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Video Of The Week – Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy has always had an uneasy relationship with the music industry. Now, the Wilco frontman has delivered a hilarious video that looks at the modern music world, record companies, and how “the recording industry is in the toilet”. The video is for ‘Low Key’, from Tweedy’s debut album, Sukierae. Tweedy is the project featuring Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son, Spencer. The video was directed by Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, and features cameos by Conan O’Brien, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini and many others. As the singer in one prominent Australian band remarked to Rhythms, “The clip is very funny, and the conclusion is a little too close […]

Yes! Win Tickets To YES!

Masters of prog rock, YES, are returning to Australia next month, playing two of their iconic albums, Fragile and Close To The Edge, from beginning to end. And you could be there, thanks to Rhythms. The current YES lineup – Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison – will also present material from their brand new album, Heaven And Earth.  The full Australian tour dates are: Wednesday November 12 PERTH Crown Casino 13 28 49 www.ticketek.com.au Friday November 14 GOLD COAST Jupiters Casino 13 28 49 www.ticketek.com.au Saturday November 15 SYDNEY State Theatre 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au Sunday November 16 SYDNEY State Theatre 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au Tuesday November 18 MELBOURNE Palais Theatre 136 100 […]

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Luluc’s Simple Pleasures

It’s quite a story: A girl from a tiny town in Victoria called Upotipotpon makes an album with a boy from Melbourne after they meet in Edinburgh. Her voice makes Lucinda Williams cry, they land on a Townes Van Zandt tribute album and on Grey’s Anatomy. Then they sign to Sub Pop and make an album that The National’s Matt Berninger says is “the only album I wanted to listen to”. It’s been quite a trip for Luluc’s Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who took their name from Café Luluc in Brooklyn, where they now live. On the road with J Mascis in the US, Zoë took time out to […]

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Remembering Ed Nimmervoll, “The Father of the Chart”

  Ed. Nimmervoll – the doyen of Australian music critics – has died in Melbourne, aged 67. Ian “Molly” Meldrum called Ed “The Father of the Chart”. A self-confessed “chart nerd”, Ed’s chart was the first Countdown chart. It was also the chart used when Ed became the first writer of the radio show Take 40 Australia. Ed was a young architecture student when he started doing record reviews at Go-Set in 1966. He shaped the record collections of a generation of readers with his knowledgeable, perceptive opinions. At Go-Set, Ed created Australia’s first national chart. The chart appeared in the October 5, 1966 issue (The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’/‘Eleanor Rigby’ […]

WOMADelaide 2015

WOMADelaide has made its first lineup announcement for the 2015 event with Youssou N’Dour, The Gloaming, Charlie Musselwhite, Neneh Cherry and Rufus Wainwright topping the bill. Youssou N’Dour played the debut WOMADelaide event in 1992 and famously collaborated with Neneh Cherry on ’7 Seconds’. Said WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie, “Youssou’s long standing relationship with WOMADelaide and its fans is something we hold very dear.  He is a true leader on and off the stage and it’s a privilege to again exclusively host him at WOMADelaide in 2015.” The full first announcement for WOMADelaide 2015 (March 6-9, Botanic Park): Youssou N’Dour The Gloaming Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet Balkan Beat Box Bombino Canzoniere […]


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Blues For The Bush Festival

Blues For The Bush Festival, Perenjori, W.A. Saturday October 4, 2014. By Derek Cromb After a 400 kilometre drive north-east of Perth, we duly arrived in the small town of Perenjori, only to find out that the actual Festival site was a further 65 kilometres to the east of town in a natural bush reserve. Talk about Blues FOR the Bush Festival. It was more like Blues IN The Bush! What a unique setting in such an isolated spot on the map!! As the sun set slowly in the West, Wogga was first up on the lineup, giving us a dose of his acoustic guitar and gravelly voice. He was […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Bigsound 2014, Brisbane

Bigsound Fortitude Valley, Brisbane September 10-12, 2014 Review by Samuel J. Fell An associate of mine tweeted, a day or so before Australian music industry gathering Bigsound kicked off for the 14th time, something along the lines of, “Bigsound is a marathon, not a sprint.” He was correct – two and a half days of various panel discussions, keynote speeches and onstage interviews, interspersed with two nights of music, over 140 bands in a dozen or so venues spread about Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, a labyrinthine mish-mash of tragically hip bars, scungy pubs, barrel-bottom elite meeting the fresh faced young things that dare to descend, the industry mingled in. You don’t […]

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BB King, House Of Blues Anaheim

Review: BB King at the House of Blues Anaheim; August 28 2014 By Jason Monaghan I made a relatively last minute decision to go and see BB King last week. For one reason or another I’d missed him every time he had visited Australia, and I was fairly certain this would be my last chance to see BB. But I had heard that at 88 years old (89 later this month), his abilities had deteriorated to the point where some of audiences were becoming hostile towards him.  There were some truly scathing reviews online… even on the webpage where they were selling the tickets to the show. So it was […]

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Win The New Mike McClellan Album

Mike McClellan Dancing In The Rain Digital Wagon By Trevor Leeden It’s precisely 40 years since Mike McClellan struck gold with the lilting ‘Song And Danceman’, the gently countrified tune cementing itself in the list of all-time Australian classic songs. It’s fitting then, that the veteran troubadour should choose to close his latest album with a new interpretation of his most famous song, its dusty, reflective narrative providing the blueprint for a musical life well lived. Four decades has done nothing to erode McClellan’s musical strengths, and on the evidence here he remains one of our finest acoustic singer-songwriters. There are songs that deal with coping with heartache (‘Dance In […]

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Bob Dylan, The Tivoli Brisbane

Bob Dylan The Tivoli, Brisbane August 27 2014 By Paul McBride Two days spent listening to gushing reviews from the mouths of fans who had attended the Convention Centre show on Monday confirmed several things. One: Bob Dylan has still ‘got it’. Two: anyone expecting the ‘hits’ is going to be disappointed. Three: you’d better get there early if you want to get within a kilometre of the exalted one for a performance described as a “once in a lifetime show.” It was this last point that became particularly apparent as the line of people outside the Tivoli had already snaked so far around the block that it had almost arrived […]

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