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YAMAHA, LINE 6 & VOX MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Amplifiers, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 31, 2017

Yamaha Music had a commanding presence at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show with 3 separate displays featuring Yamaha guitar and amp product, Line 6 gear and Vox amplification. They also generated big crowds for their endorsee sessions featuring Diesel, Stevic Mackay (Twelve Foot Ninja) and Opal Ocean. Yamaha Music has…

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BOSS AD-10 ACOUSTIC PREAMP

Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - August 31, 2017

Anyone who plays an amplified acoustic guitar on stage knows what a challenge it is to get a sound that’s as inspiring as playing the instrument acoustically. The AD-10 is your solution to this age-old problem, offering advanced sound tools that enable you to achieve rich, natural acoustic tones every…

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DWEEZIL ZAPPA AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 31, 2017

Dweezil Zappa and his band are heading to Australia in early 2018, celebrating 50 years of Frank Zappa’s music with a series of concerts and exclusive guitar masterclasses. Ahead of the tour AM’s Greg Phillips spoke to Dweezil about what’s in store for Australian fans and discovered that the Zappa…

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ROGER WATERS US + THEM OZ TOUR FOR FEBRUARY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 30, 2017

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Rock icon ROGER WATERS will bring his critically acclaimed US + THEM tour to Australia in February 2018, touring here for the first time since his phenomenal The Wall Live broke sales records in 2012.
Currently underway in North America, the tour has garnered rave reviews – hailing as a triumph the “eye-popping” production and the “spectacular” set-list drawn from classics in the Floyd canon and from Waters’ solo work.
Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio/visual production and breathtaking quad sound. Us + Them is no exception: following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, it will inspire audiences with its powerful delivery.

 

Us + Them showcases highlights from Waters’ groundbreaking body of work and features songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums – The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here – plus new songs from Roger Waters’ album “Is This the Life We Really Want?” which recently debuted at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
The tour title Us + Them is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them” on the multi-million selling Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon and has been hailed as the last great Pink Floyd spectacle.
Roger Waters – Us + Them will commence in Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on February 2, 2018 followed by arena shows in Brisbane, two nights in Melbourne, Adelaide and concluding in Perth.
Tickets go on sale at 10am (local time) on Friday, September 8.

For complete tour and ticketing information, including VIP Experiences, visit: livenation.com.au.

Roger Waters Us + Them marks the artist’s first tour since The Wall Live (2010-2013), his sold-out world tour which was seen by more than four million fans globally at 219 shows and remains the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.

ROGER WATERS US + THEM
QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
– SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10
– SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11
ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16
PERTH ARENA- TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 10AM, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8.
Telstra Thanks pre-sale: 9am on Monday, September 4 until 9am, Wednesday September 6.
ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL TIME

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.rogerwaters.com & www.livenation.com.au   

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JURASSIC JAM 3 ROCKS THE TRIFFID (QLD)

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 30, 2017

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After two successful years, Jurassic Jam is proving to be a popular draw card at leading Brisbane entertainment venue The Triffid.

Jurassic Jam 3, being held on Saturday 9 September, has attracted a who’s who of Brisbane’s corporate world – and that’s on the stage!
Several of Brisbane’s leading businessmen trade their suits for rock attire, to show their worthy skills as true music performers.
“This is no karaoke event,” Triffid co-owner and former Powderfinger bass player John Collins says.
“They really know how to get a crowd going, and with more than 600 guests expected, you’d better get tickets fast.”

These musos (barristers, lawyers, accountants, bankers, retailers etc.) have been playing in bands for more than 30 years and the chance to get together under one roof is one they don’t let pass.

Not only is this event a whole lot of fun, it has successfully raised more than $70,000 for AEIOU Foundation for children with autism. Jurassic Jam 3 will continue to support AEIOU, which provides life-changing early intervention for children with autism and their families.

The event starts from 2.00pm and the stellar lineup consists of Roger the Cabin Boy, Mardi Wilson, Shag Rock, Rick Hopkins, Jump the Shark, The Manilows, The Vinyl Frontier, and The Handovers.

The Triffid is at 9 Stratton Street, Newstead. General admission is 18+ and tickets are $45.30, with all proceeds going to AEIOU Foundation.
Go to thetriffid.com.au for more details.

ABOUT AEIOU Foundation: AEIOU Foundation is a leading provider of early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our evidence-based therapy and education program is family focused and provides every child with the best opportunity to gain vital independence and achieve their full potential. Operating from nine locations, AEIOU enrols children aged 2 to 6 years. For more information about AEIOU Foundation visit www.aeiou.org.au

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DANIEL BOURNE (GINGER AND THE GHOST) – DRUMS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - August 29, 2017

Future-pop duo Ginger And The Ghost (Missy Gilbert and Daniel Bourne) have recently released a spectacularly unique and vibrant new single Kindred Spirits, an ambitious reflection of the moment kindred spirits connect.  A luscious clip to accompany the track has also been released (See below); filmed in the stunning Australian…

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AMBER TECHNOLOGY IN NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH WARWICK & FRAMUS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 25, 2017

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The Amber MI team are super-excited to confirm their new partnership with Warwick.
Warwick GmbH & Co, the market leading manufacturer of Warwick basses, Framus Guitars and RockGear accessories has announced today an exciting new partnership with the highly regarded and respected Australian distributor Amber Technology. The agreement involves the distribution of Warwick basses, Framus electric guitars, Legacy acoustic guitars, RockBoard, RockBag and the RockGear range of accessories.

