England born Sweden raised brothers Mrs Bishop are now fully fledged Aussies preparing to unleash their first EP.

As you listen to their first single “Broken Wing” it’s not hard to believe these lads were once royal choristers at Windsor Castle. They’ve got such heavenly voices which come together in exquisite harmonies. The track’s very dreamlike, with a classical base and pop sensibilities.

If you’re digging how different these boys are, make sure you head out to show your support at the EP launch at Sydney’s GoodGod Small Club on June 9.

Children CollideChildren Collide are set to take their third album Monument to the masses next month.

This is an important tour for the band, as it’s their first with new drummer and good friend Mitch McGregor. It’s also a homecoming of sorts for Johnny Mackay, who recently relocated to New York City. Fans needn’t fear as Johnny promises he’ll return to Australia for other band engagements, but those tours may start to get a bit few and far between.

If you want to get in the live music mood make sure you check out the dynamic video for Children Collide’s new single “Cherries.” It was put together using fan photos captured on the band’s recent Sword to a Gunfight tour.

If that’s got you in the spirit make sure you snag some tickets for the following shows.

2 August 2012 – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
3 August 2012 – Amplifier Bar, Perth
8 August 2012 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
10 August 2012 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
16 August 2012 – The Republic Bar, Hobart
17 August 2012 – The Standard, Sydney
22 August 2012 – Lismore University Bar, Lismore
23 August 2012 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
24 August 2012 – The Zoo, Brisbane
26 August 2012 – The Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay
29 August 2012 – The Stro (UNE Armidale Uni), Armidale
30 August 2012 – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay
31 August 2012 – The Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor
1 September 2012 – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong
2 September 2012 – Zierholz, Canberra
5 September 2012 – The Crow Bar, Wagga Wagga
6 September 2012 – The G (CSU Uni), Albury
7 September 2012 – Yahoo Bar, Shepparton
8 September 2012 – The Bended Elbow, Geelong

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With Ned Collette and Wirewalker’s sophomore release 2 now sitting on record store shelves, the band is preparing to bring its tracks to the people.

This album and its launch tour have been a long time coming for this band’s Aussie fans. Ned Collette packed his bags for Berlin more than two years ago, a move that provided the inspiration for the release. The album’s key themes include distance and starting again, forgotten homes and shifting cities.

Recording an album with Ned in Berlin and his bandmate Joe Talia back in Melbourne can’t have been easy, but somehow the band managed to do so. In fact, they only reconnected near the end of the process to put the finishing touches on the release! Having Ned based in Germany has given the disc a real international flavour though. Special guest vocalists including Germany’s Mirjam Smejkal and Sasch Gersak and Gemma Ray from the United Kingdom all make appearances.

The vocals aren’t perfect, but I find myself drawn to the album’s seventh track “Happy Heart.” It’s not exactly an upbeat number as the title suggests, but there’s something so compelling about the way it moves along. Take a listen!

If you like what you hear make sure you head out and see Ned Collette and Wirewalker back on home soil at their launch shows next month.

14 June 2012 – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane
15 June 2012 – FBi Social, Sydney
16 June 2012 – The Metro, Adelaide
21 June 2012 – The Front Gallery, Canberra (Ned Collette solo)
23 June 2012 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

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The Trouble with Templeton’s always impressed me with his artistic music videos which are consistently the perfect match to his songs. But he’s taken things to another level with his latest clip for “Someday Soon.”

I’ll warn you up front, this video isn’t for the faint hearted or squeamish. There’s an awful lot of blood, so much that I had trouble stomaching it. But it’s the sort of clip we might expect from a big international act rather than an independent Aussie artist. It makes one hell of an impact.

Again the clip sees The Trouble with Templeton collaborating with his brother Josh Calder.

“We always come from a place where our sole aim is to do justice to the music, rather than trying to create something that looks ‘cool’,” Josh explained. “We always strive to create something that really reflects the songs mood, character and style. We’re both story tellers at heart and with each music video we try to up the ante.”

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Keith Urban has vacated his top spot on the ARIA chart to make way for fellow Aussies, The Temper Trap. The Melbourne band has achieved the best result of their career with a number one debut for their new self-titled album.

Keith hasn’t fallen too far though. The Voice judge’s greatest hits album, The Story So Far, has dropped to number four. It’s also impressive to see country darlings The MyClymonts debuting at number seven with their newie, Two Worlds Collide.

Thank goodness for The Voice, because otherwise the singles top ten would strictly be an international affair. However Brittany Cairns showed she’s unlikely to go home this week, as her cover of “Different Worlds” is sitting at number seven. Judge Delta Goodrem’s infectiously catchy single “Sitting on Top of the World” holds steady at number ten.

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Acclaimed Canadian-born cellist Zoe Keating is touring Australia this month and the next to support the local releases of her two albums, One Cello x 16: Natoma and Into the Trees.

Instrumentalists sometimes get a bad rap for being stuffy musicians stuck in the classical genre. Zoe’s far from that image though. She performs with both cello and laptop to create mindblowing loops. She’s also switched on to social networking and completely independent with a grassroots approach to the industry. No doubt amassing more than 1.3 million Twitter followers helped her move more than 45, 000 copies of those self-released discs. And she’s also worked with plenty of the cool kids including Amanda Palmer, Paolo Nutini, Imogen Heap, and Tears for Fears.

Zoe Keating will bring her cello, her laptop, and her unique approach to music making to the following shows.

30 May 2012 – The Toff in Town, Melbourne
1 June 2012 – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
2 June 2012 – Notes, Sydney
8 & 9 June 2012 – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Katie Noonan is something of a musical enigma. You never know quite what you’re going to get as she flits between bands, duos, and solo endeavours. Her latest project sees her joining forces with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp for a brand new album, dubbed Songs of the Southern Skies.

