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Global Creatures, masterminds behind the fantastic Walking With Dinosaurs, are at work again, this time bringing King Kong to life on stage at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Having spent five years in developmental stages, the stage production will premiere on June 15 for an exclusive Australian season.
It’s been 10 years since Natalie Maines said 11 words regarding George W. Bush and singlehandedly ripped the American country music scene apart. On stage with the Dixie Chicks at Shepherd’s Bush Theatre in London, Maines told the crowd that they were “ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas”. What was meant to be a throwaway comment (even if it was serious) soon saw the incredibly popular group boycotted from Country Music radio; protests broke out outside their concerts, and the group received numerous death threats. They inadvertently spawned the urban dictionary phrase ‘to be Dixie Chicked’. Their next release (2006’s Taking The Long Way) was fiery, lead by the furious single “I’m Not Ready To Make Nice”. It was a seminal record, and a landmark in musical history.
Beth Orton supported by Oh Mercy's Alexander Gow played St Stephens Uniting Church in Sydney last night. Presented by Heavenly Sounds: a tour of churches & cathedrals. Photography by Pete Dovgan.
Director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) brings us The Call a gripping action thriller that puts you in the seat beside Halle Berry as a 911 call centre operator with the life of a young girl in her hands.
This year’s run of the Groovin’ the Moo festival came to a close at Bunbury’s Hay Park on Saturday. Though the festival has been running for a couple of years now, this was the first time I’d ventured along, drawn in part by an eclectic line-up of both Australian and international artists.
In theory, this should appease all my little musical fetishes. A Nightmare Before Xmas mixed with Wednesday 13 with a sprinkle of Misfits. Sadly this record fails to ignite the camp horror desires in me. It comes across as mere childish, Scooby Doo lite mystery horror that takes the camp out of the campiness and the fun out of horror rock.
My days of being into death/black metal are long gone but the 16 year old Jason couldn't pass up an opportunity to see Cradle Of Filth live. Back in the day they were one of my favourite bands, combining sheer brutality with symphonic overtures and wonderful gothic imagery.
The Shout Out Louds are keeping a deep, dark secret amongst their ranks. Around the mid-2000s, the band rode a wave of European indie rock bands roaring through a renaissance of cool; with soundtrack features, hit singles and world tours for all. While many bands from that period essentially burnt out, splitting with major labels and disbanding, Shout Out Louds just kept working away. They kept the exact same line-up, they never had any major public spats, they released consistently good records (including this year's Optica) and they never compromised for anyone or anything. The facts don't lie, and when they're presented to the band's lead singer, Adam Olenius, he's simply asked one question: What's their secret?
Anniversary celebrations are coming up for both the iconic Hottest 100 and the legendary FBi Radio this month, and Laneway has unveiled its lineup for the Detroit leg of the festival. Also new signings, a new short-form record label named after an obscure webcomic (as far as we can tell), and a great opportunity for songwriters. Here is the industry news for the last week!
Tom Busby is known to many as being one half of duo Busby Marou. When he isn't touring that band around the place, he's also been doing some awesome work with Good Oak too. Recently selling out the Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane and gaining a fair amount of hype, Busby is on a wave of success that he's surfing well at the moment indeed! He takes some time out to answer some questions about the band and what he's up to as 2013 rolls on.
KT Tunstall has a brand new album on the way Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, released on June 10th. "Feel It All" is the first single to be lifted from the album. Most lovely, no?
Last night, while the majority of us were snoozing happily away, the masterminds behind Daft Punk chose to cleverly make their highly anticipated record Random Access Memories available for punters to stream through iTunes. Now the feature album of the week on Triple J as well, Daft Punk have truly taken over many a music fan's radar today and for those who are attending the official launch in Wee Waa this coming weekend, well, at least you'll know what to expect?
Fancy a garden party fuelled by the awesome taste of Hendrick’s Gin? Well that’s exactly what attendees were treated to during Hendrick’s Journey into the Botanical Unknown: a party touted to be a “night of botanical discovery and the most unusual of happenings.”