| In October last year, Megan Washington performed a stunning solo set at a small club in Paris, La Boule Noire. Also on the bill that evening was an emerging American artist named Lissie. Those lucky enough to have been present witnessed the coming together of two incredible female talents at a special point in both their careers. The magic was palpable. Bonding over a rolled cigarette and a drink (or two), the girls talked around the idea of sharing a stage again whenever their crazy schedules would permit.
THE TOUR OF LAUGHTER & FORGETTING will deliver on that Parisian promise, as WASHINGTON invites Lissie to join her as a very special guest across the not-to-be-missed, Australian shows.
|Australian based pop band Stray formed in Sydney at the end of 2006. Sharing the same passion for Pop music, they combined their talents and blended a mix of 80’s funk inspired bass lines, organic feel of RnB and the current Electro Pop/Rock dimension to create the Stray sound.
Life Music Media caught up with the duo *Alessandro Gaudiosi (Lead Vocals, Synths), Phil Lombardo (Drums, Synths)* to find out more about STRAY!
Hi guys, can you tell us a little about “Stray”?
Well, we are a 2 piece duo who just love pop music. we love to write it, produce it and most of all perform it-
We have just released our EP titeld ‘Sex, Love and Neon Lights‘ which features 5 tracks inspired by the great Michael Jackson and Prince. We really inspirie to write and perform music which has a commercial feel to it and I guess thats what Stray is all about in a nut shell.
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Sleepy, seaside fishing village gets its loudest wakeup call yet as Pikelet helps launch the first of the line up and some exciting new developments for the 14th annual Queenscliff Music Festival.
The first round of artists for this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival have been revealed as well as a number of exciting, new announcements at a special launch event on Tuesday 10th August, held at Melbourne’s Transit Lounge, where the incomparable girl-with-the-loop-pedal, Evelyn Morris aka.Pikelet, dangled the musical carrot with a Festival preview performance.The 2010 festival line up when completed will deliver over 80 acts presenting 150 performances in 13 venues across Queenscliff on the weekend of 26-27-28 November.
Today’s Queenscliff Music Festival media launch included a set by the charming PIKELET.
Photographer: CARBIE WARBIE
Direct from 3 years of staging large scale concerts in Macau and 10 years at the USA’s Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, New Festival Director, Michael Carrucan, has added a new stage called The Crossing Stage, and ensured everything kicks off on an ultra high note with The Lighthouse Stage opening a day earlier to encompass the Friday night. Continue reading
Want a copy of Goodnight Owl EP “Goodnight Owl”? We have a few copies of Goodnight Owl’s self titled EP to give away to coincide with the bands release of their debut film clip for EP single Maps & Compasses.. See below for details.
Goodnight Owl can lead the way in two directions, an embrace of the dawn, or an adventure into the dark. Make it what you will, this 4 piece Melbourne band play a mixture of pop, folk, electronic, ambient, and post-rock music which takes the listener on a journey lyrically and musically.
The development of Goodnight Owl’s sound was significantly inspired when Eddie Alexander (vocals, guitar, bells, melodica, drum) was joined by childhood friends from Alice Springs Bella Walker (keys, glockenspiel) and Joe Walker (electronics, keys, glockenspiel, guitar, drum, melodica) in Melbourne, and met Eric Moore (drums) in 2009 to form what is now the band for live performances. Continue reading
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|Here it is, the official first line-up announcement for Parklife 2010. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s their tenth birthday this year, and it looks like the celebrations are set to go off with a bang. As promised, there are quite a few surprises on the roster of artists announced so far, with organisers paying closer attention to the more indie/alternative-inspired musical tastes of their punters, as well as packing in a whole bunch of more traditionally Parklife-y electro and hip hop acts.|
Review: Ben Hosking
|It has always been equally intriguing and amusing to this reviewer that a pair of individuals as intense and creative as Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb should be most widely known for a dance/pop project. However, this is exactly the case for the Canadian pair long known in metal and industrial circles for their work with projects like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Rhys’ regular contributions to groups such as Fear Factory.
