|The Fever is spreading. Bullet for My Valentine is infectious!
“Bullet For My Valentine pummelled a sold-out main hall with riffs and harmonic angst so unbridled that the gathered nearly came unglued at times.” Mike Daniel – Dallas News
It is hardly a secret. Bullet For My Valentine are this generations greatest exponents of metal. Not simply because of one, two or even three amazing albums destined to be classics in the genre; but also because of the manifest evolution – with each album pointing the way to peaks that remain beyond the powers of ordinary bands.
|Catch Midnight Juggernauts on Thursday 12 August at The Gov in Adelaide, Saturday 14 August at The Capitol in Perth, Thursday 19 August at The Forum in Melbourne, Friday 20 August at The Forum in Sydney, and Saturday 21 August at the Hi Fi in Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now for all shows.
The Crystal Axis had its genesis in early 2009 when Midnight Juggernauts wired themselves into a house on a remote stretch of coastal New South Wales. Emerging with a collection of songs ripe for recording at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios, the band again opted to self-produce with engineer Chris Moore (TV on the Radio, Yeasayer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars) facilitating.
|One of America’s most celebrated acts of recent times, Midlake, has just delivered their extraordinary third album “The Courage of Others”, and will soon embark on their second Australian tour.
Existing outside the plane of trends and time “The Courage of Others” is a truly committed statement to artistic independence. It is Midlake’s most complete & beautiful body of work yet, best appreciated as a whole in the old-fashioned sense of what an album should be.
Sharing the same gorgeously warm, analogue electro-acoustic template as its much revered predecessor, “The Trials of Van Occupanther” , the new album is definitely a slower, darker, eerier and dreamier, tinged with late 60s/early 70s British folk nuances. Looms of textured keyboards, flute, guitars and voice are woven into broad cloaks of sound, all riding the sound of songwriter Tim Smith’s sweeping vocals. Continue reading
After 21+ years in the business, 7 studio albums, 3 number 1 studio albums*, platinum sales*, ARIA nominations for best rock album and sold out Australian and New Zealand national tours; SHIHAD have seen and done it all.
And we’re happy to announce they’re about to do it all over again for you.
In August this year, the boys in black will perform two iconic albums from their amazing catalogue; KILLJOY and THE GENERAL ELECTRIC. Both albums will be performed track-for-track over two iconic shows in Melbourne & Sydney ONLY as a special treat for fans.
In 1996 with their release of their sophomore album KILLJOY, SHIHAD burst onto the mainstream music scene. Receiving praise from the likes of Metallica and Iggy Pop for the record, Killjoy was the band’s first album to receive a Gold certification. SHIHAD went on to tour relentlessly following the release; proving their magnitude translates on stage as well as it does on the album.
THE GENERAL ELECTRIC was released in 1999 and further went on to demonstrate SHIHADS talent and ability to create great music. Their best selling album to date, The General Electric has received Double Platinum certification and was re-released with a bonus disc including live tracks from the 2000 Big Day Out festival, which they toured nationally following sold out shows across the country.
The KILLJOY & THE GENERAL ELECTRIC landmark shows will be followed by the release of SHIHADS yet untitled 8th studio album in September through new label partner Roadrunner Records.
To help celebrate these one off shows; SHIHAD are offering limited Premium tickets for each show – 10 tickets per show. Each premium ticket holder will get to meet the band and receive an exclusive limited edition (40 ONLY) screen printed and individually signed posters.
SHIHAD’s KILLJOY & THE GENERAL ELECTRIC TOUR
Tickets on sale Wednesday 26th May
Single Show Tickets $25 incl booking fee
Double Show Tickets $40+bf (MELBOURNE) & $44+bf (SYDNEY)**
Premium Show tickets $55 incl booking fee (Single Show Tickets)**
Fri 13th Killjoy & Sat 14th August 2010
The General Electric – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Melbourne
Tickets on sale from shihad.oztix.com.au and Oztix phone charge 1300 762 545, www.northcotesocialclub.com and at the box office 94861677 or in person via Corner Box Office 57 Swan Street, Richmond
Fri 20th 2010 Killjoy & Sat 21st August 2010
The General Electric – ANNANDALE HOTEL Sydney
Tickets on sale from shihad.oztix.com.au and Oztix phone charge 1300 762 545 and from the Venue phone charge 02 9550 1078 or www.annandalehotel.com
* In New Zealand only
** Only available through Oztix
Australia has fallen hard for Florence and the Machine. Since her debut tour as this year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival headline act, the passion with which local fans have flocked to be a part of the Florence and the Machine experience, has been electric. Never one to disappoint, Florence and the Machine return to Australia this July for an encore tour that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Continue reading
Tim McGraw sold out the first concert of his Australian Southern Voice Tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Thursday September 16 in just 15 minutes when it went on sale on Monday.
A second Brisbane concert, for Friday September 17, was opened for sale and Gold tickets sold out. Side and rear tickets in that category were opened and only the rear is still available in blocks of two or more seats together.
Tickets to all four of McGraw’s east coast concerts, including the CMC Rocks North Queensland multi-lineup blockbuster, sold at a rapid-fire pace and put country music front and centre this week.
|Once again, KARNIVOOL, Perth’s hugely successful purveyors of heavy rock prove their popularity and status on the live music scene! With 8 shows on their national tour sold out the band is pleased to announce final extra shows to cope with demand for the New Day tour – their last national headline Australian tour for their Sound Awake album.|
|Band of Horses is Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Though the band formed in Seattle, the gents hail from the southeastern United States, specifically the Carolinas. ‘Infinite Arms’ is the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Everything All The Time’ (2006) and ‘Cease to Begin’ (2007), and marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, both long time touring members of the group. The band have become a|
cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that Bridwell has crafted since the band’s inception. As Bridwell himself concedes, “in many ways, this is the first Band of Horses record.” Continue reading
Illusive Entertainment announced that LA trendsetters and rulers of indie hip-hop – Shwayze and Cisco Adler – are returning to Australia after their brief sold out East Coast tour of Australia in February. The June dates will see the duo taking in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and for the first time, Adelaide and Perth.
