Category: Music

T O R A

Electronic chillwave sounds to get your Sunday sessions started take a listen to Tora. Gracing your ears from the coastal town of Byron Bay, Tora is derived from the Greek word ‘τώρα’ meaning now. The concept of Tora was conceived in the later months of 2012 and came together as a 5 piece act in early May 2013. Their beautifully chilled beats are perfect for your sunny Sunday. Enjoy.

F K A – T W I G S

FKA twigs has premiered a video for her ‘Video Girl’ single, directed by Kahlil Joseph.

‘Video Girl’ is taken from FKA twigs’ acclaimed debut album, LP1. The album was released to widespread acclaim in August via Young Turks / Remote Control Records. FKA twigs will perform in Australia for the first time next year as part of Laneway Festival.

LP1 is FKA twigs’ defining artistic statem.ent, building on the success of her two previous EPs and accompanying videos (EP1 and EP2) which have elevated FKA twigs from a word-of-mouth secret to global obsession over the past two years. LP1 features none of these previously released songs; instead each track on LP1 is brand new, born out of FKA twigs’ artistic philosophy of spontaneous creation and collaboration in the studio.

FKA twigs – Laneway Festival 2015

Saturday 31 January – Laneway Festival, Brisbane
Sunday 1 February – Laneway Festival, Sydney
Friday 6 February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide
Saturday 7 February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne
Sunday 8 February – Laneway Festival, Fremantle

J O S H – P Y K E

 

JOSH PYKE has announced the third and final leg of his national Lone Wolf solo tour, adding shows this November/December in Castlemaine, Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, Newcastle, Goulburn, Thirroul, Kincumber and Katoomba. Newcastle has already SOLD OUT and a second date is now on sale at Lizottes on Wednesday 26 November.

 

Melbourne-via-Warrnambool singer/songwriter and regular Josh Pyke tour partner, Jackson McLaren will open for the Victorian leg of the tour. Jackson McLaren & his band The Triple Threat have been riding the success of their debut full-length Songs To Greet The Dawn, which was released last May. Produced by John Castle (Josh Pyke, Washington, Gossling) the album maps the development of one of Australia’s most exciting young songwriters.

For the NSW leg, Sydney-based Jordan Léser will join the tour, who’s songs are arrows aimed straight to the heart. Her sense of place is evocative, her gift for melody arresting and her compositions reminiscent of her heroines – Kate Bush and Loreena McKennitt. Jordan’s shows are known for their intimate, spellbinding quality – fusing haunting vocals, exquisite musicianship and unforgettable choruses. Leser’s debut single ‘Brother Moon‘ premiered across the country on triple j with a video clip by award winning director Adam Callan (Thundamentals / Birds of Tokyo / Grinspoon).

 

The Lone Wolf tour has been a year-long pilgrimage for Pyke, selling out capital city theatres in February and March, followed by an extension on demand to another 12 towns and regional centres mid-way through the year. Somewhere in between, Pyke has managed to circle the country with the The Beatles White Album Concert and find time to campaign and perform via his project Busking For Change to collect desperately needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Pyke has exceeded his goal of raising $50,000 for ILF through Busking for Change events over the past five-years.

 

Pyke’s  career has taken him around the world and over the course of a 10 year career, he still climbs, releasing the ARIA-nominated and  album, The Beginning And The End of Everything last year, featuring the lead single ‘Leeward Side‘. These shows will be the very last chance to see Josh Pyke’s carefully curated Lone Wolf solo set, and the last shows as part of The Beginning And The End Of Everything album touring.

JOSH PYKE
THE LAST OF THE LONE WOLF TOUR

THU 20 NOV | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.theroyalc.com.au | 03 5472 1196

FRI 21 NOV | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 22 NOV | BARWON CLUB, GEELONG VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 23 NOV | THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

WED 26 NOV | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW - NEW SHOW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066 | From the venue direct

THU 27 NOV | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW - SOLD OUT
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066 | From the venue direct

FRI 28 NOV | THE ASTOR HOTEL, GOULBURN NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 29 NOV | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 30 NOV | LIZOTTES, KINCUMBER NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4368 2017

FRI 12 DEC | BAROQUE, KATOOMBA NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 

S A S K W A T C H

Saskwatch have premiered the brand new video for current single ‘Call Your Name’ via NYC based publication Bullet Magazine overnight and to celebrate have announced their debut US tour dates and CMJ Music Week appearance.    

