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COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (DVD Review)

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...

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Wailers, High Flyers, And Musical Royalty! The Second Bluesfest Artist Announcement

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.

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Pitch Perfect Weekend in Paradise

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.

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Gettin’ Ready To Get The Blues! (The countdown to the Byron Bay Bluesfest begins!)

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!

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Passport to Airlie - Newcastle Band Competition GRAND FINAL @ The Wickham Park Hotel, 10/9/15

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”.

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Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Announces Special Event this October Long Weekend featuring Australian Icon Richard Clapton

Posted 11 September 2015 by Marcus D Wright

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club is Newcastle’s latest up and coming live music venue. With picturesque views overlooking Lake Macquarie and recognised for being a premier entertainment venue, the Yacht Club is soon to be Newcastle’s favourite spot.

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Passport to Airlie - Newcastle HEAT FIVE Battle of the Bands Competition 3/9/15

Posted 4 September 2015 by Adz Carter

They say the joker is wild, and so was last night’s Heat of the Passport To Airlie Band Competition, being that Heat Five was the special Wild Card round, featuring the runners up from the first four Heats of this comp. Wangi solo artist Wesley Edgerton, performing under the stage name Wesley’s Edge, was dealt to the audience first, having a good hand on the acoustic guitar, a smooth soulful voice, and an extra ace up his sleeve (okay, I’m done with the card puns now), with the addition of a loop station. At a time where loop stations are a tad overdone, Wesley made unique use of his on the original ‘Time To Shine’, and on his brilliant cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’. ‘For Tyler’ was a heartfelt original about his son, and the emotion transcended throughout the entire room, as it did on Wesley’s faithful take on Live’s big hit ‘Lightening Crashes’. Had Wesley finished here, he still would’ve left everyone elated, but what was to follow arguably trumped the rest of the set, with an amazing trifecta of songs wrapped up with a medley that was a tribute of sorts to comedy band Tripod’s ‘Four Chord Song’, including ‘Beautiful’ by James Blunt, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ by Elton John, ‘With Or Without You’ by U2, ‘Not Pretty Enough’ by Kasey Chambers, ‘Let Her Be’ by The Beatles, ‘When I Come Around’ by Green Day, ‘Take On Me’ by A-Ha, ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry, and even ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua. It was this fun performance that made Wesley’s Edge a must-watch act, and set a precedent for the rest of the evening.

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