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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Australian bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld will release her debut vocal album, Love Remains, on March 29 via BMG.

The 10-song collection explores love, loss, and life through a poetic blend of Tal’s lyrics, storytelling and masterful musicianship.

The album was primarily recorded at Los Angeles’ East West Studios and co-produced with Paul Stacey (Oasis, The Kooks, Black Crowes). Jackson Browne contributed as Executive Producer and the album features backing from a bevy of friends and highly respected players including guitarist Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius), keyboardists Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) & Zac Rae (Death Cab for Cutie, Lana Del Rey) and drummer Jeremy Stacey (Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher).

Love Remains is a richly orchestrated body of work that showcases Tal’s evolution from instrumental prodigy to “formidable singer-songwriter” (Rolling Stone), talented vocalist and producer in her own right.

As Jackson Browne acknowledged, “I can’t think of another instrumentalist that has ventured into the area that Tal now has, when it comes to writing and singing songs from her own experience.”

Tal’s written a confronting album that alludes to complex and tragic romance. Just listen to the angsty anthem “Killing Me”. With a thick bass line and steady, punching drums that carry on throughout and frame the expressive lyrics, she emphatically proclaims her yearning to be “held but not beholden.”

From “Corner Painter,” her rollicking debut single featuring Benmont Tench on the pump organ, to “Haunted Love,” a soft selection of melodious yet prolific bass and orchestra, to the warm ballad “Under The Sun,” with yearning sounds of a violin, Love Remains showcases Tal’s talents on full display. She achieves a transcendent balance between instrumental prowess and exquisite songcraft.

Tal is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. She has gained significant recognition from performing on the bass with Jeff Beck and her high-profile guest appearances with legends from Mick Jagger and Prince to The Allman Bros and Herbie Hancock. After relocating stateside from her native Sydney, Australia at just 16-years-old, Tal made believers of rock royalty and fans with her uncommon combination of melodic sensibilities and technical aptitude.

Following the release of her instrumental debut, ‘Transformation,’ Bass Player magazine’s readers’ choice poll named her “The Year’s Most Exciting New Player,” and iconic bassist and producer Don Was presented her the publication’s “Young Gun Award.”

‘Love Remains’ Tracklisting:
1. Corner Painter
2. Counterfeit
3. Hard To Be Alone
4. Haunted Love
5. Love Remains
6. Fistful of Glass
7. Under The Sun
8. One Thing After Another
9. Killing Me
10. Pieces Of Me

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 25 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage that never disappoints and is a must see for fans of vintage guitar rock. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

In an era where pedalboards, laptops and samples have become commonplace, Eric Steckel goes against the grain and harkens his listeners back to the days when great guitars were played loudly through great amps. Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 25 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage that never disappoints and is a must see for fans of vintage guitar rock.

Few young guitarists can improve on Eric Steckel’s impressive resume. Eric’s debut CD, “A Few Degrees Warmer”, was recorded live in April 2002 when he was just 11 years old. It wasn’t long until he appeared at the 2003 Sarasota Blues Festival where Eric’s powerful set became the talk of the day. Before the night was over Eric was introduced by British Blues/Rock legend, John Mayall as the youngest guitarist ever on stage with the Bluesbreakers. Eric left a lasting impression on Mayall and, in 2004 Mayall invited Eric to appear in Sweden, Norway and Denmark during The Bluesbreakers’ Scandinavian Tour. In early 2005, Eric traveled to Los Angeles where he joined Mayall for session work on the “Road Dogs” record.

Eric then spent the following years filled with marquee festival dates and sold out concert tours in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. He opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam, thrilled audiences at the Tegelen Bluesrock Festival and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival.

