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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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Pumpkins' 'Drum + Fife'

New video metaphor raises awareness for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

(Photo by Triple M)

Out of everything to come from the SMASHING PUMPKINS recent release Monuments to an Elegy, newly released single ‘Drum + Fife’ definitely has a statement to make.

Front man BILLY CORGAN has come out in support of soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the after-effects of combat with the band’s powerful music video for ‘Drum + Fife’.

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Posted: 27 March, 2015

Ken The Foo Fighter

'The nicest guy in rock' Dave Grohl helps a terminally ill man's dying wish

(Source Facebook)

Ken Powell has been battling incurable cancer for years, the big item on his bucket list was to meet the Foo Fighters.

Ken almost had his wish granted on the Foo Fighters recent Australian tour but Dave Grohl was forced to cancel all meet-and-greets because of food poisoning.

The 56 year old attended all of the Foo Fighters Australian shows.

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Posted: 26 March, 2015

Stonefield's APRA Win

Local girls take home the 2015 Rock Work Of The Year award

Local rock’n’roll guru’s Stonefield have taken home the Rock Work of the Year award at the 2015 APRA Music Awards for their kickass track ‘Love You Deserve’.

The family four-piece took the country by storm with their critically acclaimed 2013 self titled album, which earned them international attention and blasted their authentic rock sound around the world with a well earned spot at the Glastonbury festival.

Currently in the studio recording with Spiderbait member Kram, the girls have a new album in the works and have promised a bunch of exciting announcements to come. 

Watch the clip for ‘Love You Deserve’ below:

 

And hit the jump to support some good local music on iTunes now. 

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Posted: 26 March, 2015

Frogstomp's 20th Anniversary

Frogstomp's 20th Anniversary Remastered Release Is Here

 

Twenty years ago the face of Australian music changed forever with a debut release from three unassuming, fourteen year old alt-rock-gods from Newcastle.

Recorded in a tidy nine days when the Silverchair boys were just fifteen, Frogstomp became a national music staple and triple platinum international hit.

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Posted: 26 March, 2015

QOTSA Take A Break

New QOTSA album on hold as the band 'takes a break'

(Photo by Triple M)

Late last year fans of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE rejoiced when front man Josh Homme let loose that the boys had new tunes ready for the studio. Not only that, but in an interview with Rolling Stone Homme said, “We have more than enough songs. We’re booked til September, but after that we plan to jump in the studio and get going.”

Yet here we are in March 2015 with news from bassist Mikey Shuman that the band is already ‘taking a break’.

Speaking to Gigwise, Shuman said, “There will be future stuff with Queens, we’re just taking a break since we had a long, long two years of touring. We’ll take a break to do other stuff.”

QOTSA initially seemed enthusiastic to get a run on entering the studio “because we were in a good spot, having fun and the record (‘…Like Clockwork’) had done really well”, said Shuman. “But we decided to take a break because we had been going so hard for so long…It’s not like we’re sick of each other and don’t want to do it – it’s just better to step back for a second and come back once the world has had a bit of a break from you.”

Shuman will be working on his side project 'Mini Mansions', which just finished a European tour with British boys Royal Blood, and really believes the well-earned break will kick QOTSA up a notch when they hit the studio next.

“I think music and working with different people is the kind of process where you gain things along the way,” Shuman said. “And that’s what’s great about Queens – it’s a very open family and everyone is free to do what they want and bring different aspects about what they do to the table.”

But with a trendy 6 years between past releases ‘Era Vulgaris’ (2007) and ‘…Like Clockwork’ (2013), the news has left QOTSA fans gagging for more album updates to (hopefully) come.

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Posted: 26 March, 2015

Lollapalooza Line Up

Metallica & Paul McCartney to headline Lollapalooza 2015

(Photo Triple M)

Metallica, Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine, local boys Tame Impala and a treasure trove of other top international artists will set stages and panties alight at LOLLAPALOOZA 2015.

The official line up was released last night on the LOLLAPALOOZA site, with the three-day festival boasting one of the most eclectic collections of festival acts to grace us in a while. 

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Posted: 25 March, 2015

Van Halen Announce First TV Appearance Since Return Of David Lee Roth

The are also embarking on a huge US tour.

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Some exciting news for Van Halen fans!

Van Halen will make their first TV appearance since reuniting with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

The band will perform over two nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 30th and 31st.

They have also announced a huge North American tour kicking off in Seattle on July 5 and wrap up in Los Angeles on Oct. 2.

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Posted: 25 March, 2015

Killers Singer Picks Up Where He Left Off

If you liked The Killers, then you'll love Brandon Flowers brand new song

Brandon Flowers "Can't Deny My Love" Video: Brandon Flowers Vevo / YouTube

Big news for Killers fans. Singer Brandon Flowers has released the first single from his brand new solo album, The Desired Effect.

The song is called "Can't Deny My Love" and if you like The Killers, you'll love this.

“This is another feather in the cap for Brandon Flowers. His consistent growth as a songwriter is evident on this one; the first single from his sophomore record," said Annakin Skyrocker, from Triple M Brisbane. Watch the video above.

"In it, he picks up from where he left off on his first record Flamingo and seamlessly gives a nod to some of the nuances found on The Killers’ back catalogue; particularly deeper cuts from Hot Fuss and Day & Age.

"If you loved The Killers’ "Shot At The Night" – you’ll dig this.”

