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Inaugural Bello Winter Music Festival Lineup Announced

The Bello Winter Music Festival has revealed its first lineup announcement for the debut outing of the four day long event. Held from July 2nd to 5th across many intimate venues in the mid North-Coast town of Bellingen, the festival is set to be headlined by Californian indie rockers The Milk Carton Kids and Byron Shire Blues master Ash Grunwald. The Milk Carton Kids will be releasing a brand new album, Monterey, on ANTI-, due out May 15. Those joining the festival headliners will include the unique sounds of Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Tinpan Orange, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks and Dubmarine and over 60 other local, national and international acts ranging from blues and […]

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DELTA RAE – AFTER IT ALL, PRERELEASE ALBUM STREAM

Australia, prepare for Delta Rae! The North Carolinian folk rock outfit is on its way to Bluesfest, with a sweet melange of Fleetwood Mac style melody and harmony. In fact, one of the bonus tracks on their brand new album, After It All, features The Mac’s Linsday Buckingham on guitar! Delta Rae was formed by the Holijes siblings – Brittany, Ian and Eric – in 2009. The band expanded to a six-piece, including founding member Elizabeth Hopkins, and rhythm section Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. Signed by Seymour Stein to his Sire label (via a live audition, no less), the band is due to release its second album, After It All, on March 27 in […]

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Return of The Goodbye Girl

Five years after they broke up, Rhythms can reveal that Ballarat band Epicure will briefly re-form to promote the vinyl release of their much-loved second album, 2004’s The Goodbye Girl. When Epicure split in 2010, releasing the anthology Quietly Into The Night, we asked singer Juan Alban if 14 years was long enough for a band. “Hard to say,” he replied. “But we’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to release four albums exactly the way we’ve wanted them to be and we’ve been privileged to tour them around the country many times over. And I’m really proud that the band got better as it went along. So, in […]

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Mark Knopfler’s Tracker – Video Of The Week

Today sees the release of the eminent Mark Knopfler’s latest solo album, Tracker, through Virgin/EMI. To celebrate we present a short film, Tracker, by Henrik Hansen. Scroll down for a full review of the album. Mark Knopfler Tracker Virgin-EMI folk/rock Continuing to blend Celtic folk and rootsy rock with his trademark gruff vocals and lyrical fingerstyle guitar, Knopfler is quietly forging a solo career that has well exceeded the volume of Dire Straits’ output. Indeed, Knopfler attributes the album title to him finding his place in the world both in and out of the studio. He certainly sounds more comfortable in his own skin than ever, settling into a style that truly embraces all […]

Stream New Ruby Boots Single

Rhythms has long been a fan of WA born and bred Americana artist Ruby Boots, AKA Bex Chilcott. It seems that appreciation for Chilcott’s talents are rapidly spreading with the gifted singer-songwriter recently signed to Lost Highway Records Australia for the release of her debut album, Solitude.  January saw the release of the album’s first single, ‘Middle Of Nowhere’, a song written with The Waifs’ Vikki Thorn. The song title was inspired by the isolation of Thorn’s Utah farm, which Chilcott visited for the collaboration. Interestingly, The Waifs were one of the first bands to inspire Chilcott to pick up a guitar and write songs. The new single, ‘Wrap Me In […]


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LIVE REVIEW – Golden Plains Nine

GOLDEN PLAINS NINE Meredith, March 7-9 2015 Review by Nick Argyriou   MUM’S CAR NUMBER 9 – 2015. NUMBER 10 – 2016. Wow, Aunty Meredith’s little sister is growing into big girl pants at a rapid rate. And what is it with driving your mum’s car to a festival? My fellow intrepid festival writer of words, Master Christopher Hollow, completed the very same act at Port Fairy. What does it say about two grown men, married with children, nabbing the keys to the matriarchal wheels? I don’t have the answer. CREAM CHEESE-GATE Being checked for unwarranted items and the like in the car boot [on the way in], a miniature […]

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The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Capitol/EMI rock I make no apologies – anyone who bothers to send in a vinyl copy of their album goes straight to the top of the review pile. And here we have The Decemberists’ latest on glorious double album vinyl (actually 1.5 album, there are only three sides with artwork on the fourth), gatefold packaging, and big, rich sound. While, disappointingly, there’s no Gillian Welch to be found on this new set, the band did return to producer Tucker Martine who has proved the best person available to bring out the best in this lineup. And there are still some astutely chosen guests, including Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard, Kelly Hogan and […]

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Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile

Transgressive Records world Music In Exile is the debut release of a fresh young Malian desert blues band with talent to spare and a compelling backstory to tell. Songhoy Blues has the potential to top the international achievements of even Tinariwen – and the ‘T’ spin-offs Terakaft, Tartit and Tamikrest – and the popular Niger-based Tuareg acts Bombino and Etran Finatawa.As their name implies, they share northern Malian ancestry with the late, great Ali Farka Touré, who was part Songhay (aka Songhai or Sonrai).Indeed, the father of Songhoy Blues’s lead guitarist was Farka Touré’s long-term percussionist. Founding members Oumar Toure and Aliou Touré also listened to hip hop and R&B […]

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Laura Marling – Short Movie

Virgin/Caroline folk-rock Whoa! The bio for Marling’s fifth album talks about her wigging out in LA, exploring “mysticism, yoga and psychedelics,” Marling herself admitting to feeling “on the edge of sanity” and seeking total isolation in Joshua Tree. Fortunately the result of this personal crisis, a period of six months when Marling abandoned music to take stock of her life and place in the world, is not a drug-addled bit of cosmic Calfornication (unless you put some of Joni Mitchell’s work in that camp in which case you’ll find similarities here), but rather a fiercely intense and focused chapter of singing and songwriting. Inspired by a series of critical revelations, […]

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Jonny Otis – The Essential Recordings

Primo/the Planet Co. blues This 2CD collection makes a strong case in support of the epithet ‘Godfather Of Rhythm And Blues’ bestowed upon musician, arranger, composer, bandleader, club owner, record producer and talent scout Johnny Otis, who passed away aged 90 in 2012 leaving behind a rich musical legacy. Born to Greek immigrant parents and growing up in a black Californian neighbourhood, Otis identified himself with African-American culture. Through his engagement in jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, Otis, whose career began in the early 1940s, crossed the racial divide bringing black music to a white audiences. Among the artists he discovered were Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie […]