Kimbra Announces New Album ‘Primal Heart’, Previews New Music In Email To Fans

Kimbra Announces New Album ‘Primal Heart’, Previews New Music In Email To Fans

Kimbra has announced that her next album will be released in “early 2018”, and will be titled Primal Heart.

In an email sent to fans today, the New Zealand singer-songwriter says her upcoming third album is her “proudest work yet”, and a new single is “coming soon”.

“I know it’s been WAY too long since I put out new music out so don’t worry, I’m about to change that,” she writes.

“Since releasing [2014 album] The Golden Echo I’ve moved to New York (from Los Angeles) and set myself up a home studio! It’s my happy place/spaceship.

“Feels so good to dedicate a space to producing/writing and making music. It is here that I started to formulate a palette with which to create the next body of work.”

Kimbra says she began “knuckling down” on Primal Heart in January 2016.

“There was a boldness emerging, a new confidence, a sense of maturity, I felt myself become less interested in the decorative maximalism of my past sonic adventures and hunting more for a core emotion that unfolded with texture and mystery,” she says.

She says she began working with producer John Congleton after meeting him in New York while he was there working with Blondie.

“We formulated a band of incredible musicians (more about them another time!) to track demos live and experiment with new ideas over the course of about four days,” she says.

Kimbra also says she’s “so excited to soon get back on tour”, and has shared a behind-the-scenes video about the creation of Primal Heart (including a taste of new music), which you can watch below.

The Golden Echo featured cameos from the likes of Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, John Legend and members of Dillinger Escape Plan and Queens Of The Stone Age. Kimbra was later spotted in the studio with the likes of Skrillex, Miguel and Thundercat.

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ABBA Are Planning To Tour Australia In 2019, But As Holograms

ABBA Are Planning To Tour Australia In 2019, But As Holograms

ABBA are planning to tour Australia again in 2019, but they won’t actually be doing it in the flesh.

The pop icons will tour the country as holograms (or ABBA-tars), as part of a 2019 virtual reality world tour, News Corp Australia reports.

The ‘ABBA DIGITAL’ tour is soon to be a reality — despite all four members of the band still being alive and well — and will supposedly feature the band being projected in front of a real live band.

The group’s vocals will be taken from recordings, possibly even some taken from their 1977 Australian tour. The holograms will also be based on how the band members looked back in 1979.

“It’s perfect. We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs,” ABBA’s Benny Andersson tells News Corp.

“I don’t have to leave my house. If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”

Plans for ‘ABBA DIGITAL’ were announced last year, as part of the band’s plans to tour (well, virtually at least) for the first time in almost 35 years.

ABBA join a long list of artists and celebrities who have been turned into holograms, including the likes of Elvis Presley , Tupac and Ronnie James Dio .

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Chester Bennington’s Wife Shares Home Video Shot A Day Before His Death

Chester Bennington’s Wife Shares Home Video Shot A Day Before His Death

The wife of late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has shared an intimate home video shot a day before his death in July at the age of 41.

Taking to Twitter, Talinda Bennington has prefaced the video by telling followers, “My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I’m showing this so that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood.”

Upon sharing the video, she wrote, “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud”

The clip, which you can watch below, features Chester Bennington sampling some trick jelly beans with his family. After tasting a ‘rotten eggs’-flavoured one, he pretends to be sick, before eventually laughing and smiling at the camera.

Earlier this month, Talinda Bennington also shared a candid family photo taken just days before her husband’s death , saying, “Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know.”

The new home video comes as Chester’s 15-year-old son Draven Bennington (from his ex-wife Samantha Bennington) spoke out about suicide this week, in videos released for National Suicide Prevention Week in the US.

“I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself when I’m feeling depressed, sad or going through a hard week, month or year,” he says in one video, as Linkin Park’s song ‘Numb’ plays in the background.

“I want to challenge you to do the same — to help yourself, not hurt yourself.”

Chester Bennington was laid to rest at a private funeral in July .

If you or anyone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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Watch Divinyls Reunite For A One-Off Show With The Preatures’ Frontwoman On Vocals

Watch Divinyls Reunite For A One-Off Show With The Preatures’ Frontwoman On Vocals

Aussie rock royalty reformed in Perth overnight, when members of Divinyls reunited for a one-off show, with The Preatures ‘ frontwoman Izzi Manfredi stepping in for the late, great Chrissy Amphlett .

