ROOTS AND ALL
West End roots band Kooii will play their only Brisbane show for six months at The Hi-Fi in July. Earth Frequency will present the show, which Kooii will headline with Chocolate Strings, Ladi Abundance, Georgia Potter and DJs Papa Bitch-O and Rudekat on Saturday July 13.
DOWN TO AN ART
Everything's coming up Big Scary. Their second album 'Not Art' is about to be released and the duo have been signed to US label Barsuk. Home to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Ra Ra Riot, Tom Iansek and Jo Syme are the first Australian act to be signed to the label, who couldn't resist snapping them up despite geographical differences. 'Not Art' will be released on Friday June 28 and will feature 11 tracks that pay homage to the likes of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West.
KINGS OF THE CASTLE
Melbourne roots act The Jed Rowe Band are touring the east coast in July to launch their debut film clip, for the track 'Castlemaine' (from their Jeff Lang-produced sophomore album, 'The Ember And The Afterglow'). The clip, directed by Lachlan Bryan, was shot on location in Victoria's Yarra Ranges. They'll tell you all about it at The Powerhouse on Sunday July 7 and The Rails on Thursday July 11.
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG TALENT
Little Bigsound is back in July with a one day forum to entice Brisbane's creative youth. The line-up of speakers includes Cub Scouts' Zoe Davis, The Medics’ Kahl Wallace and Jindhu Lawrie, Seja Vogel and Mia Wray (pic), who will wax lyrical on the science of songwriting, the age of social media and career paths in a vibrant industry. Little Bigsound is aimed at young people aged 15-25 looking to kick-start their careers and will run from 9am to 6pm at The Edge on Friday July 12.
Community radio heroes 4ZzZ have announced the launch of an On Demand service which allows listeners to re-stream 168 hours of weekly 102.1fm programs at their discretion. To celebrate, Happy-Fest is back in July to take over Winn Lane and The Zoo with music and culture. The line-up will feature interstate acts Raw Prawn and Forces as well as local bands Barbiturates, Multiple Man, Happy Times and Samedi Sound System. The service will launch on July 6, the same day Happy-Fest goes down.
Australia's premier music conference, Bigsound, is adding a new string to its bow this year. The 'Music+Design' program will demonstrate the continual intersection between the two disciplines. The two day adjoining conference and showcase will feature Grammy Award winner Rob Jones, Regurgitator and Ben Johnston from Josephmark, responsible for the recent MySpace refurbishment, among other inter-disciplinary elites. Bigsound 'Music + Design' will run September 10-11 with conference passes on sale now.
2013 has been a big year for Brisbane producer The Kite String Tangle, who launched only 12 short months ago and has already performed at Splendour In The Grass and Parklife, and toured with Gold Panda and Vydamo. With a new single, 'Given The Chance', under his belt, The Kite String Tangle will hit Alhambra Lounge on Thursday July 11 with Rat & Co and Tincture.
Arizona five-piece The Maine have released their fourth full-length studio album, 'Forever Halloween', just in time to support Anberlin on their Australian tour in September. You can now stream 'Forever Halloween' on Spotify and catch The Maine with Anberlin at The Hi-Fi on Wednesday September 4 and The Coolangatta Hotel on Thursday September 5.
ODE TO JOY
Vance Joy has been globetrotting in 2013, having already completed a sold out nationwide tour in April and a US tour with songstress Lissie. He's showing no signs of slowing down. Vance Joy will support Bernard Fanning on his sold-out tour in July and August, hit Splendour In The Grass and embark on his own 'Riptide' tour in August before jetting back off to the US. Catch him before he's gone when he plays The Zoo on Saturday August 31.
Phillipines-born guitarist Jackson Dunn has released a new song, 'Lemonade', after a trip around The Phillipines to create a documentary on the surf culture in his home country. Jackson is taking his beer bottle slide guitar, foot-stomping and strumming skills on the road to celebrate the new single. He'll be at The Loft on The Gold Coast on Friday July 5 and The Beetle Bar in Brisbane on Saturday July 6.