A Kanye West Documentary Is Reportedly Coming To Netflix

A 21 years in the making documentary following Kanye West’s life is coming to Netflix, according to Billboard. Apparently, it’s part of a multi-million dollar deal.

Billboard initially reported that sources had said the project was sold to Netflix in a massive $30 million USD deal.

Variety later disputed that figure saying, “a person familiar with the matter tells Variety that that is not an accurate figure.”

Netflix is yet to comment on the matter.

The doco will come in the form of a multi-part docuseries. It’ll show never before seen footage from Kanye’s life.

And it’s set to include home videos and rare, behind the scenes footage.

Music video production duo, Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, more commonly known as Coodie & Chike sold the series to Netflix.

They’re the team behind Kanye’s ‘Jesus Walks (Version 3)’ and ‘Through the Wire’ videos.

News of the series comes after West’s old bodyguard shared information around a Kanye West doco.

Steve Stanulis, who worked as Ye’s bodyguard in 2016 revealed he’d been contacted by two different streaming platforms.

He said they were both looking to create a documentary.

It doesn’t seem like these projects are related at the moment.

The series is expected to be released later this year.

The Teskey Brothers Dedicate INXS ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Cover To Michael Gudinski

The Teskey Brothers have re-released their INXS ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ cover, this time dedicating it to Michael Gudinksi.

Gudinski, an icon in the music industry, was an early champion of the band who passed away early last month.

The new refreshed INXS cover was released by The Teskey Brothers this morning. The video begins with Michael introducing the band.

“They are absolutely getting better and better. They are greatness. Would you please welcome on stage, The Teskey Brothers,” announces Gudinski in archival performance footage.

“This is an all-time classic Australian song that all of us love,” said the band’s Josh Teskey.

“It’s a pleasure to sing it and I don’t know why we didn’t do it earlier.

“We’re very proud to dedicate this release to our friend Michael Gudinski who was a huge supporter of Australian music and The Teskey Brothers.

“Our two worlds collided and we will always be grateful for that.”

As well as the stellar cover, the band has also announced a headline Melbourne show.

They’ll be performing at The Forum in Melbourne on Wednesday, 21st April.

Catch the cover and the show’s ticket deets below.

The Teskey Brothers Melbourne Show

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 13th April

Wednesday, 21st April
The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Alice Ivy Takes Allday & Odette For The Happiest Cover Of OMC’s ‘How Bizarre’ For Triple J’s Like A Version

Another stellar instalment of triple j’s Like A Version segment has arrived in the form of Alice Ivy and Friends. Ivy took Allday and Odette along this week to cover OMC’s 1995 hit ‘How Bizarre’.

The vibes are immaculate. The cover is cheery AF — it’s full of joyous strumming, happy dancing, and bang on gang vocals.

“My first thought was, ‘Allday would absolutely smash this cover,’” said Ivy in her Behind the Like A Version interview.

“It turns out ‘How Bizarre’ is actually his favourite song, so I guess the stars aligned.”

She also chats about the silliness and fun the group had.

“That as part of a performance is so nice and humbling. It’s just like, ‘yay we’re all in this together’ and it’s really special.”

As for the original portion of the performance, Alice Ivy and Odette perform their collaborative single ‘I’ll Find It’.

Taken from Ivy’s 2020 album Don’t Sleep, the performance manages to keep all the energy and emotion of the studio version.

Alice Ivy last took on Like A Version in 2018. She covered Estelle’s ‘American Boy’ with E^ST, Miss Blanks, and Angie McMahon.

Watch Alice Ivy’s Like A Version with Allday and Odette below. And catch her original and Behind the Like A Version interview as well.

Rage Against The Machine Reschedule US Reunion Tour Dates, So Here’s Hoping Aus Dates Are Next

With the rollout of the vaccine going strong internationally, touring looks like it’s back on for 2022, and Rage Against The Machine have rescheduled their United States tour dates. Huge.

The US tour dates are set to kick off Thursday, 31st March next year. And they’ve enlisted Run The Jewels for support.

More importantly though, it’s promising news for Australian fans.

Before the pandemic absolutely crushed the music industry — and its fans — there were high hopes for an Australian RATM tour.

The band came out of its hiatus in late 2019. It came shortly before the announcement of their Coachella headline spot.

That announcement had Aussie fans desperately waiting for the Splendour announcement, with sparkling optimism of RATM being right up the top.

A fake tour poster, a Splendour lineup announcement sans Rage Against The Machine, and a pandemic later, there’s still been no word on when we’ll get the band back on our shores.

Now, with the rescheduling of their US tour dates, we’re hopeful Australia’s a neat candidate for a stop-off on their soon-to-be-resumed World Tour.

~ manifesting ~

Twenty One Pilots Announce New Album ‘Scaled And Icy’

Twenty One Pilots have announced their long awaited return today with details around their forthcoming sixth album, Scaled And Icy.

Alongside the announcement of the album, the duo have also unleashed their lead single ‘Shy Away’, their first since 2020’s ‘Level Of Concern’.

Interesting bit of trivia around the song – it features band member Tyler Joseph’s one-year-old daughter. Speaking to BBC, via NME, Joseph said, “You’ll hear this little baby cooing noise and it’s actually because, when I was first working on the song, she was in the room with me.”

But that’s not all the band have to reveal today. The duo have also announced their first ever global livestream event, aptly titled ‘Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience’.

