Thursday, 21 June 2012

Shock Records announce the release of Delta Spirit's Highly acclaimed self-titled third album.

When it came time to record Delta Spirit’s third album, the band members knew one thing: It was time to shake off the stylistic labels that have shadowed them since they formed in San Diego, CA, in 2005. Though lyricists Matt Vasquez and Kelly Winrich were grateful for the warm reviews that their previous albums Ode To Sunshine (2008) and History From Below (2010) received, they were perplexed at being called “rootsy Americana” or “twangy folk.” In their eyes, Delta Spirit has always been a thoroughly modern rock band, and, with their self-titled new album, they set out to prove it.

“We found the sound that we've been looking for, that we've been growing into, and as soon as we hit on it, we ran with it,” Vasquez says. “That’s why it’s a self-titled record, so we could connect our identity with the album, because this album is what we think Delta Spirit is. People make records for their time and we wanted to make one for our time. Just like novelists want to write the Great American Novel, we wanted to make a Great American Record. Not one about yesterday, but one about right now.”

To help them realize their vision, the band recruited producer Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House, and Smith Westerns, among others), and recorded the album at Dreamland – a converted church built in 1896 in Woodstock, New York. Delta Spirit has captured the sound of a band who have truly come into their own.

'The band's smarts and muscle come together with a resounding whomp.
8/10 - Uncut

Check out the band performing their track Tear It Up on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently:

Delta Spirit is out on August 10 through Shock Records


Only one week to go until the 'Sundance of Australia' and 2011 IF Award winning film festival, the Dungog Film Festival, will showcase the great Australian film industry in the picturesque Hunter Valley town of Dungog from the 29 June - 1 July.

Just announced is the screening of REDD INC. A film by director Daniel Krige (West, Twisted Tales) and starring Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby), Kelly Paterniti (Packed to the Rafters), Sam Reid (The Jesters) and Alan Dukes (Beneath Hill 60).  Following on from CRAWL on Saturday night, REDD INC. will be the second part of our Fright Night. In the spirit of SAW and HOSTEL, REDD INC. will test audience's mettle as six office workers are chained to their desks by their demented 'regional manager'.
They will need to work hard to prove their worth and escape punishment.
Director Daniel Krige, writer Anthony O'Connor and producer Jonathon Green will be guests at the festival.

On Saturday 30 June the people of Dungog will take to the streets with the annual street parade, this year themed after last year's blockbuster movie RED DOG. Residents are invited to join the parade with their own red dog or other pet pooch where the apparently incorruptible local celebrity resident Roy Bean will be judging for Best Red Dog and Best Dog, in the sub category 'A Class of their Own'.

In addition to the canine contingent there will be 100 members of the local police force marching to celebrate 150 years of the NSW State Police Force, the oldest police force in Australia, the 50 members of the Singleton Town Band, marching children, floats, decorated push bikes and the greatest representation of Ukulele's ever seen in Dungog. Not to be missed!!

The full Dungog program is available at

Make sure you don't miss one of the biggest celebrations of Australian film, book your tickets and accommodation now for the festival weekend from 29 June to 1 July.

Kirin J. Callinan's W II W available on itunes now

Tonight - Thursday 21 June
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Kirin J Callinan & Siberia Records present ALL NIGHT BLACK BEAR TAKEOVER BY FORCE
Supported by DCM + Nite Fields + Kangaroo Skull (late night techno set) + Siberia DJs + more
Tickets available from Oztix, 1300 762 545 & Oztix outlets             
Presented by Rave Magazine, 4ZZZ FM and VICE

Tomorrow - Friday 22 June
Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Kirin J Callinan & Siberia Records  present ALL NIGHT GOODGOD TAKEOVER BY FORCE
Supported by DCM + Forces + Kangaroo Skull (late night techno set) + HTRK DJs + Forces DJs + Juggernaut DJs + more
Tickets available from Moshtix, 1300 GET TIX & Moshtix outlets
Presented by The Brag and VICE

Thursday 28 June
The Tote, Melbourne
Kirin J Callinan & Siberia Records present ALL NIGHT TOTE TAKEOVER BY FORCE
Supported by DCM + Machine + Kangaroo Skull (late night techno set) + Forces DJs + Juggernauts DJs + more
Tickets available from Moshtix, 1300 GET TIX & Moshtix outlets
Presented by Beat and VICE

Friday 29 June
The Exeter Beer Garden, Adelaide (solo show)
Supported by Lochie Wilson (Steering By Stars)
Free entry

ASTRA Awards 2012 - Sydney The tenth annual pay television gongs night recognises the talent and contributions that drive subscription television platforms and channels.

The ceremony will remain a tight theatre style show for the talent, production and best programming
categories of STV. Separately the ASTRA Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the technical,
marketing and promotional categories of STV and were presented at the annual ASTRA Conference.

Specific awards recognise channel programming and production, creative advertising and media, publicity and promotions, talent and contribution.

There are five major categories of awards: Platform Marketing; Program & Channel Promotion; Technology; Programming & Production; and Talent. There will also be the prestigious Channel of the Year Award and Subscribers' Choice Awards. There are also five subscribers' choice awards where the public determine the winners: Favourite Program - Australian; Favourite Program - International; Favourite Program - International Drama; Favourite Personality - Female and Favourite Personality - Male.