As the album’s title suggests, this disc is all about exploring the music close to their collective hearts. It features covers of tracks from some of Australia and New Zealand’s best. There’s everything from the Cold Chisel to Gotye to classical guitarist Richard Charlton represented. It’s also got an enviable guest list, with Iva Davies, Gurrumul, and Chris Cheney all making appearances.

“This project brings together my two main musical loves, classical and pop music,” Katie Noonan explained. “As an artist I love blurring the boundaries of genre and hearing musical worlds collide. This project is a wonderful opportunity for Karin and I to do exactly that!  Karin is a wonderful, virtuosic and sensitive player and combined with our fantastic arrangers and some of Australia’s leading composers, it is really great to hear these songs we know and love come to life in a new and exciting way!’

Songs of the Southern Skies hits music stores in August. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp will play the following shows to support its release.

4 August 2012 – Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
13 September 2012 – Community Centre, Byron Bay
14 September 2012 –  Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour
15 September 2012 – Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
19 September 2012 – Capital Theatre, Bendigo
20 September 2012 – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Ground
21 September 2012 – Recital Centre, Melbourne
22 September 2012 – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta
27 September 2012 – Entertainment Centre, Albany
28 September 2012 – Winthrop Hall, Perth
29 September 2012 – Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
1 October 2012 – The White House, Adelaide Hills
5 October 2012 – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba
6 October 2012 – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore
11 October 2012 – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle
12 October 2012 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
13 & 14 October 2012 – Street Theatre, Canberra
18 October 2012 – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona
19 October 2012 – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane
26 October 2012 – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
27 October 2012 – City Recital Hall, Sydney

Image used with permission from AVM Publicity

With extended time in Brisbane my chart report’s coming a little late this week. But with Keith Urban’s latest greatest hits The Story So Far album debuting at the number one slot, I figured it was better done late than never.

It’s a great effort for Keith whose previous best effort was a number three peak for Defying Gravity. No doubt all that exposure on The Voice has something to do with this latest chart success.

The good news for The Voice continues on the singles charts. Contestant Karise Eden is the best performing Aussie this week with her cover of “Nothing’s Real But Love” sitting at number nine. With a result like that, there was no way she’d go home this week. Despite the criticism levelled at her it seems plenty of us still love Delta Goodrem too. Her new single “Sitting on Top of the World” occupies the number ten slot.

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I wrote this post sitting at Brisbane Airport, preparing to return to my real life and reflecting on a wonderful weekend. So many factors made it special: reconnecting with good friends, dancing until the wee small hours with boys that were far too young, singing songs around an RSL piano, drinking amazing wine. But at the heart of it there was Prince. He was the man who inspired me to make the trip to Brisbane to begin with, so perhaps it’s fitting that his Friday night show was one of my long weekend’s highlights.

I started to feel that thrill of excitement before the doors even opened. There’s something special about standing in a sea of folks dressed in purple whose excitement is just as palpable as yours. That frisson reached fever pitch as we stepped inside and took in the iconic love symbol shaped stage. It escalated again when a lone guitarist appeared to serenade us for a bit with an introduction to “Purple Rain” before the full band and Prince himself graced us with his presence and a killer rendition of “Jam of the Year.”

And what a presence it is. I was so struck by him, spellbound as I watched him dance and sing, using the full extent of that big stage, playing to the entire room despite its size. I found myself thinking about other entertainers he reminded me of: Little Richard, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix. He’s all that and more. A born showman who is completely captivating and utterly sexy.

And he’s got the songs to match that electric stage presence. There were some notable absences, but I suppose that’s inevitable for a man with such an impressive back catalogue. He certainly crammed as much as he could in, even if it meant singing just a snippet of some like “Pop Life” and “Darling Nikki.” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999” were electric, and the unexpected appearance of “Shhh” made me weak at the knees. Hearing him sing “Purple Rain” will stick out as one of my most treasured concert moments. Sitting in a room illuminated by the light of thousands of mobile phones – the new cigarette lighters – was incredible. Watching purple glitter fall as the song snaked towards its epic conclusion is something I’ll never forget. “Kiss” was perhaps the perfect closer, cheeky and playful and everything Prince showed us he is.

I travelled a long way for the performance but it was definitely worth it to bask in his aura for a few hours. When I told people I was going to see Prince a few suggested he might be past his prime. However on reflection it seems the Purple One is just warming up.

It’s been a bit quiet in the Gyroscope camp this year, but the Perth band are heading out of hibernation for a good cause. The Western Australian rock act will headline The Benefit Show for Dana in September.

The event will help raise funds for 26-year-old Dana Vulin, who was badly burned when a home invader doused her in metho and set her alight. Money raised on the night will help Dana and her family with their medical costs, legal fees, and rehabilitation. It’s a cause particularly close to the band’s heart, as Dana is Gyroscope guitarist Zoran Trivic’s cousin.

“What has happened to my cousin Dana is beyond words, and never in our lives have we felt stronger about doing a benefit show,” Zoran said. “This will be a most special and important night, and the boys and I are really looking forward to tearing the Rosemount apart on behalf of a brave & amazing girl.”

The Benefit Show for Dana hits Perth’s The Rosemount Hotel on September 22. Tickets are just $35. You can get yours from Oztix from 9 am on Monday, May 30. If you can’t make it but still want you give, you can do so via a direct deposit to Westpac Bank/ BSB 036000 / Account: 939549 / Account name: Foundation for Dana Vulin.