Lior is offering a feast for the senses on his current Shadows & Light tour.

His sweet folk tunes are given a new depth with the addition of a string quartet. Completing the sensory experience is the talents of acclaimed shadow artists Stephen Mushin and Anna Parry. You might remember seeing their amazing work before in the video for Lior’s single “I’ll Forget You.”

For this tour the live shadow puppet plays provide a moving backdrop to songs from Lior’s two albums Autumn Flow and Corner of an Endless Road.

If you’re a fan, you don’t want to miss these shows. They will be Lior’s last before he takes a break to write album number three. See Lior with strings and shadow puppets at the following venues!

14-18 April 2009 – The Studio @ Opera House, Sydney
23 April 2009 – Powerhouse, Brisbane
24 April 2009 – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
25 April 2009 – Entertainment Centre, Darwin
29 April 2009 – Country Club Showroom, Launceston
30 April 2009 – Theatre Royal, Hobart
2 May 2009 – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
3 May 2009 – Capitol Theatre, Bendigo
9 & 10 May 2009 – Tilley’s Divine Café, Canberra

Image used with permission from Lior Management

You can experience the all-new Wolfmother for free, with the band offering their new song “Back Round” as a complimentary download.

Despite a brand new line-up featuring Aidan Nemeth, Ian Peres, and Dave Atkins alongside original lead singer Andrew Stockdale, the all-new Wolfmother sounds a lot like the old Wolfmother. That’s good news for dedicated fans, but bad news for those of us waiting for them to stop sounding like a pale imitation of classic rock bands.

“Back Round” is set to feature on the band’s brand new album, which they are currently recording in Los Angeles. you can get it now from the Wolfmother website.

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Another weekend, another winery show. This time I was off to a relatively new Hunter Valley venue, Hope Estate.

Aussie rockers Dallas Crane kicked off the afternoon with a set that offered energy, but little variety. I must admit, I’m just not a Dallas Crane fan. Dave Larkin’s gravelly voice began to grate on me after not too long, and the tunes started to sound all the same. I guess they do what they do well, but it just seems like they do the same thing.

I was a lot more enthusiastic about the Counting Crows, but anyone who knows me wouldn’t be surprised by that. I’ve been a massive fan since the start, and since they’ve only toured Australia once before I was more than ready for a return set. As a fan it didn’t disappoint me, but I can see how many wouldn’t share my view.

The choice of Counting Crows as support act for The Who was a curious one. They’re just so different, and I could tell as I looked around the venue that the difference wasn’t one the bulk of the audience appreciated. I think the Counting Crows could too. And so it seemed that they played to those of us who cared, and disregarded those who didn’t. So there was no “Big Yellow Taxi,” no “Mr Jones,” but such fantastic music for those of us who knew the back catalogue.

I lapped up “Mrs Potters Lullaby,” the sprawling epic so long I never imagined it would make the set list. I was so thrilled to hear “Goodnight Elisabeth” and “Round Here.” I cherished the rambling free form jams and Adam Duritz’s utter abandonment. There is a man that leaves his heart on the stage, performing with such passion and commitment. I can only hope the Counting Crows make a return visit soon, because they deserve to perform for a crowd who really wants to hear them.
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Angus Stone, under the moniker Lady of the Sunshine, is poised to release his debut solo effort Smoking Gun.

“I’ve been skipping off in between tours for about a year now to shake my head of these songs” Angus explained in a statement.   “Last year the old man gave me his old telecaster which gave me the chance to move into a heavier sound. I guess the idea of this album was that there would be no idea of how it would come together as a whole. I wanted these songs to have their own style and I enjoyed watching how the songs took on their own ride, most from the simplest of ideas.”

The album sees Angus as a jack of all trades, taking care of writing duties, the vocals, and electric and acoustic guitar. He also co-produced the disc with drummer and bassist, Finn (Govinda Doyle).

The disc was recorded in an old water tank of all places in the hills of North Queensland. It offers a very different sound to the sweet folk music of Angus and Julia Stone, one which embraces the dirty sounds of blues and rock.

Smoking Gun will be released through Angus’ label Desert Harvest Records in Australia, the United States, and United Kingdom on April 3.

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After achieving massive musical success at home, Natalie Bassingthwaighte is looking to spread her wings.

“I’m not sure whether I’m going to go to America or Europe or the UK,” she told The Sunday Telegraph on the set of her third solo video clip, 1000 Stars.

“I’m not sure which path I’m going to take yet.  I definitely feel like something is about to happen, something big,” said the pop dynamo, who is hoping to replicate her local success abroad.

Regardless of what the future holds, Nat says she’ll definitely step away from the Aussie spotlight for a while.

“I think I am definitely going to leave the country for a while, because, I don’t know, I am sick of seeing my face everywhere, let alone you guys.”

