|Blitzen Trapper is a group of native Northwesterners, most of whom grew up in Salem, Oregon. They have lived and played together in Portland since 2000. Critics and fans have compared their music to just about everything; there have been calls to coin a new genre. Blitzen Trapper‘s Pavement-meets-Southern rock sound, grabs influences from The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Big Star and Frank Zappa while playing in a scene that spawned The Shins, Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith.|
Editors, one of the most iconic bands of the decade, are returning to Australia this December. It will cap off a huge year for the band which will also see the release of their 3rd album, In This Light and On This Evening.
The 2005 debut album from Editors, The Back Room, is already considered a
|In 1986 SKID ROW was born in a garage somewhere in Toms River, N.J. Like a bastard child of a thousand maniacs, they relentlessly pounded the New Jersey club circuit; packing houses wherever they performed.
Fast forward to 1989, SKID ROW’s self titled debut album goes on to sell over 5 million copies in the U.S.A., along with a tour that takes them around the world.
In 1992 the band releases their second record “SLAVE TO THE GRIND” which debuts at #1 on the Billboard charts, making them the first Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band to do so. The album rockets to multi-platinum status. This is also followed by a massive world tour.
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|Following on the heels of their hugely successful 55-city sold out North American tour, legendary super group Fleetwood Mac will bring their “Unleashed” tour to Australia later this year.
The tour, their first in five years, is a two-hour plus celebration of all the greatest hits from undoubtedly one of the most enduring, celebrated and influential rock groups of all time.
As 2010 looms on the horizon like a sci-fi sequel it’s time to announce what’s confirmed for the next instalment of travelling mayhem known as the Big Day Out.
So here it is… The Official First Announcement:
BIG DAY OUT 2010: Muse, Powderfinger, Lilly Allen, Eskimo Joe, Groove Armada, Grinspoon, The Mars Volta, Ladyhawke, Dizzee Rascal, Karnivool, Peaches, The Temper Trap, Kasabian, Midnight Juggernauts, Rise Against, Magic Dirt, Mastodon, Lisa Mitchell, The Horrors, Bluejuice, Calvin Harris, Kisschasy, The Decemberists, Tame Impala and Girl Talk
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THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘MASOCHIST’ IN OCTOBER 2009
DEBUT ALBUM ‘TANGALOOMA’ TO FOLLOW EARLY 2010
The collision of art-rock, classic pop and indie has never sounded as lush as it does on ‘Masochist’, the first single lifted from Brisbane six piece band The John Steel Singers‘ forthcoming debut album.
Recorded under the guidance of producer, mentor and fellow Queenslander Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, new single ‘Masochist’ sees The John Steel Singers blend rich vocal harmonies and horns to create a woozy, psychedelic soundtrack for the lyrics of writer Scott Bromiley. ‘Masochist’ has The John Steel Singers apply what is becoming their trademarked psychedelic, observation of a disfunctional relationship; the story here of a man who can’t apply himself to love. The band keep things upbeat though, moving between Beatles’eque horn arrangements and orchestral pomp. It’s a fluid, appealing sound.
Continue reading The John Steel Singers Release New Single ‘Masochist’ and Tour in Oct-Nov 2009
|~His trademark black-white-and-silver facepaint is one of the most recognizable images in rock history.
~He is the only Axeman who has played on every major KISS album.
~He is one of the most influential guitarists in rock history and the reason countless youths started playing guitar.
~He is the Spaceman, Ace Frehley and he will be here in Australia for his first ever solo tour in October.
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|Biffy Clyro and The Big Pink to support Muse!|
|In a metal world starved for integrity, intelligence and beauty, Opeth shine like a beacon through dark clouds. They are artistic visionaries and their transcendent live shows have gone down in music folklore.
Combining towering blasts of blackened death metal with the intricacy of 1970s prog rock and the more subtle, gentle beauty of folk, Opeth continue to create epic and iconic music; inventing and reinventing the rules as they go along.
No wonder the metal world stops whatever it’s doing and pauses with bated breath each time the band announce an album or tour. In just over a decade and across nine studio albums, they have become the standard bearer for modern metal.
In what will make for an electrifying performance, another dimension has been added to the recently announced Tim Finn National Anthology Tour with the news that former Split Enz and Crowded House keyboardist/composer/musician Eddie Rayner will join Tim on tour.
The unspoken onstage chemistry with Eddie Rayner will bring another element to the already red hot band. Eddie was the inspiration behind the Enzso project in the late 90s and the shows will feature hit songs from Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers as well as Tim’s solo songs and promise to be magic.
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|Soundwave 2010 – General Public tickets announcement!
With early bird tickets selling out in frenetic pace the excitement is palpable for the general public on sale for Soundwave 2010. So without further ado we can announce that tickets go on sale Friday 18 September at 9am. Tickets will be available through Oztix (head to the website for a full list of retail outlets at www.oztix.com.au) and www.ticketek.com.au 132 849.
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Chugg Entertainment and EMI Music are excited to announce that Bob Evans and his full band will open for Keith Urban on his “Escape Together World Tour” which begins in Melbourne on Saturday December 12 and will be the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
The two-hour, high-energy concert event starts in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 12 December, before travelling north to Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre on Monday 14 December. Next on the itinerary is Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 16 December before finishing up in Keith’s home state, performing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Friday 18 December. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Adelaide’s Double Dragon have scored the national support spot for the upcoming Slayer/Megadeth Australian tour. Shows are now sold out for Sydney at the Hordern Pavilion and Adelaide Thebarton Theatre. Others are selling fast so get in now to catch this classic double header!
Talk about a mind-blowing double-header. Slayer and Megadeth – two of the bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – will perform together for the first time ever in Australia and New Zealand when they co-headline six shows in October.
Both Slayer and Megadeth have recently emerged from the recording studio with brand new albums – Slayer‘s World Painted Blood, due out later this year, and Megadeth‘s Endgame set for a September 11th release.
|Australian lovers of twisted four string bass excursions rejoice! Les Claypool heads to Australia this December bringing with him the arsenal of complex rhythms and death defying melodic twists and turns that feature on his latest solo opus Of Fungi And Foe.
When it comes to taking the bass guitar far beyond the usual confines and out into the musical stratosphere, no one over the past twenty five years has come close to matching the absolute mind snapping brilliance of bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool.
From his early work with Primus through the eighties to his latest soon to be released solo album Of Fungi and Foe, Claypool has redefined with humour, intelligence and above all sheer talent, what being a bass player in a modern rock outfit is all about.
The Rhythm and The Blues debuts at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts
|The phrase gets bandied around a lot in connection with his name, but it’s now official. Jimmy Barnes is Australia’s greatest music legend, racking up his ninth #1 solo album with The Rhythm and The Blues (out now through Liberation).
Its debut at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts this week confirms Jimmy Barnes has secured more #1 albums in the ARIA charts than any Australian artist ever. Factor in Jimmy’s two chart-toppers from his Chisel days and he and U2 jostle it out with eleven ARIA number ones for first place.