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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

Music: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Dies at 41

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington has died at age 41.

Bennington’s death at his private residence Thursday has been confirmed by The Los Angeles County Coroner as a suicide by hanging.

The death coincided with the band’s release of the music video for their new song “Talking To Myself”, the second single from their most recent album One More Light.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999, which went on to achieve fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. Since then, the band has sold over 70 million albums around the world.

In past interviews, the singer had discussed his struggles with substance abuse and childhood trauma.

Following Bennington’s death, Linkin Park announced that they will be cancelling their North American tour, which was previously set to begin on July 27.

Music: Paul McCartney Announces Two Extra Shows in Australia

Sir Paul McCartney has added two new shows to his Australia tour in December.

One on One tour is McCartney’s first visit to the country in almost 25 years, after having his last concert in 1993. The tour was launched in 2016, with McCartney playing 41 shows across 12 countries so far.

“We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening,” the Beatles member said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat.”

Promoter Frontier Touring said it is confident that the added shows in Melbourne and Sydney (on December 6 and 12 respectively) will sell out.

Below is the tour schedule:

Perth: nib Stadium, December 2

Melbourne: AAMI Park, December 5 and 6

Brisbane: Suncorp Stadium, December 9

Sydney: Qudos Bank Arena, December 11 and 12

Auckland: Mt Smart Stadium, December 16

Tickets are now available at Frontier Touring’s website.

Digital: Spotify is Testing Out ‘Sponsored Songs’ Program

Spotify is testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ program that allows labels to promote individual songs to non-paying users, the company has confirmed.

Unlike the regular ads, which appear on banners, Sponsored Songs are integrated into playlists that users follow. Users can opt out of this through a setting both on desktop and in-app.

If the test program is successful, Sponsored Songs could be rolled out officially to users on free tier, the company told TechCrunch. However, it remains unclear if the opt-out setting will still be available to non-paying users.

The program is an extension of Spotify’s effort to add more revenue streams. Since last year, Spotify has allowed brands to sponsor playlists, allowing them to add a logo and video ads.

With 140 million active users, Spotify earned a $US3.3 billion in revenue last year, but it still recorded an operating loss of $US389 million.

Music: David Duchovny Announces 2018 Australian Concert Tour

The X-Files star David Duchovny is coming to Australia… to sing. Yes, you read that right.

Duchovny has announced his 2018 Australian concert tour with a new album, which is set to be launched later this year.

The actor’s debut studio album Hell or Highwater was released two years ago, featuring alternative rock sounds inspired by Bob Dylan, R.E.M, Leonard Cohen, and the Flaming Lips.

Duchovny will be touring Australia throughout February and March 2018, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Brisbane.

Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, May 31, while ticket sales to general public start on Friday, June 2. For more information, visit Select Touring website.

Music: Yours and Owls 2017 Lineup Announced

The lineup for Wollongong’s Yours and Owls Festival 2017 has been announced, with headliners such as Safia, Allday, The Preatures, Dune Rats and more.

See the full line-up here:

Pre-sale tickets will be available Friday, while public ticket sales begin on May 22.

This event is strictly over 18s. For more information, visit Yours and Owls Festival website.

September 30-October 1 | Stuart Park, Wollongong

Music: Paramore Comes Back With A New Sound In ‘Hard Times’

Paramore has released a new single from their new album, ‘After Laughter’.

Titled ‘Hard Times’, the ‘80s-tinged pop song has received rave reviews from critics; Jordan Sargent of SPIN said the band has “come out of the other side with what immediately feels like one of the best singles of their career, and one of the best pop songs of the new year”.

The band, including returning drummer Zac Farro, has also been announced to play at Riot Fest in Chicago and Rock For People in Czech Republic.

‘After Laughter’ is out May 12.