What’s Happening in November: Your space, your news, your views

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belleroscoeBelle Roscoe are excited to announce they are back in Australia and ready to officially launch their second album ‘Boom Boom’ on two nights, the first at FBi Social in Sydney on 28th November and the second at Bella Union in Melbourne on 5th December 2013.

Belle Roscoe have just recently finished performing at festivals to over 20,000 people in France over the last summer and have spent the last four years undertaking an epic European adventure. It was here in Europe where they decided to produce their latest creation, album #2 ‘Boom Boom’, which was helmed by Belgium based producer/electronic DJ Luuk Cox and undertook a two-month long recording and mastering process in studios in Belgium, Paris and Malta.

Belle Roscoe will also be hitting the road for a 20-date Australian national tour in December with dates and venues to be announced.

Tickets for the Australian launch can be purchased at the links below.






battleships1After the success of their well-received first effort ‘To You’, Battleships have emerged again with an exciting new release. ‘Take Your Rest’ is the first single from a batch of new material and brings the next development in Battleships’ sound, whilst also exhibiting some of the much admired attributes of their former work. Their newest single is deep and thoughtful, while also still exhibiting that creative and addictive musical nous we’ve come to expect from Battleships.

‘Take Your Rest’ features the haunting vocals, innovative drumbeats and sweeping tones that have become synonymous with Battleships’ work so far. This new track covers themes of longing and sacrifice and is another advance on the music coming from this Sydney-based four-piece.

Battleships have landed the main support on Boy & Bear’s upcoming national tour (which will see them play some fifteen dates with the Australian folk favourites) and have also shared the stage with the likes of The Preatures, Sticky Fingers, The Holidays and The Paper Kites.

They will be backing up this single release with a run of East Coast shows presented by the AU review, Select Music and The A&R Department, as well as a couple of festivals; in the form of Newcastle’s Fat As Butter Festival and the Golden Days Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

For full tour details visit www.battleshipsband.com.



mamakinRecent Best Blues & Roots ARIA nominee MAMA KIN will perform a concert on Sunday 24th November at St Martin’s Hall, created exclusively for MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL featuring the beautiful harmonies of a choir of school students. Comprised of musicians and singers from Cape Byron Rudolph Steiner School KINDRED SINGERS will join Mama Kin to present selected songs from her catalogue.

As the patron of Mullum Music Festival, MAMA KIN is integral to the festival’s ethos of identifying and nurturing young talent. The festival runs an annual Youth Mentorship Program (Mama Kin mentored young singer Matilda Dodds in 2012) and makes a point of featuring young local acts on the line-up alongside high profile international and national artists such as RAUL MIDON (US)THE BASICSKINKY FRIEDMAN (US) and PIETA BROWN (US). This year emerging talent on the bill includes Potato PotatoAnnie PlummerGabriel & CeciliaLifelineThe Sugar Spinners and Ya Kulcha Crew.




tigerlilyOnelove is proud to present Tigerlily‘s first solo release – ‘Zombie‘. Tigerlily, at a rapid rate is becoming one of Australia’s hottest and most in-demand DJ’s, clocking up countless headline shows around the country whist holding down her Pacha Sydney residency. Her explosive peak time sets have gained the attention of not only thousands of loyal fans but the worlds biggest & best DJ’s, with TIËSTO personally selecting Tigerlily as his support DJ on his 2013 ‘Clublife’ Asian tour.

Spending a lot of her downtime in the studio, Tigerlily has crafted the monster ‘Zombie’ to wreak havoc on any dance floor after dark! Off the back of their worldwide club smash ‘Gypsy’, Melbourne bounce scene leaders SCNDL deliver a massive remix, bringing all manner of electro evil to the pack, whilst A-Tonez delivers a ripe piece of DnB to glide you safely trough the night! Check out the preview for ‘Zombie’ here, the single will be released on November 8th.

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paulgreeneWith a focus on making music, not hype, local outfit Paul Greene & The Other Colours continue to improve like a fine wine, and are proud to announce the release of their new single ‘Beautiful Delusion’ through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia. The single is lifted from the band’s forthcoming album, to be released in 2014.

Paul Greene & The Other Colours were showered with glowing reviews and accolades after their 2012 ARIA nominated release ‘Behind The Stars’, for their fearless and sophisticated songwriting, ambitious production and the ability to effortlessly glide between genres. Their unique, understated quality has set them a special place on the musical map.

The single Beautiful Delusion’ cleverly twists lyrics and melodies that sit gently yet starkly upon a minimal groove, and are then nonchalantly embellished with a saccharine orchestral chorus. It is the classy songwriting we have come to expect from Greene, with the evident influences of late 70′s Pop nostalgia (Ie. Gerry Rafferty & The Motels).

It’s not been long since Paul Greene & The Other Colours hung up their saddles from touring their breakthrough album ‘Behind The Stars’, but already The Colours are back on the road with a tantalizing taste of their new album.

For full tour details visit www.paulgreene.com.au.



vidacainIn what is known as the latest boom-town, Perth, Western Australia, you will find four (semi) distinguished gentleman have recently formed a hard hitting riff rock band called Vida Cain.

Vida Cain formed in early 2012, “It’s actually my grandmother’s name,” laughs lead vocalist Josh Johnstone. “The funny thing is that she absolutely hated loud music.”

2013 has seen the release of the band’s debut album ‘The Rule of Gravity’, followed by a second national tour.

