Sunday, February 1, 2015

THE auspOp DIARY



WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 02, 2015

TICKETS ON SALE
Monday : All Time Low (Sydney, Melbourne)
Monday : Fall Out Boy (Sydney, Brisbane)


Feb 02 : MELBOURNE – Icehouse (Palms At Crown)
Feb 02 : MELBOURNE – Little Dragon (170 Russell)
Feb 02 : SYDNEY – James Bay (The Basement)
Feb 02 : SYDNEY – Benjamin Booker (Newtown Social Club)
Feb 02 : SYDNEY – Raury (Oxford Art Factory)
Feb 03 : BRISBANE – Paul Simon & Sting (Entertainment Centre)
Feb 03 : MELBOURNE – Mac DeMarco (The HiFi)
Feb 03 : MELBOURNE – Icehouse (Palms At Crown)
Feb 03 : MELBOURNE – Pond (Corner Hotel)
Feb 03 : MELBOURNE – Raury (Howler)
Feb 03 : PERTH – Belle And Sebastian (Astor Theatre)
Feb 03 : SYDNEY – Banks (St.Stephen’s Uniting Church)
Feb 03 : SYDNEY – FKA Twigs (Metro Theatre)
Feb 03 : SYDNEY – Angel Olsen (Oxford Art Factory)
Feb 04 : MELBOURNE – James Bay (Northcote Social Club)
Feb 04 : MELBOURNE – Mac DeMarco (The HiFi)
Feb 04 : MELBOURNE – Highasakite (Corner Hotel)
Feb 04 : MELBOURNE – Sarah McLachlan (Hamer Hall)
Feb 04 : MELBOURNE – Angel Olsen (Howler)
Feb 04 : PERTH – Angus & Julia Stone (Kings Park & Botanic Gardens)
Feb 04 : PORT LINCOLN – Leo Sayer (Nautilus Arts Centre)
Feb 04 : SYDNEY – FKA Twigs (Metro Theatre)
Feb 05 : ADELAIDE – Kim Churchill (Jive Bar)
Feb 05 : BRISBANE – Sarah McLachlan (The Tivoli)
Feb 05 : DARWIN – Passenger (Entertainment Centre)
Feb 05 : HOBART – The Gooch Palms (Brisbane Hotel)
Feb 05 : MANDURAH – Kasey Chambers (Performing Arts Centre)
Feb 05 : MELBOURNE – Benjamin Booker (Northcote Social Club)
Feb 05 : MELBOURNE – Ben Frost (The HiFi)
Feb 05 : MELBOURNE – Ratking (Ding Dong Lounge)
Feb 05 : MILDURA – The Vanns (Sandbar)
Feb 05 : SYDNEY – Little Dragon (Opera House)
Feb 05 : SYDNEY – Pond (Oxford Art Factory)
Feb 05 : WHYALLA – Leo Sayer (Middleback Theatre)
Feb 06 : ADELAIDE – The Vanns (Rocket Bar)
Feb 06 : BUNBURY – Kasey Chambers (Entertainment Centre)
Feb 06 : CHELSEA HEIGHTS – Kingswood (Chelsea Heights Hotel)
Feb 06 : DARWIN – Angus & Julia Stone (Entertainment Centre)
Feb 06 : MELBOURNE – The Gooch Palms (The Tote)
Feb 06 : MELBOURNE – Hayden James (Shebeen)
Feb 06 : MELBOURNE – A State Of Trance (Hisense Arena)
Feb 06 : PERTH – Kim Churchill (Amplifier)
Feb 06 : PERTH – Lamb (Astor Theatre)
Feb 06 : PORT ADELAIDE – Laneway Festival (Harts Mill)
Feb 06 : PORT PIRIE – Leo Sayer (Northern Festival Centre)
Feb 06 : SAWTELL – Ann Vriend (Mothers Milk)
Feb 06 : WOLLONGONG – Steve Smyth (The Brewery)
Feb 07 : ADELAIDE – Leo Sayer (Her Majesty’s Theatre)
Feb 07 : CANBERRA – The Gooch Palms (Phoenix)
Feb 07 : CLARE VALLEY – The Angels/Cheap Trick (Annie’s Lane)
Feb 07 : DARWIN – Angus & Julia Stone (Entertainment Centre)
Feb 07 : DUBBO – The McClymonts (Dubbo RSL)
Feb 07 : GEELONG – Paul Simon & Sting (Mount Duneed Estate)
Feb 07 : MELBOURNE – Laneway Festival (Footscray Community Arts Centre)
Feb 07 : MELBOURNE – Laneway After Party (The HiFi)
Feb 07 : MULGRAVE – Kingswood (Village Green)
Feb 07 : PERTH – Passenger (Red Hill Auditorium)
Feb 07 : PORTLAND – The Vanns (Gordon Hotel)
Feb 07 : SYDNEY – Icehouse (Enmore Theatre)
Feb 07 : SYDNEY – Sarah McLachlan (Recital Centre)
Feb 07 : SYDNEY – One Direction (Allianz Stadium)
Feb 07 : SYDNEY – A State Of Trance (Showgrounds)
Feb 07 : WARILLA – Steve Smyth (Warilla Hotel)
Feb 07 : WILLIAMS – Kasey Chambers (Quandinning Inne)
Feb 08 : ADELAIDE – Lamb (Fowlers Live)
Feb 08 : ADELAIDE – Paul Simon & Sting (Coopers Brewery)
Feb 08 : FREMANTLE – Laneway Festival (Esplanade Park & West End)
Feb 08 : MOUNT GAMBIER – Leo Sayer (Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre)
Feb 08 : PERTH – The Angels/Cheap Trick (Kings Park & Botanic Gardens)
Feb 08 : PERTH – Ann Vriend (Ellington Jazz Club)
Feb 08 : SYDNEY – Sarah McLachlan (Recital Centre)
Feb 08 : SYDNEY – One Direction (Allianz Stadium)
Feb 08 : WARRNAMBOOL – The Vanns (Hotel Warrnambool)
Feb 08 : WOLLONGONG – The Gooch Palms (Rad Bar)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHART WATCH

