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Stream New Raised By Eagles Single

Luke Sinclair admits his band has taken the Eagles part of their moniker to heart in the harmony and guitarmony climax of their brand new single, ‘Jackie’. The single, presented with the Double A-Side track ‘Honey’, is the first from their ardently anticipated second album, Diamonds In The Bloodstream. The album is due for release this March through Vitamin Records. After launching their eponymous debut album in 2013, the Melbourne quartet quickly became many fans’ and aficionados’ favourite Aussie alt country rockers. A spot at Love Police’s momentous Out On The Weekend festival put them in the company they deserve (think Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Ryan Bingham, etc). ‘Jackie’ and ‘Honey’ show two […]

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Caitlin Harnett’s River of Love

“Eventually, all things merge into one,” wrote American author Norman Maclean, “and a river runs through it.” Record executive John O’Donnell knows a great album when he hears it. The co-author of The 100 Best Australian Albums recently raved about Caitlin Harnett’s debut album, The River Runs North, calling it “one of the great albums of 2014”. “Top 5 in my world for 2014,” O’Donnell declared. “Do yourself a favour, as the man in the hat used to say.” The album – which Harnett made in Canada with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards) – popped up on several 2014 best-of lists. Harnett says she loves “Canada and pizza”. The River […]

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Bob Dylan takes on Frank Sinatra for his upcoming album, Shadows in the Night – an album he says was inspired by Willie Nelson’s Stardust.  In December 1963, around the same time that Frank Sinatra was recording ‘Stay With Me’, a ballad written by Carolyn Leigh and Jerome Moross, Dylan was making his first foray into career suicide. The occasion was the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee’s annual Bill of Rights dinner, when the organization gave its Tom Paine Award to some distinguished individual. In 1962, it was Bertrand Russell; ’63, it was Dylan. That night marked the end of Bob’s ‘protest’ period. He also made a controversial speech [where he intimated […]


Exclusive Punch Brothers Stream

Punch Brothers are set to release there brand new T Bone Burnett-produced album, The Phosphorescent Blues, on January 30. But you can get an exclusive sneak peek right here.   After working with T Bone Burnett on the film Inside Llewyn Davis and the newly released recording of the live concert, Another Day, Another Time, Celebrating The Music Of Inside Llewyn Davis, Punch Brothers teamed up with the high profile producer for their own album. Band members Chris Thile and Gabe Witcher met up with Burnett to discuss the material they’d written and discovered that Burnett had been immersing himself in the very same topics the band had been writing about. “We often go to […]

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Joe Bonamassa Tours With Mahalia Barnes

Guitar whiz Joe Bonamassa is returning to Australia in February to perform with Mahalia Barnes. As reported last year in Rhythms, Bonamassa spent three days recording with Barnes for her new project, OHH YEA The Betty Davis Songbook, which is due for release on February 24. Here is an excerpt of Bonamassa’s interview with Rhythms writer Larry Schwartz: “The reason why I flew 28 hours from London to Sydney to come and record for 72 hours – 12 songs – was because I knew that it’s going to be great music with great musicians in a genre that is not associated with me but something that I’ve always loved. That’s always been […]

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Dave Faulkner & Brad Shepherd, Caravan Music Club

Dave Faulkner & Brad Shepherd – “acoustic” Caravan Music Club, Melbourne Sunday January 11, 2015 By Martin Jones Photos by Verity Bee “He used to have long hair!” exclaimed a lady to my left as soon as Dave Faulkner stepped on stage. “That was thirty years ago!” her friend pointed out. It’s true, oceans of water under the bridge, a number of band members, dozens of songs and, yes, a few hair follicles lost, but the music lives on. And that’s what stood out as Dave Faulkner and guitarist Brad Shepherd rambled through a set of Hoodoo Gurus tunes as a duo; regardless of the presentation format, these are timeless […]

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Queenscliff Music Festival 2015

Queenscliff Music Festival November 28-30, Queenscliff, Vic By Chris Lambie You’ve gotta love summer festival time. Having missed a couple of ‘must see’ acts at Melbourne’s recent AWME event, I got a second chance to catch them at last weekend’s Queenscliff Music Festival. Ideal weather, the usual chilled vibe and a well road-tested logistical formula ensured another success. Festival director Andrew Orvis reckons, after minor tweaking over the years, organisers have pretty much nailed it now. Artists invariably announce their enjoyment to attentive and relaxed audiences. This year’s line-up featured pop, rock, hip-hop, comedy and kids shows but rest assured there was plenty on offer for serious roots music fans. […]

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Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers – Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Independent soul/blues The Shadowboxers is the outfit put together by pianist Josh Hoyer, coming out of Lincoln, Nebraska, bringing with ‘em a steaming heap of blues-inflected funkin’ soul. Hoyer’s voice is strong and rich, his keys work exemplary, backed to the hilt by a sugary-smooth band replete with horn section, tight rhythm section, all swing and groove. They’ve only been around for a couple of years, but their eponymous debut showcases a band who sound like they’ve been trading licks for decades. Good solid stuff. By Samuel J. Fell # Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers – Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers #

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Magnusson / Oehlers / Vanderwal – Paper Tiger

Assemblers jazz Three of the leading Australian musicians of their generation, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers and drummer Ben Vanderwal have worked together in various combinations – most often with Vanderwal playing in various bands led by Oehlers. (Both live in Perth, Magnusson in Melbourne). This is the first time they have played together as a trio. Such a formation, with the bassist notably absent, is unusual; one notable precedent is the long-running Paul Motian Trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano. I’m sure all three are very familiar with that band and its recordings, but I don’t hear any hint of tribute or emulation here. The three players […]

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Gemma Ray – Milk For Your Motors

Bronze Rat Records indie Opening with ‘The Wheel’, this album demands a film be written around it, such is the strength of the atmosphere it conjures up. It’s spooky vocals, gritty voiceovers and retro backing. ‘Shake Baby Shake’ sounds simultaneously retro and futuristic – as Gemma Ray says of her songs, “I always answer my own instincts for how a song should sound.” Ray’s genre tag on Wikipedia advises Torch Singer and ‘Other’. If you listen to ‘When I Kissed You’, you can get the ‘torch’ angle, no problem, and if you lock into ‘Motorbike’, with its fuzzed guitars and doubled voices, it’s assuredly ‘other’. ‘Long Live This Life’ sounds […]