Throughout his teens and young adulthood, Eric released several critically acclaimed live and studio albums. 2006’s “Havana” was a hit among Blues guitar lovers and tracks from this album are still featured often on SiriusXM’s Bluesville station. 2008’s “Feels Like Home” featured the talented Duane Trucks on drums and recalled the 70’s southern rock era. Hits from this album such as “The Ghetto” and “Just Walk Away” receive regular airplay to this day. In 2012, after years on the road, Eric entered the studio once again to record a powerful modern Blues record. “Dismantle The Sun” emerged. In 2015, Eric embarked on a quest to record a fully transatlantic studio album with some of the finest producers, engineers and musicians he knew. This led to “Black Gold” being recorded in both Nashville, Tennessee and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Eric’s current album “Polyphonic Prayer” is his most successful album to date and features Eric on every instrument besides the drums.

Road-tested and seasoned from 20+ years on stage and in the studio, Eric delivers his signature blend of Bluesmetal worldwide to appreciative guitar lovers in 25 countries and counting.

May 18th
Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival, Broadbeach Gold Coast
May 19th
Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival, Broadbeach Gold Coast
May 21st
Better Music, Canberra
May 22nd
The Basement, Canberra
May 24th
Bridge Hotel, Sydney
May 25th
Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda Melbourne
May 27th
Pistol Pete’s, Geelong

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Posted in Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Positive Grid Releases BIAS FX 2 Guitar Amp and Effects Processor Featuring Guitar Match Emulation New second-generation version of the award-winning BIAS FX software includes massive collection of amps, pedals, FX — and now virtual guitars. Positive Grid is proud to announce the release of BIAS FX 2, the next…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Singer songwriter Gaby Moreno won many hearts while in Australia recently. We captured Gaby at the Fyrefly in St.Kilda singing Pale Bright Lights from her current album Illusion. Use courtesy of Gaby’s management.

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Introducing the Mentors and Participants of ‘Cultivate’ the first women-only leadership program for music industry leaders  

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Music Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government is thrilled to announce the very first recipients and mentors of the inaugural pilot ‘Cultivate’, Victoria’s new initiative for mid-level to established women leaders in the state’s contemporary music sector. The program was officially launched Wednesday 20 March at The Corner Hotel with an all-day workshop including talks by keynote speakers Mrs Chloe Shorten and Director and CEO of ACMI Katrina Sedgwick, and hosted by Australian music industry veteran Leanne de Souza.

An overwhelming amount of applications left project manager Sarah DeBorre and the programs reference group with the hard task of shortlisting before selecting the first participants of the newly created leadership coaching program for women in the Victorian music sector.

Supported by the Minister For Women, the ‘Cultivate’ program aims to foster the development of some of the state’s key decision makers, business owners, and industry leaders within the music sector, by partnering them up with CEOs, senior role holders and experienced mentors to support and guide the advancement of their careers. “The women selected for this program are leaders in our music industry who possess the potential to influence and empower other women. Throughout this program, they will attend masterclasses, get personalised leadership coaching, be supported by an experienced mentor, and build a strong network to help them take the next step in their leadership,“ says Gabrielle Williams Minister For Women of the program.

The first talented women selected to take part in the exciting new leadership program ‘Cultivate’ 2019 are Dallas Frasca Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts; Kate Duncan CEO, The Push Inc; Katie Besgrove Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records; Coco Eke Label Manager, Bad Apples Music and Sally Mather, Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group.

“The Cultivate program is a genius idea and I couldn’t be more stoked and grateful to be a recipient alongside these inspiring woman paving paths in Australia. The incredible initiative will have a long-lasting impact on the music industry and be felt for the years to come. “Give a woman a fish, and you’ll feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you’ve fed her for a lifetime.” That’s the saying right?” – Dallas Frasca.

Carefully selected by Project Manager, Sarah DeBorre, Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs, Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh, Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand, Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director and Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia will all spend one-on-one time with the five outstanding leaders of the Victorian music industry.

The extensive program offers each participant a one-on-one coaching package with Leadership Victoria in Executive Leadership Coaching, that aims to help facilitate behavioural and attitudinal shifts to enable both individuals and groups to overcome barriers to change and to realise their own potential and the potential of their organisation.

