What's Happening in September

Monday, 31 Aug 2015

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With its live premiere at this year’s Splendour In The Grass Festival, Boy & Bear have released ‘Walk The Wire’, the first single from their third studio album Limit of Love.Boy & Bear

The follow up to their #1 ARIA album and platinum-selling Harlequin Dream, Limit of Love is released Friday 9 October through

Universal Music Australia. 

Limit of Love is available to pre-order on CD, digital download and limited edition vinyl. Fans can also pre-order exclusive limited edition album bundles on the Boy & Bear Store. Those who pre-order the digital album on iTunes and album bundles on the Boy & Bear store will receive an instant download of ‘Walk the Wire’.

Limit of Love is a recording that is less about fine-tuning everything to the nth' degree, and more about capturing a band at the height of their powers in an honest, organic way. It’s an approach most modern bands would be too scared to try, but for Boy & Bear, that leap of faith has proven to be a masterstroke. 

Watch the making of Limit Of Love video.



Close Encounters

'Picture Me' is the latest release from Tasmanian future-beat electronic duo Close Counters. Artists Allan McConnell and Finn Rees have sampled the vocalist Sabine Bester(aka Bini) to produce a dance-worthy single, combining elements of Jamiroquai and Disclosure.

Following the successful launch of their debut EP in 2014, the duo has played at Dark Mofo, Falls Festival Marion Bay and Party In the Paddock. 

They supported Shaggy at his near-capacity Hobart concert in April after winning a state-wide competition hosted by 7HOFM.



It’s been a big few weeks for everyone’s favourite nostalgic Aussie indie rockers, Holy Holy. After releasing their anticipated debut album When The Storms Would Come 

Holy Holy

on July 24 and blowing their audience away with a killer set at Splendour In The Grass, the album has now reached at #11 on the ARIA album chart, #2 on the AIR Independent Labels chart and #9 on the iTunes album chart.  To top it off, the band will play a second Melbourne show at Howler on September 6, after their September 5 show at the same venue sold out within weeks of going on sale, with all tour shows selling fast.  

The national 'When The Storms Would Come' album tour kick started at the Darwin Festival on August 13 and will now venture to Bunbury, Perth, Fremantle, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, Geelong, Ballarat, Melbourne, Thirroul, Newcastle, Canberra and Sydney. Holy Holy will finish up as a headline act at Sounds Of The Suburbs festival in Cronulla on September 27. 

The band's Australia tour will be followed by a newly announced second tour of the UK and Europe. They’ll celebrate the release of the record on the other side of the world on October 30, which will see the band play a string of shows and festivals in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam and other cities.

Tickets to the national tour are on sale now.

Buy When The Storms Would Come on iTunes.




Nominated for three awards at this year’s APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, Moorambilla Voices is looking forward to its 2015 program. Moorambilla Voices

The first event in the program was an artistic immersion at Narran Lakes in July.

In a first for Moorambilla Voices, the artistic immersion provided a rare opportunity to creatively explore the well-kept secret that is Narran Lakes Nature Reserve, located between Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina in northwest New South Wales. The immersion is a vital link in the preparation of Moorambilla’s Gala Concerts in Dubbo on Saturday September 19.  

Moorambilla artists explored this place of immense cultural and spiritual significance for many Indigenous people and began the process of creating initial ideas and structures for new Australian music, text, photography and dance for the Moorambilla Voices children.  

The Narran Lakes Co-Management Committee facilitated the program, in particular, Moorambilla Voices Indigenous Cultural Consultant and Gamilaroi elder Aunty Brenda McBride from Lightning Ridge.

It was also facilitated by National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Michael Mulholland, Lightning Ridge Language Nest Language Consultant Rhonda Ashby and Ted Fields Jnr from Walgett, who welcomed the team with the smoking ceremony. Watch Aunty Brenda at Narran Lakes



Rae Howell

London-based Australian composer Rae Howell has recently announced the release of two solo records and an Australian tour in September and October.

Recorded over 10 days in St Paul and Minneapolis (USA), Invisible Wilderness is a diverse double volume solo album featuring a collection of Howell's piano and keyboard works from contemporary and cinematic styles to jazz and classical infused improvisations. 

Complete with hand drawn illustrations, and released through Sunwrae, Invisible Wilderness: Volume I was recorded on a Steinway concert grand piano. It’s accompanied by a sheet music publication that features 12 works in printed manuscript. Volume 11 is more abstract and sidesteps the traditional piano sound. Instead, it's performed on a Fender Rhodes with various upright ramshackle pianos with different textures and the natural reverb of the sostenuto and celeste pedals.

Australian tour dates: Melbourne - September 18, Sydney - September 24, Wauchope - September 26 and Brisbane - October 2.



Australia’s alt-country Americana starlet Ruby Boots is showing no signs of slowing down following the momentous release of her Ruby Bootsdebut record Solitude earlier this year. On the road again in full band mode Ruby Boots (also known as Bex Chilcott) continues to tour the album with shows in various Australian cities.

