Manchester’s Trus Me is just 27 years old, but he’s already being hailed as a musical genius.

His unique sound, which blends house, jazz, disco, African chants, Latin beats, and other genres together has endeared him to fans and critics alike. After securing a month-long residency at New York’s APT club, Time Out called him “a hero to those who worship the sort of deep, soulful and meaningful music.”

Australia will get their chance to see this British wunderkind in the flesh when he visits Oz to promote his album Prime Numbers next month. Here are all the dates.

8 May 2009 – Sorry Grandma, Melbourne
9 May 2009 – Bar Soma, Brisbane
10 May 2009 – Sugar Club, Adelaide
11 May 2009 – Lost Baggage, Sydney

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Michael Gudinski and the team from Frontier Touring Company has helped add almost $40, 000 to the Bushfire Appeal with the Rockin’ Relief charity auction.

The top item, a Gibson guitar signed by the artists who played Sound Relief, raised $3000. Another big seller was an autographed harmonica from Billy Joel which fetched $1230. I’ll bet it’s just perfect for playing the intro from “Piano Man”! All up 99 items were auctioned off, raising $39, 661.

What I like most about this auction is that it benefits one of those oft forgotten bushfire charities, the RSPCA. The funds will help provide vet expenses, livestock feed, wildlife carers, animal equipment, and shelter. It’s estimated that around 1 million animals were killed or injured in the Victorian bushfires.

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Regular readers of my blog may remember me raving about Sydney guitarist Khan Manuel and his debut album The Knight. The future’s looking a lot brighter for this local virtuoso – he’s just signed a two-year endorsement deal with global guitar giant Ibanez. He is currently the only Australian guitarist to be endorsed by the iconic brand.

The deal with the international instrument manufacturer promises to secure many opportunities for the local lad. It paves the way for Khan to conduct clinics with Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big) and perform with other world-class Ibanez guitarists, including Joe Satriani, George Benson, and Steve Vai.

“I have played Ibanez guitars for as long as I can remember and have always used them as my main guitar,” Khan said.

“This endorsement is probably one of the best things that can push an instrumental guitarist’s career forward. It really is a dream come true for me and it will open up so many doors.”

Khan credits Kurt Schramm, Adam Goglis, and the rest of the team from Australis Music Group, Australia’s largest independent musical instrument distributors, for their assistance in securing this historic deal.

Congratulations to him on this latest success! It sounds like the sky’s the limit!

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22nd Annual Cleo Bachelor Of The Year Announcement

It’s official: Axle Whitehead isn’t just the sexiest man in Aussie music, but the sexiest bachelor in Oz.

Was it those baby blues, the velvety voice, or Axle’s dazzling wit that saw Cleo readers everywhere swooning? My money’s on all three.

Axle said it was “wonderful” to win, but he’s already planning to lose his bachelor crown!

“One of my brothers is about to have a kid and the other had a kid the other day,” he said. “I’m a little off kids yet, but I’d love to find love.”

Any takers girls?

One of the hardest working men in the Australian music industry Paul Greene is back on the road promoting his new single “Love Work Dance Trust.” I caught up with this passionate and fiercely independent muso this afternoon to chat about life on the road, how he inspired a Ben Harper hit, and why the Olympics are a corporate marketing scam.

You’re touring to promote your new single “Work Love Dance Trust.” What can you tell me about the song?
It’s inspired by a Tibetan Buddhist proverb that I saw written on a friend’s wall in blue crayon once, nearly ten years ago now.  And on a drive to Bryon Bay from Sydney I had this song, which I thought was a bit of a joke, rolling around in my head. On long drives, that’s when I come up with a lot of my ideas, when I’m sitting in my car by myself. And I recorded it, I think I had a minidisk recorder at the time.

And it’s become probably my most requested song when I play live, which is pretty much all I do. It just seems to resonate with people. And I know it’s been used before – “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ll never get hurt, dance like nobody’s watching” is a bit of a cliché almost, sort of a modern cliché. But it’s interesting that song. With the way I write songs, I just make them up and bounce them off an audience and see what comes back, see what works and doesn’t work. And that’s definitely the song that has struck a chord with the most people.

You spend a lot of time on the road. What do you love about performing?
I love the individuality of it. It’s the journey that makes the songs a lot of the time, and really has established my sound and me as a performer. I particularly love being able to see the whites of the eyes, and seeing what happens when you bounce these songs off an audience of sometimes unsuspecting punters, seeing what their reaction is. People don’t have a chance to rereview or find out what’s going on a lot of the time. You get people’s raw reactions to the music. I get a lot out of that. I think that’s kind of what my whole project is really about.

What do you miss most when you’re on the road?
It’s more about what I miss when I’m not on the road!