The event, which will broadcast at 10am AEST on Saturday, 22nd May, the day after the release of Scaled And Icy (Friday, 21st May). Tickets for the stream are on sale now, and are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Shy Away’ below.

The Lineup For Season 3 Of ABC’s ‘The Set’ Features Lime Cordiale, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Chats + More

ABC’s The Set is coming back this month! Linda Marigliano and Dylan Alcott are back at it, bringing us some of Australia’s finest to perform on their house party set.

The show premieres in a couple weeks time on Saturday, 24th April. You can now pencil 8pm on Saturdays in for the 10 episode season.

They’ve already shared some of the huge names they’ve secured for season 3 too.

Industry veterans Missy Higgins and Paul Kelly will appear alongside some of our biggest names like Lime Cordiale, Eves Karydas, Miiesha, and Ziggy Ramo.

Genesis Owusu, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Chats, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, You Am I, Birdz, and Fanny Lumsden are just some of the other names performing in the third series.

Fans can register to be part of the Sydney live audience on the show too. Register here.

Season 3 of The Set is shaping up to be a massive one.

Full ‘The Set’ Season 3 Lineup

Premiering Saturday, 24th April

Lime Cordiale
Missy Higgins
Genesis Owusu
Paul Kelly
Hiatus Kaiyote
The Chats
Emma Donovan and The Putbacks
Eves Karydas
Miiesha
You Am I
Birdz
Fanny Lumsden
Ziggy Ramo

‘The Set’ Season 3 Schedule

Premiering Saturday, 24th April

Episode 1: Saturday, 24th April
Episode 2: Saturday, 1st May
Episode 3: Saturday, 8th May
Episode 4: Saturday, 15th May
Episode 5: Saturday, 22nd May
Episode 6: Saturday, 29th May
Episode 7: Saturday, 5th June
Episode 8: Saturday, 12th June
Episode 9: Saturday, 19th June
Episode 10: Saturday, 26th June

Years & Years Return With New Track ‘Starstruck’

British pop act Years & Years have made a grand return today with the release of new single ‘Starstruck’.

‘Starstruck’ marks a milestone for Years & Years, as it’s the first song released since Olly Alexander, previously the band’s frontman, would continue on as a solo act, and Years & Years would be the name Alexander performs under. A Kevin Parker to Tame Impala type of situation, if you will.

Describing the song in a press statement, Alexander said, “(‘Starstruck’) came together one night at a studio in the countryside outside of London. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen so many stars, you get used to them not being there when you live in the city.

“Since we’ve all had to stop, all I’ve wanted to do is go out and dance. So I’ve been putting all that pent up energy into the music. ‘Starstruck’ is about the rush you get when you’re with somebody you’re really into, it’s about holding onto a good feeling and not letting it go.

“Like most of us I’ve spent the past year at home,” Alexander continued, “and I wanted to create something super positive and fun for people (and myself) to bop along too. Whatever we’re doing or wherever we are in life, I think we all deserve three minutes of interstellar ecstasy.”

Now Alexander is the face of the band, more people are destined to become familiar with the fact that he was the star of one of 2021’s biggest shows, It’s A Sin.

‘Starstruck’ marks Years & Years’ first single since his 2018 album Palo Santo.

Listen to ‘Starstruck’ below.

PREMIERE: Listen To Billy Fox’s Lush, Meditative New Single ‘Neighbourhood’

Sydney producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Billy Fox has always excelled at combining smooth R&B vocals with inventive, forward-thinking electronic production. Latest single ‘Neighbourhood’, which we’re premiering here at Music Feeds before it officially drops tomorrow, is no exception.

Following on from previous single ‘Hurry Up and Crush Me’ back in February, it’s a vibrant, lush alt-pop bop with warm synths and understated production, all anchored by Fox’s velvety croon.

There’s obvious comparisons to be made – there’s a good chance be a fan if you’re into the likes of Jarryd James, James Blake, RY X or Glass Animals – but there’s something distinctive about the soundscapes Fox builds on ‘Neighbourhood’, the coalescence of different textures, that defies easy categorisation.

“There’s been a period recently where a lot of us have gone back to close quarters, spent more time at home and had more of an obvious connection to local neighbourhoods and communities,” Fox says of the meditative new song’s genesis.

“In this space and quiet, it also allowed us to reflect on and think about some pretty big issues and ideas collectively as a society. It feels like an important time so this song is a reflection on that.”

Listen to ‘Neighbourhood’ below.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’ Has A Premiere Date

After it was announced back in January that production had begun, an air date for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has at long last been announced. The Australian and New Zealand edition of the wildly popular series will premiere on streaming platform Stan on Saturday, 1st May, with new episodes airing each week thereafter.

The eight-part series was filmed in New Zealand earlier this year, with RuPaul and Michelle Visage joined by Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson. The competing queens for the series were revealed at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade earlier this year.

Anita Wigl’it, Art Simone, Coco Jumbo, Elektra Shock, Etcetera Etcetera, JoJo Zaho, Karen from Finance, Kita Mean, Maxi Shield and Scarlet Adams all confirmed.

“I just can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been invited into the illustrious house of Drag Race. I genuinely still can’t bloody believe it,” Nicholson commented last month when it was announced he’d joined the series.

“Being able to be a part of the show and help expose the world to our distinctive and particularly magnificent style of Down Under drag will forever be a highlight of my life and an honour. I hope I didn’t Fuck. It. Up.”

Watch a cast reveal below.

