For the first time, Ryan West – otherwise known as Rival Consoles – will be showcasing his eclectic and expressive stylings in his very own Australian headline shows. Promising an invigorating display of spellbinding sonic and visual production, intertwining to tell the story of his latest emotive album, Persona has been labelled by The Australian as “An incredibly rewarding listen, due in no small part to how essentially unknowable and timeless it is“. West will bring his captivating show to Australia for three very special shows in November.
Recorded at his studio in south-east London, Persona benefits from Ryan’s exploration of a dynamic production process that combines analogue-heavy synthesizers, acoustic and electric instruments with a shoegaze-level obsession with effect pedals. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name, the project represents an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us, the … Read More »
Following latest single ‘Lake George‘, recently dubbed “a world teeming with quiet musical contemplation” by Pitchfork with support via BBC6, Triple R, RTRFM, Apple Music Jazz and more, Sydney-based “post-everything” quintet Tangents today announce the of launch their forthcoming album ‘New Bodies‘ via national tour this July and August, including dates at Bellingen Winter Music Festival. ‘New Bodies‘ is out June 15 via Temporary Residence Ltd.
Experimenting with a traditional live format for the first official time, Tangents will unfurl ‘New Bodies‘ before audiences in its recorded form, stitched together by the skittering pulses and curving sighs of improvisation that are quintessential to the band. Across their eleven dates in July, August and September that span six states and territories, Tangents will launch their much-anticipated album, supported by local artists who share their exploratory spirit such as Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell, Assad, Last Days Of Kali, Grievous Bodily Calm, Harmony, Godtet and many … Read More »
Amanda Palmer is returning to the U.K. for an intimate limited engagement run of old blighty’s smaller cities. This is her first U.K. music tour since her last official album release, 2012’s critically acclaimed and Kickstarter-funded “Theatre is Evil.”
“I’m still working on and honing material for a new solo piano record, and it’s an incredibly personal piano mess of birth and death and dark humor. Playing these songs for audiences is giving me the roadmap about how to record them, and I’ve always wanted to explore the deeper U.K. cities. Since Neil (Gaiman, Palmer’s husband) and I are basing ourselves in London this spring while he works on Good Omens for the BBC, this is the time.”
“A fearless one-woman creative typhoon.” The Guardian
Shows and Tickets
Friday 4 May
The Sage, Gateshead UK
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Sunday 6 May
Birmingham Town Hall UK
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Kaki King Tours Landmark Work,
“The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body”,
An Innovative Multimedia Performance
Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body” is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist through virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. This groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.
“More than anything the process of creating this music has proven to me once again that the guitar really does the speaking, and I’m just the interpreter.” –Kaki King
“The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body” was … Read More »
Australia’s favourite electric string quartet, FourPlay, return today with a rocking new single and stack of tour dates to celebrate. Featuring original track ‘Bound’, the digital-only single also includes three archival remixes of FourPlay songs.
With five albums plus a double remix album under their belts, FourPlay started their career wowing audiences at festivals and sell-out headline shows with radical reinventions of popular songs, covering everyone from Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine to Sufjan Stevens and Leonard Cohen. Their last release (2014’s This Machine) was the first to feature 100% original material composed by the four members: brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge, and Shenzo Gregorio.
Their single ‘Bound’ is classic FourPlay, a cut that’s got it all: a big dirty riff that pushes and pulls, urgent and soaring vocals, a deeply melodic chorus, and a crazed viola solo to … Read More »
The Garifuna culture has been shaped over centuries by their mixed ethnicity and location, their music an intoxicating mixture of African rhythm and Latin American grooves.
In 2001 UNESCO, officially proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna people of Central America as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’
The Garifuna Collective are carrying the torch of their unique culture into the future, expanding on the story of this fascinating community, which is struggling to retain its unique language, music, and traditions in the face of globalization.
The band consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene of Belize. They bring together the deep cultural roots of Garifuna music, mixed with modern grooves, arrangements, and instruments. Unique hand drums, turtle shells and jawbones, guitars and bass are all used. The musicians create a powerful energy on … Read More »
Formed in 1979, Tinariwen have journeyed far and wide in recent years, expanding their audiences across five continents with hundreds of concerts honing their skills to a fine point. Hailing collectively from Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, the band has throughout this time found themselves exiled from their home desert region due to increasing political instability. As a result of this, they are a musical phenomena of truly universal calibre.
In M’Hamid El Ghizlane – the oasis town in southern Morocco – Tinariwen are heroes for real. So much so that the youth of the area know how to sing their songs in the same way that people in other parts of the world know how to sing the Stones or Led Zep. It was there, in that oasis in southern Morocco, close by the … Read More »
“Like a vast sound-mass suspended in vibrating, seething stillness, its colour and luminosity changing slowly”
TELEGRAPH, (UK), 5* REVIEW OF LONDON CONCERT
“…Entirely new and entirely now…They produce a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals…. Their music is a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown.”
THE GUARDIAN (UK)
After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful tour of the US, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times – The Necks, Australia’s legendary artists-in-resonance, return in February and March to perform a run of east coast dates and mix their new album which is scheduled for release later in the year.
Saturday 3 February
Music By The Sea
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Sunday 4 February
Riverside … Read More »
“The best rock’n’roll band in the world” – THE INDEPENDENT
“Album of the Year & African Artist of the Year” – BBC RADIO 3 AWARDS, 2008
9/10 “Ba Power feels like another dramatic leap forward and a further landmark in the integration of African tribal rhythms and western rock’n’roll” –UNCUT
Malian legend Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are one of the most exciting acts in African music today, and Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce their return to Australia in 2018 with appearances at Sydney Festival and their first Victorian headline shows at Howler in Melbourne on Thursday 18 January with support from the Senegambian Jazz Band and the Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday 20 January.
As one of the world’s best ngoni player (an ancient form of lute), Kouyaté’s no traditionalist: he plays as if it were a rock instrument, adding electric guitar effects like distortion and wah-wah pedals. Kouyaté’s band Ngoni Ba (in the Bambara language “ba” means both “strong” and “group”) is fronted … Read More »
Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born on January 1, 1980, in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Adagh Tuareg federation. His father is a car mechanic and his mother takes care of the home, as is the Tuareg tradition. Bombino was raised as a Muslim and taught to consider honor, dignity and generosity as principal tenets of life.
The Tuareg, known amongst themselves as the Kel Tamasheq, have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert – as a people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation. They are a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against … Read More »