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ARLO GUTHRIE: BLUESFEST Q&A

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 26, 2018

Arlo Guthrie always had big shoes to fill. His father was America’s most beloved singer/songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie. However, with his quirky performance style and storytelling ability, Arlo was able to pave a successful music career of his own. First finding success with his 1967 album Alice’s Restaurant, which…

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THE PRETTY THINGS: DICK TAYLOR AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 24, 2018

Formed in 1963 by vocalist Phil May and ex-Rolling Stones bass player Dick Taylor, The Pretty Things were one of numerous high energy rock bands that were part of the British Rock invasion that emerged out of London in the early sixties. While not as commercially successful as bands like…

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NEW DATES FOR ROSE TATTOO ROCK N ROLL OUTLAW – 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


‘Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, was recorded at the famed rock ‘n’ roll Alberts studios, produced by the legendary team, Vanda & Young and, released through Albert, Repertoire Records in late 1978. The bands debut album, reviewed as “A dangerous, unpredictable, monster of a record whose power has hardly diminished an ounce in the decades since”. Spawning anthemic songs like ‘Nice Boys’ (Don’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll), Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘One Of The Boys’ and, ‘Bad Boy For Love’, this album cemented the band’s foundation for the years to come.

Now, 40 years on, Rose Tattoo are proud to announce more dates added to their Rock N Roll Outlaw 40th Anniversary tour heading out around Australia in September, October, November and December. An explosive set will cover the album in its’ entirety and ignite their audiences inner rock child.

Right off the back of their month long, rave review Blood Brothers tour in EU/UK, where they packed the O2 Academy London to the rafters, headlined at Raismes Festival, France and slayed them at Baroeg Open Air, Netherlands, there is no stopping this ‘tour de force’. They hit the ground running on their return and, head straight into rehearsals and their 40th Anniversary Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’ 19 date run across our nation. Bad Boy, Angry Anderson has recruited the best in the business to lead the assault comprising legendary bass player extraordinaire, Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer – The Angels & Skyhooks and, Pete Well’s endorsed, “unbelievably talented maestro of rock mayhem”, Dai Pritchard on slide. Special guests have also been added to show dates including Midnight Alibi, Palace Of The King, TORK and Echo Del Tusker.

40th Anniversary Tour Dates
September
27 – Corner Hotel Richmond VIC special guests Dallas Crane & Palace Of The King
28 – The Grand Hotel Mornington VIC Palace Of The King
30 – SS&A Albury NSW special guests Midnight Alibi

October
5 – Marrickville Bowling Club NSW special guests Palace Of The King
6 – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel NSW special guests Palace Of The King
12 – Burvale Hotel VIC special guests Palace Of The King
13 – Macs Hotel Melton VIC special guests Palace Of The King
19 – Norwood Hotel SA special guests TORK
20 – Coopers Ale House SA special guests TORK
26 – Waves Wollongong NSW
27 – Pittwater RSL NSW

November
2 – Ravenswood Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
3 – The Charles Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
10 – Ettalong Diggers NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
11 – Bridge Hotel NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
17 – The Barwon Club Geelong VIC
18 – Bridge Hotel NSW
25 Bridge Hotel NSW

December
2 – Bridge Hotel NSW with specials guests Palace Of The King

http://www.rosetattoo.com.au/

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TOTO LEADS FALLS SIDESHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


As hotter weather approaches and the Eastern States of Australia slowly begin to pack away their duffle coats, the team behind Falls Festival are delighted to offer a smorgasbord of international musical delights as they present a scorching range of summer sideshows.

Showcasing a potent mix of global stars and fast rising up-and-comers, this anticipated range of shows will spread its tentacles throughout Sydney and Melbourne in January 2019. From legendary 80’s outfits to New York post-punk icons to Nashville born stars of the future (plus plenty more), there’s something for everyone on offer as the summer calendar domination begins in earnest.

