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ROSE WINTERGREEN – AURORA ARISES

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 28, 2014

Key links: www.rosewintergreen.com    www.launchbubble.com Melbourne based singer/songwriter Rose Wintergreen discusses the creation of her new mini-album ‘Aurora’ with Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips Bouyed by her 2013 win as Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent Music Awards (Electronic category) and also as a finalist in the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting…

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KEITH’S XMAS MESSAGE … OR WHATEVER!

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 22, 2014

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MOSSY AND CLAPTON WIN BEST SINGER/GUITARIST POLL.

Posted in Artists, Special Features    //    Post Date - December 21, 2014

Our 2014 Poll on the Best Australian and International Singer/Guitarist has been run and won. The Australian winner is legendary Cold Chisel guitarist and ARIA award winning solo artist IAN MOSS. Taking out the international top spot is god himself, ERIC CLAPTON. Others who polled well in the Australian category…

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CHRIS DOHENY INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 21, 2014

After a stellar music career spanning decades, Geisha frontman, singer, songwriter and producer Chris Doheny finally delivers his first solo album and is keen to tell AM’s Greg Phillips all about it. When it comes to artistic output, prolific Australian singer, songwriter Chris Doheny takes the Jackson Pollock approach ……

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SHAMEEM – VOCALS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - December 21, 2014

Perth based soulstress Shameem is preparing for a huge 2015, which includes the release of her sophomore album The Second City in January. With a nod and a wink to soul, RnB superstars such as Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and Lauryn Hill, Shammem’s brand of soul/pop is both joyous and…

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IN THE MODE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 21, 2014

mode-300x300The folks at Roland Australia have launched a great new web series on MODES for guitarists. Once you get past strumming a few basic chords and begin to think about solos, you have to know this stuff. In this series, which appears on the Roland Australia Blog, the articles start from a basic introduction then proceed to take you through the various modes.

Plus in conjunction with Coffee Break Grooves, each lesson offers a free backing track (real musicians playing real instruments) with each article, so a guitar player can read about a mode, understand how it works, know what chord progressions to look for, then try it out for themselves.

Check it out now . Below are links to all of the lessons posted to the Roland Blog

INTRODUCTION TO MODES: http://bit.ly/modes-intro
MIXOLYDIAN MODE: http://bit.ly/mixolydian-boss
DORIAN MODE: http://bit.ly/dorianmode-boss
AEOLIAN MODE: http://bit.ly/aeolianmode-boss
PHRYGIAN MODE: http://bit.ly/1yap0Yi
IONIAN MODE: http://bit.ly/1F5UE8a
LYDIAN MODE: http://tinyurl.com/mdz84u7
LOCRIAN MODE: http://tinyurl.com/kgu6yn6

 

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A PUPPY PLAYING GUITAR! Why Not

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 20, 2014

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A SMASHING SOUNDWAVE 2015

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 17, 2014
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Iconic alt-rock band The Smashing Pumpkins have been added to next year’s already massive Soundwave line-up in today’s 3rd announcement of acts. The Billy Corgan-lead band had worldwide success in the 90s with legendary albums such as Siamese Twin and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. This will be the band’s first time on a Soundwave bill. Also added today were glam-pranksters Steel Panther, Millencolin, Falling in Reverse, Exodus, The Vandals, King Parrot, Rival Sons, and Raglans.

The full line-up now includes:
Slipknot / Faith No More / Soundgarden / The Smashing Pumpkins / Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators) / Marilyn Manson / Fall Out Boy / Steel Panther / Incubus / Judas Priest / Millencolin / All Time Low / Lamb Of God / Ministry / Falling In Reverse / Godsmack / Killer Be Killed / Exodus / New Found Glory / Tonight Alive / Gerard Way / The Vandals / Lagwagon / Fear Factory / Antemasque / Papa Roach / Of Mice & Men / Dragonforce / Escape the Fate / Hollywood Undead / One Ok Rock / Atreyu / The Devil Wears Prada / Godflesh / The Aquabats / The Wonder Years / Area 7 / Twin Atlantic / Ne Obliviscaris / Animals as Leaders / Mayhem / Apocalyptica / Lower Than Atlantis / Bayside / Nothing More / Fucked Up / Evergreen Terrace / He Is Legend / Nonpoint / Crossfaith / Fireworks / King Parrot / Crown the Empire / Icon For Hire / Butcher Babies / Emily’s Army / Rival Sons / The Interrupters / King 810 / Monuments / The Color Morale / The Swellers / Conditions / Confession / Sleepwave / Coldrain / Le Butcherettes / Patent Pending / Dayshell / This Wild Life / The Bennies / Raglans / Deathstars /
The Treatment