On Sunday, the closing night of the Perth Fashion Festival saw Manfredi become the first singer to perform with Divinyls since Amphett’s death in 2013, joining original band members Mark McEntee, Richard Harvey and Rick Grossman (as well as her Preatures bandmate Jack Moffit) for the band’s first live set in almost 10 years.

Together, the band performed classic Divinyls hits like ‘I Touch Myself’, ‘Pleasure And Pain’ and ‘I’ll Make You Happy’, and you can catch crowd-shot footage and photos from the show down below.

Back when the performance was first announced last month , Manfredi said, “We would’ve moved heaven and earth to do this show. My job is to do Chrissy proud here, but also honour the life of the songs and the original lineup. It’s a moment in time.”

Meanwhile, The Preatures are currently touring the country on their ‘Girlhood’ national tour .

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British Rock Icon Paul Weller Announces 2018 Australian Tour Dates

British Rock Icon Paul Weller Announces 2018 Australian Tour Dates

British rock icon and former The Jam frontman Paul Weller has announced a pair of Australian tour dates for 2018.

The Modfather will make his way to Sydney for two huge shows at the Sydney Opera House in January, in what will be his only Aussie shows on his trip down under.

Weller will be heading to Australia in support of his 13th and latest solo album A King Of Revolution, which he’ll showcase alongside cuts from his huge back catalogue.

“It’s not often I get to program someone who’s changed my dress sense and been an influence since I was a teenager but Paul Weller is it,” says Sydney Opera Houses’ Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall.

“I discovered The Jam along with The Clash and The Specials in my late teens’ discovery of punk/post-punk music and that band hit me hard. An older friend who’d been a scooter boy in the UK introduced me to Northern Soul, The Style Council & Weller’s then-new solo album Wild Wood and I was converted.

“Through his bands and his restless 25 years — and counting — solo career, Paul Weller’s impact on modern music is undisputed. It’s a genuine honour to welcome him to the Concert Hall for his Sydney Opera House debut performing his only two Australian shows.”

Catch all the dates and ticket details for Paul Weller’s upcoming Aussie shows, below.

Paul Weller 2018 Australian Tour Dates

Tickets on sale 9am AEST Friday, 22nd September

Saturday, 27th January
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney
Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Sunday, 28th January
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney
Tickets: Sydney Opera House

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GET ON IT: Laneway Festival 2018 Is On Sale Today

GET ON IT: Laneway Festival 2018 Is On Sale Today

Laneway Festival 2018 is officially on sale to the general public today, meaning you can secure your place at one of the biggest events on the summer festival calendar.

Tickets go on sale at 9am local time right here , and judging by the pre-sales you might have to act quick; pre-sale tickets in all cities sold out, proving that the Laneway hype is real.

This year, the festival has also introduced ‘Time To Pay’, in case you don’t have the cash up front or would prefer to pay in instalments. If you select the ‘Time To Pay’ option, you’ll pay your ticket off with five seperate payments over the course of five months.

The festival has lined up a cracker bill for 2018 . Mac DeMarco, Anderson .Paak, Wolf Alice, The War On Drugs and more are all set to play.

Check out all the ticket details below, and set your alarm to 9am.

Laneway Festival 2018 Lineup

Aldous Harding
Alex Cameron
Amy Shark
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
BADBADNOTGOOD**
Billie Eilish
Bonobo**
Cable Ties
City Calm Down
Dream Wife
Father John Misty
KLLO*
Loyle Carner
Mac DeMarco
Miss Blanks
Moses Sumney
ODESZA**
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
(Sandy) Alex G
Shame
Slowdive
Sylvan Esso
The Babe Rainbow*
The Internet**
The War on Drugs
TOKiMONSTA
Wolf Alice**

*Excluding Freo
**Exclusive to Laneway

Laneway Festival 2018

Visa Checkout pre-sale begins 9am local time Thursday, 14th September

Tickets on sale to general public 9am Monday, 18th September

Friday, 2nd February
Hart’s Mill, Adelaide (16+)
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 3rd February
Footscray Community Arts Centra And The River’s Edge, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 4th February
Sydney College Of The Arts And Callan Park, Sydney*
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 10th February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (16+)
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 11th February
Esplanade Reserve And West End, Fremantle
Tickets: Official Website

*Subject to DA approval

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Rammstein Reckon Their Next Album Might Be “The Last Record We Do”

Rammstein Reckon Their Next Album Might Be “The Last Record We Do”

Rammstein have suggested that their next album may be the last one ever for the band.