First cabs off the rank are Californian kings TOTO, who will whip up extreme levels of nostalgic buzz when they land at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and Melbourne’s Festival Hall for two huge shows. Riding high on a renewed public obsession with classic tunes ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Hold the Line’, these pioneers of prog never seem to go out of style.
THU 3 JAN – HORDERN PAVILION – SYDNEY
FRI 4 JAN – FESTIVAL HALL – MELBOURNE

Another pack of international heroes ready to blow punters away are New Yorkers INTERPOL. Landing in Australia to show off their excellent new album Marauder, their world beating hybrid of post-punk, post-rock and guitar pop has seen them sell millions of records globally.
FRI 4 JAN – PALAIS THEATRE – MELBOURNE
SAT 5 JAN – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – SYDNEY

One of the most enduring English rock bands of the last decade are THE VACCINES, who will be hitting up the Croxton Bandroom and the Metro Theatre as they celebrate the release of their latest cut Combat Sports.
THU 3 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
FRI 4 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

BISHOP BRIGGS is a London born citizen of the world who deals in booming indie-based soul and R&B. Her forceful, expansive voice has seen her gather overwhelming buzz and she’ll leave everything on stage at an exclusive East Coast show.
TUE 8 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by triple j, Live Nation and Secret Sounds

Another gigantic voice capable of transfixing audiences at festivals and venues alike belongs to Irishman DERMOT KENNEDY. Discovered by Glen Hansard of The Frames and counting Taylor Swift amongst his many fans, the emotive and intricate nature of Kennedy’s music will suit Australian stages. Special guest at both shows will be rising English singer-songwriter SAM FENDER.
WED 9 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
THU 10 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

Living in the same realm of pointed lyrical guitar pop as favoured Australian export Courtney Barnett, Nashville’s SOCCER MOMMY has built from bedroom tape beginnings to sit as one of the more talked about up and comers of 2018. She’ll be hitting cosy venues in Sydney and Melbourne for two not-to-be-missed shows.
WED 2 JAN – OXFORD ART FACTORY – SYDNEY
MON 7 JAN – HOWLER – MELBOURNE

One out of the box is the eclectic HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS, who will be making their first trip Down Under. A remarkable young musician with the soul of a poet, a tripwire voice and talent to burn, his track ‘Peach Scone’ has clocked up nearly 9 million YouTube views.

SAT 5 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by XIII Touring and Secret Sounds

Secret Sounds Presents
FALLS FESTIVAL SIDESHOWS
TOTO・INTERPOL・THE VACCINES・BISHOP BRIGGS・DERMOT KENNEDY・SOCCER MOMMY・HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVE MAKERS

PRESALE: 12NOON MON 24 SEPT – 8AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
GENERAL SALES: 9AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
secretsounds.com

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GARY GRIMM & MARK SCHULMAN (P!NK): THE TECH & THE DRUMMER TALK DRUMS

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 22, 2018

Recently, we brought you an exclusive backstage insight into P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma tour.  This time, we go a little deeper into the percussion element of P!NK’s show, via an interview with the tour’s amiable drum tech, Gray Grimm. We also have a word to P!NK’s drummer Mark Schulman. “I have…

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GEDDES LANE BALLROOM. A NEW LIVE MUSIC VENUE FOR MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2018

Geddes Lane Ballroom business partners Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, photo credit Jason Edwards Herald Sun

Thanks to Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, a unique project is underway to launch a brand new pop-up project restoring live music to an iconic location. The 400+ capacity venue, encompassing a ground floor bar and first floor band room is situated in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s music capital.  The infamous 170 year old ex-Showgirls Bar 20 venue will be undergoing a makeover as part of the King Street Revival (KSR) project, transforming its beautiful old bones into a vibrant and world class, live music venue where punters can enjoy quality curated live music, alongside exemplary food and drinks from a menu heralded by the inimitable Shannon Bennett. Innovative partnerships are underway, including development of cashless technology, and there are plans for a variety of bespoke vending machines and a green room that’s actually green!  Set to open its doors with an impressive fanfare and an iconic Melbourne rock act (stay tuned to socials for dates and details), with official entry via Geddes Lane, future plans for the site include a takeover of the lane itself with food vans, projections, street art and rotating pop up events set to redefine the historic laneway.

