Marilyn Manson Sued By Former Assistant For Sexual Assault And Battery

CONTENT WARNING: The following article contains discussions and descriptions of sexual assault and abuse.

Ashley Walters, Marilyn Manson‘s former assistant, is suing the artist for sexual assault, battery and harassment.

The lawsuit follows another put forth by Game Of Thrones actor Esme Bianco back in April. Bianco’s lawsuit alleges sexual assault, physical abuse and human trafficking by Manson. As it stands, more than a dozen women have claimed Manson was abusive towards them, including Evan Rachel Wood, who claimed Manson “horrifically” abused her for years.

Since the allegations first came to light, Manson has been dropped by his record label and long-time manager Tony Ciulla.

According to a report from The Cut, Walters filed her complaint on Tuesday in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. In her complaint, she alleged that Manson was a terrifying boss who frequently made violent outbursts, made her work for 48 hours straight on multiple occasions and told his friends to kiss and grope her.

Walters was a 26 year old aspiring photographer when she was first contacted by Manson, the legal documents posted by The Cut detail. He reached out to her over Myspace in 2010, asking to collaborate with her. At first, she thought it was a joke, but after speaking on the phone, he invited her to his West Hollywood home to continue discussing their potential collaboration.

Walters then visited Manson’s home. She tried to leave at around 2AM once his bandmates and assistant had left, however Manson said the lot that she had parked her car in would be closed until 7AM. The complaint then alleges that they conducted a photoshoot where at one point, Manson asked Walters to take off her shirt.

Once the shoot was done, the complaint then reads that Manson allegedly pinned Walters down to try to kiss her, but she turned away. He “then moved behind Walters and bit her ear while grabbing her hand and placing it in his underwear.” Walters moved away from him and fled soon after.

The lawsuit then alleges that although she left that night feeling “confusion and fear,” she was also excited “about their creative connection and similar artistic interests”, and “made the decision to… ignore the traumatising experience of being pinned to his bed”.

Walters and Manson conducted a few more photo and video shoots together. During her time shooting for Manson, more incidents allegedly occurred, including one where an unnamed actor hired by Manson “threw her against the wall and roughly shoved his tongue into her mouth.”

Soon after, Manson offered her a job as his assistant. He offered her double the salary she was earning in her job as an office coordinator at a production company and promised incentives such as art and travel.

“She knew it could be an incredible opportunity to become involved in the creative entertainment field, one that would not be likely to come around again,” the complaint reads. She then accepted the job.

While working for Manson, she allegedly faced more incidents of abuse from him, which would create an “atmosphere that was isolating” for her, the lawsuit claims.

On more than one occasion, Walters was forced to work for 48 hours straight. She reportedly lived in fear of his angry outbursts, where he would throw dishes at her, or push her against a wall. He would also barrage her with constant threats.

The complaint also alleges that he “commonly offered Walters up to his influential industry friends and associates.” In 2010 at the Spike TV Scream Awards in Los Angeles, Manson “pushed Walters onto the lap of an actor and bragged that he could ‘have her’.” The actor then kissed Walters and “[kept] her on his lap,” according to the lawsuit.

The next month, Walters said she was “offered up” by Manson to an “industry friend and director” who repeatedly groped her for the duration of the night.

Then, in mid-2011, the complaint reads that Manson began to try to smear Walters’ reputation publicly while he “physically and verbally threatened her”.

After a series of arguments during that period, he fired her.

Manson’s former fiancee Evan Rachel Wood was one of four women to publicly come forward with allegations of abuse against the musician back in February. She originally provided testimony of the horrific abuse she allegedly faced back in 2018, however she did not name him then.

Manson responded by calling the claims “horrible distortions of reality,” writing on Instagram that his “intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners.”

Manson’s lawyer Howard E. King. then responded to Bianco’s lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted, abused and battered her, saying “to be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail.”

You can read Ashley Walters’ full complaint via The Cut here.

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.

The views expressed by people and organisations quoted in this article are not the view of Music Feeds or its employees.

There’s A ‘Bring It On’ Slasher Sequel On The Way

The Bring It On crew have announced the latest film addition to the franchise which will see them expanding into the world of slasher flicks.

The original Bring It On with Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union and Paul Rudd first launched back in 2000. Now, 21 years on, the franchise boasts 6 films, with the latest being 2017’s Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack.

The movie, according to Entertainment Weekly, is currently tentatively titled Bring It On: Halloween and will first land on US cable channel Syfy next year. It will follow an embattled cheerleading squad “held down by restrictive rules” who seek “the freedom of a creepy, closed school gym to practice for regionals.”

Things get a little hairy when members of the cheerleading squad begin to disappear, and they realise that they have to unmask their attacker in order to save themselves.

Last year whilst appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Union teased the possible return of the original cast in a future Bring It On sequel.

“We all were like, ‘we’re in, we’re absolutely in’,” she said. “It absolutely is going to happen.

“I think [it’s] because we all got obsessed with Cheer on Netflix,” she added. “It kind of brought back the whole love of cheerleading, and we kind of want to see where the people would be 20 years later.”

The Bring It On franchise (yes, the cheerleading comedy one) is getting its own horror movie with Bring It On: Halloween. Coming to SYFY next year! https://t.co/AzzKkVGvzs pic.twitter.com/lS6U324a3V

— Bloody Disgusting (@BDisgusting) May 14, 2021

Watch Guy Fieri Headbanging At A Slipknot Show

Mentally, I’m here. At a Slipknot concert pre-pandemic. The music is loud, the crowd is raring and who might be front and centre in that crowd? Well, right there is none other than Guy Fieri, headbanging his way into my heart.

