Recently, when there were reports of a 'mega festival' featuring some of rock and roll's most beloved names (think: The Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who...) swirling, it seemed to good to be true. Well, doubters, think again: the Desert Trip Festival has been officially announced and it's coming out of the gates blazing with some MASSIVE names.
In This Issue: Soul-A-Go-Go celebrate 30 years of Vince Peach on air, Chocolate Jesus to perform in Melbourne, Angus and Julia Stone announce second Melbourne show, Sneaky Sound System live at the GH hotel, Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchikers announce first live show, Clouds announce debut Melbourne show, Elektro-Musik returns to a third series and The Dwarves add extra show in Geelong. Bob Dylan announces extra show in Melbourne, Australian Art Orchestra’s announces the 'Hard Core on the Fly' residency at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Zion Island reggae night launch on August 7th, Colour Bomb set for single launch in Melbourne, D.A.A.S adds extra date at Yarraville Laughs and Go Ga-Ga @ Yah Yah's official VIP re-launch celebrations!
Tour promoters Chugg Entertainment have now confirmed additional shows for the forthcoming Bob Dylan Australian Tour 2014. Dylan's previous confirmation of an additional show at the iconic Sydney Opera House on Sunday 7 September was received so well that another show has been added for Monday 8th September.
In this issue: Bob Dylan to play a newly-announced show at the Sydney Opera House, the girls of Bandintexas play a free show in Newcastle, Frank Sultana & the Sinister Kids headline a Sailor Jerry's night at The Forresters, Spookyland announces a gig at the Standard Bowl to preview new songs, folk singer Tom Stephens announces a string of dates across NSW, Ollie Brown hosts a launch party for his new EP, Stephen Allkins will DJ at a special afternoon of house and funk while Spirit Faces announce a Chippendale show in support of new single!
Celebrating his 73rd birthday over the weekend, legendary performer Bob Dylan also announced that he and his band will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in August and September! For the first time in over 20 years, Dylan will be taking to some of the country's most iconic theatre venues and arenas. It's certainly been a while in between drinks for Dylan and his fans on this side of the globe, so when tickets go on sale in June, we won't be expecting them to hang around for long!
In This Issue: Big big news this week with music legends Bruce Springsteen and Tori Amos both announcing album releases in early 2014. Also some newbies making their way into the scene like Jess WIlliamson, Brode Dalle and Mo Kenney.
How can you really judge a Bob Dylan album? The man has gone through so many shades of music since his humble beginnings, contrasting one album to the next would be a hectic waltz through history. The Bootleg Series has been consistently shipping out since the early 90s. Another Self Portrait is Volume 10, a reference to the original record Self Portrait from 1970, which went Gold in US Charts.
If you’re looking for an album to play on a long road trip, look no further. Classic Americana 2 is a fun, nostalgic compilation of hits and jams from the West Coast of the USA. Ranging from The Byrds to Janis Joplin to The Allman Brothers Band, Classic Americana 2 is a wonderful, laidback trip down memory lane.
Last month I attended the Australian premiere of Mistaken For Strangers, the quasi-music documentary focusing on The National. I say quasi, because as those who've already seen it know it isn't really about The National at all. Instead it follows director Tom Berninger, brother of the band's singer Matt Berninger as he films the band on tour while trying to do double duty as a roadie. I was stunned by the film, not only because devout National fans would no-doubt be disappointed, but also because it accomplished so many different things.
The beginning of the Easter long weekend kicks off with a rollicking show from Denver band The Lumineers. Performing as a sideshow to their Bluesfest appearance, this is yet another sold out show for the effervescent trio.
Will they or won’t they? While we will never be sure who is playing a festival until the promoters actually release a line-up, it’s always fun to speculate and throw around any rumours that come up. The next big festival yet to announce their line-up is Splendour In The Grass. With the line-ups for Primavera, Summersonic and Coachella festivals already out there, it’s time to salivate over who will may (or have already actually confirmed) continue down here fore Australia’s premier winter festival.
Musicians come and go over the years. Sure, some have staying power beyond their own generation and some even continue making albums into their twilight years. Not naming any names, but results tend to vary from the “tried and tested”, and even though no one is expecting to hear a tune comparable to “that old classic”, everyone holds out that vain hope that someday they may. Sometimes, utter mediocrity stalls the horses, and at others’, sheer brilliance ensues. Invariably, fans wait with baited breath, hoping not to be disappointed.
This week in the column: Insane activity in the ARIA charts, opportunities with FBi Radio, and little observations from BIGSOUND + more.
71 years old and can still rock a hat like its no ones business. Mr Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan has recently released the first single “Duquense Whistle” from his 35th studio album Tempest due for release on September 11 of this year.
Lizzie had a party at the palace for her 50th while Elton John celebrated by frocking up as Louis XI. Fast forward to 2012 and in Sydney a fine group of local musicians became tangled up in Bob Dylan to celebrate the golden anniversary of the genius’s debut. With a picturesque setting in the Opera House plus some more than capable hands and a perfect soundtrack, there was nothing left wanting from this honest and affectionate tribute show.