Tkay Maidza’s Fresh Single ‘Syrup’ Is An Absolute Flex

Tkay Maidza has had a great start to the year. In February, she teamed up with Yung Baby Tate for the huge collab ‘KIM’, which arrived alongside a video in which Tkay cosplayed as Kim Kardashian, Kim Possible and Lil’ Kim.

Last month, she contributed an excellent cover of Pixies‘ ‘Where Is My Mind?’ to 4AD’s Bills & Aches & Blues compilation.

Now, the rapper has followed it up with the energetic new single ‘Syrup’. It’s an absolute flex of a track, with Tkay confidently delivering slick bars over a distorted, bass-heavy beat courtesy of producer Dan Farber. It’s a punchy cut that manages to pack a lot into its two-and-a-half-minute runtime, with an immediately memorable refrain.

Though it’s not yet been formally announced what (if any) larger project ‘Syrup’ will be a part of, a press release promises there’s more music to come from Tkay in 2021. In 2020, she dropped the second instalment of her Last Year Was Weird EP series, featuring the likes of ’24k’, ‘Shook’ and collaborations with JPEGMAFIA and Kari Faux.

Listen to ‘Syrup’ below.

The Strawberry Fields Crew Are Launching A Brand New Festival Featuring Josh Teskey And Ash Grunwald

Things are finally starting to get back to normal on the live music front, and today, regional NSW has copped a brand new festival thanks to the crew behind Strawberry Fields. Introducing: Good Times Festival!

Taking place in their hometown of Tocumwal, located on the NSW side of the VIC/NSW border, the festival will be nestled along the banks of the Murray River. The festival will take place on the Winter solstice on Friday, 18th June and Saturday, 19th June.

This family-friendly festival aims to provide Good Times through live music, art, food, workshops and local delights of the town.

The team have recognised the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on local tourism, so they’re hoping to draw crowds from Melbourne, regional VIC and NSW to help regain some of the losses their local economy has faced.

On the live music side of things, the festival have nabbed a bunch of Aussie faves to help ring in the shortest-sunlit weekend of the year. They’ll be playing at a bunch of venues around town, including the Tocumwal Memorial Hall, the Terminus Hotel, a popup Speakeasy Bar, and more.

Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald will be bringing their new collaborative record Push The Blues Away to the stage, as well as Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker, Melbourne’s Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and heaps more.

Early bird ticket sales will kick off today at 9AM via the Good Times Website.

General tickets will be on sale next Thursday from 9AM.

Good Times Festival
Friday, 18th June & Saturday, 19th June 2021
Tocumwal, NSW
Tickets: Good Times Festival Website

Lineup
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Surprise Chef
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Benny Walker
BUMPY
Sagamore
IZY
Anna Scionti
+ More to be announced

Tash Sultana Announces MTV Unplugged Performance

After airing a stellar Unplugged performance from BTS last month, MTV Unplugged has announced their return to Australia, this time with a performance from Tash Sultana.

Sultana released their second studio record, Terra Firma, back in February. In a chat with Music Feeds, the singer/songwriter revealed that they’d spent over 200 hours crafting the record.

They will perform to an audience at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel on Tuesday, 4th May.

Their addition to the Unplugged history books will be the first time the platform has returned to Australia for 18 months.

“To be able to play an MTV Unplugged set is pretty special,” they said.

“It’s something that everyone knows about, so I’m really looking forward to being a part of it. Also, to do it in my hometown is a massive bonus.”

 

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Stevie Jean Shares Music Video For ‘Menace’, Announces Headline Melbourne Show

Stevie Jean has shared the music video her new single ‘Menace’. It’s an edgy, brooding single that has the artist taunting, “Mother fucker I’m a menace” in the hook.

The energy is injected straight into the music video, which sees Stevie Jean strut around, carrying chaos wherever she goes. It’s a total vibe.

‘Menace’ is the lead single from her debut album The Dark. The album is due Friday, 14th May.

“I was always scared of the dark as a kid,” says Stevie Jean on the new album.

“Don’t get me wrong, I loved it too. Adolescence brought with it the darkness that Johnny Cash sang about.

“Those feelings that have been broken into so many individual parts.

“Anxiety, depression, the blues, melancholy, bittersweetness, low self esteem, rage, pity, lust, gluttony, envy.

“So many shattered pieces of glass emotions that can be pulled apart and made clinical to examine and explain.

“Personally, I’m someone who feels deeply on an extreme scale. I just call it ‘The Dark.’”

She’s recently made the move from Darwin to Melbourne and is celebrating the new album with a new-hometown launch party.

The launch event will go down at Melbourne’s The Leadbeater Hotel on Thursday, 13th May. Find the deets down below.

Stevie Jean ‘The Dark’ Album Launch Party

Tickets available on the door for $5

Thursday, 13th May
The Leadbeater Hotel, Melbourne

Dave Mustaine Shares Update On New Megadeth Album

Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine has shared an update on the band’s forthcoming album. As Loudwire reports, Mustaine has revealed he just has one more song to sing before they begin wrapping it up.

Dave Mustaine spoke about the pending release on his Gimme radio show.

He said, “Thankfully, my partner is coming back out to Nashville, and we’re gonna be commencing on some guitar tracks and solos and some ear candy to wrap all that up.”

What does ear candy mean? Well, Mustaine says, “I know I’ve said it so many times — ‘ear candy.’ For you guys that don’t know what that is, it’s just what it sounds like — it’s sticky, sappy, syrupy crap people put on records that help to — I don’t know — make the song sound better.