The nine-piece Melbourne based band will make their first ever trip over to the USA in October to play a string of very special shows as a part of the CMJ Music Week in New York, they will also play two special shows in LA and San Francisco. Full US tour information & dates can be found below. Upon returning to Australia in early November Saskwatch will also play a short run of homecoming shows. The first will be at the NGV in Melbourne on Friday 7th November celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautlier.

Following that the Saskwatch will head to Brisbane to play at the opening night of brand new Brisbane venue Triffid on Saturday 8th November. The band will then cap off what has been a very huge year of touring with an appearance at the Mullum Music Festival on Friday 21st November.

 

SASKWATCH
NEW AUSTRALIAN SHOW DATES

FRIDAY 07 NOVEMBER
Celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
Melbourne Great Hall @ NGV, Melbourne, VIC 

SATURDAY 08 NOVEMBER
Celebrating the opening night of new Brisbane venue 

Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER
MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mullumbimby, NSW

D J – M I T S U – T H E – B E A T S

 

The Red Bull Music Academy (RMBA) takes its Club Night series around the country once again this September with Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats kicking off the event. Repped by the Jazzy Sport crew out of Tokyo, the host city for this year’s RBMA takeover, DJ Mitsu brings over a decade of experience and a command of hip-hop and house grooves down under. We had the privilege of chatting to him about all things beats, collaborations and the RBMA.

 

You’ve probably been asked this question a million times, but for your Australian fans can you tell us where the name DJ Mitsu the Beats comes from?

It was inspired by another DJ that I liked that went by the name ‘DJ Mitsu’ and I thought my mission was making good beats so I added ‘the Beats’.

 

Where in Japan are you from and how long have you been DJing?

I’m originally from the city called Asahikawa in Hokkaido Pref. And I’ve been DJing for 20 years or so.

 

What was it about DJing and beat making that sparked your interest?

I saw a DJ battle on TV and from there I started practicing scratch and tricks everyday. I just love experimenting with different beats and pushing music in new and exiting directions.

 

How would you describe your music?

Some people describe my music as kinda ‘jazzy’ but my style and flavours keep changing and evolving so I find it hard to describe as one genre or even a mixed genre.

 

Prior to getting involved with the Red Bull Music Academy did you know much about it?

Yeah, I knew some pretty amazing artists globally were involved. I’d been checking various artists doing lectures with RBMA…and Red Bull did basecamp with young local beat-makers in my hood (in Sendai city) where I performed at the after party. Also, I did an interview with RBMA UK (London) when I was there for tour and did some live DJ stream programs for RBMA New Zealand (Auckland)… so other than being aware of other artists who have been involved – I’ve come in contact with RBMA personally a fair bit.

 

What is the most exciting part about touring with the Red Bull Music Academy?

Connecting and communicating with various artists. I’m especially excited to meet COIN BANKS and HAZEL this time.

 

Is this your first time in Australia?

Yes this is my first time.

 

What are you most excited to see and do whilst you’re in Australia

The great nature and Uluru!

 

What kind of beats have you been working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m making beats that are techno-influenced with a downtempo. which means I spin a lot when I’m DJing.

 

Who would you love to collaborate within the next year?

HAZEL!

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As always the RBMA is a free event but RSVPs are essential. Head online to RSVP your spot now.

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY presents DJ MITSU THE BEATS

Wednesday 24th September: Sugar, Adelaide, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ross McHenry + Ferris Mular + Big Bubba

Thursday 25th September: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 8pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Suburban Dark (Live)
Shantan Wantan Ichiban + Mako

Friday 26th September: Boney, Melbourne, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Keito (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Cazeaux Oslo (Live)
Hazel (Live) + Kano + Aux-One

Saturday 27th September: The Bird, Perth, 7pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ben Taffe & Ben M (Move)
Henry Sims & Henry Maxwell
(Untitled Sound Alliance).

S B T R K T

Electronic muso, SBTRKT has collaborated with director Fons Schiedon to create a unique animated video for the track NEW DORP. NEW YORK. (feat. Ezra Koenig). The video sees the creature that graces the cover of Wonder Where We Land come to life, and roam through the surreal, shadow filled streets of an imagined American metropolis.

In addition, SBTRKT follows a run of new material with the release of The Light feat. Denai Moore, ahead of his much-anticipated second album Wonder Where We Land, which is set to be released this Friday 26th September on Young Turks / Remote Control. Listen to the latest track below.

SBTRKT will be in Australia later this Summer for the Falls Music & Arts Festival and Southbound.