MT Release Nifty New Video ‘Dear One’

April 23, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

MT REVEAL NEW VIDEO ‘DEAR ONE’

TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING EP WHAT WE ARE

“Feel-good pop specialists” – This Is Fake DIY

Following on from powerhouse pop anthem Alpha Romeo’, MT are back with new track ‘Dear One’taken from forthcoming EP What We Are. Fresh from premiering on This Is Fake DIY, the partnering video sees the band rocking out in spectacular fashion, backed by invisible instruments. It’s directed by UK film maker/photographer Emil Charlaff.

Fronted by Michael Tomlinson, MT’s short existence has already seen them championed by the likes of NME, Clash and BBC Radio One. Spotify is the latest to jump on board; naming the band in their Top 2 Emerge challenge finalists. Click HERE to get MT to #1. Check out the Emerge leader board HERE.

‘Dear One’ is taken from MT’s forthcoming EP What We Are
Debut single ‘Alpha Romeo’ is out now via Dew Process
MT are touring the UK April/May, go to MTManyThings.com for full dates

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Splendour Line Up Announcement – BRING ON JULY!

April 23, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Dearhead Team are incredibly stoked with the 2014 line up announcement for SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS.

TICKETS ON SALE 9am sharp AEST on Friday 2 May through MOSHTIX www.moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2014 TICKET PRICES -
3 Day Event Tickets – $355* + booking fees.
Gains entry to the event site on Thursday as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Single Day Tickets – $149* + booking fees.
Onsite Camping Tickets – $99 + booking fees.
* you have the option to offset your carbon emissions for $3 per ticket.

OUTKAST (ONLY AUS SHOW)
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB (ONLY AUS SHOW)
LILY ALLEN
INTERPOL (ONLY AUS SHOW)
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
ANGUS & JULIA STONE
CITY AND COLOUR
LONDON GRAMMAR
VANCE JOY
DARKSIDE (ONLY AUS SHOW)
RÜFÜS
BEN HOWARD
KELIS
METRONOMY
HOODOO GURUS
CHVRCHES (ONLY AUS SHOW)
GROUPLOVE
THE JEZABELS
TUNE-YARDS
360
WILD BEASTS
DANNY BROWN (ONLY AUS SHOW)
ILLY
FIRST AID KIT
VIOLENT SOHO
ÁSGEIR
SPIDERBAIT
THE 1975
BALL PARK MUSIC
ART VS SCIENCE
BURAKA SOM SISTEMA (ONLY AUS SHOW)
THE PREATURES
PARQUET COURTS (ONLY AUS SHOW)
STICKY FINGERS
PEKING DUK
SKY FERREIRA
FUTURE ISLANDS
COURTNEY BARNETT
PHANTOGRAM
DZ DEATHRAYS
SKATERS
GOSSLING
JUNGLE
THE STRYPES
HOT DUB TIME MACHINE
THE KITE STRING TANGLE
RY-X
MIKHAEL PASKALEV
WAVE RACER
THE ACID
SASKWATCH
KINGSWOOD
CIRCA WAVES
BROODS
DUSTIN TEBBUTT
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
DMA’S
DARREN MIDDLETON
LITTLE MAY
DARLIA
D.D DUMBO
TKAY MAIDZA
THE CREASES
THE WILD FEATHERS
CHROME SPARKS
FRACTURES
MAS YSA
NICK MULVEY
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS

PLUS DJs & PRODUCERS

NINA LAS VEGAS
YACHT CLUB DJs
MOTEZ
TOUCH SENSITIVE
INDIAN SUMMER
WORDLIFE
L D R U & YAHTZEL DJs
COSMOS MIDNIGHT
SABLE
KILTER
BASENJI
KLP
FISHING DJs
PACES
CHARLES MURDOCH

Little Odessa RELEASE INNOVATIVE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘ALL NIGHT’

April 22, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

A remarkable creation from Brisbane director Jaymis Loveday, Brisbane’s LITTLE ODESSA are proud to release the new video for their bangin’ summer anthem ‘All Night’. In a world of hyperbole, it’s easy to tout a new release as “something you’ve never seen before”, but with this genuinely innovative visual feast, that’s just the case.
Loveday essentially filmed four performance videos from each band member, but in the true ambitious spirit he’s becoming known for, projected the perfromance onto the four sleeping lads for seven hours.

