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Majestic and Pummeling, Black Peaks is the Hardcore Band You Need in 2016

Isn’t the best thing about music hearing a song for the first time and knowing you’ll love it forever? That’s what love at first sight must be like, hey. Well lucky me, because that’s happened twice this year. First with The Black Queen’s Ice To Never, and now with Black Peaks’ Glass Built Castles. Less so with regards to the romantic thing. From the very first phase – and there are many...

Happy’s Top 100 songs of 2015

For the past few years, we have been sharing the news from down under via the Happy Blog. Once again this year, Happy has provided us with their top 100 song list from 2015. We’re well into the the sticky end of the year, and it’s been a good one. As putting together our top 25 videos of the year proved, picking the best of the best is a painstaking process. Especially when you’re faced with...

Introducing Us The Band

From its most humble beginnings in antiquity, music has evolved drastically, and in ways perhaps even Mozart himself couldn’t have predicted. Picture, if you will, old mate W.A. Mozart, sent from the past to listen to today’s music and consider his reaction. Perhaps this mental apparition will birth a consideration: who would’ve thought that those beginnings could have led to what we call music today.

Four Demo Tips For Songwriters Who Don't Play an Instrument

If I’ve learned anything in my years of studio work, it’s that there’s no such thing as a “typical” songwriter. While some songwriters are highly-trained session musicians, others have never picked up, let alone played, an instrument in their entire lives. I’ll be speaking to this second group in this post. Not playing an instrument while a challenge in certain instances can also... Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for December 2015

This month, the holidays have come early at The gift of music has filled our office and these are the best of all the packages we've torn open so far. Here's a recap and we'll see y'all next year! The year was 1979 and Bruce Springsteen just recorded the follow-up to Darkness On the Edge of Town. But, after turning...

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film

Open up a newspaper, magazine, take a trip to the cinema, switch on the radio or TV, you’ll probably be met with the option to digest a slice of history relating to the suffragette movement. Interest has been rekindled due to the recent film “Suffragettes” directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. Although the film...

Four Things They Don’t Tell You About a Career in Songwriting

Since songwriters don’t get an orientation day when they start out, I thought I’d welcome you newcomers to the trade with a few things you probably haven’t been told or thought of yet. My intention here is not - is never - to discourage you but, rather, to help set your expectations so you can get on with the business of making your way along the path to a career in songwriting.

For Some Great Slacker Rock Scale the Heights of Mount Defiance

If 2015 has brought us anything in Australian music it’s the rise of slacker rock and recognition of this genre in wider music community. You know the kind I’m talking about – that cathartic rock which differentiates itself on a global scale by telling stories of home grown experiences; the kind of music that you breathe in and wonder how something so simple...

Introducing The Lastlings

If you were lucky enough to enjoy a blessed infancy, you might remember your loving mother or father tucking you into bed at night, as your head rested gently on a pillow you imagined was a cloud and your toes settled against sheets that were softer than your own baby skin. If you’re having trouble recalling that experience, take a listen to Gold Coast siblings Lastlings and it will come soaring back.

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2015

With the New Year in sight there is a lot to look forward to now it’s December. Star Wars, beach times, fireworks, Christmas…Star Wars. One thing that we’re pumped for is looking back on the best of what this year had to offer, and one of those things is music videos. There have been a few dumb ones, a few boring ones, but man, there have been some killer clips as well.

The All Time Top 10 Most Painful Christmas Singles to Spur on Your Inner Grinch

It’s that time of the year where all around Australia shopping centres blast holiday cheer in your faces. We have searched all over the interwebs to find the top ten Xmas gems that have, in the past, been known to reduce retail workers to a pile of weeping Grinches in their stockrooms. So sit back, relish in the incredible filth that constitutes commercial Christmas and have a good laugh. It will all be over soon.

Gary Hoey Brings 20th Anniversary 'Ho Ho Hoey' Tour to San Juan Capistrano 

An acclaimed electric guitarist since the early 1990s, Gary Hoey has been one of the few contemporary six-string virtuosos to score a Top 5 Billboard instrumental rock hit (his 1993 cover of the Focus hit "Hocus Pocus") and create an expansive discography on his own terms. But of all Hoey's achievements, most bright are his trio of '90s holiday releases and his...

Flying Crash Cymbals and Good Vibes is What Bad Pony Are All About

When a giant crash cymbal flies off its stand after only two hits, you know you’re in for an entertaining night, and that’s exactly what Bad Pony produced as they launched their EP Limbo at The Roxbury Hotel in Sydney on Saturday night. By the end of a set that burst open like a Coke bottle full of Mentos, fans had invaded the stage and grabbed microphones to sing along, while...

Chris Stapleton - The Story Behind The Artist

To many people, Chris Stapleton might seem to have burst onto the scene in a flash with his show-stopping performance at the 2015 CMA Awards in a rocking soulful duet with Justin Timberlake. However, Nashville insiders know that Stapleton’s music chops started way back. In fact, he is already a 15-year ‘veteran’ of Music City, having moved to Nashville in 2001...

Cheap Trick in Riverside, CA

On Dec. 16, the night before being announced as a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Cheap Trick performed to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif. (located 60 miles east of Los Angeles). The veteran Rockford, Illinois band delivered a rousing 95-minute, 19-song set that primarily concentrated on their platinum-selling late ‘70s LPs.
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