In addition to the Leadership Coaching, four specialised Masterclasses in Fundamentals and Foundations of Leadership, Frameworks to use in Leadership, Façade of your Leadership, Futureproofing your Leadership will be held between April and June and will be coached by Louise Thomson of Global People Two. Louise helps people understand their own and others’ personality, their own emotional intelligence, the effect of their conversational style on others and how to build the capability and confidence of their team to create effective workplaces and communities.

“Mentoring is a powerful tool that really makes a difference and I am so excited to be paired with the amazing Coco Eke from Bad Apples Music as part of the Cultivate Program.  There is a lot we can discover together.” – Leonie Morgan, Consultant and Board Director.

The program was open for Victorian residents who identify as a woman and currently hold leadership or management positions at their place of employment within the contemporary music sector.

‘Cultivate’ Pilot Program 2019
March – June 2019

Dallas Frasca – Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts
Kate Duncan – CEO, The Push Inc.
Katie Besgrove – Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records
Coco Eke – Label Manager, Bad Apples Music
Sally Mather – Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group

Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs
Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh
Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand
Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director
Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Dave Graney and the mistLY release a new album on March 22 called ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? Featuring Dave on vocals and guitar, Clare Moore on drums and percussion, Stuart Perera on guitar and Stu Thomas on bass, the album was produced by Graney and Moore (roughly the 33rd album they have…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Australian singer, songwriter and performer Sara Storer has recently released new music from her forthcoming seventh studio album RAINDANCE. The ARIA award and 21 Golden Guitar award winning artist has recently signed with Universal Music Australia on a world-wide deal.

The new album RAINDANCE is being released on April 12 and is available to pre-order now. The first single out now is the title track Raindance which is also available as an instant grat for digital preorders of the album.

Speaking of the first single Raindance, Sara shares: “Raindance is a song of hope. It also sends a message of coming together through dance and song. Music is great therapy and while our nation waits on rain let’s dance and sing this drought away. As a songwriter, we can often find ourselves writing stories with a heavy heart whether it be about ourselves or of others. So with regard to the drought, and the endless hardships of Aussie farmers, I felt it time to write a song of hope. A song that can lift out spirits during the nations wait for rain.”

A power-house of contributions saw the album produced by Sara’s long-time collaborator and producer Matt Fell at Sydney’s Love Hz Studios, with Shane Nicholson engineering the drums and guitar tracks at his Central Coast Sound Hole Studios.

Continuing the impressive array of contributors, Colin Hay features as a vocal collaboration on the song Next Year People, originally written and recorded by Hay. Others featuring on the record include Sara’s brother Greg Storer, and country artist Fanny Lumsden.

Physical album pre-orders from Sara’s website will receive a complimentary tote bag while stocks last celebrating the release of the album, while some other retailers are offering signed albums.

RAINDANCE album track listing:
1.       Raindance
2.       My Little Men
3.       Ploughin’ It In
4.       Next Year People
5.       Hayrunner
6.       Every Boy Needs a Bike
7.       How Sweet The Voice
8.       Natalie
9.       Fox
10.     The Captain
11.     Someday
12.     Jigalong Girls

Sara is currently on the road:
Fri 22nd – Noojee Hotel, VIC  
Sat 23rd – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne VIC  

Wed 10th –  The Publican Hotel, Mornington VIC
Thu 11th – Alexandra Shire Hall, VIC
Fri 12th – Gateway Hotel, Geelong VIC  

Sat 13th – Commercial Club, Albury NSW 

Sun 14th – Commercial Club, Wagga Wagga NSW 

Thu 2nd – Laurieton United Services Club, NSW
Fri 3rd – Macksville Ex-Services Club, NSW

Sat 4th – Casino RSM Club, NSW

Fri 10th – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane QLD

Sat 11th – Caloundra RSL Club, QLD
Thu 16th – Southern Cross Club, Canberra ACT 

Fri 17th – Milton Theatre, NSW

Sat 18th – Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW  

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Tipped as one of NPR’s must see acts, Angie McMahon thrilled crowds at SXSW last week and has been awarded the prestigious SXSW Grulke Prize for Developing Non-U.S. Act.

