|Metalheads Australia wide will be banging their heads with glee to hear that yes, the rumours are true, the mighty Testament will return to our shores this August.Testament have reigned as one of the world’s premier thrash bands for 25 years, since the birth of Bay Area thrash, always staying true to their roots, yet winning over new fans with each of their nine chart busting studio albums.|
To celebrate the three decades that the Choirboys have existed, the original line up will come together to launch their 30th Anniversary at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on SATURDAY 14TH AUGUST, in support of their ‘Never Gonna Die, The Very Best of’ album release (distributed through Warner Music). This is the first time in 20 years that Mark Gable, Ian Hulme, Lindsey Tebbutt, and Brett Williams have played together. Continue reading CHOIRBOYS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT – SYDNEY’S METRO THEATRE – AUGUST 2010
|There are few self-managed independent Australian acts that can state, they’ve toured with the likes of Santana & Lauryn Hill, been broadcast live worldwide performing at Al Gore’s 2007 Live Earth and toured across the world captivating crowds, filling rooms & rocking festivals, from Sydney to LA, NY to London, Tokyo to Montreal, Berlin to Melbourne.|
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|Here it is, the official first line-up announcement for Parklife 2010. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s their tenth birthday this year, and it looks like the celebrations are set to go off with a bang. As promised, there are quite a few surprises on the roster of artists announced so far, with organisers paying closer attention to the more indie/alternative-inspired musical tastes of their punters, as well as packing in a whole bunch of more traditionally Parklife-y electro and hip hop acts.|
|One of Australia’s most heralded live acts return for their first shows since their record-breaking touring expedition a year ago which saw them run riot with over 20,000 fans across the country. Bliss N Eso’s infamous live shows built the foundation of their massive following and have propelled them to their current status as one of Australia’s biggest acts.
Since the release of their ARIA Award winning album, Flying Colours, the skyrocketing Sydney-siders have graced some of Australia’s biggest festivals (Homebake, Pyramid Rock, Splendour in the Grass), and became the sole hip-hop act billed on the historic Sound Relief concert in “what many are stating was the performance of the day” (Beat Magazine).
|Melbourne psych rockers and concept kings, Black Cab undertake their first ever east coast tour to support new single ‘International Son’/’Sexy Polizei’ in mid July. The band’s 2009 album ‘Call Signs’ continues to receive accolades and was recently shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Music Prize. The band have never before played Brisbane and rarely tour so catch them while you can. The new single is due out mid-June with a new album expected later this year.
“Black Cab’s third album confirmed long running suspicions: playing to 400 patrons in an Aussie pub was an ill fit – they should have been playing Warsaw stadiums to 30,000 all along.
Call Signs took cues from Neu, Can, Cluster and other Euro luminaries, turned down the hippie intrigue of previous outings, delved into ‘found’ sounds, and upped their exhilarating blast factor. The result: one of 2009’s most powerful, cohesive and thrilling records. Ron Peno’s guest vocal on Ghost Anthems iced the cake.” (JB HI FI MAG) Continue reading Black Cab ‘Sexy Polizei’ Tour – July 2010
Fans of wonderfully intimate music take note: the one and only Rufus Wainwright is returning to the Sydney Opera House for one very special evening featuring our prodigious wunderkind in solo piano and vocal mode.
The evening in question is Thursday October 14, 2010 at the Concert Hall within the Sydney Opera House. Further national Australian tour dates (also rarified solo performances) have been announced – see tour dates below!
Continue reading RUFUS WAINWRIGHT – National Tour October 2010
After numerous side projects, family obligations and working holidays, Melbourne’s much loved Custom Kings have returned to the studio to record their long awaited second album, which will be called Great Escape. Reuniting with long-time collaborator, Steven Schram (Little Birdy, Ground Components) , they booked two weeks at the famed Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne and brought to life a series of songs penned in the couple of years since the release of their acclaimed debut album At Sea. Continue reading CUSTOM KINGS Album Release & Tour – June/July 2010
Sensational British pop duo The Ting Tings will be bringing their bright, bold melodies and catchy riffs to Melbourne and Sydney audiences for two exclusive headline performances this July.
The Grammy nominated outfit comprises of Jules de Martino on drums and Katie White on guitar and vocals. With an abundance of personality reflected in their brash lyrics and energetic tunes, The Ting Tings have been a strong presence in the pop realm since their irresistible 2008 debut album We Started Nothing.
The album propelled The Ting Tings to international fame with ‘That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Great DJ’ – wonderfully infectious singles crafted around no-nonsense chants that demanded attention from the very first listen.
The Ting Tings are arguably best experienced live, to which many concert goers can attest. Along with numerous international headline shows, the band has previously played at Big Day Out and will add this year’s Splendour In The Grass to their extensive tour list.
One of the best things about this band is witnessing how much they’re clearly enjoying themselves making all this noise – Katie grinning broadly at Jules as she thrashes out her bare chords. Their kickass way with a simple pop tune doesn’t hurt, either, but uncomplicated as the music is, there’s no doubt, watching them, how much they mean it. – NME
It’s no secret that everyone wants a piece of The Ting Tings this winter. Tickets to both headline shows will be highly sought after so jump on it.