The nominees are:

Channel of the Year: The LifeStyle Channel, showcase, FOX SPORTS and SKY NEWS;

Favourite Personality - Male: Danny Clayton, Andrew Winter, Jason Dunstall, Andrew 'ET' Ettingshausen, Rove McManus, Billy Russell, Alex Perry and Phil Kearns;

Favourite Personality - Female: Jane Gazzo, Charlotte Dawson, Donna Hay, Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale and Lee Furlong;

Favourite Program - AustralianFoo Fighters: Wasting Light On The Night; Wife Swap Australia; Selling Houses Australia Extreme; Spirited; Australia's Next Top Model; Project Runway, Kalgoorlie Cops and On the Couch;

Favourite Program - InternationalGrand Designs, Deadliest Catch, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, The British Royal Wedding 2011, Gold Rush: Alaska, EastEnders, Man Vs. Wild and American Idol.

Sydney Theatre C Ltd, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Sydney
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lady Gaga tour - Melbourne

Five-time Grammy Award winning pop icon Lady Gaga is one of the world's most famous performers and will return to Australia this month with her hyped Born This Way Ball.

If you haven't heard of Lady Gaga, then you really have been living under a rock for the last four years. The New York pop star has carved an international reputation for herself as one of the best-selling artists of all time since she released her debut single, the infectious Just Dance back in 2008.

The platinum-blonde creative tour de force has managed to fight off claims that she would be a one-hit-wonder, releasing 17 singles (12 of which landed in the Top 10 all around the world) and selling 23 million copies of her albums (The Fame and Born This Way) while taking her enormous live stage production across the globe.

Now, the five time Grammy Award winner is set to make her triumphant return to Australia with her 'Born This Way Ball', a production that will incorporate music from both her latest album and The Fame and The Fame Monster. Audiences are set to be captivated when Mother Monster herself performs all of her smash hits, including Poker Face, Paparazzi, Bad Romance, Telephone, Alejandro, Born This Way, Judas The Edge of Glory, You and I and of course, LoveGame.

Lady Gaga will perform at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, June 13, Thursday, June 14 and Saturday, June 16; Allphones Arena in Sydney on Wednesday, June 20, Thursday, June 21, Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24; Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 27, Thursday, June 28, Saturday, June 30, Sunday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 3; and Burswood Dome in Perth on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday July 8. 

Rod Laver Arena , Melbourne
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 to Thursday, June 28, 2012

Carrie Underwood tour - Tamworth

Five-time Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood will tour outside North America for the first time this month, including most capital cities of Australia.

Carrie Underwood will tour Australia on the back of her self-described 'stormier' fourth studio albumBlown Away. Released in Australia in May, the new album includes the new hit single Good Girl, which she can add to her discography along with other smash hits like Jesus, Take the Wheel, Inside Your Heaven, Wasted, All-American Girl, Just a Dream, Cowboy Casanova and Undo It.

In 2004, Carrie Underwood was the winner of the fourth season of hit US TV show American Idol with prizes including a recording contract, use of a private jet for a year and a Ford Mustang convertible. Since Underwood's claim to fame she has released four albums and performed for fans on six tours.

Joining Underwood on the Australian leg of her tour will be multi platinum singer/songwriter Damien Liath. Last year saw the release of his most triumphant album to date, the highly successful Roy - A tribute to Roy Orbison. April this year saw Leith return with Roy's anticipated follow-up Now & Then.

Leith shot to fame when he became the winner of the Network Ten hit show Australian Idol in 2006. He will be warming up the stage for Underwood in Melbourne, Tamworth and Brisbane.

Underwood will perform at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne on June 26; TRECC in Tamworth on June 29; the Convention Centre in Brisbane on June 30; and the Opera House in Sydney on July 2 and 3.

Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre Greg Norman Drive, Tamworth
Date: Friday, June 22, 2012 to Friday, June 29, 2012

Splendour in the Grass begins - Byron Bay

Belongil Fields, Byron Bay, ,
Date: Friday, July 27, 2012 to Sunday, July 29, 2012
In a move that is sure to thrill punters, Splendour in the Grass has announced that it will return to where it all started this year - Belongil Fields in Byron Bay. After spending the last few years at Woodfordia in Queensland (home to the Woodford Folk Festival) as organisers battled with Byron Bay local council to move to North Byron Parklands, the festival has managed a minor win by receiving approval to move back to its original venue as festival's application is still considered.

Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia's most popular music festivals, often selling out minutes after tickets go on sale. Launched in 2001, the three-day camping festival has welcomed some of the world's most popular bands to serenade fans, including Coldplay, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Moby, Jurassic 5, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Powderfinger, Devo, Sigur Ros, PNAU, Placebo, Goldfrapp and The Flaming Lips among hundreds of others.

This year's festival is almost certain to sell out as punters flock to the festival's original location to see one of the event's most lucrative lineups yet. Bands performing at Splendour in the Grass 2012 include Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At the Drive-In, The Shins, Hilltop Hoods, The Kooks, Gossip, Miike Snow, Dirty Three, Lana Del Rey, 360, Azealia Banks, Tame Impala, Explosions in the Sky, Band of Skulls, Ladyhawke, The Afghan Whigs, Missy Higgins, Wolfmother, Metric, Kimbra, Mudhoney, Spiderbait, Angus Stone, Gypsy and the Cat, San Cisco and more.