Dead Letter Circus are getting us excited about the release of their new album This Is The Warning with this behind-the-scenes video.

The video features sneak peeks of a few tracks and interviews with the Brisbane band about the recording process.

If you like what you hear, you can now preorder the album ahead of its May 14 release.

If you hoped to catch Powderfinger on their final tour, you might be out of luck. Tickets were snapped up quickly this morning; shows sold out in minutes, and when more were added many of those sold out just as fast.

As we write, here’s what the Sunsets tour schedule’s looking like. If you want to see any of those shows that aren’t sold out, I suggest nabbing tickets quick smart. More shows may be added, but I wouldn’t want to wait around and find out!

Powderfinger Announce Australian Tour


1 September 2010 – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle (SOLD OUT)
3 September 2010 – Convention Centre, Gold Coast (SOLD OUT)
4 September 2010 – Riverstage, Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
5 September 2010 – Riverstage, Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
7 September 2010 – Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth
9 September 2010 – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong (SOLD OUT)
10 September 2010 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
11 September 2010 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
14 September 2010 – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
16 September 2010 – Memorial Drive, Adelaide (SOLD OUT)
18 September 2010 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney (SOLD OUT)
19 September 2010 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney (SOLD OUT)
23 September 2010 – Supreme Court Gardens, Perth (SOLD OUT)
24 September 2010 – Supreme Court Gardens, Perth (SOLD OUT)
26 September 2010 – Gardens Ampitheatre, Darwin
28 September 2010 – Convention Centre, Cairns
1 October 2010 – Entertainment Centre, Townsville (SOLD OUT)
2 October 2010 – Entertainment Centre, Townsville
3 October 2010 – Showgrounds, Mackay
7 October 2010 – Showgrounds, Rockhampton
8 October 2010 – Kings Beach, Caloundra
9 October 2010 – University Of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
12 October 2010 – University Of Canberra
13 October 2010 – Sports Ground, Albury
15 October 2010 – Showgrounds, Bendigo
16 October 2010 – North Gardens, Ballarat (SOLD OUT)

Following the release of their number one album Down The Way, Angus & Julia Stone will embark on their biggest Australian tour later this year.

The disc isn’t just doing big business at home. It came in at number 19 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in America, and reached number 40 in France. The duo recently sold out dates around the United Kingdom, and they’re about to play Europe, including a slot at The Great Escape, and a handful of dates in North America.

Angus & Julia Stone will return home to play Splendour in the Grass in July, followed by their national tour through August/September.

Tickets go on sale from May 7. Fans can purchase theirs with the new single “Big Jet Plane” for a discounted package price. The single includes three previously unreleased tracks: “Living on a Radio,” “My Malakai,” and the unexpected cover of “You’re the One That I Want.”

Angus & Julia Stone will play the following intimate shows around the country.

18 August 2010 – Moncreif Theatre, Bundaberg
19 August 2010 – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
20 August 2010 – Andergrove Tavern, Mackay
21 August 2010 – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
22 August 2010 – Botanic Gardens, Cairns
25 August 2010 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
26 August 2010 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
1 September 2010 – Llewellyn Hall ANU, Canberra
2 September 2010 – University Hall, Wollongong
3 September 2010 – Grandstand Hall @ Showgrounds, Hobart
4 September 2010 – The Saloon, Launceston
10 September 2010 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
11 September 2010 – Town Hall, Meeniyan
17 September 2010 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
18 September 2010 – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
25 & 26 September 2010 – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane

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Electropop act Hashbang Spacestar are preparing to release their debut EP Memories Travel at the Speed of Light.

If you love the sounds of The Presets, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, and PNAU you should give these guys a spin. They’ve got a bunch of free MP3 available through their website, or you can catch them in the live arena when they launch their EP at Sosueme, Q-Bar in Sydney on May 7.

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When we last touched base with The Black Ryder they were preparing to release their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride. A lot has happened since, so I recently caught up with Aimee Nash to talk about all these exciting events.


When I spoke to Scott last year he was hopeful that your album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride would be released overseas. Since that time you’ve signed deals for release in Japan and the United States. How does it feel to have that dream realised?
To be honest it’s been so busy the last few days/weeks/months that I don’t think either of us have had time to think about how we feel. Since the beginning of this musical project/happening, we’ve always thrown ourselves into every aspect of it, including the business side of things, which sadly can take up a lot of time (particularly lately!).

I guess there’s certainly a feeling of relief that things are coming together, but there’s no time to rest or get too silly about things; there’s plenty more to be done.

