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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 19, 2017

The Sepulnation is alive and well! Following their crushingly successful 2014 Australian Tour, Brazilian Metal Icons SEPULTURA unleash a heavy metal hurricane upon the Sepulnation in May 2018.

Armed with their finest album in decades ‘Machine Messiah’, SEPULTURA emerge into a troubled world with extraordinary songs guaranteed to lift the spirits of any loyal metalhead. SEPULTURA are legends and are responsible for the existence of several of your favourite thrash metal bands today!

The band’s total command of the stage is cemented in place by blistering live performances that have remained a constant threat to all contemporaries. It’s a forgone conclusion that audiences will to erupt to Roots Bloody Roots, Territory, Refuse/Resist, Arise, Attitude, Ratamahatta and so many more! Just reading those song titles paint a picture of you losing your shit in a circle pit – this is the power of SEPULTURA!

Joining Sepultura in this headlong rush into mayhem are one of the most influential Thrash Metal bands ever – DEATH ANGEL. A peek through a time portal to the Bay Area Scene in the 80s would reveal Metallica’s Cliff Burton at the front of the stage at Ruthie’s Inn banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements. But who needs HG Wells when you can see the real thing here and now at a venue half an hour from home? Buzzsaw speed riffs, double kick drum bedlam, and scorching vocals are just a few of the elements which define the uncompromising urgency that is DEATH ANGEL. Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.

SEPULTURA (With specials guests Death Angel) Tour Dates
Tuesday 15th May – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell
Wednesday 16th May – ADELAIDE, The Gov
Friday 18th May – BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel
Saturday 19th May – SYDNEY, The Metro Theatre
Sunday 20th May – PERTH, Capitol

 Presale – Wednesday 22nd Nov 9am (local time through to onsale)
On Sale – Friday 24th Nov 9am (local time)

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 19, 2017

Latin guitar great Jose Feliciano returns to Australia in March 2018. AM’s Greg Phillips was honoured to chat with the amiable singer, songwriter and 9 time Grammy Award winning legend. “I’m so happy to be coming back. Australia has been developing so much in front of my eyes,” the jovial,…

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Posted in Christmas Ideas, Gear    //    Post Date - November 17, 2017

Stuck for gift ideas for that special someone this year? If they have any musical ability at all, then look no further than Yamaha Music’s Living Music sale. Check out the online catalogue now for some amazing specials on quality music gear such as the Gigmaker guitar packs, electronic drum…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 15, 2017

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Bird’s Basement. November 14, 2017
Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Everyone needs to see Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen perform at least once in their life. If their brand of New Orleans funk don’t get you then the pure emotion and joy of this soulful music will.

Playing to a packed house at the first gig of a 3 night stand at Melbourne’s Bird’s Basement last night, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen took to the stage with nothing but a good time in mind. Cleary, who usually has to suffice with a digital piano on the road, took full advantage of Bird’s Basement gorgeous sounding Yamaha grand and immediately showcased his dexterous piano skills. Material was mostly drawn from Cleary’s current album Go Go Juice with tracks like Beg Steal and Borrow, 9-5 and Boneyard creating a party vibe. However it was the slow burning Frenchmen Street Blues (utilised on the TV show Treme to great effect), displaying Cleary’s deft sense of timing and space which tugged at the heart strings and provided an early evening highlight.

For the night’s set, Cleary looked back and to the future with a taste of his upcoming new album, as well as songs from the past. Cheatin On You, written for and recorded by Taj Mahal was a crowd fave as was Agent 00 Funk from Cleary’s 2004 album Pin Your Spin. The Absolute Monster Gentlemen were smooth as silk in their delivery, playing complex rhythms with ease and adding their own inventive musical ingredients to the rich musical feast. Stop for a moment and concentrate on each member as they weave their magic. AJ Hall on drums adds intricate textures and quirky beats. Cornell Williams’ choice of bass notes is sublime and Nigel Hall’s funky synth notions and warm Hammond sounds, combine to produce music of the finest calibre. They all sing like Mutha Fathas too. Pump It Up from Go Go Juice gets the audience to their feet as the band by now has kicked into an unlockable groove. The Grammy-winning Cleary and band love us and leave us, inviting us to join him at a gig in New Orleans anytime we’re in the neighbourhood. Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen perform at Bird’s Basement again tonight and tomorrow night before moving on to Brisbane and the Mullum Music Festival.

Cornell Williams

Nigel Hall


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 13, 2017

Britain’s rocking roots trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are bringing their infectious energy and nostalgia-soaked fusion of rockabilly, vintage country and first-generation rhythm and blues to Sydney and Melbourne in February 2018.
Delivering their 4th studio album Superscope to Australian audiences for the very first time, featuring Black Van & Down on My Knees, the siblings from North London have been inspiring audiences and gathering an impressive fan base since conception, including Eagles Of Death Metal, the late Amy Winehouse and David Lynch.

Having sold over a quarter million albums, playing to sold out crowds worldwide, including support slots alongside Coldplay, Mark Ronson and Stereophonics, plus performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals (British Summer Time Festival, T in the Park, Bestival, Fuji Rock and Splendour in the Grass) their live set highlights their extraordinary musicianship, a tightly packed multi-instrumental jam session with each sibling playing any instrument they lay their hands on.

Described as a “gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are sibling revelry on stage, captivating audiences worldwide and delivering a set so dynamic they will have you up and dancing by the first beat of the drum.

Australian tour dates

WED 14 FEB             THE FACTORY                                  SYDNEY                                 NSW
THU 15 FEB              CORNER HOTEL                              MELBOURNE                       VIC

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 13, 2017

AM’s Greg Phillips chats to the former red Wiggle, Murray Cook about his new band The Soul Movers, who have just released a new album titled Testify The Wiggles, Radio Birdman and soul music are seemingly three of the most random musical entities you could think of. In reality they…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 12, 2017

Nick Wilson of Random Acts of Elevator Music. Interviewed by Baz Bardoe Quite some time ago Nick Wilson gave me a burn of a CD of an album by his act Random Acts of Elevator Music. I couldn’t stop playing it. And the concept behind it appealed strongly to my…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - November 9, 2017

Off the back of a sold-out European tour earlier this year, Amistat, otherwise known as brothers Jan and Josef Prasil, will their new single The Coward on November 10– an anthem for those who are having difficulty living as their authentic selves. This effecting yet understated tune has been perfectly…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - November 9, 2017

Enerate are perhaps best known for their synth pop debut Unstoppable, which received a lot of presenter love on Triple J Unearthed. It’s loveable music video premiered in prime time on ABC TV’s RAGE alongside Tame Impala, and Flume. In addition, the song was featured internationally on MTV’s teen drama…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 7, 2017

Iconic Australian band THE CHURCH has just released their 26th album and it’s titled Man, Woman, Life, Death, Infinity. Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to the band’s drummer, engineer, and co-producer Tim Powles (aka Bandit) about the creation of the album and in particular, Tim goes into great detail about…

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