May 302014
Two of Australasia’s most exciting young musicians will join forces this July and August for a co-headline tour across the country.
Singer-songwriters Melody Pool, hailing from the Hunter Valley, NSW and Marlon Williams originally from Christchurch, NZ will treat audiences to their outstanding individual talents for a run of shows that are certain to captivate audiences everywhere.
Melody Pool sings Marlon Williams’ ‘Heaven For You (Prison For Me)’
Marlon Williams sings Melody Pool’s ‘Pretty Little End’
The Hurting Scene is one of the most accomplished debuts by an Australian singer-songwriter for many years,” wrote Iain Shedden about Melody Pools’ debut album in The Australian.
Melody has spent the last 12 months touring the World including a sold-out tour of the UK and Europe with The Milk Carton Kids, and also the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. In  June Melody will join Gabrielle Aplin on her Heavenly Sounds shows in both Brisbane and Sydney.
 Described as “the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt”, Marlon Williams is a 2-time New Zealand Music Award winning singer-songwriter touted by Rhythms Magazine as the “Artist To Watch” in 2014.

Living up to the hype, Williams featured on SBS’ Rockwiz last week and has been announced as main support for the First Aid Kit tour in July. He also performed at the Sydney Opera House in April for TEDx Sydney alongside Megan Washington and Lior.

‘Strange Things’ (released 28 May) is the first single from Williams’ debut solo album, due for release in October. Lilting, quirky, beautiful and haunting, ‘Strange Things’ offers a taste of Williams dark sense of humour, and ability to find magic in the morbid.

Background info Melody Pool 
Melody Pool is a young artist with an old soul.
Her debut album, The Hurting Scene, sends the listener time-travelling to coffee houses in the late ’60s, with songs reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.
Crowdfunding enabled Melody to make The Hurting Scene in Nashville with producers Jace Everett and Brad Jones. 
After releasing the album independently, Melody signed to Mushroom Music Publishing & Liberation Music who re-released The Hurting Scene in July 2013. 
Tales of lost love, infidelity and asserting independence, The Hurting Scene contains a dozen original songs that are beguiling and bittersweet. “I’m in love,” Melody sings, “and you’re to blame.”
Jace Everett said simply: “The Hurting Scene will break your heart.” Melody dedicated the album “to anyone living on the hurting scene”. 
Background info Marlon Williams 
Williams first came to recognition in New Zealand at only 17, fronting acclaimed alt-country band The Unfaithful Ways. They supported Justin Townes Earle and Band of Horses, featured on an internationally released Townes Van Zandt compilation and were nominated for the Critics Choice award at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. Showing a willingness to push boundaries, Williams then joined Delaney Davidson for a series of duet albums titled “Sad But True – The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting”, winning the New Zealand Country Album and Country Song of the Year in 2013. 

Relocating to Melbourne in July 2013, Williams built a word of mouth following performing a 2-month residency at the Yarra Hotel and supporting the likes of Robert Ellis (US), Jordie Lane and Wagons.  