You’ve signed up with relatively small record labels overseas. Why did you choose that route over the larger, more commercial labels?
I wouldn’t necessarily call Mexican Summer a ‘small’ record label, but more of a strong independent.

I was over in NYC and LA in November/December having meetings with different labels with our manager at the time. We met with a fair few bodies; interestingly enough one of the meetings we’d had with a really large/commercial label, which resulted in Mexican Summer getting in contact with us.

Things seem to fall into place at the right time with the right people. We’re still in discussions regarding a UK/Europe release, hoping to make more announcements on this front soon.

Are you planning trips abroad to support those international releases?
Most definitely, more on this later.

You don’t often play live shows, but you’re heading on the road next month to support The Cult. Are you looking forward to getting back in front of an audience?
Very much looking forward to the tour.  We had a lot of fun playing at Playground Weekender at the beginning of the year. We have a new drummer playing with us now as well, Nick Kennedy, who brings something quite incredible to our music. Jules and Archi are still playing with us, we all enjoy playing together. I believe we’re close to announcing our own run of dates soon post Cult tour. I know that we haven’t played many of our own shows but it’s all feeling good right now so we really do want to get out there and play some more, not too much though. Less can sometimes be more, and we never wanted to be a band who plays every other weekend.
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Melbourne band The Cat Empire have just signed a brand new deal with EMI, and announced the release of their new album to celebrate.

Cinema will hit stores on June 25, but we’ll get a sneak peek with the digital release of the first single “Feeling’s Gone” on May 14.

The Cat Empire’s material has always sounded best in the live arena, so fans will be happy to hear the band will embark on a national tour. Currently only ten dates have been confirmed, but they promise there’s more where that came from. Sit tight fans in Broome, Townsville, Alice Springs, and Darwin; your cities are amongst the ones yet to be announced. As for everyone else, here are the shows to add to your concert calendar.

Days Like This Festival


19 August 2010 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne
21 August 2010 – The Station, Perisher
22 August 2010 – ANU Bar, Canberra
26 August 2010 – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
27 August 2010 – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
28 August 2010 – Riverstage, Brisbane
29 August 2010 – Hordern Pavillion, Sydney
1 September 2010 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
2 September 2010 – Astor Theatre, Perth
10 September 2010 – Reggaetown Festival, Cairns

You might not have heard of Australian girl group Trinity yet, but something tells me that’s going to change pretty quickly.

Yianna, Sammy, and Stephanie are heading to Los Angeles to record their debut album, which will be released through PLW Entertainment later in the year. The disc will include the song “Ever ‘n Ever,” a song featuring the legendary crooner Engelbert Humperdinck. It’s an interesting pairing for the Aussie girls, but one that might just see them getting some global cred.

The girls will also hone their dancing skills while stateside through workshops with Mo’at, who’s choreographed for the likes of Usher and Britney Spears.

Could Trinity be the next Pussycat Dolls? I guess we’ll see soon enough!

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I didn’t really care for Stan Walker’s debut single “Black Box,” but his follow up “Unbroken” is great stuff.

Although once you look at the songwriting credits, it’s no surprise. Ryan Tedder knows how to craft a hit, from his work with Leona Lewis, Beyonce, and Jordin Sparks to material for his own band One Republic.

The track tells the story of strength and survival, something Stan knows about all too well. While his personal struggles were documented during his Australian Idol journey, he also came face to face with human tragedy on a recent visit to Haiti.

“Unbroken” will feature on Stan Walker’s first album of original material, due for release later this year.

Sydney metal band Resist the Thought are set to take Australia by storm with the release of their debut album Damnation. I recently caught up with the band’s guitarist Tim to chat about the album, their upcoming tour, and what lies ahead.


Many of my readers will be unfamiliar with your music. How would you describe your sound?

We meld bone crushing breakdowns with fast, technical riffs to create a new brand of modern metal!

I’ve heard you say you try to push the boundaries of the metal genre. What sets you apart from the other metal acts out there?
It’s nothing new for a band to fuse breakdowns with riffs. We try and push past the typical metal riffs and the unoriginal breakdowns and do something that is both technically challenging but effective as well. We write music that we enjoy to play and write, regardless of scenes and trends which is the main reason for our original sound.

You’re just about to release your debut album Damnation. What can you tell me about it?
As a band we really pushed ourselves to create this record. We took an entire new approach to the writing process. We actually bought a mic and a laptop and recorded everything that we wrote, and only kept the riffs that we were all happy with. After we were finished in the studio and heard the final product, we were all stoked with it!! Our new record Damnation, will be available in stores May 7, through New Justice Records.

