TOUR/COMPETITION: Ben Sherman Big British Sound! + Win some CDs!

For those of you hanging around Sydney and Melbourne, early May is going to bring you some great live music. In fact you guys get access to pretty cool music most of the time. But especially now, because on the 11th and 12th of May is the Ben Sherman Big British Sound!

“What’s that?”, you might ask. Well, it’s a night filled with emerging artists from around Australia. It’s been pretty successful the past two years, and has seen artists like Art Vs Science, Tame Impala, Little Red, and Seabellies grace the stage.

The catch? Each artist performs one or two covers from British artists they like. So not only do you get to see some brilliant Aussie musicians play, but you get to hear some special covers as well.

Head down if you get the chance! Tickets are only about $10 each.

Melbourne
11th May (Wednesday), 2011 – 19:30-22:30
The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St
Tickets – http://www.cornerhotel.com/
Ball Park Music
Strange Talk
Boy In A Box
Owl Eyes
DJs Simon Winkler & Jess McGuire (RRR)

Sydney
12th May (Thursday), 2011 – 19:30-22:30
The Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Tickets – http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=46271
Ball Park Music
Strange Talk
Boy In A Box
Step-Panther
DJs Sweetie & Shag (FBi)

COMPETITION:

Thanks to the folks organising the Ben Sherman Big British Sound, you can score copies of the latest releases from Ball Park Music and Boy In A Box!

All you have to do is comment and tell me who your favourite British artist is, and why! Easy, right? Get to it! Just leave an e-mail address somehow when you leave a comment, otherwise I can’t contact you.

I’ll pick the best entry and announce the winner on Saturday afternoon, so get your entries in early!

Competition is over! Congratulations to Benny Nitro!

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TOUR: The Falls on Wednesdays at the Hotel Hollywood!

In a musical landscape where venues unfortunately seem to be closing down left, right, and centre, it’s a great feeling to know that there are still initiatives and events out there that are promoting good new artists.

One such event is about to start at the Hotel Hollywood on Wednesday nights. Hosted by Doris Goddard who owns the hotel, it’ll bring folk artists The Falls (check out some of their stuff here!) in as the artists in residence. Their swooning, delicate acoustic tunes sound great, especially for stuff recorded on a 4-track. The Hotel Hollywood has seen artists like Fergus Brown and Georgia Fair pop by before, and seems to be an important, emerging venue for the acoustic/folk scene. The Falls will also be joined by some special guests each Wednesday for the next few weeks.

See the full details below, and get along to it (it’s free!).

WHAT: The Falls + special guests each week
WHERE: The Hotel Hollywood
2 Foster Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
WHEN: Wednesday nights – 8pm – FREE ENTRY!

WED 30th MARCH: THE FALLS + HELLO VERA + ACHOO! BLESS YOU
WED 6th APRIL: THE FALLS + PAUL AIDEN (UK) + ATLAS B SALVESEN
WED 13th APRIL: THE FALLS + JACK CARTY + ANDREW MORRIS (QLD)
WED 20th APRIL: THE FALLS + THE GREEN MOHAIR SUITS + DANNY WIDDICOMBE (QLD)

TOUR: Graffiti at the Wall 2010

This year Big Tree Artists and 3D World are presenting Graffiti at the Wall 2010! What’s that, you might be wondering. It’s Sydney‘s new independent, all ages, hip-hop and street art festival!

With amazing Aussie artists like Mind Over Matter, Phatchance, Coptic Soldier, Daily Meds, Johnny Utah, and other local acts, it’s going to be a fun night. There will be graffiti artists showcasing their work, and freestyle battles throughout the night. Be sure to get down there and support Australian hip-hop.

Festival details:
27th of November
Live at the Wall (formerly the Bald Faced Stag)
343 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt, NSW
6.30 pm until around 1 am
Tickets are $20+bf for pre-sale, and $25 at the door.
Pre-order here!

BRAND NEW: Phoenix – “Live In Sydney” Free EP!

Phoenix. You know, that French band. The one that sings those insanely infectious synthy pop songs. Yeah, them. Well, they decided that they’d go and do something really nice for us all. They’ve released a live EP featuring songs from “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” that they played for us Australians in Sydney. I didn’t catch any of their gigs over here, but I hear they’re pretty good live.

I haven’t grabbed the EP yet, but I will be very soon. Word is the live version of “Love Like A Sunset” is brilliant.

The track-listing is as follows:

1. Lisztomania
2. Lasso
3. Fences
4. Girlfriend
5. Armistice
6. Love Like A Sunset
7. Rome
8. 1901

Grab a free download here. (Once their servers are back up that is, it looks like they’re under a bit of strain at the moment. Understandably.)