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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 24, 2017


Homegrown fusion outfit Urbanity launched their debut collaborative album Urban Soul to an appreciative audience at Melbourne jazz club Birds Basement last night. Urbanity is made up of  jazz guitar stalwart (and jazz club owner) Al Bare, keyboardist extraordinaire Phil Turcio, Gerry Pantazis (one of Australia’s finest stickmen) and the tastefully solid Peter Mollica. At the launch the band played nine of the ten groove-laden tracks from the new album before returning for a second set of material the musicians have worked on in the past. On display was a lesson in musician listening skills, as the 4 members fed off each other, trading licks and offering space for individual passages of brilliance.

philThe collaboration between Albare and Phil Turcio started 27 years ago when Albert Dadon – aka Albare – was looking for a new pianist for his band. At the time Phil had just turned 18. Since their first encounter, Phil’s and Albare’s paths keep on intersecting.

Phil explains that he and Albare hear music in the same way, “Everything I throw at Albare comes back as if I would have played it myself.” Albare likes to describe Phil as his musical soul mate.

If you missed last night’s show, you can catch the band again at Bird’s Basement on March 26, April 15 and 27.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 20, 2017



Formerly a Melbourne based event, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association’s annual AIR Awards are moving to Adelaide. Through support from the South Australian Government’s newly established Live Music Events Fund, the annual AIR Awards and inaugural two-day music industry conference will be held in Adelaide for the next three years (2017-2019).

The new Live Music Events Fund provides $1.35m over three years to support new festivals and events. The Live Music Events Fund is administered by Events South Australia (via the South Australian Tourism Commission) and the Music Development Office (via Arts South Australia). 

Adelaide holds the designation of being a UNESCO City of Music, part of the Creative Cities Network, which has opened doors to further collaborations and celebrates music as a valuable and important part of our economy.

Adelaide will be a hive of activity in July with Umbrella: Winter City Sounds, the AIR Awards and Industry Conference, The Adelaide Winter Reds Festival and the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival. This will allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy vibrant Adelaide and experience many aspects of South Australia’s creative and tourism industries all at once.

 The 11th Annual AIR Awards ceremony (exclusive to AIR members and associated industry), will take place at the Queen’s Theatre on the 27th July 2017, featuring 13 award categories.

The Australian Independent recording sector represents over 36% of the entire domestic market and is historically a market leader in the development of new talent. The launch pad for some of Australia’s greatest success stories including Nick Cave, Sia, Paul Kelly, Vance Joy, Seth Sentry, John Butler, Safia, Sheppard, Rufus, Remi and Archie Roach, the AIR Awards have been responsible for highlighting exceptional artist talent such as Goyte, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, Violent Soho, Hilltop Hoods and Gurrumul all before receiving ARIA recognition.

For the first time AIR Award attendees will also be treated to a smorgasbord of after-party choice by music genre. AIR in partnership with six Adelaide city venues will host performances from some of Australia’s finest artists, whilst offering an opportunity for Music SA to engage Umbrella performers to showcase in front of interstate industry representatives.

 Combined with the new awards date and location, AIR will present a brand new music industry conference across July 27th and 28th. The two-day event will feature a selection of panels and workshops together with presentations from prominent industry leaders, successful Australian Independent musicians and businesses. Set to be an essential event in the Australian music industry’s calendar, it will offer strategic insights and recommendations to aspiring artists and industry in the audience as well as great networking opportunities for all attendees.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 20, 2017

Eric Gales has just finished blowing people away with his incredible guitar skills at the Mark World booth at NAMM 2017. He’s in his element, playing to appreciative ears on gear he loves. The punters are in awe, while pro musician peers nearby look on with admiration. Gales has long…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - February 17, 2017

Nathaniel first made an impact in Australia when he sailed through to the Top 6 of The X Factor with his soulful, soaring vocals.  Following the breakout success of Top 10 hits You and Live Louder, and debut album Yours, Nathaniel has spent the last year living between LA and…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 16, 2017

Fresh from her sold out single launch at Villanova Music in Perth, WA folk artist, Helen Shanahan’s latest offering, ‘I Only Hide’ is an honest and personal song about her struggles with anxiety in social and performance arenas and her want to become a more outgoing person in these situations.  The gorgeous single was recorded in Nashville, and follows an organic, natural progression from her critically acclaimed EP ‘Finding Gold’, released in 2015.