Between her music, her budding acting career, and hosting duties for So You Think you Can Dance, she’s definitely one busy lady. This weekend Nat kicked off her national tour supporting the number one selling album 1000 Stars. Then in May her first feature film, Prey, hits theatres.  Forget about conquering the international markets – I think she just deserves a holiday!

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One of Australia’s best loved performers, Alex Lloyd, is finally making his return home for an Australian tour. These shows will be Alex’s first in Australia since the release of his new album Good in the Face of a Stranger.

“I’ve been playing around with these songs in small venues in London by myself and can’t wait to bring them to life in a unique way with my mates,” Alex said.

Alex’s longtime bandmates Kinnon Holt on guitar and Ian Jones on drums will join him on this tour.  Both lads have played alongside Alex since Black The Sun, so you know the sound’s going to be tight.

If you haven’t heard Alex’s new single “What We Started,” make sure you head to Nova FM’s website. The radio station is currently offering a free download of the song for a limited time.

Tickets to the shows are available from April 10. To celebrate, if you buy Alex’s new album from JB Hi Fi stores nationally from this date you’ll receive an exclusive EP featuring five brand new tracks.

Here are the places you can catch Alex this May!

6 May 2009 – Great Northern, Byron Bay
7 May 2009 – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast
8 May 2009 – The Zoo, Brisbane
9 May 2009 – Live at Joe’s, Eumundi
14 May 2009 – The Basement, Sydney
15 May 2009 – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
16 May 2009 – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
17 May 2009 – Fly by Night Club, Perth

It’s amazing to think that A Day on the Green has staged its acclaimed winery shows for more than seven years. I remember attending the very first one in the Hunter Valley, an all Australian line-up featuring Richard Clapton, Mark Seymour, Renee Geyer, and Paul Kelly.

Since then A Day on the Green has gone from strength to strength, attracting more international artists and more fans, yet staying true to its core desire to provide a laidback concert experience for the over 40s set. I’m not there yet, but I definitely appreciate shows that allow me to indulge in a good wine and a cheese platter while enjoying great music.

To celebrate its success, the mob from A Day on the Green has released a special three-disc set entitled The Vintage Years 2001-2008. Each disc takes us on a different journey: one “stripped back” and acoustic, the “new blend” showcasing the best young talent, while disc three is “vintage” all the way.

The vintage is perhaps the most eclectic, with the dance flavours of Lionel Richie and Leo Sayer sitting alongside Aussie rockers Jimmy Barnes and Richard Clapton and the soulful strains of George Benson and Simply Red. Thankfully my own music taste is pretty diverse, so I appreciate the variety. I’ve been alternating the discs in my car according to my mood.

International headliners Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Chris Isaak, and John Fogerty are notable absences. But so many people have graced the Day on the Green stages, I suppose some harsh decisions had to be made. The abundance of Australian talent, from icons like James Reyne and Ian Moss to new kids Clare Bowditch and Lior, should please local audiences.

My only disappointment is that we’re left with studio versions rather than live ones. The songs are flawless, but they lack the energy I experienced at the shows. Perhaps some recordings from those concerts could make up the next three-disc set!

Image source: JB Hi-Fi website

Singer-songwriter Shelley Harland is definitely one to watch. The well travelled London-born musician spent the last few years in New York, and recently moved to Sydney. Lucky us! She’s wasted no time introducing herself to Aussie audiences, recently earning the support slot on The Fray’s national tour.

“Wonder” is the title track from her new EP, a cool breezy track that sits nicely with the sound she’s discovered here in Oz.

“The music I made changed when I moved to Australia,” Shelley said in a statement. “I wasn’t listening to anything different. My tastes have always been about The Beatles, Motown, The Carpenters, Bjork, Portishead and Fleetwood Mac. But while New York made me feel electric, Sydney was so laid back and beautiful that my music took on that flavour.”

If you love it you’ll be happy to know that there’s more where that came from. Shelley’s debut album Red Leaf is scheduled for release later this year through Albert Music.

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Evermore will entertain Sydney commuters tomorrow morning with a free mini-concert!

Riding high on the success of their latest album, Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show, the trio will perform at Wynyard Park from 8 am.

They are set to play three songs, including their latest single “Hey Boys and Girls.”

And it will all wrap up early enough for everyone to get to work on time!

I’ve got bad news for Abby Dobson fans in Victoria. Her scheduled show at New Capers in Hawthorn this Saturday has been cancelled due to flood damage at the venue.

But there’s a silver lining. Abby’s just been added to the bill of Saturday’s A Day on the Green at Rochford Winery. She joins an all-Australian line-up which features Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Ross Wilson, and The Badloves.

Tickets are still available for the show through Ticketmaster.