Angie is the second Melbourne artist to win in recent years following Courtney Barnett in 2015. Past winners of the Grulke Prize have also included Leon Bridges, Haim, Chvrches, Jade Bird, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips.

“I’m so honoured to be the recipient of the Grulke Prize. I’m so grateful to the lovely team we work with, we heard the news together and got to celebrate. It was a special moment.” says Angie.

An annual tradition since 2013, South by Southwest’s Grulke Prize is awarded to three acts every year, in honour of the event’s late Creative Director, Brent Grulke. Out of the thousands of acts around the world who showcased at the event, Angie was selected as this year’s recipient for Non-U.S. Developing Act. Voted by a pool of select music critics, industry professionals, and SXSW staff, the award, paired with a $10,000 USD cash prize, is given to an artist who is breaking new ground with their creativity and shows the most promise in achieving their career goals.

Austin360 freelancer Kayleigh Hughes wrote Angie “balanced deep, melancholy vocals and fiercely confessional lyrics. … McMahon’s mesmerizing 40-minute performance left the crowd certain she was poised to become a big star.”

Angie will follow her SXSW performances with a solo show in Los Angeles, a national Australian festival tour with Groovin the Moo, followed by UK/Europe dates and the release of her highly anticipated debut album Salt later this year

Angie McMahon is set to make her US debut with headline dates, showcases at SXSW and a performance as special guest for the Pixies. Today Angie unveils her new single ‘Pasta’ accompanied by the singer-songwriter’s first official video and the announcement of her forthcoming debut album Salt, due for release this year.

A song about feeling really tired, trying anyway and wanting to rock out like Springsteen,  ‘Pasta’ sees Angie liken eating too much gluten to feelings of loss and hope. Directed by Ben McNamara the video is an adaptation based on the beauty of doing nothing. “I struggle with time management and I can be really mean to myself about it. I got to the tipping point where I let go of the pressure and just did whatever felt good. The gold star reminds me of being a kid and having encouragement, but the adult version that I’m learning is that you just have to encourage yourself and not wait for other people to do it,” says Angie of the clip.

Angie first drew the attention of the Australian music scene with her first single ‘Slow Mover’ which quickly connected to enthusiastic audiences.  The track landed at  #33 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2017 and secured an honourable mention in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.  Second single ‘Missing Me’ landed at #49 in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 and delivered a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year (AIR) and third single ‘Keeping Time’ topped the most played list at triple j.

All singles have garnered support in the online world both locally and internationally, receiving over 16 million plays on Spotify and Apple Music and Angie recently embarked on her first headline tour of Australia selling out 1500 – 2000 capacity venues.

In the last 18 months Angie has toured with the likes of Father John Misty, The Shins, Alanis Morissette, Angus & Julia Stone, Leon Bridges and Mumford & Sons. Angie entered the Australian festival circuit playing Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival, Secret Garden and NYE on the Hill and will perform around Australia at this year’s Groovin the Moo in 2019.

Friday, 26th April – Adelaide Showground, Wayville, ADE
Saturday, 27th April – Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sunday, 28th April – Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT
Saturday, 4th May – Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday, 5th May – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
Saturday, 11th May – Hay Park, Bunbury, WA

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Sammy Hagar’s supergroup featuring Sammy, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson announce their debut album ‘Space Between’ Out May 10 via BMG

The album, written by Hagar, unfolds like a novel with each song exploring a different chapter in a saga about money, greed, enlightenment and truth.

The video for “Trust Fund Baby,” directed by ZZ Satriani (son of Hagar’s longtime collaborator and friend Joe Satriani) is an extreme glimpse into the eighth track “nailing what happens when kids are given too much money – to early in life – and it becomes an affliction,”

Hagar explains. “All the money in the world isn’t a guarantee for a good life.  I’m a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work – but that comes in a later chapter.”  ZZ Satriani, said of the process, “We were lucky because Sammy’s writing style let us create the story quite literally from the lyrics.”

