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KATE MILLER-HEIDKE

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - June 29, 2014

It’s been a decade since Kate Miller-Heidke first emerged with her debut EP and gained a reputation for her quirky tunes and energetic performances. Four full-length albums down the track, it’s not so much the kook but the kudos which is more often associated with the 33 year old singer-songwriter’s…

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AMMIEL WARNER – SODA POP

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - June 29, 2014

Musicians don’t come much busier than Ammiel Warner. You may not have heard of him but Ammiel is one of the most sought-after keyboard and Hammond players in Australia. He has recorded and toured with James Blundell, The McClymonts, Dirty York, Dai Pritchard, Angry Anderson and Simon Meli’s Widowbirds to…

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NATE HILL (THE LION) – DRUMS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - June 29, 2014

The Lion is a new instrumental/post-rock Melbourne-based project by Nate Hill and Matty Davenport, whose influences include: Rage Against The Machine, Karnivool, Deftones, Mogwai, Mutemath, Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, and sleepmakeswaves. Drummer Nate is profiled here. What was your first kit like? My first kit was a beat up Boston…

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Orange Crush PiX CR35LDX Practice amp

Posted in Amplifiers, Gear    //    Post Date - June 29, 2014

Digital FX. 10″ speaker and Footswitchable Overdrive. These are some of the features which make the Orange CR35LDX one of the best-selling, most recommended practice amps in the world. The Orange Crush PiX CR35LDX amplifier has the legendary Orange basket weave Tolex, woven speaker grille, beading and legendary hieroglyphs (PiX),…

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SEX ON TOAST VIDEO & TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 29, 2014

Since the release of their debut album of synth-funk, soul, slow-jams and hard-rockin’ shuffles and subsequent sell-out launches in both Melbourne and Sydney, Sex on Toast have been laying low in Melbourne and doing their thang. And now they proudly announce the ‘Tonay Tour’ – another sexual exploration up the East Coast culminating in Melbourne with two evenings at the Toff in Town.

Frontman Angus Leslie said, “A lot of people want to know… What do we mean when we say ‘Tonay’? To us Tonay is an essence… A life-force… a beautiful woman… a stank bass line… a damn good time…Tonay.”
You can catch some ‘Tonay’ for yourself, watch the band’s new video “Hold My Love” below

Catch Sex On Toast burning down the house live at the following venues:
July 2 at The Vanguard in Sydney
July 3 at The Bunker in Coogee
July 4 at Turner Bowls in Canberra
July 5 The Toff In Town in Melbourne
July 6 The Toff In Town in Melbourne

http://www.sexontoastmusic.com/

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MSTB’S SOCIAL MEDIA ANTHEM

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 25, 2014

New-York based act My Son The Bum have released a great animated video for “Follow Me, Like Me”, a new tune which may well become a social media anthem.  We first profiled MSTB, the brain-child of songwriter and guitarist Brian Kroll, in print back in 2010. It’s a unique band in that they have never played live and the band members have never  been in the same room together. It’s an ongoing recording project.

“I recorded the basic idea on my cell phone after I left a meeting with the idea,” explains Brian of the new track. “I got the chorus in my head and luckily captured it. I am playing all the guitars and the solo. Bob Stander is on bass, John O.Reiily (from Trans Siberian Orchestra) on drums, and new to the band, Mike Wuerth producer/musician on vocals.”

See the video below and learn more about My Son The Bum at http://www.mysonthebum.com/

You can also read our 2010 interview here: http://www.australianmusician.com.au/my-son-the-bum/

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GJ2 GUITARS FOR AUSTRALIA

Posted in Gear    //    Post Date - June 25, 2014

With GJ2 Guitars, Grover Jackson is back. After 35 years of experience and experimentation, he’s still pushing the limits of what a great guitar can be. Now reinventing himself and his craft yet again as GJ2 Guitars, Grover and his business partner, Jon Gold (a lifelong guitarist and enthusiast who most…

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ANNUAL HEART OF ST KILDA CONCERT LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 25, 2014

brian_nankervis_allegro_profileSacred Heart Mission has announced a dazzling line-up for its annual fundraiser, The Heart of St Kilda Concert at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, on August 13th.

