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Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”

5 Seconds of Summer Tops Aria Singles Chart with ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer has reached #1 in Aria Singles chart with their new song, breaking the two-year drought of Australian songs on the top spot.

The alt-pop Youngblood is the first local song to rank first in the chart since The Veronicas’ In My Blood in July 2016. It is the lead single of 5SOS’ upcoming album with the same name. The quartet, which was formed during the members’ time at Norwest Christian College, Sydney, spent most of 2017 writing the album.

“Originally Youngblood wasn’t meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album],” said guitarist Michael Clifford.

“And people just connected with it so much, and it’s such an organic way for a song to happen.”

Last week the band announced its upcoming homecoming tour set for August this year, following the album’s release on June 22.

Music: Sydney Composer Receives Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship

A Sydney-based composer has been awarded with the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, and is headed for the world’s most prestigious scoring course.

Screen composer Angela Little will undertake a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a highly selective program that admits only 20 students per year. Notable alumni of the screen scoring course include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker).

“I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” said Little. “His music affected me deeply from a young age – these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer.”

Little’s past work included The Clinic and documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award. Little’s work will also appear in 2018 releases such as Steve Jaggi’s Chocolate Oyster and SBS documentary series How Mad Are You?.

Music: 2018 Splendour in the Grass Lineup Announced

The line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2018 has been released.

Headlined by Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, the line-up also features other big names such as Khalid, Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, Miguel, MGMT, SAFIA, Angus and Julia Stone and many more. They will perform in July over three days at North Byron Parklands for the festival, which is in its 18th year running.

Out of 101 acts announced in the lineup, 43 contain female members. Find the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 19 at 9am. Camping option is also available at the Splendour site. For more information, visit Splendour In The Grass’ website.

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Full Lineup:

Kendrick Lamar
Lorde (only AUS show)
Vampire Weekend (only AUS show)
Khalid (only AUS show)
The Wombats
Hilltop Hoods
CHVRCHES
Miguel
Girl Talk (only AUS show)
Angus & Julia Stone
Gang of Youths
Franz Ferdinand
MGMT
Ben Howard
Dune Rats & Friends
James Bay
PNAU
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Avalanches DJ set
Chromeo
DMA’S
Ball Park Music
Henry Rollins (only AUS show)
SAFIA
The Jungle Giants
Lil Xan
Methyl Ethel
Amy Shark
The Bronx
Ocean Alley
Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel)
DZ Deathrays
Lord Huron
Middle Kids
Hockey Dad
Towkio
Cub Sport
Touch Sensitive
Sampa The Great
Dean Lewis
Skegss
Albert Hammond Jr
Mallrat
Marmozets
Alex Lahey
Riton & Kah-Lo
Jack River
Superorganism
Anna Lunoe
Lewis Capaldi
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Yungblud
Crooked Colours
Nina Las Vegas
Soccer Mommy (only AUS show)
Elderbrook
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tim Sweeney
Stella Donnelly
Bully
Baker Boy
Wafia
No Mono
Waax
Angie McMahon
West Thebarton
Eves Karydas
G Flip
The Babe Rainbow
Haiku Hands
Didirri
Alice Ivy
Amyl & The Sniffers
Ziggy Ramo
Fantastic Man
Lo’99
Human Movement
Manu Crook$
Kasbo
Madam X
Andras
Alta
Ara Koufax
Two People
B Wise
Made In Paris
Jensen Interceptor
Woodes
Teischa
Antony & Cleopatra
Muto
Elk Road
triple j Unearthed winners (TBA)

Plus…

Mike Gurrieri
Love Deluxe
Lauren Hansom
Poolclvb
Godlands
Nyxen
Emma Stevenson
Ebony Boadu

Music: Jet Comes Back with ‘Get Re-Born’ National Tour

Aussie rock band Jet is coming back with a national tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its debut album, Get Born.

Titled Get Re-Born, the tour will go from May to June and cover seven cities: Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

“We’re really excited to play Get Born in full for the first time ever,” the band said. “The idea of playing this album and celebrating 15 years since began our journey is something that’s very special to us, and we can’t wait to get out there and see old friends again, and meet plenty of new ones as well.”

To kick off the tour, the band played a free gig in Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane on Tuesday.

Get Born sold over 6 million copies, earning the band 8x Platinum in ARIA Charts. The band disbanded in 2012 and reformed back four years later.

To complement the tour, Jet will also release the album Get Born: Live at the Forum in May.

The tour tickets, starting from $69.90, will be released for sale on Monday, March 19, 10am. For more information, visit the LiveNation website.