Despite – or perhaps because of – this, Delerium has always been an infinitely listenable experience that has pushed the boundaries of the genre; often
encompassing a wonderful darkness. Hopefully they’ve helped regular fans of mindless commercial dance to open their minds to something more creative, layered and ultimately – respectable. Continue reading
Review: Lana Harris
|Underground is the new single for Rocketsmiths, a Brisbane based five piece that have been releasing EPs since 2006. With metaphors of the band’s sound leaning precariously towards the more raucous end of rock descriptors (carnie, rockabilly and carnivalesque among them), ‘Underground’ draws on short, punchy riffs and restrained energy to deliver a catchy first single.
The track begins with drumbeats tumbling from the silence and quickly ramps up into a tune that would fit right in with those on The White Stripes’ Elephant record.
[Photo: Cody Alexander]
Gold coast Parklands once again played host to the Good Vibrations Festival and all its followers this February. The party had already begun before the gates opened; with crowds of revellers sipping away on their hip flasks and discussing their plans of attack for the day ahead.
With the gates open the party officially kicked off with a cruisy set from the aptly named Cool Calm Collective on the Roots stage. Continuing the relaxed start to the day were Tijuana Cartel on the main stage where a large crowd gathered, in all their costumed glory, to witness a set that evolved from an impressive acoustic flamenco demonstration to a full blown aussie hip-hop act. Such a diverse act couldn’t have been more appropriate for such a diverse and amped crowd; leaving everyone buzzing in anticipation for Bluejuice.
As promised, Soundwave returns in ’09, and to paraphrase Southpark, it is bigger, longer and uncut!
Topped by one of this generation’s most talented and uncompromising bands in NINE INCH NAILS, the festival also sees a long overdue return of grunge titans ALICE IN CHAINS and juvenile delinquents The BLOODHOUND GANG.
Never one to rest on there laurels, they’ve announced the second round of artists for Soundwave 09!
So without further ado… joining the already massive cast will be the powerful live force that is the Dillinger Escape Plan, Florida Metalcore titans Underoath, the sky-high hooks of Forever The Sickest Kids, pop rock balladeers Jack’s Mannequin and the unrelenting rhythms of All That Remains.
As always, there is also plenty to offer the fans of punk, metal and the heavier end of the alternative spectrum, as well as signing tents giving artists the opportunity to meet fans, market stalls and the odd bit of crappy installation art for you to laugh at.
Artist Line Up:
NINE INCH NAILS,ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG,LAMB OF GOD, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, UNDEROATH, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, JACK’S MANNEQUIN, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZYFISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE, EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, ALL THAT REMAINS, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER
General Public tickets are on sale now through Soundwave festival, ticketek.com.au & 132 849.
VENUES AND DATES
Saturday 21 February – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday 22 February – TBC, Sydney
Friday 27 February – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Saturday 28 February – Bonython Park, Adelaide
Monday 2 March – Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean, Perth
* Venues, lineup and date may be subject to change
Licensed All Ages Event Photo ID Required
SOUNDWAVE – IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE
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Roll up! Roll up! Rock ’n’ roll ringmaster SERJ TANKIAN has donned his top hat and will be cracking the whip at BIG DAY OUT 2009. The System of a Down front man has gone solo with the multi-layered album Elect the Dead. Backed by his band the FCC, TANKIAN’s show is a vaudevillian explosion – part comedic, part heart-attack serious. A showman like no other, SERJ TANKIAN is guaranteed to bring the drama at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)
BIG DAY OUT is dedicated to providing good times. And to help us do this in 2009, we’ve called on the band dubbed Boston’s answer to the Ramones – the legendary DROPKICK MURPHYS. This loud, raucous and chaotic seven-piece Celtic punk combo hits the stage with one goal: to play music that creates an all-for-one, one-for-all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and have a good time. Sounds good to us! So let the good times roll with DROPKICK MURPHYS at BIG DAY OUT 2009. (ALL SHOWS)
The opening track, Rainbow Kraut is a clear favourite and after a few listens I found myself humming along and somehow a little uplifted.
The EP is now available through Levity®/Inertia.
1. Rainbow Kraut
4. Harlequin Maid
In support of the album release, the John Steel Singers are embarking on an Australian Headliner tour thoughout November. Click here for tour details…
They’ve been sending postcards from Europe for the past two months, but now Sydneysiders Sparkadia are back on their home turf and ready to kick off an extensive album tour across the country. The four-piece will celebrate a massive year that included a slot at Glastonbury Festival and praise from local and international critics with their biggest national headline run to date.