“When you’re thinking about AC/DC, you don’t usually think about percussion.”

“I’ve got one song left to sing, and then another song I’ve got one sentence that I’ve gotta finish,” he said.

“Other than that, all the vocals are done on this record, and it’ll be time to focus now on background vocals and the remaining stuff with solos.”

The name of the album is yet to be confirmed. Back in January, we received the working title The Sick, The Dying and The Dead.

Whatever title they choose for the new album, it’ll follow up 2016’s Dystopia.

Hear Mustaine chat about the new album below.

Sly Withers Share New Single ‘Clarkson’, Announce New Album ‘Gardens’

Perth’s indie punk rockers, Sly Withers have shared their new single ‘Clarkson’ today with a music video and have announced the follow up to last year’s EP Gravis.

‘Clarkson’ builds in that signature Sly Withers fashion. It starts slow and punches you in the feels before building into a big, anthemic singalong punk song.

It comes with a music video too, which you can watch down below.

Alongside the new single, the band has announced the release of their second studio album. Gardens will follow up last year’s EP Gravis and is due for release Friday, 11th June.

“This record is a snapshot of our lives over the past few years,” wrote the band, announcing the album via Instagram.

“All the conversations we’ve had or wished we’d had in each other’s back gardens. It means the world to us and we’re so excited for you to hear.”

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Find the pre-order deets for the album here.

PS5 Seinfeld Horror Game ‘Sinfeld Remastered’ Drops Trailer & What Did We Just Watch

That Seinfeld horror game originally created in Dreams on PS4 is back for PS5 and it’s creepier than ever. Now called Sinfeld Remastered, the game has evolved and it is weird.

The trailer has dropped and the game’s still based in the Seinfeld world. Donathan — who is Jerry’s nephew, according to game creators — kicks the trailer off on the streets of New York.

He dons a jumper from George’s very much made up charity, The Human Fund before creepily turning towards us and saying, “Kept you waiting, huh?”

The trailer flashes snippets of a boss fight in Jerry’s apartment, a Spider Man kiss in an alley, some kind of altercation in Monk’s Cafe, and the Grim Reaper makes an appearance for some reason.

There’s a lot going on. Watch the Sinfeld trailer in full down below.

On their Patreon page, game creators wrote, “When little Donathan goes to visit his Uncle Jerry and pees his bed, he is thrust into an adventure of a lifetime.

“We’re remastering Sinfeld from Dreams using Unreal Engine 4. Donathon’s journey into the Sinfeld universe is an actual nightmare… Serenity now!”

They also point to Resident Evil, Silent Hills, and PT as inspirations behind the comedy horror game.

Love Letter To A Record: Sammy Honeysett On Jet’s ‘Get Born’

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.

Sammy Honeysett – JET, Get Born (2003)

Dear Get Born,

You were the most played album I had for years & I claimed you as my own until my brother admitted defeat in getting the chance to win you back. You’re full of serious bluesy indifference and purely raw, diverse, loud tunes.

It was insane discovering true raw rock with inspiration from the 70’s at such a young age. I spent a lot of time with my mum, who was a pop culture queen so bands like JET were far from anything she thought I’d be interested in. I used to listen to the album over & over again, never getting bored. I’d genuinely get excited when their songs would come on… I still know all the words to all their tracks.

It came to me at such a pivotal and impressionable point in my short little life — I was exposed to this completely different type of music from not only my older brother but my neighbour nextdoor. In 2003 I was 6 years old and probably shouldn’t have been listening to bands like JET, as they just didn’t fit the social norms back then or whatever, but it precipitated some kind of major change and potentially moulded my love for rock.

Being so young I remember feeling like I could be and do whatever I wanted. My favourite track that I absolutely and unconditionally love is ‘Get What You Need’. For me musically it sums up the hard rock sound but stays bold, catchy & colourful. I’ll never forget about the Get Born album. It’s one that I’ll listen to when I’m happy, sad & just want to ponder about the good times.

Sammy Honeysett is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter who has just revealed her pensive debut EP ‘Queen of Wands’ – produced by Jack Nigro (Julia Jacklin, Middle Kids, DMA’s).

‘Queen of Wands’ is five tracks of wistful indie-rock, complete with assertive melodies and sensitive instrumentation and authentic lyrics that accurately reflect Sammy’s determination and prominence as a rising artist.

Stream it below!

Child Prodigy Who Sang ‘When Doves Cry’ In ‘Romeo + Juliet’ Has Died, Aged 38

In some extremely sad news, former child star Quindon Tarver, best known for giving us the breathtaking rendition of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet film, has passed away at the age of 38.

The US singer, who also appeared as a choirboy in the iconic 1996 movie adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy alongside superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, died in a car crash in Dallas last Friday.

“He had an accident — all we know is he had a wreck, crashed into a wall somewhere on George Bush [Turnpike],” Tarver’s uncle Willie Tarver confirmed in a statement to The Daily Beast. “That’s all the information I have.”

As well as appearing in Romeo + Juliet & and performing versions of both ‘When Doves Cry’ and Rozalla’s ‘Everybody’s Free’ for the film’s beloved soundtrack, Tarver also featured in Madonna’s music video for ‘Like A Prayer’ and participated as a contestant on two seasons of American Idol.

RIP.

AI Software Creates “New” Nirvana Song

Robots have been enlisted to write songs in the style of world-renowned artists who died at the age of 27, for a new project entitled Lost Tapes of the 27 Club.