NEX, Newcastle | Tuesday, May 29

Enmore Theatre, Sydney | Thursday, May 31

UC Refectory, Canberra | Saturday, June 2

The Tivoli, Brisbane | Monday, June 4

Metro City, Perth | Thursday, June 7

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide | Saturday, June 9

Forum Theatre, Melbourne | Monday, June 11

Music: Kesha Postpones Australian Tour, Cancels Bluesfest Appearance Following Knee Injury

Kesha has cancelled her upcoming Byron Bay Bluesfest appearance and postponed her Australia / New Zealand tour due to a knee injury.

After falling during a concert in Dubai on February 9, the singer tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee and had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation.

“I have to follow my doctor’s orders and undergo surgery today to repair my torn ACL so I can get ready to give it my all on my Summer tour and beyond,” Kesha said in a statement two days ago.

 

Bluesfest confirmed that Kesha will no longer be performing at the festival in the Easter long weekend.

Organisers of Kesha’s Australian tour, which was previously set to begin in March, said the new dates for the shows “will be announced in the near future”.

Music: Paramore Announces 2018 Australian Tour

Get excited – Paramore is coming to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for its 2018 ‘Tour Four’ Australian Tour.

With their new album After Laughter, the pop rock band will kickstart their 2018 tour across Europe before making their way to Australia in February, followed by New Zealand and the Philippines. Other than vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York, the tour will also feature drummer Zac Farro who rejoined the band earlier this year.

Tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday, November 15, 12pm local time.

Melbourne: Rod Laver Arena, Thursday, February 8

Sydney: Qudos Bank Area, Friday, February 9

Brisbane: Riverstage, Sunday, February 11

Digital: Best Software for Producing Music

Alright! So you want to try your hand at producing music, you’ve got your basic gear but what  about the software? DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) are a type of software that basically works as a blank space in which you can drop your audio and start playing from there! But this type of thing can also be fairly pricey so this list will give you a healthy spending range no matter how deep that wallet of yours is:

Ableton Live

Experience level: Moderate – Expert

This one is pricey, I’ll admit but for those who are in it for the long run, this is quite worth it. It has unlimited multi-track recording, seamless MIDI sequencing software and hardware and no uh… troubles with their MIDI controllers getting mapped to the sounds through the DAW. Oh and another big bonus; sound packages ARE included!

Avid Pro Tools

Experience level: Expert – Pro

A more or less industry standard, you can compose, record, mix, edit, master, etc. its own Avid Audio Engine which gives you some dang fast processing with the addition of a 64-bit memory capacity for lag/freeze-free sessions.

Propellerhead Reason

Experience level: Kinda Beginner – Kinda Pro

A fairly zippy piece of software, that’s about half the price of Avid Pro, drag and drop-able for your convenience and even includes amp and speaker plug-ins for those of you who want to record and drop in your own guitar sound bites. And a bonus for the lazier of us; auto trimming wooh!

Sony Acid

Experience level: Beginner – Nostalgic

An oldie but a goodie, many of us started on this one so it’ll always have a special place in our hearts. This is where the beginners can learn, with a fairly intuitive interface and, although the older version were a little uncooperative with the MIDIs, nowadays they’ve fixed that up pretty well making it a solid tool for beginners all the way up to the experts.

PreSonus Studio

Experience level: Moderate – Semi Pro

Something that has all the essentials is PreSonus, it’s your very own all-in-one workstation with MIDI, VST, buses and FX channels, drag-and-drop (of course), mastering integration, unlimited tracks and more. If you feel you’re getting more serious but still want to keep things relatively simple then this is a good choice.

Event/Exhibition: 2017 Meredith Music Festival

Meredith Music Festival is back in its 27th year, and it promises a three-night event to remember.

The Supernatural Amphiteatre will host a vast range of musicians, including Todd Terje and The Olsens, Total Control, Silence Wedge, Warpaint, !!!, Japanese Breakfast, Noname, Kikagaku Moyo, The Senegambian Jazz Band, Rings Around Saturn and more to be announced soon.

While subscriber ticket ballot has closed, store and online tickets will be available starting next week for $375.20. For more information, visit Meredith Music Festival’s website.

December 8-10 | Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith

Music: Ben Folds is Coming Back to Australia with ‘Paper Aeroplane Request Tour’

Ben Folds is coming back to Australia next year for his solo shows.

The Paper Aeroplane Request Tour will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart as well as Auckland in February 2018, with a Melbourne date to be announced soon.

Each concert will take form of a two-part piano show. In the first half Folds will play his best hits from Rockin The Suburbs to Way to Normal and beyond, while in the second half the audiences will write their requested songs on a paper plane and fly them to the stage for the troubadour to select randomly and play. That’s right – you get to decide what Folds will play at the night.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday. For more information, visit Ben Folds’s website.

Brisbane: February 4 | The Tivoli

Sydney: February 6 | Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Canberra: February 8 | Canberra Theatre Centre

Adelaide: February 9 | Festival Theatre

Perth: February 11 | Chevron Festival Gardens

Hobart: February 13 | Theatre Royal