In a time that many live music venues are closing their doors, the notable team behind Geddes Lane Ballroom are excited to shine a light on Melbourne and celebrate all things music and the vibrant Melbourne laneway culture. And even though the three level bluestone venue housed Showgirls Bar 20 strip club for the past 20 years, it was home to one of Melbourne’s most beloved live music venues, The Grainstore Tavern for the two decades before that.  It was here that John Farnham’s Whispering Jack album was launched (the Chain Reaction video filmed), with thousands of artists including Tina Arena, INXS, Daryl Braithwaite and the Little River Band performing on that same stage over the years.

Geddes Lane Ballroom will be booked by Ben Thompson and Ashlea O’Loughlin (The Venue Collective, 170 Russell, East Brunswick Club). “We’re excited to be bringing live music back to one of Melbourne’s most popular venues throughout the 80s and 90s”, enthuses Thompson, “It’s been a hidden gem, centrally located, close to trains and trams and a big carpark with a fantastic tried-and-tested band room. We’re doing some acoustic treatments, putting in a world class PA and cleaning the place up. Live music fans will love it.  With the loss of so many live music venues over the last 10 years including quality smaller rooms like Ding Dong Lounge and Shebeen, there aren’t many options out there. People need the option to come into the city and experience original live music. The venue will be open to all conceivable genres of music from local, national and international acts and we have some surprise shows planned for summer.”

Determined to restore old world class and sophistication to an iconic space, Grollo Group CEO Lorenz Grollo explains, “Our inhouse team are completing cosmetic and compliance works only.  But for the removal of some ‘choice’ objects and elements from its former use, we’re deliberately embracing the wonderful bones of this 1850’s Melbourne icon, after all how many live music venues can claim to be 170 years old and once a notorious strip club?!”

Offering insight into what we can look forward to devouring on the feasting front, Bennett enthuses, “We’ll be presenting great food that has a social conscious, is sustainable and good for you, and it’ll be fast food.  And think retro drinks like Japanese slippers that were in fact invented in Melbourne, seriously tasty local beers, local produce, our Benny burger will be huge feature and we are designing our own vending food machines offering salad bowls, Lui bar sausage rolls and heaps more!”

When asked about how the Grollo / Bennett partnership came about, Grollo jokes, “never underestimate the sparks of lateral brilliance that come from meetings with Shannon Bennett!”

Excited about the many prospects of Geddes Lane Ballroom, Grollo insights, “Geddes Lane Ballroom is an initiative under our King Street Revival (KSR) project.  We’re passionate about cleaning up King Street, ‘one pole at a time’, and delivering a fun and safe food and entertainment precinct for all Melburnians to enjoy. For too long King Street has been known for all the wrong reasons.  We’re now going to put it back on the map for reasons we can be proud of. Geddes Lane Ballroom, alongside our KSR Artist Residency & Bar (artist residency for and curated by prominent street art and fine art muralist Cam Scale), are the first big steps on our KSR journey.” Already fringed by the Rialto’s new retail and office precinct, home to Australia’s first Mercedes me and global co-working provider, Spaces, a refreshing culture of change is underway in Melbourne’s midtown.

The venue has had a good spruce up, a world class PA has been fitted, and Geddes Lane Ballroom is bringing the music back!  The calendar is now open for bookings, with the bandroom set to officially open to the public over the coming months.

Get your first look at Geddes Lane Ballroom here
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For bookings and further information, please contact: Ashlea O’Loughlin and Ben Thompson bookings@geddeslaneballroom.com

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DOWN THE ROAD WHEREVER FOR MARK KNOPFLER

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2018

Mark Knopfler will release his ninth solo studio album on 16 November 2018 on his own British Grove label via EMI Music Australia. Entitled ‘Down The Road Wherever’ it features 14 unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon. Mark has a poet’s eye for telling details that infuse his songs with his unique psychogeography – ‘where the Delta meets the Tyne’ as he describes it – and his warm Geordie vocal tone and his deft, richly melodic guitar playing are as breathtaking and thrilling as ever.

Knopfler says: “ ‘Down The Road Wherever’ is a line from ‘One Song At A Time.’ I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty one song at a time, and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs. But ‘Down The Road Wherever’ seems to be appropriate for me just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs.”