Tickets on sale Wednesday 28 May from or  
Thu 17 Jul   Beav’s Bar | Geelong, VIC    (18+)
Fri 18 Jul Leaps & Bounds Festival | 
Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC     (18+)
Sat 19 Jul  Caravan Music Club | Oakleigh, VIC (18+)
Sun 20 Jul  Major Tom’s | Kyneton, VIC  (18+)
Thu 24 Jul  Grand Poobah | Hobart, TAS (18+)
Fri 25 Jul Royal Oak Hotel | Launceston, TAS  (18+)
Sat 26 Jul  The Wheatsheaf Hotel | Adelaide, SA (18+)
Sat 2 Aug Newtown Social Club | Sydney, NSW  (18+)
Sun 3 Aug Lizotte’s | Newcastle, NSW (18+)
Wed 6 Aug Armidale Club | Armidale, NSW (18+)
Thu 7 Aug  Black Bear Lodge | Brisbane, QLD  (18+)
Fri 8 Aug  St Martin’s Parish Hall | Mullumbimby, NSW (18+)
Sat 9 Aug  No. 5 Church Street | Bellingen, NSW   (18+)
Sun 10 Aug  Lizotte’s | Central Coast, NSW  (18+)
Tue 12 Aug  The Front Gallery | Canberra, ACT (18+)
Thu 14 Aug   Ararat Hotel | Ararat, VIC  (18+)
Fri 15 Aug  Harvester Moon | Bellarine, VIC  (18+)
Sat 16 Aug  Baby Black Café | Bacchus Marsh, VIC  (18+)
Sun 17 Aug Bridge Hotel | Castlemaine, VIC  (18+)
Sat 23 Aug  X-Wray Café | Fremantle, WA   (18+)
Sun 24 Aug  Settler’s Tavern | Margaret River, WA   (18+)
Tue 26 Aug Ellington Jazz Club | Perth, WA  (18+)
May 292014
Smith Street Dreaming
One Street, Many Mobs, One Community
A special event as part of the 
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 
Saturday 19 July from 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Smith Street cnr Stanley Street, Collingwood
Smith Street Dreaming is about celebrating all that is good about the local community.
It is about promoting awareness of Aboriginal culture and building strong relationships with each other. It is about one street, many mobs and one strong and connected community.
The incomparable Archie Roach will perform live in the heart of Collingwood to help Smith Street Dreaming celebrate its second year. Archie will be joined by MC Uncle Jack Charles and a line up including Joe Geia, Deline Briscoe, Nikki Ashby and Crystal Mercy.
Smith Street Dreaming is a collaborative effort shared between community members and local organisations based on and around Smith Street. Supporters include: Neighbourhood Justice Centre, City of Yarra, Victoria Police, the Salvation Army, Co-Health, Department of Justice, Smith Street Business Association, Eastern Health and Charcoal Lane.
Other features include a Welcome to Country and traditional dancers, a streetscape, seating, wet weather cover and a ceremonial fire. A free BBQ will also be provided.
No alcohol will be available for purchase and Smith Street Dreaming has a no alcohol policy.
In 2014, Leaps and Bounds Live Music Festival runs from 4th – 20th July with a program that showcases Yarra’s iconic live music venues. The festival will include talks, tours and workshops, an all ages’ event, and gigs in numerous participating venues.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri as the first owners of this country. Today they are still the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land. Further to this, Council acknowledges there are other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have lived, worked and contributed to the cultural heritage of Yarra.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS 106.7 FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
Archie Roach Pic
May 292014

  Damon Smith is deliriously happy to finally launch ‘It’s Time To Let The Wolves Out’, the debut single and from his shiny new soon-to-be released album on Thursday, 10 July from 8pm at Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, as part of the Leaps & Bounds Music Festival. ‘It’s Time To Let The Wolves Out’ enters the room with strut and swagger, [more]

May 262014

Don’t miss your chance to look inside a ‘Melbourne Music Landmark’, Bakehouse Studios!   11am Saturday July 12th   If you’ve always wanted to look inside the studios where your favourite musicians hone their craft, here’s your chance. A secret place where The walls of drip with the history of Australian music, where the likes [more]

May 202014
Kelly Menhennett releases 'Small Dreams' - a big album – through MGM / The Planet Company – 6 June

South Australian singer songwriter Kelly Menhennett is excited to present her big, beautiful new twelve-song album ‘Small Dreams’, out through MGM The Planet Company on the 6th of June and launching on the 31st of May at The Promethean, Adelaide and followed by more national tour dates in July and August. After early days performing at a local club [more]

May 022014

Body Art aficionados rejoice! The annual non-profit MBAX Melbourne Body Art Xpo is back for their 6th huge year in 2014 with the theme “Out of the Ashes.” Artists are invited to share their creative visions by painting whatever associations they make within the “Out Of The Ashes” theme onto human canvases. It’s free to [more]