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MAVIS STAPLES

Last Week on Late Night: The Five Best Music Performances on US Late Night TV (8th-11th September 2015)

US late night talk shows are an institution in their showcasing of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing the audience sees before they go to sleep after an exhaustive day. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers. Our own talk show fiend Lachlan scours the masses of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brings us the debut edition of the top 5 standout music performances from US late night talk shows of last week!

Photo Gallery: Angelique Kidjo + Mavis Staples - Sydney Opera House (12.04.15)

Legendary R&B & Gospel singer Mavis Staples joined forces with Benin's Angelique Kidjo (pictured above) at the Sydney Opera House for an evening of stunning music. Part of the Bluesfest sideshow. Photos by Johnny Au.

Live Review: Mavis Staples - Sydney Opera House (12.04.15)

A powerful figure in music since the 1950s, Mavis Staples is nothing short of awe inspiring. Delivering a number of upbeat, joyful numbers with her booming gospel vocals, Mavis put on a brilliant show on Sunday night at the Sydney Opera House. Exhibiting a strong pride in the contribution that her family has made to music and civil rights across the set, Mavis really is a musician worth experiencing.

Mavis Staples performs at SXSW and talks about seeing her documentary "Mavis!" for the first time.

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This morning at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, a packed out Paramount Theatre enjoyed the World Premiere of the new music documentary Mavis!, telling the story of the legendary Mavis Staples.

Watch this beautiful short documentary on Pops Staples album "Don't Lose This" with Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy

In 1999, legendary American gospel/blues singer, figure-head of The Staple Singers, and civil rights activist, Roebuck “Pop” Staples started what would ultimately be his last studio record. Before finishing, Pop fell sick and was unable to complete his work.

Neneh Cherry, Caribou, Lykke Li and more announced for Sydney's 'Music at the House' series!

Another wonderful season of music has been announced to play out at the iconic Sydney Opera House, with the 'Music at the House' series being unveiled last night. A whole stack of amazing international performers from a whole range of music genres will be playing at the Opera House in the early months of next year, with live music fans now able to sign up for pre-sales and get to planning!

Bluesfest announces the reunion of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, plus more on their second artist announcement!

Well, this is pretty large, as far as additional line up announcements go. Bluesfest has always been known for bringing the artist announcements strongly, but their second round of acts revealed for the 2015 festival has gone and confirmed that once again, Bluesfest is set to be one of the festivals you're going to want to be at. Leading the charge is the first global performance of the reunited Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, with their Bluesfest show being their only Australian gig for 2015.

Album Review: Mavis Staples - One True Vine (2013 LP)

One True Vine is the latest album from legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, one that sees her teaming up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for the second time in three years with stunning results. The record is in a way a return to her roots; a stripped back affair, which harkens back to a time when her and her sisters would accompany their father on guitar.

Album News Weekly: Sunday, 28 April 2013

This week’s album news features Andrew Stockdale’s debut solo album announcement, since his split with Wolfmother. It also includes the return of rock veterans Baby Animals, release dates from Noah And The Whale and Rudimental, plus much more!

Live Review: Bonnie Raitt + Mavis Staples - Enmore Theatre (03.04.13)

They say that two wrongs don’t make a right, but after experiencing the legendary Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples on Wednesday night at the Enmore Theatre, as part of the Bluesfest sideshows, I can say without doubt that opposites do attract. The two singers whose roots are firmly planted in blues, rhythm and blues and rock showed how the balance of two contrasting yet skilful performing styles really was the key to a great show; with Staples powerful growl of a voice and presence perfectly balanced with Raitt's distinctive and raspy, yet dulcet vocal styling and performance.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Five - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.13)

And just like that we'd once again come to the end of the Byron Bay Bluesfest. As the event's fifth day, it's fair to say that by now we were both exhausted and used to the exciting lifestyle that the festival offers. It's never an easy event to say goodbye to, especially after a year that housed one of its best lineups ever, and was without a doubt the best Bluesfest we've ever attended. Although my sore, sore feet beg to differ.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Four - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (31.03.13)

Day Four of Bluesfest, on Easter Sunday, kicked off with a bang with an explosive performance by Mason Rock Band as they delivered raucous Aussie blues rock. Featuring an intense mix of percussion, double bass, guitars and boisterous vocals, the band played to a packed out tent filled with enthusiastic listeners. Bringing out a whole lot of cheek, these guys put on a stomping, all Aussie show.