The Mayor of Flavortown was caught rocking out on camera by Alexandria Crahan, daughter of Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, and as expected, her footage has gone viral on Tik Tok.

She posted the short clip with the caption “It was like a beautiful fever dream @slipknot #flavortown #guyfieri #slipknot #foodnetwork”. Although he appears to be incognito, Fieri can be seen front and centre in the video, clearly very into the band’s performance of their song ‘Custer’. The clip ends with a short on-screen caption, reading “The time I met Guy Fieri at a Slipknot concert … He was really nice”, finishing up with a photo of him and Alexandria.

And speaking of Clown, just a few days back he announced his foray into the growing US cannabis economy, with his new company Clown Cannabis.

Watch the footage below.

@alexandriacrahanIt was like a beautiful fever dream @slipknot #flavortown #guyfieri #slipknot #foodnetwork

♬ Custer – Slipknot

PREMIERE: A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase Delivers Magic In ‘Don’t Stop Spinning’

A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase – yes, that’s the artist’s name – is the solo project of musician Angus Gardiner, and now he’s delivered another taste of what he’s got to offer in new single ‘Don’t Stop Spinning’.

The song is a dramatic, synth-twirling number that’s backed with lush keys and a strutting guitar line, just begging you to lay back and fall into the magic of it. It’s got the feel of A Moon-Shaped Pool-era Radiohead with the subtle pop stylings of artists like Weyes Blood.

‘Don’t Stop Spinning’ is A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase’s second ever release, yet its so polished you’d think he was a veteran. Well, that’s because he kind of is! He’s been building his craft for years by working with artists like Jarryd James, Montaigne and E^ST, as well as being a founding member of beloved band Papa Vs. Pretty.

“It’s about the rhythmic persistence of our lives; we walk, we breathe, we spin around the sun. It’s about keeping on keeping on with a mindset of acceptance,” Gardiner said of the song in a press statement.

“When I wrote it, I was doing a lot of running, and reading Bessel Van Der Kolk’s amazing book The Body Keeps the Score. I think there is a quote in there about how we are inherently rhythmical beings. I loved the clinical language describing something which is to me so warm, human, and emotional. To me that’s a lot of what music is about, encoding emotional content with a deliberate and clinical approach.”

Listen to ‘Don’t Stop Spinning’ below.

Listen To Green Day’s New Track ‘Pollyanna’

Green Day are hear to deliver us some good news today, with the release of their brand-spanking, uplifting new single ‘Pollyanna’.

Sharing the song on social media, the band wrote, “Better days are looking up the road, and to celebrate we just dropped a brand new song.”

The song’s lyrics echo that sentiment perfectly, with lines like “Don’t let ’em get you down / Don’t let ’em push you around / We’re gonna take back the night / Everything’s gonna be alright.”

‘Pollyanna’ is the second single the band have released this year, following from the punk-infused ‘Here Comes The Shock’ which came to us back in February.

In other Green Day news, the question of ‘what is Green Day’s best song’ was recently posed to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. His answer: ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’.

“It’s so epic,” he said. “I mean, I’m tooting my own horn, but I think it encompasses so much about my life and friendship and family, and it’s flamboyant and big and bombastic.

“It’s one of those moments where I was feeling like I wanted to take a big risk. It’s so fun to play live, seeing how the entire crowd sings along. It’s just one of those songs.”

Listen to ‘Pollyanna’ below.

PREMIERE: Ballarat Duo Odd Tastes Unveil Sunny New Indie-Pop Single, ‘IT’S ALRIGHT’

Ballarat-based indie-pop duo Odd Tastes are gearing up to drop their effervescent new single ‘IT’S ALRIGHT’ this Friday… and we’ve got your exclusive sneak peak down below!

Produced and mixed by group member Will Stephens, who plays in the band with his twin sister Georgina, this sun-bleached slice of indie-pop uses irresistibly catchy melodies, dual autotune-inflected vocals, verby guitar lines and playful electronics to capture the bright side of a relationship breakdown.

Will explains: “I was going through a breakup, but for some strange reason, I was taking it so well. I decided to capture this with this song. Simply, it’s completely fine when someone don’t like you, it happens.”

To coincide with the release, the duo will be performing a one-off single launch at The Workers Club in Melbourne on Monday, 14th June, after previously sharing the stage with the likes of The Smith Street Band and The Bennies, as well as appearing at Queenscliff Music Festival in 2019.

Catch your exclusive sneak peak of ‘IT’S ALRIGHT, the new single by Odd Tastes, below.

Odd Tastes · IT’S ALRIGHT (feat Lachnes)

‘Australian Idol’ OG Paulini Finally Got Her Licence & Celebrated By Taking The Piss Out Of Her Past Driving Offences

Former Australian Idol contestant Paulini has a colourful history with driving. In fact, since competing in the debut season of the reality tv singing comp all the way back in 2003 (alongside fellow OG’s Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll) her various driving offences have probably made more headlines than her professional endeavours.

In total, the Young Diva has copped 10 separate offences since getting her L’s back in 2002, the most serious of which was in 2017, when she pleaded guilty to bribing a government official in exchange for a fake license, which she ended up getting round with for a year.

