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Hot Chip, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, Sarah Blasko, Tweedy and a massive stack of other acts have announced summer tour dates

Hot Chip

Hot Chip are returning to Australia to play Sugar Mountain festival touring their new album Why Make Sense? and that new EP featuring their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’. But the festival won’t be the only date on their tour with the five-piece also locking in headline shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and a gig at the Sydney Opera House. Fellow Sugar Mountain tourist Empress Of will take on the support duties at select shows.

Friday 22 January : Sydney Opera House, Sydney 
Sunday 24 January: 170 Russell, Melbourne w/ Touch Sensitive
Tuesday 26 January: The Tivoli, Brisbane w/ Empress Of and Touch Sensitive
Friday 29 January: Arts Centre, Fremantle w/ Empress Of and Touch Sensitive


Sleater-Kinney

After nearly a decade working on other projects including Portlandia, Wild Flag and solo careers Sleater-Kinney have reunited and released a new album No Cities To Love earlier this year. They’ll be returning to Australia for the fists time since the 2006 Big Day Out tour to play at the Golden Plains festival and a run of headline dates that includes three shows in Melbourne and an appearance at the Sydney Opera House.

Wednesday, March 2 – Piaf Festival Gardens, Perth
Friday, March 4 – Hq, Adelaide W/ Ouch My Face
Saturday, March 5 – Triffid, Brisbane W/ Bloods
Sunday, March 6 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney w/ U.S Girls
Wednesday, March 9 – The Croxton, Melbourne w/ Dark Fair
Thursday, March 10 – The Croxton, Melbourne w/ Ouch My Face 
Friday, March 11 – The Croxton, Melbourne w/ U.S Girls


Cat Power

Since her first visit to Australia back in 1997 when she recorded her breakthrough Moon Pix album with Dirty Three drummer Jim White and guitarist Mick Turner, Cat Power has been a regular visitor. In February 2016 she’s heading back here for a series of solo performances on the east coast ahead of new album that will be the followup to 2012’s Sun.

Friday, February 5 – Recital Hall, Sydney
Saturday, February 6 – Space Theatre, Adelaide
Monday, February 8 – Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tuesday, February 9 – Recital Centre, Melbourne
Wednesday, February 10 – Capital Theatre, Bendigo
Friday, February 12 – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane
Saturday, February 13 – Star Court Theatre, Lismore


Sarah Blasko

Fresh from a one-off album preview show at the Opera House in Sydney, Sarah Blasko has announced a national tour to promote her new album Eternal Return with support from special guests Jack Colwell and Lupa J. Blasko recorded Eternal Return at the Grove Studios an hour north of Sydney with producer Burke Reid and has described the album as “quite a departure” from 2012’s I Awake album.

Wednesday, April 6 – The Abbey Canberra
Thursday, April 7 – Anita’s Theatre Wollongong
Friday, April 8 – Enmore Theatre Sydney
Saturday, April 9 – City Hall Newcastle
Friday, April 15 – The Tivoli Brisbane
Friday, April 22 – Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo
Saturday, April 23 – The Forum Melbourne
Friday, April 29 – Norwood Concert Hall Adelaide
Saturday, April 30 – Astor Theatre Perth


Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell has said that the sound of his new album Something More Than Free is something akin to Lynyrd Cohen. “It’s less of a tell-all, rip-your-heart-out-and-put-it-on-the-table record,” guitarist Sadler Vaden from Isbell’s band 400 Unit told Rolling Stone. Isbell and his band The 400 Unit, will return to Australia in March to play dates in Melbourne, Bendigo, Sydney and Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

Tuesday,  March 29 – Recital Hall, Melbourne
Thursday, March 31 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Sunday, April 3 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney


Tweedy

Tweedy, made up of Wilco founding member and leader Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy, will embark their first ever Australian tour in March for an appearance at Bluesfst plus tress sideshows. They’ll be supported in Melbourne and Sydney by Those Pretty Wrongs featuring Big Star’s Jody Stephens along with Luther Russell of the Freewheelers.

Sunday, March 20 – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
Monday, March 21 – Recital Hall, Melbourne w/Those Pretty Wrongs
Tueaday, March 22 – Factory Theatre, Sydney w/ Those Pretty Wrongs


The Decemberists

Touring their seventh album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and a collection of b-sides from the recording sessions – the 5-song EP titled Florasongs – The Decemberists will return to Australia in March to play at Bluesfest and a pair of headline sideshows.

Tuesday, March 29 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne w/ Shakey Graves
Wednesday, March 30 – Opera House, Sydney


Raury

19-year-old genre-blurring performer Raury has been added to A$AP Rocky’s Australian tour as the very special opening act. Raury appeared on SBTRKT’s 2014 album Wonder Where We Land and released his own debut record All We Need – which features collaborations with RZA, Big K.R.I.T., Tom Morello – in October.

Wednesday, February 17 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (AA)
Thursday, February 18 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (18+)
Sunday, February 21 – Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide (AA)
Thursday, February 25 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (AA)
Sunday, February 28 – Metro City, Perth (18+)

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