It’s time for five new musical sizzlers from your pal Tim “Six foot four: hard to ignore” Lambert, featuring Hockey Dad, Flint Eastwood, The Bennies, Jorja Smith, The Wombats, and a bonus Like A Version.

Hockey Dad, I Wanna Be Everybody

From Windang to worldwide, Hockey Dad have been jetsetting all over the place since the release of their breakout album Boronia. Now, in the lead up to second record Blend Inn, the pair have dropped the infectious second single I Wanna Be Everybody – a surprisingly vulnerable, self-deprecating track about navigating through social anxiety.

But wait, there’s more! The boys are also heading out on the road with Dear Seattle and Boat Show, in an early grab for tour line-up of the year.

HOCKEY DAD BLEND INN ALBUM TOUR

presented by triple j, with special guests Dear Seattle and Boat Show

Tickets on sale now

Friday, March 2 | Badlands, Perth WA

Saturday, March 3 | The Gov, Adelaide SA

Friday, March 8 | The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC [NEW SHOW]

Friday, March 9 | The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC **SOLD OUT**

Friday, March 16 | Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW

Saturday, March 17 | Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane QLD **SOLD OUT**

Saturday, March 18 | Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane QLD [NEW SHOW]

 

Flint Eastwood, Monster

Detroit pop monster Flint Eastwood made a lot of fans while in town for Falls Festival recently; one of my very excitable friends even gave her the informal but coveted “Set Of The Festival” award. Now the group have released the accompanying clip to Monster, from the musician’s remarkable debut EP Broke Royalty. 

 

Jorja Smith, Let Me Down feat. Stormzy 

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to listen to more pop music. What better way to start than with Brit belter Jorja Smith, whom you may remember from her numerous appearances on Drake’s More LifeLet Me Down reminds me of the first time I heard Adele, Paloma Faith or Emeli Sandé (pretty good company if you ask me), and the featured appearance by Wicked Skengman Stormzy is the cherry on top.

 

The Bennies, Dreamkillers

Two weeks out from The Bennies’ much anticipated new album Natural Born Chillers, the Melbourne chaps have released second single Dreamkillers and announced a handful of dates to get up and close with the party boys.

THE BENNIES NATURAL BORN CHILLERS ALBUM TOUR

All ages in-stores
Friday Feb 2nd – Instore @ Beat Disc, Sydney

Saturday Feb 3rd – Instore @ Rocking Horse, Brisbane

Sunday Feb 4th – Instore @ Oh Jean, Melbourne

Tour dates (18+)
Friday Feb 2: The Record Crate, Sydney

Saturday Feb 3: Crowbar Church, Brisbane

Sunday Feb 4: Tote Upstairs, Melbourne

 

The Wombats, Cheetah Tongue 

Everyone’s favourite marsupial-themed band has dropped the third track from upcoming album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (their fourth record, due out Feb 9). The psychedelic number certainly caught me off guard, but multiple listens have placed it firmly in my favourite releases from the Liverpool trio.

 

Bonus Round: Joey Bada$$’ Like A Version

On the eve of his headline slot at Melbourne’s boutique festival Sugar Mountain (stay tuned for my coverage of the event), Brooklyn rapper Bada$$ dropped into the triple j studios to perform a cover of Prince’s When Dove’s Cry. He did make some changes to The Purple One’s classic, dubbing the cover When Thugs Cry (early contender for LAV Of The Year, I think). He also mentioned that the cover was almost included on his latest album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, but just missed the cut.