If you love your music turned up to 11, read on. Legendary local rockers The Choirboys are currently paying tribute to another iconic Aussie act, AC/DC with a string of shows around the country.

Mark Gable and the boys promise to play High Voltage and Highway to Hell cover to cover to celebrate AC/DC’s musical legacy and the 40th anniversary of Bon Scott joining the band.

Get ready to sing along to all you favourites at the remaining shows.

24 February 2017 – Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast
25 February 2017 – Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
3 March 2017 – Astor Hotel, Goulburn
4 March 2017 – The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park
10 March 2017 – Blue Cattle Dog, St Clair
1 April 2017 – Ettamogah Hotel, Rouse Hill
8 April 2017 – Wentworthville Leagues, Wentworthville
21 April 2017 – Dee Why RSL, Dee Why
22 April 2017 – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill

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Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of postings lately. I recently took a cruise and made sure I had some content to drip through while I was away. But I didn’t account for my husband taking sick on the ship and all the time I’d spend at the hospital over this last week. It takes some doing to juggle that with paid work, and something has to slide. I need the music though, so I’m going to try to somehow find time for this too.

I’m easing my way into it to let you know about Katie Noonan’s latest collaboration with Karin Schaupp, Songs of the Latin Skies. The talented women last worked together on Songs of the Southern Skies in 2012, a record which saw them nominated for an ARIA. This time around they’re turning their attention to the great South American songbook with covers of iconic songs from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

“In this, our third release together, I feel like Karin and I have made our best work yet,” Katie confirmed in a press release. “Playing with Karin is like floating on a gorgeous cloud – it is such a pleasure to make music together and this new selection of beautiful songs has been our most comfortable musical home yet. We can not wait to share this music with you around the country!”

Songs of the Latin Skies is in stores now. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp will play shows around the country from March to support its release. Tickets are on sale now.

17 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Hobart
18 & 19 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide
23 March 2017 – Quarry Ampitheatre, Perth
24 March 2017 – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
11 May 2017 – City Recital Hall, Sydney
12 May 2017 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
13 May 2017 – IPAC, Wollongong
19 May 2017 – A & I Hall, Bangalow
20 May 2017 – Queensland Conservatorium @ Griffith University, Brisbane
8 June 2017 – Bendooley Estate, Berrima
9 & 10 June 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra
11 June 2017 – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith
30 June 2017 – Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne

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I’m not sure whether seeing a concert sponsored by Apia is an indication of my advancing years, but I’m hanging out for this year’s Good Times shows.

I like to think it’s more to do with the awesome line-up of Aussie talent assembled. We’ve got The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull, Colin Hay, Deborah Conway, and Mental as Anything. Just take a moment to ponder how many amazing songs these local artists have produced!

I also love that this tour doesn’t just stay in the capital cities. It’s a good thing too, because I’m already booked in for the I Love the ‘90s show the night of the Sydney gig! Along with my hometown of Newcastle, you can enjoy a Good Time with some of Australia’s most enduring talents at the following shows. General sale tickets are available from Monday 6 February at 10 am.

17 May 2017 – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
19 May 2017 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre Mode), Adelaide
20 May 2017 – Perth Concert Hall, Perth
21 May 2017 – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury (4pm matinee)
26 May 2017 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne
27 May 2017 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
28 May 2017 – Costa Hall @ Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
31 May 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
1 June 2017 – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
2 June 2017 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
3 June 2017 – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads
9 June 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Enmore
10 June 2017 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
11 June 2017 – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
16 June 2017 – Princess Theatre, Launceston
17 June 2017 – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

Nussy is back with an exciting new single “Hard as Diamonds.” I am really digging her brand of edgy synth pop. And that voice of hers is so compelling.

“Hard As Diamonds is about a person who has become jaded and built up walls to protect themselves from being hurt,” Nussy explained in the press release. “It’s about trying to unlock the beauty that is still evident within their soul.”

The Victorian talent will perform a string of shows this month and through to March to promote the new single. Catch Nussy at the following venues.

18 February 2016 – Gaytimes Festival, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
25 February 2016 – Howler, Melbourne
16 March 2017 – Marley Bar, Sydney (FREE)
17 March 2017 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (FREE)

One of this country’s finest blues singers, Jeff Lang, is ready to unleash a brand new album and he’s going to tour the country to celebrate it. Alone in Bad Company drops on February 24, roughly a month before this extensive tour kicks off.

This video for the lead single “Burnside” gives you a good indication of what you’re in for on this album and the tour. It really shows off his unparalleled guitar prowess and the album’s very organic, rootsy sound.

Tickets are on sale now for the following shows. There’s so many, there’s bound to be one near you!

17 March 2017 – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong
18 March 2017 – Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick
24 March 2017 – Golden Vine, Bendigo
25 March 2017 – Suttons, Ballarat
31 March 2017 – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
1 April 2017 – Lefties, Whyalla
6 April 2017 – Royal Oak, Launceston
7 April 2017 – Republic Bar, Hobart
15 & 17 April 2017 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay
5 May 2017 – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi
6 May 2017 – Music By The Sea, Sandgate
11 May 2017 – The Oxley, Cowra
12 May 2017 – The Agrestic, Orange
13 May 2017 – The Gearin, Katoomba
18 May 2017 – Lizottes, Newcastle
19 May 2017 – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay
20 May 2017 – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope
21 May 2017 – 5 Church St, Bellingen
26 May 2017 – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral
27 May 2017 – The Basement, Sydney
28 May 2017 – Thirroul Village Hall, Thirroul
9 June 2017 – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood
10 June 2017 – Fly By Night, Fremantle
16 June 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra
17 June 2017 – Murrah Hall, Murrah

After touring the country with Kingswood this month, My Echo are ready to do it all again as the headliners. The Melbourne rockers will hit the road later this month to support the release of their long awaited debut album Brothers, which drops on March 3. It features the raucous new single “Meet You There.”

