collaborating with different directors and we’re very happy with how it turned out.”

Having just wrapped up their Australian tour, the Paper Kites will spend the next few months touring North America and Europe.

Ladyhawke on ‘Wild Things’ and the full spectrum of Pip Brown

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It’s been three years since Pip Brown – better known as her stage name Ladyhawke – has visited Australian shores, but after some soul searching she’s finally ready to bring fresh new tunes to Aussie fans with a new record in tow.

Her forthcoming third studio album Wild Things is the follow-up to her 2012 release Anxiety and is slated to be released on June 3.

Speaking with Music Insight earlier in the week, Brown said her journey had been a long and sometimes tiring one but she’s finally satisfied with the outcome.

“I’m trying to be a lot more excited – I’ve definitely always struggled with the touring. I mean I enjoy touring and seeing different countries and cities, but I have struggled with the live shows,” Brown said.

The New Zealand native has spoken openly about her battle with alcohol and social anxiety, which often caused her music career to take a hit.

“I suffered from depression and anxiety and I was sick of feeling like that – I needed to make some drastic changes in my life,” she said.

I suffered from depression and anxiety and I was sick of feeling like that – I needed to make some drastic changes in my life.

“I wasn’t being creative at all, I was really struggling and I think this entire album came after I got healthy and started feeling good about myself and enjoying my life,” Brown said.

The singer-songwriter’s new record is the result of an unexpected collaboration with American producer Tommy English (TiëstoDark Waves and Børns).

“Our meeting was by chance,” said Brown.

“We met through a friend. She was making a record and asked if I wanted to do some vocals on it and I said yes. I turned up at the address she gave me and it was Tommy English’s house.”

Brown eventually asked him if he was interested in working on her album and Wild Thingswas born. The pair worked on and off over the course of a year producing songs like A Love SongSweet Fascination and Dangerous. 

With a career spanning 15 years, you’d think Brown would have trouble keeping her mind buzzing with new ideas and concepts for songs.

Well, you’d be wrong.

“The things I get inspired by aren’t really your traditional music things. My music is quite often inspired by watching something as simple as a movie.”

“I find that I sometimes get that excited desperation to make a song after I’ve watched a movie that’s really inspiring. I don’t really get that anywhere else – it’s weird.”

“There were a few key things in my life that happened which made it possible for this album to come to life. I got healthy and stopped drinking and just tried to be happy.”

There were a few key things in my life that happened which made it possible for this album to come to life. I got healthy and stopped drinking and just tried to be happy.

“From my first album, second and third you’ve really got the full spectrum of Pip Brown. This one is definitely happier and more upbeat, which I think shows a maturity in myself. I’m definitely more confident as a songwriter and I feel more confident in the studio.”

You can catch Ladyhawke live on her Wild Things tour this July. Tickets are available from Ladyhawke’s website.

TOUR DATES

Thursday 14th July – The Zoo, Brisbane

Friday 15th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Saturday 16th July – Howler, Melbourne

LISTEN: Gypsy and the Cat’s ‘I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else’

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Looking for some funky fresh tunes to make your work/uni week bearable? Or are you just not getting that satisfied feeling you once did when you hit play on your Spotify playlist? Don’t worry, Melbourne electro-pop duo Gypsy and the Cat have got you covered.

I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else is the thrilling first official single from their forthcoming LP Virtual Lands out this July. First premiering on Noiseythe new song is full of resounding synths and the pair’s iconic high-spirited harmonies. Mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame ImpalaMGMTNeon Indian), the track follows on from its predecessor Inside Your Mind which charted at number two on Hype Machine and received some sick airplay from US radio giant KCRW.

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Breaking onto the music scene back in 2010, Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers first caught the critics attention with their debut LP Gilgamesh. They’ve since had a hat trick of singles on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and played at renowned Australian festivals Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass.

The duo have presently just wrapped up a five-date national tour and are finally ready to release their highly anticipated LP – their first long-player since 2012’s The Long Blue. Check out their music clip for I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else below.