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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 29, 2017

Hailing from Toowoomba QLD the Suicide Swans, a 5-piece alt-country/rock band have been strumming their way through South East Queensland since 2012. Now ready to prominently step out into the national scene, Suicide Swans release their new single “Horses” from their forthcoming album Augusta. Suicide Swans first self-titled release was firmly…

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Posted in Artists, Special Features    //    Post Date - September 28, 2017

There’s no joy in a tune if it’s out of tune. Even the world’s finest musicians can sound cringe-worthy if their A’s are flat or their C’s aren’t sharp. Just because you’ve tuned your guitar before you walked on stage, doesn’t guarantee it’s going to stay that way for the…

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Posted in Accessories, Artists, Gear, Special Features    //    Post Date - September 28, 2017

In part one of our guitar tuning feature, we spoke to a number of local players about the tuners they use and why. In part two we now look at some of the tuning options currently available on the market. TC Electronic Distributed in Australia by Amber Technology PolyTune is…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 26, 2017

I don’t know about you but I’ve found the easiest way to learn anything properly is to have hands on, face to face tuition from experts. That way you can witness first hand how things are done and you’re able to ask questions on the spot as your queries come…

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


It’s exactly one week until Midnight Oil finally launch the homecoming leg of their “Great Circle 2017” World Tour in Alice Springs. The iconic rock group has spent the last six months playing more than 50 gigs in 16 countries across six continents. They have played nearly 100 different songs including at least half a dozen that they have never performed onstage before. However the band has clearly still got more surprises up their sleeves.

Today Midnight Oil announced an intimate benefit gig to help protect The Great Barrier Reef and to support reef activism and research. It will happen in Cairns on Friday October 6. Appropriately enough for a group who recently released two collectors box sets housed in recycled steel tanks, this benefit show – dubbed “Oils At The Reef” – will be staged at The Tanks Art Centre.
A very limited number of tickets will go on sale via at 10:00am this Wednesday September 27 and are limited to strictly two per buyer.

The show will be recorded and filmed for later broadcast by tour partners Triple M and Foxtel’s MAX as part of radio and TV specials that will draw focus to the plight of the greatest natural wonder on this planet – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All proceeds from the show will go to a non-partisan scientific research organisation called Great Barrier Reef Legacy. People can find out more about their work at

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most beautiful and intricate ecosystems”, said Oils drummer Rob Hirst. “It’s also a magnet for tourists, and a major contributor to the local economy so the fact that it’s under threat from climate change and unsustainable development should concern all Australians. We believe we should support the work of scientists and listen to them when it comes to what we should do to protect this precious environment.”

The nearly 3000 reefs which make up this amazing organism were declared a Marine Park in 1975 and listed as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Since then State and Federal Governments of all political persuasions have gradually expanded protection culminating in 2012 federal legislation which received bipartisan support to expand the Marine Park system and increase environmental safeguards within it. However those gains have recently been under threat from federal government moves to allow trawling, mining and pipelines in some previously protected areas. Adani’s massive proposed Carmichael coal mine would also place the reef under threat if it was allowed to go ahead both in terms of its huge carbon impact and potential damage from increased shipping traffic. Current land use practices and expansion of industry around the reef also pose unacceptable threats to its health at a time when parts of it are already struggling.

“Midnight Oil have always used our music to talk about things we believe are important”, says band frontman Peter Garrett. “We believe the future of the Great Barrier Reef is clearly on the line. We’re at the eleventh hour for our most important natural asset. As the largest living organism in our world the reef is a treasure of extraordinary beauty itself but it’s also a symbol of greater questions we all have to answer. Some parts of the Reef are already being killed off by catastrophic climate change and other parts would be damaged by bad federal government policy that prioritises short term corporate profit above all else. So we’re looking forward to getting together with our friends in Cairns and all doing our bit to share some information, provoke more conversation and make change while there’s still time.”