“A no nonsense, straight up punk act that can get any audience amped up into a frenzy in a flash” – The Music.




twoksMelbourne art-pop duo The Twoks are taking the violin & drums on the road in November and December to champion the release of their dark new single, Sailor.  Following up from an ambitious instrumental LP Sailing Away released earlier in 2013, Sailor retains the nautical theme but steers the band towards more definitive ‘pop’ waters with the addition of Xani Kolac’s enchanting lead vocals and an infectious chorus hook. The pair have just returned home to Melbourne after three weeks of writing, recording and gig-going in New York City. Properly inspired, they now hit the road eager to share new songs and experiences with audiences across QLD, NSW, VIC and SA .

Onstage The Twoks’ dark, melodic dance music swells and crashes with explosive impact. The grandiose layers of Xani’s violin soaring over Mark Leahy’s propulsive groove lands them somewhere between The Dirty Three and Goldfrapp. It’s a sound that has captured the attention of DARK MOFO (2013), St Kilda Festival (2013), Brunswick Music Festival (2013), Woodford Folk Festival (2012 & 2013), Edinburgh Fringe (2011), Adelaide Fringe (2008-12), and a riotous performance at the recent Wave Rock Festival in WA.

More info can be found here at The Twoks’ EPK.



alexbowenAlex Bowen is an independent soul/blues singer songwriter from Newcastle who has just released his debut 5 track EP ‘Feather In The Ground’. Fronting his own kind of soul & blues, Alex Bowen has buried his feet into an exciting new sound. October and November, 2013, will see Alex Bowen touring the East Coast having gained a loyal following that has seen him headlining his own shows as well as opening for Donovan Frankenreiter and Jeff Martin to name a few.

“This young man delivers his howling blue-eyed soul with a sincere passion that is to be respected and admired” – Tonedeaf

Alex will be playing a string of dates across November until January 2014.





thedeependJust beyond the halfway point of 2013 and it’s been a very busy year for Australia’s hardest working, road dogging rock band, The Deep End.  In support of their debut album ‘Cop This’, the band has left behind a trail of dropped jaws and beer stained ceilings after an extensive Australian and New Zealand tour.

Their hard work has been rewarded with the recent signing to the specialist rock label, Paris based Bad Reputation, joining the likes of Hardcore Superstar and the LA Guns.  Bad Reputation will be releasing a special European Collector’s Edition of ‘Cop This’.  The band are also taking their high octane rock n’ roll roadshow to Europe for a tour in February 2014.  Starting in Spain their tour takes them through the hardcore rock clubs of France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.




mattdoelandAustralian Gospel singer-songwriter and APRA member, Matt Doeland, has seen his songs receive both national and international radio play in recent months. From the birthing of his songs in his home recording studio to reaching a worldwide audience, Matt is amazed at the incredible response he’s had to his heart warming songs and authentic delivery. Matt’s songs, which focus on showcasing positive messages, have been included on major gospel album compilations. Matt has been a member of APRA for several years and loves the support APRA gives to not him but other musicians throughout Australia.





blue angelsSongwriters Lorenzo Iannotti and Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe have written and recorded a song for the Belarusian organisation Blue Sky Talent Company.

The song ‘Blue Sky Angels’ has a two fold message in its lyrics – the first is to tell the story of the pain and suffering this community has endured through the lingering effects of the war, the second is to commend the orgnaisation Blue Sky Talent Company on the amazing work they provide to orphanages, homes for people with disabilities and re-connecting families that have been parted through the war.

‘Blue Sky Angels’ was launched at the Bloom to Belarus Fundraising Ball last month and performed at the event by Lorenzo Iannotti. All proceeds from the sale of the recording were donated to Blue Sky Talent Company to provide assistance to their ongoing music programs.





phia1Sophia Exiner, Berlin-based Melbourne musician performing as Phia, has been awarded one of the first scholarships from the newly-formed Musicboard Berlin to record her debut album. The program supports ex-pat musicians making significant creative contributions to Berlin’s music scene and fellow recipients include Pantha Du Prince and Easter. Producing the record will be fellow Berlin-based Australian Joshua Teicher (Mez Medallion). Phia has also recently undertaken a 10 date tour of Germany in support of her debut single “Do You Ever?”







splurgeSplurge is marking its 15th anniversary by releasing a career-spanning rarities collection and recording its fourth album.

The band has just launched Splurge Unheard, a fans-only exclusive selection of rarities, and has a new album Wait For The Sun in the works, due in 2014.

The rarities selection is part of a Pozible project to record and mix the new album. Watch the video and hear our story: We Can’t Do This Without You! (http://www.pozible.com/project/33459/)

Supporter rewards include CD and Download packs, acoustic videos by request, songwriting workshops, a record production deal, a preview listening party, as well as private acoustic and full band shows.

Splurge Unheard includes new mixes of three never-before-heard tracks—one from each Splurge album—and six other unreleased and rare recordings. Something About Love (Splurge), Under Your Thumb (Heavy Weather) and Kiss Me (The Cure For The Cure) have been mixed by Melbourne gear maestro David Sullivan and mastered by in Nashville by Jim DeMain, Yes Master.

Kiss Me will be released in 2014 on PB 100 the long-awaited 100th release from influential Melbourne label Popboomerang Records, which will feature rare and exclusive tracks from their stable of bands.