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BEWARE THE DOG WARN THE GRISWOLDS

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.
thegriswolds.com.au  

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ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2014 FINAL PROGRAM

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

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


www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au


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THE CHURCH TANTALISE WITH DVD

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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CLAUDE HAY RETURNS WITH NEW CLIP

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: https://soundcloud.com/claude-hay/run-by-claude-hay-and-the?in=claude-hay/sets/borracho-double-a-side-by

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AUSSIES AMONGST THE ISC PRIZE POOL

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.

www.songwritingcompetition.com

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Def Leppard Rocks the PreSonus  ADL 700 Channel Strip

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 2, 2014
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Ronan McHugh (L) with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott
and a trio of ADL700 Channel Strips

April 2014. Having worked with UK rockers Def Leppard in the studio and as concert front-of-house engineer for well over a decade, Ronan McHugh has had ample opportunity to try out lots of different gear with the band. McHugh has been using the new PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip to record the band’s first studio album since their 2008 Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, and he gives the channel strip high marks all around.

“Before we started working on the album, I did a record with Joe [Elliott, lead vocalist for Def Leppard],” McHugh reports. “He has another project called Down ‘n’ Outz. We recorded most of the vocals through a Shure SM7, directly into the ADL 700. I found that with the impedance control at just the right setting, it really brings the vocal to life.”

McHugh was impressed enough with the ADL 700 on the  Down ‘n’ Outz project to add two more of the channel strips to his arsenal, deploying all three units when recording tracks for the new album. “We brought the band into the studio and jammed; the whole band playing and writing together. We hadn’t done that in a long time. I had the two guitars going through the ADL 700s, and the boys [guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell] really loved how it sounded. They were asking ‘what is this’? So when we started laying down tracks, they both said not to change a thing.”

For the album, McHugh close-miked both guitar cabinets, using a combination of Sennheiser MD 409, Shure SM7, and Electro-Voice RA 20 microphones into the ADL 700s. He ran Rick Savage’s bass directly into the third unit.

“They all sounded really, really good,” says McHugh. “I’ve been very impressed with them. And I can see that they’ll become a staple for this kind of stuff.” McHugh plans on taking all three ADL 700s on the road, using them on the band’s upcoming North American summer tour with KISS. The tour kicks off on June 25.

PreSonus distributed in Australia by www.nationalaudio.com.au/

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BIGSOUND 2014 ADDS GLOBAL LIVE MUSIC BOOKERS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 1, 2014

BIGSOUND, the annual music conference held in Brisbane (September 10-12) has signalled its 2014 intentions by bringing a collection of the world’s most influential live music bookers to check out Australasia’s hottest rising acts. BIGSOUND 2014 will be the biggest gathering of the contemporary live music industry ever assembled in Australia while expanding to accommodate even more artists.

With applications for artists closing on May 9, the event has unveiled the first round of industry speakers which include representatives from South By Southwest (US), The Great Escape (UK), The Windish Agency (US), Superfly / Bonnaroo (US), Outside Lands (US), X-Ray Touring (UK), Clockenflap Festival (HK), Iceland Airwaves (ICE), Panache Booking (US), St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (AUS), Village Sounds Asia (SNG), Paradigm Agency (US), Bowery Presents (US), Sydney Opera House (AUS), Four Artists Booking (GER), FKP Scorpio (GER) and more.

 Between them, these bookers look after some of the world’s biggest live music brands and artists in a sector of the market that is continuing the boom across the world. They will impart their knowledge at the BIGSOUND conference before checking out the best new music in the Southern Hemisphere at night, with this year’s event expanding to more bands and venues than ever before.

“BIGSOUND is more than just a local music conference,” said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne. “The enthusiasm and willingness of some of the globe’s most influential live music bookers to travel across the world to see our artists before they even leave our shores speaks volumes about Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most exciting A&R hubs.”

“We know how important it is to make connections with buyers of the highest international calibre. BIGSOUND 2014 has only just started scratching the surface with this first lineup announcement, but this is already the most diverse and influential group of live music buyers we’ve ever seen in Australia.”

Earlybird tickets for BIGSOUND 2014 are on sale now. Held on September 10-12, the event will again be three days and two nights of live music, parties, forums and seminars as well as the usual (and unusual!) surprises.

With over 150 international industry guests as well as the who’s who of the Australian industry converging on Brisbane to devour the best music the region has to offer, there’s no better place for artists to get in front of the movers, shakers and tastemakers that are going to shape the next decade in music. With the last three years’ conferences selling out earlier every year, be quick to get your tickets sorted now.

