KRS-One By Boat

Australian promoters have long had problems with how to get non-flyers like Aretha Franklin and KRS-One downunder.

Franklin is still a no-show. But Slingshot Entertainment came up with a solution for KRS-One’s five club dates March 9 to April 5. He’s coming by boat.

More specifically, coming by a luxury cruiser that will stop in Hawaii and New Zealand during a month-long trip.

In other news, Switchfoot complements its sets on next month’s festival with three club headline dates through Chugg Entertainment. The act’s Vice Verses album is almost double platinum downunder.

New Order, which is headlining Future Music Festival, will do side shows in Sydney and Melbourne in the first week of March through Future Entertainment.

Former Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. member Lou Barlow returns for a solo visit through Handsome Tours. He’ll do six club dates April 14-22.

Krautrock pioneer Michael Rother of NEU! posted on his website he will do dates in March.