Frontier Members pre-sale begins Thursday 3 June at 12 noon AEST. General public on-sale available from Tuesday 8 June, 9am local time.
THE TING TINGS
Pre-sale from Thursday 3 June 2010, 12 noon AEST – Friday 4 June, 12 noon AEST
General public on-sale from Tuesday 8 June 2010, 9am local time
|Monday 26th July 2010||Palace Theatre, Melbourne||18+|
|Ticketek.com.au or 132 849|
|Wednesday 28th July 2010||Enmore Theatre, Sydney||All Ages|
|Ticketek.com.au or 132 849|
The Frontier Touring Company announced international indie-pop heroes Miike Snow will be performing headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this August.
The band has been widely acclaimed for their songwriting finesse – which comes as no surprise due to the musical experience of all three members.
Two of them, Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, have previously written and produced under the handle of Bloodshy & Avant, cranking out hits for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears – for whom they wrote and produced smash hit ‘Toxic’ and won a Grammy for their efforts.
Rounding out the phenomenal trio is US songwriter Andrew Wyatt, widely known for his wordsmith abilities as a gifted lyricist. Their self-titled debut in 2009 included the epic ‘Silvia’ and vibrant radio hit ‘Animal’ and showcased their combined talents in an explosion of catchy melodies and compositional depth.
‘Karlsson and Winnberg have focused their talent and energy on catchy-yet-intelligent and often challenging pop songs. And, crucially, they’ve hooked up with American lyricist/vocalist Andrew Wyatt. Not only do Wyatt’s words add a sharp lyricism to the beats, but his smooth, expressive, charismatic voice gives them soul.’ – popmatters.com
Following the album’s release, Miike Snow have since toured with multiple sold out shows and gained both an underground, word-of-mouth following as well as attracting massive crowds at some of the largest music festivals including South by Southwest and Coachella.
‘When tickets go on sale for Miike Snow, don’t even blink…Vocals were sharp and the energy of the band on stage gave a surge to the energy of the crowd…As most of the crowd left covered in sweat from dancing like it might be their last chance, it was hard to deny that Miike Snow passed the live music test.’ – Examiner.com
Consider yourself warned – tickets go on sale Friday 4 June, 9am local time. Frontier Members have access to a Members’ pre-sale from Wednesday 2 June, 12 noon AEST to Thursday 3 June, 12 noon AEST.
Melbourne and Sydney – August 2010
Frontier Members pre-sale from Wed 2 June, 12 noon AEST– Thu 3 June, 12 noon AEST
General public on-sale from Friday 4 June, 9am local time
|Tuesday 3 August||The Hi-Fi, Melbourne||18+|
|www.thehifi.com.au or 1300 THE HIFI (1300 843 4434)|
|Wednesday 4 August||The Forum, Sydney||18+|
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|Melbourne scuzz-punks Reptiles are set to launch their latest EP Come Get Me in Melbourne and Sydney this month.
Catch Reptiles launch at Revolver in Melbourne on Sunday 13 June (Queens Birthday Eve) and at Oxford Arts Factory side stage in Sydney on Wednesday 30 June.
|They’re two of music’s most acclaimed bands boasting two of music’s most compelling front women – Deborah Harry leading the wondrous Blondie and Chrissie Hynde fronting the mighty Pretenders. As a double-bill, it’s a world first! It’s also an absolute cracker and that’s exactly what fans can savour when Blondie & The Pretenders co-headline a November/December tour of ‘a day on the green‘ winery shows.|
|New Jersey quintet SENSES FAIL are set to tour Australia this August 2010, fresh out of the studio with producer Brian McTernan (Thrice, Circa Survive). The band’s long-awaited return will happen nearly 7 years after their first visit when they performed on the Taste of Chaos tour.
Senses Fail will be performing songs from their entire catalog, including their most recent Vagrant Records release ‘Life is Not a Waiting Room’, which came out in October of 2008.
7 Australian dates, 5 eager members, and a brand new live DVD scheduled to hit stores later in the year (details to come); this tour will lively demonstrate all of the passion and fury the post-hardcore band is renown for serving.
ARIA Award Winning King of Hokum and purveyor of the darkest Jungle Blues, C.W. Stoneking announces a rare Australian tour this July.
Across two full-length albums including King Hokum in 2006 and 2008’s ARIA winning Jungle Blues, C.W. Stoneking has rightfully earned the reputation as the leading voice on the Australian roots music scene. Revisiting and re-invigorating the pre-war blues, jazz, calypso and jungle sounds of the 20’s and 30’s, C.W. Stoneking has captured the imagination of a nation with his plaintive nostalgic voice and vivid narrations.
Continue reading C.W. Stoneking and the Primitive Horn Orchestra July 2010 Australian Tour
|There’s nothing more that Melbourne alternative rockers BRITTLE want to do but to capture their dynamic live sound and energy in their recordings and that’s exactly what they’ve achieved with legendary producer Mark Opitz at the helm on the band’s new five-track EP titled “The Owls” which will be unleashed on June 14 as a free digital download.
The EP will be backed by a massive tour of the same name that will see the band visiting all capital cities in June, July and August as well as a host of major regional centres around the country. It will be their largest Australian tour since the release of their debut EP ‘Chinese Whispers’ in 2008.