Australian fans will get 22 other chances to see the Oils live at last as The Great Circle 2017 Tour winds its way around the country from next Monday through until November 17 when the circle comes to a close back at the Domain in Sydney. While most dates have sold out limited tickets remain for some shows. See for up to the minute info.

To avoid being ripped off by online scalpers, PLEASE only buy tickets from the authorised sellers listed on the band’s website. The only authorised re-sale platform for this tour is TWICKETS where fans can buy and sell ‘extra’ tickets at face value. Please click here to access the Twickets Midnight Oil page.

“Oils At The Reef” will not be the first time this year that Midnight Oil has fused live music with causes that matter to them. During the Brazilian leg of their tour they did a guerrilla set aboard the famous Rainbow Warrior to draw focus to the issue of mining on reefs at the mouth of the Amazon River. They also played environmentally oriented events like Switzerland’s Paleo Festival and the Ostrava Festival in the Czech Republic , while in Canada they agitated for Greenpeace who are currently fighting a huge legal battle that threatens their very survival in that country.


Mon 2 Oct | ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs, NT (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Dan Sultan & Apakatjah | Ph: 132 849 or (08) 8980 3333

Wed 4 Oct | Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Dan Sultan & Irrunytju
Band | Ph: 132 849 or (08) 8980 3333
Presented locally by Mix 104.9

Fri 6 Oct | Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD (over 18’s only) – OILS AT THE REEF
JUST ANNOUNCED – On sale Wednesday September 27 – 10:00am AEST
LIMITED TICKETS FOR SALE – Ph 1300 855 835 or

Sat 7 Oct | Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns, QLD (18+*) – SOLD OUT
With Urthboy

Tue 10 Oct | Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Urthboy | Ph: (07) 4771 400
Presented locally by 4TO

Thu 12 Oct | Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+*) – SOLD OUT
With Urthboy
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 14 Oct | Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD (18+*) –
With The Living End & Jebediah
Presented locally by 92.7 Mix FM

Sun 15 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) –
 With The Jezabels
Presented locally by Triple M

Tue 17 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) –
 With George Telek & David Bridie
Presented locally by Triple M

Thu 19 Oct | Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Jebediah & Jack River | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 21 Oct | Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (18+*) –
With Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald
Presented locally by KOFM

Tue 24 Oct | AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Something For Kate | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by MIX 106.3

Thu 26 Oct | The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA (All Ages) –
With Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 28 Oct | Perth Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Spiderbait

Presented locally by Mix 94.5
Wed 1 Nov | Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With The Jezabels

Presented locally by Triple M

Fri 3 Nov | Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, VIC (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With The Living End & Even | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 4 Nov | Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC (18+*) –
With John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie
Presented locally by Triple M

Mon 6 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) –
With The Jezabels & Adalita
Presented locally by Triple M

Wed 8 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) –
With The Jezabels & Adalita
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 11 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*) –
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original
Presented locally by Triple M

Mon 13 Nov | Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
Previously Wed 8 Nov – CHANGE OF DATE – Tickets for original date valid for new date
With Abbe May | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by WAVE FM

Wed 15 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) +*)
Limited tickets available
With The Smith Street Band & The Teskey Brothers | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by Triple M

Fri 17 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by Triple M
* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 22, 2017

texanepiphone Giving Away a Vintage 1967 Epiphone Texan FT-79 in Australia
World’s Most Popular Music Gear Website Celebrates Continued Momentum in the Region, the online marketplace for buying, selling, and learning about music gear, is giving away a 1967 Epiphone Texan FT-79 to one lucky Australian winner. The giveaway, which ends on September 30, coincides with one year since the marketplace increased its focus on Australia by hiring on-the-ground support and launching its mobile app in the region.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a year, helping musicians and music lovers across Australia get access to buyers, sellers, and gear that were previously out of reach for them,” said Nick Smethurst, Reverb’s Territory Manager for Australia. “It’s fitting that we’re capping it off by giving away such a rare vintage guitar.”

