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HOMEBREWED, THE ALL LOCAL STAGE WITH MUSIC TASMANIA!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 21 2016 22:01:48

After the huge success of the Homebrewed stage last year, we're bringing it back - bigger and better than before! Presented by Music Tasmania and the Falls Music and Arts Festival, Homebrewed showcases Tassie’s finest up-and-coming original acts and runs all fest long in Marion Bay from 29-31 December 2016.

Music Tasmania's CEO, Laura Harper said: "We're really excited about the amazing talent that will be hitting the Homebrewed Stage at Falls this year! This is an incredible opportunity for emerging Tasmanian artists and bands to play at a festival that attracts over 15 000 music fans and potentially get discovered."

We received over 80 applications and managed to select 30 diverse acts from all over the island. Here's the line-up:

Aon Stalp | Art School Bullies | Black Hole Sugar | Cardinels | Carl Renshaw | Cuban Heel | Dark Dunes | Dawnfield | DENNI | Denni Sulzberger | Emma Anglesey | Empire Park | FLXW | Hannah May Duo | Interview With An Escape Artist | James Parry | JAX | Kat Edwards | Madelena | Mayhem & Me | Oliver Munch | OOC | Paiwand Band | Shanti Dreads | Straddlepuss | Sundaze | Teens | The Sleepyheads | The Surreal Estate Agents | Tom Dockray

“Such a big hit at the festival last year, we’re incredibly excited to have the Homebrewed Stage back –  showcasing all of the best local Tassie talent. We look forward to the acts playing the Homebrewed Stage coming back to play our main stages in the years to come.” Paul Piticco, Falls Festival Producer. 

Take a look at who will be where and when:
MARION BAY SET TIMES

Get your bearings and the lay of the land here:
MARION BAY MAP

BOOGIE NIGHTS FANCY DRESS THEME!
The first night of each event has a fancy dress theme and this year is no different. Get ready to be a fancy pants, the theme this year is ALL GOLD EVERYTHING!

Take a tour of Falls and download the #fallsfestival app!
Download for iPhone
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THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2016/17 MARION BAY LINE-UP

CHILDISH GAMBINO (NO SIDESHOWS) · LONDON GRAMMAR (NO SIDESHOWS) · THE AVALANCHES
VIOLENT SOHO · MATT CORBY · ALISON WONDERLAND · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN  
FAT FREDDY’S DROP · TA-KU · THE RUBENS · THE JEZABELS · BALL PARK MUSIC  
POND · BERNARD FANNING · JAMIE T · BROODS · TKAY MAIDZA
GRANDMASTER FLASH · ILLY · MØ · HOT DUB TIME MACHINE · DMA’S · ALUNAGEORGE
BOOKA SHADE · CLIENT LIAISON · VALLIS ALPS · PARQUET COURTS · CITY CALM DOWN · L D R U  
MODERN BASEBALL · TIRED LION · REMI · RY X · MARLON WILLIAMS · LEMAITRE · SHURA ·
YOU AM I · DOPE LEMON · KINGSWOOD · NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE · SPIT SYNDICATE
MOONBASE COMMANDER · MALLRAT · MADDY JANE AON STALP· ART SCHOOL BULLIES · BLACK HOLE SUGAR · CARDINELS · CARL RENSHAW · CUBAN HEEL · DARK DUNES · DAWNFIELD · DENNI · DENNI SULZBERGER · EMMA ANGLESEY · EMPIRE PARK · FLXW · HANNAH MAY DUO · INTERVIEW WITH AN ESCAPE ARTIST · JAMES PARRY · JAX · KAT EDWARDS · MADELENA · MAYHEM & ME · OLIVER MUNCH · OOC · PAIWAND BAND · SHANTI DREADS · STRADDLEPUSS · SUNDAZE · TEENS · THE SLEEPYHEADS · THE SURREAL ESTATE AGENTS · TOM DOCKRAY · AON STALP  ·  ART SCHOOL BULLIES  ·  BLACK HOLE SUGAR  ·  CARDINELS  ·  CARL RENSHAW · CUBAN HEEL · DARK DUNES · DAWNFIELD · DENNI · DENNI SULZBERGER · EMMA ANGLESEY  ·  EMPIRE PARK  ·  FLXW  ·  HANNAH MAY DUO · INTERVIEW WITH AN ESCAPE ARTIST · JAMES PARRY · JAX · KAT EDWARDS · MADELENA · MAYHEM & ME · OLIVER MUNCH · OOC · PAIWAND BAND · SHANTI DREADS · STRADDLEPUSS · SUNDAZE · TEENS · THE SLEEPYHEADS · THE SURREAL ESTATE AGENTS · TOM DOCKRAY


TICKETS TO FALLS:
Tickets On Sale now via the festival website.
Local Tasmanian retail tickets on sale now.