Warwick was founded in 1982 in Erlangen, in the German state of Bavaria, by Hans-Peter Wilfer. With its superior build quality and distinctive styling, Warwick rapidly rose to prominence as the instrument of choice for some of the worlds’ foremost bass players.
Warwick is now located in Markneukirchen in the Saxon Vogtland. The region’s centuries-old tradition of instrument building is reflected in the quality of both Warwick and Framus instruments today.

Warwick produces its instruments and amplifiers using carbon-neutral principles. The company purchases its wood from sustainable sources (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) and produces all the electricity it needs through its own natural-gas-powered plant, solar roof-mounted facilities, wind power and a boiler fuelled by wood waste.

Commenting on the agreement, Florence Wilfer-Riboud, Import/Export Manager at Warwick GmbH & Co said “We are delighted to be partnering with Amber Technology for the distribution of our basses, guitars and accessories. We are set to increase our presence in the Australian marketplace.”
Peter Amos, Managing Director at Amber Technology added “Warwick is a progressive and innovative manufacturer with a big future and we’re proud to be able to use our proven expertise and experience in the MI sector to bring their products to the Australian market.”

Australian retailers should contact Amber Technology on 02 9998 7600 or email sales@ambertech.com.au for information on pricing and availability.

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WATCH: STEVE LANE – THE MAKING OF THE REVENGE OF THE LAWN

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 25, 2017

As Steve Lane heads out on tour this weekend to promote his debut solo album, we bring you a short doco on the making of The Revenge of the Lawn.

Steve Lane is a lifer, he’s been written songs as playing in bands since he was legally able to enter the pub. His debut solo album The Revenge Of The Lawn is a culmination of some great and some shit life experiences shared with band mates and long time collaborators. Steve’s songs come from the great Australian tradition of lyricists like Paul Kelly andCourtney Barnett.  These songs have been co-written with acclaimed Australian poetJohn Holton and recorded with David Williams from Augie March on drums, Jacob McGuffie and Steve on guitars and his son Kai Lane-U’Ren playing the Bass.

Officially bringing his good friend and well respected poet John Holton into the creative process was a natural step for Steve, continuing a lyrical collaboration the two have been working on for many years. Holton is the author of more than a dozen publications, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles. He has worked as a journalist, copywriter, freelance writer and senior editor, and is currently a communications manager across a wide range of media. John’s interest in music dates back to his teens, when he first started collecting records and attending live gigs across a broad range of genres.

Steve’s solo career started with a bang signing recording and publishing deals with ABC Music upon release of his debut album under the name Steve Lane And The Autocrats. This album was also selected as a contender for the Australian Music Prize.

2015 saw Steve showcase at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and make the kind of connections that will see his career traverse both Australia and Canada from here on in.

The last few years have challenged Steve to the core with the loss of both of his parents.  This loss has informed the heart of the songs on The Revenge Of The Lawn but has not left them without hope.

He worked on his songs over the course of two years, stripping them back, letting them breathe and dictate the way they should be realised. After a long process he managed to take his head out of the equation and just use his heart. This was a turning point and the start of a new direction.

Steve Lane symbolised his artistic rejuvenation by removing “The Autocrats” from his band name and releasing his debut single “There Is Light” in April under the new moniker. An intimate affair, the single features just two guitars and two voices.

“I planned to have the album out and ready to go, but it seems the music, and life, had other ideas. It felt like the balance was all wrong and the fun had gone out of it. I set out with the goal of producing an album that was of international standard in terms of song writing and production. I wanted to push myself, but I was exhausted. I was overthinking everything and not in a good space. I had to find the right space in my life to do justice to the songs and get the performances right. I definitely did not need a deadline. So I decided to take a different approach and put everything on hold”. – Steve Lane

“For me, The Revenge of the Lawn is an allegory on love in all its many forms and absurdities. Love between people – love of place – love as an ideal – love as an absolute – love as motivation – all wrapped up in the day-to-day narratives of our existence. The small moments of extraordinary-ness amidst the ordinary.” –  John Holton

The Revenge Of The Lawn – Tracklisting
1. Camber
2. Monsoon Heartbreak
3. There Is Light
4. Dot Point
5. Motherland
6. Juice Bar Girl
7. C’est Tellement Mysterieux
8. Reap What You Know
9. Zebra
10. Cocoon

STEVE LANE THE REVENGE OF THE LAWN TOUR
Sat 26th AUG – NIGHTQUARTER, Gold Coast (duo) QLD
Sun 27th AUG – THE TRIFFID GARDEN, Brisbane (duo) QLD
Sat 2nd SEPT – THE JUNKYARD, Maitland (4 piece band) NSW
Sun 3rd SEPT – LAZYBONES LOUNGE, Marrickville (4 piece band) NSW
Sat 16th SEPT – GOLDEN VINE HOTEL, Bendigo (band) VIC
Sun 17th SEPT – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick (7 piece with strings) VIC

http://stevelane.com.au/shows.html

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CASEY DONOVAN: OFF THE GRID AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 25, 2017

You’d be hard pressed to turn on a television in 2017 and not see Casey Donovan’s face. However for the Sydney-based singer songwriter, the high profile appearances on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here and the incessant Coles supermarket ads, were never about her own music. So it’s…

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WALTER TROUT: ‘WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 24, 2017

The list of artists American blues guitarist Walter Trout has assembled to help him out on his new album We’re All In this Together is nothing short of stunning. It reads like a dream blues festival lineup: John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth,…

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