Wait, it's Saturday again? Already? Well we guess this is as good a time as any to let you know that we're all steady atop both the singles and albums chart this week. But there's movement in the top ten, with a single debut featuring in both of them (albums and singles). Who are they? Get your chops around this week's Chart Watch.

SINGLES
After knocking the dynamic duo of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars off their No.1 perch last week with his breakthrough single 'Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)', Jamaica's Omi holds steady in the pole position on this week's ARIA singles chart. That said, he's still only platinum, while 'Uptown Funk', which remains steady in position two, picks up its fourth platinum accreditation.
The entire top five is totes steady, but it's the rest of the top ten where things get rather interesting.
Chet Faker's triumph in Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown sees his single 'Talk Is Cheap' bullet from No.52 to a new peak of No.6. Its highest prior to this week was No.31. But beyond that, Chet's all-conquering single also picks up a platinum sales accreditation.
The sun's certainly not going down on Robin Schulz' single. On the contrary, it's seemingly still rising; 'Sun Goes Down' leaping from No.13 to No.7.
Then it's Ellie Goulding's new single 'Love Me Like You Do' which powers into the Aussie countdown at No.8. The track's struck a chord with local audiences, even before the highly anticipated raunch-fest from which it's lifted ('Fifty Shades Of Grey') hits cinemas.
Avicii's back in the Aussie top ten with 'The Nights' (No.23 to No.9) and Hilltop Hoods' placing on the J's countdown sees it reclaim a top ten position (No.10).
Meghan Trainor's third single 'Dear Future Husband' already hits gold at No.11, despite being in the charts for only three weeks and not yet seeing top ten action. The Rihanna/Kayne/Paul McCartney collaboration 'FourFiveSeconds' premieres at (an unlucky for some) No.13, while Peking Duk's 'Take Me Over' also benefits from the Triple J love, bounding six places higher to No.14.
But after jumping into the number eight spot last week, The Avener's 'Fade Out Lines' drops back to No.16. He can take some solace, however, in the fact that the track is now gold certified.
Taylor Swift's 'Style' enters the top 20 (No.21 to No.17), Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' drops from No.9 to No.18 and AronChupa's now double platinum 'I'm An Albatraoz' slumps from No.7 to No.19.
Guy Sebastian's back in top 20 action, this time with his ace single 'Linger'. After peaking at No.25 two weeks back, the single now rises to No.20.
It really does feel like this week's charts are a bit of a purge of pop past. Even Taylor Swift's monster 'Shake It Off' has been given its marching orders, dropping nine places on this week's countdown. Ditto Meghan Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin', down 11 to No.25. Labrinth's 'Jealous' picks up a gold certification at No.23.
More bullets; Peking Duk's 'High' (No.64 to No.26) thanks to Triple J, Maroon 5's 'Sugar' (N.39 to No.27) no thanks to Triple J. Wretch 32's new tune '6 Words' are "I'm. Into. The. Countdown. At and Number". followed by a No.29.
G.R.L.'s comeback is on. 'Lighthouse' switches things up this week by rising from No.38 to No.30. And Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance' rises from No.58 to No.40 on the back of their placing on Triple J's Hottest 100.
Mashd N Kutcher is into the top 50 (No.56 to No.41) with 'Do It Now', as is Philip George (No.59 to No.43) with 'Wish You Were Mine'. One Direction's 'Night Changes', though now gold, is down eight and David Guetta's 'Dangerous' is down 16.
In the lower half of this week's top 100, Chet Faker's back with 'Gold' at No.52, just 12 places lower than its peak. One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' drops from No.41 to No.56, presumably as their fans steal themselves for the band's arrival on our shores next week. And bullets for Kid Ink's 'Hotel' (No.81 to No.60) and Hayden James' 'Something About You' (No.85 to No.62).
Alison Wonderland's newbie 'U Don't Know' is new at No.63, Zhu's 'Faded' and Chet Faker's '1998' both re-enter the top 100 (Nos.65 and 66 respectively), while Vance Joy's 'Mess Is Mine' climbs from No.98 to No.67; the latter three all the result of their inclusions on Triple J's Australia Day countdown.
But with so many risers, there have to be some fallers. Nico & Vinz' 'In Your Arms' is one of them (No.40 to No.74), Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is another (No.51 to No.78), Chris Brown and Tyga's 'Ayo' is another (No.47 to No.84).
Drops too for Parra For Cuva's 'Wicked Games' (No.65 to No.85), The Wombats' 'Greek Tragedy' (No.61 to No.87) and Marlisa's 'Stand By You' (No.66 to No.89).
This week's debuts wrap with Kygo's 'Firestone' (No.94) and Pitbull's 'Time Of Our Lives' (No.96).
Jai Waetford's 'Shy' spent just one week in the top 100 (at No.54) before dropping out. Kanye's 'Only One' is also gone from the countdown after debuting at No.8 just a few weeks back.