According to the Daily Tele, here’s every offence that Paulini has copped until the present day:

  • $123 fine in 2013 for speeding.
  • $208 fine in 2014 for speeding.
  • $384 for driving with an expired license in 2007.
  • $647 for driving on L’s unaccompanied and $197 for not displaying plates in 2009.
  • $206 for not displaying L plates in 2011.
  • $300 for driving on L’s unaccompanied in 2013, suspended for three months.
  • $800 for driving with a cancelled license in 2014, suspended for twelve months.
  • $815 for driving on L’s unaccompanied and $248 for not displaying plates in 2016.
  • $189 for speeding in a school zone in 2017.
  • Good behaviour bond for pleading guilty to bribery in 2017

…which makes it all the more momentous, then, that the beloved singer has finally earned her full licence.

To mark the occasion, Paulini took to social media with a celebratory post, poking fun at her controversial past behind the wheel.

“So something happened… This time I did it the right way…The legal way,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I got my LICENCE, I sat the test, I did the driving test and I passed. I can’t tell you how empowering it feels to have done it. I learnt to trust in my own ability.”

She continued: “Last attempt, I didn’t have the confidence that I could do it… I was so wracked with anxiety… (So I tried to buy one… and we all know how that ended).”

She then added playfully, “Give me a wave if you see me out and about on the roads. (Or maybe don’t I should be focused with two hands on the steering wheel)”

Check her full post below.

 

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Paul McCartney & Rick Rubin Team Up For New Docuseries ‘McCartney 3,2,1’

Paul McCartney is teaming up with legendary producer Rick Rubin for a new documentary series McCartney 3,2,1, set to air later this year.

As reported by Deadline, the series will be six episodes long and will take a deep dive into the history of one of modern music’s most famous names.

The series, airing on Hulu in America on Friday, 16th July, will feature McCartney sitting down with a one-on-one, intimate interview with Rubin, as the former Beatle goes through his incredibly legacy and the many different eras of his career.

“Never before have fans had the opportunity to hear Paul McCartney share, in such expansive, celebratory detail, the experience of creating his life’s work – more than 50 years of culture-defining music,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.

“To be an observer as Paul and Rick Rubin deconstruct how some of the biggest hits in music history came to be is truly enlightening.”

Unfortunately, there’s no known details around whether McCartney 3,2,1 will be released in Australia, but stay tuned in any case for updates.

The Getaway Plan Announce First Sydney Show In Over Two Years

The Getaway Plan have announced their long anticipated return to the stage today, taking on Sydney’s Metro Theatre next month.

The show comes as part of the ‘7 Day Weekend’, which celebrates the reopening on the Metro with seven straight days of gigs from a wide variety of acts at the beloved Sydney venue.

The Getaway Plan’s show will be taking place on Tuesday, 15th June, and they’ll be supported by the likes of The Dead Love and Dreamers Crime.

Of course, The Getaway Plan are just one of the acts taking on the Metro as part of the event. Other acts playing include Thy Art Is Murder, British India and, notably, Camp Cope – playing their first Sydney show in over three years.

As for new music from the band, the wait goes on, as we haven’t had a new album since 2015’s Dark Horses.

Tickets for this show are on sale now.

The Getaway Plan 2021 Sydney ‘7 Day Weekend’ Concert

Tickets on sale now

Tuesday, 15th June
The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Kasey Chambers To Headline New Sydney Country Music Festival

Kasey Chambers has been tipped to headline the newest country music festival to hit Sydney, titled Country And Inner Western.

Taking place over the June long weekend (Friday, 11th June – Sunday, 13th June), Chambers leads a lineup including artists like Tex Perkins (playing Johnny Cash), Brad Cox, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys and more.

Now, while all of the above artists will be taking to the stage at Sydney Park Ampitheatre, the festival will actually be taking over numerous venues throughout Sydney’s Inner West, hosting a myriad of free performances through the course of the weekend.

While the artists to play these free shows are yet to be announced, you can expect venues Newtown’s Waywards, The Union, Kelly’s On King and Sydney Park Hotel to all get involved.

Check out the full lineup, list of participating venues and all important ticketing details below.

Country and Inner Western 2021 Full Lineup

Saturday, 12th June

Kasey Chambers
Brad Cox
Wagons
Andy Golledge Band
William Crighton
The Morrisons
Harmony Byrne

Sunday, 13th June

Tex Perkins plays Johnny Cash
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Leroy Macqueen
Babitha
Lady Lyon

Country and Inner Western 2021 Full Venue List

Midnight Special
Route 66 Store
Secret Garden
The Duke
Jacoby’s
Hi-Way Bikini
The Enmore Hotel
Cotton Mouth Records
Papa Disco
Waywards
The Union
Botany View Hotel
Sydney Park Hotel
Kelly’s On King

+ more to be announced

Country and Inner Western 2021

Tickets on sale now

Friday, 11th – Sunday, 13th June
Sydney Park Ampitheatre & various Inner West venues
Tickets: Oztix

Love Letter To A Record: Clowns On Green Day’s ‘Dookie’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become. 

In this Love Letter To A Record series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Jake, Clowns – Green Day, Dookie(1994)

I never thought I’d fall so deeply in love with a record that is named after a literal piece of shit, but here we are…

Dear Dookie,

When I was 14 years old I was pretty accustomed to being banned from listening to many 90’s/00’s albums that I liked… Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, Afroman’s ‘Because I Got High’ single and Eminem’s The Eminem Show all come to mind. A juvenile’s mind runs wild and I remember a burning desire for extreme forms of music, something to make me laugh or sing along, something with themes that a young, immature and small-attention-spanned teenage mind can relate to.

