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
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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

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.

Canary Present Latest Single ‘Fickle Heart’

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“With me all this shit begins, with me it’s suppose to end.”

If you’ve ever been stuck on an ex, Melbourne quintet Canary feel your pain. The band’s debut single Fickle Heart is one of many songs from Canary’s upcoming sophomore album I Am Lion. Frontman Matthew Kenneally was going through a breakup at the time allowing the record itself to become an audio representation of the fallout: an emotional, poisonous and profoundly melancholy one.

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The group’s previously released singles Women’s Business and Here We Go both received their fair share of attention with the former charting on Hype Machine and the latter earning a spot rotation on Triple J.

Fickle Heart opens with a steady riff and dependable percussion and once Kenneally’s vocals glide effortlessly into the forefront of the melody the track begins to build momentum. If you were expecting an epic climactic chorus, however, you’d be waiting a long time. At around the 1:30 mark the band gives us an airy almost ethereal vocal performance – think hippie summer dresses and skipping through fields of wild flowers. It’s a complete juxtaposition of the lead singer’s anger and resentment towards his ex-partner, yet still manages to work.

I Am Lion is entirely self-produced by the indie pop group, and even mixed and mastered by their bassist, Isaac Barter. The album will be released on July 8 and will be followed up by an east coast tour in August, so be sure to keep up with their movements on Facebook.

DISCOVER: Bel Esprit’s New Single ‘Leave Me Here’

Meet UK alt-rock quartet Bel Esprit. The Southampton lads first burst into the music industry back in 2013, on a mission to rejuvenate the noughties indie scene with particular nods to The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol.

The foursome spent most of last year promoting their debut EP Lose My Mind, which received positive feedback from the critics and folks back home. Their leading single of the same title racked up over 150,000 plays across several different platforms, leading to it being featured on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq.

The band has since had a fantastic 12 months performing gigs at their local music festivals Common PeopleWickhamIndependence and Icebreaker. They’ve even managed to hit the studio and come out with brand spanking new song Leave Me Here.

The new track is a nifty tune with its suave composure and hints of psychedelia. Its infectious swagger features distorted guitars, layered chants and front man Billy Herklots’ self-assured and ever present vocals. The song is definitely a bit of a deviation from some of their previous work, but it has left us and devoted British fans thirsty for what we can only hope is a potential album in the near future.

Leave Me Here will be available for purchase on April 8. Want more? Be sure to check out Bel Esprit’s SoundCloud for some of their older hits. The band’s music video for Lose My Mind can be found below.