The brainchild of Toronto organisation Over the Bridge, the initiative is designed to raise support for members of the music industry currently struggling with mental illness.

One of the songs featured among the collection is a “new” Nirvana song called ‘Drowned In The Sun’, written in honour of late grunge legend Kurt Cobain. And tbh it sounds pretty damn close to the genuine article. It’s actually kinda scary.

So how did they do it?

As explained by Rolling Stone, around 30 of Nirvana’s songs were fed  as MIDI files into Google’s AI program, Magenta, which then translated the “pitch and rhythm into a digital code that can be fed through a synthesizer to recreate a song”.

The new tunes were made by “examining each artist’s note choices, rhythmic quirks, and preferences for harmony in the MIDI file”.

An artificial neural network was then used to generate the fresh lyrics, and in the case of ‘Drowned in the Sun’, Cobain’s vocals were recorded by a real life human man named Eric Hogan, who fronts a Nirvana tribute band from Atlanta.

You can hear the finished product for yourself below.

Meanwhile, other late artists whose music has also been given the AI treatment include Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison’s The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. You can check them all out here.

Lil Nas X Caves To Pressure, Agrees To Do A Metal Version Of Satanic ‘Montero’ Single

After copping the wrath of bible-bashing conservatives across the USA for his satanically sexy music video for ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, Lil Nas X has agreed to take the song to its logical conclusion, and release a metal version.

He appears to have caved to peer pressure from a couple of TikTok rockers, who’ve taken it upon themselves to make the pop hit more br00tal.

It all started when user @RickyJab posted a video of himself chugging some beastly guitar riffs to the song, captioning the clip: “who thinks [Lil Nas X] and i should jam in hell together?”

And it seems, Lil Nas himself does. Because the rapper soonafter shared a video of fellow TikTokker @sageyweebs adding drums to @RickyJab’s heavy version across his own socials.

Lil Nas captioned the clip “hard”, before hitting mysterious YouTube musician Corpse Husband up for a collab.

Observe:

let’s do it @Corpse_Husband

— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) April 3, 2021

While we wait to see if Lil Nas X’s heavy metal version of ‘Montero’ actually comes to fruition, you can read all about how Nike sued over his satanic sneaker range — and how he responded to the situation with memes — right here.

Touring Between Aus & NZ To Restart Again Now Trans-Tasman Bubble Is A Red Hot Goer

The New Zealand PM has given the Trans-Tasman bubble a decisive thumbs up which means touring is between our two countries is back on the cards.

Jacinda Ardern today announced a two-way travel bubble with Australia will be up & running in less than two weeks, kicking off from 11.59pm on 18 April Wellington time (that’s 9:59pm AEST), meaning Aussies will be able to fly across the ditch without having to do the dreaded two weeks quarantine.

“This is an important step forward in our COVID response and represents an arrangement I do not believe we have seen in any other part of the world,” Ardern said (via SBS).

While our own PM, ScoMo, has called the deal a “win-win”.

“The fact that we now can combine again will mean jobs, it will mean people reunited, it will mean many opportunities as those normal relations are restored between Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

Said opportunities, of course, include touring. Which is great news not just for artists and bands, but also for fans.

ICYMI New Zealand just played host to the largest outdoor festival to take place post-COVID, with a casual 120,000 punters in attendance, meaning international festival tourism is also a red hot goer between Australia and NZ.

Let the fun begin.

San Cisco Announce 2021 ‘Between You And Me’ National Tour

Fremantle four-piece San Cisco are getting back out on the road for an extensive run of national tour dates in celebration of their latest record, 2020’s Between You and Me.

After a 14 date run in their home state, the WA band can now finally unveil their new live band and production to the rest of Australia for their first national tour since 2019. The tour dates will run through May, June and some of July, with Jaguar Jonze supporting at all shows.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 10 April at 9am EST. Fans signed up to sancisco.com can pre-order limited tickets from Thursday 8 April at 9am EST.

San Cisco 2021 ‘Between You And Me’ National Tour

Tickets on sale 9am EST Friday, 9th April

With special guest Jaguar Jonze

Wednesday, 26th May
The Cooly Hotel, Coolangatta
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 27th May
The Cooly Hotel, Coolangatta
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 28th May – Early Show
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 28th May – Late Show
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 29th May
Uni Bar Hall, Wollongong
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 4th June – Early Show
Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 4th June – Late Show
Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 5th June
Pier Hotel, Frankston
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 10th June – Early Show
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 10th June – Late Show
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 12th June
Nightquarter, Birtinya
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 13th June
The Cooly Hotel, Coolangatta
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 17th June – Early Show
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 17th June – Late Show
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 18th June – Early Show
UC Refectory, Canberra
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 18th June – Late Show
UC Refectory, Canberra
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 19th June – Early Show
NEX, Newcastle
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 19th June – Late Show
NEX, Newcastle
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 1st July
Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 2nd July
Goods Shed, Hobart
Tickets: Official Website

What To Study If You Want A Degree (And A Career) In The Music Industry

If you’re reading this, it’s probably too late to ‘save’ you from becoming a music lifer. Not that we’d ever want to do that anyway. Music is literally, the best thing, ever. So if like us, you’re already too far gone down the music rabbit hole and you’ve got the niche genre knowledge to prove it, then it makes sense to find a way to turn that love and expertise into a fancy qualification that’ll make your parents proud and open doors to a career in the music industry. The best way to do exactly that is to study.