The album was mostly recorded at The Killers’ own Battle Born Studios in their hometown Las Vegas, featuring a stack of guests including rock legend Bruce Hornsby, The Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian, and Joey Waronker (who's done stuff with Beck, R.E.M. and he's even drummed on The Vines "Get Free").

While Flowers’ Killers compadre Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and Haim’s singer/guitarist Danielle Haim make guest appearances on drums.

Release Date

The single "Can't Deny My Love" is out now, while the new album is released May 15.

Tracklisting

1. Dreams Come True
2. Can’t Deny My Love
3. I Can Change
4. Still Want You
5. Between Me And You
6. Lonely Town
7. Digging Up The Heart
8. Never Get You Right
9. Untangled Love
10. The Way It’s Always Been

Buy The Album, Single

Pre-order the brand new album here: http://smarturl.it/BFlowersDesEffect

Official Links

https://twitter.com/brandonflowers
https://www.facebook.com/brandonflowers
https://instagram.com/brandonflowers/"

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Posted: 25 March, 2015

New Solo Music From Tom DeLonge

With his departure from Blink-182, DeLonge can focus on his own stuff.

Tom DeLonge - The Invisible Parade (Lyric Video)

We might not be hearing any new Blink-182 after their recent bust-up but we've got the next best thing, Tom DeLonge solo.

We've already heard "The New World" (below) and now we get the acoustic track with accompanying lyric video "The Invisible Parade".

While the dust settles after their very public break-up / reform / break-up again, Tom has obvioulsy used the time to work on some new and old solo work in the form of upcoming album To The Stars.

The new album will come out on April 21st.

Tom DeLonge - New World (Audio Video)

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Posted: 24 March, 2015

British India - Album Of The Week

British India are back with their fifth studio album ‘Nothing Touches Me’

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British India are back with their fifth studio album ‘Nothing Touches Me’.

Ugly Phil from Triple M Sydney gives us the downlow on their best work yet saying, "British India are back with their finest work to date. The obstacles they overcame with Controller have given them a new perspective and with it, fresh confidence to pursue more personal songs (always a risk for the easily unnerved).

"As you progress from the first track to the hit songs Suddenly and Wrong direction, you get a feel for how the band have crafted their gear over the last 10 years, and you get a pretty good idea of the band’s signature layering effect that gives the album a cohesive narrative.

"There are no  obvious album fillers on this. In fact, even through to the actual release, they were still unsure whether they had put too many songs on the album – or not enough. An issue that lead singer Declan joked will eventually break up the band.  

"Take the big leap with British India. You’ll enjoy where you end up.

"Both the album title and cover photo for the new British India album NOTHING TOUCHES ME are symbolic for the band.

"The cover of the album, an astronaut landing after a long flight, could represent the guys finally arriving after the long trip that their previous five albums have taken them on. Either that, or a satisfying pit stop on their continuing journey to be one of Australia’s finest bands.

"And as for the album’s title?  That might be how the band are feeling now after a couple of tumultuous years leading up to this point. Just a mention of  the early studio sessions of their last album “Controller”,  sees their faces contort with the painful memories of having to scrap the initial recordings and do some serious navel gazing about where there were at. And perhaps whether the band even had a future. It was that serious for them at the time!"

- Ugly Phil, Triple M Sydney

Check out all their latest updates via the bands Facebook and Twitter pages, or grab album direct from iTunes or JB Hi-Fi

See below for all ticket and tour details

Saturday, 18 April The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from britishindia.oztix.com.au PH 1300 762 545

Thursday, 23 April Paddy's, Albury, NSW
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Friday, 24 April Romano's, Wagga Wagga, NSW
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Saturday, 25 April Area Hotel, Griffith NSW
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Friday, 1 May Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets available from soundlounge.com.au and britishindia.oztix.com.au PH 1300 762 545

Saturday, 2 May Urban Music Festival, Caboolture, QLD
Tickets available from www.urbancountry.com.au/buytickets

Wed 6 May Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
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Friday, 22 May The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from www.metrotheatre.com.au

Saturday, 23 May Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
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Friday, 29 May 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
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Saturday, 30 May Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Tickets available from britishindia.oztix.com.au PH 1300 762 545 and www.yourcambridge.com

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Posted: 24 March, 2015

Prince's Secret Music Vault

Prince’s former sound engineer has confirmed a vault of hidden music

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Taking hoarding to a whole new level, Prince’s former sound engineer has confirmed that the man himself has an actual bank vault, big wheel and everything, filled to the brim with unreleased material. 

The notoriously secretive artist, who has been at war with the Internet since the release of his last album 20TEN, has over 30 years worth of unreleased material dating back to before his Purple Rain days.  

Speaking to the BBC, Susan Rogers, who was Prince’s sound engineer from 1983 to 1987, says that “…it became a little bit of an obsession.” Rogers said that when she left in 1987 the bank vault was almost full, so she “can’t imagine what they’ve done” since. 

According to Brent Fischer, a writer who has worked with Prince since the 80’s, over 70% of the music they have worked on together is locked up in his vault, and were “sent clearly with the idea that they would never be released.”

So what will become of Prince’s hidden treasure trove of tunes?  

In a 1995 chat with his former manager Alan Leeds, Prince said he would “just burn everything” one day. 

But with constant teases and promises of unreleased work, maybe the vaults doom isn’t quite locked down.

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