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Ron Sexsmith – New Tour, New Video!

Canadian songmaster Ron Sexsmith will headline the next Mullum Music Festival in November and will also undertake a solo national tour. He’ll be armed with his elegantly charming new album, Carousel One, his 14th studio album in a career that has earned him dedicated fans amongst the discerning. Rhythms has secured an exclusive preview of Sexsmith’s brand new film clip for the song ‘Sure As The Sky’. Check it out while you plan which Sexsmith shows you’re going to buy tickets for: Ron Sexsmith Tour Dates Friday November 20 – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby (www.mullummusicfestival.com) Saturday November 21 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (www.tombowler.com.au) Monday November 23 – The Basement, Sydney (www.tombowler.com.au) Wednesday November 25 – Rosemount, […]

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Shane Nicholson, Holy Holy And More For Dashville Skyline

The inaugural Dashville Skyline alt country music festival has just announced a second round of artists including Shane Nicholson and local up and comers Holy Holy. Both artists have brand new albums – Shane with his sixth solo album, Hell Breaks Loose, which you can read about now at Rhythms.com.au; and Holy Holy with their debut LP, When The Storms Would Come.  Also included in the second round announcement are: US singer-songwriter Leo Rondeau; Matt Walker with is Lost Ragas project; Australian firebrand Ruby Boots; and singer-songwriter/Gin Club/Wilson Pickers member Ben Salter. Exploring alt country and the birth of what has come to be known as Americana, Dashville Skyline takes place on the […]

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Bluesfest First Acts For 2016

Byron Bay Bluesfest has made its earliest artist announcement on record with The National, Joe Bonamassa, City And Colour, UB40 and Tedeschi Trucks Band topping the list. Taking place from March 24 to March 28, 2016, the five-day festival is set to return better than ever with Festival Director Peter Noble promising, “the very best artists available we can source – with no expense spared.” Appearances by world dominating indie rock heroes The National, blues guitar god Joe Bonamassa, and reggae superstars UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with all be Bluesfest exclusives. The full first announcement for Bluesfest 2016 reads: The National – exclusive City and Colour UB40 featuring […]


Free SXSW Meet N Greet

The highly successful and influential SXSW Conference is putting on a series of free Movie Meet n Greet networking nights in Australia this month. Now in its 3oth year, the South by Southwest Interactive, Music and Film Festivals and Conferences are accepting artist submissions for the 2016 event to be held on March 11-22 in Austin, Texas. (sxsw.com) If you’ve always thought about heading to SXSW, or even if you’ve been and found the immensity of the event overwhelming, then these free Meet n Greet nights should be right up your alley. Taking place in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, the Meet n Greets will present a panel of seasoned […]

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Clip Of The Week – Raised By Eagles ‘Sugar Cane’

Melbourne outfit Raised By Eagles have just completed the official filmclip for their new single ‘Sugar Cane’. The single is from the band’s second album, Diamonds In The Bloodstream. Rhythms fell hard for the alt country outfit’s debut album back in 2013 and Diamonds In The Bloodstream is even better, destined for many end of year best of lists. You can catch Raised By Eagles with Nick Barker’s new band The Heartache State in a double album launch at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh, Melbourne, on Saturday August 1. Tickets Here.

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Blue Heat – One Day Too Long

Blue Heat One Day Too Long Independent blues   An undeniable groove is what Victorian ensemble Blue Heat bring to proceedings, a slick and smooth groove, a well-honed groove, all tipped-forward fedoras and seamless dancefloor moves. Wreathed in brass, accompanied by a Gibraltic rhythm section with stabs of razor-sharp guitar is where we find them on latest release, One Day Too Long, a lesson in foot-tappin’, loose-lipped blues and R&B, ten tracks (most of them originals) that show these cats have it running through their veins, dripping from brows, scooped up by the schooner-load and swallowed whole. Marco Goldsmith’s voice perfectly captures the mood, whether reigning it in or letting […]


Igor Prado Band

Delta Groove/Only Blues Music blues American West Coast blues first evolved in the early post-war years from jump blues influences brought by musicians relocating from New Orleans, Kansas City, Houston, and various other centres around the South West. It was originally characterised by cut-back, piano-and-horn-dominated swing bands that often featured jazzy guitar solos and either blues crooners or shouters. But as more blues artists migrated to California from cities further afield like Memphis and Chicago,the genre has since expanded to embrace many different blues styles. This Sao Paulo, Brazil-based blues band led by left-handed, upside-down guitar player Igor Prado are widely acclaimed as South America’s leading practitioners of traditional West […]


Brad Butcher – Jamestown

Independent  country/roots Brad Butcher, who
was raised in central Queensland where he enjoyed listening to his mother play Bach on piano, has returned with his second album, Jamestown. Jamestown was quickly
recorded in New York
over the course of
seven days with the first takes usually being the ones used, thus giving it a vintage, ‘70s singer-songwriter feel. Helming the album at his Shorefire Recording Studios and also playing bass was American Marc Swerksy who has worked with the likes of Joe Cocker. Brought in to play on the album were English drummer Stave Holley, who has also played with Cocker, pedal steel player Rich Hinman from Rosanne Cash’s band, pianist Richard Causon, who has […]


Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

Verve/Caroline indie rock/roots Some albums don’t register on first listen; take Blake Mills’ sophomore album, which initially seemed destined to follow his 2010 debut Break Mirrors into the abyss. But on second listening, the musical penny drops and Heigh Ho reveals itself to be a highly original, left of centre amalgam of country, blues and pop. Mills is better known as a session guitarist (Conor Oberst, Avett Brothers), arranger and producer, and it’s the latter skills that stamp the album with discordant originality. Most noticeable is the vibrancy and spaciousness of the arrangements and the dynamics of his soundscapes where the conventional structure of verse, chorus and bridge is almost […]


Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour

Rough Trade/Remote Control soul/rock We were fortunate enough to be reminded just how powerful Alabama Shakes are during their recent Australian tour. And though few in the audiences would have heard the material from this second album, it featured prominently in their sets – the dirty funk/soul of first single, ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ was a clear standout, like something out of a Daptone wet dream. It’s a standout on the album too, a classy performance with sparkling production by Blake Mills. Mills is a sonic adventurer by nature, and his spirit is all over Sound & Color – throw the headphones on and there’s a surprise around every corner. Third track […]