Score: New dates worth the wait
Date: December 31 2012
Iconoclastic ''punk cabaret'' singer and one half of the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, has announced new Australian tour dates, with her band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, after cancelling her February tour earlier this month when a close friend was diagnosed with cancer. Palmer, who was also to appear at MONA FOMA in January, will now tour Australia and New Zealand in September. The schedule change means that she is no longer performing in Byron Bay or Hobart. Tickets for the February shows are now valid for the September concerts. Refunds will be available from point of purchase.
PULP PROFFER PRESSIES Reunited British alt-rockers Pulp have released a new song produced by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. The track, After You, was released online on December 25, but attendees at a Pulp concert in Sheffield, England, were given a download code for the song on December 8. ''We got you a little present but you can't open it 'til Xmas Day, OK?'' the note to fans read. Pitchfork music website reported that parts of After You were written more than a decade ago, but the song remained unfinished until Pulp members recorded it in London last month. The band and Murphy are said to have completed the track while on board the S.S. Coachella, a music festival cruise ship that sailed through the Bahamas and Jamaica this month.
SWEET SOUNDS RETURN The third yearly Sugar Mountain Festival returns to the Forum on January 19, with Brooklyn rockers Dirty Projectors headlining the music component, along with acclaimed London-based, Melbourne-born duo HTRK, making only their second local appearance in the past five years. Visual artists include Kris Moyes, a director and producer who has made film clips for the Presets, Wolfmother and Sia, and local mixed media artist Kit Webster, who will provide ''an evolving onstage environment'' for Dirty Projectors and US chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.au