It feels like we’ve been swooning over Angie McMahon’s perfect catalogue for a lifetime, so it’s almost hard to believe that it’s only been a couple of years. In super exciting news, her debut album (which we are predicting to be an album of the year contender) will be in our ears before the month is out. To go alongside the announce, Angie has also blessed us with the story behind album track ‘And I Am A Woman’. While not an ‘official’ single, we are always happy to have more Angie to add to our playlists. The stunning slow-burner showcases her penchant for writing honest, open lyrics while showcasing the absolute scope of her powerful vocal range. A feminist response about a frustrating date, it’s a powerful tale about the fact that everyone deserves to feel safe and respected in their bodies. Angie McMahon will bring her new album to City Recital Hall, Sydney on Friday 4 October and The Tivoli, Brisbane on Saturday 12 October, tickets via Ticketmaster.
Baker Boy – In Control
If you need some daily motivation, Baker Boy is the man for the job. His new single ‘In Control’ is everything we’ve come to love from his music – packed full of energy, Baker Boy delivers powerfully positive bars over a dope beat, with lyrics in both English and his native Yolngu Matha. This time, to really amp the positivity up, he’s even enlisted the help of a children’s choir – it’s truly beautiful stuff. The track is about owning your own path, being brave, and taking charge of your future, something Baker Boy is well and truly doing. We’re feeling better already.
Bene – Glitter
By now you should be well and truly acquainted with Bene, but if not, let us assure you, she is the future of New Zealand pop music. If you don’t believe us yet, take a listen to her debut EP Fire On Marzz. It is chock-full of her R&B-soaked pop gems. ‘Glitter’ is the tune we’re highlighting here. Perfect for a little dancefloor boogey, it showcases everything we’ve fallen in love with about Bene – from her smooth vocal to her slick beats, we’re onto a winner here. If you want to have a good time, look no further.
Billy Davis (ft Jordan Dennis X Kye) – Headspace
Billy Davis has had a huge couple of years. Clocking up performances with the likes of Anderson .Paak and No Name, collaborations with Brockhampton, and even joining Goldlink for his NPR Tiny Desk performance – Billy hasn’t stopped since his debut album A Family Portrait dropped in 2017. Now he’s back with another funky, smooth jam, this one with the help of his mates Jordan Dennis and Kye. On the surface, this track is a fun, catchy way to spend two and a half minutes but the lyrics go much deeper. About looking after your own mental health, and taking some time for yourself, Billy Davis says of the track’s message, “It’s ok to not be ok, but it’s important what you decide to do after acknowledging that.” Continuously pushing his craft forward, we never know what surprises are in store with Billy Davis.
Bugs – Something’s Bound to Go Bad
We have been shouting about Bugs for a long time now, but somehow the Brisbane trio continue to surprise us with just how bloody good they are. And that’s a hard task, because we already think they’re phenomenal. Once again they’re delivering hooks for days, with a tune so catchy you won’t be able to get it out of your head and energy so high you can’t help but jump along. It’s been a pretty huge couple of years for the band, with an EP, sold-out laps around the country, and much-talked-about sets at festivals including Falls, The Hills Are Alive, and Bigsound. From Connor Brooker’s one-man bedroom project to one of our favourite pop-rock bands in the country, we cannot wait for their new album Self Help to drop this September because it means Bugs are well on their way to world domination. Bugs will support Grinspoon around the country this October and November, tickets via Ticketmaster.com.au.
FeelsClub – So Done
They describe their sound as “dancey trash pop” and honestly, we are so here for it. The vocals, the dance-rock vibe, the groove – all of it deserves at least five chef’s kisses. There’s some LCD Sound System here, and a bit of Foals spunk, but at the same time, FeelsClub are delivering a sound that feels so fresh. How does something feel so laid back and so upbeat at the exact same time? So raw but equally just as polished? Thanks to this absolute tune we have taken a deep dive into FeelsClub’s singles and we are never coming out.
