Posted 30 October 2015 by Adz Carter
Spring is here again, and with the winds of change that bring about this magical time of year, comes the arrival of many many musical festivals. One of the first major festivals to take place this season is the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music, on the first week of November. The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music is now in its third year, and for the first time this year features international acts in the form of legendary U.K band 10CC, and Emmy Award winning chart topper Toni Childs (U.S). Another first for this year is the festival extending from 3 days, to 3 and a half days, making it an even longer long weekend. There are a total of 18 venues playing host to a whopping 74 acts during this event, which kicks off in less than a weeks time (as always, on the first weekend after the Melbourne Cup). So with this grand boutique festival rapidly approaching, I thought this was a good a time as any to find out more about it from the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music head honcho, Gavin “Butto” Butlin.Read the full post
Posted 26 October 2015 by Adz Carter
Everyone remembers their first kiss.
(Personally, I’d rather forget mine and instead just remember my second kiss onwards, but that’s a tale for another time...)
And just like the way that landmark rite of passage resonates in so many of us, most KISS fans can also remember the first time they learnt of the existence of the four face painted ones.
The first time I heard the word “Kiss” used as a name, I was eight years old. More importantly, this was the first time I ever saw an image of the band. An image that is as fresh in my mind today as it was all those years ago. It was the last week of school before the Christmas holidays, and I was on an excursion to a local pool (I say “excursion”, but on reflection, it was clearly one of those day trips where the teachers are too burnt out at the end of the year to, heaven forbid, teach, have already mentally clocked off for the term, and say to each other: ‘You know what, f*ck it, we’ll just take the kids to the pool for the day).
Posted 18 October 2015 by Adz Carter
The shot heard around the world on April 8th 1994 is now the subject of an all new documentary film. Released just after ‘Cobain: Montage Of Heck’, comes Benjamin Statler’s ‘Soaked In Bleach’, this year’s second documentary on the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. Although, despite both documentaries being based on the same person, ‘Montage Of Heck’ and ‘Soaked In Bleach’ are polar opposites. Whilst ‘Montage...’ is a (strange) celebration of Cobain’s life, ‘Soaked In Bleach’ focuses on Cobain’s death. Also in stark contrast to ‘Montage Of Heck’ (which was a fully authorised doco endorsed by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love), is the fact that ‘Soaked In Bleach’ is a doco that Love did not want released, and it’s not hard to see why. If this was going for pure sensationalism, the tagline of this film would no doubt be: “THE DOCUMENTARY COURTNEY LOVE DID NOT WANT YOU TO SEE”. Instead, this takes a (slightly) more classy approach, and is certainly classier than Nick Bromfield’s 1998 doco ‘Kurt & Courtney’.Read the full post
Posted 11 October 2015 by Adz Carter
The annual Vacy Blues & Roots Festival is slowly but surely becoming something of an institution in the Newcastle live music scene. It’s not hard to see why either, as Vacy is the only festival in the Newcastle and Hunter region to cater exclusively to Blues and Roots music. Now with the next Vacy festival taking place this Saturday, I thought it was high time to chat to festival organiser Lennie Edgerton to find out more about this spectacular event, and why YOU should be there next Saturday.Read the full post
Posted 6 October 2015 by Adz Carter
Spring is here again, and with the winds of change that bring about this magical time of year, comes the arrival of many many musical festivals. One of the first major festivals to take place this season is the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music, on the first week of November. The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music is now in its third year, and for the first time this year features international acts in the form of legendary U.K band 10CC, and Emmy Award winning chart topper Toni Childs (U.S). Another first for this year is the festival extending from 3 days, to 3 and a half days, making it an even longer long weekend. There are a total of 18 venues playing host to a whopping 74 acts during this event, which kicks off in less than a months time (as always, on the first weekend after the Melbourne Cup). So with this grand boutique festival rapidly approaching, I thought this was a good a time as any to find out more about it from the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music head honcho, Gavin “Butto” Butlin.Read the full post