Benighted announce first shows in 2017
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 21 2016 21:58:25

BENIGHTED are announcing the first live dates for 2017 in support of their forthcoming album 'Necrobreed', which will be out in stores on February 17th. The French brutal death maniacs have announce a string of festival dates and an early tour in their home country. This is of course only the start of the band's activities next year. More dates will be announced in due time. Please see below for a list of all currently confirmed shows.

Vocalist Julien Truchan comments on behalf of BENIGHTED: "We can hardly wait to hit the road again and play our brutal new tracks from 'Necrobreed' on stage! Prepare yourself for war! We already have a bunch of dates for you, but will confirm many more soon! Spread the sickness
!"


BENIGHTED French tour
10 Feb 17 Grenoble (FR) L’Ampérage
11 Feb 17 Puget-Sur-Argens (FR) Le Rat’s
17 Feb 17 Saint Étienne (FR) Le FIL
21 Feb 17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferailleur
22 Feb 17 Joue Les Tours (FR) Le Temps Machine
23 Feb 17 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
25 Feb 17 Rouen (FR) Le 106
03 Mar 17 Toulouse (FR) Le Metronum
18 Mar 17 Nancy (FR) Le Hublot
31 Mar 17 Dijon (FR) Le Consortium
01 Apr 17 Limours (FR) MJC

BENIGHTED Festivals
21 Jan 17 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club (XXXapada Na Tromba)
24 Feb 17 Bergen (NO) Blastfest

11 May 17 Horní Libchava (CZ)  Zámek Horní Libchava
13 May 17 Zamek (CZ) Nice To Eat You Fest 2017
20 May 17 Saint-Omer  (FR) Dreamer Fest 2017
03 Jun 17 Saint-Riquier (FR) Abbaye Metal Fest 2017
06 Jul 17 Viveiro (ES) Resurrection Fest 2017 (exact date tba)
29 Jul 17 Steenwijk (NL) Stonehenge Festival 2017
24 Aug 17 Spital Am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air Festival 2017


BENIGHTED will be touring in support of their forthcoming album 'Necrobreed', which will be out in stores on February 17th.




THE FLY BY NIGHT FEST 2017
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 20 2016 22:28:08
The Fly By Night Musicians Club is kicking off the new year with 3 huge days celebrating live local original music! We've assembled an absolutely incredible line-up of talent which we are proud to present as a part of 3 day event called THE FLY BY NIGHT FEST!

 

We're happy to host local hip hop's cream of the crop performing Thursday Jan 5 from 8pm both inside the Fly Trap and our courtyard area. Featuring CORTEXT, PAULIE P, SOMA, WISDOM 2TH, TONITE and DJ SILENCE. Entry is $10 on the door!

 

Victoria hall gets heavy on Friday Jan 6 from 7pm as we up the tempo and turn the amps up loud. We've lined up a showcase of Perth Punk, Metal and heavy groove-laden Rock, just those who like their music loud and in your face. From 7pm catch DEAD SEA, THE BOB GORDONS, OHM RUNE, BURY THE HEARD, NUCLEUST and SANZU. Entry is only $10

 

Lastly, on Saturday January 7 we open early at 5pm and really mix it up in VICTORIA HALL.  Get down to catch a fun blend of psych rock, surf guitars, world music rythms, alternative art rock and new orleans jazz funk! Check out YOMI SHIP, THE STU ORCHARD BAND, EDIE GREEN, CRYSTAL MOTH, DAY OF THE DEAD, MOANA and JUNKADELIC.  Entry is only $10.