ALBUMS
She may not have claimed the No.1 position on Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown (disqualified before the starter's pistol was even loaded), but why does she care? After 14 weeks, Taylor Swift's album '1989' is still flying high where it matters most... on the ARIA albums chart. Her LP '1989' maintains its No.1 heading for a second week, holding off a fast-charging Chet Faker from the number one position. With thanks to our national broadcaster, Chet's up 11 places to No.2 with 'Built On Glass'.
Ed, Meghan and Mark all hold top five positions, while Marilyn Manson claims a top ten debut for his new LP 'The Pale Emperor', which emerges in the No.6 position; his highest chart position in Australia in 12 long years. Fall Out Boy's 'American Beauty/American Psycho' tumbles seven places from last week's No.3 debut.
Top 20 debuts for Bethel Music's 'We Will Not Be Shaken' (No.14) and Pond's 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' (No.15); both positions the bands' best chart placings thus far.
The Preatures' 'Blue Planet Eyes' is up from No.35 to No.18 and Vance Joy's 'Dream Your Life Away' jumps from No.26 to No.20.
It's 'Juggernaut : Alpha' which performs the best of the two Periphery albums released last week. 'Alpha' is in at No.22, while 'Omega' pops into the countdown three places lower at No.25. Squidged in the middle of them both is the One Direction album 'Four' which, ahead of the boys' national tour, picks up a second platinum accreditation.
Björk's 'Vulnicura' picks up two places from last week's No.28 debut, Alt-J's 'This Is All Yours' benefits from the band featuring in the Hottest 100 countdown multiple times, rising 12 places to No.28 and Papa Roach's 'F.E.A.R' premieres at No.29.
Up this week; The Amity Affliction's 'Let The Ocean Take Me' (No.62 to No.33), Cold Chisel's best of (No.83 to No.35) and O'Shea's 'The Famine And The Feast' (No.52 on debut to No.36). Down, however, is AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' (No.18 to No.37).
Leo Sayer's new LP 'Restless Years' is new at No.39, INXS' 'Kick' re-enters at No.40 and Hardwell's 'We Are United' pops into the countdown at No.41.
The 'Into The Woods' soundtrack flounders (No.22 to No.47), Catfish and The Bottlemen debut at No.51 with 'The Balcony', Chet Faker's 'Thinking In Textures' rises from No.84 to No.57 and Asgeir's 'Silence' re-enters at No.58.
Sleater-Kinney debut at No.63 with 'No Cities To Love', The 1975 drop 32 places with their eponymously-titled set and there are re-entries for Australian Crawl and Maroon 5 at Nos.66 and 68 respectively.
Trance masters Above & Beyond were flying high at No.11 on last week's countdown with their new album 'We Are All We Need', but they're a little (read : a lot) lower on this week's chart, plunging 62 places. Even 5 Seconds Of Summer are slumping; their live album 'LiveSOS' drops 31 places, while their album proper is down 22 spots.
Foo Fighters' best-of loses 33 (No.50 to No.83), The Script's 'No Sound Without Silence' tumbles 34 (No.51 to No.85) and Melinda Schneider & Beccy Cole's 'Great Women Of Country' slides 42 spots to No.89.
But it's Enter Shikari who loses the most; the album 'The Mindsweep' premiering at No.19 last week and now gone entirely from the top 100.