Thanks to a curriculum that blends significant hands-on industry experience with the required specialist theory, a degree from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University will leave you better prepared for a career in the music industry than you’ve ever been for anything in your life. Meaning that you can make music your life.

The best news is that you don’t have to be a musical prodigy to make it happen either, so if you suffer from a level of tone-deafness only rivalled by that overcooked unit mangling ‘Horses’ at the local pub (or Marge Simpson singing ‘Hurt’) then don’t despair, there’s a stack of degrees on offer at WAAPA that can lead you to a rewarding life in the music industry without you ever having to hit a single note. Yes, if you do happen to be one of the musically talented ones, well, WAAPA has what you need too.

Ahead of WAAPA’s open day on 18 April, we’ve put together a list of programs you can study at if you want a degree (and a career) in the music industry

What to study if you want to be a Manager

Bachelor of Arts Management

Every successful artist needs a good artist manager who knows how to make things happen.
Thanks to the Bachelor of Arts Management at WAAPA that person could be you. This three year, full-time degree provides you with practical business skills for the arts. You’ll study all aspects of arts management, from communications, marketing, law, finance, project management and production to art criticism, cultural policy, leadership and entrepreneurship.

You’ll also be given the opportunity for regular engagement with industry professionals offering intensive learning and networking opportunities, as well as internships in local, national and international arts companies. All of this means that by the time you graduate you’ll possess all of the management and human resources skills, business acumen, networking contacts and specialist arts knowledge required to make a career in artist management. With a strong track record of employment for graduates, including notable alumni working in places as esteemed as the Sydney Opera House, West Australian Opera, Disney and London’s ‘We Are The Fair’ it is clear that WAAPA knows how to equip you with the know-how to establish a career in arts management.

What to Study if You Want to Be a Backstage Boss and Production Pro

Production and Design Specialisations

Behind every great live performance, is a team of speciality production and design staff that made it so. They are the often unsung, but true heroes, the real MVPs, the superstars of staging, deserving of all the hope and praise we can lavish upon them. Without them, the show cannot go on. If you fancy becoming one of these legendary folk, then WAAPA’s collection of specialist production and design specialisation Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production and Design) are what you need to study to help bring music to our ears and delights to our eyes. WAAPA’s Production and Design students are provided with the greatest diversity of ‘on-the-job’ experiences around, with access to simulated industry training in design, construction and management of WAAPA’s 35+ productions annually. This exposure gives experience across seven diverse on-campus performance venues, as well as a swag of external spaces.

With a professionally staffed and equipped workshop, wardrobe facilities, state-of-the-art lighting and sound studios and pretty much anything else your little budding production and design heart could desire, WAAPA gives you the access and experience you need to make your mark in the production and design world. With opportunities to work with national and international directors, teaches and supervisors, and alumni working for everyone from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Cirque Du Soleil, Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical, and beyond WAAPA is clearly the place to study to become a backstage boss. The only choice left is what discipline to specialise in. With speciality disciplines in Costume, Design, Lighting, Props and Scenery, Sound and Stage Management, you’ll find that WAAPA’s Production and Design courses have just the right fit for you.

What to Study if You Want to Be the Next Broadway Star

Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre)

Musical theatre is the truest form of acting and performance. If you agree with that sentence, then chances are, you fancy yourself the next big Broadway star. If after dazzling audiences with your Tony Award-worthy performances in high-school plays and spending countless hours studying the songbooks and scripts of every musical known to man, you’re lost as to where to go to take that next step in your musical theatre career, then WAAPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) is here to help you find your wings and ensure you’ll be ‘defying gravity in no-time.

WAAPA’s Music Theatre course provides graduates with the skills and experience required to engage in professional theatre practice. As a student, you’ll work closely with WAAPA’s world-class teaching staff and specialist tutors, who will share the knowledge and skills they have gained through professional performance careers. The three-year full-time degree provides intensive technical training in singing, dancing and acting to help you become a ‘triple threat’ performer. In addition to these core skills, you’ll be instructed in film, television and radio techniques to ready you for a range of roles in the performing arts. Better yet there’s also a focus on preparing you for auditions, making sure that when you get the call, you can step up and nail it. All of this hands-on training is combined with studies of dramatic literature, music theatre, and arts management, as well as performance training via classroom presentations, workshops, chamber music threat and full-scale musical productions! To be honest, it sounds like heaven for the musical theatre geek inside all of us. With alumni including Eddie Perfect, Lisa McCune, Simon Gleeson, Lucy Durack and Ainsley Melham, WAAPA’s Music Theatre program has considerable acclaim, so don’t delay, enrol today, your Tony awaits you.

What to Study if You’re Reading This Because You Want to Make Your Musical Talent Your Degree Field + Career

Bachelor of Music

ICYMI we already covered the Bachelor of Music here. So give that a read and if you’re keen, head to the WAAPA open day on 18 April to learn more. Catch all open day details here.

Polaris Announce 2021 Regional Tour

Polaris will finally be returning to stages around the country, having today announced details around their forthcoming ‘Vagabond’ tour.

The tour is in support of their new single, also titled ‘Vagabond’, which is taken from their huge 2020 album The Death Of Me.

“It’s turned out to be kind of ironic that the lyrics of ‘Vagabond’ mention this idea that ‘nowhere feels like home’, which was originally a reference to constantly being on the move when we were touring,” drummer Daniel Furnari said in a press statement.