OK then. What do you miss when you’re not on the road?
I miss being on the road! You very quickly forget about the uncomfortable beds. I’ve got to say after eight years of touring I’ve got it down to a fine art. I’m travelling at the moment with my seven-month-old daughter and my four-year-old daughter and my wife.

That would make things interesting!
Well, you know, I’d be sleep deprived if I was at home as well. I get to travel with my family. I come from Culbarra Beach, which is on the South Coast of New South Wales, and I love going home there. But I don’t go away from work. My life just kind of continues in another place. I just move from place to place, rather than having to go away and come back. I feel like this is my life, travelling and playing music, and I get to do it with my family. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

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I have a confession to make: I am a massive Eurovision fan. The more flamboyant the dress and the cheesier the lyrics, the more I applaud. Ordinarily I latch onto whatever country uses more pyrotechnics, but this year is going to be different. This year Australia has a country to get behind.

Aussie songwriters Craig Porteils and Cameron Giles-Webb have penned “This is Our Night” for Greece. Cameron is the president of Gusto Music, while Craig has written tracks for Cher, Billy Idol, Human Nature, and Wendy Matthews. Their up-tempo dance track will be performed by pretty boy Sakis Rouvas in the second semi-final, held on May 14 in Moscow. And hopefully we’ll see him do it all again in the final on May 16!

Aussies can cheer on Sakis from their lounge rooms with full coverage from SBS.

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Are The Veronicas heading to the silver screen? That’s the buzz out of the US after the Brisbane twins met with Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola.

The pop princesses have confirmed the meeting, but are staying mum on the details.

“[Sofia Coppola] contacted us to come in for a meeting,” Jess Origliasso said.

“But we can’t reveal what it was for. She is so cool and is actually a fan of our music, which is a huge compliment to us.”

The girls are currently in the America for their 40-show Revenge is Sweeter tour. They also filmed an episode of teen drama 90210 and performed at last night’s Miss USA Pageant, where they sang an “epic” eight-minute version of “Untouched.” How they stretched that song out to eight minutes I’ll never know!

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With a self-titled EP dropping in May, and a national tour kicking off this week, The Lazys are ready to rock Australia. Before they head out on the road I caught up with the group’s colorful lead singer Leon Harrison.

Your sound seems to hark back to the classic days of Aussie pub rock, with really chunky guitars and aggressive vocals. Were you inspired by those vintage bands at all?
Yeah, the whole band was definitely inspired by that older rock and roll scene.

What are some of your favourite bands?
I’m an AC/DC fan myself. I like AC/DC. Matt’s into Zeppelin, I’m into Zeppelin. Australian, I like Midnight Oil even. They’re not even that hard rock. The Angels … anything really that’s a bit harder. I like Muse. They’re not really an older band, but yeah.

You recently played on the main stages at Coaster and the Come Together festival. What’s it like to play for these massive crowds?
It’s a lot more exciting when you get a bigger crowd in front of you. It’s more enjoyable I suppose. I haven’t done that a lot. We’ve played smaller pub crowds. I like the intimacy of smaller crowds, but bigger crowds are just more exciting.

You’re about to head out on your first full national tour in some time. Are you excited about getting back on the road?
Yeah I am. I can’t wait to get into a car with the boys, and get out there and do what we do. I’m pretty bored at home!

What can fans expect from one of your shows?
To have a good time. They can expect hard-hitting riffs and good old-fashioned punk rock and roll with no bullshit attached. We just have a good time at our shows and usually the crowd does as well.

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I’m not exactly sure when’s the appropriate time in a relationship to tattoo your lover’s name on your body, but something tells me Andres Velenscosco Segura’s moving too fast.

Kylie Minogue’s Spanish beau is so besotted that he’s been branded with her name. It seems like a pretty big leap to take for someone you’ve only dated since last October.

“Andres knows how insecure the ten-year age gap makes her feel and this gesture has really boosted her happiness,” a source told The Sun newspaper.

Apparently the tattoo is especially meaningful for Kylie because Andres’ only other is his mother’s name Lucia.

Call me a cynic, but something tells me Andres’ is going to regret that grandiose gesture of love in a couple of years!

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Sydney hip-hoppers Bliss ‘N’ Eso are heading out on the road to celebrate the rerelease of their top 10 album, Flying Colors.

The new disc, set for release on May 15, comes complete with a bonus live DVD. That should give you a taste of things to come on their June shows. Tickets are on sale on April 29. With the lads last tour selling out in a matter of days, I wouldn’t wait long to get yours if I were you!

Here are the all important dates!

6 June 2009 – ANU Bar, Canberra
7 June 2009 – Come Together Festival, Sydney
13 June 2009 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
19 June 2009 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
26 June 2009 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
27 June 2009 – Metro City, Perth

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