A pillar of Epiphone’s acoustic roster, the FT-79 brought together a ’40s flat-top guitar design with Gibson’s iconic sloped shoulders and rich midrange tone. The Texan goes pound for pound with staples like the J-45 or D-18 and is a go-to instrument for legends such as Peter Frampton, Kurt Cobain, and Paul McCartney. To win this rare piece of gear, participants simply visit this page and answer: What was your favorite thing about your first guitar?

While has always been available worldwide, the company increased its focus on Australia just over a year ago, hiring Smethurst as its first Australian team member and making the Reverb mobile app available in Australia. In the past year, has seen a 400% increase in new Australian buyers while tripling sales in the market. The company also plans to increase hiring, adding key marketing and support roles to join Smethurst on the ground.

The contest is open only to residents of Australia. To enter or to learn more, click here.

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Posted in Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - September 22, 2017

Introducing the ultimate MIDI swiss army knife BomeBox – Now In Australia So much more than just a USB MIDI Host. RRP: $349 BomeBox™: the USB MIDI Host & Hub for Stage and Studio The BomeBox is the solution for connecting and mapping devices via MIDI, Ethernet, WiFi, and USB…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 21, 2017

At the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim earlier this year, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci announced to us that the band would be embarking on a 25th Anniversary Images & Words world tour and suggested that they might bring the tour to Australia in September. True to his word, Dream…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2017
Gold Class

Gold Class

It’s back! The 12th annual The Age Music Victoria Awards event, part of Melbourne Music Week, the Awards will conclude with The After Party – a massive showcase of Victoria’s diverse musical talent.

Featuring live sets from recent Glastonbury-goers Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, local post-punks Gold Class, and rising powerhouse trio Cable Ties, The official After Party is a chance for all awardees, nominees, music industry professionals and fans alike to come together on the dance floor and celebrate the breadth of Victoria’s thriving music community.

As tradition goes, the evening will also include the famous EG Allstars Band (featuring members of the Rockwiz Orchestra) performing some of the best songs of the year fronted by a prime cut of rotating musical talent including Josh Teskey (The Teskey Brothers), Archie Roach, Gretta Ray, Ella Thompson (GL), Michelle Nicolle, Birdz, Mojo Juju and Jim Lawrie (Performing Big Smoke), as well as DJ sets by MzRizk.

This year, Music Victoria and The Age are proud to induct renowned producer, sound engineer, and three-time ARIA award-winner Tony Cohen into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame. The late, great Tony Cohen worked with some of Australia’s most prolific acts on some of the country’s best records including Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, The Go Betweens, Hunters and Collectors, Models, The Moodists, TISM, Paul Kelly, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Dave Graney ‘n’ Coral Snakes, Tex Perkins and more. In 1994 Cohen won an ARIA for Producer of the Year for The Cruel Sea’s album The Honeymoon Is Over, and picked up both Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year at the 1995 ARIA Awards.

Once again, $5 from every ticket sold at this year’s Awards will be donated to The Age Music Victoria’s charity partner Support Act Limited, which has received almost $50,000 from the event over the last ten years. Tickets are on sale now, and after last year’s sold out event; it’d be best not to sleep on it.

170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Featuring Live sets from Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, Gold Class and Cable Ties
Plus the following guest singers backed by the EG Allstars:
Josh Teskey (The Teskey Brothers)
Archie Roach
Gretta Ray
Ella Thompson (GL)
Michelle Nicolle
Mojo Juju
Jim Lawrie (Performing Big Smoke)
DJ MzRizk

Doors 8.30pm
Tickets $30 + BF via moshtix & or phone 1300 724 867

Tickets are also available for Face the Music Conference, which runs in the City of Melbourne on November 23 and 24, for $99.

Nominees are announced and public voting opens on The Age website from 13 October to 10 November 2017.

More info via

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - September 19, 2017

American singer, songwriter Luke Elliot is chatting to me on the phone from his hometown of New Jersey, which for Luke is rare. He’s spent so much time traveling recently that “home is kind of all over the place right now,”  he says. On Friday September 22nd Luke Elliot will…

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