“But after the last year of being unable to tour and travel, there were a lot of times when our actual homes didn’t really feel like home either, because where we really wanted to be was out travelling the world and playing shows! We are so psyched to finally shake the rust off and get back on the road after what will have been 16 months away from doing what we love most.”

The band will be playing shows all up and down the east coast of Australia throughout June of this year, starting in Geelong and ending in Newcastle.

To accompany the announcement of the tour, the band have also released a huge music video for ‘Vagabond’. Watch it, and check out all important tour details, below.

Polaris 2021 ‘Vagabond’ National Tour

Tickets on sale from 5pm, Thursday, 8th April

Thursday, 10th June
Wool Exchange, Geelong
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Friday, 11th June
The York, Mt. Evelyn
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Saturday, 12th June
Pier Live, Frankston
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Sunday, 13th June
Commercial Hotel, South Morang
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Wednesday, 16th June
Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns
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Thursday, 17th June
Magnums, Airlie Beach
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Friday, 18th June
Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone
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Saturday, 19th June
Eleven Dive Bar, Sunshine Coast
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Sunday, 20th June
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
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Wednesday, 23rd June
The Basement, Canberra
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Thursday, 24th June
Panthers, Penrith
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Friday, 25th June
The Cambridge, Newcastle
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Saturday, 26th June
Uni Bar, Wollongong
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Melbourne Musician Daphne Camf Has Passed Away

Melbourne musician and member of a string of beloved underground acts Daphne Camf has passed away.

As reported by NME, the news of Camf’s passing was confirmed via collaborator Simona Castricum’s record label Trans-Brunswick Express.

“It’s with great sadness we announce the death of our dear friend Daphne Camf over the Easter Weekend. We are all devastated and processing heartbreak and grief,” a statement posted on the label’s Instagram read.

“We send our love and support to all of Daphne’s family, friends and community.”

The statement went on to Camf’s colossal list of accomplishments, as a member of bands like SaD, NO ZU, Rat Vs Possum, GAY and Camf’s solo work as Hadrian Valentine.

“To so many in Melbourne’s underground community Daphne was a true and loving friend. Kind, wise, spiritual, poetic and inspiring, Daphne reflected upon the wry and dark ironies between life and death, of love and pain,” the statement continued.

It then went on to quote lyrics from SaD’s debut single ‘The Poetics Of Antiquity’, “dream of Land’s End, my soul in flight, the clay that forms you, is filled with light.”

In a separate statement via SaD’s Instagram, Castricum gave a beautiful tribute to “my dearest friend.”

“I love you Daphne. I miss you,” Castricum wrote.

“‘Saturn Rules The Material World’ (SaD’s debut album) remains an enigma. Daphne lives on through her music, through her fragrances. Our performances on stage, our rehearsals I will treasure and be forever grateful. Our little world. Gone, but never forgotten.”

SaD were set to play two shows in Melbourne later this month.

Read Castricum’s full statement below.

 

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Josh Thomas Reveals Autism Diagnosis In Touching Post

Beloved comedian Josh Thomas has taken to social media to reveal that he has been diagnosed with autism, something he says he has “known for a while now”.

In a statement on Instagram, Thomas wrote, “It’s been a nice experience for me, figuring it out.

“I’ve learnt to understand myself better and it’s helped people around me do the same. There’s been a lot of emotions but the most dominant one has been relief.”

Thomas then spoke about why he decided to reveal this information, saying it’s “because the range of Autistic people and characters we see in the media is very slim, when the autism spectrum is huge and varied.”

“So here I am,” he continued, “another version of an Autistic person for people to see.

“Hopefully this helps further color in, and add texture to societies (sic) idea of what an Autistic person is.”

In a recent profile by The New Yorker, Thomas spoke about how realising he was on the Autism spectrum helped his comedy, and how both stand-up and television benefitted him.

“I could plan what I wanted to say, and then it would go the way that I wanted it to go, and people could see that I was interesting,” he said.

Speaking of television, he continued, “I can, word by word and frame by frame, go in and control the meaning and intent of what I’m trying to say. I can be better understood that way than in on-the-fly social interaction.”

The second series of Thomas’ show Everything’s Gonna Be Okay premieres on Stan on Friday, 9th April.

Read Thomas’ full post below.

 

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Bluesfest Calls Cancelled Event “The Festival That Could Have Happened”

Bluesfest organisers are calling this long weekend’s cancelled event, “the festival that could have happened”.

It follows four days of no locally-acquired COVID-19 cases over the Easter long weekend, where restrictions were introduced for the Northern NSW region.

Bluesfest faced its second cancellation in two years on Wednesday.

It came as a result of a public health order, issued by NSW’s Minister for Health. The event was cancelled less than 24 hours before it was meant to begin, due to the Queensland COVID-19 cluster, which saw one case emerge in Byron Bay.

The news devastated the festival’s organisers and the music industry.

Yesterday, on what would have Day 3 of the event, Bluesfest wrote, “It is Day 3 of the festival that could have happened. It is also Day 3 of no new COVID-19 cases in NSW.”

“The load-out continues while we cannot help but wonder what could have been the reality of tonight’s events if the festival had gone ahead and if we could have welcomed all of you – our valued patrons – through our gates.”

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Bluesfest organisers shared another post today, again pointing out there were no new locally-acquired cases in the state.

Organisers apologised to the artists and punters involved for not being able to go through with the festival again.

