|Dan Parsons’ debut album is less a case of boy meets girl but rather boy meets world. It’s a snapshot of someone who after spending his high school years emulating seventies heroes on a reel to reel eight track, leaves his bedroom and begins tumbling through one blinding, visceral experience after another.
What Parsons could grab hold of and pin down from experiences such as this, and his first brushes with the Brisbane music scene after growing up in country Queensland, inspired a drastic change to the primarily acoustic sounds that were on his 2008 mini-album Old Brown Shoe.
Review: Ben Hosking
Arriving at Sydney’s iconic Basement at around 8.30pm, one could have been forgiven for thinking that they were arriving early enough to catch a decent viewing point of the stage. Alas, walking into the dimly-lit venue an hour before the scheduled start time – past rows and rows of cattle-like drunken Friday night inner city executives at the bars next door – actually saw punters encounter an already half full concert space.
Clearly, this was going to be a big night.
Thanks to a complete lack of any advertised information, the evening’s opening acts seemed to catch a lot of people unaware, including this reviewer. However, despite the complete rudeness of the audience, both performed well; Brisbane singer/songwriter Pear (aka Stephanie Barros Lees) providing the surprise performance of the night.
Continue reading Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement, Sydney – 7th May 2010
|Joey Cape and Tony Sly are two names synonymous with modern punk rock, frontmen for leading Californian pop punk bands Lagwagon and No Use For A Name respectively. With each having accumulated over two decades worth of credibility and a burgeoning fan base around the globe, this dream team is set to tour Australia this May!|
|“You have to rank Everett amongst John Lennon and Kurt Cobain. That’s how good he is” – The Sunday Times
You never know what to expect at an Eels concert. One year it’s vocoders and synthesizers and the next it’s gritty garage rock. None of this is designed for the sake of versatility so much as it is answering the deep-rooted creative needs of E.
|Following a run of spectacular shows in Paris with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and The John Butler Trio in the UK – including a tour finale at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo – Mama Kin is pleased to announce that she will be supporting The Cat Empire on their forthcoming national tour.
Mama Kin has been confirmed to hit the road with The Cat Empire for their August and September dates, criss-crossing the country to play a string of shows in Australia’s major venues. An ideal opportunity to celebrate the release of Beat and Holler, Mama Kin will be showcasing material from her debut album.
Mama Kin is equal parts raconteur and soulstress: a sassy femme fatale who draws on her experiences of love, life and heartache.
Her bittersweet melodies soar with stomping piano and swampy beats, traversing the riotous, the raw and the intimate. Continue reading Mama Kin Hits The Road to Support The Cat Empire
|MAMMA MIA!, the global phenomenon is set to return to Australia for strictly limited seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, this enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago…
The 10th Anniversary Australian Tour reunites members of the Original Australian Tour cast reprising their critically-acclaimed performances.
Anne Wood stars as mother-of-the-bride, Donna, Jennifer Vuletic as the much-married Tanya and Lara Mulcahy as the vivacious Rosie, a role she played on London’s West End following her time with MAMMA MIA! Australia. Continue reading MAMMA MIA! – The Smash Hit Musical Returns To Australia For Its 10th Anniversary Tour
Ovation and EMI today announced that Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman, is touring Australia for the first time, bringing their Songs From The Heart tour to five cities in October and November this year.
From the shores of Ireland, Celtic Woman brings the talents of vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Alex Sharpe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt each of whom bring a unique style and distinctly different contribution to the group.
Fast becoming an international phenomenon and following a sell out tour throughout the US comes the dynamic talent of five Irish women who make up the multi selling platinum group, Celtic Woman. Majestic and enchanting, the angelic voices of the five Celtic beauties tell the journey of the modern Celtic Woman with songs from the heart. Continue reading CELTIC WOMAN – Australian Tour Announced For October-November 2010
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|The last few months have seen brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone go from strength to strength. With a #1 Gold album (fast approaching platinum) and a national SOLD OUT tour under their belts the pair have since been touring the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, gathering further accolades. ‘Down the Way’ came in at #19 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in the USA, #40 in France and have just completed their sold out UK dates,|
with The Times saying about the pairs shepherds bush empire show – ‘triumphant’. Angus & Julia go on to tour Europe then a headline spot at the UK’s biggest Music Convention/Festival – The Great Escape. Continue reading ANGUS & JULIA STONE August-September 2010 Tour!
|Following his hugely successful 2008 Australian live tour of his hit show Tinselworm, British comic and musician Bill Bailey returns down under with his brand new live show, Bill Bailey Live.
Kicking off on Thursday, 1 July in Newcastle, the tour will take in Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, before culminating in Canberra on Friday 30 July.
Following his performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the resulting critically acclaimed BBC2 television broadcast, last autumn Bill enjoyed a very successful UK tour of his
If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!
EMI Music Australia proudly announced that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25. Continue reading The Cat Empire Announce New Album ‘Cinema’ and Tour
|Sydney quartet The Holidays announce East Coast headline dates to coincide with the release of their imminent new single Golden Sky. Summer’s throes may have vanished but the band has emerged from their Sydney studio with another sun-drenched tune that channels warm nights and cloudless skies. Golden Sky, delivered to radio shortly, blends wild percussion, sing-a-long chant choruses, falsetto vocals and squawking guitars into an action packed, yet equally sublime journey.|
It comes hot on the heels of the acclaimed single Moonlight Hours, which reached # 1 on Triple J’s playlist earlier this year and re-configured the band’s musical GPS. Continue reading The Holidays – East Coast Headliner Tour May-June 2010
|Few artists in rock history can carry off the single moniker, and carry it with gravitas.
SLASH is one of that rare breed.
Since emerging with Guns N’ Roses, SLASH has been one of the world’s most sought after guitarists. Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Quentin Tarantino and so many other fellow icons have sought his services in order to make the good sound great.
Critics and fans alike still debate the greatest rock riff of all time with “Sweet Child O’ Mine” consistently taking top honors. Time Magazine placed SLASH second only to Jimi Hendrix amongst the greatest guitarists of all time.
Train make their triumphant return to Australia this June on the back of their ARIA, platinum, number one hit single Hey, Soul Sister.
Currently tearing across the US before heading onto the UK and Europe, Train play theatre shows on Australia’s east coast – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – before continuing onto New Zealand. Continue reading Train will play at Enmore Theatre on 21st June 2010
|Delivering potent, intelligent, memorable melodies with a noisy cohesion and howling passion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have never succumbed to the safe path or released records to please the suits.
From the sparse, literate and deeply hypnotic killer tunes of ‘Howl’ to the simmering sexuality of ‘Baby 81’, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have always sought to personify, celebrate, and finally eulogize the ravaged sound of bar-bred, blue-collar rock.
|After their incendiary performances on the 2009 Soundwave festival, Destroy All Lines, Blunt Magazine and Killyourstereo.com and are pleased to announce that Florida’s EVERGREEN TERRACE will be hitting our shores this May to celebrate the release of their latest record, Almost Home. Along for the ride will be fellow Floridian outfit CASEY JONES and local hard men DROPSAW.|