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Bluesfest To Host Boomerang

Instead of taking place at its original scheduled weekend in October, the Indigenous festival Boomerang will now be granted its own stage at Bluesfest in 2016. Festival organisers Peter Noble and Rhoda Roberts today revealed that after debuting in 2013, Boomerang was unable to secure funding in order to continue in the same format. Rather than cancel the event entirely, Noble and Roberts will present a series of performances and programs exploring Indigenous Australian art, music and culture over the five-day 2016 Bluesfest event, March 24-28, in Tyagarah, just north of Byron Bay. The full program is yet to be revealed, but all information and updates are available at www.boomerangfestival.com.au   […]

Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams For A Day On The Green

A Day On The Green has announced a lineup that will have Rhythms readers drooling. Paul Kelly will present his Merri Soul Sessions along with support from the immortal Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, and recent Rhythms cover star Marlon Williams. Kelly’s Merri Soul Sessions sees the Australian singer-songwriter leading a crack band in an old-school type soul revue featuring guest vocalists Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, and Kira Puru. They mix Kelly’s hits with material from the recent Merri Soul Sessions album. “I’m looking forward to singing again in beautiful places with all my Merri Soul pals as well as Lucinda, Kasey and Marlon,” Paul said. “More women […]

Ron Sexsmith, Ben Ottewell, Robert Forster and More For Mullum Fest

The much beloved Mullum Music Fest has announced its lineup for the 2015 event to take place November 19-22. Headlining the announcement is Canadian songmaster Ron Sexsmith, who’ll return armed with a fantastic new album, Carousel One.  Also topping the bill are Gomez frontman Ben Ottewell; Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster launching his new solo album, Songs To Play; US retro R&B outfit The California Honeydrops; and German pianist/composer Hauschka. Taking place in the small township of Mullumbimby, just north of Byron Bay, the Mullum Fest utilises the existing halls, churches, pubs and clubs of the town to showcase a broad variety of music from kids’ entertainment through to rock, reggae, roots and jazz. All […]

Out On The Weekend Returns in 2015

Love Police has announced that their alt. country/Americana showcase event, Out On The Weekend, will return this October with a lineup topped by Dawes, Robert Ellis and Sam Outlaw. Out On The Weekend debuted last year at Melbourne’s Seaworks and was a sellout success. 2015 will see the event return to Seaworks and debut in Sydney at the Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista. Celebrating Brian Taranto’s international and local musical discoveries, each event’s lineup will be slightly different, showcasing a number of lesser known artists. “Trust me,” implores BT. ‘Some of their names may be new, but their talent will make your musical day.” OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE 11:30am […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]