With Curiouser still sitting pretty in the Australian top 20, Sony has decided to drop another Kate Miller-Heidke CD. Cannily released to coincide with Kate’s current Australian tour, Live at the Hi-Fi Bar showcases tracks from both her recent chart topper, her breakthrough debut, Little Eve, and her earlier EPs.

The Video Hits crowd may be disappointed at the absence of “Last Day on Earth,” but “Out and In” and “Space They Cannot Touch” are just as poignant and beautiful. I must admit, I’m not familiar with Kate’s early releases, but these tracks sucked me in with the first listen. “Dreams” is delightfully demented, and “Caught in the Crowd” seems even more touching in the live arena. A raucous cover of the Australian classic “You’re The Voice” gets the whole crowd singing along, while her tender treatment of Empire of the Sun’s “Walking on a Dream” is breathtaking.

There’s a lovely raw feel to proceedings. There’s all the spontaneity and organic energy that any good concert should have. That vibrant spirit is beautifully captured on the CD.

For those who only just discovered Kate’s music with the mainstream success of Curiouser, this is a great introduction to what came before. For those who were already in the know, it’s an excellent snapshot of this talented Aussie’s career to date. If you’re contemplating seeing Kate Miller-Heidke on her current tour, one spin of Live at the Hi-Fi should help you make up your mind.

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acdcfamilyjewelsMelbourne rockers are in for a real treat, with the AC/DC Family Jewels exhibition making a pit stop at the city’s Art Centre next week.

The display includes costumes, instruments, props from the band’s live shows, candid photographs, and rare handwritten notes and lyrics. It also features rarely seen concert footage and interviews, early concert posters, and other cool collectibles.

Curator Tim Fisher says, “There is little doubt that after 35 years on the world stage AC/DC are by far Australia’s most successful and influential performing artists. AC/DC Australia’s Family Jewels seeks to link the material history of the band to the experience of their music. The exhibition will also try to convey – both through exhibited material and an interactive online initiative – the place that AC/DC holds for their devoted fans.”

You can catch AC/DC Australia’s Family Jewels at Melbourne Art Centre from November 7, 2009 to February 29, 2010.

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It took Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 20 years to visit Australia for the first time, but clearly they enjoyed themselves! Just nine months after that maiden voyage they’ve announced a return tour! BBVD_Photo_1

The swing kings will be here to promote their eight studio album How Big Can You Get? The disc is a tribute to legendary big band pioneer Cab Calloway, a joyous celebration of his musicianship and mischief.

Funnily enough Sydney’s missing out, but Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will hit Brisbane’s Hi-Fi Bar on January 7 before visiting Melbourne’s Billboard on January 8. Tickets are on sale now from the venues.

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V Festival’s future in Australia is in doubt after promoter Michael Coppel refused to renew his deal with Sir Richard Branson. Unless the Virgin Group can find another major promoter before March, it looks like the show won’t go ahead.

“For the past three years, the Virgin Group and Michael Coppel Presents have worked together to deliver the acclaimed V Festival to Australian audiences,” Mr Coppel said in a statement.

“The presentation of V Festival in 2009 concluded this arrangement and the partnership is not being renewed. The Virgin Group will make further announcements regarding V Festival in Australia in the coming months.”

But whispers are that Michael Coppel’s not getting out of the festival biz altogether. Industry buzz says he’s working on a festival for late 2010, with many suggesting it could see Livid resurrected. I’ll miss V Festival, but that would certainly ease the pain!

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The Black Ryder has released a stunning video for “Sweet Come Down.” The haunting song comes from the band’s highly anticipated debut, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride, which hits stores on November 6.

The song is a fan favourite, with Aimee Nash and Scott Ryper sharing vocal duties and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes on harmonica.

The accompanying clip is more short film than traditional music video, with acclaimed director Michael Spiccia and cinematographer Stefan Duscio at the helm. The wilds of south west New South Wales become a beautiful and foreboding landscape for the scene, which takes place after a mysterious tragedy.

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The Black Ryder fans should look out for Aimee moonlighting on the new Black Rebel Motorcycle track, “Done All Wrong.” The song, which features Aimee’s ethereal vocals, is featured on the recently released Twilight – New Moon soundtrack.

The Black Ryder will celebrate the release of Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride with a show at The Tote Bar in Melbourne on November 19. The band will play alongside Killed Two Birds, Slight of Build, and Dreaming of Ghosts. It’s their very last show this year, so make sure you don’t miss it!

One of my favourite concert memories of last year was Bon Jovi’s show at Sydney’s Acer Arena. So I was thrilled to read the boys from New Jersey are planning a return visit.

There are no dates as yet, but the rockers have confirmed they’ll be here sometime in the next two years during The Circle world tour.

