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THE ARISTOCRATS: GUTHRIE GOVAN AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 28, 2016

One of the most impressive and sought after bands in the Instrumental rock/fusion scene today, The Aristocrats, will be heading to Australia this October for a national tour! Featuring the combined virtuoso talents of drummer Marco Minnemann (Steve Wilson, Joe Satriani), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), the all-star supergroup have…

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MIKE NOGA – THE ‘KING’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 25, 2016

The former drummer of one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed bands The Drones, Mike Noga has fronted numerous outfits of his own and has released two highly lauded solo albums. His long-awaited third album KING is out August 26 via Cooking Vinyl Australia. KING is a dark, psychedelic concept album, loosely based on George Büchner’s…

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RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI SEPTEMBER TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

RSO Photo © Tim Tronckoe
RSO is RICHIE SAMBORA and ORIANTHI, two extraordinary musicians and songwriters who’ve combined their passion for guitars and their magnetic stage presence to form one hot, rock duo. These two Multi-Platinum selling artists have toured the world, written #1 singles, collaborated with mega-stars and released breakthrough solo projects – now they are joining forces as classic rock powerhouse RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI.

As part of this tour, fans can expect to hear songs from both Richie and Orianthi’s catalogues, Bon Jovi classics, plus songs from other artists they have performed with including, Michael Jackson’s Black or White and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. The tour will feature world-class guitar mastery, with the charismatic duo creating an extraordinary show.

Grammy Award Winner Sambora brings to the table his Songwriters Hall of Fame skills conjuring addictive hooks and poetic lyrics. Richie has expressed his excitement about the upcoming tour, stating “I can’t wait to perform the classic songs fans know and love, as well as share a preview of what you can expect to hear on our upcoming debut album.”

Richie Sambora was a founding member and lead guitarist for Bon Jovi for almost 30 years, co-writing some of the band’s most successful songs such as Livin’ On A Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, Lay Your Hands On Me, Keep The Faith, I’ll Be There For You and These Days. He has collaborated with artists like Cher, Les Paul, Desmond Child, Pink and even our own Shannon Noll! Having sold over 100 million records with Bon Jovi, Sambora has released three solo albums, his most recent, The Aftermath of the Lowdown in 2012 after which he toured Australia with Orianthi as special guest, as part of the 2014 Soundwave Festival.

Australia’s own rock goddess, Adelaide born Orianthi, is a renowned guitar talent and exceptional, sensitive songwriter. She is one of only three female guitarists ever to grace the cover of US Guitar magazine, the first female guitarist to play in Alice Cooper’s band and was enlisted by the late Michael Jackson for his ‘This Is It’ concert tour (and featured heavily in the film of the same name).

“I’m ecstatic to be bringing this tour home to Australia”, said Orianthi. “Aussies really know how to rock out at concerts. It’s going to be an incredible experience.”

Orianthi is one of the most sought after musicians and vocalists in the world.  She has been recruited by a host of music legends to add her fiery and melodic lead to their albums and live shows, playing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroad Festival, and with greats such as Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, Santana, Steve Vai, Dave Stewart, Steven Tyler, Adam Lambert and Michael Bolton.  After first appearing as lead guitarist for Carrie Underwood on the 2009 Grammy Awards, Orianthi scored her breakthrough top ten worldwide hit with According To You later that year. Orianthi’s songs have featured in Guitar Hero games and most recently she recorded an all-star version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love featuring AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp and Zac Starkey, on the Hollywood Vampires debut album.  Richie Sambora inducted Orianthi into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI have completed work on a soon to be released but yet to be titled album.

RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA & ORIANTHI SEPTEMBER TOUR
Friday 23 September                       Metro City, Perth
Monday 26 September                    Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Tuesday 27 September                   Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Thursday 29 September                  Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 30 September                       Eaton Hills, Brisbane

TICKETING INFORMATION:
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Tickets will be available to the general public at www.ticketek.com.au from 9am Tuesday 30th August 2016.
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Please note: Metro City Perth is licensed venue, 18+ only. Tickets also available through www.metroconcertclub.com

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WATCH: MATON’S C.S. FLATPICKER

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

The Flatpicker by The Maton Custom Shop was a very basic choice to make. Create a Simple and Elegant straight up Dreadnought that could appeal to a variety of players from Bluegrass pickers to a home studio muso who wants a guitar with plenty of Voice. Watch Andy Allen’s demo…

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JAMES BOWERS (VAUDEVILLE SMASH) – KEYBOARDS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

The explosive Vaudeville Smash have recently released their irresistible new single Laura, a song about a wild, untamed man-eater – and the men who welcome the imminent heartbreak.  The enigmatic group have also announced a silky video for Laura. Laura is the first taste of The Gift, the brand new…

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BLUESFEST 2017 FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

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Today, the 28th Annual Bluesfest to be held over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay, Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April 2017, is officially ringing in its new season with the first release of awe-inspiring artists. The first artist announcement features Bluesfest debuts from iconic artists that have been many years in the making, Bluesfest exclusive performances, and the return of some of the festivals most requested artists.

Known to many festival fans for presenting its audience with multiple spectacular artist releases over several months, the five day Easter extravaganza will be held once again at its lush 120 hectare home, just outside Byron Bay. Bluesfest delivers up to 12 hours of music daily across multiple undercover stages, as well as offering an abundance of food and market stalls, several bars, parking and camping on site.

