australia

Eric Benét Set To Play Dates In AUS & NZ Next Month with his Full Band!

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After teasing audiences with two very brief showcase club performances in Sydney and Melbourne in 2011, Australian soul & r&b fans will be ecstatic to learn that Eric Benét will finally return to Australia for his first ever concert tour, with band in tow, this November. If you’re a fan of smooth and soulful R&B, you’ll want to grab yourself a ticket. Details via the pic above.

There’s A New Short Film Competition Open To Creative Mobile Phone Users

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Are you a budding film director? Do you want to step into an exciting role as an actor/actress? Are you a bit of a savvy individual when it comes to your smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
Optus and Samuel Johnson OAM have decided to team up together to launch a brand new short film competition called “Connect5”.
Keen to read the details and see what you need to do? It’s simple: Just click on the photo above to find out.

Hooch Fest: A Boutique Festival

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Australia is quickly becoming the perfect landscape for the ultimate Summer festival. There have been so many different festivals announced recently for the December/January period that I can barely keep up!

Hooch Fest is the latest announcement and is set to rock Mandurah (a short drive from Perth) on December 6. Better hurry up and grab your tickets!

Hopium: Dreamers

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Melbourne-based electronic act Hopium are a little bit of a mystery, with little to no information about them except for the fact that they have two singles under their belt.

But in saying that, their new single, ‘Dreamers’ is sure to have the music world buzzing wanting to know more about them.

Guilty Simpson and Katalyst Australian Tour

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For years Guilty Simpson has been a rock on the Detroit hip-hop circuit alongside those such as J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem (whom Guilty still calls “Marshall”) & D12, Obie Trice, Proof, Phat Kat and Black Milk. Since the early 00’s, Guilty has emerged as a sound to be reckoned and an MC to keep on your radar.

Sydney based Katalyst has been behind the scenes of the music industry for years, producing for others since the mid-90s; and every one of his solo releases has earnt him an ARIA nomination in Australia, establishing him with a strong fan base worldwide.

Detroit MC Guilty Simpson and Sydney DJ / Producer Katalyst first linked up to work on the Quakers album with Geoff Barrow for Stones Throw Records. It was a good match and not long after Stones Throw approached Katalyst to do more work with Guilty.

Since then, they have both been cooking up something special in the lab with a collaborative record, due for release in 2015. Whilst no-one knows for sure what exactly they’ve been working on, you can get a sneak peek if you grab a ticket to one of their shows on this national tour.

Jordan Rakei: Bodysnatchers

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I’m always interested to find out an artist’s musical influences. There’s always the answers you expect to hear that everyone is a fan of – particularly when they’ve been pigeon-holed into a specific genre so usually they will list the artists that you want to hear.

In this particular write-up, that wasn’t the case.

Brisbane’s Jordan Rakei has listed Radiohead as one of his favourite bands and yesterday, he released a cover of one of his favourite songs, Bodysnatchers.

A soul artist covering Radiohead? Can you imagine it?

Dosh: Syncro

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Australian wallet brand Dosh recently released their Syncro range which is a true testament to the Dosh philosophy of streamlining the contents of your pocket.

The new Syncro range provides us with a capsule wallet that is a compact and innovative way to carry your iPhone, credit cards and cash.

With innovative materials and construction, your iPhone 5/5s is surely to survive many years of use and abuse.

Song From Scratch: Chet Faker x GoldLink

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GoldLink describes himself as ‘Rick James meets Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC days) with Backstreet Boys and a little D12 and Tupac’. Interesting.

Chet Faker, on the other hand.. well you all should know how I feel about him.

Now, imagine the two in the studio together creating a song from scratch. Hit the link below to see the outcome.

Daily Operation: House Shoes, Katalyst & Alchemist

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Sydney’s own Grindin’ and Tristan Edouard have teamed up for a special new web series that is sure to catch your attention in one way or another.

‘Daily Operation’ not only features local acts but international artists discussing the lifestyle, culture, art, music and fashion in Australia.

Hit the link below to check out the debut episode.