For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.

SATURDAY NEWS WRAP #183

• Pop god Adam Lambert has finally started letting a couple of details about his forthcoming studio album slip. He's confirmed what we already knew - that both Max Martin and Shellback are involved - but that it's also got a title. It's called 'The Original High' and with the first single due in April, we're suspecting it'll see the light of day sometime in the middle of the year.
• It looks like the ink has been flowing freely at Island Records in the past week. Locally, they've announced the signing of Blue Mountains-based hip hop outfit Thundamentals, while over in the US, they've confirmed they've struck a deal with Incubus, who are about to hit the country for the Soundwave Festival.
• Meantime, with their new album 'Smoke & Mirrors' due for release in the middle of next month, US outfit Imagine Dragons have confirmed they'll be in Australia in the middle of March to promote it. In a trip their label says will "surprise and delight", the chaps will be doing the promo rounds in both Sydney and Melbourne from March 14 - 19.

• And the Soundwave sideshows keep coming; this time around it's both Fall Out Boy and All Time Low adding to the sideshow list. Fall Out Boy (with Twin Atlantic and Emily's Army on support) will play the UNSW Roundhouse on Feb 24 before heading up to Brisbane for a date with The Tivoli on February 25. All Time Low, meantime, are set to play The HiFi in Melbourne on February 25 and a show at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on February 26. Tickets for all are on sale this Monday.
• Jazz songstress Grace Knight is also set to play a couple of shows in the coming months. The Eurogliders frontwoman will play the Gold Coast Art Centre on March 14 and Melbourne's Bennett's Lane on March 28. More dates are to be announced shortly.
• And Cold Chisel are headed to the nation's capital for an intimate live performance. They're locked in for a gig at Canberra's Royal Theatre on February 26, with tickets hitting the sales desk from 10am on Tuesday.

• Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may have quit givin' their 'Uptown Funk' to ya here in Australia, but over in the US, the track just keeps on keeping on; this week's top five remaining relatively steady, apart from a swap for Hozier and Taylor Swift (now at three and four respectively). Maroon 5's 'Sugar' seems addictive, jumping from No.8 to No.6, while the new Fall Out Boy single 'Centuries' edges into the top ten. Ellie Goulding scores another top 20 US hit with her single 'Love Me Like You Do' from the forthcoming 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' soundtrack. Its other single, The Weeknd's 'Earned It', bullets from No.70 to No.27.
• New entry alert at No.1. Yes, Fall Out Boy premiere in the top spot on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart with their aptly titled 'American Beauty/American Psycho'. Tay Tay is steady at number two two. And Meghan Trainor's 'Title' loses its No.1 title, falling to No.3 in its second week. The Joey Bada$$ album is new at No.5, new entries from The Decemberists and Marilyn Manson follow at Nos.7 and 8.
• Where will Joey Bada$$ debut here in Australia? And what of Marilyn Manson? Or Lupe Fiasco? And the new singles? Who knows! But you will if you're back here tonight at 6pm AEDT with our weekly Chart Watch.

Friday, January 30, 2015


AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

All We Are – All We Are
Sam Duckworth – Amazing Grace
The Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead
Milo Greene – Control
Tigran Hamasyan – Mockroot
Curtis Harding – Soul Power
Faron Jones – Best Of
Indiana – No Romeo
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – The Third
Diana Krall – Wallflower
The Lone Bellow – Then Came The Morning
Menace Beach – Ratworld
Franz Nicolay – To Us, The Beautiful
OST – Jupiter Ascending
Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
Barbra Streisand – The Collection
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
Title Fight – Hyperview
Toyguitar – In This Mess
Venom – From The Very Depths
Faron Young – Wine Me Up : The Best of The Mercury Years
Zun Zun Egui – Shackle’s Gift

