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THE AL­BUM

While One Di­rec­tion and Justin Bieber are re­leas­ing al­bums on Novem­ber 13, we have our eyes on Amer­i­can rap­per Le1f’s (pro­nounced leaf) de­but LP drop­ping the same day. Riot Boi fol­lows last year’s EP Hey, and fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tions with the likes of Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange). He’s cel­e­brat­ing the launch with a se­ries of par­ties around the world – in­clud­ing a Mel­bourne date on Jan­uary 23. le1f.com

THE GIG

Didn’t nab tick­ets to Falls Fes­ti­val or South­bound? Worry not, since UK band Bloc Party has an­nounced a se­ries of stand-alone per­for­mances. Com­ing a few months af­ter the exit of the band’s drum­mer and bassist, the freshly rein­vig­o­rated band is also due to re­lease fifth al­bum, Hymns, on Jan­uary 29. Bloc Party plays Mel­bourne Jan 5 and Syd­ney Jan 7; se­cret-sounds.com.au

THE EX­PER IENCE

Hip­sters re­joice. Mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val Sugar Moun­tain is re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne this sum­mer. Ex­pect per­for­mances by Hot Chip, Aussie songstress Court­ney Bar­nett and the afore­men­tioned Le1f. Plus, lo­cal artist and GQ fave Daniel Askill will be on show. An­other fea­ture is ex­per­i­men­tal restau­rant Sen­sory – a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the fes­ti­val and acts in­clud­ing Cut Copy. It prom­ises to nour­ish senses and stom­achs. Jan­uary 23, 2016; sug­ar­moun­tain­fes­ti­val.com

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