In September Ruby Boots heads off to the US with a string of shows in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, where she will be featured on the coveted line up at the prestigious Music City Roots event during the Americana Festival. The US tour couldn't come at a better time, with the recent news of Ruby Boots songwriting success with new track ‘Blindly Believing’ co-written with Vicki Thorn of The Waifs. Featured on The Waifs’ new album, the song has premiered on US National Public Radio's ‘All Songs Considered’ show. 

Returning to Oz in October, Ruby Boots will play the anticipated Dashville Skyline Festival in the Hunter Valley (October 3), followed by Out On The Weekend Festival shows in Melbourne (October 17) and Sydney (October 24). Then it's on to the Fremantle Festival (October 30) before stopping home in Perth for a brief rest. One thing is for sure though, she won't be stopping for long!




Sydney trio RÜFÜS have announced a ‘You Were Right’ world tour, set to hit the road for some huge dates across Australia and North America later this year. RufusThe first leg kicks off in Brisbane on October 16 and rolls around the country for the remainder of the month, while November will see the boys enter DU SOL mode, their legal-action-prompted international alias, as they hit Vancouver, LA, San Francisco, and New York over two glorious weeks.

Just in case that wasn’t enough excitement for you, RÜFÜS have just dropped the official video for ‘You Were Right’ and it’s a masterpiece that takes the viewer on a blissful, weightless journey.

Pumped to hit the road, Jon humbly says, “We started the band just wanting to be able to play shows to our friends at parties. So to now be able to announce a tour that takes us all around Australia and to the other side of the Pacific to some of the most amazing cities in North America is amazing. We’ve been working so hard trying to put together an album of songs that we would want to hear. We’re very close to finished with the album and looking forward to getting out there on a big stage playing these new songs to people for the first time.  The reaction to ‘You Were Right’ has been great, we’re excited to share the rest of the record with people.”

Album title and release date coming soon.

View the clip for You Were Right.



Music was Szymon Borzestowski’s life. He loved it, lived it and breathed it. A bright, brilliant talent, the young Newcastle artist would happily lose himself in his Szymon Borzestowskibedroomstudio for days, playfully honing his humble yet hypnotic art pop.

Sadly, Szymon lost his life at just 23 years of age. 

Lovingly curated by family and friends, Tigersapp is the record he would have released, a glimpse into the vibrant world he hoped to share. ‘Tigersapp’ has been lovingly released on Eloper Music, with distribution by EMI Music. Szymon worked tirelessly throughout 2008 to record an album worth of songs, and was on the verge of signing a record deal with EMI at just 19. Tragically, the darkness of mental illness began to fall at the same time and it was decided his treatment had to come first. Nevertheless, he continued to write, even as his battles with depression became more debilitating. In the end, the world became unbearable and Szymon took his own life in December 2012.

‘Medusa’ is the third single to be released. Listen to 'Medusa' here.

In the words of his siblings, “Releasing Szymon’s album is bittersweet. We used to dream about playing with him and watching him play on stages. We finally now have the opportunity to release his music and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”




The Starks

Melbourne psychedelic rock legends The Starks have just released their latest film clip for new single ‘The Earth & The Ego’, which they will launch at The Grace Darling Hotel this month. 

The song is the title track and second single from The Starks’ debut album, released in April 2015.

Crossing early glam and west coast psychedelia with elements of Britpop, The Starks create a dreamscape of sound that will take you on a journey of epic and dynamic proportions.

After launching the album to a packed out Workers Club in April 2015, The Starks six-piece live band has toured Victoria and recently played shows with Naked Bodies, led by Quang Dinh (ex-Little Red).

The Starks are launching their current single at The Grace Darling in Melbourne on Friday 18 September.

Watch ‘The Earth & The Ego’ video clip here.



Melbourne indie alt folk troubadour Tim Wheatley has announced the release of his new single ‘Valerie’ and debut solo album Cast of YesterdayTim Wheatley

Wheatley will be celebrating with a string of dates throughout August and September.

Inspired to write lead single Valerie after reading the novel Delinquent Angel about Melbourne poet, Shelton Lea, Wheatley explains, “It began with an insight into the fractured relationship between Shelton and his adopted mother Valerie - the matriarch of the Darryl Lea chocolate family.”  Tasteful use of acoustic and slide guitar sets an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. It is Wheatley’s understated lyrics and smooth Australian-tinged vocals that so beautifully tell this sad tale. 

The video clip for ‘Valerie’ was filmed and produced in Hollywood by Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus and Rachel Taylor of Go Forth Content (a collective of emerging Australian directors and producers living and working in LA). The video stars Jessica McNamee (Packed To The Rafters, Sirens, The Vow).

Cast of Yesterday was recorded at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, produced by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Pete Murray) and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Johnny Cash) at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. 

View the clip for Valerie and purchase Cast of Yesterday now.



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