“One of our few regrets is the way we toured in the last decade was much more civilised than when we were young bucks and would go out for 200-250 show tours,” Jon said from Tokyo recently.

“So we neglected a whole region of the world, including Australia, which we always loved immensely, and by neglecting it we lost our footing there. The last record we came back and started to re-establish that, and with our hearts on our sleeves I can tell you we are going to spend a lot more time in Australia, starting with this record.”

I’m sure anyone who saw the band last time will agree, Bon Jovi spending a lot more time in Australia is a very good thing.

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Sarah McLeod rose to fame as the frontwoman for 90s indie rockers The Superjesus. These days there’s a little more rock to her pop, but Sarah’s still going strong. After a year in New York she’s back and ready to unleash her brand new sound on Oz. I caught up with Sarah today to chat about her music’s new direction, life abroad, and why there’s no place like home. SarahMcLeodNEWPRIMAGESEPT09

How does it feel to be back home?
It’s taken me a few days to acclimatise and now I’m really, really comfortable. I think wild horses are going to have to drag me out this time because I’ve dug my heels in really hard. But when I first arrived I was a feeling a little bit “Oh, everything’s too suburban! Where are the homeless people I have to walk over?” It sort of confused me a little bit, but now I’ve worked out where I’m going to live, and I got back with my dog, and saw all my friends, and got back into my old life and now I’m really happy.

So are you back here for good or are you going back to New York?
I’m going to be going to and fro from here to New York probably for the next two years. I think I have to keep doing that. But as far as living, I’m going to live here. I’ve just committed to a 12-month lease on an apartment, so that was quite a big step for me. So I’m going to live here, and just go over there to do what I need to do.

I loved New York when I visited a few years ago. What do I need to see next time I go?
I’ve never really been one for sights. I just like certain areas of New York. I’m very much entrenched in The Village. The Village atmosphere to me is kind of like living on Sesame Street. You get to know everybody and you know where everything is. It’s really easy to get around; you can walk. I sort of hover between the West Village, Soho, and the East Village, and I never really like to travel above 14th Street or below Canal. That’s kind of like a little block of area that I really called my own.

I was extremely happy there. I felt really comfortable there. It was sort of one point of my life where I started working out who I was and what I wanted to do, and I felt really at home. And it changed me a lot, and I’m really happy that I had that opportunity to do that because I’m better for it. I loved it. I’ve got great memories. But now I’m extremely happy to be back here. I’ve picked up a few knick knacks of knowledge that I’ve learned and now I’m working them into my life, and I feel like everything so far is going to plan. And I’m with my dog, and that’s totally cool.
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Melbourne quartet Foxx on Fire have just long released their long-awaited debut EP, White Sands. To celebrate, the lads who proudly describe their music as ‘apocalyptic disco-noir’ are heading out on the road for an East Coast tour.

Since their inception in 2006, Foxx on Fire have played more than 100 live showed including the St. Kilda Festival and supports for Art vs. Science, Bluejuice, and Midnight Juggernauts. There’s a reason why these boys took out the Diesel:U:Music comp and become finalists at the MTV Kickstart Competition, Tooheys Extra Dry uncharted.

Discover why yourself why Foxx on Fire are fast becoming one of Australia’s most exciting live acts at the following shows.

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2 November 2009 – ‘Melbourne Cup Eve’ @ The Birmingham, Melbourne (Tix $10 at the door)
14 November 2009 – Gallery Bar @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (Free entry)
20 November 2009 – Neverland Bar, Gold Coast (Tix $10 at the door)
21 November 2009 – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane (Free entry)
25 November 2009 – Diesel:U:Music Party @ Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney
28 November 2009 – Ed Castle, Adelaide (Tix $10 at the door)

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Well done Vanessa Amorosi! She’s managed to retain the top spot on the Australian singles charts with “This Is Who I Am,” despite some fierce competition from the Black Eyed Peas.vanessaamorosi24-resized

Meanwhile, Guy Sebastian is also creeping up the charts again with “Like It Like That.” The feel-good single is up one position this week, sitting at number four. With the full-length CD of the same name now in record stores, expect to see Guy make a big impression on the albums charts next week. Is it too soon to predict a number one?

He’ll have to work hard to push Michael Buble off though. The smooth Canadian is still sitting pretty at the top of the albums charts with Crazy Love.

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Congratulations to Linda Carter of Gorokan! She’s the lucky winner of Oz Music Scene’s G-SHOCK World Tour competition. Linda has won two tickets to the G-SHOCK World Tour’s Sydney pit-stop next month, and she’ll be able to keep time while she’s there with her brand new G-SHOCK watch.

Congratulations to Linda, and thanks to everyone else for entering!

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