The video clip is a perfect representation of what anxiety can feel like, with the video depicting Helen’s battle with her two selves, sitting in the darkness with a sense of being alone inside and the want to be happy and outside, enjoying the freedom self confidence can bring.

Helen has a full length album and national tour to follow in the coming months, with her next show at the Perth International Arts Festival on March 4.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 16, 2017


SYDNEY, Australia. Feb 17. 2017. 9:45am AEDT.
Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil today announced their first World Tour in over two decades. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called “The Overflow Tank” which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.
“The Great Circle 2017” World Tour will see the group’s classic line-up literally circle around our overheating planet for 6 months, starting and ending with gigs in Sydney. Appropriately for a band forged in their hometown’s sweat-drenched beer barns, the tour will begin in mid-April with an intimate local pub gig (details to be announced closer to the date). Midnight Oil will then hone their live show with over 30 gigs around the world during the northern summer, playing iconic venues from Sao Paulo’s Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in L.A. to London’s Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years.

This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts through October and November, 2017. Given the band’s deep connections with central Australia the local leg will kick off in Alice Springs and Darwin before starting to circle their homeland with a show in the rainforest near Cairns. Over the following five weeks the tour will loop clockwise around the country in mainly outdoor venues including Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, Victoria’s Hanging Rock and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Brisbane’s River Stage and the Village Green beside Adelaide Oval before “The Great Circle” finally comes to a close right back where it all began; with a final show in Sydney on November 11 at that traditional home of Australian political activism, The Domain.
These will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the last 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts (and their related small warmup gigs); “Waveaid” at the Sydney Cricket Ground (2005) and “Sound Relief” at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2009). It will also be the group’s most extensive world tour since their classic late 80’s/early 90’s albums like “Diesel & Dust”, “Blue Sky Mining” and “Earth & Sun & Moon” sold over 10 million copies around the globe.

The diverse spread of Special Guests who have signed up to be part of this unique tour reflect the long shadow that Midnight Oil has cast across the musical landscape. They include significant Australian voices such as John Butler Trio, AB Original, Adalita, Apakatjah, Bad//Dreems, Birds Of Tokyo, David Bridie, Ash Grunwald, Irrunytju Band, Jack River, Jedediah, The Jezebels, The Living End, Abbe May, Something For Kate, Spiderbait, Dan Sultan, Urthboy, and Frank Yamma.

People who sign up to Midnight Oil’s mailing list at in the next few days will get first access to Australian tickets in a special presale on Thursday February 23rd alongside Frontier Touring members. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday February 27th.
All dates, venues, line-ups and ticket information are listed below (digital version here). Exact on sale times are deliberately being staggered from show to show to reduce website congestion so fans should pay very careful attention to all the details at Extensive anti-scalping measures are being taken around this tour so fans are formally advised to only buy tickets from the official ticket agencies listed on the band’s website to avoid possible fraud and needless overpayment via so called “reselling” sites.
“The Great Circle 2017” will be promoted in Australia by iconic locally owned rock promoter, Frontier Touring with the support of the band’s record company of nearly 40 years, Sony Music. The national Triple M Network and Foxtel’s MAX will proudly present all dates with some shows also having local presenting radio partners (see info below).  Both Triple M and MAX will unveil exclusive Midnight Oil programming over coming days.
In a unique press conference on Sydney Harbour today this most Australian of bands also announced the impending release of a remastered CD box set called “The Full Tank” featuring all of their existing albums and EP’s plus a mammoth new 4 CD/8 DVD trove called “The Overflow Tank” which will include over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material. Both of these box sets will be housed in replica miniature water tanks like the one featured onstage at so many ‘Oils’ gigs. The band also unveiled their first ever complete Vinyl collection which will feature 11 remastered LP’s and two 12” EP’s all cut at Abbey Rd Studios in London. For full boxset track listings and content information visit The Boxset Collection is available for pre-order now, out May 5 through Sony Music.

