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Against Me Australia openers

Posted March 27, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Against Me Australia openers

Ryan Russell

Against Me! will be heading out this May for a run of Australian headline dates to celebrate the release of their new album, Shape Shift With Me.

They will be in the country as part of the Groovin The Moo lineup and will be playing additional shows in Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney and Perth supported by Melbourne’s own Camp Cope.

Four years ago, Against Me! front woman Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band’s sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing.

Four years after Grace’s public reintroduction, Against Me! released their new album, Shape Shift With Me in September 2016. An album about love that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s song writing for the past 20 years. In November, front woman Laura Jane Grace released her memoir titled Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Tranny is a searing account of Grace’s search for identity and true self.

Joining Against Me! is Melbourne’s Camp Cope who have toured tirelessly since their inception: shows with Modern Baseball, Screaming Females, PUP and Cayetana, a headlining slot on Weekender Fest, a national Laneway Festival spot and a string of their own sold out shows.

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Labels tricot now on Topshelf

Posted March 27, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

tricot now on Topshelf

Kyoto's tricot, an alt-rock trio described as "melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and jazz-influenced instrumental breaks," will release a new album on Topshelf Records in the United States on May 17. Titled 3, it's fittingly the band's third full-length.

Labels Pure Noise Records announces new Weekday Records

Posted March 26, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Pure Noise Records announces new Weekday Records

Pure Noise Records is joining efforts with Sony Music on a new label, Weeday Records, which will focus on non-punk bands that strike the ownership team.

In a statement, Pure Noise founder Jake Round says, "I'm very excited and proud to announce Weekday Records, our new partnership with Sony Music. We'll be signing and developing artists at Weekday in the same way we've done at Pure Noise over the last eight years but will be able to branch out a little bit genre wise, which is exciting."

The label will launch with new items from Jule Vera and Lydia.



Records Return of The Dopamines

Posted March 26, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Return of The Dopamines

The Dopamines have announced the new Tales of Interest album will release on June 2 via Rad Girlfriend Records.

Tales of Interest is their first full-length since Vices (2012) and will be their first album to feature Josh Goldman (owner of Rad Girlfriend Records and also in The Raging Nathans).

The album title is also seemingly an allusion to Futurama, which the band briefly discussed with Scene Point Blank back in 2013.

Shows Beaches Brew 2017 with Death Valley Girls, King Khan & more

Posted March 26, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

Beaches Brew 2017 with Death Valley Girls, King Khan & more

The free Marina di Ravenna, Italy festival, Beaches Brew, will return from June 5-8 this year. The stacked line-up features Shellac, The Coathangers, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, King Khan & the Shrines and more, listed in full below with a day by day schedule.

Shows Vivid LIVE 2017

Posted March 25, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

Vivid LIVE 2017

photo from Opera House / Vivid Fest website

From 26 May to 17 June, Sydney Opera House will welcome some an eclectic mix of innovative local and international artists for Vivid LIVE – a celebration of music on the nation's most famous stages – as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid LIVE is the centrepiece of the Sydney Opera House’s year-round music program. Vivid LIVE celebrates iconic artists in contemporary music with newly commissioned works, world premiere performances, and Sydney only appearances from musical greats within Australia and around the world.

The concept behind Vivid LIVE is to invite the world’s leading artists, creative collectives, promoters and digital animators to raise the roof of Sydney Opera House's theatres, rehearsal spaces, recording studios and its iconic sails, which are transformed into a unique canvas each year for Vivid Sydney. 

Among a myriad of other performances, this year’s incarnation of Vivid LIVE includes Fleet Foxes, Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker presents Missing Link, AIR, The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block Party with special guests DJ Shadow + Briggs + Sampa The Great + Jonti, Richie Hawtin CLOSE, Repressed Records 15th Anniversary feat. Total Control, Severed Heads + more and The Nixon Tapes by John Adams.

Tours Taking Back Sunday announce US summer tour

Posted March 24, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Taking Back Sunday announce US summer tour

Taking Back Sunday are set to return to the festival circuit this summer, along with a string of headline tour dates in their native US. The four piece are touring in support of their latest album Tidal Wave - the seventh album in the band's back catalogue.

The band's headline tour kicks off in New York City in July, and limited VIP ticket bundles are currently available here on their website. Check out the full list of tour dates after the jump.

 

 

Tours Nashville Pussy in Australia and New Zealand

Posted March 24, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

Nashville Pussy in Australia and New Zealand

Atlanta Georgia Southern Rock n’ Roll legends Nashville Pussy are set to blaze a trail through Australia and New Zealand in May 2017 with their high-octance live shows. Defying any genre, Nashville Pussy are a cowpunk, southern hard rock and psychobilly monster smeared with whisky soaked sleaze.

Tours Canada's The Tea Party to tour Australia

Posted March 23, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Canada's The Tea Party to tour Australia

Canadian "Moroccan rock" (due to their own melange of blues, prog rock, Indian and Middle Eastern influences) The Tea Party come down under frequently to tour a country that, for all intents and purposes has become a second home. But this year they will return for their 16th Australian tour with a show they haven't performed outside of Canada since 2002.The three founding members of the band, Jeff Martin, Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood have teamed up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestras to bring The Orchestra Show to Australia for the first time.

Bands New Julien Baker 7" "Funeral Pyre"

Posted March 22, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

21-year-old Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker just released a new 7" for her song "Funeral Pyre" and B-side "Distant Solar Systems." In case the title doesn't give it away, "Funeral Pyre" continues Baker's relentless-but-gentle depictions of depression and suffering. This is her first release since signing with Matador Records.

Matador Records also recently re-released her debut, Sprained Ankle; Scene Point Blank's review can be found here.

Baker will be touring with The Decemberists, Conor Oberst, and Belle & Sebastian:

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