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
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)
INTERPOL (ONLY AUS SHOW)
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
ANGUS & JULIA STONE
CITY AND COLOUR
DARKSIDE (ONLY AUS SHOW)
CHVRCHES (ONLY AUS SHOW)
DANNY BROWN (ONLY AUS SHOW)
FIRST AID KIT
BALL PARK MUSIC
ART VS SCIENCE
BURAKA SOM SISTEMA (ONLY AUS SHOW)
PARQUET COURTS (ONLY AUS SHOW)
HOT DUB TIME MACHINE
THE KITE STRING TANGLE
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
THE WILD FEATHERS
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS
PLUS DJs & PRODUCERS
NINA LAS VEGAS
YACHT CLUB DJs
L D R U & YAHTZEL DJs
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.”
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Details will include the on sale date, this is *not* the day tix go on sale.
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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.
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.
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
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.