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The Lawrence Arms stream new album “Metropole” (Full Album Stream)

Photo - Credit Ben PierMetropole is the first album in 8 years from the Chicago bred trio. It’s a blistery, hook-heavy sound with a lyrical narrative that captures what vocalist/bassist Brendan Kellys calls “that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down”. Brendan Kelly, Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar), and Neil Hennessey (drums) took their wide range of influences and inspirations from both classic punk/hardcore bands including Jawbreaker, NOFX, Propaghandi, Bad Religion and late-’90s hip hop like Outkast’s Aquemini to create their most dynamic record to date. The samples heard throughout the album are sound recordings of street musicians, recorded by the band on their cell phones. Take the horn at the start of “Acheron River” that Kelly describes as “a dude on his back in the middle of the road, so drunk he couldn’t even see.” Or the piano at the end of “Seventeener (17th and 37th) that was a grand piano someone was playing in the middle of the street. Everything from accordion to bagpipes helps capture the urban isolation that saturates so much of Metropole.
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Bluesfest Byron Bay – Sixth Artist Announcement

bluesfest 6Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held at its permanent home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, reveals the 6th round of artists to perform at its 25th Anniversary, over the Easter long weekend 17 – 21 April, 2014 and news from the Bluesfest office is, that this is NOT the final one!

True to Bluesfest form, there will be more announcements before the Easter extravaganza begins in just 3 months’ time!

This latest announcement focuses on our home-grown Australian Stars with a perfect mix of excellent International artists, whilst the 2014 line-up just keeps on growing, bringing out all the magnificent wonders of Bluesfest.
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Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2014 Shows Selling Out

twilightThe announcement of The Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2014 program towards the end of last year received a red hot response from music lovers with three shows selling out well ahead of the start of the season. Tickets to shows featuring Jessica Mauboy, Xavier Rudd and James Reyne and Daryl Braithwaite sold out in record time, with other shows selling fast.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights offer a unique experience combining wildlife, stunning musical performances and gourmet delights, all within the spectacular grounds of Melbourne Zoo, under the blanket of balmy summer nights.
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India.Arie + Joss Stone announce Australian shows – April 2014

jessBluesfest Touring is continuing the momentum only days after announcing Beth Hart’s Bluesfest sideshows with a rare musical double bill with two of the leading ladies of soul… the revitalized and inspirational India.Arie will be uniting with the rebellious and captivating Joss Stone in a series of special shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
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Under The Southern Cross VI: Australia Day weekend. 17 bands, 14 hours, 1 mammoth day!

UTSC6Under The Southern Cross is an all day metal festival held in Sydney on the Australia Day weekend. For the last five years, UTSC has been a showcase for the countries awesome metal bands and in 2014, the sixth installment will play host it’s biggest line up to date!

Headlined by Melbourne’s melodic, dark and progressive Be’lakor and Dreadnaught who have been one of the corner stones of Australian heavy music for nearly two decades, the line up promises a variety of styles ranging from doom, thrash, black metal, hard rock and death metal and is 100% Australian made.
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Gang Of Four announce Australian Tour – March 2014 – ** POSTPONED **

TOUR UPDATE

“Gang Of Four’s forthcoming Australian tour dates have been curtailed by some unforeseen family circumstances of a serious & personal nature. The decision has certainly not been taken lightly & we very much regret that we have to postpone the March tour. All tickets will be fully refunded & further tour dates will be rescheduled & announced soon. Apologies to all who have purchased tickets & all the inconvenience caused & a huge, huge thank you to everyone for their continued support. ” ~ Gang Of Four.
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Gang Of FourKillRockStar Entertainment, Tombowler and Tone Deaf present post-punk instigators Gang of Four in Australia to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their classic album Entertainment! along with all the hits that followed!

Entertainment! was a rare bird for its time, an enthralling amalgam of punk, funk and angular rock that signalled a changing-of-the-guard ushering in of the post- punk era. Released in 1979, this spiky collection of danceable songs would go on to inspire a generation – stripped of excess flesh, it revealed a twitching skeleton rising against apathy and commodity. The influence of Entertainment! is still being felt in music today. To celebrate 35 years since its release, Gang of Four will perform the entire album in full and all the hits that followed across Australia in 2014.
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The Crimson ProjeKCt – Australian Tour – June/July 2014

New dates have been announced for the post-progressive art rock concert of the year – The Crimson ProjeKCt.

King Crimson members Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto will be joined by the classically trained Fripp acolyte Markus Reuter plus Power Trio members Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph for three hours of unsurpassed musicianship and brutal power.
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John Butler Trio Announce National ‘Flesh & Blood’ Tour – March/April 2014

The John Butler Trio recently completed a quick stint of thrilling performances in capital cities selling out small capacity iconic venues around the country as they introduced new tunes and their new drummer, Grant Gerathy. With the trio’s sixth studio album ‘Flesh & Blood’ locked and loaded for a February 7th global release the band are pleased to announce a national tour, their first extensive Australian tour in 4 years. Tickets for the tour will go on sale Friday December 13th 2013.

