Willis Earl Beal will release his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery on March 30 via Hot Charity / XL Recordings / Remote Control.

The album’s 11 songs are taken from a series of recordings Beal made while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After living in the Chicagoland area for his entire life, Beal felt compelled to be near the desert an idea he had long romanticisced.

He arrived in Albuquerque without a plan, a place to live, or enough money to live off. He lived on the streets while trying to land a job and began singing to help him cope while sleeping rough. He spent days drawing and printing up his flyers, distributing them all over his new city. Eventually Beal found work as the night porter at a motel.

It was during the late-night shifts that the 27-year-old musician from the south side of Chicago found his voice and taught himself to make music. The recordings are a result of what one creative mind can do with a few found instruments and objects such as a cassette-based karaoke machine and a $20 microphone. Somehow Beal managed to create warm, visceral and moving music seemingly out of nothing, just a little bit of imagination – it’s practically magic done without any fancy gadgetry, hence the name Acousmatic Sorcery.

“Willis Earl Beal is headed for hugeness, of that there’s no doubt.” – FACT


Broken Stone Records (BSR) is hitting the road next week for a ten date east coast showcase tour, featuring live performances from Sister JaneCaitlin ParkMagnetic Heads and The Maple Trail. Tickets to all shows are on sale now.

BSR is excited to announce that it will also host intimate artist-on-artist talks in Bellingen, Byron Bay, Kyneton and Katoomba. These FREE, ALL AGES artists on artists discussion sessions will be accompanied by a live acoustic performance.

BSR artists will share their experiences in self-recording and production with audiences, providing an insight into the use of digital technology and analogue techniques to self-produce music.  This is a great opportunity for local musicians to find out more about the ‘DIY’ approach to recording and releasing music.

The BSR live shows will also be accompanied by live footage VJ-ing and projections of their video clips. An exciting display of artworks created as part of Broken Stone’s recording releases will be on show in the venue space for audiences to explore.

Friday 10 Feb | 5 Church St, 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW | 11:30am
Saturday 11 Feb | Mullumbimby RocknRoll Coffee Company, Shp 3/ 55 Burringbar St, Byron Bay, NSW | 11.30am
Saturday 18 Feb | Kyneton Instrumental Music, 33 High Street, Kyneton, VIC | 4.00pm
Sunday 26 Feb | Cafe Zuppa, 36 Katoomba St,  Katoomba, NSW | 11.00am


Thursday 9 February | Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW – ALL AGES
Tickets via moshtix.com
Friday 10 February
| Byron Bay Brewery  Bryon Bay NSW
Tickets via moshtix.com
Saturday 11 February
| The Waiting Room, Brisbane QLD - ALL AGES
Tickets via moshtix.com
Friday 17 February
|The Street Theatre, Canberra ACT – ALL AGES
Tickets via patronbase.com
Saturday 18 February
| Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton VIC – ALL AGES
Tickets via moshtix.com
Sunday 19 February
| Horse Bazaar,  Melbourne VIC | Tickets via moshtix.com
Wednesday 22 February
| The Lass, Newcastle NSW| Tickets via moshtix.com
Thursday 23 February
| The Standard, Sydney NSW | Tickets via moshtix.com
Friday 24 February
| The Clifton School of Arts, Clifton NSW - ALL AGES
Tickets via moshtix.com
Saturday 25 February
| The Baroque Bar, Katoomba NSW
Tickets via moshtix.com


To coincide with Dirty Three’s upcoming Australian tour, guitarist Mick Turner is hosting a travelling art exhibition.

Limited edition reproduction prints of cover art images from Dirty Three albums, along with a selection of Mick’s recent works, will be available at the exhibitions. The Melbourne show will also have a canvas of the cover image for the new album Toward The Low Sun on display.

Mick Turner Covert Art & Morsels Exhibition

Melbourne 8th March -18th March
Tinning Street Gallery
Lot 5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick
Featuring recent paintings, prints and sculptures

Sydney 20th March – 3rd April
Mart Gallery
156 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Featuring cover art and recent work

Perth 7th March – 11th March
Joint exhibition with Jo Darvall
‘Graceful Wings of Travelers’ Jo Darvall / ‘Covert Art and Morsels’ Mick Turner
Showcase Space Gallery, Cnr Aberdeen & Beaufort St, Perth
Featuring cover art and recent work
Gallery open Wednesday 7th, 8th, 9th and 10, 3 to 6pm, Saturday 11 to 4pm.

Tickets for the Australia & New Zealand tour are on sale now, more info here.

Toward The Low Sun will be released on the 24th of February via Anchor & Hope / Remote Control.


The Harpoons begin 2012 in the same way they finished 2011 releasing another beautiful
R-n-B gem on Two Bright Lakes.

Following on from the brilliant Keep You Around is the up-tempo strut of Walk Away featuring another inspired vocal performance from Bec Rigby, it finds the Harpoons in razor sharp form with Martin King’s (Oscar + Martin) percussion tight, snappy allowing space for the base and guitar lines to play equal rhythmic parts, while Rigby continues the soul tradition of creating dancefloor bombs out of crooning heartbreak; it’s a tradition we’re very happy to indulge!

Stream the new single here: