Good Luck Charm, the second album from the Texas-based acoustic duo The Mastersons, is full of high moments, with some beautifully written songs that come courtesy from their touring life on the road in both this project and Steve Earle’s band The Dukes. This second release from the band sees a lot more collaborative effort than 2012’s Birds Fly South, where the songs were written by Chris and Eleanor individually and then brought to the table.
Having shared a stage with some seriously big acts – we’re talking Aerosmith and Van Halen here, people – it’s no surprise that the lads from The Dead Love can crank out an awesome rock album. The three-piece from Sydney definitely fall in the alt-rock category, but there’s some punky undertones here and there that make vocalist/guitarist Stevie Knight’s riffs really stand out.
I think that Lost in the Moment, the first EP from Daniel Lee Kendall, is one of the most played albums on my iTunes. It’s very exciting that his debut record, entitled Daniel Lee Kendall is Dead, was released last week. Opening with ‘Under a Spell’, this album is perfectly crafted with pop gems that are both mystically-sounding and able to be digested in one listen.
A ukulele-playing and acoustic music lover myself, this Vance Joy album review was always bound to be a little biased. It’s no secret that he is one of the biggest musicians in the world scene today and is about to converge on a US tour before playing Falls and Southbound, as well as touring in March next year.
There are music legends who keep touring, churning out slightly ragged ‘hits and memories’, pushing sonic limits to reach the high notes of yesteryear … and then there’s an exclusive club that’s home to the real deal. Joe Camilleri is a paid-up member of the latter. Loved him with the Falcons, both back in the day and gloriously resurrected on a more recent bill with Elvis Costello. Costello’s a major longtime fan. Me too.
Engaging a crowd sitting at tables can be a hard feat for even the most experienced of musicians, and for a young performer it can almost be impossible. After carefully sneaking on stage with her acoustic guitar slung over her shoulder, Celia began to play, and though not everyone was listening straight away, as soon as she opened her mouth there wasn’t an eye in the crowd that wasn’t firmly fixed on the songstress.
Step foot inside the Palais Theatre and the first thing people will do is look up. In life it’s often said to surround yourself with beautiful things, and Boy & Bear has certainly kept this is mind when they added the iconic venue to their tour.
Back with another release, the 2013 Unearthed High Competition winners have really honed in on their style. And they’ve done it from playing at Falls Festival, Live It Up Festival and supporting British India, Dune Rats and Grinspoon.
The electronic drum kit you can take on the bus! When you ask drummers, “Which brand has the best electronic drum kit?”, the typical answer is Roland. Taking their experience from the higher end kits, Roland has delivered a kit that is not only affordable, but so portable it can be transported anywhere quite easily.