The John Butler Trio’s ‘Flesh & Blood’ album tour will take in major capital cities and a host of regional centres throughout March and April 2014. Fans can expect a set list encompassing tracks from their new album ‘Flesh & Blood’ as well as crowd favourites from the breadth of the trio’s catalogue.
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The Dead Daisies release new single ‘Washington’

It’s been one hell of a year for The Dead Daisies – with the release of their debut single ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’ featuring Slash, a successful tour of the USA as part of the 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, and multiple shows sharing the stage with the rock legends ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, and Coheed & Cambria. The rock super group will finish 2013 on a high, with the release of their second single ‘Washington’ in Australia, whilst also touring the UK with The Black Star Riders and headlining their own show in Israel.

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Periphery + Animals As Leaders return to Australia in January/February 2014

PERIPHERY has defied the boundaries of conventionality, bringing new life to the metal scene. Their meteoric rise to the upper echelon of the metal world will be in full display when they return to Australia in January/February 2014 joined by ANIMALS AS LEADERS.

PERIPHERY push the envelope with an innovative brand of engagingly complex metal. The band’s latest offering, Periphery II showcases the band’s richest and most alluring metal to date. ‘‘Periphery is clearly onto something huge.’ – Metal Injection
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Hat Fitz & Cara – “Fighting Fit” Tour – January 2014

This time last year the delightful Hat Fitz and Cara were riding high. They’d toured Europe, receiving great acclaim for their wonderful Wiley Ways album, and had then come home excited for the album’s Australian release and tour. Wiley Ways reached the top of the Australian Blues Charts (it stayed firmly in the charts for 12 months), and received rave reviews all round. To top things off, Hat Fitz & Cara’s shows and festival appearances were attracting large, often sell-out crowds. It seemed that Australia as a whole had finally caught on to the charm, wit and wonderful musicality of the wee lass from Ireland and the big, bushy Queenslander.

Then in December 2012 Cara was involved in a near fatal car accident, not far from the home she shares with life and musical partner Fitz. A driver pulled out in front of her while she was travelling at 70kms an hour, leaving her with nowhere to go. Fractured ribs, a damaged 9th vertebrae, a sprained back and neck and substantial frontal lobe bruising, along with a whole world of pain, brought the progress they had made to a grinding halt. But Cara was lucky to be alive, and they were grateful for it. Together, Cara and her gentle giant Fitz tackled the doctors’ & specialist appointments and the resulting legal wrangling, while keeping their family fed and afloat.
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FRIGHTENED RABBIT announce Sydney & Melbourne Side-Shows – February 2014

Frightened Rabbit visited Australia for a national tour earlier this year off the back of their Pedestrian Verse album, playing GTM Festivals and a run of sold-out east coast sideshows. Having recently been announced as part of Laneway Festivals 2014 line-up, Frightened Rabbit have confirmed headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
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Clutch – 2014 Australian Tour supports announced!

Photo by: Dirk Behlau

Clutch have announced Melbourne heavy rock outfit Don Fernando as support for their Melbourne show at the Prince (SOLD OUT) and Sydney show at The Metro. While local hard hitters Brisbane The Black Water Fever and Heavy Roller will open proceedings at The Zoo (limited tickets available).

Towards the end of February Clutch will land in Australia for their first shows since the release of their tenth studio album Earth Rocker (2013), which has fast become the most successful album of the bands twenty four year career, featuring heavily in top ten albums of 2013 lists across the globe, including being the number one album in Metal Hammer UK’s top 50 albums of the year.

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Baby Animals are Back with a Brand new National Tour in 2014

Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End, and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut, iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals have announced a string of new Australian tour dates in 2014 – a continuation of this year’s national capital city tour.

Presented by Social Family Records, The Harbour Agency and MAX, “Feed The Birds Part II” will kick off with two “A Day On The Green” shows with Jimmy Barnesin Clare Valley, South Australia and Yarra Valley, Victoria; followed by headline dates in Merimbula, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Laurieton, North Brisbane, Gold Coast, Albury, Batemans Bay, Rooty Hill, Revesby, Ipswich, East Brisbane, Dee Why and Belmont.
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KC & The Sunshine Band – Bluesfest 2014 Sideshows


KC and THE SUNSHINE BAND- shakin bootys and selling over 100 million albums since 1973
With their catalogue of dance anthems including Get Down Tonight, That’s The Way (I Like It), Please Don’t Go, Shake Your Booty, Keep It Comin’ Love, Boogie Shoes, Rock Your Baby, I’m Your Boogie Man, (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. KC & The Sunshine Band are still as widely popular today as they were when they first danced into the music scene 40 years ago.
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