|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.
Continue reading Macabre (USA) Australian Tour – July 2010
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.
Continue reading Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement, Sydney – 7th May 2010
|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.
|“You have to rank Everett amongst John Lennon and Kurt Cobain. That’s how good he is” – The Sunday Times
You never know what to expect at an Eels concert. One year it’s vocoders and synthesizers and the next it’s gritty garage rock. None of this is designed for the sake of versatility so much as it is answering the deep-rooted creative needs of E.
|Not seen in Australia for over a decade, Grammy winning singer songwriter Rickie Lee Jones returns Down Under for her Sydney Opera House debut as part of a national tour.
An Evening with Rickie Lee Jones will be a highlight of Vivid LIVE in the Opera Theatre on May 29 2010. Accompanied by a three piece band, Jones will perform songs from the back catalogue of her greatest hits as well as tracks from her 15th critically-acclaimed studio release, Balm in Gilead. Continue reading Rickie Lee Jones – Vivid Festival, Sydney Opera House 29 May 2010
|Following a run of spectacular shows in Paris with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and The John Butler Trio in the UK – including a tour finale at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo – Mama Kin is pleased to announce that she will be supporting The Cat Empire on their forthcoming national tour.
Mama Kin has been confirmed to hit the road with The Cat Empire for their August and September dates, criss-crossing the country to play a string of shows in Australia’s major venues. An ideal opportunity to celebrate the release of Beat and Holler, Mama Kin will be showcasing material from her debut album.
Mama Kin is equal parts raconteur and soulstress: a sassy femme fatale who draws on her experiences of love, life and heartache.
Her bittersweet melodies soar with stomping piano and swampy beats, traversing the riotous, the raw and the intimate. Continue reading Mama Kin Hits The Road to Support The Cat Empire
|MAMMA MIA!, the global phenomenon is set to return to Australia for strictly limited seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, this enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago…
The 10th Anniversary Australian Tour reunites members of the Original Australian Tour cast reprising their critically-acclaimed performances.
Anne Wood stars as mother-of-the-bride, Donna, Jennifer Vuletic as the much-married Tanya and Lara Mulcahy as the vivacious Rosie, a role she played on London’s West End following her time with MAMMA MIA! Australia. Continue reading MAMMA MIA! – The Smash Hit Musical Returns To Australia For Its 10th Anniversary Tour
|Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier announced a national tour to celebrate the launch of their latest album Half Man Half Woman, out early May.
A record half full of acoustic instruments and half full of the space that’s left in between the notes, Half Man Half Woman chronicles love in the middle ages, life in the 21st century and the human condition of now, then and what will be. It’s an album that gives equal weight to an eight minute rant, a 90 second instrumental miniature and a song sung by their three young daughters.
Ever since Conway and Zygier joined forces they have pursued a career of musical unpredictability. From the folk rock, platinum selling String of Pearls to the critically acclaimed electronica of My Third Husband, to the woody
warmth, country tinged Summertown, there have been roads less travelled and many musics explored in between. Continue reading Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier ‘Half Man Half Woman’ Tour 2010
| Darker Half play METAL: drawing on the roots of classic heavy metal, they have been inspired by thrash, power, death, speed and more to build a unique style all their own.
Darker Half come from Sydney Australia. The band is based around the dual guitars of Vo Simpson and Brad Dickson. The guitar harmonies of Vo and Brad intertwine searing lead breaks with Vo’s screaming power vocals and brutal doom growl across the solid yet adventurous bass and drums of Simon Hamilton and Dom Simpson.
Ovation and EMI today announced that Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman, is touring Australia for the first time, bringing their Songs From The Heart tour to five cities in October and November this year.
From the shores of Ireland, Celtic Woman brings the talents of vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Alex Sharpe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt each of whom bring a unique style and distinctly different contribution to the group.
Fast becoming an international phenomenon and following a sell out tour throughout the US comes the dynamic talent of five Irish women who make up the multi selling platinum group, Celtic Woman. Majestic and enchanting, the angelic voices of the five Celtic beauties tell the journey of the modern Celtic Woman with songs from the heart. Continue reading CELTIC WOMAN – Australian Tour Announced For October-November 2010
[Photos: Anna Kanci]
|The last few months have seen brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone go from strength to strength. With a #1 Gold album (fast approaching platinum) and a national SOLD OUT tour under their belts the pair have since been touring the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, gathering further accolades. ‘Down the Way’ came in at #19 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in the USA, #40 in France and have just completed their sold out UK dates,|
with The Times saying about the pairs shepherds bush empire show – ‘triumphant’. Angus & Julia go on to tour Europe then a headline spot at the UK’s biggest Music Convention/Festival – The Great Escape. Continue reading ANGUS & JULIA STONE August-September 2010 Tour!
|Following his hugely successful 2008 Australian live tour of his hit show Tinselworm, British comic and musician Bill Bailey returns down under with his brand new live show, Bill Bailey Live.
Kicking off on Thursday, 1 July in Newcastle, the tour will take in Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, before culminating in Canberra on Friday 30 July.
Following his performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the resulting critically acclaimed BBC2 television broadcast, last autumn Bill enjoyed a very successful UK tour of his
“Kasabian conjures the ghosts of Brit rock titans for one of the decade’s most thrilling and memorable live experiences” – Channel [V]
|Ounce for ounce, Kasabian are the most exciting British rock band of this decade.
Whether playing a secret show in a small pub in Ireland, The Glastonbury Festival or working a sold out Wembley Stadium, they come, they conquer and always metaphorically (and sometimes physically) destroy all that come before them. Continue reading Kasabian – Australian tour announced!