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Australian culture knows the basics of Midnight Oil’s story. They are the incendiary post-punk band from Sydney’s northern beaches who shunned TV shows like Countdown, instead gigging endlessly and forging a fierce bond with their audience through jagged Ozrock classics like “Back On The Borderline”, “Bus To Bondi” and “Don’t Wanna Be The One”. They are the musical innovators who turned high tech anti-jingoistic polemic into hits like “Power & The Passion”, “U.S. Forces” and “When The Generals Talk”. They are the activists whose social justice campaigning includes “The Dead Heart”, “Redneck Wonderland”, “Beds Are Burning” and hijacking the 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony with their “Sorry” suits. They are the committed humanists and environmentalists who brought us anthems like “Blue Sky Mine”, “Forgotten Years” and “Say Your Prayers” plus a string of protests from the Tasmanian wilderness and the Jabiluka Uranium mine near Kakadu to mid-town Manhattan where they unforgettably stopped traffic outside the Exxon building after the Alaskan oil spill.

Their music makes you feel. Their lyrics make you think. And the combined impact live onstage is nothing less than a call to action.
In a dangerously warming world of Hanson, Trump, Petry and Le Pen the voice of Midnight Oil clearly takes on renewed relevance; they have always been a band that both reflects and shapes “the temper of the times”. So while clarion calls like “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees” may have been intended for earlier eras they resonate more than ever in these days of ‘alternative facts’.
In keeping with the band’s longstanding commitments, their carbon footprint during “The Great Circle” World Tour will, of course, be fully offset and sustainability initiatives will be undertaken at all shows. Midnight Oil will also continue their collaborations with local and international environmental organisations including Greenpeace, supporting their campaigns on crucial issues like dangerous climate change and the imminent threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

At one level “The Great Circle 2017” simply reflects the geographic reality that the tour will loop around the world and then circle Australia. At another level the name clearly implies the planet itself but it has a further meaning too. Sailors, and airmen use “the great circle” to navigate the globe because on a sphere the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. How appropriate for a group who has always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been linear.
Midnight Oil is more than just a rock ‘n’ roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken.


Begins: Thu 23 Feb | Ends: Fri 24 Feb
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details
Begins: Thu 23 Feb | Ends: Fri 24 Feb
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details
Begins: Mon 27 Feb – see start times below
Mon 2 Oct | ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Apakatjah | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)

Wed 4 Oct | Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Irrunytju Band | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)
Presented locally by Mix 104.9
Sat 7 Oct  | Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M
Tue 10 Oct | Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD (All Ages)
With Urthboy | Ph: (07) 4771 400
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by 4TO
Thu 12 Oct | Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M
Sat 14 Oct | Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD (18+*)
With The Living End & Jebediah | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by 92.7 Mix FM
Sun 15 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
With The Jezabels | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1pm local time)
Presented locally by Triple M
Thu 19 Oct | Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (18+*)
With Jebediah & Jack River | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
Sat 21 Oct | Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (18+*)
With Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by KOFM
Tue 24 Oct | AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT (All Ages)
With Something For Kate | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by MIX 106.3
Thu 26 Oct | The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1.30pm local time)
Presented locally by Triple M
Sat 28 Oct | Perth Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M
Wed 1 Nov | Derwent Entertainmnent Centre, Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
With The Jezabels | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
Fri 3 Nov | Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, VIC (18+*)
With The Living End | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
Sat 4 Nov | Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, VIC (18+*)
With John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
Mon 6 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
With The Jezabels & Adalita | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (4pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
Wed 8 Nov | Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW (All Ages)
With Abbe May | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)
Presented locally by WAVE FM
Sat 11 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*)
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (11am AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M
* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