They specifically pointed to Sally King, who was coming back to the stage after semi-retiring.

“We’re so sorry that for the second year in a row, you have not been able to achieve this. Don’t give up,” they wrote.

“To you and so many other musicians with their own stories, we are so aware of the human cost and damage to our industry that this cancellation caused.”

While many are suggesting the NSW Government may have overreacted by having the event cancelled, Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said he’d rather be safe than sorry.

“It was a King Solomon’s choice … most people would rather we over-reacted than under-reacted,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The last thing we wanted was a coastal Ruby Princess on our hands.”

Also chatting to the Sydney Morning Herald, Bluesfest owner, Peter Noble explained that he was insured — and covered — for last year’s losses. However, this year, with insurers changing their policies to exclude COVID-19 losses, he is not.

“I don’t want to criticise [NSW health minister] Brad Hazzard,” Noble told the publication.

“I’m sure he’s always going to act for what he believes is protecting the public… but it would have been nice to have found that we had other options.”

The second post from the festival ends on a positive note though.

Bluesfest writes that the government’s response has so far been positive.

“We are hopeful to announce a rescue package soon to everyone involved in the festival.”

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The Weeknd Supports Ethiopian Relief Efforts With $1m Donation, Encourages Fans To Donate

The Weeknd has announced he’ll be donating $1 million to Ethiopian relief efforts. Sharing the news via Instagram, he encouraged fans to donate to the cause as well.

“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” wrote The Weeknd, actual name Abel Tesfaye.

“I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and encourage those who can to please give as well.”

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He’s referring to the ongoing conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. As explained by the World Food Program USA, the conflict emerged last November, during the region’s peak harvest period.

They say the conflict has led to, “lost employment and incomes, disrupted markets, a rise in food prices, and limited access to cash and fuel.”

“The U.N. World Food Programme is aiming to support 1.4 million of these vulnerable people,” writes the organisation.

Tesfaye was born in Toronto, Canada to his parents who are both Ethiopian immigrants. He’s been vocal about Ethiopian issues in the past.

The Weeknd reissued his debut mixtape, House of Ballons last month in celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

Watch Miley Cyrus Cover Queen, Blondie, The Guess Who For NCAA Final Four Concert

Miley Cyrus has torn through a collection of covers, taking on Queen, Blondie, and The Guess Who. The performance came as part of the NCAA Final Four comp’s entertainment — seeing Cyrus perform between the college basketball games.

Cyrus set the vibe from the get-go with her entrance, which is soundtracked by ‘We Are The Champions’.

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— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 4, 2021

Taking on two Queen covers, Cyrus gives us ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ before her own ‘We Can’t Stop’.

Miley moves onto that fan fave cover of Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’. Then, sharing two more Miley Cyrus originals, she gives us ‘Edge of Midnight’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’.

The absolute queen of covers, Miley closes the performance with a rendition of The Guess Who’s ‘American Woman’.

She brings that classic 70s rock energy to the performance, throwing herself on the floor and nailing those gritty vocals simultaneously.

Performing at the NCAA Final Four, the audience was made up of vaccinated, frontline healthcare workers.

Watch the performance in full below.

Taylor Swift Has Revealed The Tracklisting For ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’

Taylor Swift has shared the full tracklisting for her re-recorded, Fearless (Taylor’s Version). The (hefty) tracklisting reveals two more features: Keith Urban and Colbie Caillat.

The feature with Keith Urban comes as part of the From The Vault portion of the album. It includes six never before heard tracks that didn’t make the cut for the original album.

Urban features on ‘That’s When (from the Vault)’ and helps out with harmonies on ‘We Were Happy (from the Vault)’.

“I’m really honored that [Keith Urban] is a part of this project, duetting on That’s When and singing harmonies on We Were Happy,” wrote Taylor, sharing the list.

“I was his opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly.

“I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness.”

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Colbie Caillat, who featured on Swift’s original ‘Breathe’ is confirmed to feature on the re-recording as well.

The third feature on the album is Maren Morris on ‘You All Over Me’, which was released a little over a week ago.

Find the full tracklisting below.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version) Tracklisting

Due for release Friday, 9th April

1. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
2. Fifteen (Taylor’s Version)
3. Love Story (Taylor’s Version)
4. Hey Stephen (Taylor’s Version)
5. White Horse (Taylor’s Version)
6. You Belong with Me (Taylor’s Version)
7. Breathe (Taylor’s Version) (Featuring Colbie Caillat)
8. Tell Me Why (Taylor’s Version)
9. You’re Not Sorry (Taylor’s Version)
10. The Way I Loved You (Taylor’s Version)
11. Forever & Always (Taylor’s Version)
12. The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)
13. Change (Taylor’s Version)
14. Jump Then Fall (Taylor’s Version)
15. Untouchable (Taylor’s Version)
16. Forever & Always (Piano Version) (Taylor’s Version)
17. Come in with the Rain (Taylor’s Version)
18. Superstar (Taylor’s Version)
19. The Other Side of the Door (Taylor’s Version)
20. Today Was a Fairytale (Taylor’s Version)
21. You All Over Me (from the Vault) (Featuring Maren Morris)
22. Mr. Perfectly Fine (from the Vault)
23. We Were Happy (from the Vault)
24. That’s When (from the Vault) (Featuring Keith Urban)
25. Don’t You (from the Vault)
26. Bye Bye Baby (from the Vault)
27. Bonus Track: Love Story (Taylor’s Version) – Elvira Remix