Grenade Jumper – Gazed
Two songs in two years and Sydney band Grenade Jumper have firmly cemented themselves on our radar. Who doesn’t love a bit of energetic, upbeat pop-punk? That’s right, everyone does, and Grenade Jumper are delivering a sugary sweet dose right into our earholes with their new single ‘Gazed’. Huge guitars. Tick. Beaut vocals. Tick. Moshpit-pogo-worthy melodies. Big tick. Short, sharp, and absolutely anthemic, if Grenade Jumper are starting some sort of pop-punk revival we are happily jumping on the train.
Handsome – Delete You
We fell in love with Sydney electro-pop artist Handsome when she released her debut EP, No Hat No Play, last year. Now she’s back with, quite possibly, her biggest statement in latest single ‘Delete You’. Equal parts shimmering dance party and heartbreaking sad banger, Handsome has harnessed the perfect happy-sad balance. Her voice is as beautiful as it is captivating and the track is so catchy you’ll be singing along with its hook before your first spin is over. If this is a sign of what we can expect from the next Handsome chapter, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears firmly locked here.
Holy Holy – Frida
The follow-up to Holy Holy’s ridiculously good 2017 record Paint is coming this August (what a treat!) and to celebrate, the band have given us the third taste of what we can expect from their much talked about new sonic direction. New track, ‘Frida’ is named after vocalist Tim Carroll’s daughter. It’s one of the more touching moments we’ve heard in the band’s catalogue, reflecting on gender stereotypes and the way they are forced upon children to control who and what they can be. Overall, the album is set to prove that Holy Holy are more than just a rock band, and all the dreamy, warping layers running throughout ‘Frida’ are making a pretty strong case for that argument. Holy Holy will take their new album on the road this September, October, and November, tickets via Ticketmaster.com.au.
Merpire – Habit
Merpire AKA Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt is an absolute dream, and honestly, we can’t believe we’ve slept on her for so long. On her second single for the year, a little ditty called ‘Habit’, she has well and truly won us over. It’s an absolute indie-pop delight, showcasing the lush warmth of Atkinson’s vocal (seriously, her voice has a quality that’ll reach right into your soul) and featuring some beaut guitars, if you’re only just meeting Merpire, this track is the perfect introduction. It’s been a huge 12 months for her, releasing her debut EP Endless Chatter (which is well worth a dive into once ‘Habit’ has you totally hooked), selling-out some headline shows, and supporting the likes of Angie McMahon, Olympia, Didirri, and Phantastic Ferniture.
The Vanns – Mother
What do you get when you cross laidback coastal vibes, huge catchy hooks, and a stack of luscious hair? For us, the only answer is Kiama indie-rockers The Vanns. On their first single for 2019, ‘Mother’, the four-piece are showing us a whole new side to their sound. Amping up the rock’n’roll, while injecting their indie-rock lean with a heavy dose of classic rock (just you wait until they unleash that solo. Our collective faces are well and truly melted), we couldn’t be more stoked to get a huge dose of this vibe when The Vanns release their long-awaited debut album real soon. They’ve been laying the groundwork for years, but with their new direction, it feels like something is well and truly brewing for The Vanns.
Tulliah – Company
Wow x 1000. Every time we hit play on ‘Company’, we are blown away again. When we first came across Tulliah, we were convinced she was another staple Aussie singer-songwriter that we had somehow let slip us by, but then we found out this gorgeously lush single is, in fact, an entry in triple j Unearthed’s High competition, and now we are truly shook. Her voice is stunning – so strong and assured it’s hard not to be completely transfixed by it. But don’t let the delicate, floating melody slip you by either. This is one of the most confident, self-assured, and impressive debut singles we’ve come across in a long time. Keep an eye on Tulliah, we are predicting very big things for this singer-songwriter.
Ticketmaster and Moshtix headed down to this year's Changes Festival to hear what the industry thinks of the current state of music, and what changes they hope will happen soon.
In this instalment hear from Correne Wilkie, Director of Maven and Muse, Manager of The Cat Empire, and Co-Founder of Super Bloom Festival, Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt and James Seymor (FEELDS) of Merpire & Founder and Managing Director of White Sky, Tom Harris.
Brisbane Festival 2019 is ready to kick off, and they've unveiled an absolutely heaving program of incredible events spread across its three weeks. Here is a rundown of everything you'll find at The Tivoli and Riverstage.