My soul searching So Fresh – Summer of 2003 days were over and I was leaning more and more into a guitar-playing, rock and roll obsession. One fateful night, sleeping over at a buddy’s house circa 2005, Green Day found a place in my heart that I didn’t know existed. School holidays, late at night, deep in a YouTube hole, stoned, sipping from a month-old goon bag that we’d be stashing, I first saw the video for Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’.

What can I say? Do you believe in love at first sight? Hindsight is 20-20 and it just had to be love, because who could have predicted just HOW MUCH that fateful moment would have changed my life forever. I hit Limewire and downloaded the album the very next day and to my surprise, I had discovered an album that I was actually allowed to listen to. My parents approved. In fact, my Dad was the first to tell me that he loved the song ‘Longview’ (yes, the one about jerking off. Safer than drug and murder references I guess!)

Because of Dookie (still sounds funny to say) I had suddenly grown an appreciation for the musicianship of each member of Green Day. It’s easy to love Billie Joe Armstrong for the bratty punk sing-alongs and crunchy guitar tones, but the drums and bass stand so proud and prominent in the mix of the record. Mike Dirnt is crucially the glue of the band playing such solid grooves and vocal harmonies and Tre Cool, to this day, is easily one of the most influential drummers for my drumming. I remember so vividly listening to the speed of the hi-hat on the opening verse of the track ‘Burnout’ and just thinking to myself that it was IMPOSSIBLY fast.

Here I am, a now pushing 30 man, trying to break the sound barrier with that same speed and intensity that Tre so effortlessly played.

Perhaps without even knowing it, Green Day introduced a pop sensibility to me. Hidden away within the raw intensity of these songs are some melodies that sink their hooks deep. ‘Welcome To Paradise’ – clearly an angry song with intense lyrics about running away from home and living on the street -is laced with clever melodies. Same with ‘Chump’ and ‘Sassafras Roots’, songs of love, loss and hate which are still superglued to my brain some 15 years later.

I owe a lot to Dookie. There are probably so many of my favourite bands, albums and songs that wouldn’t exist without it. Hell, I don’t even know if Clowns would exist without it. Thanks for giving my life some direction and turning me onto punk music, because I would probably be
working some dumb office job without it.

Love you always, Dookie and Green Day. Let’s share the stage someday? Cool.

Jake,
Clowns

Listen to ‘Does It Matter’, the new single from Clowns, here.

Camp Cope Have Announced Their First Sydney Show in Over Three Years

Sydney institution the Metro Theatre will reopen next month for the first time since the pandemic forced venues around the country to shut their doors, and they’re kicking things off with a bang.

Melbourne emo trio Camp Cope will perform their first Sydney headline show in over three years, when they played the Metro as part of their 2018 tour. That’s taking place on Wednesday, 16th June. Support for the show will come from Coconut Cream – the first band signed to ex-Gang of Youths guitarist Joji Malani’s new label Broth Records.

Camp Cope’s forthcoming show is part of the venue’s 7 Day Weekend series, which is part of the larger Sydney Solstice festival program.

Elsewhere on the program, deathcore stalwarts Thy Art Is Murder will perform on Thursday, 10th June, while British India and the Getaway Plan will perform on Friday, 11th June and Tuesday, 15th June respectively. Tickets for the 7 Day Weekend series go on sale tomorrow morning at 11am – head to the Metro Theatre site here for details.

Next month will also see the venue play host to a special edition of LGBTQIA+ showcase series Express Yourself, headlined by Alex the Astronaut and also featuring BVT, Hope D, NIK NAVY and No Frills Twins. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Dancing in Sydney Venues Is Back On, As Coronavirus Restrictions Are Lifted

Coronavirus restrictions introduced in the Greater Sydney area earlier this month following two cases of community transmission have been lifted as of today (Monday, 17th May).

Restrictions commenced on Thursday, 6th May after a husband and wife both tested positive to COVID-19, with the source of the transmission unknown. They included wearing masks in indoor venues and public transport, singing and dancing in venues such as nightclubs, limits of 20 visitors to a home, and needing to remain seated while drinking inside a bar.

Restrictions were then extended after NSW Health remained unable to find the origin of the two community-transmitted cases earlier this month. The source is still yet to be discovered, but as there has been no further recorded community transmission, those restrictions have been lifted.

Drinking while standing at indoor venues will be permitted, group singing indoors, dancing at nightclubs are all permitted once again, with no limit on the number of guests allowed to visit a residence. Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport, though are strongly encouraged.

NSW Health have reminded Sydney residents not to become complacent, however. “As these two cases have shown, COVID-19 may re-emerge at any time, so it is important that we all continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe,” they commented on Sunday.

“This includes always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID 19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.”

Watch Jon Bon Jovi Cover Harry Styles’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’

Jon Bon Jovi belting out Harry Styles’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’ is the cover we didn’t know we desperately needed.

Performing as part of a charity fundraising gig last Friday, 7th May, Jovi absolutely smashed the unexpected cover.

His sold out 90-minute set at The Clubhouse in East Hampton, New York was a huge success. Aside from the Harry Styles cover, which went down a treat, they managed to raise more than $50,000 USD for Meals on Wheels and Project Most.

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A fan in the audience captured and shared the ‘Watermelon Sugar’ rendition.

