Birds on double date

DUE to popular demand, Birds of Tokyo have announced an additional run of live shows for fans in November and December.
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As they make their way around Australia performing shows with Muse in capital cities, the band will also return to regional cities, including Newcastle on Saturday, December 14.

The band received rave reviews for their March Fires album tour, which saw them play sell-out shows across the country.

The album, the band’s fourth, debuted at No.1 on the National ARIA Albums Chart and is scheduled for release in North America early in 2014.

The album’s second single Lanterns exceeded triple-platinum sales and was the most played Australian song on radio for the first six months of this year.

Tickets for the show at Newcastle Panthers go on presale today at 9am and on general sale tomorrow at 9am through moshtix南京夜网.au or by phoning 1300438849.

The band will be the headline act for the Homebake Festival, performing on the closing night, Sunday, December 8.

Stillsons to play Wickham Park Hotel

MELBOURNE alt-country band The Stillsons are celebrating the release of their third album Never Go Your Way with a regional tour.

They will play free shows at The Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday, October 5, and at The Junkyard, Maitland, on Sunday, October 6.

Whalley heads forum at conservatorium

FRENZAL Rhomb frontman Jason Whalley leads the Newcastle Music Industry Forum today.

A partnership between MusicNSW and the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, the forum features a free question-and-answer panel and networking drinks, focusing on recording and how aspiring musicians and arts workers can get heard.

Whalley will be joined by Dave Ruby Howe from triple j Unearthed, Paula Jones from Jones PR, Mark Dodds from record label Inertia and producer Lachlan Mitchell.

The forum kicks off at 6.30pm, at Newcastle Conservatorium. RSVP [email protected] Recent workshops can be downloaded from musicnsw南京夜网/workshops.

Meanwhile, Whalley’s band has announced a show at the Cambridge on November 9.

Dragon in fine voice on acoustic tour

DRAGON will revisit their extensive back catalogue with their acoustic tour Sunshine to Rain Live, which will stop at Lizottes Newcastle tomorrow.

When Todd Hunter reformed 1970s rockers Dragon in 2006, the band was largely an acoustic proposition.

Dragon recorded Sunshine to Rain that same year, an acoustic album released through Liberation that dictated their touring for the next few years.

The line-up of bassist Todd Hunter, lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Williams, drummer Pete Drummond and electric guitarist Bruce Reid soon stepped into a full-band sound and performed more than 500 shows with their electric instruments.

Dragon are now ready to return to playing acoustically.

‘‘Playing our songs acoustically is an excuse to revisit these songs with a different musical mindset,’’ said Hunter.

‘‘It’s not about whipping up the crowd so much as it is about the interplay between instruments and giving the harmonies a chance to breathe. It means we can play songs like Show Danny Across the Water, Smoke and Same Old Blues – songs that there just isn’t room for in the rock set.

‘‘There will still be singing but I suspect it will be more choir-like than the rugby grand final vibe we normally go for.’’

Thundamentals hip-hop into town

BLUE Mountains via Newtown hip-hop trio Thundamentals – whose music video for their new single Smiles Don’t Lie was named Channel V’s Ripe Clip Of The Week – will perform in Newcastle next week.

The single is the first to be released from their upcoming, as-yet-untitled, third album.

Group member Jewson said the song was a way to express his respect, admiration and love for his partner.

‘‘I can imagine my partner driving to work and hearing this song come on the radio and seeing a big smile break out across her face, knowing that she is the inspiration behind my lyrics,’’ he said.

The band continues to redefine Australian hip-hop and recently won praise for their sophomore record Forevolution and their triple j Like A Version of Matt Corby’s Brother. Thundamentals will perform at the Small Ballroom, Islington, on Thursday, October 3.

McLeod joins Big Spring Jam line-up

LEAD singer of ARIA Award-winning band The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod, will perform at The Big Spring Jam at The Roundabout Inn, Gloucester.

McLeod has been performing with Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson and is about to release her new album. She will be joined at the festival by Central Coast songbird Sarah Humphreys, who recently released her album Hello through ABC Music.

Sydney-based Golden Guitar winner Karl Broadie rounds out the line-up.

Tickets are $30 and available from stickytickets南京夜网 or the venue.

The Big Spring Jam is on Saturday, October 19, from 3pm to 8pm.

Britt rolls out favourites at Cambridge

CATHERINE Britt will perform just one show in her home town as part of her tour The Hillbilly Pickin’ Ramblin’ Girl So Far…

Britt will perform a stripped-back, acoustic show based around the release of her new album package, a CD/DVD package of all singles and videos to be released before the end of the year.

Britt will perform at The Cambridge Hotel on November 8. Tickets from bigtix南京夜网.au.

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