Sometimes you just need a bit of fun to usher in the weekend. And I’ve found it in Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems and the chunky guitars of their new single “Caroline”.

There’s nothing deep and meaningful going on here. We’ve heard the tale of falling in love with the wrong woman before, but its wrapped up in such an infectiously catchy package that I don’t really mind. The clip’s also got such a great Aussie nostalgia to it, that I’m a bit powerless to resist.

If you’re digging Bad//Dreems’ good vibes, make sure you support the boys when they launch the single at the following shows next month.

7 May 2013 – Mum @ World Bar, Sydney
14 May 2013 – CATS @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
31 May 2013 – The Gasometer, Melbourne

Following a successful crowd-sourcing campaign, Jen Cloher will release her third album In Blood Memory next month.

The album, which was written over the last six months and recorded in just six days, is the follow-up to Jen’s acclaimed sophomore effort Hidden Hands. The album could have been very dark after Jen lost both her parents at the end of 2011. However, rather than dwelling on her sorrow she decided to create a more positive record.

“I had written an album worth of songs by the beginning of 2012 but I decided to scrap them and start again. My previous album Hidden Hands had been about loss and I didn’t have the emotional energy to explore that territory again,” she explained. Instead, I wanted to write about what was alive in me.

In Blood Memory is a live album. Its strength lies in passionate performances from a great band. Drums are spilling into vocal mics and guitars into drum overheads. All of my vocals are live. There is no separation.”

In Blood Memory will hit stores on May 27.

Image used with permission from Remote Control Records

I don’t think it’s right to just let ANZAC Day go by without acknowledging it. It’s not just another day. It’s a day for us all to pause and remember those who lost our life fighting for the freedom that we take for granted, and the ones who came back but were never the same.

I’ve done it in the past by posting “I Was Only 19” and “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. This year I needed to dig a little deeper, and it saw me discovering this song, “Gallipoli Rosemary” by Mick Thomas. The Weddings Parties Anything singer has always had such a gift for songwriting. This song might never have achieved mainstream attention but it’s still strong, imbued with the emotion fitting for a track recorded on ANZAC Day a couple of years.

Lest we forget.

All good things must come to an end, and it’s almost time to bid Mia Dyson adieu as she returns to her adopted home in the United States. However, she’s not leaving without a proper goodbye.

Mia will play her final Australian show for some time at the Bulli Hotel this Friday, April 26. She’s also leave us with one more single, “Fill Yourself”, an upbeat bluesy number which will launch The Moment in the US.

“Fill Yourself has been a favourite of many people on the record and is the track turning heads in the US,” said Mia. “It is bittersweet to be heading back over there. I have absolutely loved being home, so much so that I extended my stay, but it’s time to continue this journey that The Moment has become.”

The Moment hits American stores today.

Legendary guitarist, songwriter, and producer Todd Rundgren will celebrate four decades of hits with a string of shows in Australia this winter.

As well as honouring his extensive back catalogue, Todd will also introduce fans to his latest work State, which will hit stores in May. This is Todd’s 24th solo album, and it proves he’s not fading away.

Todd’s assembled a stellar collection of musicians to join him on stage including keyboardist John Ferenzik (Jefferson Starship), guitarist Jesse Gree, drummer Prarie Prince (Jefferson Starship, The New Cars), and bassist Kasim Sultan (Blue Oyster Cult, Utopia). Enjoy a night of true musicianship at the following shows.

17 July 2013 – The Gov, Adelaide
19 July 2013 – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights
20 July 2013 – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Hotel
21 July 2013 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
23 July 2013 – Lizotte’s, Newcastle
25 July 2013 – Bridge Hotel, Balmain
26 July 2013 – Whitlam Theatre @ Revesby Workers, Revesby
27 July 2013 – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads

Image used with permission from Riot House Publicity

Australia has lost one of its most unique female voices with the passing of Chrissy Amphlett. The Divinyls frontwoman passed away in New York City following battles with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was just 53 years old.

They broke the mould when they made Chrissy. As a young girl I remember being fascinated by her sexy schoolgirl outfits, fishnet stockings, and husky rasping voice. I couldn’t believe she could get away with singing “I Touch Myself”, and I still think “Boys in Town” is one of the greatest rock songs ever penned.

With her band The Divinyls she earned four top 10 albums locally and one in America. Funnily enough, that shocking “I Touch Myself” song was their biggest-selling single. It reached number one here and cracked the top 10 in the United States and Great Britain. Fittingly the band took their place in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Those facts are impressive, but it’s Chrissy’s sass that I’ll remember most. She was fierce, so different, so charismatic. She will be missed.