DIGITAL RELEASE
Beyond The Black – In The Shadows
Bipolar Sunshine – Daydreamer
GotSome ftg. Wiley – Vibe Out
Jedward – Make Your Own Luck
Kagu - Human
Skip The Use – Nameless World
Jacky Terrasson – Kiff
The Vanns – Scattered By Sunrise
William White – Soul Rider
Wretch 32 – 6 Words

ANNA O : Symphony

You can catch her at a free show at the Jam Gallery in Bondi tonight or you can head along to her show at Melbourne's Toff In Town tomorrow night. Alternatively, if you're geographically removed from either of those centres and/or are a bit of a cheap-arse (hello, the Bondi show's free!?) and/or perhaps will be undergoing major surgery at the time, then you might prefer to simply clap your eyes around the video for Perth starlet Anna O's new single 'Symphony'.
We were rather taken by the track, what with all its vocal layering and samples, when it landed with us late last year - around the same time Anna was beguiling a live audience in her home town with a launch show.
So now it's blessed with a clip. It's an outdoorsy-type clip. With Anna performing it to camera in an array of locations, daytime, nighttime, in the woods, in a field, on the beach; in the middle of a street. And you can watch it below. Without having to go to the show. Cheap skate.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HERE COMES NEW KATIE

Katie Noonan is reaching out to her fans across the country to help finance the creation of her forthcoming studio album via a PledgeMusic campaign.
The campaign will kick off next month; Katie revealing that new LP will comprise all new material and that it will be preceded by the release of an EP entitled 'Peace Is My Drug' in February. The title track is based around the Michael Leunig poem 'Peace' and the acclaimed illustrator and poet has crafted a second verse exclusively for the lead song.
"I have been hesitant to do so for many years, as I figure it’s enough to ask people to come to my gigs and buy my albums," Katie says about the Pledge campaign. "But having produced six independent albums in close to five years, I am in a position now where I would love to invite my wonderful audience and supporters to be part of the journey for my next album.
"My next album feels like a return to me. This is the first truly Katie album with all new material in a long time. All in all, I’m really proud of these songs and so excited to be able to share them."
The PledgeMusic campaign kicks off on Thursday February 12 and those who contribute to Katie's new LP will receive the 'Peace Is My Drug' EP as an instant download. A number of pledges will be on offer, including an exclusive live album and a private concert.
In the meantime, Katie will also hit the road in March for a series of live performances across the East Coast, at which fans will be treated to a selection of the new material. Tickets for all are on sale tomorrow.

March 12 : Melbourne (Toff In Town)
March 13 : Kangaroo Ground (Wellers)
March 14 : Adelaide (Aurora Spiegeltent)
March 18 : Dee Why (Lizotte's)
March 19 : Sydney (Newtown Social Club)
March 20 : Bulli (Heritage Hotel)
March 21 : Cronulla (Brass Monkey)
March 22 : Newcastle (Lizotte's)
March 27 : Ipswich (Civic Centre)
March 28 : Brisbane (The Triffid)
March 29 : Maroochydore (Sol Bar)

CROWS' SYDNEY SECONDS

It's only a couple of months before Californian outfit Counting Crows returns to Australia for a series of live shows as part of their 'Somewhere Under Wonderland' global tour.
Along with an appearance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, the chaps had already confirmed headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
But demand for tickets in our largest city has forced touring company Live Nation into adding a second Sydney show to proceedings.
The band will now crack out their songs (presumably including their 1993 breakout smash 'Mr Jones', their 2003 cover of 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'Accidentally In Love' and more) on Friday April 10, again at the State Theatre.
A fan club pre-sale kicks off at midday on Monday, with general public tickets on sale from 10am on Wednesday February 04.

April 04 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre)
April 05 : Adelaide (Her Majesty's Theatre)
April 07 : Perth (Concert Hall)
April 09 : Sydney (State Theatre)
April 10 : Sydney (State Theatre) NEW SHOW

THE RETURN OF MISTER JOHNS

Former Silverchair frontman and Dissociatives member Daniel Johns is back with brand new music. And after eight long years, the first taste of it, 'Aerial Love', has just been serviced to Australian media.
Daniel's made no secret of the fact that he's been beavering away on a new solo project for the past year and a half, but what we didn't know what in what form musically it would take.
Silverchair fans will potentially be disappointed; there's nary a rock guitar in sight. 'Aerial Love' is gorgeous, slick, stripped-back, smooth and soft and melds beautifully with Daniel's delicate vocal.
'Aerial Love' is lifted from a forthcoming EP of four tracks, which is due at digital retailers on Friday March 13.
A pre-order (with 'Aerial Love' as a grat track) is due to go live imminently.