Following his recent endorsement by global guitar giants Ibanez, Khan Manuel will play a very special show on July 8 at The Basement in Sydney.

Music fans can look forward to hearing tunes from Khan’s critically acclaimed debut album The Knight. The songs effortlessly combine a variety of genres including rock, blues, jazz, Spanish flamenco, and even some metal!

Khan will be joined onstage by Sydney’s fastest drummer Guy Hughes [Anthony Snape, House of Kings], one of the country’s finest bass players, Chris Soulos, and European guitar virtuoso Oles Yurakov. With musicians of this calibre, this is sure to be one unforgettable night of music.

Tickets are available now at Moshtix from $20. To see what this guy can do, just check out the album’s title track, “The Knight.”

Aussie popette Natalie Imbruglia has been spotted schmoozing with Prince Harry. Of course UK tabloids have been all atwitter about a possible romance between the pair, but they insist they’re simply good friends. ptsphotoshot156256-uig-129927-0051

The pair were spotted recently watching The Killers at London’s Hyde Park before grabbing burgers in the VIP area.

“They embraced warmly and shared a quick kiss,” a witness told the UK’s The Sun newspaper.

“They were dancing and joking together for the entire duration of The Killers’ set. At dinner, afterwards, they carried on chatting and laughing like old friends. Tom Jones joined them during their meal. They were having a whale of a time, drinking beer and wine before a round of shots.”

The pair previously hit the headlines when the 24-year-old prince attended Nat’s 34th birthday party in February. Apparently they’ve maintained regular contact via SMS since the birthday bash.

Nat’s always had a taste for younger men. Let’s not forget that ex-husband Daniel Johns was four years her junior. But something tells me that romance is the furthest thing from their minds!

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If you missed Lior’s amazing Shadows and Light tour, you’ve got one more chance. The Australian troubadour has teamed up with the Sydney Theatre Company for two very special charity shows.

The concerts, scheduled for September 9 and 10, will raise money for Youngcare. The organization finds age-appropriate care for young people involved in serious, debilitating accidents. Currently young people requiring around-the-clock care are housed in aged care facilities, a situation which the charity says simply isn’t good enough.

“The Shadows And Light tour was one of the most fulfilling and inspiring experiences in my career thus far, both artistically and also in the way it seemed to resonate with the audience. At the time of wrapping up the shows, I was invited to the Sydney Theatre Company and I remember looking at the performance space thinking … Wow, it’s like this room was built for the Shadows and Light concept,” Lior explained.

“Around about the same time, I was contacted by a charity group called Youngcare and became very interested in the work they are doing for young people who are suffering and require round the clock care in suitable and dignified conditions. I am always inspired by young people who are committed to helping other young people in need. They approached me about doing a show to raise funds and awareness. It seemed that all the stars had somehow aligned and that the natural thing to do was to pull out the Shadows and Light show one more time later this year in a beautiful setting and for a worthy cause.”

Tickets for the shows are available throw the Sydney Theatre Company.

Image used with permission from Lior Management

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Way to go Hilltop Hoods! The Aussie hip hop outfit has enjoyed their second week at the top of the ARIA Charts with State of the Art.

The big single “Chase That Feeling” is also doing well, jumping a massive eight places to sit at number eight in the singles charts.

The Hilltop Hoods aren’t the only locals tasting chart success. Eskimo Joe’s fourth album Inshalla is still going strong, sitting at number six in the charts. They’re ahead of The Temper Trap, who’ve jumped into number nine with their debut album Conditions.

Click below to see who else makes up the Aussie top 10!
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Fans can soon relive Delta Goodrem’s Believe Again concert tour with the release of a live DVD. To celebrate the release, she’s giving the fans a chance to get in on the action and design the cover.phlphotos203966-delta-goodrem3301

“I would love for you to help me design the cover for my new live tour DVD,” she said in a statement. “So get involved if you are up for the challenge! Remember what the journey of the show was and be imaginative, have fun!”

Delta will pick her favourite entry, and give the designer a selection of Delta’s back catalogue of albums and singles, and an autographed copy of the new live DVD!