Sydney’s Luna Park will host Australia’s leading local hip-hop event Come Together Festival on June 8. Organisers have assembled an amazing line-up, featuring Drapht, Illy, The Herd, and Spit Syndicate, to celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary.

While there’s a solid line-up of established hip-hop talent, it’s also a great opportunity to discover some fresh new talent including 21-year-old Adelaide rapper Allday, Sydney duo Jackie Onassis, and the exciting Crochet Crooks.

The all-ages event offers plenty of entertainment. The doors to the Big Top don’t open until 3:30 pm, but you’re best getting their early as your ticket includes free rides from 11:30 am. Tickets cost $60 and are on sale now from the Come Together website.

Image source: Stuart Sevastos @ Wikipedia Commons

The thing I missed most about not being able to log in and update my blog was being unable to share great music with you. So I’m taking this opportunity while everything’s working to tell you about Daniel Champagne.

Daniel’s just a young whippersnapper at 23, but he’s got more musical intuition than many older performers. It’s little wonder really as Daniel picked up the guitar at five and began writing songs at 12. Barely in to his twenties he’s just released his second album The Gypsy Moon (Volume 1), a collection of what he calls road songs which hints at more to come.

“Making The Gypsy Moon … was a really long and drawn out process,” he explained. “I had all these songs with me for ages but no time off the road to do anything with them so they mostly just sat in the back seat gathering dust for a long time.”

Eventually he picked those songs up and took them to Pirate Studios on the south coast of New South Wales, Daniel’s original stomping ground, where he reunited with producer Dave Sparks, who collaborated on Daniel’s EPs and debut album. “Once I got back in the studio with Dave it just felt right and I knew it was going to work. It all fell out pretty quickly from there.”

The Gypsy Moon (Volume 1) features the single “Heart Like This”, which got me excited enough to talk about him in the first place. This is such a gorgeous track, the right combination of emotion and melody with beautiful guest vocals from Mikaela Atkins. The album’s out now, and Daniel’s currently touring it around the country. Here are all the places you can see him playing over the next few months.

26–28 April 2013 – Apollo Bay Festival, Apollo Bay
2 May 2013 – Beav’s Bar, Geelong
3 May 2013 – Caravan Club, Oakleigh
4 May 2013 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
10 May 2013 – The Loft, Warrnambool
11 May 2013 – Culburra Beach Festival, Culburra Beach
12 May 2013 – Bottlerocket, Nowra
15 May 2013 – Indi Bar, Perth
16 May 2013 – Mojo’s Bar, Perth
18 May 2013 – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale
19 May 2013 – Semaphore Workers Club, Adelaide
23 May 2013 – Front Gallery, Canberra
24 May 2013 – Mudgee Brewery, Mudgee
25 May 2013 – Taste Cafe, Canowindra
26 May 2013 – Beyond Q, Canberra
30 May 2013 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore
31 May 2013 – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow
14 June 2013 – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega
15 June 2013 – City Diggers Club, Wollongong
16 June 2013 – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane
20 June 2013 – Townsville Folk Club, Townsville

If you’re in Victoria and looking for something to do this weekend, get yourself to the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. From tomorrow, the museum will host a special exhibition celebrating the covers of Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine. This is the first time that the best covers from the last four decades have been on show in this country.

“The influence of Rolling Stone extends beyond music – this magazine has been the birthplace of some the greatest careers in photography, journalism, and design,” explained Kirsten Fitzpatrick, exhibition curator. “This exhibition chronicles the evolution of our cultural landscape and will trigger nostalgic memories of significant moments in the history of rock ‘n roll, and their associated personal memories for all that come to view it.”

The covers feature our own Michael Hutchence and Miranda Kerr as well as international megastars like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Blondie.

Entry is free, and the museum’s just 40 kays out of the Melbourne CBD. With a café on site, it sounds like a great little day trip to me! The exhibition will be on display at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum until July 7 before it heads to its next destination.

Image used with permission from Show Off Services

While we were on a tech-imposed hiatus Sounds of Oz was named one of the top 100 Music Blogs to follow by CouponAudit. Never heard of it? Me neither. And as it doesn’t seem to have any musical cred, you can take these results with a grain of salt. Still, I can’t recall being named in the top 100 anything before, so I’ll take my number 62 position. It’s a long list so I’ll keep it under the cut, but feel free to browse around. You might even find another cool blog to follow. Just make sure it doesn’t replace this one in your bookmarks, OK?

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