While you were away … Xylouris White have picked up three supports slots to PJ Harvey on her Australian tour, generated 4 & 5 star reviews in the Guardian, London Evening Standard, Mojo, Uncut, Songlines and more … landed a Taiwanese tour, been picked up by the great Jonathan Richman to be special guests for a rare U.S. appearance – oh … and they are playing Womadelaide and Woodford Folk Festival plus headline shows in Sydney & Melbourne this December. More info and ticketing right here.
Support acts for the Australian leg of Dinosaur Jr have finally been decided with Dino main man J Mascis making the call on Melbourne via New York duo Luluc for all shows bar one Melbourne performance (local lads Flour have picked up that one). For a dose of what to expect from Luluc check this recent In Studio performance for Seattle based radio station KEXP. Remaining tickets for Dinosaur Jr on sale here.
He’s a favourite of Henry Rollins (“Ian is a genius”), Ian Mckaye, In The Red Records and Feel Presents! He is Ian Svenonius, the mastermind behind Washington DC acts Nation Of Ulysses and The Make Up, cultural agitator beyond reproach, DJ, TV host, author and one of the world’s great front men and he returns to Australia this March in his most engaging guise yet; Chain & The Gang. “Chain & the Gang are singular, terrifying, unparalleled. Not only the most ferocious live combo ever witnessed but also the world’s ONLY anti-liberty rock ’n’ roll group. Their motto? “Down with Liberty … Up with Chains!”. See them live @ the Golden Plains Festival or headline shows in Sydney & Melbourne. On-sale now.
“A great album by a great band” – Sunnyboys perform their classic debut album SUNNYBOYS live and in its entirety, plus other favourites drawn from their breakout year of 1981, this February. “There are other Australian albums as great as Sunnyboys 1981 debut, Sunnyboys. There aren’t any that are better.” – Noel Mengel Guests include Flaming Hands, Shy Impostors, X, The Celibate Rifles & Ed Kuepper. On-sale now!
And speaking of the Bard of the North … Ed Kuepper takes to the road presenting his very popular Solo & By Request show for select performances in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne this Dec / January while Hobart, Perth and the Gold Coast catch a rare performance by Ed and sidekick Mark Dawson, the mighty duo responsible the aching Everything I’ve Got and The Way I Made You Feel. You gonna miss it? Tickets here.
While we have your attention lets hear Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes wax lyrical about the impact of seeing Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers live in NYC, as a fifteen year old, had on his career “It was confirming and transforming, the most powerful rock ‘n’ roll experience I have ever had”. Hear the full conversation via podcast High Fidelity.