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Monday Round-up: The artist currently known as Prince announces Australia tour


It’s been a pretty interesting morning for tour announcements and rumours, but I’ll start with the biggest. After being hotly rumoured to headline last summer’s Big Day Out, Prince has announced that he will be doing an Australian tour later this year. Although dates have not been formally announced, Prince is likely to do a number of shows in each city so as to not disappoint fans. Keep an eye out, as official dates will be announced this week. Expect them to fall in the July-August period.

Personally my favourite rumour from this morning comes from The Darkness. Despite only ever releasing one good album, the glam rock group became favourite in the 2000s, but drug issues for lead singer Justin Hawkins and a line-up that seemed to change daily resulted in the group breaking up. But having reformed last year, The Darkness are due to announce their own Australian tour this week. It would be pretty awesome to hear Hawkins’ falsetto on I Believe In A Thing Called Love live!

Finally, Icelandic favourites Sigur Rós have announced their upcoming album Valtari will be released on May 28th. It will be the groups 6th studio album and bound to be as impressive as their previous work.

Gig of the Week

There isn’t a whole lot tickling my fancy this week, so I’ve gone with an old favourite. Jack Ladder will be playing a solo set at the Grace Darling in Collingwood on Thursday. His album Hurtsville was one of my favourites from last year, but this set will be without his backing band. He’s still pretty amazing, so if you’re bored then head along.

Album of the Week
Rocket Juice & The Moon – Rocket Juice & The Moon

There hasn’t been that much hype around this one which is a little strange because it features both Damon Albarn and Flea. Basically, everything Albarn touches turns to gold. And he’s been touching a lot of things in his career which started with Blur and includes the Gorillaz and a number of operettas. So look out for this one.

What I’m Listening to

The Shins – Port Of Morrow

I wrote about it in my last Monday round-up, but it’s been on high repeat for me. Although probably not my favourite Shins album, there a number of classic Shins tracks on there. Speaking of artists that turn things to gold, add James Mercer to that list.


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