Take two of Australia’s finest new band’s shake n rotate and you have The Immaculate Confection tour.
Brisbane’s tasty effervescent Yves Klein Blue and Sydney’s sweet astutely pop The Holidays will be touring the nation throughout October.
Yves Klein Blue’s clashy blend of classic pop, old punk, polka inspired ditties and indie rock have been gracing the airwaves and live audiences throughout 2008 with the EP “YVES KLEIN BLUE DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES” released through Dew Process. They recently played SxSW and Splendour In The Grass and have supported international bands such as The Fratellis (UK) and Tokyo Police Club (Canada) as well as a heap of others. This will be their last tour before they release their much anticipated debut album next year.
The Holidays athemic pop singles “Holiday” and “Telephone” picked up international play from self-titled EP released early 2008 through Liberation and saw them touring throughout the year with international bands such as The Wombats (UK) and Light Speed Champion (US) and festival appearances at Playground Weekender and Come Together Festival. The Holidays will be releasing new EP in October.
This double headline tour will see both bands rotating with a local opening support in each city. Something this delicious can’t be missed.
Cupcakes and other baked goods may be making appearances at each venue for early bird gig lovers!
Now “Sunset Sounds” in Brisbane on the 7th and 8th of January 2009… Click HERE for details.
***** The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival Resurrection Delayed *****
It is with great disappointment that the Byron Bay Arts Crew announces The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival will not happen this summer.
The festival, which originally ran from ’94 to ’96 and was organised by a collective of local arts & music enthusiasts, was due to be resurrected next January but hit regulatory hurdles. Despite securing a fantastic line-up; overwhelming support amongst the Byron Bay
community; and positive early indications from the local council, the organiser’s self-imposed deadline for obtaining final approvals for the venue expired last week. Whilst it is common for major events in Byron Bay to proceed without final approvals until only weeks before the event, organisers were uncomfortable with the level of risk given the significance of the line-up and organisation going in to the event.
With tickets due to go on sale later this month, organiser’s felt that cancelling the event was intensely regrettable yet the most responsible decision. The Byron Arts Crew are hopeful of resurrecting the festival in the future as it provides an important showcase opportunity for local music and arts as well as much needed entertainment to a vastly expanded Byron Bay population over summer. Organiser’s also wish to extend a sincere thank you and apology to the many people who have been part of the event as well as those who eagerly anticipated its return.
Music lovers need not despair as it has been confirmed that the majority of the bands will be coming together at a new Brisbane show presented by The Falls Festival – Sunset Sounds – More details announced shortly!
———- Original Announcement Below ————-
In sweet anticipation of longer days and soulfully warm nights comes a mid-Summer feast for the senses as we announce a bounty of wondrous acts from the local, domestic and international stages alike, to share in all the glory of the return of the great Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, 2009.
The Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival will be served on the 7 & 8 of January 09, at Belongil Fields.
FRANZ FERDINAND (UK) / THE HIVES (Sweden) / THE CAT EMPIRE / THE KOOKS (UK) / THE GRATES / GOMEZ (UK)
FAKER / TEGAN AND SARA (Canada) / DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA) / SOKO (France) / JIMMY WILLING AND THE REAL GONE HICK-UPS / DUBSHACK / GHOST MOUNTAIN / TIJUANA CARTEL / SARA TINDLEY
SYDNEY SELLS OUT, SECOND SHOW ADDED
They are a band that make joyous, galloping punk-pop music and after announcing their return to Australia next month, the Diamond Hoo Ha Men’s SYDNEY show at the FORUM on FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD has SOLD OUT!
The good news for Sydney fans is that an extra night has been added to their Australian run. SUPERGRASS will now play a second Sydney date at the FORUM on SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Tickets to this second and final Sydney show go on sale 9.00 am, THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.
While tickets to their Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth shows are still available, they are selling fast, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, better giddy-up as no more shows for this tour will be announced. Don’t miss your opportunity to see one of the most highly regarded and accomplished live bands to come out of the UK.
Listen out for their new single Rebel In You pumping on your stereo and stay tuned for support info in coming weeks.
SUPERGRASS TOUR DATES
Thursday 2 October – The Tivoli, Brisbane (over 18) – tix still available
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Tickets from Ticketek outlets: Ph 132 849 or >www.ticketek.com.au; Rocking Horse Records, Ph 07 3329 5360,