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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 15, 2014

blackpearlBlack Pearl is a relatively new but pro-active recording facility in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. The studio recently closed entries on their Search 4 Pearls competition, a song contest open to artists nationally. After receiving more than 900 entires from all parts of Australia, the judges are now in deliberation mode, listening to just under a thousands songs between them to decide upon finalists. Categories being judged include; Under 18s [Group & Solo Entries], Best Solo: Acoustic / Country / Pop / Rock / Jazz / Classical, Best Band: Rock / Metal / Indie Alternative, Best Modern Group: Pop / Dance / Modern Music, Modern Music solo/duo: Hip hop / RnB / Electro / DJ Production, and Group Performance: Choir / Orchestra / Classical.  Shortlisted contestants will perform at a special industry only event on June 3, which will feature music identities and a catwalk-style fashion show. Prizes up for grabs in the Search 4 Pearls competition include a Roland keyboard, PreSonus Audiobox, Blackstar amp combo and much more. Black Pearl is a state of the art recording facility, frequented by leading Australian and overseas artists. It was also recently seen in the INXS telemovie.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 15, 2014

LittleOdessa_PressShot_May2014Brisbane rockers Little Odessa have been saturating airwaves and gracing TV screens recently with their infectious party starter ‘All Night’, a track that featured heavily in Triple j’s Hitlist in the last few months. Now, with a follow-up track receiving glowing accolades from across the blogosphere, the band is taking what they do best to stages down the east coast for the first time ever.

‘It’s About Time’ is the name of the latest firecracker single, produced and recorded by Magoo in his Applewood Studio in rural Queensland, and now aptly lends its name to the ‘It’s About Time Tour’, a jaunt that sees the lads hitting six days across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne (for the first time!) and Sydney starting late- May.

With whispers of an evolving sonic turn just around the corner and a widely-acclaimed live show touted as one of the most electric around, one thing that’s sure to stay the same is Little Odessa’s flawless stagecraft and ability to get people moving.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 14, 2014

jackbacarachWith Hunters & Collectors’ Australian tour wrapped up and only a New Zealand Rolling Stones support left for the legendary band, trumpet player Jack Howard has already moved on with new projects. Firstly, his long-time side project Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers has just released a brand new album, Day of the Dog. Even more intriguing however, is another band Jack  put together in late 2012, The Ambassadors of Love who play faithful renditions of Burt Bacharach tunes. The show, entitled THE LOOK OF LOVE – THE SONGS OF BURT BACHARACH AND HAL DAVID features Heather and Marj Michael on flute, violin and vocals, John Berto on guitar, Greg Murray on drums and Australian Musician’s own Rob Walker on bass. The band also occasionally adds Amy Valent Curlis on Orchestral Percussion to further enhance the sound. Swoon to your heart’s content to Bacharach classics such The Look Of Love, Alfie, What The World Needs Now and gems like Close To You, and Anyone Who Had A Heart. The band play the Angelsea Golf Club, Victoria  on May 24 and the Yarraville Club on May 30.


Jack Howard, along with Heather (flute) and Marj (violin) Michael, John Berto (gtr), Greg Murray (drums) and Rob Walker (bass) captured here performing Bacharach and David’s What The World Needs Now live at The Flying Saucer club March 2nd, 2013

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 14, 2014

vince_jones1This week, Melbourne’s  Stonnington Jazz festival kicks off with a myriad of quality performances in the surrounds  just south of the Yarra River. Stonnington Jazz has established a strong track record of presenting memorable performances from a variety of Australian artists based in Melbourne, interstate and internationally, both established names and those in the early stages of their careers, and across a pleasingly wide range of jazz styles.

As always, Stonnington Jazz is a proudly Australian event, reflecting the wealth of talent that can be heard throughout the year in Melbourne and around the country. Highlights of this year’s festival include events such as; Vince Jones in his Monash Series concert, James Morrison’s Inheritance show, jazz stalwart Bob Sedergreen and friends with Stonnington Youth Jazz, Paul Williamson’s Hammond Party, Paul Grabowsky & Virna Sanzone’s Italian project and much more.
For more information about Stonnington Jazz, see the Stonnington website or contact 03 8290 1333.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 14, 2014

UBERfest Winter Promo POSTER copyUBERfest Winter 2014  
Applications now open for independent bands across Australia!

UBERfest is back for its 4th Season and hosting four  festivals, reaching Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, due to popular demand from bands across the country!