Jerry Brayden tweeted alongside the video, “JBJ covering Watermelon Sugar! I vote this needs to be covered more! Of course, JBJ did an incredible job.”

Watch it below.

Harry Styles and his ‘Watermelon Sugar’ single took home a BRIT Award earlier this week for Best British Single.

One of Jon Bon Jovi’s last cracks at a cover didn’t go down quite as smoothly.

Fans were pissed that he took on all the vocals in a cover of The Pogues’ dueted ‘Fairytale of New York’. It appeared on his Christmas EP last year.

JBJ covering Watermelon Sugar! I vote this needs to be covered more! Of course, JBJ did an incredible job. pic.twitter.com/DF6PBumy13

— Jerry Braden (@Jerrybraden92) May 12, 2021

Jimmy Barnes, The Living End & Killing Heidi Lead One Electric Day Festival

Melbourne’s One Electric Day festival has announced its return with an iconic all-Aussie lineup of talent.

Leading the lineup is Jimmy Barnes, who’ll have his fresh, 20th studio album to perform. Flesh And Blood is due for release Friday, 2nd July.

Turn of the century pop-rockers, Killing Heidi and The Living End will grace the stage too. The latter were slated for the cancelled Bluesfest back in March.

Jon Stevens, The Black Sorrows, and Chocolate Starfish will also play the one-dayer.

Huuuge.

One Electric Day is returning to Werribee this November. Going down from 11am on Sunday, 21st November, festival organisers are excited it’s back.

Organiser Duane McDonald says, “After the curveball that COVID-19 threw at us, we are looking forward to catching up with those friends and family this year for a very overdue celebration of great Australian music.

“One Electric Day 2021 will create some great memories for us all.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am AEST on Friday, 21st May. Find the full lineup and ticket deets — including pre-sales below.

One Electric Day 2021

Tickets on sale 10am AEST Friday, 21st May

Frontier Touring pre-sale begins 12pm AEST Tuesday, 18th May, ends 12pm Wednesday, 19th May

Ticketmaster pre-sale begins 1pm AEST Wednesday, 19th May, ends 11.59pm AEST Thursday, 20th May

Sunday, 21st November
Werribee Park on the Great Lawn, Werribee
Tickets: Ticketmaster

One Electric Day 2021 Lineup

Jimmy Barnes
The Living End
Jon Stevens
The Black Sorrows
Killing Heidi
Chocolate Starfish

Beloved Sydney Venue Frankie’s Pizza To Be Demolished For A New Sydney Station

Late-night pizza joint and beloved music venue, Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice will be demolished to make way for a new Sydney Metro line.

The NSW State Government announced last week that a new Metro West line would be built. It’ll run from the CBD to Westmead, with one of the stations to go on Hunter Street in the CBD.

The development will see the demolition of Frankie’s Pizza. However, Transport Minister Andrew Constance told the Sydney Morning Herald that the venue would be looked after.

“Frankie’s is an important part of Sydney’s live music scene and we will make sure it is properly supported during this challenging time,” he told the publication. “Sydney Metro is assigning Frankie’s a dedicated acquisition manager to guide them through this process and to help find another location.”

The venue is yet to share an official statement on the news.

“Business as usual this evening mates,” they wrote. “A big huge Sabbath Sessions of six acts and bottomless memories to be made. Appreciating the flood of goodwill pouring in people. Rock and Roll.”

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The $27 billion project will kick off at the end of 2022.

NEW AUS MUSIC PLAYLIST: Our Favourite Tunes Of The Week

Happy Friday and Happy Music Feeds’ New Aus Music Playlist Day! This is where we put all our favourite new Australian music from the week that’s been. Alongside those from weeks prior.

It’s the perfect chance for you to brush up on your local music releases, discover new artists, and support our industry. Grab your headphones, sit down, and chill out while we take you through the must-listens from this week.

Head here to see last week’s releases.

And make sure to follow us on Spotify for more curated playlists!

Click through to Spotify for the updated full monthly playlist.

New Aus Music Playlist — 14/05/21

Clowns – Does It Matter
The Buoys – Bad Habit
Miiesha – Damaged
Slowly Slowly – Blueprint
Seth Sentry – Castlevania
Hollow Coves – Hello
Hayden Calnin – The Parts I Hid Away
The Goon Sax – In The Stone
Portrair – I Didn’t Love You
Tones and I – Won’t Sleep
Manu Crooks – Where You Gonna Run
Eilish Gilligan – Up All Night
Genesis Owusu – Friendzone Feat. PRICIE
Bison – Take Your Place
11RADION – Do You Feel The Same

Love Letter To A Record: Mitch Tambo’s Yothu Yindi’s ‘Tribal Voice’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become. 

In this Love Letter To A Record series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Mitch Tambo – Yothu Yindi, Tribal Voice(1991)

Yaama Yaama, 
 
The year I first really got into Yothu Yindi beyond ‘Treaty’ was such an incredible moment for myself as a young person. I was just starting to really dive into my own culture and was more or less a sponge when it came to gaining a deeper understanding of my own identity as an Aboriginal person. 
 
I will never forget being in the back of my mum’s car in an IGA carpark in my school uniform with my Discman and a brand-new copy of Tribal Voice which I had just purchased from a Sanity record store. I was skipping through the songs and got to a remix version of a track that is really familiar to most Yothu Yindi fans titled ‘Djapana’. 