Your album addresses a lot of dark themes like greed and corruption. What inspires your songwriting?
We wanted to give the record a theme that had real meaning rather than something superficial. We intended for each song on the record to represent a fault in humanity, ultimately resulting in the damnation of humankind. Themes such as greed and corruption are mostly predominant in the track “Misery’s Miscreation,” but we also touch on ideas such as war, vanity and selfishness throughout the album.

You’ve been playing together since 2007. Why did it take so long to get around to recording an album?
When we first started playing in 2007 we were pretty young, about 16 years old. We spend a lot of 2007 playing local shows, trying to get tight and write good music. We released an EP late 2008, which gave us the opportunity to play around Australia in 2009 including QLD, VIC, SA, WA and NSW shows. So we have been pretty busy the past few years! Now we are all 18 and 19 years old, we feel we are at the top of our game and we are really stoked with the new CD!

You took six months away from the road to write and record this album. Are you itching to get back out on the stage?
Definitely! Playing live is by far our favourite thing about being in a band. We cannot wait to get back on the road with our brand new set!

I’ve heard that playing live is your favourite part of the music process. What is it about being on stage that you love so much?
Nothing beats the feeling of playing to a crowd that’s enjoying something that you have created! It’s the most fulfilling feeling, it’s what keeps us going!

You’re spending virtually all of next month on the road. What’s life like on the Resist the Thought Tour bus?
Touring is amazing! We usually just hire a van, bring a tent and a few friends and go! There is nothing better than travelling thousands of kilometres with your mates to play shows to people that really like your music.

You’re playing several shows at youth-friendly venues. How important is you to make sure young people can come and see you play?
The majority of our fanbase is in the under 18 crowd. We try and keep as many shows all ages as possible, purely because we don’t want anyone missing out on catching a show just because of their age. Although a lot of the all ages venues are average set ups, the crowd responses make up for it!

After this tour, what’s next for Resist the Thought?

We have a lot of plans on the horizon. We are currently in talks with a few international promoters who are eager to bring us over to tour a few countries and we have another Australian tour in the works now!

Damnation hits stores on May 7. You can catch Resist the Thought at the following shows.

6 May 2010 – NEXT, Melbourne
7 May 2010 – MusicMan, Bendigo
8 May 2010 – Urban Youth Café, Ringwood
9 May 2010 – Youth Arts Centre, Geelong
13 May 2010 – SNITCH, Brisbane
14 May 2010 – Southern Cross Tavern, Gold Coast
15 May 2010 – Price Street Hall, Nambour
16 May 2010 – Epic Skate Centre, Tweed Heads
22 May 2010 – Civic Hotel, Perth
23 May 2010 – YMCA HQ, Perth
29 May 2010 – Masonic Hall, Blacktown
4 June 2010 – Club Blink, Sydney
5 June 2010 – The Loft, Newcastle

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Justin Bieber Arrives In Sydney


Police have put a stop to Justin Bieber’s only public Australian appearance this morning following fears for the safety of his female fans.

Justin’s concert at the Overseas Passenger Terminal was scrapped in favour of a more controlled show at Sunrise Headquarters. His set was also downsized from three songs to one. Thousands had travelled from around Australia to attend the gig, and plenty camped out overnight in anticipation.

Undeterred, much of the throng moved from Circular Quay to Martin Place in attempts to catch a glimpse of the singer. The sound of their squeals was present throughout the Sunrise broadcast, even when there was nothing Bieber-related going on! I have much sympathy for the poor police officers in charge of controlling the crowd!

Honestly, I haven’t seen scenes like this since Hanson’s heyday. I can’t say that I see Justin Bieber’s appeal, but clearly the kid’s got something!

Police have put a stop to Justin Bieber’s only public Australian appearance this morning following fears for the safety of his female fans.
Justin’s concert at the Overseas Passenger Terminal was scrapped in favour of a more controlled show at Sunrise Headquarters. His set was also downsized from three songs to one. Thousands had travelled from around Australia to attend the gig, and plenty camped out overnight in anticipation.
Undeterred, much of the throng moved from Circular Quay to Martin Place in attempts to catch a glimpse of the singer. The sound of their squeals was present throughout the Sunrise broadcast, even when there was nothing Bieber-related going on! I have much sympathy for the poor police officers in charge of controlling the crowd!
Honestly, I haven’t seen scenes like this since Hanson’s heyday. I can’t say that I see the appeal, but clearly the kid’s got something!