Howie Day

You might remember me raving about the Howie Day shows I saw a few months ago. I became a fan of this talented American singer songwriter when he released his debut album in 2000, and it was worth the wait when he finally toured here with Whitley eight years later.

The positive response Howie received on his first trip has encouraged him to embark on his own headline tour! If you didn’t catch him the first time, don’t make the same mistake again. This man is one of the most amazing performers I’ve seen. Add the appeal of some intimate venues and you’ve got the recipe for some unmissable shows. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Catch Howie at the following venues later this year!

27 November 2008 – The Troubadour, Brisbane
28 November 2008 – Annandale Hotel, Sydney
29 November 2008 – Jive, Adelaide
30 November 2008 – Queenscliff Music Festival
3 December 2008 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
4 December 2008 – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne

Image sourc: VickieVictoria @ Flickr

Angus Young

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as Angus Young or Brian Johnson here’s your chance. An AC/DC version of the Rock Band game will be released around the world. AC/DC Rock Band Track Pack will allow players to experience full live Acca Dacca tracks with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 or other compatible music game peripherals.

Like the band’s Black Ice album, the game will be available exclusively through Wal-mart stores in the US. But that’s not all. Wal-Mart will set up special AC/DC sections in their stores to sell the band’s CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, and other merch.

But we’re not going to miss out here in Oz. The game will hit US stores in November, with Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to follow in December.

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AC/DC’s Back in Black has been named the most influential Australian album of all time. The rock classic took top honours Back in Blackin the poll voted on by a GQ magazine panel.

Acca Dacca’s international smash edged out the disco stylings of Saturday Night Fever, The Bee Gees triumphant soundtrack.

Iconic albums from The Saints, The Birthday Party, and The Easybeats rounded out the top five.

These sort of lists always generate controversy and conversation, but I think the panel’s done a pretty good job. I don’t agree with everything that made the cut, but I think it’s a really great representation of the different facets and changing times of Australian music. I’m really surprised that The Whitlams and John Farnham didn’t rate a mention, especially considering Rick Springfield did, but no list is perfect, is it?

The list will be published in GQ’s 2008 Music Issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday. Until then you can click below to see the full top 50!

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Australian Idol 2008 Top 12 Finalists

Teen heart-throb Tom Williams‘ winning run on Australian Idol came to an end tonight. The 16-year-old cutie pie found himself in the bottom three with Teale Jakubenko and Madam Parker.

Teale had a really solid night, and Madam Parker simply suffered from poor song choice. Tom on the other hand hasn’t had a good week yet. It looks like the audience agreed because he got the vote. I’d like to think my vote for Teale contributed in some small way.

Next week the Idols will grab their platforms and flares for Abba night. Those restrictive themes are always a bit scary, but I think these guys have the skills to pull out some surprisingly wonderful performances. We’ll see!

EMI Australia has become the first local record label to open an online store. Musicheadmp3.com offers around 500, 000 EMI logotracks from the EMI back catalogue to digital downloaders.

“Our goal is always to offer consumers the best possible digital music experience – in all senses of the word,” affirmed EMI Australia Chairman, Mark Poston.

“EMI was the first of the majors to provide DRM-free downloads and I see this as a further extension of our commitment to making the music from our extraordinary artists readily available (and legally) – to Australian consumers whenever and wherever they want it.”

You can check out the new site at http://musicheadmp3.com.

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Darren Hayes

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! It was all about patriotism on Australian Idol tonight as our newest talents paid tribute to our local legends. This week’s guest mentor was one of our finest, ex-Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes.

Thanh Bui kicked it off with John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice.” I’ve always thought Thanh sounded a lot like Farnsy, and I thought this would be a great track to help him break away from the boy band mould. In the verses I felt like he didn’t quite sing with the authority the song called for, but in the choruses he soared. He’s got so much potential, and I just hope he gets the time on the show to realise all of it.

If they were still handing out touchdowns on Idol, Chrislyn Hamilton would have scored another with her take on Tina Arena’s “Chains.” As everyone else seemed to, I had my reservations about this one. I felt like she just hadn’t lived enough to perform this song effectively. Boy was I wrong. I got chills and a little teary watching her. She committed to this 100% and gave it her all. Wow and double wow.

Tom Williams came out next with Evermore’s “Light Surrounding You.” I will say this: it was better than last week. Having said that, I still hated it. It was just so boring. While there were some nice notes in there, there were also some clangers. I wasn’t engaged in any way, shape, or form. It all just operated on one level and I was glad when it finished so we could get on with the show.

I’m not quite sure what it is about Teale Jakubenko. When he stands behind a microphone I am so engaged, but then he steps away from it and he loses me a bit. Maybe he starts to think too much about performing rather than actually doing it. And I really don’t think the song helped him either. It’s a fantastic song, but one that spends a lot of time operating on one level. Personally I felt dropping to his knees at the end was complete cheese. But like Thanh, he’s really growing and that’s exciting. His voice especially is only getting stronger.

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Shannon Noll is one step closer to global nomination after scoring a part in the international arena spectacular War of theShannon Noll Worlds.

Nollsy will reprise the role of Parson Nathaniel he played in the Australian production last year. This time around he’ll play arenas in the United Kingdom before heading around Europe and then to the United States.

The role couldn’t be better timing from the Australian Idol graduate. He just scored a European deal with Sony BMG which will see them release a hybrid of his Australian albums throughout the continent.

The opportunities are coming thick and fast, but Shannon is under no illusions.

“I know how tough it’s going to be,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. “I’m not under any false pretence about how hard the international music scene is, but I’m going to give it a crack. I’m going to grab the bull by the horns and go for it.”

Onya Nollsy!

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I fell in love with this song when I saw it in those 3 commercials where the people roll around in big clear balls. I was pretty surprised when I found out it was by our very own Lisa Mitchell. This is such a simple little song, and I think because of that it sneaks up on you. You just see if you’re not humming it after hearing it a few times. I also adore the fairytale imagery in the film clip. Well done Lisa Mitchell!

Jessica Mauboy’s well and truly shed her poppy Young Divas image with her slick new single “Running Back.” I can’t say I like the song’s sentiment (where’s the girl power?) but there’s no denying that it’s catchy. Jess is also in fine voice here. When she was competing with the other Divas I almost forgot how well she sings! Everything Flo Rida touches turns to gold, so his appearance here is sure to make “Running Back” a hit. It definitely deserves to be!

Delta Goodrem made quite an impression when she appeared on American chat show The Late Show with David Letterman last night.

Delta looked gorgeous in a black gypsy-style blouse as she performed her Australian number one “In This Life.”

David was visibly impressed by Delta’s performance, which he called “beautiful.”

If you couldn’t stay up late enough to see it, here it is!