UBERfest is a music festival for independent bands, showcasing the best up-and-coming musicians from Australia wide. It has been attracting huge interest whilst storming Sydney for the last 3 seasons, hosting up to 40 bands per event, playing over 2 stages, from 2pm-Midnight.

UBERfest Winter will be at these four fantastic city venues:
Sat 26th July @ The Light Hotel, Adelaide
Sun 10th August @ The Elephant & Wheelbarrow (St. Kilda), Melbourne
Sat 16th August @ The Lewisham Hotel, Sydney
Sat 30th August @ The Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane

With bands already filling the line up, sponsors for this year’s events include; Billy Hyde Stage Systems, Zen Studios (Sydney), The Lyceum, Video Recordings Australia, Skylight Photography.

The first line up announcement will be made at the end of the month. If bands want to get involved, they need to contact the organisers, A Red Letter Day (Event Management) on (02) 9519 3978 or email [email protected].

With UBERfest’s reputable diverse line up to suit all musical tastes, 2 intimate stages, and a line up full to the brim of highly talented musicians, its bringing the fans closer to the music!

A Red Letter Day (Event Management) are now calling for 18+ Musicians, of all genres, to jump on the line up for this spectacular showcase of raw Australian talent!
Anyone interested in performing at shows like this should contact A Red Letter Day (Event Management) via email [email protected] or phone (02) 9519 39789 direct.

Tickets are available pre-sale ($22) by calling (02) 9519 3978, or at the door ($28).


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 13, 2014

thegriswolds_photoSydney-based indie-pop outfit, The Griswolds, have applied the finishing touches to their debut album under the guidance of American producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck, M83, Ladyhawke).  The band is now pleased to present the album’s leading single ‘Beware The Dog’ – to be released independently in Australia on May 13.

“This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together,” said frontman Chris Whitehall on the track. “It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times.”

Forming in 2012, The Griswolds , who are Christopher Whitehall (Vocals), Daniel Duque-Perez (Guitars), Lachlan West (Drums) and Tim John (Bass), received a leg-up after being handpicked as a Triple J Unearthed feature artist, and winners of the Parklife Unearthed competition.  Praise from over 100 blogs around the globe followed quickly – all simply by posting their debut single ‘Mississippi’ online. 

Second single, ‘Heart of a Lion’, was immediately added to high rotation in Australia on Triple J radio, ending 2012 as one of the station’s most played tracks of the year.

The international airwaves were quick to take notice, with HOAL attracting airplay in over 20 countries worldwide, achieving #3 on the radio airplay charts in The Netherlands via tastemaker station 3FM and an iTunes single of the week in the region. 

The Griswolds’ Heart of a Lion EP was released into the USA last year via Wind-Up Records.  Stateside, the EP release had critics and fans buzzing, with a number of noteworthy features from sites including CMJ, MTV Buzzworthy, Neon Gold, Paper Magazine and Vice’s Noisey. 

Keeping up the momentum in 2013, The Griswolds took worldwide audiences by storm with acclaimed shows at MUSEXPO, NARM, Brooklyn Bowl, The Viper Room, Mercury Lounge and a sold-out Neon Gold popshop in NYC, along with key international festival performances at CMJ Festival in New York, The Great Escape festival in the United Kingdom, and a headline slot at the London Calling festival in Amsterdam.

The Griswolds are at the top of their game after recently wrapping up a swag of exceptional showcases to packed venues at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March.  The band picked up a number of rave reviews and inclusions on many best of lists.  

Listen to Beware The Dog’ on Soundcloud

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 11, 2014

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The Adelaide International Guitar Festival announces two new international acts, unveils young South Australian talent and announces the full program for this year’s jam packed event.

Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan has announced the full line up for this year’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival (AIGF) from July 17-20, including two world-class international acts, and the first-ever Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra, featuring South Australian school kids.

The Festival’s opening night will be a Spanish extravaganza, starring the José Antonio Rodríguez Trio, direct from flamenco heartland, Córdoba, Spain. Rodríguez, one of the Córdoba Guitar Festival’s favourite sons, is now a composer and performer of international renown. He won his first flamenco prize aged 17, and embodies flamenco music and philosophy with exquisite sensitivity.

The Córdoba Guitar Festival is a sister event of the AIGF and Rodriguez’s appearance in Adelaide further cements the shared vision of both events. The trio will be supported by outstanding local company Flamenco Areti. Festival Theatre, Thursday July 17.

 The closing performance of the Festival on July 20 pays homage to fresh, young guitar talent from across the globe – from European stars to SA school kids.