Now in its seventh year, this highlight of the Melbourne live music and comedy calendar draws Australia’s finest and this year is no exception, with RocKwiz co- presenter, Brian Nankervis as the MC. Musicians performing on the night will be: The Basics:  Featuring Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) Kris Schroeder and Tim Heath, Colleen Hewett, Vika and Linda Bull, Dick Diver, Ash Naylor, Uncle Jack Charles, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Phil Ceberano, Billy Miller, Rebecca Barnard, Tim Rogers, backed by the 100 piece The Caravan Choir. Plus there will be a bunch of comedians doing their shtick too, including; Julia Morris, Charles Pickering, Greg Champion, Tegan Higginbotham, Dean Atkinson and Tripod.

The Heart of St Kilda concert raises funds for Sacred Heart Mission’s dining hall which serves about 30,000 breakfasts and lunches each year to people experiencing homelessness.

SACRED HEART MISSION CONCERT
WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST
THE PALAIS THEATRE
Ticketmaster: 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

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GIBSON RELEASES B.B. KING 65TH ANNIVERSARY LUCILLE MODEL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 24, 2014

ARLC14EBGH1-HeadstockB.B. King’s “Lucille” is legendary, perhaps the most beloved artist’s guitar of all time, and a true icon of the blues. Now Gibson Memphis honour’s the 65th Birthday of “Lucille” with the B.B. King Signature, a luxurious take on the ES-355 format tricked out to the tastes of the King of the Blues himself. An elegant semi-acoustic updated for the demands of contemporary professionals, this guitar has the classic lines and deluxe appointments of the top-of-the-range ES model, with B.B.’s own preference for no f-holes in the top, all with the switching versatility of the great ES-355s. Crafted to full Gibson Memphis quality, dressed in a stunning Ebony finish with gold hardware, this is a 100% American-made celebration that you’ll want to be a part of.

ARLC14EBGH1-Finish-ShotDues are paid to this landmark anniversary with a mother-of-pearl “Lucille” inlay in the peghead veneer and gold-engraved “65 Years” in the truss-rod cover. Mother-of-pearl block inlays, multi-ply body binding and bound tortoise pickguard extend the “custom” look, while 490R and 490T humbuckers in the neck and bridge respectively take it all home via the sonic switcheroo of Gibson’s 6-way Varitone and stereo output. Add B.B.’s handy TP6 Fine Tune Stop Bar, gold Grover™ Tulip-Button tuners and wrap it in a plush-lined hardshell case with Certificate of Authenticity, and you’re riding with the King.

B.B. King & Lucille- The Story Behind The Name
B. B. KINGThe story of B.B. King’s beloved and legendary guitar Lucille begins on a cold night in 1949 in Twist, Arkansas. King was playing a house party where a bucket of burning kerosene was set out in the middle of a room to combat the chill. A brawl broke out, spilling the flaming liquid into the melee. Soon the house was engulfed, and patrons and musicians fled for the outdoors. It was only when he’d reached safety that King realized he’d left his guitar — a Gibson L-30 with a DeArmond pickup — inside. He dashed back in to save the instrument, but nearly became trapped by the flames.

The next morning King found out the fight was about a woman — after all, this is the blues — named “Lucille.” To remind him never to do anything that foolish again, he gave her name to his L-30. And the rest truly is history.

Distributed in Australia by http://www.gibsonami.com/

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YAMAHA’S ACOUSTIC RESONANCE ENHANCEMENT (ARE) EXPLAINED

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - June 23, 2014

The warmth of tone found in mature woods is sought out by guitarists worldwide. Yamaha has developed a process that can produce the ‘sweet sound’ found in mature woods in its brand new guitars. With the sonic properties of wood changing, often improving as it ages, Yamaha embarked on an…

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