Entries must be submitted by 5 pm on July 17, so head to the Sony Music website to find everything you need to get started!

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The Galvatronsare preparing to unleash their retro rock sounds on a nation, with the release of their debut album Laser Graffiti next week, and their support slot with Something with Numbers. I caught up with the band’s flamboyant lead singer Johnny Galvatron to chat about his group’s big sound, their “ridiculous” new album, and his uncanny knack for always getting just what he wants!

Your sound harks back to the 80s, with the big synthesizers and sing-along choruses. What do you love most about that period of rock music?
I was more influenced by soundtracks than specific bands. I guess that’s kind of where the band stems from, that whole science fiction soundtrack, that whole 80s soundtrack vibe. So I think the record has that whole Breakfast Club meets The Last Starfighter kind of vibe, which is definitely what we were going for.

I caught you supporting Cheap Trick and Def Leppard last year. What was it like to be on the road with such legends?
I mean, it’s Def Leppard! How awesome’s that? I had a sweet time! And I really like Cheap Trick, I’m a massive Cheap Trick fan. They came out one night, I think it was at ACER Arena, you know like 15, 20 thousand people, and they walk out and go “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, we’re The Galvatrons!” and then played “In The Street” from That 70s Show and that was like the highlight of my life, like single tear down the side of my face. Cheap Trick just introduced themselves as my band. That was probably the most amazing thing ever.

And the Def Leppard guys, if you ever become a big stadium rock band, you want to be like those guys, because everyone who’s on tour with them loves them. They eat all the same catering as everyone else, they all sit around with the crew when it’s dinnertime and stuff, and the crew love them for it. They’re just geezers, they’re such nice guys. So I think it was a very good lesson on if you do succeed, how to treat everyone and how to do it the right way.

You have such energy on stage. How do you keep things fresh when you’re on the road for long periods at a time?
Umm, probably just drugs! (laughs) No, no. I think we really love what we do, we love playing rock and roll. We’re not one of those bands that are too serious about what we do. We know we all have a really good job and we love playing rock and roll. It is hard being on the road for a long time, and being in a band for a long time sometimes, but we love what we do. We’re very thankful for it.
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It doesn’t matter where you are: music fans around the world are feeling the sad loss of Michael Jackson. The man was a genius, and his presence will be sorely missed.

It still doesn’t seem quite real, even though I’ve been sitting watching news broadcasts and tributes all day. While he might be gone, thankfully we’re left with the music.

I’ll leave you with this clip of Michael performing “She’s Out of My Life” in Brisbane way back in 1987. This is surely how he’d want to be remembered, up there on stage doing what he does best.

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Aussie rockers Children Collide have turned out a cracker clip for their new single “Chosen Armies.” It’s been filmed panorama style, so viewers can interact with it and see just what they want.

Just head to the band’s website to enjoy this very clever video. The song’s not bad either!

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admphotos393139-lisa-origliasso-andAustralian So You Think You Can Dance queen Talia Fowler isn’t the only local set to appear on the American version of the reality TV show. Our own pop princesses The Veronicas will perform live on the program tonight.

Of course the girls will sing “Take Me On The Floor.” Their performance will be to their biggest audience ever, with the program a real ratings winner.

The workaholics will tape the show, then get straight on a tour bus for their next performance in Portland, Oregon. There’s no rest for the wicked!

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We’ve all been pining forGuy Sebastian since he moved to New York City to record his fifth studio album, Like It Like That. But our patience is set to be rewarded, with news that Guy will showcase his latest release with a concert tour next February.

Guy will get up close and personal with fans, playing theaters in cities around the country. We can expect to hear new songs from the long-awaited album, as well as all the old favourites.

Tickets are on sale now. But don’t delay. Sony says these are “one night only” shows, so once tickets sell out that’s it!

12 February 2010 – Riverside Theatre, Perth
13 February 2010 – Adelaide Convention Centre
14 February 2010 – State Theatre, Sydney
19 February 2010 – QPAC, Brisbane
20 February 2010 – Arts Centre @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne

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