SOUNDWAVE DATES:

SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY & SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 2015
BONYTHON PARK, ADELAIDE

SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY & SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 2015
MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS, MELBOURNE

SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY & SUNDAY 1 MARCH, 2015
OLYMPIC PARK, SYDNEY

SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY & SUNDAY 1 MARCH, 2015
BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE

1 DAY FESTIVAL TICKET $132.00 + BOOKING FEES / 2 DAY FESTIVAL TICKET $188.00 + BOOKING FEES
For tickets and more information head to
WWW.SOUNDWAVEFESTIVAL.COM

*All shows are licensed and all ages *Venue and lineup subject to change

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IAN ANDERSON REVIEW – Palais Theatre

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 17, 2014
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Ian Anderson. Pic from video of his UK tour. Photos were not allowed at Palais

IAN ANDERSON
Palais Theatre, Melbourne Monday December 15, 2014

Ian Anderson’s ‘Best of Jethro Tull’ concert at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre was one for the die-hard fans. However, even the most enthusiastic follower of the eccentric Anderson’s career may have been scratching their heads in wonder at the show’s peculiar beginning. Instead of offering up a support act, the audience was shown a video of UK multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman performing in a park. The  video, finishing with a plug of Lakeman’s website was merely a taste-plate of an even more bizarre video of Anderson in a hospital bed surrounded by Victorian-era medics, who soon revealed themselves in real life to be members of tonight’s  band.

And so the tone had been set, treading a fine line between musical pantomime and rock show. The concept of Anderson’s new solo album Homo Erraticus, was to revisit Gerald Bostock, the child character of the classic Jethro Tull album Thick As A Brick, who by now would be a middle aged man. This also became the theatrical basis of the live show and is why Anderson began the evening with tunes from the solo album.

tull2The night had an air of a Tull tribute show about it but with the band’s original singer and songwriter fronting it. English actor/singer Ryan O’Donnell seemed to be playing the character of a young Ian Anderson. His singing range is similar yet stronger than the staccato delivery style of Anderson, who can no longer achieve the vocal fluidity of his salad days. With the plot now established and the audience beginning to come to terms with the flow of the show, it was time for the hits. A video clock clicked back the years to the date of the ensuing tune’s release, accompanied by old concert footage. First up was the main section from the iconic Thick As A Brick, followed by a track from its less-successful sequel, Thick As A Brick 2. While Anderson’s voice may have lost it’s power, his flute playing was still impeccable and for a 67 year old, he was remarkably agile. Those signature one-legged prances, mirrored behind him on screen with film from the 70s, were replicated with ease.

Guitarist Florian Ophale

Guitarist Florian Ophale

After a break, the band delivered what the audience had come to hear: Living In The Past, Teacher, Sweet Dream, Too Old to Rock and Roll, Farm On The Freeway, Songs from the Wood, and of course Aqualung, on which guitarist Florian Ophale was entrusted with the iconic Martin Barre solo. While Ophale played all the right notes, he didn’t have the deft touch and experience of Barre’s playing and at times seemed like he was restraining himself from breaking into a Guns ‘n’ Roses riff. Personally, I’m not sure what to make of Anderson’s new stage beast and was half expecting the band to launch into ‘Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’ from Oliver at any point. The final say though, belonged to the audience, who rose to their feet with rapturous applause upon the show’s end and I guess Anderson had achieved what he’d set out to do.

Greg Phillips

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BIRDS OF TOKYO BACK IN THE STUDIO

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 14, 2014

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Birds of Tokyo have been shacked up at Sydney’s 301 Studios for the last few weeks playing with some sonic ideas and laying down some tracks. The results will be their first recorded output since 2013’s March Fires album. Here’s a little Facebook preview.

http://www.birdsoftokyo.com/

 

 

 

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