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Monique Brumby’s Crowning Glory

It’s 18 years since Monique Brumby released her debut single, ‘Fool For You’. It hit the Top 40 and won Brumby an ARIA Award for Best New Talent. The following year, she took the prestigious trophy for Best Female Artist.     Fast-forward to 2014 and Brumby is about to turn 40 (on September 16). To celebrate, she has just released a new self-titled album. Monique Brumby spoke to Rhythms about two decades in the music business, her beloved grandmother, and the perils of being a perfectionist.   This is your fifth album. Do albums get easier or harder to make? “This album was probably the most difficult to make […]


Action Jackson

Jackson Browne has announced his first studio album in six years. Standing In The Breach will be released on October 6. Browne has been playing the title-track live since 2012. He wrote the song after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Browne sings of “the unpaid debts of history, the open wounds of time”. The laws of human nature always tugging from behind I want to think that the earth can heal And the people might still learn how to meet this world’s true challenges     Browne, who turns 66 in October, is touring the US in August, September and October, before heading to the UK in November. He hasn’t […]

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Video Of The Week – Russell Morris

Russell Morris recently chatted to Rhythms about the title-track of his latest Top 10 album, Van Diemen’s Land. “This was the first song written for the album,” Morris explained. “I was with Shannon Bourne at my place and he was playing his guitar. I started singing and just came out with ‘Van Diemen’s Land’. It’s a really strange name; I’ve always loved it. When I was writing the lyrics, I was imagining what it must have been like for the prisoners being shipped to Van Diemen’s Land and Norfolk Island. “It became the cornerstone of the album. And when Rob Hirst played on the song, it became even bigger. He’s […]

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Tweedy Stream One New Song A Week

Tweedy is the new collaboration between Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. With Spencer on drums and Jeff playing just about everything else, Tweedy have recorded a full length (20 tracks!) album, Sukierae, to be released in Australia through dBpm/ANTI on September 19. Rhythms has been fortunate enough to gain preview access to the album and can reveal that it is a work of epic length and breadth, covering everything from searing experimental guitar rock, to acoustic songs, all led by Jeff Tweedy’s trademark vocals and articulate lyricism. Not contained to the studio, Tweedy are currently touring the US with a full band including Jim Elkington on guitar, Darin Gray on bass […]

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New Joe Bonamassa Video

Ahead of his September Australian tour, blues blazer Joe Bonamassa has just released a video for the title track from his new album, Different Shades Of Blue.  Bonamassa will star in Rhythms September Blues Blowout feature, out in the next issue, August 29. His new album, Different Shades Of Blue (due out September 23 through Only Blues Music) was written with some of Nashville’s most successful writers, including Jonathan Cain, Jerry Flowers and James House. It was produced by rock producer Kevin Shirley, who spent many years in Australia working with the likes of Cold Chisel, The Angels, Hoodoo Gurus, Baby Animals and silverchair. On his 2014 Australian tour, Bonamassa will be […]

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Adelaide Guitar Festival 2014

LIVE REVIEW 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival July 17-20, Adelaide Festival Centre By Tony Hillier Photos: Tony Lewis Under the curatorial guidance of Australia’s best-known classical player post-John Williams, the Adelaide International Guitar Festival (AIGF), most admirably, accommodates the gamut of genres. Of equal importance, the event continues to flourish after a less than propitious inauguration back in 2007. Consensus view among critics and, more pertinently, the crowds that packed the Festival Centre’s three theatres for a three-day and four-night celebration of the world’s most popular instrument was that the program framed by the ongoing Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan for the latest in a now biennial series surpassed its four […]


Good Vibrations – Film Review

GOOD VIBRATIONS By Julian Lewis Only a true idealist who believed music could soothe the savage beast would dare open a record store called Good Vibrations in Belfast in the 1970s in an area considered the most-bombed half-mile in Europe. For, as Joe Strummer said, “If punk was hard, Ulster was harder.” Yet that is what one-eyed, local anarchist pub DJ Terri Hooley did to bring some normality to his neighbourhood during The Troubles, a time of terrible sectarian violence. In a miracle of mediation, he bribed the warring factions with albums from his collection, asking their leaders (one of whom is played by Adrian Dunbar in a very small cameo […]


Joseph Tawadros Live

Joseph Tawadros & co, Camelot Lounge Sydney, June 26 by Tony Hillier Any concert involving Joseph and James Tawadros is guaranteed ‘memorable’ status — given the guys’ exalted ability on their chosen instruments and their telepathic rapport — but the brothers’ most recent performance had special significance. In memory of their mother, Rose Mansi Tawadros, who passed away in 2012 (and their father, who died the following year), the gig resurrected the two suites at the heart of Angel, an album of largely reflective music that JT x 2 released in 2008 with Matt McMahon and Dimitri Vouros. Chock-a-block with camel statues of all shapes and sizes, the red velvet-swathed […]


LIVE REVIEW – Rainforest World Music Festival 2014

RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 SARAWAK, MALAYSIA Review and pics by Chris Lambie World music events invariably reach beyond musical revelations and Facebook friendships. Yes, audiences marvel at unfamiliar and wondrous instruments made of bone, bamboo, skins and junk. Grown men are seduced into exotic dance moves they’d never try at their local nightclub. Iconic artists project spine-tingling vocals into the atmosphere, leaving TV’s wannabes in the shade. But music, dance and art speak of culture and culture is about people. And that’s where the real conversations begin. No matter when or where in the world such a festival takes place, there’s always an act or two whose homeland dramas […]


Starboard Cannons – The Valiant And The Brave

Vitamin folk Byron Bay duo Starboard Cannons pick up where they left off with their debut album Somebody’s Opus, honing their own bare and vital bush folk into something even more personal and genuine. With his unashamed Australian accent and laconic delivery, Ash Bell comes across as no one but himself – entirely unaffected and credible, which is utterly essential to the efficacy of this music. He also stretches his vocal range into moments of delicate beauty, sighing into sweet falsetto on ‘The Beach’, for example. Though it was a little disconcerting to read a press release promising a “superstar cast of guest musicians,” in reality the cameos are both […]