“I’m fascinated by timelapse, and I’ve wanted to shoot someone sleeping for ages. Not in a creepy way, you understand. It’s just that slow-motion and timelapse videos reveal stuff we don’t usually get to see as humans shackled to linear time
“It was surprising how little convincing was required to get Little Odessa on board with the concept. My pitch was “All four of you, asleep in a bed together, with a projector blaring in your eyes. It’s likely to be the worst night’s sleep of your entire life.” They were instantly, unanimously in favour of the idea.”
The result achieves the near-impossible – a juxtoposition of Little Odessa’s electric and much-acclaimed live peformance and them, well, sleeping.
The video lands as the band’s follow-up single – ‘It’s About Time – debuts on radio around the country. Produced by Magoo and premiering on Dom Alessio’s Home and Hosed, the Supergrass-tinged anthem has already been pegged as a brilliant next-step for the band.
This all provides formative stepping stones for the band – there will be shows announced in the coming weeks, but for now the band are on route to Sydney for a pair of FREE shows with Melbourne’s Apes this Thursday and Friday night.
Bluesfest 2014 Hailed a MAJOR SUCCESS

Bluesfest 2014 Hailed a MAJOR SUCCESS

April 22, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

25th Anniversary Bluesfest, Australia’s multi award winning five day festival was held over the Easter long weekend at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. The festival wrapped up last night after five days of clear blue skies, show stopping performances from some of the world’s most prolific and up and coming musicians and some jaw-dropping collaborations.

Festival Director Peter Noble said:

“This is, without doubt our most successful one yet. How perfect were the artists? How perfect was the weather? The blend of artists from contemporary to classic and from young to old was easily the best we have ever had, gee I would like to have a dollar for every artist who announced on stage this is their favourite or best festival in the world. It was a pleasure from beginning to end.

This is our equal biggest festival or the biggest yet, we will work through all the numbers and make an announcement in the coming days. 1054 workers and 500 volunteers worked more than 12,500 hours over the festival to make it the success that it was.

One thing is for sure, we are thrilled, energised and inspired to get out there immediately and start working on our 2015 event, our 26th Annual Bluesfest to be held on 2nd -6th April 2015.”


Music Highlights:
It became clear that Bluesfest 2014 was a festival for music lovers and the eclectic line-up attracted a crowd of all ages. 107 artists performed over seven stages for a total 13,350 minutes.  Bluesfest proved that everyone under 70 came out as a closet KC & The Sunshine Band fan on Monday night as full tents of over 10,000 people danced away to hits such as “Get Down Tonight” and “I’m Your Boogie Man” “Please Don’t Go”.

Bluesfest 2014 was filled with guest appearances and some notable ones included crowd favourite Joss Stone performing “I Put a Spell On You” with Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule joining the Dave Matthews Band to perform Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower”.

Xavier Rudd jumped on stage for Nahko and The Medicine People’s Sunday set.  Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na joining WAR on stage, Bernard Fanning joining Kasey Chambers, Henry Wagon getting up on stage with Michael Franti and India.Arie with Playing For Change were some of the other surprise  guest appearances.

Birthday Celebrations:
There were cakes and speeches aplenty at the 25th Anniversary of Bluesfest. On Sunday night, Festival Director Peter Noble, Festival Manager Annika Oman and many of the Bluesfest staff joined Playing For Change on Stage to sing a Happy Birthday and share some cake with the crowd. Other Birthday surprises included the Music Maker Foundation debuting a brand new song titled “The Peter and Annika Byron Bay Bluesfest Boogie” which was a perfect end to the Birthday celebrations.

Charity Highlights:
Cystic Fibrosis raised approximately $55,000 throughout the duration of the festival. This makes it the highest ever fundraising effort ever through their guitar raffles of donated Gibson guitars. Over the last 15 years Bluesfest has raised approximately $367,000 for the Charity.

Bluesfest Sideshows:
Bluesfest may now be over, however we still have a bunch of our artists on the road for Bluesfest sideshows. For those who missed out or those who want another dose of Bluesfest visit www.bluesfesttouring.com.au.

Early bird tickets to Bluesfest 2015 will be on sale at www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310

The John Steel Singers Take UK!

The John Steel Singers Take UK!

April 22, 2014  |  Tour Dates  |  No Comments

THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS SET TO MAKE UK DEBUT

EVERYTHING’S A THREAD BILLED FOR JULY UK RELEASE VIA FULL TIME HOBBY

They’ve slayed the likes of Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out and The Falls Festival in Oz; CMJ and SXSW in the States and now it’s the UK’s turn to experience the freewheeling wonder of The John Steel Singers.

Fresh from signing with UK label Full Time Hobby, the Brisbane-based ‘Singers will take the stage at The Great Escape next month, with performances announced either side at Liverpool Sound City and Sebright Arms. The tour precedes the UK release of their acclaimed sophomore LP Everything’s A Thread – out July 28 via Full Time Hobby.