 

 

PLAYING TIMES


THURSDAY JAN 5

THE FLY TRAP
8pm - 12am / $10 entry



8.00 - 8.30: DJ SILENCE
8.40 - 9.10: TONITE
9.20 - 09.50: WISDOM 2TH
10.00 - 10.30: SOMA
10.40 - 11.10: PAULIE P
11.20 - 11.50: CORTEXT




FRIDAY JAN 6
VICTORIA HALL
7pm - 12am / $10 ENTRY



7.10 - 7.40: Dead Sea
8.00 - 8.30: Bob bordons
8.50 - 9.20: ohm Rune
9.40 - 10.10: Bury the Heard
10.30 - 11.00: Nucleust
11.20 - 11.50: Sanzu



SAT JAN 7
VICTORIA HALL
5pm - 12am / $10 ENTRY


5.20 - 5.50:  yomi ship
6.10 - 6.40: stu orchard band
7.00 - 7.30:  Edie green
7.50 - 8.20: crystal moth
8.40 - 9.10: day of the dead
9.30 - 10.00: Moana
10.20 - 10.50: Junkadelic
11.10 - 11.40: HEADLINER TBA

 



For more info head to Flybynight.org




Out Now! New Music Book: ‘Don’t Forget The Business In The Music Business’ By Antonio Ponce
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 20 2016 18:27:02

The only ‘how to’ books that matter are by those who’ve experienced what they’re writing about, who have been in the trenches under fire, and Antonio Ponce most certainly has, applying years of musical experience to produce a fine book wisely titled ‘Don’t Forget The Business In The Music Business’, to enable up-and-coming bands to ascend the ladder of success, in his own words, it’s a “lean valuable quick simple guide.”

 


Based on his band’s experience from playing his first show to six months later being invited to play a festival in Tokyo, Japan, Antonio Ponce has put together a how to book for anyone wanting to enter the music business. The book is a great starting point for those interested in the business side of the music industry. Think of it as a quick business foundation musicians can use to get things going.


All musicians want to share what they’ve created, but talent will only get them so far. There are a lot of talented people out there that don’t make it to the next level and are never heard. This book’s goal is to give musicians a good foundation to be ready for when opportunity knocks, but also to bring opportunity to their door.


Ponce explains:


“I would have loved to have this information when our band started. There were so many unanswered questions that took years of searching and experience to learn. If this book had existed back then, we could have leaped over the fire instead of trying to walk through it! I know a lot of new and current bands stuck on the ‘what to do next?’ question will find value in the book’s contents. I hope this book is a tool musicians can use to help them get into a position to get to the next level and notice what we were able to do as an unknown band and that they can do it too!”


The book was inspired by multiple experiences Ponce had over the years, but it was a conversation he had with a fellow musician that began the idea for the book.


“It was a combination of several things. One of the biggest was an interaction I had with a musician. We were at a conference in the U.S. and ended up seated next to each other. He was from my city and their band had been around for years, longer than my band. He was telling me how their band had just gotten on iTunes and how that was a really big thing for them. I thought to myself, this was something I could do in five minutes. A lot of conversations like that happened and I realized I knew how to do a lot of things really quickly that would really help a lot of musicians move forward.”


‘Don’t Forget The Business In The Music Business’ is now available both digitally and paperback on Amazon here and AP Jones Publishing here.


For more info, please visit the following links:
Official Website: www.apjonespublishing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dont-Forget-the-Business-in-the-Music-Business-1617784771856514/#
Twitter: @APJonesPublish

 




Opeth - Opera House new tickets released. Auckland show sells out. Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth selling fast
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 20 2016 18:23:13

The centrepiece of the tour is "An Evening of Sorcery, Damnation and Deliverance" at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

 

Opeth are today pleased to announce the decision to undertake the Sydney Opera House performance in the round.

 

The Sydney Opera House will be subjected to the majesty of Opeth blazing brightly in a maelstrom of glorious power, surrounded by rapturous fans on all sides as they deliver one of the most unique performances of their astounding career.

 

This show will be one of the musical events of the year and is truly a once in a lifetime event which should not be missed.

 

The announcement offers up a previously unthought of opportunity for fans who missed out on tickets for the show which sold out in within hours - the decision to perform in the round opens up seats to the side of stage, plus seats to the rear of the stage in the choir stalls and organ gallery. Whilst these seats will not have the impact of sitting in the stalls of the auditorium they do include some of the closest seats to the stage and offer a very last chance to be a part of this historic show.

 

Those precious few tickets go on sale tomorrow morning Wednesday Dec 21 at 9.00 am Australia Eastern Daylight Time and are not expected to last long. Good luck to everyone and we hope to see you at the show.

Tickets from: http://tombowler.com.au/tours/opeth-2017

 

In other news, following on from the near instantaneous sell-out of the first Melbourne show, Auckland has now also sold out. Australian fans still have the opportunity to grab tix for Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and the 2nd, final Melbourne show.

 

These tickets won't last forever so get your letter off to Santa now!

