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Dan Parsons Releases New Single & Announces National Tour

Melbourne based singer songwriter Dan Parsons has just released a new single ahead of his national tour with Steve Grady. Taken from his upcoming third album, the song ‘I’ll Live And I’ll Die’ features Parsons playing guitar, bass and drums on the track with guest vocals from “The Peppercorn Queen” Jackie Marshall. Catch Dan Parsons and Steve Grady on their national co-headlining tour from during May.   Tour Dates: May 2nd – The Milk Factory, Brisbane May 3rd – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba May 6th – The Rails, Byron Bay May 7th – The Junkyard, Maitland May 8th – Live N Lounging, Sydney May 9th – The Front Gallery, Canberra May […]

Andrew Lesnie

A Sky Full Of Stars

Russell Crowe called him “the master of the light”. The movie world is mourning the passing of one of the great cinematographers, Australia’s Andrew Lesnie. Lesnie, who shot Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, died of a heart attack, aged 59. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring in 2002. Crowe tweeted: “Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on.” Lesnie shot Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, as well as Kylie Minogue’s movie debut, The Delinquents. He also shot Babe, King Kong and Bran Nue Dae. Lesnie’s big […]

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Jack Tully Video Premiere

NSW musician Jack Tully has just released a video clip for his new single ‘Prairie Lawn’ from his debut album, The Keeping. Tully talks about the making of the clip: I made this video with some friends over a weekend. We borrowed some cameras, drove around with no solid plan filming stuff and laughing, staying in a dodgy roadside motel. We had a great time but it became a mission when we started looking through the approx. 200gb of footage, most of which was shot out the car window as we drove past random things. House, tree, road, house tree, road, etc. ha ha I will probably approach the next video quite […]

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Goin’ Down Slow – Blue Heat & Lazy Eye

Goin’ Down Slow May / June, 2015   This month, a twofer – Blue Heat have been around, in one guise or another, since 1991, and recently released their first studio album in almost a decade, One Day Too Long. Lazy Eye have only been around a few years, but this month release their third studio record, Single Malt Blues. Both albums are solid and serve to showcase how the band in question is twisting the blues. Blue Heat inject a healthy dose of jump and jive into their music, courtesy in large part to a stellar horn section, while Lazy Eye are more on the soul side of the […]

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Willie & Merle, Together Again

Reports of Willie Nelson’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The country outlaw has teamed up with fellow superstar Merle Haggard for a new recording project. The album, Django and Jimmie, will be out on June 5. “The title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers,” Nelson explains. “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.” It’s the duo’s fifth album together, following 1983’s Pancho & Lefty, 1987’s Walking The Line (with George Jones) and Seashores of Old Mexico, and 2007’s Last Of The Breed (with Ray Price).     Haggard, 78, says Nelson, 81, “sang like he was a teenager”, defying recent online reports that […]


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LIVE REVIEW – Blenheim Festival 2015, Clare Valley

Blenheim Fest 2015, Clare Valley, SA Review and pics by Keira James   With a multitude of music festivals held in Australia, it is easy to overlook the smaller regional shows competing against the likes of Bluesfest for the attention of music fans during autumn. Blenheim Music and Camping Festival is one such event that punches above its weight and deserves not to be ignored. Held on a farm in the Clare Valley north of Adelaide each Good Friday, and licensed for only 1700, this year was the first time the sell-out event had headlined international performers – namely blues legend Tony Joe White and UK-based Z-Star – backed up […]

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Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood Alive

Natural Sounds Records/Domino contemporary soul At the start of 2103 Matthew E. White announced himself with his breathtaking debut album Big Inner, a mesmerising potion of spiritual country, soul and R&B. If that was the record that provided lift-off for his Spacebomb musical collective, then the hugely anticipated follow-up, Fresh Blood, sees White reaching stratospheric heights; it is, quite simply, magnificent. Underpinned once again by Trey Pollard (guitar), Cameron Ralston (bass) and Pinson Chanselle (drums), White draws upon the Spacebomb in-house resources for the horn, strings and choral embellishments that are so integral to his musical vision. White is a musical magpie, and this time around the bigger moments echo […]

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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 […]

Songhoy Blues Music In Exile

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, […]