 
When it got to the part in the song where it just broke into the epic corroboree section my spirit felt like a wildfire had just broken out. I kept scrolling back and forward to that part over and over again, turning the music up full volume, shutting my eyes and just letting it take me away. 

I remember for months scanning shops and the town library looking for more Yothu Yindi CDs. Each time I came across one I’d look eagerly for their traditional songs as it would just blow me away hearing them. Most importantly I loved being able to ‘feel’ what they were putting out as I couldn’t understand any of the language. 

Tribal Voice helped me escape, empowered me to be proud and helped the fire inside my spirit grow. It helped make me feel nourished at times when I felt like an outsider due to my physical appearance as I didn’t fit the stereotypical mould of what an Aboriginal man looks like. There were many times as a young fella where I would just lie awake for hours letting Yothu Yindi’s beautiful language, culture and spirit take me on a magical journey. 
 
Along the way, I took a real interest in a song called ‘World Turning’ along with many other of the group’s songs which I found to be very thought-provoking and still very relevant today. 
 
Nowadays when it comes to Yothu Yindi I absolutely love their song ‘Tears For Lore’ as it reminds me to a degree of going back home to country and the feeling I get when I head out bush. 


 
I love the lyrics – “Driving down the dusty road, four-wheel drive locked all the way, destination Dhanayangala passing families on the way, tonight we’ll be sitting around talking till the campfire dies feeling the evening breeze eating the catch of the day”. I just love the simplicity of the words and how they resonate with me just like many of their songs.
 
On reflection, I feel so blessed to have encountered Yothu Yindi’s music at such a beautiful time where I was just starting to learn my own story. It was vital to be nurtured culturally not only by my own family but by my amazing Gomeroi/Gamilaraay community in Tamworth and beyond.

I would like to acknowledge everyone that has played a pivotal role in my journey then and now. You will never be forgotten, and you are all in my heart every time I take to the stage. I love you all.

Listen to Mitch Tambo’s latest single ‘Dreamtime Princess’, here.

Parkway Drive Cancel Viva The Underdogs 2021 National Tour

Parkway Drive have cancelled their 2021 Viva The Underdogs national tour. Meant to kick off in July, the band has said the arena shows are just “not viable”.

The shows were initially slated for June last year. They were then postponed to July this year.

Announcing the news via Instagam, the band wrote, “It’s with a heavy heart that we have to announce our Viva The Underdogs Australian Revolution this July is cancelled.

“As venue restrictions, travel restrictions and government limitations on mass gatherings are still in place, the massive arena shows we had planned cannot go ahead in their current form.”

Parkway say they would have loved to bring the show to Australia, “But unfortunately this is not viable.”

“Furthermore, our international friends in Hatebreed and Every Time I Die are also not allowed into the country, so we have made the regretful decision to pull the pin,” they continue.

“The safety of our fans and delivering the full Parkway Drive experience is of utmost importance to us but we are confident we will see you all in 2022!”

Full refunds are available for the shows. The band has also announced that ticketholders can redeem 20% off merch on their website. A dedicated discount code will be sent out to these fans.

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The cancellation follows a slew of artists calling out Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for the stark difference in restrictions surrounding sports events and music and arts events.

The Dark Mofo 2021 Program Has Arrived

We have the program for Dark Mofo 2021, just one month out from the event’s kick-off. Tasmania’s dark arts festival is making its return after a 2020 cancellation with seven nights of art, music, and rituals.

They’ve unveiled a hectic music lineup for the event. Brisbane’s danceable Confidence Man are a lineup highlight.

They’ll be performing alongside A. Swayze & The Ghosts and King Stingray on the Saturday, 19th June.

Other Aussies donning the program include Grace Cummings, Chloe Alison Escott, Black Cab, Slag Queens, and The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra — among others.

USA post-punk legend, Thurston Moore appears in the lineup, alongside Wobbly, Om, and Circuit des Yeux.

Catch the dates for the event down below.

Dark Mofo has had a tumultuous year and a bit. They were forced to cancel last year’s event in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Then this year, they announced an art project which saw the artist request the blood of First Nations people to ensure the Union Jack is “immersed in the blood of its colonised territories”.

The festival organisers initially doubled down on the controversy saying, “Self-expression is a fundamental human right.”

They later cancelled the project, saying, “We made a mistake.”

Find the full Dark Mofo program via their website.

Dark Mofo 2021 Dates

Free Entry to Most Events

Wednesday, 16th June — Tuesday, 22nd June
Hobart, Tasmania

Tones And I Shares New Single ‘Won’t Sleep’

Ya girl Tones and I has released a new single today. ‘Won’t Sleep’ is her follow up to last year’s ‘Fly Away’, it’s a brooding pop release full of really fun, textured percussion.

The production on this one is absolutely ace.

On the song, Tones And I says “I loved writing this song and playing around with the production, the bass and drums. It’s a song about me and my friends staying home and partying through lockdown.”

‘Won’t Sleep’ will come with an accompanying music video. It premieres at 2pm AEST and comes with a trailer you can watch down below.

She premiered the track on triple j yesterday afternoon. While there, Tones confirmed her debut album is very much on the way — joking that she couldn’t wait to not have to fill her sets up with covers.

Catch the video premiere link below along with the song itself.

Tones and I is currently halfway through her national tour. She has three more dates to go at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre from Monday, 17th May to Wednesday, 19th May.