 

Thursday 2nd February - Auckland, Powerstation SOLD OUT

Saturday 4th February - Brisbane, Tivoli

Monday 6th February - Sydney, Sydney Opera House

Tuesday 7th February - Melbourne, 170 Russell SOLD OUT

Wednesday 8th February - Melbourne, 170 Russell

Saturday 10th February - Adelaide, Thebarton

Sunday 11th February - Perth, Metro City




AVERSIONS CROWN - release new track 'The Soulless Acolyte'!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 20 2016 18:21:13

Brisbane alien metallers AVERSIONS CROWN released their brand new song The Soulless Acolyte in the form of a track video.

"The Soulless Acoloyte is one of my favourite tracks off the album, and another big piece of the Xenocide puzzle to decipher," comments vocalist Mark Poida. "The dudes ripped it on this song; the drums shred and it totally slams!"

‘Xenocide’ will be released on the 20th of January via Nuclear Blast Entertainment and can be pre-ordered here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/xenocide/id1176320708

Physical: http://24hundred.net/collections/aversions-crown

 

Check out: The Soulless Acoloyte click below



WATCH VIDEO HERE




Vancouver Prog Virtuosos OMNISIGHT Stream Title Track From Upcoming EP 'Power of One'
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 20 2016 18:16:53

Vancouver progressive virtuosos OmnisighT will be kicking off 2017 with the release of their new EP 'Power of One' on January 20th to follow their 2016 live album 'Live At The Theatre'.  OmnisighT are influenced by greats like Soundgarden, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Tool, and Faith No More, but transcend their influences to become very much their own creation. Justifiably highly regarded for their musicianship and finely wrought song-craft, OmnisighT bring progressive metal into new dimensions.



“I think our guitar player fans will really like the new EP.  I think fans of the songs will also be pleased with the thoughtful lyrics. I’m questioning the status quo. The song ‘Power of One’ is about how one person can make a difference in the world around them just with knowledge and a little spiritual balance. The album as a whole is a musical journey, there is the concept of standing up to the oppression and deceptions of the ruling class.” comments vocalist/guitarist Raj Krishna.



The EP's title track 'Power of One' is now streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0PfsmXuBPA



along with EP pre-order available at https://omnisight.bandcamp.com./album/the-power-of-one



'Power of One' will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp as of January 20, 2017.


For more info, please visit the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/omnisight




Jeff Martin announces solo acoustic shows in Australia
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 18:56:21

Jeff Martin, lead singer and guitarist of the iconic Canadian band The Tea Party, has been invited to perform 2 solo acoustic shows in Sydney and a one-off show in Perth in January 2017 before he heads off on an extensive 3 month tour in Canada and the US for the 20th Anniversary of the Tea Party’s Transmission tour.

 

An unexpected golden opportunity to experience something that will definitely be the last Jeff Martin solo acoustic shows in Australia for quite some time that will include a rare insight and interpretation of songs from the album Transmission in a way that have not been heard before.

 


Friday 6th January
Brass Monkey, Cronulla
115A Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW 2230
Presale $40 + BF
Book at the venue:
http://brassmonkey.com.au/events/jeff-martin-tea-party/



Saturday 7th January
Leadbelly, Newtown
42 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Presale $40 + BF
Book at Oztix:
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/…


Friday 20th January
Badlands, Perth
1/3 Aberdeen St, Perth WA
Presale $30 + BF
http://badlandsbar.oztix.com.au/?eventId=69505




Alice Cooper Recording Demos for Next Album, announces UK tour
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:58:55

In a recent interview with Arizona Republic, Alice Cooper revealed that he’s begun recording demos for his next album, which will include contributions from surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band - Dennis Dunaway (bass), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Neal Smith (drums)

 

“We’re recording demos right now. We’re writing and recording demos,” says Alice. “We have three songs from the original band that we’re gonna look at and see if we can turn them into something. If not, we tried. But Neal and Mike and Dennis and I wrote songs together. And what we always do, we know the best 10 songs are gonna make the album. It doesn’t matter where they came from. I’m gonna always write the lyrics. And I’m gonna always arrange it. And Bob (Ezrin)’s always gonna produce it. If the song comes from Neal, Mike and Dennis, great! I would love that. We have those songs sitting there. We just have to see if they fit in.”

 

On whether or not this will be a concept album, Alice states: “Not really. Not really much of a concept. It’s gonna be a pure riff-rock-and-roll album. If anything, we gonna try and make it as close to Killer and Love It To Death as possible.”

 

In more Alice news, the shock rocker has scheduled his first UK headline tour in five years for November 2017.  Support will be provided by The Mission and The Tubes.