What's Happening in June

Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015

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Adelaide based alternative metal/progressive rock outfit At Fates. (formerly At Fates Mercy) have just released their stunning new film clip for their latest single ‘Pointless Philosophy’ (which premiered on Triple J's Short.Fast.Loud. and Tone Deaf) and have announced a run of Australian tour dates.

The South Australian four-piece have kept a blistering pace since forming, sharing the stage with the likes of Chiodos, In Hearts Wake, Alesana (all US) and Betraying the Martyr (FR) and are now celebrating the triumphant release of their debut EP Rebuild, Rewind.


‘Stumptail’ is the title of the debut single release from Northern Territory indie-pop band At The Dakota, from their upcoming independent EP Stories to be released mid-June.

The lead single is an up-tempo song about the imbalance of giving and receiving and is laced with endearing piano melodies and a grooving bass. ‘Stumptail’ is a strong live-performance favourite complete with a sing-along chorus and is available across all good online retailers and streaming services.


Casey Golden Trio’s brand new live album Live at Bennetts Lane, recorded while on tour last year, is now available on Bandcamp.

The new album displays a different side to the band - what they consider one of their most special gigs yet, launched at the dedicated jazz venue where the magic happened - 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne. They will also be playing in Sydney on 8 July at Venue 505 in a double bill with the incredible Alister Spence Trio.


Two year old Sydney-based alternative rockers DRAW have just unveiled their latest film clip to single ‘Wave Rider Blues’ (from the debut EP of the same title) and are continuing to tour with their mesmerising live show and earnest delivery.

The stunning film clip features footage from the American nuclear weapons test ‘Operation Snapper’, which was conducted to observe the effects of nuclear weaponry on front line troops. The film clip highlights that there are still around 17, 000 live nuclear weapons throughout the world. 

Extensively touring this year to promote their debut singles ‘I’ll Save You’ and ‘Ish’, which received airplay on over 200 radio stations throughout Australia & OS.

DRAW on Facebook. 


These Sunshine Coast party boys had a wild 2014 and 2015 is shaping up much the same. Drawcard are back with the DIY, low-budget film clip to their very catchy, rock anthem 'We Are the Future' and announce the extensive 'Goons Gone Wild' Tour. The video clip looks absolutely epic, with props found at home – a wheel barrow, mums laptop, and a bunch of dusty lights and other gear from mates’ garages – yet comes off as a big production shoot.

Last years’ EP release 'Goons LTD', touring the single 'Kids' as well as supporting bands Dead Kennedys, The Bennies, Young Lions and more was frenetic. This year they are supports for The Matches and Bam Margera's FuckFace Unstoppable plus they have a spot at Big Pineapple Music Festival.


Flick the Bean featuring special guest Jimmy the Junkie from the SBS TV series Houso’s will be headlining a gig, doing some stand-up comedy and performing some tunes, including ‘Sunny Side Up’ from his upcoming album Grandmas’ Bags, to be released later this year. The gig is at the Sands Hotel, Maroubra on 20 June.


After months of teasing fans with snippets of new material, Josh Pyke today announced the release of his fifth studio album, But For All These Shrinking Hearts available 31 July. Pyke gave his fans the first real taste of the album recently, circulating a fans-first video across his social media accounts for album track, There’s A Line. The first official single, Hollering Hearts is out now.

Pyke has also released a limited number of fans-first album pre-order packages comprising the deluxe edition of the new record featuring two exclusive tracks, a collectors lyric magnet set and a ticket to one of his intimate fans-first shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane in July & August not available in other media.

Fans can currently pre-order the new album which will be officially released on July 31.


Mash together fuzzed-out guitar work smothered with feedback and drowned with sonic drums and you have Melbourne alternative rockers Kill Dirty Youth. They have just released their latest split single ‘Slowdive/Lexipro’  at the Cherry Bar and have announced a run of tour dates.

The four-piece (originally from Newcastle, NSW) have kept up a tremendous rate of pace since forming, securing an extremely loyal following both locally and abroad. 


Everything Sings Tonight, the new album from one of Australia’s most poetic song smiths Lucie Thorne, is an exquisite collaboration between Thorne and her long-time musical partner, legendary drummer Hamish Stuart and marks an inspired creative benchmark for the pair.

Having worked together for many years and with two highly acclaimed previous releases (Bonfires in Silver City and Black Across The Field) with this new album, Thorne and Stuart truly hone their exceptional duet sound.

From the effortless drive and harmony of the lead single, 'The Rushing Dark' to the razor-edged rumble of 'Room to Burn' there is a cohesiveness to this musical journey.

The duo will be touring nationally throughout June-August.


Brisbane dark pop guitar and piano duo Love Like Hate have played a handful of intimate shows along the east coast in their English Summer Tour, with the last in Brisbane on 21 June. Their second EP ‘Unnoticed’ is available now on iTunes.

Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst began crafting their intricate blend of arresting vocals post-punk rhythm guitar and atmospheric electronics five years ago.

It’s your last chance for some time to catch this talented pair as they head off to headline a UK tour in a real English summer in July.


Off the back of her acclaimed debut EP, Life Of Montaigne and sold-out national headline tour in April, whimsical Aussie pop starlet, Montaigne has released a new live video for EP track, ‘A Cinematic Plea For An End’ shot on tour at Brighton Up Bar, Sydney.

In this track, Montaigne, also known as Jess Cerro, showcases her exquisite songwriting ability, luring the listener in to her vast musical dreamscape. Beginning with a raw, vulnerable vocal and impeccably understated instrumentation, the song builds with fury and defiance.

triple j have spun her tracks ‘I’m A Fantastic Wreck’ and ‘I Am Not An End’ on high rotation and her cover of ‘Chandelier’ (Sia) in Like a Version (triple j) has had over 200,000 views.


Sydney-based indie/electro outfit MOTIONER (aka Rowan Cane) has just unveiled his latest single ‘Future Drunk and has announced a run of east coast tour dates. His success is guaranteed. His debut single ‘Desire Dies’ scored radio play across Australia and abroad while follow up single ‘Shapeshifter’ has been also picked up for rotation on triple j Unearthed, receiving stellar reviews since its release.

MOTIONER crosses ambient and alternative rock with atypical rhythms to produce an entrancing brand of music, laden with melodic & textural aesthetics.

Cane recently teamed up with producer Stevie Knight and mix engineer Dax Liniere (Sleepmakeswaves, Meniscus) to record his debut album, which will be released later in 2015.


Melbourne-based music producer/writer and APRA AMCOS member Omeros laboured over his latest album release for a year – and Flux is the impressive result. All online album sales will be donated to the White Ribbon charity which fights violence against women.


From Gundagai to Mandalay in music: curated by artistic director Barry Humphries, this world-premiere event pays tribute to two legends of Australian music, baritone Peter Dawson and songwriter Jack O’Hagan

Featuring a stellar line-up of Australian artists, world-renowned baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, a cappella sensation The Idea of North with South Australia’s own soprano Greta Bradman and narration from Barry Humphries, Peter & Jack breathes new life into classic Australian works with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs until 20 June.


Sydney folk/rock band Piperlain have released an animation music video clip to accompany February’s release of the single ‘Embrace.’

This is the first single from the forthcoming concept album, entitled Mother Mourned, about two people growing up caring for mothers with illness and the emotional struggles of working through innocence, despair, grief and release. Songwriters Benjamin Knight and Rebecca Voorn-Knight were kindred spirits in their lives as young carers.

The animation follows Ben's story of caring for his mother with Multiple Sclerosis.

Embrace was recorded at The Grove Studios. It was written and produced by Benjamin Knight and Rebecca Voorn-Knight, with producer Josh Telford and executive producer Paul Iannuzzelli. It was mixed by Peter Holz and mastered at Studios 301 by ARIA award winning engineer Steve Smart.


Sydney’s Polarheart have released a new single ‘Hypnotise’ which has been featured on 2015 with Richard Kingsmill and Home & Hosed with Dom Alessio on triple j as well as doing the rounds on key metro and regional community radio stations across Australia – peaking at number 7 on the AMRAP charts. The video for their new single ‘Hypnotise’ has received very positive reviews online both in Australia and overseas and was premiered with auspop.com.au. 


Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘Australiana soaked alt-country at its finest,' Sal Kimber and the Rollin' Wheel five piece band have just released their new single ‘Stumble in the Dark’ and its stunning film clip.

The new single is a hauntingly affecting track that lives up to the accolades Kimber has already been receiving for her captivating performances and compelling storytelling.

The release is followed by a seven date Australian tour 12-21 June. This follows their acclaimed self-titled LP ‘Stumble in the Dark’, with the wheels now in motion for a full length album later in the year.

Written by Sal and her sister Beth (Buffy) Kimber and produced by close friend Shane O'Mara at Yikesville studios in Melbourne, ‘Stumble in the Dark’ is soaked in authenticity and vulnerability. It begins with Beth on piano and Sal on vocals before building to a sea of layered slide, violins and harmonies, all anchored by drummer Cat Leahy.


'Magnetize' is the latest release from indie rock duo Satellite Sky. Based in Los Angeles, siblings Pete Kicks (vocals/guitar) and Kim Kicks (drums) have been touring throughout the US this year in anticipation of the new record. Throughout the recording process, comparisons emerged between Satellite Sky and T.Rex, BRMC and Depeche Mode. Coupled with influences of 60’s and 70’s British rock, ‘Magnetize’ delivers a unique blend of everything that makes these eras monumental in their effect on shaping the musical landscape whilst maintaining an ultra-modern edge.

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