The name Brothers resonates with this band of surrogate siblings who showed their mateship when they rallied around lead singer Brenton Perry during a critical illness.

“We banded together and put everything with music on hold and focused our energy to supporting Brenton and letting him deal with his illness,” explained drummer Henry Hollingsworth. “I’m relieved beyond belief to say that he got back to full health.’”

The album is a tribute to My Echo’s bond and resilience. See them in all their glory at the following venues.

24 Feb 2017 – Ed Castle, Adelaide
3 March 2017 – Yah Yahs, Melbourne
4 March 2017 – Workers Club, Geelong
11 & 12 March 2017 – Sydney Tattoo Expo, Sydney
16 March 2017 – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
17 March 2017 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
18 March 2017 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
23 March 2017 – Trainspotters @ Woolly Mammoth Front Bar, Brisbane
24 March 2017 – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast

It’s taken British rock band Thunder 27 years to make a trip Down Under. The band has released 20 Top 50 singles in their native UK, but this isn’t just a nostalgia tour. The band has a brand new single called “Rip It Up” and a new album with the same name set to drop on February 10.

You can expect Thunder to make it up to those Aussie fans who’ve been waiting since the late 80s for this tour. Tickets are on sale now.

7 March 2017 – Factory, Sydney
8 March 2017 – The Corner, Melbourne
10 March 2017 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
11 March 2017 – Capitol, Perth

Listen up Icehouse fans! This one’s for you.

In honour of the band’s 40-year anniversary, a brand new box set called Icehouse – The Complete Collection, drops on February 17. The 10-album set features every Icehouse album ever release, from Flowers to Icehouse – In Concert. You can get a digital copy but any real fan is going to want the digipack CDs in the deluxe slipcase. You can pre-order them now from the Icehouse online store.

In addition, Flowers will be reissued on vinyl for the first time since its 1980 release. This landmark debut features amazing tracks like “Can’t Help Myself,” “We Can Get Together,” and “Walls.” It’s pressed on 180-gram vinyl and replicates the original layout and uncoated sleeve of the original. It’s also available for pre-order.

If you prefer streaming, you’re in lucky. Icehouse have now released their entire back catalogue to leading streaming services.

And if that’s not enough Icehouse news for you, remember the band is currently on tour! If you haven’t already organised tickets, make sure you snap some up.

28 January 2017 – Taupo Amphitheatre, Taupo
29 January 2017 – Whitianga Open Air Venue, Whitianga
1 & 2 February 2017 – Crown Theatre, Perth
9 February 2017 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
11 February 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Old Mount Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier
18 February 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Country Club, Launceston
24 February 2017 – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
25 February 2017- Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth
11 March 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Mackay Park, Bateman’s Bay
12 March 2017 – A Weekend in the Gardens, Melbourne (with James Reyne and Clare Bowditch)
17 & 18 March 2017 – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
25 March 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Roche Estate, Hunter Valley
1 April 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Harrigan’s Drift Inn, Jacob’s Well
22 April 2017 – Red Hot Summer Tour @ Bendigo Jockey Club, Bendigo
23 & 24 June 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Enmore

Image used with permission from Ferris Davies PRM
Image used with permission from Ferris Dav

I can’t remember people raving about a musician’s autobiography as much as they have for Jimmy BarnesWorking Class Boy. My dad got a copy for Christmas and he’s barely put it down. It sold more copies in 2016 than any other adult book in the country.

The response to Jimmy’s upcoming Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs shows, where he promises to share tales of the past and some amazing tunes, has been phenomenal. So he’s just announced some new concerts to meet the demand. Regional fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

There’s a presale at 2 pm today through Frontier Music. If you miss out on that, there’s a Ticketek presale from 2 pm on Monday 30 January ahead of the general sale from 2 pm on Tuesday January 31.

14 March 2017 – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay
15 & 16 March 2017 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
18 March 2017 – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
23 March 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
24 March 2017 – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
25 March 2017 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
7 April 2017 – Geelong Performance Arts Centre Playhouse, Geelong
8 April 2017 – Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Image used with permission from Ferris Davies PRM

Some singles date quickly, sounded like yesterday’s news shortly after you hear them. And then there are the songs that endure, that continue to touch the heart and encourage us all to sing along decades after their release. “What About Me” is one of those songs.

This year marks the 40-year anniversary of Moving Pictures’ breakthrough single. It spent six weeks at number one in Australia and even cracked the top 30 in the United States. And of course it gained a new legion of fans when Shannon Noll covered in on Australian Idol. That single went four times platinum and sold more than any other Nollsy track ever has. Such is the power of this song.

Moving Pictures will mark the anniversary with shows in New South Wales and Victoria. These are the only gigs the band will play this year, so if you love them don’t miss out on tickets.

10 February 2017 – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill
11 February 2017 – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
12 February 2017 – The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle
17 February 2017 – Memo Music Hall St.Kilda
23 February 2017 – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale
24 February 2017 – Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Hurlstone Park
25 February 2017 – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel, St Claire