The multiple award-winning Bluesfest has already reported record pre-sales for 2017 and now with only one artist announcement down, is already shaping up to be another extraordinary festival and the only place to be on the 2017 Easter long weekend.

The first 2017 Bluesfest artist announcement includes:
ZAC BROWN BAND
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES
THE LUMINEERS
BUDDY GUY (EXCLUSIVE)
BONNIE RAITT
MAVIS STAPLES (EXCLUSIVE)
BILLY BRAGG
JETHRO TULL
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
GREGORY PORTER
SNARKY PUPPY
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
BETH HART (EXCLUSIVE)
LAURA MVULA
ROY AYERS
BOOKER T PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVUE
ANDREW BIRD
RICKIE LEE JONES
JOAN OSBORNE
TURIN BRAKES
THE STRUMBELLAS
JAKE SHIMABUKURO
DUMPSTAPHUNK
NIKKI HILL
IRISH MYTHEN
….with many more to be announced!

All 5, 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are now on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310

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BACHELORS FROM PRAGUE REWIND

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 23, 2016

Fab 80s funk, soul, jazz-rock, dance act BACHELORS FROM PRAGUE return after a 25 year hiatus to play two special September shows at the Night Cat in Fitzroy. Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with frontman HENRY MAAS to get the lowdown. There was a time in the mid 80s…

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EP OR ALBUM? WHAT THE HELL IS IT?

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 22, 2016

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For all its positive and negative connotations, the digital age of music is here to stay. But how is everyone … the industry, artists and punters coping with it? Are we feeling comfortable with it yet and are we any closer to working out how to make a buck out of it? Putting copyright, piracy and financial issues aside, do we even know what to call it? I’m talking about the actual product, the songs, the music.

‘Back in the day’, it was easy.  A single was a round piece of vinyl with the ‘hit’ on one side and another track on the B side. However, some mega-talented artist would then complicate things by gracing us with two hits at once and the disc could then be referred to as a double A. Occasionally the punters themselves dictated proceedings and found that they preferred the B side to the ‘hit’ and the B side by default, would become the A side.

Savvy record companies seeking to make more of a buck than they had been (and in those days, they did make a buck) then offered us the EP, aka the Extended Play, which usually consisted of 2 tracks per side of the 7″ piece of vinyl. Four tracks for not much more than the cost of a single was good value and it would normally come with cover art, as opposed to the way singles were generally presented; plain paper packaging with a hole in it to reveal a label with song details.

Of course there has always been the LP, the Long Player, a 12″ platter of vinyl more commonly called the album and featuring (usually) up to 5, 6 or 7 tracks per side. Applying the EP theory of business to the LP, labels also released double albums, two discs of vinyl, sometimes in elaborately adorned gate-fold sleeves. Occasionally we’d see triple albums, such a Mushroom Records’ first ever release, highlights of the 1973 Sunbury Pop Festival. And yes there were even releases of 4 or more albums packaged together.

I provide the aforementioned music history lesson in response to a situation I have been witnessing a lot of lately, i.e., artists presenting a release of 5 or 6 tracks as an album. In fact one artist in particular recently informed me that she was releasing 5 new songs as an EP. I noticed that soon after, she was describing the release on social media as an album. I checked in with her to confirm the status of the recording and she told me that, yes it was a 5 track EP but more and more she is finding that people do not know what an EP is. Calling it an album was something they could relate to and at least an indication that it consisted of multiple tracks. Which brings me to the conclusion that the terminology has not kept up with the technology. After all, who am I or anyone else to dictate how many tracks constitute an album or an EP. Isn’t an album just an extended play anyway? It’s more confusing than a Victorian trying order a pot of beer or a potato cake in Sydney or vice versa. What about a prog rock band that digitally releases just  a couple of tracks but the duration of each is half an hour or more? Is it an EP, an album or even double album? It’s neither, unless it’s released as a physical product first and we can measure how much vinyl or CD space it has taken up.

ARIA, Australia’s official chart body has a singles and album chart (among many others) but nothing for EPs. By and large it’s the record labels who decree  if a release will be deemed a single, EP or album. Such is the dilemma for the young independent artist who wants to release his or her music. WTF do you call it? A pot of tunes or a schooner of songs? Do we need to put an official figure on the number of songs which constitute an album or EP? Is it more about the duration of the recording? It would seem that the most sensible thing to do would be to create new terminology to describe modern day releases. Perhaps we could learn from the takeaway food fraternity … a large, medium or small? A standard or a whopper? A bunch or a big’n? There’s an endless supply of possibilities but maybe the traditional titles, EP and album should no longer be on the menu. What do you reckon?

By Greg Phillips

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LEANNE TENNANT: ‘RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 21, 2016

Cairns-based singer songwriter Leanne Tennant was born in the UK, spent her childhood in Papua New Guinea and eventually settled in Australia, where as a 16 year old, busked the streets of Brisbane and played some dubious Valley venues while collecting life experiences and refining her craft. In 2014, the…

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Quick-Start Video Guide to the VOX Starstream Guitar

Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 21, 2016

A video that covers the features and controls on the VOX Starstream guitar. It shows you how to select the different types of sounds and has sound examples with location settings for many of the Starstream’s unique and special sounds.

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