Photographer: Jose Eduardo Cruz
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Machine Head The Black Procession’ Tour @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane 27 March 2010 w/ Hatebreed & Bleeding Through
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Only 50 people were lucky enough to see this performance. :)
Continue reading The Swell Season @ Pure Pop Records, St Kilda 25th March 2010
Riot Entertainment announced the signing of Black Label Society to its roster for Australia and New Zealand. Riot Entertainment Owner/CEO John Howarth stated, “Riot’s and my history with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society goes way back to the beginning of Black Label Society’s career. We have released every BLS album down here ever since, except for one. Zakk is like family and it’s an honour to work with BLS again. We are really excited about the reports we are receiving and can’t wait to hear the finished product. We are getting ready to fire up the machine and really push the new album over the top here in Australia. Zakk knows we will get down and dirty again to push this album. We are really looking forward to Zakk and the boys touring again here in 2011!”
Continue reading News: Riot Entertainment signs Black Label Society directly for Australia & NZ
Train and Angus & Julia Stone maintain their hold on the ARIA Charts …
Homegrown brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone hold at the top of the ARIA Album Chart for the second week straight with their Gold certified, sophomore release “Down The Way”, as they make their way around the country on tour. The boys from Train also maintain their chart topping run, chalking up a second consecutive week at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart with the catchy tune “Hey, Soul Sister”. The track also remains in peak position on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.
Jumping six spots to No.3 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week is Lady Gaga’s hit single “Telephone” (featuring Beyonce), which has generated commentary around the world with its extraordinary video clip. The Black Eyed Peas claim their thirteenth Australian top 10 single, as the former US number one smash “Imma Be” climbs five spots to No.7, while Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (featuring Ludacris) moves from No.18 to 13. Local pop darling Gabriella Cilmi continues to climb the chart, racing up ten spots to No.16 with “On A Mission” as “Nothin’ On You” from B.o.B. (featuring Bruno Mars) claims a No.25 debut. “Halfway Gone” from US rockers Lifehouse jumps eight spots to No.30 in its second week on the chart, while “Some Of The Places I Know” from Perth lads Gyroscope and “When I Look At You” from Miley Cyrus score top 40 debuts, coming in at No. 32 and 38 respectively.
Continue reading ARIA Chart News – w/c 29th March 2010
By Luke Sutton
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[Photos: Anna Kanci]
|Brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone are making their mark on 2010. With a new album, Down The Way having just been released, the Stone siblings embarked on an Australian tour to promote this wonderful new release for a wide circle of fans. The stage had been decorated into a furnished room, which lamps, old cameras, and a backdrop made of wallpaper decor’ and old photo frames. The term ‘Intimate gig’ could not have been truer, despite being played at the Palace.|
Opening up the night in Melbourne was local singer songwriter Lavelle Collins. Playing solo with only his guitar in hand, Collins played a somewhat generic folk set.
Playing an acoustic set due to two of Boy & Bear’s band member’s being on tour with Laura Marling, Boy & Bear was comprised of a trio tonight. Reminiscent of the UK’s Mumford & Sons, Boy & Bear are such a wonderful band to watch perform. Such being, it was incredibly disappointing to see the three remaining members having to compete with the chatter of a crowd who really did not care. Many moments of perfect harmonies were blown away by the chatter of some stoned/drunk girls in the front of the floor area. Regardless of this, paying attention to the band, we were treated to a strong, honest and wonderful set which was closed with the excellent Mexican Mavis. Boy & Bear have an EP released in stores and online soon.
Continue reading Live Review and Photos: Angus & Julia Stone, Boy & Bear, Lavelle Collins @ The Palace, Melbourne 25 March 2010
– La Roux music available at iTunes
Continue reading Photo Gallery: La Roux @ The Bacardi Express Show @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 25 March 2010
By Denis Semchenko
The River Stage is still somewhat quiet by the time I cross the Goodwill Bridge and walk up the familiar hill, most of the crowd seated on the grass and listening to Martina Topley-Bird’s unassuming, often lovely songs. Previously known as the co-vocalist on Tricky’s lauded ‘90s records such as Maxinquaye and Pre-Millenium Tension, the diminutive songbird is in a relaxed mood, engaging in humorous banter between songs.
Sparsely arranged – a keyboard, an electronic marimba and a beatbox – and led by that unmistakable, slightly breathy voice, the numbers from 2003’s acclaimed Quixotic, 2008’s The Blue God and the forthcoming third album provide a suitable start to the evening. Poison is gently seductive, the Loop Station-assisted newie is undeniably catchy and the set closer Too Tough To Die has Martina rock out on a quirky-looking electric guitar. A total, albeit brief, pleasure.
Continue reading Live Review: Massive Attack @ River Stage, Brisbane 23 March 2010
Article: Carbie Warbie
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic 1980 album, “Doolittle”, Pixies – Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering have embarked on a very special tour. ‘The Doolittle Tour’ – which arrives in Australia in March 2010. Selling out shows left, right and centre all around Australia! This is the first night in Melbourne at Festival Hall and I felt like this monkey has gone to heaven, photographing one of my all time FAV bands. Seeing Black Francis, up so close, while he singing/screaming “TAME” was fantastic! :)
Continue reading Photo Gallery: Pixies @ Festival Hall, West Melbourne – 20th March 2010
The Frontier Touring Company have announced LA rock band Carney will perform a headline show at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney next Wednesday 31 March with special guests The Delta Riggs.
Carney, with their vivacious energy, broad versatility and polished instrumental talents, the captivating musicians meld blues with rock to create a sound that really moves you, a sound that is uniquely Carney.
Continue reading News: CARNEY headline show at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney 31 March 2010
Review: Ben Hosking
The last few years have been pretty turbulent for The Dillinger Escape Plan. While their records and their live performances have always been violent musical explosions of fury, the latter usually quite unpredictable in nature, it did seem at one point that the band ran the risk of becoming victims of their own chaos. As front man Greg Puciato recently put it, the band was engulfed in “a vicious tornado of animosity” that led to the departure of drummer and co-founder Chris Pennie.
As history sits, their last album Ire Works was completed and toured with the help of Gil Sharone of avant garde group Stolen Babies. However, this proved only a temporary solution, with Sharone leaving the group at the end of 2008.
Certainly, Dillinger is not a band known for their stable line-up, with guitarist Ben Weinman the lone original member. Regardless, the group searched for permanent replacement through 2009 – no easy task considering the relentlessly brutal barrage of erratic blast beats that permeate most of their music. What they found was 25-year-old Billy Rymer.
Continue reading CD Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘Option Paralysis’
Article: Carbie Warbie
Supporting the reformed Pavement on their aussie tour are another reformed band, Gersey.
Gersey is an Australian rock band based in Melbourne, which formed in 1997. The band is composed of Craig Jackson (vocals, bass), Daryl Bradie (guitar), Matt Davis (guitar), Danny Tulen (drums) and Drew Pearse (keyboards).
Continue reading Photo Gallery: Gersey @ Palace Theatre, Melbourne 14th March 2010