Listen To Slowly Slowly’s New Single ‘Blueprint’

Aussie kings of the pop punk rock scene, Slowly Slowly have shared a new one today. ‘Blueprint’ is a high energy, emo banger of a tune.

It’s a Slowly Slowly-classic, mashing scathing lyrics with the sugary-sweet sort in lines like, “Please promise that you’ll always have time for this, oh / Back to basics, back on our bullshit / I’ll get the hang of it, you be my blueprint.”

Slowly Slowly seem to have a knack for producing the most aesthetic music videos. ‘Blueprint’ is no different, with stunning intermittent scenes of the band performing among wild flowers.

They don suits in beautiful shades of pink and peach too, just to turn up the vibes.

The video escalates when drummer, Patrick Murphy pulls out a shotgun. He shoots bassist, Alex Quayle before the rest of the band abandons his body.

Catch the Kyle Caulfield-directed video in full down below.

The new single comes off the back of the release of 2020’s Race Car Blues and this year’s Race Car Blues Chapter Two.

The band’s seemingly forever-postponed Race Car Blues tour will kick off next month. Suss the dates here.

Gene Simmons Is Pissed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Didn’t Induct Iron Maiden & Rage Against The Machine

KISS’ Gene Simmons has vented via Twitter about this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame results. 2021’s batch of new inductees were announced yesterday and Simmons disagrees.

This year’s class included the likes of Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Jay Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and The Go-Go‘s.

Gene Simmons has now labelled the institution “disgusting”. “RR Hall of Fame is a sham not to include Maiden. Disgusting!” he said.

RR Hall of Fame is a sham not to include Maiden. Disgusting! https://t.co/WbNYr42lBI

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 13, 2021

No less than one minute later, he backed the tweet up.

“Sadly, Rage Against The Machine shut out of RR Hall of Fame. The Hall should be ashamed of themselves…” he said.

Sadly, Rage Against The Machine shut out of RR Hall of Fame. The Hall should be ashamed of themselves….

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 13, 2021

In the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s defence, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson did say he’d refuse induction back in 2018.

“I’m really happy we’re not there and I would never want to be there. If we’re ever inducted, I will refuse — they won’t bloody be having my corpse in there,” he told The Jerusalem Post.

Gene Simmons’ band KISS were inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2014. The band’s Paul Stanley was also critical of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back then.

Stanley was openly critical during the awards and his acceptance speech. He said the band was, “inducted for the same things that we were kept out for.”

BBC Censored Royal Family Jokes In Latest Episode Of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’

In the latest controversy the ‘Down Under’ edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race has found itself in, UK broadcaster BBC has censored some of the jokes about the Royal Family made in the latest episode of the series.

The jokes came as part of the series’ popular ‘Snatch Game’ segment, where the queens impersonate celebrities and other notable figures.

Contestant Anita Wigl’it was portraying Queen Elizabeth II. Following a riff with fellow queen Etcetera Etcetera who was portraying Lindy Chamberlain, Wigl’it said, “I wish a dingo would have taken my baby, then I wouldn’t have anything to do with Prince Andrew any more”.

While the jokes weren’t censored on Stan, where the series airs in Australia, BBC chose to do so in alignment with what they said was to keep the programme “in accordance with UK audience expectations”.

A spokesperson told The Guardian that “the BBC occasionally makes edits to acquired programmes” to help meet those expectations.

However, other jokes were made involving the Queen and Prince Andrew that weren’t censored, including Wigl’it saying, “When somebody turns 100, I write them a letter – and when somebody turns 16, Prince Andrew writes them a text.”

Throughout the season, an array of famous Australians and New Zealanders are set to appear. Already, Taika Waititi, Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue have all made appearances.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under airs every Saturday on Stan.

Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner & More Inducted Into 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner and more have all received good news today, as they’ve all been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for 2021.

Carole King, Todd Rundgren and The Go-Go‘s have all also been inducted, with a slew of other acts being recognised in other special categories.

The induction is especially notable for Foo Fighters and Jay-Z, both of which were inducted on their first ever year of eligibility.

Upon the news, Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone, “I just recently realized it’s been half my life since I’ve been in this band. I feel, in a way, that I’ve almost neglected how much we’ve done in the past 25 years.

“I think because I’m always working in a forward motion, I don’t spend too much time sitting down and looking back at what we’ve done or reflecting on our past achievements. I just kind of look forward to the next thing. So today has been a bit more reflective than before.”

The Musical Excellence Award is going to LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads, and the Early Influence Award is going to Kraftwerk, Gil-Scott Heron and Charley Patton.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, 30th October in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena.

Listen To Crowded House’s New Song ‘Playing With Fire’

We’re less than a month away from the first Crowded House album in a decade, and today they’ve given fans another taste of it with new single ‘Playing With Fire’.

‘Playing With Fire’ marks the third taste we’ve heard from the band’s highly anticipated album Dreamers Are Waiting, following on from 2020’s ‘Whatever You Want’ and 2021’s ‘To The Island’.

“This song was formed out of a Crowded House jam, live in the studio but then evolved its character through many twists and turns during quarantine in 2020,” Neil Finn said of the song.

“‘Playing With Fire’ carries within it the contradiction I often feel on joyous occasions, the presence of hope together with an impending sense of doom.”

The band also recently played special ANZAC Day event Music From The Home Front, just after they shared a special Tame Impala remix of ‘To The Island’.

Dreamers Are Waiting is out on Friday, 4th June.

Listen to ‘Playing With Fire’ below.

