In brief: Laurel Halo, Courtney Barnett, SLAM Day 2013, The Tucker B’s

– Brooklyn-based electronic producer Laurel Halo has cancelled her upcoming Australian tour due to unforeseen circumstances. This includes her scheduled performance at Sugar Mountain alongside Dirty Projectors, Collarbones, ESG, Peanut Butter Wolf and more. The festival, commencing on January 19 at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne, is set to release another lineup announcement soon.

– Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has just been announced as support for Willis Earl Beal on his debut Australian tour. Barnett’s debut EP I’ve Got A Friend Named Emily Ferris combines a mesh of garage pop, country and folk and has gained her quite a following. The Chicago-born Willis Earl Beal will be bringing his lo-fi blend of soul and folk to Australia in January for Falls Festival and two intimate performances in Melbourne and Sydney.

Willis Earl Beal supported by Courtney Barnett tour dates:

Wednesday, January 2 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Thursday, January 3 – Goodgod, Sydney

– The Tucker B’s are getting together for a rare performance in Sydney tomorrow (December 21). They’ll headline the annual Christmas gig for online magazine Polaroids of Androids at Petersham Bowling Club, along with Matt Banaham of No Through Road and Unity Floors. The Tucker B’s will be previewing some new material, along with tracks from their back catalogue which includes 2009’s Nightmares in the Key of (((((WOW))))). Review here.

SLAM Day is returning for 2013. The biggest celebration of live music and small gigs in Australia will take place on February 23 on the anniversary of Save Live Australia’s Music rally in 2009, which saw 20,000 people march through Melbourne to protest government policy linking live music to violence. The first ever SLAM Day, held in February this year, comprised of more than 150 gigs nation-wide. Registrations for SLAM Day 2013 are now open, and each state will be competing to be crowned the home of Australia’s live music. You can read all about the highlights from this year’s SLAM Day here