Everything’s A Thread has come a long way from its makeshift-studio inception on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, with album track ‘Happy Before’ enjoying an NME premiere overnight and serious kudos to boot.

“…James Jamerson basslines, Coral-esque keys and the kind of production that MJ from Hookworms would surely be proud of”NME

The John Steel Singers’ sophomore album Everything’s A Thread is out now in Australia & New Zealand via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia and will be released in the UK on July 28 via Full Time Hobby.

The John Steel Singers will tour through the UK this May
Go to thejohnsteelsingers.com for dates.

Splendour In The Grass - LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT 23RD APRIL

Splendour In The Grass – LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT 23RD APRIL

April 18, 2014  |  Festivals  |  No Comments
Homed by Byron Bay the Splendour In The Grass festival is on it’s way around the corner again and the excitement is loudly humming across the country. The hype for this incredible three day festival pretty well begins the moment the previous year ends! Eight months onward and the rumour mill is spinning rapidly, dropping big names such as Outkast, Sky Ferreira, Beck and Foster The People. (Not at all a confirmation – we are just as in the dark as you guys!) So one can only imagine the delirium surrounding the annual jamboree.
The eagerness has now been fed with the announcement on the Splendour Facebook page of the release date of this years ever anticipated lines up! 23rd of April will bring the giddy rumbles of anticipation!
The SITG page posted these notices:
Hey Splendid people, we have an announcement about an announcement! The LINEUP and TICKETING details drop next week on Wednesday 23rd April.
Details will include the on sale date, this is *not* the day tix go on sale.
Listen to triple J, watch Channel [V], check our Facebook page, follow @SITG on Twitter or @splendourinthegrass on Instagram, sign up for our newsletter on our website… Share with your friends and prepare yourself peeps
!”
We are going crazy waiting for this line up – but at least we know that our jitters will be humbled only mere days from now!
Something I Said (feat. Thom Crawford) – Thundamentals

Something I Said (feat. Thom Crawford) – Thundamentals

April 15, 2014  |  Review  |  No Comments

This relaxing but extremely catchy song is written and sung by the fairly famous Thundamentals. The group consists of three hip-hop based musicians and rappers, and showcases their music style as a form of relaxed rap and hip-hop, supported by a calm melodic chorus.

I absolutely love rap, but am also a sucker for pieces with melody and meaning. Many rap songs consist of a beat and a rapper spitting about pointless or drowned topics. While the lyrics also seem silly and pointless, what hooks me in is the reggae, hip-hop mesh feel throughout the song. “Something I Said” is a song filled with an assortment of garage instruments and calm voices, and the undeniable catchiness shades the lacking lyrics.

In 2011, Thundamentals released their first single “Smiles Don’t Lie” which credited the three with a nomination in the Australia Aria Awards. The hip-hop trio are a rising success in the music industry and have fantastic potential into becoming very well known throughout Australia, and the world. Expect to hear more from this notably brilliant group!

I would highly recommend this song and group to any of my music friends; it is an extremely catchy and funky song which everybody can enjoy.

NIC BYNG

Mas Ysa - Why Review

Mas Ysa – Why Review

April 15, 2014  |  Review  |  No Comments

Mas Ysa – pronounced Maas ee-sa - is the stage name of Canadian musician, composer and visual artist Thomas Arsenault. Combining strange drum sequences with a synth pop song and indie sounding vocals, I ended up leaving the song utterly confused.

His new single Why is out now as a prior release to his forth coming EP Worth and, quite frankly, based on this single I presume this album may be nothing we have heard of before or maybe what we wont ever want to hear again.

The song Why really did leave me asking “why”? Why is there an out of place drum sequence in the middle of your song? Why are you making a smoothie and playing hockey in your house? Yes, I understand there is a small reference to ice hockey in this song, but even the lyrics shy away from making too much sense to my frazzled mind. I started off not minding this song as it was something different and I’m open to revealing my ears to new things, but suddenly an un-expected drum sequence emerges and my attention completely left the single. From then onward it couldn’t quite redeem itself. Trying to defy the difference between the chorus and the verse is also a challenge, as the song doesn’t tend to differentiate much at all. I hate sitting behind a computer putting down the work of someone who would have worked really hard on this but really? I did, in fact, enjoy the piece for about the first minute and a half – before it became repetitive background noise.

I listened to another one of Mas Ysa’s tracks to see whether it was just this one single I couldn’t get into. But I think what is missing is depth to the music. The talent is most definitively there, his voice was striking  but for me Why really was a WHY! However, if you can bump to artists such as Hartebeest or Posse than you may like Mas Ysa.