NSW Labor Push for Targeted Grant for Bluesfest Following Cancellation

NSW Labor has introduced a motion in state parliament this week to offer Bluesfest a targeted grant following the festival’s shock, last-minute cancellation earlier this year.

In late March, organisers were forced to pull the pin on the festival just one day before it was due to begin, after a locally transmitted case of COVID-19 was recorded in the Byron Bay area – where the event takes place each year.

At the time, there were fresh calls for a targeted business interruption fund for Australian music festivals. Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham called for an insurance scheme, saying “It’s not fair that music heroes like the [Bluesfest] team wear all the risk of COVID outbreaks and health restrictions.”

Shadow Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, echoed Graham’s comments, saying, “The music industry is full of viable profitable businesses unable to function because of public health. Govt has a COVID insurance system for the film industry. Music needs one too. Urgently.”

Now, the State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin MP has moved in the legislative assembly that Bluesfest be given a targeted support package, and reiterated calls on the government to establish a broader festival interruption fund.

“I have previously been in contact with Bluesfest founder Peter Noble OAM, and have met with local small business people who play and trade at this fantastic festival. I’m in their corner,” Saffin commented.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Australia’s live music industry hard so it’s vital for the NSW Government to provide financial assistance to get shows back on the road.”

Yesterday, Bluesfest announced rescheduled dates for this year’s event – with the Bryon Bay festival now set to run between Friday, 1st October and Monday, 4th October. A new lineup will arrive next week.

Adult Swim Are Bringing Back ‘Metalocalypse’ for a Feature-Length Film

Adult Swim have announced that animated metal band Dethklok will make their return in the form of a feature-length Metalocalypse film greenlit by the network.

The new film will mark the first adventures of the fictional metal outfit fans have seen after the series was cancelled back in 2013. It will be helmed by the show’s creators, Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha.

In a press release, Adult Swim say the forthcoming film will see the band – Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles, William Murderface, and Toki Wartooth – facing off once again against the villainous Tribunal, picking up where the series left off.

“The power-hungry TRIBUNAL unveils their secret and deadly “Falconback Project” as the world grows in embattled chaos and the menacing Doomstar breaches the Earth’s atmosphere while the mysterious and twisted dissent of a band member threatens the future of Dethklok,” reads a synopsis.

“Picking up directly after the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth: Can Dethklok choose between their egos and the greater good of the world to embark on a gauntlet of dangers that will try their very souls and finally write the song that will be their salvation?”

In addition to the Metalocalypse film, Adult Swim have also greenlit new Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Venture Bros originals. All three will be released on Blu-ray/DVD and on digital transactional video on demand services, followed by premieres on HBO Max and Adult Swim.

Here Are the Set Times for Glastonbury’s ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ Livestream Event

Glastonbury‘s virtual Live at Worthy Farm livestream extravaganza is set to take place later this month, broadcasting Sunday, 23rd May from 7pm for Aussie viewers.

Alongside previously revealed performances from the likes of Coldplay, Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, HAIM, IDLES and more, organisers have also announced a unique spoken word narrative, provided by PJ Harvey, Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker, Kae Tempset and more.

Organisers have also announced additional guest performances from both George Ezra and Róisín Murphy – with more surprise guests to come. The livestream will be shot at the festival’s iconic site, at landmarks like the Pyramid Field and Stone Circle.

“We’re going to be taking you on a five-hour journey through an evening at Worthy Farm. It’s going to be like the festival, but without the people,” said festival organiser Emily Eavis when originally announcing the event last month, after Glasto were forced to cancel their physical event for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

Check out set times below. Tickets are on sale now.

Glastonbury ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ livestream – Australian set times

Sunday, 23rd May (AEST)
7.00pm: Wolf Alice
7.25pm: Michael Kiwanuka
7.55pm: George Ezra
8.05pm: IDLES
8.30pm: HAIM
9.05pm: Coldplay
9.50pm: Damon Albarn
10.35pm: Jorja Smith
11:05 pm: SPECIAL GUEST
11.35pm: Kano
12:00am DJ Honey Dijon ft Róisín Murphy

King Parrot Have Announced a Massive 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Chaotic Aussie thrashers King Parrot are celebrating a decade since their formation with a huge Australian tour.

The 13-date run kicks off with a hometown show on Friday, 9th July before continuing along to the rest of the country. The shows follow on from the band’s latest release, last year’s Holed Up in the Lair EP, which marked the first new music from the grind band in three years.

As you might recall, King Parrot were actually supposed to head out on tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary in May of last year, bringing US death metal outfit Exhumed along for the ride.

That obviously didn’t happen due to the pandemic – meaning these shows are the first chance for a lot of Aussie KP fans to see the band in quite some time.

Check out tour dates below – tickets are on sale now.

King Parrot 10th Anniversary Australian Tour 2021

Friday, 9th July
Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 10th July
Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide
Tickets: Moshtix

Friday, 6th August
Manning Bar, Sydney
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 7th August
The Brightside, Brisbane
Tickets: Eventbrite

Sunday, 8th August
Vinnie’s Dive, Southport (afternoon show)
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 17th September
La La La’s, Wollongong
Tickets: Moshtix

Saturday, 18th September
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 15th October
Barwon Club, Geelong
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 16th October
Volta, Ballarat
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 12th November
The Basement, Canberra
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 13th November
Beer Deluxe, Albury (afternoon show)
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 10th December
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 11th December
Pelly Bar, Frankston
Tickets: Oztix