Full details at
Tue 25 Apr         Pepsi on Stage | Porto Alegre
Thu 27 Apr         Live | Curtiba
Sat 29 Apr         Espaço das Americas | São Paolo
Sun 30 Apr        Vivo Rio | Rio De Janeiro
Tue 2 May         NET Live | Brasilia
Sat 6 May         Center Stage | Atlanta, GA
Tue 9 May         The Filmore | Silver Spring, MD
Thu 11 May        House of Blues | Boston, MA
Sat 13 May        Webster Hall | New York City, NY
Tue 16 May        Keswick Theatre | Glenside, PA
Thu 18 May       The Vic | Chicago, IL
Sat 20 May        Danforth Theatre | Toronto, Canada
Tue 23 May        Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO
Thu 25 May       The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA
Sat 27 May        Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA
Mon 29 May       Revolution Hall | Portland, OR
Wed 31 May       Moore Theatre | Seattle, WA
Fri 2 June          The Commodore | Vancouver, Canada
Wed 21 June      E-Werk | Cologne, Germany
Fri 23 June         Paradiso | Amsterdam, Holland
Sun 25 June       Huxleys Neue Welt | Berlin, Germany
Tue 27 June       Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 29 June       Rockafeller Music Hall | Oslo, Norway
Sat 1 July          Furuviksparken | Gävle, Sweden
Tue 4 July          Hammersmith Apollo | London, UK
Thu 6 July         Olympia | Paris, France
Fri 7 July           Festival de Beauregard | Hérouville-Saint-Claire, France
Sun 9 July         Les Deferlantes Festival | Argeles-sur-Mer, France
Wed 12 July       Volkshaus | Zurich, Switzerland
Fri 14 July         Musilac | Aix Les Bains, France
Sun 16 July       Les Vieilles Charrues | Carhaix, France
Tue 18 July        Batschkapp | Frankfurt, Germany
Fri 21 July         Colours of Ostrava | Ostrava, Czech Republic
Sat 9 Sep          Vector Arena | Auckland, NZ
Mon 11 Sep       Horncastle Arena | Christchurch, NZ

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 16, 2017

The trio of Richard Pike, Laurence Pike and Dave Miller have forged a career on constantly breaking the boundaries of expectation and conformity with every new album release, and now with their fifth LP New Spirit set to be released on February 17, they are looking to stretch further into…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 14, 2017

Nick Miamis of Side Liner interviewed by Baz Bardoe Nick Miamis, aka ‘Side Liner’ has released an incredible fifteen studio albums and had countless tracks on compilations. It is an enormous output, representing almost an album a year since he began producing under this alias. Based in Greece, he also…

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

Weekend Warriors has a brand spanking new website!

Weekend Warriors is the Australian Music Association initiative which allows lapsed musicians to get back to into playing music and for those who have never played in a band before, it gives you the opportunity to shine on stage for the very first time. We’ve just upgraded the national Weekend Warriors website so check it out now!

The Weekend Warriors (mature age) and Young Warriors Programs (12-19yrs) are all about having fun playing or singing in a band. The Programs provide the gear, the coaches and the CONCERT. You supply the talent and enthusiasm. Everything is provided including guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, amps, PA, etc.

The Program starts with a free, coached jam session. After the jam, if you want to go ahead with the rest of the program, a fee is involved. Coaches form the bands and contact everyone involved with times and dates of rehearsals. Your band will have four two-hour rehearsals (Young Warrior rehearsals are one-hour) with a professional coach, then perform in The Big Gig concert with other bands from your program. Each band plays for 25-30 minutes. Concerts are professionally produced and run. Band members are treated like stars and have a great time. You’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to do it again!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 12, 2017

Announced late last year but now fast approaching is the Australian tour by two time Grammy award winning band, Living Colour, who will be here in May. They were last here in 2014 as part of the Soundwave line-up, but also performed to packed out side-shows and rave reviews.

Spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour emerged onto the scene and made the people stop and take notice – their music became a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. By 1986, the band started to solidify, with Corey Glover joining on vocals, bassist Muzz Skillings and drummer Will Calhoun anchoring the rhythm section that helped hone their unique blend of music with broad-based appeal. Their debut album, Vivid eventually became a multi-platinum, Grammy winning success.

Living Colour’s instrumental prowess gave them a level of critical respect most other bands of that genre were not afforded. Politically driven in their lyrics and eclectic & experimental in their sound, the band built up quite the following in their original eleven year run, picking-up two consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance and three MTV Video Music Awards.

Time’s Up was a gold selling release that won them their other Grammy for Best Hard Rock Album of 1990. It was the last album made by the band’s original line-up, as Skillings was replaced by veteran bassist, Doug Wimbish when Living Colour returned in 1993, with the even more experimental release, Stain. By the middle of the ’90s, the band had gone on hiatus and they were re-energised in 2003. Since then, Living Colour have remained an active unit, releasing two albums of new material and receiving raves for their incendiary live performances.

Living Colour still stands as one of today’s finest hard rock, metal, funk, fusion bands – make sure you check them out.


Friday 12th May
170 Russell, Melbourne
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Saturday 13th May
Metro Theatre, Sydney
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Sunday 14th May
The Triffid, Brisbane
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Wednesday 17th May
The Gov, Adelaide
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Friday 19th May
Astor Theatre, Perth
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