BRAND NEW: Chance Waters – “Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue”

Chance Waters - Maybe Tomorrow

“Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue” is the second single from Chance Waters’ soon-to-be-released sophomore album Infinity. The Australian hip-hop artist – previously known as Phatchance – has been working hard on drumming up support for the impending release, and if this is anything to go by, the album is going to be a strong one. Filled with bright keys and Blue’s excellent chorus vocals, Chance takes small cracks at hippies, vampire dramas, and technology. The resulting juxtaposition only adds to the song’s charm.

Take a listen to it below, and if you click through to YouTube, you can check out the lyrics in the description.

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BRAND NEW: jj – “Beautiful Life”

jj - Beautiful Life

jj are a Swedish pop duo, and “Beautiful Life” is the name of their newest track. As the title suggest, it’s quite beautiful. jj are known for their blissful, floating, hazy pop music, and that’s exactly what they deliver here. It manages to sound so unaware and spontaneous, yet still retain that crafted drive and pulse.

The single – titled jj n° 4 – is set for release on May 8 digitally and on 7″ via Sincerely Yours and Secretly Canadian, and will contain another new track called “Burn”.

Have a listen below and get your free download!

BRAND NEW/TOUR: Diafrix – “Running It”

Diafrix

You thought “Simple Man” was good? Daniel Merriweather sure did an excellent job on the guest vocals for that one, but wow – take a listen to this!

Hearing “Running It” for the first time is almost akin to the first time I heard Underworld’s “Scribble” – it’s a pretty special feeling. The production sounds so crisp and balanced, thanks to the work from Styalz Fuego. The composition lands on this beautiful divide between toe-tapping dance and a subtle melancholy. This has so much potential to be a hit for 2012 – and if it isn’t remixed the hell out of by the end of the year, I’ll eat my metaphorical hat. You’d do well to get on it now.

They’ve also announced the “Running to Shine Tour”, alongside Joelistics (also of renowned hip-hop group TZU!), and will be going all around the country in March! Check out the dates below.

Friday 9 March – The Annandale, Sydney (18+)
Tickets from http://www.annandalehotel.com / 02 9550 1078

Saturday 10 March – Great Northern, Newcastle (18+)
Tickets http://www.oztix.com.au

Sunday 11 March – Transit Bar, Canberra (18+)
Tickets from http://www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday 17 March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets from http://www.cornerhotel.com

Saturday 24/25 March – The Hills Are Alive Festival, Victoria (Aa)
Tickets from http://www.thehillsarealive.com.au

Thursday 29 March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury (18+)
Tickets from http://www.heatseeker.com.au & http://www.oztix.com.au

Friday 30 March – Bar 120, Hillarys, Wa (18+)
Tickets from http://www.heatseeker.com.au & http://www.oztix.com.au

Saturday 31 March – Hyde Park Hotel, Perth (18+)
Tickets from http://www.heatseeker.com.au & http://www.oztix.com.au

Sunday 1 April – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle (18+)
Tickets from http://www.heatseeker.com.au & http://www.oztix.com.au

Thursday 5 April – The Gov, Adelaide (18+)
Tickets from http://www.thegov.com.au & http://www.venuetix.com.au

Sunday 8 April – Republic Bar, Hobart (18+)
Tickets from http://www.republicbar.com.au & http://www.moshtix.com.au

Thursday 12 April – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay (18+)
FREE SHOW

Friday 13 April – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane (18+)
Tickets from http://www.oztix.com.au

Saturday 14 April – Sol Bar, Maroochydore (18+)
Tickets from http://www.oztix.com.au

VIDEO/TOUR: Jebediah – “Battlesong”

To celebrate the launch of their latest single and video, “Battlesong”, Aussie rockers Jebediah have just announced a few more dates around the country (yes, more! They’re touring right now too!). That’s dedication. Check out the tour details below.

Thu 10 Nov – Metropolis, Fremantle WA
Thu 17 Nov – Billboard The Venue, Melbourne VIC
Fri 18 Nov –  Fowlers Live, Adelaide SA
Sat 19 Nov – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Fri 25 Nov – HiFi, Brisbane QLD

Tickets are on sale Monday, the 22nd of August.

Check out the brand new video for “Battlesong” below. Full of lots of live shots, it captures the energy and atmosphere of their performances.

TOUR: The Panda Band

A short while ago, Perth’s bright indie rockers known as The Panda Band released their sophomore effort Charisma Weapon. An even shorter while ago, they announced a whole range of tour dates in support of their new album. I’m a bit slow on this announcement, but there’s still quite a few dates left. You can expect a full review of their live show up after I see them at ANU!

Until then, grab free single “The Fix” over here at their BandCamp page. It’s a poppy, fun little track, and it’s free so you can’t really go wrong.

Check out the remaining dates and venues below:

Wed 10th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thu 11th August – The Vault, Windsor, NSW
Fri 12th August – Northern Star, Newcastle, NSW
Sat 13th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Wed 17th August – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Thu 18th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Fri 19th August – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sat 20th August – Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA
Fri 26th August – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth, WA
Fri 2nd September – Player’s Bar, Mandurah, WA

BRAND NEW/TOUR: Drawn From Bees – “Of Walls and Teeth”

Brisbane rockers Drawn From Bees have only just released their latest single “Of Walls and Teeth”, and you can take a listen to it right over here! It’s the first single from the bands sophomore album, The May King and His Paper Crown, which is set for release in 2012. Drawn From Bees bring together some fairly conventional guitar sounds on this single (the solos are neat though), but it’s the cool use of vocal melodies and harmonies that really make it stand out.

You can pre-order the single on iTunes from the 12th of August, and it’s officially available on the 26th.

Lately the band have toured the US (even got in a few shows at SXSW!), and they’ve just announced a set of Australian dates throughout October.

Check them out on tour if you get a chance.

Sat 1 Oct – Yah Yahs, Fitzroy
Sat 8 Oct – Masquerade Ball @ The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Sun 9 Oct – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
Sat 15 Oct – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney
Fri 21 Oct – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Sat 22 Oct – Restless @ The Loft, Gold Coast
Wed 26 Oct – Nanna Night @ Vinyl Bar, West End
Sat 29 Oct – The Railway Club, Darwin

Just to whet your appetite with another song of theirs (this is one of my favourites), here’s a great video from the band.

FEATURE: Is everyone getting ready to take back Sunday?

So I may be almost a month late with this, but the new single from Taking Back Sunday has been released. It’s called “Faith (When I Let You Down)”, and I’m pretty excited.

It sounds like one of the most anthemic songs I’ve heard from them, and for once some of the YouTube commenters have a point – some of it does sound 30-Seconds-to-Mars-esque, which is interesting for two reasons.

After returning to the 2001 lineup that crafted Tell All Your Friends, there was talk of the band returning to their “roots”, and moving away from some of the poppier sounds found on their latest LP New Again.

The first track to premiere from the new album was “El Paso”, and it certainly sounded much more raw and vicious, strengthening my belief this would be a completely new record.

But then “Faith (When I Let You Down)” changed that. I’m personally cool with both sides of the band, so this isn’t really bothering me, but it should be pretty obvious to anyone who listens that both tracks are very different.

Is it possible to get both worlds with this new release? I wouldn’t be complaining.

Take a listen yourself below. Taking Back Sunday’s fifth LP (which is self-titled by the way) comes out on the 28th of June.