“Trust Fund Baby” has received wide acclaim, including featured placement on several influential playlists — among them — the cover and lead track of Spotify’s Hard Rock playlist as well as Spotify’s Just Rock!, Rock Nation (Topsify US), New This Week (Topsify US), Rock Now(Topsify Canada) and Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock (US) playlists.

“Trust Fund Baby” kicks off a big year for Sammy Hagar & The Circle who will launch their North American tour in support of the album on April 19.

Hagar has also just wrapped production on season four of his hit TV series, Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, premiering later this year.

Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin. Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands’ substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release Space Between on May 10 via BMG.


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Melbourne’s own roots/rock aficionado Hamish Anderson is gearing up for a massive 2019, with the release of his latest single Breaking Down, a gritty, threatening rock track that must be listened to with the volume knob fully cranked, out now.  Breaking Down is an early taste of the upcoming album from Hamish, entitled Out Of My Head; an eclectic and exciting collection of songs from this young artist who has already blown the world away with his talent, out May 2019.  Hamish will play his first Australian shows since 2017 alongside the one and only Gary Clark Jr. as main support, kicking off in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre on April 18, then moving through Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, and wrapping up at the Perth Concert Hall on April 27.

On Breaking Down, it’s pretty easy to see why Total Guitar named Hamish Anderson one of their Top 10 Best New Guitarists in 2018 – like a bull at a gate, chugging guitars provide an irresistibly catchy bed for some ripper riffs the track progresses.  This track is overflowing with pent-up frustration and undeniable passion, and it’s a mouth-watering concoction for some killer classic Americana-rock, as Hamish explains, “Breaking Down definitely explores the more rock and roll side of my music.  I was sitting around one day playing guitar and suddenly just started playing the riff, all the lyrics came basically at once so it was written very quickly.  I’d had an argument earlier that week with someone I know so I think some of that definitely crept into its inspiration.  I  just wanted to turn the volume all the way up and get out everything that was on my mind.”

While Breaking Down is a superb example of rollicking rock, it is just one of many genres that Hamish dips his toes into on the new album Out Of My Head.  Americana, soul, pop, roots, blues, rock; that’s a lot of ground to cover, but Hamish does it with a natural ease that’s far beyond his years.  The mellow (What You Do To Me, Damaged Goods) and the upbeat (No Good, You Give Me Something) tracks on this record sit comfortably next to each other; all buoyed by a knack for clever, hook-driven songwriting and a clear, burning passion that drives the music from the first strum to the last.  Hamish enthuses, “I really wanted to take my time and write as many songs as I could for this album.  I wasn’t writing to a specific genre or sound, rather I let the songs reveal what they wanted to be… The album explore themes of alienation and defiance, mixed with unabashed love songs and even observations on what’s happening in the world around us.  Certain songs had themes that I hadn’t explored in my writing previously.  I feel I really went a lot deeper in the writing of these songs then I had ever done before.  Most are universal feelings that I feel people can relate to.  Once again, I got very lucky to work with a really great, talented group of people on Out Of My Head including producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Tedeschi Trucks, Wilco) who I had worked with on my debut album Trouble.  Jim is an incredible producer/engineer and we work in a very similar way — it’s always an amazing experience working with him.”

Anyone who presses play on Breaking Down will no doubt understand that this is the kind of music that is made to be played live to a pulsing, enthusiastic crowd.  Hamish is thrilled to be hitting the road with the legendary Gary Clark Jr., as he gives fans a taste of what to expect, “I’ve been working so much in the US for the past four years that to be coming home to play – and especially these particular shows supporting Gary Clark Jr (who i’m a massive fan of) — is truly huge for me.  Regarding the live shows, people can expect a mixture of blues, rock and roll and soul. I’m playing as a trio at the moment so it allows us to get down to the meat and potatoes of the songs, rock and roll with no frills.  I’ve played so many different type of gigs over the past four years that as a performer I think I’ve become more confident, focused and I’m just having a lot of fun with it.”


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