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Yours & Owls Festival 2017 – Under 18’s Festival

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Yours & Owls Festival today announce they are giving the big ol’ finger to adulthood by chucking one epic party at Waves on Saturday September 30 kicking off at 11am for all the babes out there not quite old enough for an 18+ card……because why should adults have all the fun?! Stealing some of the best artists from the Yours & Owls line-up to party for the day, tickets go on sale Friday June 2 so get in quick, this is one U18’s rager you won’t want to miss out on!
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Alice Cooper: Announces Worldwide Signing To earMUSIC. New Studio Album ‘Paranormal’

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earMUSIC has announced the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper.

“Paranormal”, Alice Cooper’s new studio album, his first in 6 years, will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC/Sony Music Australia as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital.
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Tour News : LISA HANNIGAN – Australian Headline Shows – May 2017

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On the eve of her debut headline tour in Australia​ Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden earlier this week. Lisa has previously toured our shores with Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and as part of the ensemble for the Nick Drake ‘Way to Blue’ concerts, her first headline performances will delight music lovers.

See her in concert this month at The Old Museum​ Brisbane, The Thornbury Theatre Melbourne, Lizotte’s Newcastle, Fly By Night Musicians Club​ Fremantle, The Anglesea Memorial Hall & Vivid LIVE Sydney. For full tour details visit gaynorcrawford.com

The Late Late Show with James Corden. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0pBZtmz0gU

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Tour News : Grinspoon – ‘Guide To Better Living’ Tour 2017


Post-grunge Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have announced a 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of the album that kickstarted their long-standing music career, Guide To Better Living, alongside an epic national tour of Australia, playing the album cover to cover for fans throughout June, July, August and September (2017).
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Live Review: The Record Company with support Little Georgia – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – 20 April 2017

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Review by Peter Coates

Making the dash across town from the early and packed-out Bluesfest sideshow of St Paul & The Broken Bones, I made it into a sparsely populated Northcote Social Club bandroom just in time for the grunge-folk duo that is Little GeorgiaJustin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix have been involved in a few musical projects over the years, and got together in 2015 to explore their mutual attraction for alternative country songs.
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Live Review : Zac Brown Band with support The Pierce Bros – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne – 19 April 2017

Zac Brown Band at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne - 19 April 2017 Photographer: Peter Coates

Zac Brown Band at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne – 19 April 2017
Photographer: Peter Coates


Review by Peter Coates

The Pierce Brothers are an Aussie duo of brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, offering a set of guitar and percussion country-folk delivered with punch and self-deprecating humour. Both brothers have strong and soulful voices, and most of the songs have a strong beat and some rabble-rousing choruses – opener It’s My Fault and Only One as examples, which all combined to bring the crowd alive……”we’re totally professional……done venues like this 100 times…….at home!”
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The Wombats Announce Australian Headline Shows – May 2017

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2017 marks 10 years since indie-rock royalty The Wombats’ debuted A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, featuring indie dancefloor staples ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and ‘Moving to New York’. The show will be a celebration of the band, showcasing your favourites from the album along with a slew of hits from Glitterbug and This Modern Glitch. So, don’t sleep on this one boys, girls and marsupials… tickets will sell fast!
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Album Review : Quinn Sullivan – “Midnight Highway”

Review by Peter Coates
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Quinn Sullivan is another young blues guitarist, already classed as a “prodigy” at 17 years old by some fairly credible media (Rolling Stone and The Washington Post), and when Billy Gibbons reckons you have mastered the blues, and Buddy Guy says “Players like Quinn come along once in a lifetime” you get the idea that there could be something special about this guy.
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Album Review : THUNDER – ‘Rip It Up’

Review by Peter Coates

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It is sometimes hard to try and set aside the fact that I have been a fan of this band for nearly 35 years and listen to a new record with an objective viewpoint – from club shows as Terraplane, and then the arena support slots when they were the next great hope of British Rock, through to the farewell show in 1999, and the next goodbye in 2009, and the triumphant UK tour in 2015. I haven’t loved everything they’ve released, but I do like most of it! The last album, Wonder Days, was a mighty return to their absolute best, so following that up was always going to be a challenge.
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Neil Finn joins the Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017

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Bluesfest is excited to announce that Neil Finn and his band are joining the Bluesfest line up. Finn, along with his bands Split Enz and Crowded House are responsible for some of Australia’s most beloved songs including ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘I Got You’, ‘Something So Strong’, ‘Better Be Home Soon’, ‘Weather With You’ and ‘Four Seasons in One Day’. It will be a magical Monday at Bluesfest indeed as Finn and his band end the festival with a set that will leave hearts full and faces smiling.
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Helen Shanahan releases new single and video ‘I Only Hide’

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Helen Shanahan has announced the release of her stirring new single, I Only Hide. In I Only Hide, Helen offers considerate comfort to those who suffer from anxiety; a comfort that only true empathy can provide. The song is fittingly accompanied by an honest and heartfelt video, featuring the pertinent storyline of ‘the two Helens’ and was produced in collaboration with Danny Martin and Elliot Smith of Villanova Music (Tim Minchin). Helen will play a coveted slot at the Perth International Arts Festival on March 4, 2017.
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