Posted: 2 April, 2015

New Franz Ferdinand

New supergroup FFS release first track 'Piss Off' from debut LP

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Last month news emerged that Franz Ferdinand and American art-rock group Sparks have teamed up to form supergroup FFS.

The self-titled debut album is set for official release on June 8th and is expected to span over 12 tracks produced by John Congleton (Modest Mouse, St. Vincent).

As a heads up, FFS have released a wee teaser track from the LP called ‘Piss Off’. Reminiscent of kooky theatrical rock acts like David Bowie, the track is dominated by cheery piano and hammy, layered vocals.

 

Check out the FFS flavor and ‘Piss Off’ below: 

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Posted: 2 April, 2015

Unreleased Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones new version of 'Wild Horses' from Sticky Fingers reissue

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The Rolling Stones are hooking us up with a re-release of their iconic 1971 album Sticky Fingers. And along with it comes the promise of a collection of previously unheard “audio outtakes”, like this release of ‘Wild Horses’ ‘repping it first off the bat.

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Posted: 2 April, 2015

Kurt's Journey To 'Nirvana'

Exclusive clip of Kurt Cobain's path to settling on the Nirvana name

So how did Kurt Cobain eventually find his ‘Nirvana’?

Well, as the monks would say: "It was a one hell of a ride, mate."

To celebrate the release of the new Nirvana documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck on the April 10th, director Brett Morgen and The Guardian have hit us with a sneaky peek from the much-anticipated film featuring a minute long montage explaining the bands journey to settling with the 'Nirvana' name.

The clip takes us from the bottom up, with naming highlights such as Fecal Matter, Dicks, Hare Lip and Erectum gracing Kurt’s famous notebook page, as director Morgen emphasises the complexity behind even the smallest of Cobain’s creative movements.

While the previously released clip revealed some touching, never before seen home video clips, this time Morgen used a mixture of animation, stills and stop-motion to bring Cobain’s writing to life.

Montage of Heck will premier on HBO on May 4th, and along with that Morgen promises a kicking soundtrack featuring “a mind-blowing 12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track”, though no further details have been released.

Hit the jump below for the exclusive clip of Kurt’s epic Nirvana trip:

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Tags: Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Montage Of Heck

Posted: 2 April, 2015

Bluesfest Replace Black Keys

British India take the Black Keys headlining spot at Bluesfest 2015

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The British India boys have scored the top slot as headliners for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, taking the place of recent international dropouts the Black Keys.

Festival promoter Peter Noble explained, “While I attempted initially to get an international artist to replace the Black Keys, who pulled out due to issues with drummer Patrick Carney’s shoulder injury less than two weeks before the festival, we weren’t able to get a suitable replacement in time and have the visas issued.”

The loss of the Black Keys means that the festival will be without a headlining international act for the first time in years.

While not quite at the indie-rock-god level that the Black Keys have attained, the British India boys have been “…achieving major interest right now as a result of their recent release, and they are fast becoming one of Australia’s foremost bands. We expect them to deliver a great show at Bluesfest”, said Noble.

With the success of their recent release ‘Nothing Touches Me’ and an upcoming national tour, their headlining debut on the Bluesfest stage seems like the cherry on their rise to the top. 

Bluesfest kicks off tomorrow and cranks all Easter weekend in Byron Bay, NSW. 


Hit British India's official clip for 'Nothing Touches Me' below:

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Posted: 2 April, 2015

Tex Perkins' ANZAC Tribute

To commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, ARIA award winning musician Tex Perkins has recorded “One Minute’s Silence” featuring Australian Rules Football legend Ron Barassi.

Written by Matthew Hardy and Richard Gillard, profits going to Legacy, Hardy says “Listen to it once the whole way through and tell us you didn’t get goose bumps”.

The Beasts of Bourbon and Cruel Sea front man, Tex Perkins, is joined by The Steel Springs (taking their name from a pivotal scene in the movie Gallipoli), The Welsh Choir and Ron Barassi who provides the voice of an unknown soldier “I was once like you, young and free, your future is my history. Lest We Forget”

Matthew Hardy said "I recalled how Ron Barassi's father was a Rat Of Tobruk who died in action. I approached Ron with the song and he was on board at once. Does a lot for Legacy already and was happy to assist."

"One Minute’s Silence" will be performed at the ANZAC game at the MCG between Collingwood and Essendon, download your copy now from iTunes.

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Tags: Anzac Day, Tex Perkins, Ron Barassi

Posted: 2 April, 2015

Tool's April Fools

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Controversy was rife on the interwebs yesterday as April Fools pranks spread like some kind of venereal disease. 

But none seem quite as cruel as TOOL’s.

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Posted: 2 April, 2015

14 Jesus Look-a-likes

One saves souls through personal salvation; the other saves the world by the power of music!

One saves souls through personal salvation; the other saves the world by the power of music. Here are 14 of our favourite rock stars who look like Jesus.

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Tags: Easter, Jesus Look-A-Likes

Posted: 31 March, 2015

New AC/DC

New behind the scenes video for AC/DC's 'Rock The Blues Away'

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New behind the scenes footage has been released from the latest AC/DC video ‘Rock The Blues Away’.

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Hozier Takes Us To The Church

We're bloody excited to be bringing you this exclusive live performance from this artist who is absolutely massive at the moment.

His name his Hozier and he has a couple of EPs under his belt. You’ve probably heard his new song “Take Me To Church” on Triple M.

He's out of Ireland and has a sound reminiscent of singer-songwriters like Jeff Buckley. Watch the video below.

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Gallagher Loses Millions

Gallagher Loses Millions In Solo Career

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It can be hard flying solo. And according to OASIS singer NOEL GALLAGHER, rock stars are no exception. 

After leaving legendary band Oasis in 2009, the eldest of the two Gallagher brothers set out on his own with the opening of his label Sour Mash Records. But he lost so much money in the venture that he had to hide it from his wife!

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Ozzy Under The Knife

Ozzy Cancels 'Ozzfest' Dates As Impending Surgery Awaits

 

After the recent news that Black Sabbath will play their final show together at Ozzfest Japan in November, there are fears that the man himself may not make it with new news of more impending surgery.

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Music Venues Saved In Melbourne, Sydney And Brisbane

Great news for live music yesterday with confirmation that the Hi-Fi bars will continue as Max Watt

Great news for live music yesterday with confirmation that the Hi-Fi bars will be re-branded and given an overhaul in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Max Watt’s is headed by former Hi-Fi investor Kate Hamblin, who won the bid to buy out the business from administrators.

Hamblin says Max Watt’s has been established as a clean start to smooth out “bad blood” between the venues and promoters

“(The name) started with the idea of maximum wattage but we’re also giving it a character, as though it’s someone’s house”

About nine staff have been cut from head office and The Venue Collective has been installed to handle bookings and social media.

Hamblin adds: “The Hi-Fi had a good run for many years but it’s now time for a change.”

A new fit-out and sound system will occur at all three venues and already scheduled gigs will go ahead.

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