Debut EP, Worth is available through Create Control and Downtown Records as of April 18th. ‘Why’ is available for purchase digitally at all outlets as well as instant download when you pre-order Worth on Itunes.

Oscar Key Sung – National Tour Kicks Off!

April 15, 2014  |  Tour Dates  |  No Comments

triple j’s Home & Hosed Top Ten Australian Songs of 2013

“Oscar Key Sung is a star – the world just doesn’t necessarily know it yet.” Faster Louder
“…his solo project might be his most refined work yet.” Pitchfork

Oscar Key Sung is about to take his infectious dance-floor hits and minimalist slow jams around the country, heading out on a nationwide tour that starts tomorrow.

In celebration of the release of his debut EP Holograms, Oscar Key Sung will play a special warm up show in Bendigo before heading to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

One of Australia’s most prodigious indie talents, Oscar Key Sung’s markedly modern songwriting takes cues from diverse muses, fusing them together to create a brand new genre of distinctive alt-RnB.

Since emerging from the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances and a sumptuous voice that is reminiscent of a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve RnB frontmen.

He has received rave reviews for his tracks and remixes on Pitchfork and for performances across the stages of some of Australia’s most coveted festivals.

Don’t miss your chance to see his rare talent live in a series of intimate shows across the country, where he’ll be joined by some inspiring local supports.

Bendigo opening act Bandits are an electronic hip-hop outfit that brings together a broad spectrum of beats from dance to psych and blues, and everything in between.

Lighting up both Sydney and Melbourne’s stages, Banoffee’s fuzzy synths, wonky beats and effected vocals melt together to create a delicious treat, while Guerre’s minimalistic approach and falsetto-laden soul vocals hit rhythm and blues at its core.

In Brisbane, Tincture’s smooth-garage inflected remixes have seen him quickly pegged as one to watch while Motion Picture Actress’ output has taken him from the tongues of the tastemakers, to the airwaves and onto the stages with big acts such as Lorde, Chet Faker and Oliver Tank.

Future tribal RnB goddess Mei Saraswati and talented multi instrumentalist Sid Pattni joins the line-up in Perth while the bill is full in Adelaide with special guests Swimming (Live), Flamingo (Dj set) and Big Bubba.

Tickets on sale now from moshtix.com.au

Friday 11th April – Star – Bendigo
With special guest Bandits

Saturday 19th April – Howler – Melbourne
With special guests Banoffee & Guerre

Thursday 24th April – Goodgod Small Club – Sydney
With special guests Banoffee & Guerre

Saturday 26th April – Alhambra – Brisbane
With special guests Tincture & Motion Picture Actress

Thursday 1st May – The Bird – Perth
With special guests Mei Saraswati & Sid Pattni

Saturday 3rd May – Rocket Bar – Adelaide
With special guests Swimming (Live), Flamingo (Dj set), Big Bubba

The Phoncurves – Lover Review

April 14, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

It is easy to consider the Phoncurves off as adorable folkies but that is a little misogynistic and also rather narrow minded. For they are extremely talented songwriters with voices of emotional depth and musical ideas that extend well beyond an adorable folk tag. Their new single “Lover” is a perfect example of that and it is not even really folk, incorporating soul and vocals that slink and sigh.

Admittedly I may not be the best person to provide an objective review as I saw them at a gig once, fell in love with their music and later organised to play a gig with them. Or perhaps that is an indicator of just how highly I rate them.

The Phoncurves usually perform as a duo with copious uses of loop pedal but here they add a full band. However, the single “Lover” begins heavenly with those multi-tracked Phoncurves voices before Naomi Hodges cuts through with a resonance that catches unaware and Abbie Roberts provides harmonies. They take turns to lead with nuanced vocals without that contrived back-of-the-throat lilt that mars many contemporary female voices.

Filtering in and out of the lead vocal and multi-tracked choir vocals is what sounds like keyboard sampling their voices and it is a pleasant innovative touch. Drums and a bass guitar finish the mix to provide an overall feel of warmth and ennui but as the singers plead for their lover to stay it seems they are perfectly at ease no matter what happens.

Too often a great song in this style is marred by vocalists that feel it necessary to belt out the lyrics or else that contrived lilt drives me to run my fingers down a blackboard to take the sound away. But here the Phoncurves’ vocals are restrained and all the better for it, providing that indefinable soul that makes this song, just like its subject, a keeper.

And they are adorable by the way.

JIMI BEAVIS

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