The Stochelo Rosenberg Trio is led by world-famous gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg from the Netherlands. Regarded as a true heir of Django Reinhardt, Rosenberg is synonymous with gypsy jazz. In Australia or the first time with his new power trio featuring energetic young players Sebastien Giniaux (France) and Joel Locher (Germany), his legendary flair and virtuosity are infused with unprecedented vigour. This dynamic, hip trio will amaze with their crossfire of unbelievable solos, breathtaking rhythms and constant invention.

The trio will be supported by the inaugural Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra. AIGF Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan and Brisbane’s acclaimed guitar ensemble specialist Paul Svoboda have visited schools across the state and hand-picked 50 of SA’s best young guitar players, aged nine to 18.

Also announced today is the late-night component of the Festival, the much-loved Coopers Late Night Sessions. Enjoy the club-like vibe of the Space Theatre and soak up the sounds of a diverse and talented bunch of players each night of the Festival.

Get set for a wild opening night when three of the world’s finest shredders come together for the first time. Local young gun Cam Blokland, Sydney’s Simon Hosford, who has played with a host of stars and is associate musical director on Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor, and composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marcel Yammouni will get the place jumping on July 17.

Award-winning blues veteran Chris Finnen and his close friend of more than 40 years Phil Manning will join forces for an inspiring three-part club show. A founding member of the legendary band Chain, Manning has been at the forefront of Australian blues since the ‘60s. Finnen, too, is one of the gems of Australian blues and was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

And for an unforgettable night of jazz, three of the best will take to the stage on July 19.

Adelaide’s James Muller (Vince Jones, Renee Geyer, Don Burrows and more), Sydney’s Ben Hauptmann (James Morrison, Joss Stone, Gurrumul) and innovative bass player Christopher Hale will be joined by vocalist Gian Slater and Ben Vanderwal on drums to complete this stellar line up of jazz talent.

And the Coopers Late Night Sessions closing Festival Finale will be a surprise packet of amazing Guitar Festival guests, including an encore performance by the People’s Choice winner of the 2014 15 Minutes of Fame. This is the segment of the festival where young hopefuls vie for the chance to be discovered, winning the opportunity to share the stage with their guitar heroes.

The Festival’s Meet the Maker series is back by popular demand. Step inside the minds of the men and women who handcraft beautiful guitars, gaining insight into the patience, talent and inspiration behind their works of art.

There is also a host of exciting events on to complete the program for this year’s Guitar Festival, including Workshops, Master Classes, Talks, and the GreenRoom’s GuitarARt competition, where 18-30 year olds show off their creative sides by transforming a guitar into a work of art.

Several shows for this year’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival have already been announced including Adelaide classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev, who will take to the stage in an amazing double bill with the talented Sydney Guitar Trio. The Sydney Guitar Trio, featuring Raffaele Agostino, Janet Agostino and Richard Charlton, joins forces with actor and musician, Rory O’Donoghue to present a program of storytelling and music in the Dunstan Playhouse on Friday, 18 July.

An extraordinary Festival premiere sees one of France’s favourite sons of classical guitar Judicaël Perroy on a standout double bill with acclaimed composer and performer Máximo Pujol in the Dunstan Playhouse on Thursday 17 July. Máximo Pujol brings his tango trio direct from Buenos Aires to Australia for the first time.

In what promises to be a major gala event of the Festival, one of our finest musical exports the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) will be joined on the Festival Theatre stage by three very special guests on Saturday 19 July. Firstly, acclaimed Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero will accompany the ASQ, then AIGF Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan will join the quartet on stage, and finally Argentina’s contemporary tango virtuosos, the Máximo Pujol Trio, will accompany the ASQ to complete this once-in-a-lifetime event. This exclusive gala concert will open with a dynamic performance by Brisbane’s acclaimed Aurora Guitar Ensemble, directed by Paul Svoboda.

In an Australian premiere event, a magnificent double-bill featuring two giants of the guitar world will perform with the Adelaide Art Orchestra on July 18. Classical music legend Pepe Romero will perform solo the world’s most beloved guitar concerto, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. And returning to Adelaide after his outstanding 2010 Festival appearance is Yamandú Costa. This young genius will perform the Australian premiere of his orchestral suite, Fantasia Popular.

Also performing on 18 July is spellbinding slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. Steeped in Indian classical music, Bhattacharya has an international following not only for his playing but for his extraordinary instrumental arsenal. A tireless innovator, he is accompanied by his “Trinity of Guitars” – including his lap-slide chaturangui, 14-stringed gandharvi and the anandi, a four-string slide ukulele, all devised to facilitate his lyrical flights.