Posted 27 September 2015 by Adz Carter
After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and receiving rave reviews the world over, COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, the documentary film on the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, has now been released on DVD. However, while this documentary film has been showered with accolades, it has also had its share of critics. Most notably would be Buzz Osbourne, lead singer of The Melvin’s and close friend of Cobain, who, months before it’s initial release, slammed the film for what he calls a very inaccurate portrayal of Cobain (being quoted as calling it “mostly misguided fiction”). Having heard this prior to watching, I still tried to go into the film with an open mind. Although it proved to be increasingly difficult to keep an open mind, as it appeared that the film maker was out of his. To begin with, director Brett Morgen (whose credits includes The Rolling Stones 2012 documentary ‘Crossfire Hurricane’,) attempts to paint an intimate portrait of an incredibly troubled man, by putting Kurt’s childhood and personal life on display. This is done successfully, but as I said, to begin with...Read the full post
Posted 23 September 2015 by Adz Carter
Well fellow music lovers, as promised, Muso’s Garage is bringing you the latest news on the festival of blues (The Byron Bay Bluesfest) by giving you an update on the artists that will be performing. The second artist announcement (released just this morning) sees 14 more stella artists added to the already outstanding bill. Included amongst these artists are, as was the case with the first announcement, some Bluesfest regulars, and some who are about to pop their Bluesfest cherry. Sultry multi-platinum blues/country rock singer Grace Potter makes her way back to the festival in twenty sixteen, as does Steve Earle and backing band The Dukes, who will be at the Bluesfest for their sixth performance! Steve Earle & The Dukes will be appearing over two nights, and touring on the back of their latest album ‘Terraplane’, which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts, Number 2 on the Billboard Folk albums chart, Number 3 on the Billboard Country albums chart, and debuted at Number 39 on the Billboard 200. Still unsure who Steve Earle is? Well I’ve got two words for you: ‘Copperhead Road’. Exactly, you know who he is.Read the full post
Posted 22 September 2015 by Corrie Gardner
The Airlie Beach Festival of Music offers a pitch perfect weekend in paradise showcasing over 200 talented national and international musicians. Now in its third year, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music has become a popular fixture on the Whitsunday and Queensland event calendars. The festival turns up the music dial from Thursday 5 November to Sunday 8 November, with three main concerts and 15 venues with live music throughout the weekend.Read the full post
Posted 21 September 2015 by Adz Carter
Spring, a time to rejoice many things, including the end of winter, and of course the impending arrival of summer. It’s also a time when children inevitably start counting down how any sleeps they have until Christmas. Yes, and just like the kiddies getting excited about Christmas, there’s something this writer looks forward to even more than a visit from Santa, and that is the Byron Bay Bluesfest. Granted, the festival does not take place until Easter (commencing on the Thursday before Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday), but each year the artists performing over this five day event are announced around spring time, making the excitement and anticipation for the Bluesfest completely justified, even six months out! The first announcement has already been released, and what promise the 2016 Bluesfest already has!Read the full post
Posted 11 September 2015 by Adz Carter
As they say in the classics, time flies when you’re having fun, and it was hard to believe that five weeks had already passed and we were already at the Grand Final of the Passport To Airlie band comp. Six piece ska/funk outfit The Buzzard Mix got the night underway with a whole lotta class and a whole lotta brass (trumpet and trombone), opening with the ska instrumental ‘Glory To The Sound’ by Jamaican band The Skatalites. The rest of the set was made up of spectacular originals like ‘What’s Not Right’, and ‘One Thing’, a song so funky it made Sly & the Family Stone sound like a folk band. ‘One Thing’ also truly displayed the skill of this six piece, and the amazing multi instrumentation of a band that boasted great guitar work, brilliant bass and drums, stella keyboards, and a horn section second to none. It was this kind of performance that lived up to what seemed to an unwritten rule for most of this entire competition: “Must bring the funk”.Read the full post