Shwayze (a.k.a Aaron Smith) and his partner in crime, Cisco Adler, are no overnight success story. Shwayze’s self-titled debut album ushered the unlikely duo to unlikely heights. A string of multiple hits (Buzzin’, Corona and Lime) fueled by millions of internet plays carried them to top ten album sales, landed them a coveted slot on the Vans Warped Tour, and turned them into reality television stars on MTV.
In early 2010, Shwayze and Cisco released their highly acclaimed sophomore album, Let It Beat, which quickly propelled them to a whole new level. The first single, Get U Home, was the feature song for the ’09 film Sorority Row. Since then, Shwayze has gone on to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, performed on Good Morning America, as well as being featured in a nation wide ad campaign for Pontiac Vibe. In a twelve-month span that has seen him sell two million singles and headline festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle, it’s evident that Shwayze’s breath of fresh air has been welcomed with open arms – the same arms that carry him atop wild moshpits on a near daily basis.
The Knux The now-LA-based, New Orleans hip-hop duo, are the new comers on the scene and quickly building a massive buzz. From losing their family home in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when the guys got signed to Paul Rosenberg’s Management Company (Blink-182 & Eminem) and inking a record deal with Universal Music. In the summer of ‘07 the guys would finish up their debut album, and hit the road with Common on his Finding Fever tour. Since then, the guys haven’t looked back. With music that channels as acts as diverse as Outkast, Tha Pharcyde or The Strokes, they have created a truly unique sound. Catch The Knux on their first Australian Tour.
Shwayze featuring Cisco Adler
Dj Jason Smith
Australia – June 2010
Tickets on sale from Thursday 20th May 2010
Thursday 17th June 2010 Tivoli BRISBANE 18+
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
Friday 18th June 2010 Home The Venue SYDNEY 18+
BUY TICKETS: Click here for Moshtix
Saturday 19th June 2010 The Espy MELBOURNE 18+
Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au
Thursday 24th June 2010 HQ ADELAIDE 18+
Venuetix 8225 88 88 or www.venuetix.com.au
Friday 25th June 2010 Villa PERTH 18+
BUY TICKETS: Click here for Moshtix
In an announcement that has been long awaited by rock fans, Mark Lanegan will perform a series of shows across Australia and New Zealand for The Frontier Touring Company. The July shows will be his first solo tour since 2004, sharing with us an array of his impressive and extensive back catalogue.
With a musical career spawning from the early Seattle ‘grunge’ days, Mark Lanegan is a creature of undying integrity and an ever existing nuance. He has been noted as a poetic misfit whose lyrics remain forever etched in your memory long past first hearing them. Continue reading
|Dan Parsons’ debut album is less a case of boy meets girl but rather boy meets world. It’s a snapshot of someone who after spending his high school years emulating seventies heroes on a reel to reel eight track, leaves his bedroom and begins tumbling through one blinding, visceral experience after another.
What Parsons could grab hold of and pin down from experiences such as this, and his first brushes with the Brisbane music scene after growing up in country Queensland, inspired a drastic change to the primarily acoustic sounds that were on his 2008 mini-album Old Brown Shoe.
|Macabre blends elements of true crime, math rock, nursery rhymes, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more into an energetic, catchy and unmistakable amalgam, refers to Macabre’s signature style. It’s a genre of one. The all-too-true tales of man’s inhumanity to man are delivered with knife-edge precision, interspersed with Corporate Death’s patented (back when he was a toddler) screech.
Fast and heavy, with a focus on things that make happy shiny people cringe, the original members, Corporate Death (guitar and vocals), Nefarious (bass and vocals) and Dennis the Menace (drums) are still together. Macabre have brought mayhem to the world in the past decade, playing dozens countries over the years.
Macabre’s rabid fans, including members of bands ranging from Carcass to Slipknot, relish the band’s tight and increasingly sophisticated music; they exult in their musical chops as much as in the band’s sense of humor, their killer music, and its deadly subjects.
Review: Ben Hosking
Arriving at Sydney’s iconic Basement at around 8.30pm, one could have been forgiven for thinking that they were arriving early enough to catch a decent viewing point of the stage. Alas, walking into the dimly-lit venue an hour before the scheduled start time – past rows and rows of cattle-like drunken Friday night inner city executives at the bars next door – actually saw punters encounter an already half full concert space.
Clearly, this was going to be a big night.
Thanks to a complete lack of any advertised information, the evening’s opening acts seemed to catch a lot of people unaware, including this reviewer. However, despite the complete rudeness of the audience, both performed well; Brisbane singer/songwriter Pear (aka Stephanie Barros Lees) providing the surprise performance of the night.
|Joey Cape and Tony Sly are two names synonymous with modern punk rock, frontmen for leading Californian pop punk bands Lagwagon and No Use For A Name respectively. With each having accumulated over two decades worth of credibility and a burgeoning fan base around the globe, this dream team is set to tour Australia this May!|
[Photos: Stuart Blythe]
|Aussie rock heroes British India release their smashing new album ‘Avalanche’ and to celebrate the release these rock & roll mavericks are going on a national album launch tour. Featuring hit singles ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Beneath The Satellites,’ this is British India’s third and finest studio album yet! Jam packed with brilliant pop melodies, high-octane rock & roll, and the lyrical genius of singer Declan Melia; ‘Avalanche’ takes the garage pop which has characterized British India’s initial success to new heights.