Knopfler has assembled the same group of top flight musicians he has worked with for the last few years (with one or two new faces).  As is his way he encourages them to put their own stamp on the material but never interfering in the essence of the song.

“I think the business of making a record, from having written a song and then bringing it to musicians, it can be quite a bendy route.  It’s not just motorways all the way….and you can end up in the occasional cul-de-sac, then you have to do a 16 point turn to try to get your truck back out on the main road as unobtrusively as you can.  That’s part of the fun of it.”

‘Down The Road Wherever’ has been produced by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher and was recorded at British Grove Studios in London. The band features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Tom Walsh on trumpet, John McCusker on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, Glenn Worf on bass, Ian ‘Ianto’ Thomas on drums and Danny Cummings on percussion. Richard Bennett and Robbie McIntosh also feature on guitar and Trevor Mires on trombone.  Imelda May, Kris Drever, Lance Ellington,  Beverley Skeete and Katie Kissoon add backing vocals.  All songs are written by Mark Knopfler apart from ‘Just A Boy Away From Home’ where he shares the credits with Rodgers and Hammerstein, as the song uses a piece of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to spin its tale of a lone Liverpool fan wandering the empty streets of Newcastle after midnight.

Mark Knopfler has released eight solo albums as well as recording ‘Neck And Neck’ with guitar great Chet Atkins, and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on ‘All The Roadrunning’.  He has created soundtracks for ‘Local Hero’ and  ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Altamira’. In addition to producing his own records Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst others. Knopfler was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

‘Down The Road Wherever’ will be available on digital DL, CD, double vinyl (with one bonus track), deluxe CD with two bonus tracks, and a lavish box set that will include the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12”vinyl EP with 4 bonus tracks, a 12” print of the artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of a selected song.

The full tracklistings are:
‘Down The Road Wherever’ by Mark Knopfler

Standard CD
1.   Trapper Man
2.   Back On The Dance Floor
3.   Nobody’s Child
4.   Just A Boy Away From Home
5.   When You Leave
6.   Good On You Son
7.   My Bacon Roll
8.   Nobody Does That
9.   Drovers’ Road
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Matchstick Man

Deluxe
Std album plus 2 bonus tracks
1.   Trapper Man
2.   Back On The Dance Floor
3.   Nobody’s Child
4.   Just A Boy Away From Home
5.   When You Leave
6.   Good On You Son
7.   My Bacon Roll
8.   Nobody Does That
9.   Drovers’ Road
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Rear View Mirror
15. Every Heart In The Room
16. Matchstick Man

Double Vinyl – 00602547169822
2 x heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
Side A
1. Trapper Man
2. Back On The Dance Floor
3. Nobody’s Child

Side B
1. Nobody Does That
2. Good On You Son
3. Floating Away

Side C
1. One Song At A Time
2. Heavy Up
3. Slow Learner

Side D
1. Just A Boy Away From Home
2. My Bacon Roll
3. When You Leave
4. Matchstick Man

BOX SET
Double Vinyl + Deluxe CD – tracklistings as above
Album print, guitar tablature

Additional 12” vinyl EP
Side A
1. Drovers’ Road
2. Don’t Suck Me In

Side B
1. Sky And Water
2. Pale Imitation

 

Here’s some vintage Mark Knopfler for ya!

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CHIARA KICKDRUM

Posted in MSF Performer Profile    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Chiara is a music composer, producer and DJ born and raised in Torino, Italy and now based in Australia. Her artistic appreciation and blend of music disciplines allow her to produce an eclectic range of musical outcomes.Chiara’s work now ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and…

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KAV TEMPERLEY – BASS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Frontman of west coast Australian rock n roll luminaires, Eskimo Joe, acclaimed songwriter Kav Temperley is stepping out solo.  The first taste of his upcoming album dropped recently, a new single called Pollyanna – an ominous reflection on the relativity of happiness – the single will be received instantly with…

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PETA MAI – VOCALS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Sydney singer/songwriter Peta Mai has spent her life performing and sharing her voice and stories with audiences, appearing at festivals such as CMC Rocks Queensland, Deni Ute Muster & Gympie Music Muster with some of the world’s biggest international country stars, including Grammy award winning trio Lady Antebellum & Keith…

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