To apply to play at BIGSOUND 2014, please visit

Applications close Friday May 9 To purchase earlybird tickets, visit www.bigsound.org.au

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WHITE ALBUM CONCERT RETURNS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 30, 2014

CHRIS CHENEY, PHIL JAMIESON, JOSH PYKE & TIM ROGERS
whitealbumconcertThe White Album Concert, a sold-out live rock experience from 2009 is back, featuring 30 of the Beatles’ most breathtaking songs performed with a 17-piece rock orchestra.  Not even the Beatles attempted to perform their classic self-titled double album live on stage. But in the winter of 2009, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, four of our greatest rock’n’roll showmen left a trail of standing ovations and ecstatic reviews when The White Album Concert sold out 11 theatres in five cities across Australia.

The Beatles’ most challenging and stylistically varied collection of songs was taken apart and reassembled track by track by four singers at the peak of their powers — Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson. The White Album was the sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo throwing everything they’d learned into their musical blender. This major work bursts with variety, creativity, experimentation, and the genius of The Beatles during one of their most intense, fertile, periods. It is a timeless album, yet very much of its time.  It’s 30 songs veer from the populist stomp of Back in the USSR and the mind-bending Happiness is a Warm Gun to the melodious sorrow of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the ska pop fun of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and the hard rock prototype Helter Skelter.

Tour dates:

BRISBANE Sunday 13 July – 3pm Lyric Theatre, QPAC
BRISBANE Sunday 13 July  Lyric Theatre, QPAC   Bookings: 136 246 | qpac.com.au
MELBOURNE  Tuesday 15 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
MELBOURNE Wednesday 16 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
MELBOURNE Thursday 17 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Bookings: 1300 182 183 | artscentremelbourne.com.au |  1300 136 166 | ticketmaster.com.au
SYDNEY Friday  18 July Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Saturday 19 July  Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Sat 19 July – 4pm   Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Sunday 20 July    Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
 Bookings: 02 9250 7777 | sydneyoperahouse.com | 136 100 | ticketmaster.com.au
CANBERRA  Tuesday 22 July Canberra Theatre 
Bookings: canberratheatrecentre.com.au |  (02) 6275 2700 |  ticketek.com.au 132 849
WOLLONGONG  Wednesday 23 July  WIN Entertainment Centre – Bookings: ticketek.com.au |  132 849
ADELAIDE  Friday 25 July Festival Theatre   Bookings: 131 246  |  bass.net.au

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JOHNNY WINTER DOCO FINALLY GETS AIRED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 26, 2014

JohnnyWinter2It was on, then off and there was speculation it was never going to be finished, but the documentary ‘Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” finally premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film by Greg Oliver follows Winter around the world, on stage, back stage and beyond.

When Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to Winter last year, even Johnny wasn’t confident the film would be completed. “I don’t think he has enough money to finish it,” Johnny said. However, Paul Nelson, WInter’s guitarist and tour manager overheard and was quick to put the story straight. “No,” Paul laughed. “He’s on another project, the projects have overlapped. He’s doing a documentary on Lou Albino, the wrestling guy.  We are playing The Olympia in France, in April with Alvin Lee and Robben Ford. He’s going to film there.” As promised the gig was filmed, but sadly Alvin Lee passed away just prior to the show. Australia’s Tommy Emmanuel also played on that bill.

The documentary features cameos by a myriad of rock identities and offers rare archival footage of Winter performing. It is unclear at this stage if the film will get a cinema release, however it will be available on Blue-ray/DVD soon.

www.johnnywinterdownanddirty.com
www.johnnywinter.net

Also see Australian Musician’s chat with Johnny from 2013 in our interviews section on this site

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RUSSELL MORRIS’ VAN DIEMAN’S LANDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2014

russellmorrisNobody was more surprised than Russell Morris himself, that his album Sharkmouth became a platinum-selling hit. The project was created after Russell had read about a 1920’s Gangster from Sydney, Shark Jaws. This was the driving force behind a want to create an album including some dodgy Australian characters from the 1920/30’s era such as gangsters Squizzy Taylor and Les Darcy.

On April 11 this year, Russell released Van Diemen’s Land, the follow up, a companion piece  to Sharkmouth. Van Diemen’s Land picks up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering great Australian characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. Morris is joined on Van Diemen’s Land by a host of special guest artists including Joe Camilleri, Rick Springfield, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Scott Owen (The Living End), Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Vika & Linda Bull, Phil Manning (Chain), Joe Robinson and Shannon Bourne.

https://www.facebook.com/realthingrussellmorris‎

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