The German band haven’t released an album since 2009’s Liebe Ist Für Alle Da and last time they gave an update it sounded like the follow-up was a while away .

Now it seems that they’re working on the final Rammstein record ever if comments by guitarist Richard Kruspe are to be believed.

Speaking to Resurrection Fest (via Blabbermouth ) during a festival in Spain, Kruspe said that he was “skeptical” about going back in the studio with the band.

“Last time we almost broke up because of making a record,” he said.

Despite that, they jumped back into the studio together with a plan to just make “maybe five songs” without any pressure.

They have now been working on new music for about two years and it feels “very natural”.

“Somehow we managed to move back to the beginning of the world of Rammstein where we, basically, are very emotional and very enthusiastic about writing again,” he said.

Even though the band seem to be getting along swimmingly now, Kruspe has a feeling that this will be the final one.

“I just feel like, for some reason, that it’s gonna be the last record we do,” he said.

“That’s a feeling — I can be wrong, but just at the moment, I feel like this is maybe the last [shot at making an album] we have, and I wanna give two hundred percent in that and make it as good as it can be.”

He reckons that the band will start properly recording the album next year and if it’s going to be the last one, fans are going to expect something great.

Check out the full interview below.

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Fans React To Justin Timberlake’s Appearance On The New Foo Fighters Album

Fans React To Justin Timberlake’s Appearance On The New Foo Fighters Album

On Friday, Foo Fighters released their new album Concrete And Gold which features an unlikely collaboration with Justin Timberlake .

Dave Grohl teased a collaboration with “the biggest pop star in the world” and revealed it to be Timberlake just before the album release. Now fans have had a chance to hear the collab on ‘Make It Right’ and so far the reviews are pretty mixed.

While Timberlake usually operates in the R&B/pop sphere, he comes completely into the Foo Fighters’ rock world for ‘Make It Right’, delivering backup vocals over raucous guitars and drums. His contribution is confined to backup vocals but his presence is, nonetheless, recognised.

The collab came about because Timberlake was recording in the same studio at the time and asked Grohl if he could sing on the album. The band has put the whole story of how the album came to be in an incredible animated video which you can also watch below.

Timberlake shared the video and wrote, “Fun times being part of this.”

Fan reactions so far range between shock and delight. You can view a selection of them and have a listen to the song for yourself below.

You Can Listen To Cut Copy’s New Album ‘Haiku From Zero’ A Week Early

You Can Listen To Cut Copy’s New Album ‘Haiku From Zero’ A Week Early

Cut Copy ‘s fifth album Haiku From Zero isn’t due to be released until this coming Friday but it’s already available for a sneak-peak.

The Aussie band have made the record available to listen to in full on NPR so you can get well acquainted before its official release.

The record has been preceded by singles ‘Airborne’ and ‘Standing In The Middle Of A Field’ and comes four years after the release of their last album Free Your Mind.

It’s been a long time in between drinks for the band but they’ve been slowly re-introducing themselves to the country with a huge set at Splendour In The Grass earlier this year and a couple of headline shows.

Listen to the record in full here or choose to wait until it’s official release if you’re patient enough. Up to you.

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22-Year-Old Allegedly Caught With 396 MDMA Pills At Sydney’s Defqon.1 Festival

22-Year-Old Allegedly Caught With 396 MDMA Pills At Sydney’s Defqon.1 Festival

Police have charged 45 people with drug offences after yesterday’s Defqon.1 Festival in Penrith including one man caught with 396 MDMA pills.

The hardstyle music festival saw 24,000 people through its gates and police ran a major operation targeting drugs and other anti-social behaviour.

45 people were charged with drug offences with eight of those picked up for drug supply. A 22 year-old German man was allegedly found with 396 MDMA pills. He’ll face court on charges of supply and also breach of bail.

Another man allegedly had 200 pills on him while a woman allegedly had 87 pills on her.

On top of the drug operation, police also conducted random breath tests near the Penrith venue. Six drivers returned a positive result for drugs while another two were charged with drink driving.

The arrest numbers are slightly down from last year’s festival which saw 77 people arrested for drug-related offences.

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