In an all-Australian exclusive, leading Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg joins intrepid proponent of period instruments Geoffrey Morris in an exploration of some of the finest songs ever penned for voice and guitar. They’ll be supported by the outstanding Guitarissimo, a group showcasing the talents of Elder Conservatorium musicians. Expect exquisite songs and rare masterpieces in this one night only show on 19 July.

Electric guitarist extraordinaire Guthrie Govan brings his virtuosic playing to the Guitar Festival in an Australian premiere performance. Govan has recorded with acts ranging in genre from melodic rock to jazz fusion, played with
power trio The Aristocrats and recently played on Steven Wilson’s album The Raven That Refused to Sing. Govan’s skilled elision of jazz and progressive rock comes to the fore in his solo work and will enthrall audiences on 19 July.

Composer and bass guitar virtuoso Christopher Hale will perform his Flamenco-infused jazz project Sylvan Coda on 20 July in the Dunstan Playhouse. Hale’s origins in Flamenco and Afro-Cuban music emerge in a fearlessly original performance, featuring an 8-piece ensemble with Johnny Tedesco’s striking Flamenco dancing and a stunning vocal section led by jazz luminary Gian Slater.

To open this performance Aloysius Leeson Quartet bring together some of South Australia’s most versatile musicians.

And talent from across the globe will converge on Adelaide for the Guitar Festival’s International Classic Guitar Competition. The international contenders this year are from the Russian Federation, Thailand, USA and Romania. The ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria and WA will represent Australia in this prestigious competition.

Adelaide International Guitar Festival
July 17-20, 2014

Adelaide Festival Centre

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Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 8, 2014

churchPSOHDVDCoverCheck out this powerful performance of The Church doing Tantalised at the Sydney Opera House. The whole gig is now available on DVD! In recognition of their 30th Anniversary and induction to the Aria Hall of Fame in 2011, Australian musical icons The Church played to an exclusive and sold out celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Being a one time only event, The Church came together with George Ellis and his specially assembled orchestra to produce a spectacular Psychedelic Symphony that satiated long-time fans and mesmerised newcomers. Filmed by XYZ Productions, you can now join The Church to relive this landmark performance over a special DVD release. Also available in a double-set, audio-only CD package including pull-out artwork from the concert program, you too can celebrate this musical milestone from May 16  available at all leading retailers.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 8, 2014

Claude-Hay_Promo2After recently returning from a run of shows and festival performances throughout The Netherlands; Claude Hay has unveiled a film clip for the single ‘Borracho’ – the first for his new side project ‘The Gentle Enemies’. Animated in the style of Mexican Bar Noir by Mike Foxall (the artist behind Frenzal Rhomb and Nancy Vandal) – the new video tells a dark and gritty tale of Claude and the boys angering the local drug lord though the misuse of tequila, and the resulting Tarantino-esque escapade that follows.

You can stream the new tracks from the soundcloud:

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Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 7, 2014

missybutterflyThe prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2013 winners and many Australian artists are among them. Out of nearly 20,000 entries from 120 countries, and 68 winners in total, Australia scored three First Place wins, six Second Place wins, four Third Place wins, and an amazing 32 Honorable Mentions!

This year’s Grand Prize was awarded to jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Shunzo Ohno for his song “Musashi.” This is the first time in ISC’s 13-year history that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either a songwriter in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Australian prize winners include Missy Higgins and Butterfly Boucher, who achieved second place in the AAA category for their song “Set Me On Fire”. Third place in the same category went to Alice Springs based artist Dave Crowe (Resin Moon).

In the Adult Contemporary category, Darwin’s Worldfly came in second. Melbourne’s Jamie Saxe (The Mighty bUZZniks) picked up third in the Children’s Music category. Taking out first place in the Country category was Adam Eckersley, Jason Reeves, and Danelle Joy Leverett for their tune “Give Her The World”. Melbourne music identity Charles Jenkins finished second in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter division and taking out first prize in the Lyrics category was Sydney’s Tony King (Beautifully Mad).

In the Music Video section Kimbra (NZ) took out first place with Clubfeet coming in second and Bertie Blackman third. Sophie Hanlon won second place in the Performance section while Kimbra took that one out too.

Australian artists took out first, second and third places in the rock division. The Preatures were winners with “This Is How You Feel”, while Apes, who hail from Bacchus Marsh came in next, followed by Calling All Cars.

Established in 2002, ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. Past ISC winners include Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Passenger, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gin Wigmore, Andrew Bird, The Living End, Eskimo Joe, and many more.

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